- Reading the comments on G+ is a real PITA the way it's set up.
1. Much more scrolling, and in a space that feels very cramped and makes me feel claustrophobic.
2. Any comment that's more than a few lines long requires clicking on a link to read the rest of it.
3. It's horrible if you're trying to archive the post + comments.
One thing that made me love Copyblogger's comments was that I often learned as much (if not more) from the comments as from the post. When revisiting my archives, I've found things that I missed the first time I read them, because they weren't all that important to me at the time.
So, your removal of comments below the post has definitely decreased the value of Copyblogger for me.
4. I have to remember to switch G+ accounts before I scroll to find the link to come here -- which means first logging out of the account I normally use...
OTHER RANDOM COMMENTS:
A. The one thing I do love about having the comments on G+ is the date stamp! When I see a blog post with no date, the question that pops into my mind is, "How stale is this content?"
When I do see a date and it IS an old post, then I get a better idea of how relevant it might be considering the original and current climates -- the date gives me a point of reference. With no date, I tend to assume it's probably obsolete, or at least not all that trustworthy.
B. Nested comments following a blog post are the most useful format for my purposes.
C. I look at the Internet as a huge library that I use mostly for research.
Entertainment is secondary, and usually limited to YouTube for music and Hulu for TV and movie viewing. I find the "normal" entertainment portals extremely annoying and avoid them like the plague they are (in my opinion -- I hate being slapped in the face to get my attention).
D. And as far as moderating comments goes, if it has become a hairy monster for you, then how about hiring someone to do the initial triage before you check comments and respond to the ones that float your boat?
E. So much for my two cents. ;-)