After a week of experimenting with “Disqus” a new comment system… I wish I could say that it worked beautifully. Well, design and technically it did, everything was working and looking the way it was supposed to.
What didn’t work out was the level of effort by some to find out the real identities of current and past commenters. Which is unacceptable, but I am not surprised. The people who were attempting to find out the real identities of commenters are people who with the right information might retaliate.
Disqus allowed the ability to claim your old comments if you ever wanted to register. The feature effectivly linked all comments made either anonymously or using a real name. Every comment made under multiple names were listed and linked.
I have been saying it all along, anonymous comments are essential to this community website. However, the commenters must be protected from retribution of neighbors.