It is actually very similar to the Kickstarter comments section, except that you do not have to click on the "X new messages" button.
I don't go there either. Just the idea is new and scary. I'm ancient and set in my ways and I'm sticking with what I know, even when it turns into a ghost town!
Edit: randomly, I sometimes wonder if I should enable my "m" badge too. Unfortunately it makes my Kickstarter badge look like it has a flea, so I think I'll leave it hidden.