I'm running TypePad Connect on all my blogs now. This is a brand new thing and is still in Beta but the basics seem to work. It makes the comments on my blogs more like a forum. The software is new and I'm just learning but soon we'll have threaded comments here. And commenters will be able to have profiles which they can embellish with a photo or an avatar and they can provide information about themselves there as well.
This enhanced commenting system recognizes and elevates the commenters among us to the important community members we've always been. And supports our status with our own profile pages and linkages to all our comments made on a blog enhanced with TypePad Connect. The technology makes it easier for commenters to interact with each other.
We already had two good commenting systems out there - IntenseDebate and Disqus. I have been interested in them because they allow a *commenter* to have a page where, in theory, all his or her comments can be found even though they may be spread out over many diverse blogs. The problem is that most blogs don't use these systems so only blogs that support them capture your comments. You can see my Disqus comments here.
As someone who posts a comment now and then, the advantage to you is that if the blog has one of these new powerful commenting systems and you've registered with them, you can easily keep track of the conversations you've participated in and go back and see how things are going. You may have posted a question but don't remember where so can't easily go back and find out if an answer got posted in response.
TypePad Connect is meant to compete with Disqus and IntenseDebate and runs not just on TypePad but also works with WordPress, Blogger, Movable Type and Tumblr. That's helpful. Ideally, these competing commenting systems will make themselves communicate so that you can see, for example, my Disqus comments on my TypePad Connect page. When that gets sorted, nirvana will be near.
Now your comments here and on my other blogs can be managed in such a way that they will all link to a page for you. Should you choose to register with TypePad Connect. I hope you do. You will be able to embellish your comments page with a photo or description. Also, readers will be able to drill into the comments of any registered user and see all of them.
I believe that comments made on blogs are content that deserves attention just like the blog post itself. Twitter's microblogging has borne that out. I've always wanted to be able to read more comments from the same person who made an interesting comment to begin with. You can do that by clicking on the icon for the comment in any blog post. Enjoy.