Here at Chicago now, they've implemented a new comment system and given bloggers the option of whether or not to use it. There is now the possibility of using "facebook comments" or "wordpress comments".
The downside to this is that this isn't an "either or" option. You can only have one system turned on. I believe I'm going to switch to the facebook comment system, because I'd like to link my own comments to my facebook page and get better facebook penetration to help grow the blog.
I also think in terms of attracting new commentors, the fact that most people have a facebook account makes it easier for people to jump into the community here and post.
There are a couple downsides to facebook comments which I'm carefully considering. The first is that it can hurt anyone in the existing community who doesn't feel comfortable posting under their real identity. I'd hate to actually lose commentors over the switch.
The second is that there are only two tiers in terms of replies. A reply to the post, and a reply to the reply. You can't have deep nesting like you can with wordpress comments.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the comment system is more stable with facebook comments since it seems fairly unstable with wordpress ones.
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