Testing New Commenting System

We're testing a new commenting system at MLBTR.  It's called Disqus, and it has many new features, including threaded commenting, flagging comments, liking comments, and adding avatars.  You can sign up for a Disqus account or log in through your existing Twitter, OpenID, or Yahoo account.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  Comments made before Disqus will no longer be accessible.


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  1. brewersfan729 6 years ago

    I like this one much better.

  2. FutureBravesGM18 6 years ago

    Awesome I like that you can comment on something someone else said it makes it easier to agree or disagree with them and so people know who or what your agreeing with or against!!!

  3. Philip Marlowe 6 years ago

    Love it, Tim. It’s really efficient. Looks great too

  4. Tim,

    I have an idea for MLBTR, where is the appropriate place to pitch is idea for you?

  5. Philip Marlowe 6 years ago

    Love this – it looks great and it’s much more organized than the last one. Only sad thing is, with all the old comments gone, I don’t know if I’ll remember what the Mets’ 2010 lineup should look like.

  6. fitz 6 years ago

    Double post, hooray.

  7. fitz 6 years ago

    This system seems a lot better than TypePad though.

  8. God,

    Give me the strength to refrain from going through all the archives and posting “first” on every single post.

    Amen.

  9. 55saveslives 6 years ago

    Testing?

  10. cderry 6 years ago

    Hey! If you were a hotdog and you were starving….would you eat yourself?

  11. I’m a fan!

  12. I agree. This is a much better message board.

  13. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 6 years ago

    Is this going to be like the last system… impossible to find comments? And why does it say I have 1 point?

  14. Infield Fly 6 years ago

    Tim, in the past week I notice that whichever browser I use it crashes repeatedly on this site (and none of the others I visit and linger on). There is no obvious time interval – sometimes it happens within minutes, sometimes it takes an hour. Could this have anything to do with the changes you are making to the site?

  15. Testing

  16. 55saveslives 6 years ago

    NVM…figured it out

  17. touchmymonkey 6 years ago

    I’m just happy I didn’t have to change my ID name

  18. I like it. Good work, Tim

  19. Pretty cool, I’m liking it.

  20. bomberj11 6 years ago

    I see a happy face on yours.

  21. HansonAce 6 years ago

    nice

  22. Woohoo, this commenting system is way better! Awesome job!

  23. bbxxj 6 years ago

    Hmm, My only concern would be the load times on mobile devices and slow computers… like the ones at work.

  24. Nicolas_C 6 years ago

    This commenting system is a lot better. It should certainly stick around.

  25. I like it. I love the avatars too!!

  26. atlbraves312 6 years ago

    awesome… i love it man…

  27. Liam Gallagher 6 years ago

    I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!! Keep up the good work!

  28. bbxxj 6 years ago

    I do like how you can filter for newest first. It makes reading a really long thread much easier because you don’t have to keep scrolling down to the last comment each time.

  29. Chipanese 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  30. SRT 6 years ago

    Testing….
    Nice!

  31. Very nice :)

  32. Brian 6 years ago

    Testing…

  33. touchmymonkey 6 years ago

    i like so far

  34. Looks good!

  35. plank46 6 years ago

    Great job, Tim!! I like how you are always trying to change and make things better!! This is one of my favorite sites to go to!!

  36. jayjay67 6 years ago

    Much better system than the previous one. However, I am in total agreement with others on the disappointment of losing old comments.

  37. kcjones21 6 years ago

    i like

  38. Good work Mr. Dierkes & Co.
    Like this a lot!

  39. chicubs25 6 years ago

    My avatar is MLBTradeRumors? How do I change that?

  40. chicubs25 6 years ago

    Why si MLBTradeRumors my avatar? How do I change it?

  41. chicubs25 6 years ago

    I can’t see my own posts?

  42. jayjay67 6 years ago

    Avatars will become a problem due to immaturity. However, change the word “Flag” to “Report” and a lot more of the immature or plain troublemakers will be weeded out.

  43. SRT 6 years ago

    Testing….

    Very nice.

  44. 04Forever 6 years ago

    I already like this system better

  45. 04Forever 6 years ago

    im not so sure about the “load more comments” feature though. I liked it when you could just click on a link to take you to the most recent comments instead of clicking that link 3-4 times

    • Yeah, this was bugging me. I can understand why it’s there, though.

      Should be toggle-able from your profile, or something. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers.

    • Yeah, this was bugging me. I can understand why it’s there, though.

      Should be toggle-able from your profile, or something. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers.

  46. Liking this one. A bit weird, but I’m liking it.

  47. Edgar4HOF 6 years ago

    works for me

  48. Edgar4HOF 6 years ago

    works for me

  49. Not bad. I like the threaded replies and the fact that you can flag comments now. The moderator thing wasn’t working anyway. :)

  50. Not bad. I like the threaded replies and the fact that you can flag comments now. The moderator thing wasn’t working anyway. :)

  51. Looks good!

  52. Looks good!

  53. bjsguess 6 years ago

    This is a nice step forward. Couple of things still missing that I would hope can be addressed in the future.1. Don’t Like button – Biggest problem with this site are really poor comments. Being able to quickly sift through comments that are highly ranked (by ignoring comments that really disliked) would do wonders. Especially, on those 300 comment posts. You would get more people reading the good comments if they also didn’t have to go through all the garbage that gets posted as well.2. Individual User Block lists – similar to the first point. Unfortunately, there are some people that I never want to read what they write (and I’m sure some people who never want to read what I write). By blocking users we can eliminate a lot of the garbage posts.3. Avatars – don’t really care one way or another. I just know that they are TINY on my screen. I would prefer that we not have them due to their size. Not a huge deal though one way or another.4. Editing in HTML – I love that you can edit. Not a fan that it has to be done in HTML. Considering that most people have a hard time putting together a coherent sentence, asking them to edit their comments in HTML is risky. I can’t imagine how some of these posts will turn out.

    • Septhinox 6 years ago

      These are very good points. However, in regards to #3, most systems are moving toward HTML based editing. Simple HTML editing will be the norm if it hasn’t already become that. Surely we will get some mistakes along the way, but that’s expected. :)

      • bjsguess 6 years ago

        I’m fine giving people the ability to edit in HTML. However, most sites support a basic toolbar across the top for common functions (breaks, bullets, font-face, etc). I would guess that about 10-15% of MLBTrade Rumors readers have any clue about what HTML looks like. It would be awesome if everyone was up to speed in HTML – I just don’t think most people are.

  54. bjsguess 6 years ago

    This is a nice step forward. Couple of things still missing that I would hope can be addressed in the future.1. Don’t Like button – Biggest problem with this site are really poor comments. Being able to quickly sift through comments that are highly ranked (by ignoring comments that really disliked) would do wonders. Especially, on those 300 comment posts. You would get more people reading the good comments if they also didn’t have to go through all the garbage that gets posted as well.2. Individual User Block lists – similar to the first point. Unfortunately, there are some people that I never want to read what they write (and I’m sure some people who never want to read what I write). By blocking users we can eliminate a lot of the garbage posts.3. Avatars – don’t really care one way or another. I just know that they are TINY on my screen. I would prefer that we not have them due to their size. Not a huge deal though one way or another.4. Editing in HTML – I love that you can edit. Not a fan that it has to be done in HTML. Considering that most people have a hard time putting together a coherent sentence, asking them to edit their comments in HTML is risky. I can’t imagine how some of these posts will turn out.

  55. Rashomon 6 years ago

    Great job, Tim! I think this a move in the right direction.

  56. Rashomon 6 years ago

    Great job, Tim! I think this a move in the right direction.

  57. gobraves16 6 years ago

    this is much better

  58. gobraves16 6 years ago

    this is much better

  59. roebirds 6 years ago

    Long time coming. I’m digging it.

  60. roebirds 6 years ago

    Long time coming. I’m digging it.

  61. Grizz2 6 years ago

    1 2 3 testing

  62. Grizz2 6 years ago

    1 2 3 testing

  63. looks cool but comments don’t load on my Blackberry Curve…..

  64. looks cool but comments don’t load on my Blackberry Curve…..

  65. inkstainedscribe 6 years ago

    Nice upgrade, Tim.

  66. inkstainedscribe 6 years ago

    Nice upgrade, Tim.

  67. NYBravosFan10 6 years ago

    very nice

  68. NYBravosFan10 6 years ago

    very nice

  69. Mule 6 years ago

    I guess it’s OK, I liked the more streamlined look of the old comments though.

  70. Mule 6 years ago

    I guess it’s OK, I liked the more streamlined look of the old comments though.

  71. Scott Lewis 6 years ago

    One nation, under Disqus.

  72. Scott Lewis 6 years ago

    One nation, under Disqus.

  73. I think Disqus is a good choice. We’ve used them on blogs in the past with a great deal of success in combating spam. Also, pretty cool to finally allow us to see where everyone is coming from as well.

  74. I think Disqus is a good choice. We’ve used them on blogs in the past with a great deal of success in combating spam. Also, pretty cool to finally allow us to see where everyone is coming from as well.

  75. DLeeFan 6 years ago

    So far so good.

  76. DLeeFan 6 years ago

    So far so good.

  77. DLeeFan 6 years ago

    So far so good.

  78. This is my first post on the new system, and I’m testing the same thing. I’m back & forth on whether or not I’d LIKE it to post to my twitter account or not. And if it does, I’ll be back & forth on whether I should create a separate, baseball-focused twitter account. (In fact, half of my tweets are about baseball already, so I’m already split on that…)

    Under sharing options, looks like there’s a “Share on twitter” option. Since there’s no character limit here, though, not sure what it’ll post. Maybe the maximum allowed characters, including a link to the comment? I’ll try it in a separate comment following this one.

    From what I can tell, though, the new functionality looks great. I don’t have a big problem with the avatars. In fact, I kind of dig it.

  79. Bernaldo 6 years ago

    I’ll wait until I’ve used it several times to determine if this is a real improvement or not. I still hope MLBTR will adopt a No Avatar policy but – these manageable, simple, thumbnail size avatars are a fair compromise unlike those graphics-on-steroids monstrosities you find on some other sites!

  80. My second test of MLB Trade Rumors’ integration with Twitter (through Disqus). This is a post I’m assuming will post to Twitter, since I’m opting for the “Share on Twitter” checkbox. I’m being long-winded because I’m testing what will happen if my comment on MLBTR is over the 140 character limit imposed by Twitter.

  81. Yes, it posted to my twitter account, and the link points DIRECTLY to MY comment in the list of comments. Impressive. Unfortunately, I keep getting logged out of twitter on MLBTR, so have to keep re-logging in…

  82. Suzysman 6 years ago

    When you went from white/black to black/white, there were some old pages that kept the old formatting. No clue why, but remember there were pages that could be found with the old white on black. It isnt possible here with this change as well? Does everything from the past has to be changed to Disqus like this, or would you be able to only change topics moving forward from a certain point?

  83. Septhinox 6 years ago

    I like this system a lot!!!

  84. cwcb4 6 years ago

    eh its ok

  85. The “reply” feature is the best upgrade compared to MLBTR’s last commenting system I think. I use Intense Debate on my site and it works very well, but DISQUS is also very good.

  86. stl_cards16 6 years ago

    I’m not sure about it…with the reply button, someone can reply to something you wrote an hour ago and you will never see it, unless you go back through all the comments looking for your original post

  87. thenextboss 6 years ago

    fingers crossed

  88. I like it….

  89. Pretty cool Tim. I’m still figuring out how to upload an avatar though.
    For the meantime, I’m using the MLBTR avatar.

  90. stl_cards16 6 years ago

    One thing I’m really not likeing, that I hope can be fixed/changed. When I leave the website I have to sign back in each time I come back. With typepad I would stay logged in as long as I didn’t completely exit the internet. For example I went to the forums and clicked the MLBTR at the top of the forum page to come back here. When I went to comment again I had to sign in. Not a major problem, just kind of annoying.

    • Really? I have not experienced that. Maybe just hit Remember the password in your browser.

      • stl_cards16 6 years ago

        maybe it’s just a setting with my browser or something….I will mess with it and see if I can fix it. If no one else if having the same problem it must be something I’m doing wrong

  91. Sage 6 years ago

    I really like the avatar feature. For one, it can be used to identify who your team is, which for some comments, would make the vantage point of the commenter a lot clearer. It took me a little while to figure out how to log in, though, but I’ve got it now. This commenting system, overall, is much better than the previous one. I love the option to Flag posts and to Reply to posts.

  92. atlbraves312 6 years ago

    Cool, just noticed I can edit my comments.

  93. atlbraves312 6 years ago

    Haha.

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