I think a good blog should have easy to use, attractive, intuitive comments. This is one of the great failures of blogs like The Plank, which are fine blogs with terrible comments sections. Yglesias has consistently dozens of comments on his blog, but they’re not terribly fun.
The American Scene, in my humble opinion, could touch up theirs a bit and switch back to standard (simple) html from whatever that ghastly system is they use. I hope the comments here are okay. I’ve made a couple changes today. Feedback is always appreciated.
(On a side note, this is one area that I think a lot of big media players underestimate in importance. Comments keep people coming back for more. That increases page views, etc. There are even some advertising options available in the comment mix. I don’t know. I’m not a huge techie. I just think this is one area where a lot of sites could dramatically improve…)