The UK Defence Journal has been using the same comment system for five years now, it’s time to change that.
As part of our redesign and refresh at the New Year, we looked at getting a new comment section for the website. That objective can now be ticked off.
The biggest complaints we’ve had over the comments section on this website is that the commenting feature is simply clunky. The system doesn’t notify users when people respond to their comments, it doesn’t allow people to edit their comments and in general makes it a pain to follow replies.
Despite this shambles, a very active and knowledgeable community of commentators has formed on the UK Defence Journal.
As the editor and owner of this website, I personally enjoy reading the comments in response to my articles, since I don’t get paid for writing it’s a nice way to get something back for the work.
I think the people commenting here that have persevered through one of the clumsiest comment sections on the internet deserve better so, we’ve been looking at ways to put something better in place.
Our new system will be based around these points:
- Clean, simple and easy user interface and user experience.
- Live updates of new comments with notifier buttons to notify you of new posts on an article or if you prefer, when someone replies to your comment.
- Comment voting, you can now vote good comments up and bad comments can be voted down.
- Comment list sorting by newest, oldest and most voted comments.
- Anonymous comments can still be posted if you prefer. (name and email are to be be set as not required)
- Full integration with Social Network Login plugins (Facebook, Twitter…) if you prefer to use those.
- Users and guests can edit their comments (time-frame to be determined).
- Long comment text breaking function (a ‘Read more’ button).
- Secure and Anti-Spam features will not allow spammers to comment.
- Post sharing options through Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- A feature highlighting new comments since last visit with different background.
- Notification to a comment author telling them when their comment is approved.
- Other ‘Quality of Life’ improvements compared to the original system.
Comments are moderated to check they comply with UK Defence Journal social media guidelines. If comments don’t comply they will not be published.
To learn about our social media and comment moderation policy, then click here, you can also now flag comments you think are abusive just by clicking the little flag near the top right.
I sincerely hope it’s a better user experience for all of you and if there are any issues, please e-mail me directly at [email protected]