Problem: Cannot install Intense Debate at WordPress hosted blogs
The internet is a funny place, usually interesting, always provocative, and often frustrating. In typical internet fashion after learning about how nice it would be to have the “Intense Debate” comment system here to manage my comments more effectively and allow comment folks to get more out of the blog I spend a half hour learning that it can’t be installed here because I’m hosted at WordPress.
This is a bit odd since (in the typical topsy turvy ironic online world) WordPress actually *owns* IntenseDebate. They bought it last fall so I can hope they’ll provide support for it soon. I’m always reluctant to nag the excellent folks at WordPress because they don’t make much if any money from the blogging portions of their massive online programs (they do pretty well with Akismet anti-spamming software and they have one of the world’s largest and in my opinion extremely valuable online footprints).
However I do want to note this for others and hopefully save them the agony of trying to figure out how to install IntenseDebate at a WordPress hosted blog, which as far as I can tell is currently impossible because it’s only available via plugin and plugins are not allowed at WordPress hosted blogs aka WP hosted blog.
Note that you can easily install the IntenseDebate plugin via instructions at IntenseDebate if you have a WordPress.org setup, which is using WordPress Content management software at other sites. e.g. Our technology news blog Technology Report is such an external WordPress setup via Godaddy hosting, so I may try to set this up over there, but unfortunately Joe Duck is where all the comment action tends to be so this is where we need IntenseDebate!
C’mon Matt Mullenweg, can’t we have an intense debate widget for this or something?