The ultimate problem with this new comment system (it blows completely) is that there are no longer replies to most comments, because no one sees most comments.
Therefore, the community shrivels up and dies for lack of proper watering.
The bluetunic Chrome plugin is a help, but few people use it or know about it... and it shouldn't be necessary in the first place!
The previous system incentivized reasonably intelligent, quality posts through the 'audition/approved/starred' setup, where this new system does nothing for quality.
Bottom line, though... If you post something, or your 'friends' post something, no one ever sees it. That is a SIM City FAIL right there. Community's dying Denton. It's all too obvious.