IntenseDebate (Intense Debate) is a generally wonderful commenting system plugin for WordPress… Except when Intense Debate crashes Firefox!
Unlike the Disqus system (another similar commenting system), IntenseDebate has full commentluv integration that makes it desirable for traffic building.There’s a lot of things to like about the system, which is why I was using it originally.
However, it has a critical flaw. Sometimes, whether its a Firefox plugin or something (we really don’t know)…. Firefox becomes allergic to it! What this meant is that a handful of my readers had started coming to me and letting me know that every time they came to my posts to read and comment, Firefox crashed HARD! Firefox crashing from a wordpress plugin just isn’t acceptable even for 2% of my reader population.
This isn’t really a Firefox problem. The core code of Firefox has no issue with IntenseDebate and MAJORITY of my readers use it very successfully (and love it!), but for a few, that are running a host of add-ins, extensions and plugins, sometimes problems arise. It’s also not an incredibly common problem, affecting only a handful of my friends, yet who knows how many of my visitors that never stick around to let me know! I don’t want to lose even TWO readers to a plugin crashing them! (It could go away with the next Firefox release, but I won’t be around to check!)
If my blog’s Intense Debate used to crash your Firefox, I HOPE I’ve now fixed the problem… I’m terribly sorry you had to deal with that!
I know that many active blogs have turned away from any login-based commenting system (Disqus & IntenseDebate) because readers would rather have dental surgery than log in to comment it seems! (Of course the argument of the blog owners is they help to cut down on spam in some ways, but they are not the only ways.)
WordPress has a built in threaded commenting system that may or may not be supported by your theme. If you wish to enable threaded “reply to this reply” features, go to Dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion and put a check by “Enable threaded (nested) comments x levels deep”. Then Click save and refresh your post. If it updates (changes) your thread supports it, if it doesn’t you will require some variety of plugin to achieve the affect.
My theme supports the built in threaded commenting, and I added the plugin “WordPress Thread Comment” which builds on the built-in system (and often will work even if threading isn’t natively supported I’ve heard but can not confirm) and adds some more options and handling improvements. Another bonus of leaving a commenting system in favor of this choice was I was able to add in the now popular TwitterLink and hopefully soon KeywordLuv.
I was amused when I tweeted (on Twitter) “Had to uninstall #intensedebate for #wordpress it was crashing #firefox for too many of my readers” and the simple reply I got back from a follower was “#thatswhyIkilledit“. This made me laugh!
While “WordPress Thread Comment” wasn’t my first choice originally, I strongly recommend it now to replace Intense Debate (IntenseDebate). It brings a lot of features and unlike commenting systems (Disqus/IntenseDebate) it works with majority of the other WordPress commenting plugins. There’s no need to download and re-upload the WordPress Thread Comment plugin because it is available by searching for that name from within the WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New ->Search Box! Oh.. and best of all.. it doesn’t crash Firefox!
What’s YOUR favorite commenting system? What’s your thoughts about having to log in to comment? Do you miss my IntenseDebate? Were you tired of my Intense Debate crashing Firefox for you? Know of other great commenting plugins I may be missing? Tweet, Facebook Share and comment, I look forward to your replies!