Commenting System Revamp

GameSpot's commenting system gets a major update.

Exciting news! We'll be taking down the old commenting system and replacing it with a new one this morning at 11am PT. Some of the major improvements you'll immediately notice include the following:

- Threading functionality. Respond to other people’s comments to carry on a discussion.

- Instant Notifications . If you are scrolled to the top of the page, you'll receive a notification if someone replied to a comment of yours. You also receive this same notification when you "follow" a conversation and you happen to visit that specific page today or at a later time.

- Option to Follow Conversations. Members using the @ sign + USERNAME will no longer receive a PM notification. In order to receive updates you must follow a conversation.

- Who is subscribed to the page. Clicking the “follow conversation” option will have your avatar displayed on the top of the page.

- Others are watching the page! You can now see how many other people are reading or watching the shows where it displays the number of users "listening".

- Social Capabilities. While logged into Facebook Connect or Twitter, you can now share the page with friends on Twitter or Facebook by using the @ symbol in the comments. They will receive a notification about being mentioned. You will have to login via the prompt to grant this functionality. You can also share a user's comment via Twitter or Facebook by clicking the SHARE option.

- Positive Ratings. Comments no longer have negative ratings that will hide your posts.

- Change Notification Settings. To ensure that you receive timely notifications about content in the comments or if you’d like to disable it, you’ll need to go to the Fuse settings located here. Scroll to the options near the bottom of the page and change them to your preferences. IMPORTANT: If you do not change these settings you should expect to see a flood of notifications via Fuse.


- Old Comments Returning Soon. You might see the past 8 days worth of comments once the new commenting system is on the site. The older comments data will get imported over time.

- How to Report Abuse. If you are curious about what we'll moderate in the comments, drop by the Moderation Clarification Station.

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Hirasugi
Hirasugi

How about that...the comments are STILL not restored and its been 2 months.  I am seriously starting to get sick of this site.  I can't even post my blog without manually deleting and reinserting apostrophes unless I want a jumble of incomprehensible symbols.  Fix your effing site!

Foolz3h
Foolz3h

"You might see the past 8 days worth of comments once the new commenting system is on the site. The older comments data will get imported over time."

That's a wonderful way of not committing to doing anything. Sweeten them up with bringing back a few recent commets then hope they forget about the 99.9% of comments that they're missing. And if none ever return then obviously they're simply around the corner as they're being done in accordance to an imaginary schedule known only to to those who are aware that it does not exist.

 

Without public committment to a public implementation plan then obviously no one can complain because the imaginary plan is still obviously being followed, and no one can be held accountable for not doing what they promised because the next set of comments being brought back will always be being done "over time".

lazyhoboguy
lazyhoboguy

"- Old Comments Returning Soon. You might see the past 8 days worth of comments once the new commenting system is on the site. The older comments data will get imported over time."

 

For all the bloggers here this is a huge huge concern. Hope this actually happens. Any idea on the time frame of the old comments showing up again?

matastig
matastig

 @Gelugon_baat You need to stop harrasing members, and slamming dudes? you are real a sick person, have some self respect and try to get yourself some serious help.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I'm thinking so many things right now, but reading all the comments and blogs that are appearing all over this site, I think the answer to the question is obvious.  We can all rave about how long we've been here and how much we love it, but let's face it, we are the community.  We can all move onto something else and it won't make a difference to anyone or we can sit tight and wait it out, those are the only choices.

 

I think it is clear that public opinion make no difference on this matter, so there's no point in getting upset.  Since the website revamp from last year, there is no question in my mind about what value any of us have to The Suit and his friends.  It is what it is.

The-Apostle
The-Apostle

Sweet! Now all that's missing is the editor!

Icehearted
Icehearted

Not loving the new system. It's a speed bump, it feels bloated, and it does have that "let's tie everything to social networking" reek to it. I get that change can be good, but I also know better than to assume it's always good. This seems like one of those cases where fine-tuning things would have been preferable to what's been done now. Not my site or my call, but that is my opinion, for whatever that's worth.

 

Gamespot's look and feel seem sorely diminished by this redesign. It also makes me worry a little about whatever comes next

fishdingo5
fishdingo5

The exchange between Gelugon_baat and matastig should be all the reason you need for the thumbs up/down to come back. The comments are going to devolve into back and forth off-topic posting.

matastig
matastig

@Gelugon_baat I'm doing it for you! i don't come here here alot to reply to every comment like you do lol are we done now?

matastig
matastig

@Gelugon_baat No  i meant it btw, because i feel sorry for you, your reply is once again irrelevant. we all need help one way or another, i get mine do you get yours? of course not.

That comment i wrote is related to the new changes on this site and it's natural to complain when you lose the ability to view comments, yours on the other hand: 1. is reflecting your bad “personal” nature because it has nothing to do with what I said before or with the whole subject. 2. You just admitted that you’ve been trolling me the same time I got a PM from a friend saying: (it’s copy/paste ) Ahhh .. good ol Gelugon the Baat.. Just ignore the (something i erased)  .. he's the internet's biggest troll and he feeds on arguements so just ignore him .. 

Sorry to let you read that , but I did it because not matter how you’re gonna reply next it’s going to help you, unless you’re completely insane! And yes with me you don’t get  to win! i care for ppl like you, and I know you think I’m mocking you , but I’m not, you can try and add me on PSN if you needed a friend to win arguments with if that’ll help.

Tho seriously why you were trolling me? I mean does it really makes you feel good on some twisted lvl? because I’ve never met a troll before and again I’m not mocking you.

You really need to speak with someone about this, and again sorry for being harsh, and I mean it, i just did it because you needed it that’s all.

matastig
matastig

@Gelugon_baat you're not expressing an opinion here you you're expressing your hatred for others, because you're reply has nothing to do with expressing your opinion, you were just attacking mine, read my comment again and then red your reply to it, i just think you need help that's all.

sorry for being harsh before, but it's not healthy, i mean god you're everywhere! meddling in everything. and i've never been harsh to anyone like this before and i feel bad about it, so sorry for being rude , i just couldn't help myself.

matastig
matastig

@Gelugon_baat and one more thing, i think next time i'm might report abuse, because if you look down there you replied to all ,not so "ass kissing" comments , you don't own the site or our opinions , you have your own we have ours , stop harassing members!.

matastig
matastig

@Gelugon_baat I know you for more than a year i used to thumb you up to ease the red on you, and now i get why ppl down thumbing you a lot around here.

can you please stop "kissing ass" for once and be honest for a change! and  yes you don't know me but i know you for more than a year from your energetic endless comments and replies for others all around the community, mocking everything on your way sometimes without evening knowing .

sorry for being harsh , but please stop the ass kissing!! you don't know me or know what i'm talking about so please don't bother me with your  replies.

and yes i've been there i used to support the staff and defend them you can ask my friend Adam in that comment down there, and i agree with him btw, and you can also ask Jody because she used to be one of my favorite here as well.

and to answer to your stupid question, i stayed here because my freinds asked me to, in my blog, PM's and even on PSN, like what i said you don't now me or know what i'm talking about so STOP the ass kissing and  have some self esteem , and stop mocking other memebers' comments and opinions.

 

matastig
matastig

So you're still on working here! good to know Jody, oh and btw this is how this new comment system works for some of us: http://i46.tinypic.com/rsg4l0.jpg

Livefyre features most be blocked in some countries (or the Port they're using ) and in order to view the comment or the comment editor is to use a Proxy client (like i'm doing right now)

we asked to stop trolls of give us the right to disable the thumbing system like the staff do, not to use a broken service hosted on another server or website, we asked millions of time to fix the site's basics like uploading pics, or videos and one did anything about it, so really this new comment  system is  meant for us? or it's just another kind of business to the site's owner?

it's ok no need to reply to my comment (it's way to keep my dignity because i know how you ignore your members on this websites and i already posted lots of threads and blogs and tagged you and others on the Fuse but no reply ) it's ok , and honestly we got  used to this kind of disrespect so no worries.

have fun.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

 @JodyR  since you "SEEM" to be hearing opinions (and I say seem because I know too well it's pretend caring .. unless it's sth that was already intended then you're not going out of your way to change anything .. if it's NOT intended then you'll pretend you listened then provide a counter argument) .. I have just written an editorial that represents how me and a large group of bloggers feel about this comment system .

 

I know you won't care when our small group leaves this site .. but hey , at least I'll have done all I can do before leaving .

 

Sorry if this is  a bitter comment but I've been here for 3 years and there are some glitches that are even older than that , that were promised to be fixed .. a soapbox that is in "working on it" limbo but not really cause we know you don't care ... and tons of other stuff . So yeah .

topsemag55
topsemag55

I would like to see a date & time stamp for each comment on this new system.

msfan1289
msfan1289

this is lame i like the old one. or at least let the user edit, and dislike comment, and whats with the snitching? snitch on people who likes your comment

Jbul
Jbul

Cute picture by the way, Jody. :P  Sassy lady.

gamingqueen
gamingqueen

There are other ways of saying I like/agree dislike/or don't agree with a comment and that is by posting so. Hehehe Hell of a programmer you have... to be able to include the best features from websites as Twitter and Discus. I'm impressed. 

TAMKFan
TAMKFan

Okay so now I dislike the new comment system more than before. You can't even edit comments now and your overall post count does not go up from these comments anymore.

fabz_95
fabz_95

New system is pretty nice.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well at least you all did a better job of implementing Livefyre's commenting system than Joystiq did.....y'all need to give them some advice. 

 

Seriously I was nervous before I signed in thinking I had to go through some long drawn out signup process. Speaking of commenting will our post count still remain the same?

bbkkristian
bbkkristian

Its a bit slow on my internet, but I can handle it :) I really like it! Compliments to the techs!

ad0234
ad0234

It's a cool system, but right now there are still multiple issues to be fixed. I hope it will happen soon, cause admittedly I do really like the new design of the commenting system, as well as some of it's features.

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

Where's my dislike button? I should be able to choose whether I like or dislike a comment. Please bring back the dislike option. I do like the threading tho, it keeps things organized.

angeldeb82
angeldeb82

Well, I don't see any new comments on my friends' blogs, myself included!  This stinks!  :(

Masenkoe
Masenkoe

This is madness! Not sure if I will ever get used to this...

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Some of us enjoy not having every single social networking site tied together. I don't want everything I type being spread to every other site I have a profile on. It doesn't look like this does that automatically (yet), but it looks like it's heading that way.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

 @The-Apostle According to the meeting that I've had with livefyre they plan on bringing in this feature, they didn't however share where it fell on their road map. 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

 @fishdingo5 And the thumbs would stop such exchanges?

 

They only work on those who are intimidated by down-votes.

JodyR
JodyR moderator

 @topsemag55 Oh, look at that! Thanks so much topsemag55

JodyR
JodyR moderator

 @gamingqueen Thanks for your feedback. This is just the beginning, the commenting system will be built out with more features over time! We'll keep everyone posted. 

topsemag55
topsemag55

 @TAMKFan

 Forum post count went up from commenting due to a glitch, it stopped updating the separate comment count in your profile.

shadowchronicle
shadowchronicle moderator

 @TAMKFan I think that the overall quality of a post counts more than anything else when posting in forums.  Posting a lot does not leave a good mark.

JodyR
JodyR moderator

 @PumpkinBoogie I went ahead and filed a bug about the post count concerns. Thanks for the reminder.

topsemag55
topsemag55

 @PumpkinBoogie

 Commenting under this new system won't add to your forum post count (like the old comments did).

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Nevermind, I answered my question by looking at my profile....looks like the comment/post count still remains. Cool deal :)

topsemag55
topsemag55

 @TruthTellers

 You do have an "unlike" button, but all it will do is remove any "Like" you gave previously.

JodyR
JodyR moderator

 @RavenXavier You do not have to use the social features. They are simply there for those who do. :)

pokecharm
pokecharm

 @Gelugon_baat and here is another example, did you need to reply to my comment?  Did you bring something new to the discussion?  Or did you antagonise and alienate me with your comment?  I feel the latter.  Why are you picking on me?  Why are you bullying everyone here?

pokecharm
pokecharm

 @Gelugon_baat I have to ask, are you modding?  Because you've replied to every comment on this article, in support of any and all changes, and defamed and dressed down anyone who has said anything against GS.  I'm just not sure what your role is here and I'm not sure you're allowing people to voice their opinions, which it is our right to do.  What I love, is should you reply to my comment, I'll never know unless I come back here ;)

angeldeb82
angeldeb82

 @topsemag55 No, they STILL don't work for me!  And anyway, your profile is STILL private.  :(

pokecharm
pokecharm

 @Gelugon_baat yeah, but don't you get you're just antagonising everyone here?  This situation is tense and you're constant badgering of everyone is unhelpful, to put it nicely.  If you reply to every comment on a discussion, what point are you making?  And when you do reply, what do you think we're seeing?  I think my view (and everyone elses) of your incessant comments and yours are grossly different.  I wish you would take a step back and allow the discussion to progress without your commentary.

 

I've often learned that when you're angry, it is important to think before saying something, and I think you're taking a personal, vested interest against other members that is making this situation worse.  Slamming people isn't going to make your point any more salient.  I think somewhere you know that and I wish you'd take the high road.  Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should or that you're saying anything of value.  Poking people isn't going to help this situation.