Hi Alec! Thanks for your quick reply. Yes, we noticed and are actually already using the Comments Feature. Even so, it seems not to be getting much noticed. In fact, one of my users posted a Comment and then had to ask me where he could read it. The link in Reading Tools is not prominent. I could fix this with a bit of CSS probably.
I have been giving thought to the issue. Here is some feedback:
To get things started, I or one of the editors post the first comment, stating that a period of open discussion is begun and inviting readers to comment. It's something that might be automated in the future. This places the Comments links at the bottom of page. However, should the reader go straight to the PDF version, he probably won't notice Comments or know if any have been posted.
Consequently, I would like to place a link to Comments alongside the ABSTRACT | PDF | HTML links on the Issue page or somewhere in the top navigation bar. If no comments exist, I would like to see an "invitation to comment" of some kind called by the link.
Other users have asked about integrating a more familiar style of BB. I will look into the LDAP option. Any documentation about the LDAP process as it relates to OJS would be very helpful.