The switch to Echo has been going great so far, much better than I had expected to be honest. Thanks to everybody who has left comments to help us test it out and emailed to let us know about issues they’re having. Please, keep that stuff coming, it helps. Right now we’re especially looking for people using System Access (both to stay and to go), any of the Apple setups with screenreaders and Window-Eyes, but everybody’s feedback is appreciated. I know this is going to take some time to adjust to for people who were used to Haloscan, but you’ll figure it out. Hell, if somebody as stupid as me can do it, you should have no problem.
So far I can’t say enough good things about Echo. I’m not sure what was up with the setup on their blog, but here it looks almost nothing like the access nightmare it did there. One feature I absolutely love is the ability to reply to comments directly from email. If you’re subscribed to comment notifications for a post and somebody comments you dont have to go back to the site to respond, all you have to do is hit reply in your email program and start typing. The only thing that would improve it is if the email notices showed the titles of the posts being commented on. If you’re subscribed to multiple posts it can’t help but get hard to keep track, and that goes at least double for me as the administrator who gets every comment on every post by default.
Thanks again everybody for being patient *hint hint* and for your help as we figure things out. We’ll be back soon to give you something to use Echo for other than talking about Echo. If you’re lucky, part of that could be a drunken blind picture off between Carin and I. We’re having a get together to watch hockey/exchange Christmas presents and have some dinner with a buddy here tonight, so there’s potential for some true works of photographic art to be created…all we have to do is remember to create them. Until we meet again, remember this one thing. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t, because living in a glass house is pretty dumb when you stop and think about it.