The new system is is calld Disqus and you've got to check it out! What was wrong with the old comment system? Nothing... except for the fact that nobody used it! While the old system was a good one and nice and sturdy, for security reasons you first had to register as a member at Illustratortips.com to post a comment.
Some people will take the time to register and comment, but I've found that most simply won't. Totally understandable to me. If all you want to say is, "Cool post." or "That was lame!" are you really going to bother with going through the process of registering at yet another site or are you just going to move on? 99% just move on.
The cool thing about Disqus is that you can comment as a Guest! No login or registration required unless you choose to do so! Here's what the comment box looks like at the end of posts:
Disqus also has a lot of cool features that I like such as:
• Threaded comments so you can comment directly to someone else's comment and not the comments as a whole. (Does that make any sense?!)
• Email replies. If someone replies to your comment, you will be sent an email and you can simply post another comment via email. Like I real-time email discussion!
• If you are registered at Disqus, you can manage all of your comments across any website using a Disqus powered commenting system. (And there are a LOT of them!)
• You can login with your Facebook, Twitter, MyYahoo or OpenID login, or if you are registered at Disqus and you are logged in, you can automatically comment at this site and many others who are using Disqus for their commenting system.
• You can rate comments you like or don't like.
These are just a few of the reasons I chose to change to Disqus, but the biggest of all is convenience. Simply put, I want it to be as easy as possible to communicate. I want to be able to interact with you about the content on this site. I want to know what you think and what you would like to see and I want it to be as easy as possible for you to let me know and the old system just wasn't doing the trick.
So, why not give it a try right here in this post and see what you think?
Go ahead. Please be my "Guest" and leave a comment right here in this post!
I'll start it off... What version of Illustrator do you currently use most often?