Using Intense Debate for your Blog Comments

I have a Blogger blog and have for a little over two years. I became interested in using a 3rd party commenting system because I couldn’t reply to comments directly on the blog post. I had to reply to the email that I got that included the comment, and wasn’t able to “continue the conversation” on my blog. I did a little (google) research, and decided to go with Intense Debate. For the most part, I still like it a lot.

Pros of Using Intense Debate

– It’s easy for most people to log in or post as a guest, and super easy for me as the blog author to reply to comments (even from my phone).

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– A HUGE benefit to me is that when a reader comments, unless the default “subscribe to replies” is changed to “subscribe to none”, he/she will get an email notification when I (or anyone else) writes a reply to the comment. I think making readers come back to a post just to see if I’ve replied is a huge waste of time for them, so I appreciate this option.

– I get an email notification each time someone leaves a comment (Note: I prefer it that way; this notification can be turned off).

– The colors, sizes, and shapes of the comment area can be customized. This was especially important because when I got a new blog design, the font of the comments were such that they didn’t show up at all (it was white on a white background, I believe). I thought the comments had disappeared, and of course, I panicked. After playing with the settings a little bit, though, they “reappeared”.

– My “admin options” are right across the top of the comment section, so I can easily click through to check spam moderation, edit my profile, etc.

– It’s fairly easy to install. Recently, there has been a notice on intensedebate.com that says Blogger blogs will need to have I.D. manually installed instead of using the widget, if they have a .blogspot.com url. I have my own domain name so I don’t need to do that (or at least, that’s how I understand it). Although, I have installed it both ways and neither is all that complicated because the step-by-step instructions are
quite user-friendly.

Cons of Using Intense Debate

– Certain people’s comments always go to spam, and I haven’t been able to figure out how to approve the person, rather than each comment.

– Sometimes, if someone comments from email or twitterfeed right after the post is published, I get the email notification and can read the comment, but the comment never shows up on the blog post.

– I’ve been told a few times that a reader wasn’t able to comment, and neither of us knew why. It could have been that they were on a mobile device or certain kind of computer. But, I have no problem commenting or replying to comments on my phone or tablet (both Android).

Overall, I think the pros outweigh the cons, and I’m pretty satisfied with Intense Debate.

8 Comments

  1. Kristin

    I’ve never been able to use intense debate on my phone. There’s always a glitch. I do almost all my blog reading from my phone so I usually skip commenting on blogs that use ID for comments.

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    • Greta

      It’s so user-friendly for bloggers, I wish they would work on making it more phone and reader friendly.

      Reply
  2. Jenn@Fox in the City

    Interesting, I have looked at switching commenting systems but now that I can easily reply using Bloggers system I suspect that I shall just stay the way it is.

    If I am commenting from my computer it is fine because it saves my ID but if I am on my tablet I don’t comment because I have to retype in my info.

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    • Greta

      I think there are several commenting systems that make you re-enter your info sometimes, and you’re right…I have to feel pretty committed to my comment to put everything in again. I think blog reading is harder in general on a tablet, but I still do it anyway!

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  3. Cynthia M

    The problem I have with IntenseDebate is that on my home page,there’s noplace to click to leave a comment. A reader has to be on the page of the post itself. Am I doing something wrong?

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    • Greta

      Cynthia, I see that too. It does show how many comments there are, (it’ll say “comments (14) or whatever), and readers have to click onto the actual post to leave one. But, I think that’s pretty common; otherwise, everyone’s homepage would be clogged up. I don’t believe it’s just us. 🙂

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  4. Life As Wife

    Greta you know I had ID and loved it for quite some time. Then after I made few changes to my blog something new that I added did not agree with the ID coding and it didn’t work. I lost everything and it was a bummer.

    However now that Blogger enable exact replies I’m pretty happy with the commenting system. The only thing I miss? Being able to reply to the comment by simply hitting reply to the comment email. Love that it published right to my blog!

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    • Greta

      That has been nice, Sam! It definitely has a lot of great features.

      Reply

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