Hey everyone. I’m Jeremiah, and I oversee all of our soccer sites.
This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a brand new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. Viola Nation is one of 33 soccer communities moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.
Why this change? We’ve been using the same commenting platform for over a decade and it’s time for an upgrade. The old system is brittle, and prone to outages. It’s not built for the modern web, and even just fixing it when it breaks gets tougher every year.
Nobody likes change, but this is a necessary one, and it brings real improvements that’ll make our whole commenting experience better.
In the new system, you’ll see features that we’ve wanted to add for years, including:
- Easier embeds (just paste the Twitter/YouTube link)
- Easier rich text shortcuts (control-B for Bold, control-I for italics)
- Email notifications when someone replies to you
- See who’s Rec’d your comments
- Better reporting and anti-abuse controls
- A GIF library for easier image posting
- The ability to mute annoying commenters
- Easily find the most Rec’d comments
Plus a whole host of features that we’ve kept because they make our communities special, such as new comment highlighting, color changes with high Rec counts, external image embeds, sarcasm font, and much more.
This platform has been built specifically for SB Nation communities and, for the first time, we now have a team dedicated to constantly evolving and improving our commenting tools.
I know that new things take a bit of time to get used to — I ask only that you give it a chance, try it on a few articles, and then tell us honestly what you think. This is a permanent work in progress — we will continue to evolve the tools over the coming months and years, to give you the tools and platform you deserve. In fact, we have already added dozens of new features based on feedback from our audiences since our initial launch on NFL communities last year. You can help make it better by giving us your feedback in the comments or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Some important information about the change: your old comments are being saved and will be returned to the pages in the future, but for now, old stories won’t contain the old comments. And your comments will be visible in a tab called My Profile where the comments are, instead of via the top menu.
The new platform will go live on Viola Nation beginning on Thursday, July 22, using the same login as always.
Thanks as always for being here. Now let’s talk.