First, I'll do what I can about the forum. Promise. It'll get my attention after this week is over.
Second, I've been contemplating sprucing things up a bit as I prepare to move into this next phase where I expect more writers will be contributing and such ... one of the ideas I'm weighing right now is an upgrade to the newer version of Disqus (the commenting system utilized on front-page + Clubhouse posts). You can see here what it looks like in action.
The primary advantage in making the switch from the old version of Disqus (which is what BBTiA is utilizing right now) to the new version is the resurrection of live-comment updating and a generally sleeker-looking interface. The disadvantage is that the new version is still rather inflexible -- you can't control the location of the posting box (it has to be at the to of the comments string), you can't control the number of posts that show up by default (if there are more than 50 comments on an individual post, you have to click "Load More Comments" at the bottom to see the rest), and you, as the end user, have to tailor the commenting order to your own preference. In other words, I can't select the good ole' reliable default of "oldest comments" first from my end; instead, it defaults to "newest comments first," and the user has to change it if they wish to do so.
Also, to accommodate that change, I'm contemplating an adjustment to the spacing of the website -- specifically, widening the content space from 550 to, say, 600-625 pixels (which also makes sense given the proliferation of newer, higher-resolution monitors ... BBTiA was originally designed with 1024x768 users in mind back in 2008, but now less than 5 percent of all readers visit the website on monitors that size or smaller).
So, basically, I'm curious as to whether the new Disqus platform is more appealing to people than what's in place right now, and as to whether anyone has strong but reasonable objections to these ideas.