It's unclear to me whether the lack of commenting on new synths is a permanent part of the new site by design or whether that simply isn't present yet because the site is in early days.
Could anyone clarify this for me?
I know that commenting hasn't exactly been a raging success here over the years, but I don't think that has anything to do with people not wanting to talk about what they see in synths and panos. I think it has everything to do with people not having Microsoft accounts or people who have accounts here and actually upload content not having any place on the site that brings new synths + panos to their attention and a lack of notification when someone has commented on their own uploads.
Virtually all of the social/photography/video sites that are a big success socially feature the capability to subscribe to others' uploads which helps drive engagement, whether that's Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.