ZU’s old comments system was getting rusty, so I went on a hunt for a more customizable and interactive comments system. The old one has been completely nuked and replaced by IntenseDebate, a comments system actually owned by the same guys who make WordPress, the software that powers Zelda Universe. IntenseDebate has a ton more features than that old pile of crap we used to use. Just to highlight a few features:
- OpenID Support (Yeah!)
- Gravatar Support (coming soon to the forums as well, a universal avatar)
- Threaded Comments
- Comment Rating
- Subscribing to Comments
And they look a heck of a lot better than our old comments, though we’re probably going to skin them anyway just for kicks. Unlike Facebook Connect, this isn’t a trial run – this comments system is here to stay, so we’ll be tweaking it in the coming days to make it as suitable as possible for ZU. But it’s not an experiment, and the system is 100% fully functional right now.
OpenID support for this comments system is also important, because it solves a huge issue – the issue I had tried to solve with Facebook connect. When an OpenID plugin becomes available for vBulletin, our forum software, I will install that and transform ZU user ID’s into OpenID’s – meaning you can login to the new ZU comments system with your forum username. i can’t give any word on the availability of that, though, but if you already have an OpenID you’re good to go.