Here's the deal. Please head over to www.disqus.com and register for a free account. It takes about 4 seconds and, from the research I've done, is completely secure and not at all apt to open you up to any extra spamming. After that, come back to this post and chatter to your heart's content. You'll now be able to respond (and link) to individual posts, use avatars, etc. You know, real message board stuff!
So please, try it out, won't you? I think it'll make our discussions here far more engaging and rewarding. I've always loved the give and take discussions, and this new technology should improve the flow.
See ya on the board!