Another thing I've been missing is the ability to add markup in comments, such as images. Well, its back! I've turned on textile for comments on this site, there is a link under the comments box to a page that shows you the syntax, so feel free to add richer content to this site from now on :)
I switched over to serendipity as my blog platform about 6 months ago and although I haven't been blown away by it, its a better tool for this job than textpattern was. I liked textpattern a lot but serendipity is better for what I need. There were a few things that I really missed when I moved across to serendipity - and the biggest one was textile as a markup. Its available in serendipity as a plugin, and I'd recommend it to everyone, but after I had imported my existing content from textpattern to serendipity I found that turning on the markup plugin did strange things to existing content so I turned it off.