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Do most folks even care? I haven't seen such a statement by most other commenting systems.
The reason I ask is that since the commenting system was implemented, forum participation has dropped. I am thinking of removing the Gravatar blurb and putting a few brief words about the forum with a link to it.
I can see no downside to this but maybe I'm missing something. Am I?
Most of my site visitors are newbies and I doubt very much that they give a hoot about a Gravatar. Most people who comment don't use a Gravatar anyway.
Thanks in advance for opinions and suggestions.
My personal inclination would be to let the discussion occur in the forum and use linkage or discussion snippets to draw traffic from other parts of the site.
vBulletin, for example, enables auto-posting of forum topics from a feed. When a new item like a blog post shows up in the feed, a forum topic is already started. I've heard of solutions that auto-link to that discussion on the blog end, but haven't actually used any.
The reason I ask is that since the commenting system was implemented, forum participation has dropped.
Don't overlook the possibility that correlation does not always mean causation (or however the scientists word it. :-) ) If it's recent, maybe your participants are off the computer for the holidays under threat of the husband/wife's broom handle.