I've noticed even major blogs have trouble getting comments. I would like to see comments ditched for branches, tweets, facebook posts, etc. This has been done in some aspects, but what do you think about completely ditching comments?
There's a lot of value in putting a link to a thread at the end of a post saying "Let's finish this conversation on HN". I don't know what the non-coder equivalent of that is, but I think Branch might be a good alternative.