Gawker Media and founder Nick Denton got a lot of attention earlier this year, including some from us at GigaOM, when the blog network launched a new commenting system called Kinja. At the time, Denton said he had grown dissatisfied with the state of comments — both at Gawker and on the internet in general — and wanted to reinvent them as a form of communication between a site and its users. In effect, the Gawker founder said he hoped to turn traditional publishing on its head and make comments the primary feature of a story rather than an afterthought. After a few months of operation, Denton has told the Nieman Lab that he is happy with the way the new system is working. But has he really reinvented comments?