We’ve Made a Few Comment System Tweaks

In response to some reader feedback since we launched the new commenting platform, Disqus, we’ve made a few adjustments to the layout of the comments section.

There are two changes: The comment entry form now appears at the top of the comment thread. We did this because it’s the only way to have the Disqus menu — where you can log in or out and manage your profile — appear in the same space as the comment entry form. This should make it easier for people to comment using their preferred identity.

The other change is that we now have the system set up to display the newest comments first, which we think will bring more visibility to comments that might otherwise get buried. If you want to have the comments display in plain old chronological order, like they used to, you can change this setting using the “Sort” drop-down menu.

Let us know what you think.

  • Sounds good.

    Since I’ve already established myself as a PITA, I’d like to request that the time be added back to posting dates on the /comments page. Makes it easier to remember what I’ve read already.

  • Anonymous

    Oh no. First they want me to look both ways before crossing a bike lane and now I have to adjust to this. I don’t think I can handle it.

  • Having the comments load newest on top, but replies to comments listed underneath, is a recipe for disaster.

    Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the indented replies to comments. In my years of experience with Streetsblog, I’ve noticed that commenters tend to stick fairly close to the post subject, which creates tight, high-value-added comment threads. What also helps is that you guys might post three or five times on a developing story, so that the threads keep staying fresh.

  • Having the comments load newest on top, but replies to comments listed underneath, is a recipe for disaster.

    Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the indented replies to comments. In my years of experience with Streetsblog, I’ve noticed that commenters tend to stick fairly close to the post subject, which creates tight, high-value-added comment threads. What also helps is that you guys might post three or five times on a developing story, so that the threads keep staying fresh.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Is there a block as to how often you can reply in a given thread, overall or within a given set of time?

    In today’s headlines, I have already replied to comment on my comment, and there are a couple of other points in the dicussion, but it seems I can no longer comment.

    I don’t think I violated my partial ban on Streetsblog, either in what I said or where I said it (ie. not a non-New York version).

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Minor point: I think you guys should get rid of some of the white space between the bottom of the blog post and the start of the comments section.

  • I do not think there are limits of this sort. You mean, there’s no longer a reply link on this comment: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/03/30/todays-headlines-1108/#comment-174827008 ?

  • Larry Littlefield

    No, I mean I can’t comment on that post at all. I type it in, but when I hit submit it does not take. Meanwhile, I can still comment and reply here — I think.

  • Andy

    Only 1st level comments seem to have a reply link here.

  • Andy

    I’m actually a big fan of the “most liked” comments on top. As we all know, there are many people that have a lot of things to say, but a lot of online comments are junk that we don’t all need to read. When a few people “like” a comment and it moves to the top, than someone reading that article later can easily see what comments matter, instead of having to skim through the comments no one cares about. Since it’s common that articles are mostly just commented on for a day or two, the chronological order is much less important since new events are not unfolding in the same article.

  • Good catch.
    Fixed.

  • Please show the comment count. Now it just says “View Comments”, when it used to say “Comments(12)”. Comments are quick way to see which articles I want to read if I haven’t read the site in a few days. I read all posts with highest counts.

  • Please show the comment count. Now it just says “View Comments”, when it used to say “Comments(12)”. Comments are quick way to see which articles I want to read if I haven’t read the site in a few days. I read all posts with highest counts.

  • Um… what? (If you can’t say so publicly, go to my blog and find me and shoot me an email.)

  • Larry is referring to the fact that comments containing the phrase “generation greed” get flagged for moderation.

  • Driver

    The ability to only reply to only the original commenter hurts the flow of reading a discussion. For example, in the “SUV Driver Sends Brooklyn Delivery Cyclist to the ER”
    thread, I replied to Larry’s and Nathan’s comments, which were responses to Station’s comment, so my reply appears above Larry and Nathan’s. This makes the thread awkward to read. I understand you want to limit tangents within a discussion, but this also hampers a back and forth discussion, even one relevant to the topic at hand. Thanks.

  • Jass

    Hm, not a fan of the reply box on top at all, because I like to read it all before replying.

    Also, I cant reply in the highway removal video page which seems to still be using the old system.

  • I can’t seem to use Disquis to make comments when I’m on my mobile. The only login I can gain access to the one for people who are using Disquis to handle comments on their own site–I can’t login using Twitter to simply make a comment here. Am I missing something?

  • Larry Littlefield

    I am also blocked from commenting on non-NY Streetsblog posts, which sometimes appear here, and if I’m not careful I’ll type a comment and waste my time. I’ll leave it to others to make up their own minds if this is reasonable.

  • Jass

    Larry, are you getting the same problem I am?

    The box appears, you type, and then you click the send button but the button doesnt “press”?

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