Comment Upgrades


Hey everyone,

Earlier this morning, Tim rolled-out an update to the comment system that brings with it the ability to ‘report’ a comment.

Next to the upvote and downvote buttons, there is now a gavel that if you click this, it will create a flag on the back-end where a moderator can address the issue (spam/trolling/harassment ect).

It’s a small update but one that should help us keep the comments/foums a little bit cleaner.


Comments (23)

23 responses to “Comment Upgrades”

  1. lwetzel

    Great! Now let's hope we won't need it. ;)

  2. BigM72

    I wish the effect of upvote and downvote buttons was more prominent a la Ars Technica. Aside from a few committed "fans", people here are generally sensible and civil. On that basis they can use upvote and downvote for comment quality vs just agreeing/disagreeing.

  3. Dan1986ist

    I've been using the gavel on spammy posts and was wondering if that actually did anything or alerted anyone about those posts?

  4. infloop

    Brad, do we want to implement something like archiving old posts so that it will no longer be possible to make any new replies? Something like when the last activity was months ago, or one year?

    It looks like to me that the spammers are digging up old posts to spam on, bringing the thread back to the top, and then actual readers add comments likely without realizing how old a thread is.

    Edit: I noticed that the post date does not show on the All Forum Posts page if it is viewed in a window larger than what I assume is a smartphone screen. Perhaps this can be added as well?

  5. Maktaba

    What a strange icon for a report button. Exclamation mark in a triangle would have been better.

  6. Oasis

    What is the Blue(pencil looking) thing in your Snip?

  7. lethalleigh

    Brad, I have a question. In your opinion what is the positive value of having a downvote button?

    • Brad Sams

      In reply to lethalleigh:

      it helps with moderation, if we see a user is getting a significant number of downvotes, every time they comment, it's easier to surface that account.

      • locust infested orchard inc

        In reply to brad-sams:

        There is one such account/person who consistantly has negative down votes on almost all his/her comments, probably with an average downvote value of -5.

        The user is certainly genuine, but his/her comments are evidently biased, and contrary to the mindset of the majority who frequent

        I don't wanna be seen as a grasser, so I shall refrain from naming him, but (s)he certainly brings no karma or police-like seriousness to the majority of his/her comments.

        Subtle hints as to the member with italicised words in the preceding paragraph. ;-)

      • Minke

        In reply to brad-sams:

        The problem I see is that most downvotes have nothing to do with the tenor or quality of the comment. Most downvotes are simply because someone disagrees with the comment. I personally ignore the votes since they have no relationship to the quality of the comments, only opinions of the readers.

        • Tim

          In reply to Minke:

          I'd like to preface this by saying I'm not sure I have a real opinion here yet...I actually find this an interesting discussion. That said...

          "Most downvotes are simply because someone disagrees with the comment."

          And what of the up-votes?

          • Minke

            In reply to Tim:

            Sure, upvotes are because people agree with the comment, but again, these votes have nothing to do with the quality of the comment, only the opinions of the readers. I really don't know how you can look at down votes as a flag that someone is saying something inappropriate, because in most cases they aren't. In fact, on some forums I see outrageous stuff get tons of upvotes just because some people like outrageous stuff.

          • lethalleigh

            In reply to Tim:

            The difference is that downvotes are often used for the wrong reasons and can have a negative impact on the recipient.

            I just feel we should lift people up rather than drag them down. If someone finds a comment so egregious they can report it.

            Anyway, just my opinion.

    • MrKirbs

      In reply to lethalleigh:

      There is a difference between people who aren't contributing to the discussion, and people who are being abusive or spamming. Someone saying something mundane and anti-Apple on an iPhone review isn't worth engaging a moderator over, but should otherwise be filtered away through community action.

    • boots

      In reply to lethalleigh:

      So lazy people can disagree with you, without telling you why.

      • bharris

        In reply to Boots:

        But I guess the same argument could be made for upvotes. To me, it is not so much that I agree or disagree but that post said something interesting/thought provoking. That being said, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to them. If I'm interested in the topic, I'll read all of the posts.

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