change IS coming to America thanks to IntenseDebate
When a website adds the feature to allow comments to websites, it’s not really news.
When change.gov adds comments, its interesting… when they use the IntenseDebate system as their comment system it is exciting.
IntenseDebate uses threaded comments and user profiles, with community ranking to ensure that quality comments are most prominent as well as telling you what a commenter’s reputation is next to each comment.
I have to take my hat off to Obama and his team for really embracing democracy in this way, enabling a real conversation where anyone can add their thoughts and by truly embracing community to manage those comments. Good work.
There is plenty of ongoing discussion about how to moderate comments on blogs and the legal issues around who is liable etc. IntenseDebate doesn’t solve/answer all of those issues, but it does represent a great step forward – not only that, it supports OpenID and a number of other cool “2.0” type features.
If you’d like to read more on change.gov’s use of this technology, see also techPresident’s excellent article.