I want to get this blog going again, except I have a problem that stopped me blogging and now I want to start again, I still can't resolve. I installed Intense Debate and it never worked properly. I tried uninstalling it and my comment system stopped working. Clearly I must have missed something in the instructions and/or they were poor or inaccurate (personally I think it was one of the latter options).
Now I have started this all over again. I tried reinstalling IntenseDebate using the widget method. This did not work. Could not uninstall it since the widget was not visible to uninstall. Tried the template variation etc. I am wasting time and going around in loops on this. Clearly, somehow, my template has been corrupted by this process but the backed up template I have does not fix this problem (yes always backup when you do something like this). Since this work was done a few months ago it is unfortunately difficult to trace the right version plus the original machine I used for this is not longer available :-) I have spent many hours working on this template and do not want to waste time rebuilding it from scratch. Either I will have to waste time rebuilding my site from much older backups or fix my current template. Either way, an utter waste of time.
All I want is an inline commenting system and google now provides this. I have been a programmer for over twenty years, having written in around twenty different languages. If I am having such trouble with this, what is a noobie going to do? This is still not a mature solution to recommend to anyone - as nice as it is. In the meantime looks like I am going to have to waste more time till I can get the google comments working again :-( For everyone else, I humbly suggest that you please select the radio button for "embedded below post" in the Settings->Comments->"Comment form placement" section for customising your blog.
UPDATE: I have given up on IntenseDebate. If you just want embedded comments read the bold above and read some of my comments in this post if you have trouble. If you want to install IntenseDebate that is up to you. I do think it is far superior to blogger comments even with embedded comments, but is not worth my time to play with anymore for now. If you read my comments you can see I am having enough trouble with blogger's feed gadget (and I have to add that new waste of time was partly generated by me installing IntenseDebate and changing the Recent Comments module - whatever :-( )