Hi @matt and thank you for the reply!
Just a bit of background: I currently use Wordpress, but have had a blog since before Wordpress existed. There is a lot that WriteFreely attracts me with - the clean and simple interface, rather than all the heaviness of WP. And of course, federation built in; there are plugins for Wordpress but it is not a fantastic experience there.
So I have always valued comments on blogs, and have persisted with keeping mine open to immediate drive-by comments despie comment spam issues over the years. I have had some good conversations with people in blog comments, both on my blog and others. Most of my readers will have not heard of Mastodon and requiring them to create an account there and figure it out would be quite the hurdle, and I’d get no comments at all.
Your Remark.as feature list looks very nice.
I will say that the Medium approach - clean, simple, discussion facilitated - had its appeal to me, although the social aspects of Medium did not. (I briefly wrote some articles to post there, and found that to get any meaningful interaction, one has to put a lot of effort into gaining attention. I have no interest in doing that, so I left the platform.) Something Medium-ish but open and federated sounds great.
In my ideal world, WriteFreely posts would show comments on the post page, along with relevant boxes for people to write their own. If someone follows my WF account from Mastodon, they would see my posts, and attached to any given post they would see all the comments - including the drive-by ones - and could reply/comment from Mastodon (and indeed those replies would be shown to non-Mastodon web visitors too). Bifurcating discussions is particularly annoying to me (I wouldn’t want one conversation on WF and another on Mastodon) and is one of my current gripes about my WP setup (I have some limited ability to bring Mastodon comments into WP, but not the reverse).
That would be the Holy Grail of blog comments for me anyhow.
Thanks for what you’re doing!