I received a notification this morning that my long time commenting system – Haloscan – was going to be shut down in two weeks. The company was purchased quite some time ago, and I knew this day was coming, but I am a long time procrastinator who hates messing with things that are working well enough. I have now taken the necessary steps to switch to the Echo commenting platform; supposedly all of the existing comments are now being transitioned.
I think I have made the settings selections on the new system that will most closely resemble the experience that you have been getting using Haloscan, but only experience will tell if those setting selections are the right ones. I have continued to allow comments to be posted without moderation in order to keep the conversation happening while I am too busy to moderate. That selection does not and will not stop me from deleting off topic or inappropriate content when I have the time.
Please do not hesitate to provide me with feedback over the next few weeks.