New GameSpot Commenting System Is Go

Today we completely overhauled our commenting system. Now it features threaded comments, instant posting, no level requirements, and notifications.

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We wanted to give you heads up that we have completely overhauled our commenting system today, making use of technology from Livefyre. Our old system had been in place for a very long time, and while competent enough when we first turned it on back in the dark ages of the Internet, it had become a bit of a dinosaur. Right? There was a lot that it couldn't do that we wanted to offer you. So, moving forward, we are very pleased to be able to offer a completely new experience that we hope you enjoy. For those of you that have been registered users of GameSpot for a while, it will no doubt take a little time to adjust, but we're excited for the opportunity it presents.

When you post a comment, or reply to another user, you'll see the comment appear in line automagically and instantly. No more page refreshes or comment box refreshes to see what's going on.

So what does the new system do that they old one couldn't? Well, for starters you'll see an instant response time; when you post a comment, or reply to another user, you'll see the comment appear in line automagically and instantly. No more page refreshes or comment box refreshes to see what's going on. The new system also offers threaded comments, so you'll be able to respond directly to other users' posts rather than simply referring back to an earlier comment in the hopes people would dig back to see what you were talking about. Instant notifications are new too, so you can see when someone has responded to one of your witty bon mots, and you'll also be able to "follow" conversations and receive notifications as they develop. For new users, we've also removed the level requirement for commenting, so as soon as you register you can start contributing to the conversation.

We are transferring all of your previous comments into the new system. As you poke around the site over the next few days you may see some places where the comments aren't completely up to date. While our team has been working hard to migrate all interactions into the new system - there is 16 years worth of data in there, and some of it may slip between the cracks. On posts that are lagging behind, you should see comments from the past eight days at the very minimum, and any remaining stuff will re-emerge over the next few days while our team of code ninjas clean things up.

Want to check it out? It's right there, at the bottom of the page. For more detail on the changes, check out this post by Jody, our community manager.

Discussion

32 comments
Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

And so the white elephant that replaced the dinosaur would itself be usurped.

WCK619
WCK619

and why do links in the email notifications always send you to stage.gamespot.com/[somearticle] instead of gamespot.com/[somearticle] ? The "stage" part breaks the link.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Its harder to find your comments and replies...you just end up loading a huge list which takes forever to scroll down, i prefer having pages (also as WCK619 said, replies dont show up in your inbox). It would be great if we could skip straight to our last comment, rather than going through several hundred to find it.

 

I have already mentioned the removal of thumbs down, but wanted to mention it again after seeing a whole bunch of stupid comments and not having the ability to disagree without writing a reply. I feel it was useful when people posted incorrect information that other users could point that out (so that people are not misinformed), and if anyone posted something stupid it could easily be avoided.

 

Also spell check does not work properly.

 

Not trying to be difficult or negative about the new system, just trying to give some helpful feedback.

WCK619
WCK619

I'd be okay with the new commenting if it didn't remove so many features.

 

No thumbs down? Why does everyone have to follow this facebook trend of only allowing having "likes" but never "dislike"? It's getting really annoying.

 

Threaded comments are neat and organized but it also means the whole conversation gets burried instead of just the oldest comments.

 

Replies are annoying to find now. I used to get a message in my Gamespot inbox whenever someone replied to my messages. Not anymore...

 

Comment editing removed? What was the point of this? That's one of my most used features. Is Gamespot actively trying to keep the site from being user-friendly?

oskuuu
oskuuu

i really liked the old system much more... but i guess i'll just have to adapt :S

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

But not being able to edit your comments and no thumbs down kind of sucks...i hope you bring them back.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

It's good but what about when I want to dislike someone's comment? There's nothing that can restore your faith in mankind than seeing something really racist or whatever is rated -30 or more, but now what? Will they just have 3 likes from equally wrong people? How will that make the GS community look?

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

And what happened to the ability to use HTML and BBCode in comments, or to edit them after posting?

Boubou
Boubou

 @Gelugon_baat Only these video and image services are supported currently: youtube, flickr, twitpic, imgur, img.ly, tinypic, vimeo

Boubou
Boubou

 @GamerLegend10 rather than pushing the bad content down with the thumbs down, push the good content up.

Boubou
Boubou

 @pierrey22 To edit: copy, edit, delete old, paste new one. At least for now, we'll work on having a true edit functionality at a later time

Boubou
Boubou

 @s_h_a_d_o No BBCode, just post an image link and it will fetch it. If that's what you're using the BBCodes for

WCK619
WCK619

 @Gelugon_baat  This is not true. GameSpot sends you an email notification whenever someone "likes" your comment, but not when someone replies to it. I've gone back to articles and found replies that I was never notified about. 2 of them being from you!

OldKye
OldKye

 @Gelugon_baat  @GamerLegend10 well i hope they read some of your comments lol i see as many con's as pro's but i liked the thumb clicks, getting thumbs downs didn't upset me just let me know people didn't agree with my perspective or that i was getting off topic.  When i post a youtube video it's nice to know people like it and all but the only way to improve it is to know what people didn't like.  Thumbs was a way for people to voice their opinion without having to get too involved or get back lash about what they think i wouldn't call them lazy.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @Boubou

And will we be able to at least link to Gamespot's own image servers in the future. :|

WCK619
WCK619

 @Boubou  What if the comment doesn't break the rules but I just simply disagree with their opinion? This is just annoying Facebook crap.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @Boubou 

OK, just FYI...

[spoiler]Spoiler tags are also borked![/spoiler]

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @Boubou  Oh yeah, and you want to know the [i]most[/i] frustrating thing? The frigging copy/paste functionality of the MMB under Linux won't work within the comment pane!!!

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @Boubou What about formatting text (listing, emboldening, italicising) - how about paragraph formatting, font formatting (colour, size), quote/code blocks?

Do spoiler tags even work?

HyBridFuRy
HyBridFuRy

 @Gelugon_baat I just like the thumbs up and thumbs down feature better. How will gamespot or users sort through the comments to avoid anyone posting something silly/stupid, bad troll comment, etc. so it could easily be avoided. I guess there's flagging, and I'm not sure if the flag system really works if any mods or admins actually read a comment to see if deserves to be removed or not. So the old system with the thumbs up/thumbs down was really useful to have when someone puts some false information or a spam post that nobody agrees with or dislikes. I don't know why they chose to do this livefyre system in the comments, but i think it's just the livefyre system that doesn't have it. Hopefully they will update it in the near future. 

HyBridFuRy
HyBridFuRy

 @Gelugon_baat Gamespot is turning into the new Facebook and youtube, which is a real failure. Like what GamerLegend said, you can't tell if someone commenting maybe something stupid so people will know if a user posted  some stupid comment or incorrect information that other users could point out is good or bad. Doesn't matter though, this new commenting system is absurd 'cause people don't get to thumbs down something for no reason without any relevancy, so people will just like something if someone posts something stupid, false, or anything bad? Bring back the thumbs up and thumbs down system so we can sort out the comments. 

And Written Responses? What are you talking about? These are written responses you're reading.