In the meantime, I'm using this thread to make sure that the Recent Comments feature is still alive and well, as it's an invaluable resource. I'll also be repopulating the links in my sidebar, which needed a refresh anyway.
EDIT: I'm officially not the world's biggest Echo fan -- the commenting is a bit cumbersome and not HTML-friendly. But it was the only way to preserve Haloscan comments without disabling Haloscan from the site completely. The only real difference in the archived comments is that all links to websites etc. are gone.
To comment, for some reason you need to click through twice, once for the individual post and again to comment. BOO. Let me know if you have any problems without being an Echo member, but comments should still be open to everyone without moderation.