Ok, folks, we have been preparing a replacement for our old but beloved news comments system, known as jazz, for months now. Finally, the new system, Metal, is ready for a public test. Please head over to this thread on our development server to give it a shot. We think you'll like it. I'll give you a suitably inflammatory topic to discuss once you get there.
Oh, and please note that not everything outside of that discussion thread is working on the test server just yet. That's expected, and we're not looking for help with feedback or bug reports beyond that one discussion page. Thanks!