I’ve just managed to switch my commenting system from the standard WordPress system to IntenseDebate as a little bit of a testing platform. It’s a very interesting idea—and one also shared by Disqus, which is a system I looked at for a while and never implemented—for standardizing comments and helping blogs to network together even while on different hosts.
I’m interested to see how it works, but you can already see it in action here. Please feel free to leave a comment on the post of your choosing to both experience it for yourself and assist me in taking a look and seeing how it works from the admin side.
If all goes well, I plan on recommending IntenseDebate to anyone I know and/or assist with a WordPress self-hosted blog.