We have a new Verge comment system!

Hello, humans. We are thrilled to welcome you all The border the most significant relaunch ever. You’ll notice a lot of things have changed, including our comment system!

We are proud to relaunch Shame Comments on the Coral platform: A powerful tool for building communities and great commenting experiences. If you are a commentator Polygon or SB country, you have already seen Coral in action. We are really grateful to our friends from the Coral team for working with us to create a great comment system The border.

Let’s think about the comments A lot. They have been an important part of The border from day one, and we are grateful to our loyal community, who continue to participate through the site in fun, surprising and insightful ways. We know Coral will help us comment on The border even better. System tools will help you, Shame the staff and our exceptional team of moderators improve Internet speech one comment at a time.

Of course, this is only the first day of our relaunch. Our vision for the site, the comment system and our community in general are much bigger than what you see here today. From live events to merchandising and new surprises, we’re thinking a lot about how to bring The border into the world in new ways. We will have a lot more to say about all of this as the site continues to grow and evolve.

Anyway, that’s enough for me. You’ll probably want to know what the new toy does!

Here are some of the new things you can do in new Shame comments right now:

  • New comment view. When you click to go to comments on an article, the commenting experience now scrolls off the side of the screen on the desktop or takes up the entire window on the mobile device. (Great!) This will allow everyone to focus a little more on the conversations without having to scroll or skip to the bottom of the article. Plus, it just looks neat.
  • Featured comments. Both the moderators and our editorial team of The border will be much more involved in emerging and presenting the best comments on the site. You will begin to see that comments that we believe to be the best of the best, perhaps because they are hilarious, clever or unique, will become the first comments you see on our stories.
  • Embed. Now you can easily drop content like YouTube tweets and videos into posts. And we’re launching with access to a GIF library from within the comment editor.
  • Sorting. Office You can now sort comments by newest, oldest, most recommended, or most active.
  • Mute. If you are tired of another user and don’t want to see their comments, you can turn them off. Just click their username on any comment and select the “Ignore” button.
  • Better relationships. Coral comes with some advanced reporting tools that will help you and us identify comments that violate our Community Guidelines.

If you have a comment history with The border, you will also notice that it is missing. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary; your comments will soon be migrated to the new system. You can now access your comments via the My Profile tab within the comments section of any post.

We are excited to come back to the comments and participate with readers. Places like Twitter and Facebook can be terribly noisy and we still engage in conversation The border better than the feverish swamps of the Internet. So we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect how we think about comments – as a place to be fun, interesting and respectful.

Yes, we still have some hard and fast rules, but our guidelines now start with affirmations that we hope everyone actively thinks about while participating. I want to thank The border head of moderation Eric Berggren both for caring so much about this community and for helping to develop the new guidelines.

Be respectful. Being respectful in the commentator community does not simply mean following the rules or being polite; it’s about trying to encourage good conversation by welcoming and including others. Think about how your words and actions could affect others. Better yet: think about how you can help make everyone want to join.

Be curious. The border it’s about exploring our future together. Introduce yourself to comments with the same spirit of curiosity that we bring to post for the site; it’s fun to learn and we can help each other learn new and interesting things together. Remember that people come from different places and backgrounds, so don’t assume you know what they think, feel, or mean.

Be interesting. Another way to put it: to be relevant. Try to bring something new or unique into the conversation. This is not a race to be first, loudest or most angular. We hope you’ll share interesting things with the community, especially if it means sharing information that only you can provide. And remember to stay on topic; Comments aren’t free for everyone, and you’re more likely to write a great comment if it’s related to the topic in question. Try to add value to every thread you participate in instead of just responding for the fun of it.

Show your work. You can approach comments the same way The border approaches the blog. Make an argument or a big claim? Back it up with something tangible that you can link to, whether it’s another news story, a scientific study, or a really good video explanation. Conversations are richer and more interesting when people share some of the sources for their assumptions and conclusions. And you might as well tip us on something we should consider in our coverage.

Help us. Our moderators work hard every day to make sure The border it is a place where everyone feels welcome. You can help us by reporting comments that violate the rules, such as spam, personal attacks, or disturbing comments. (See the Full Community Guidelines for an exhaustive list of bad things.) Put simply, don’t be a jerk with other people on The border. And if you see someone doing rude things in the comments, let us know.

We are excited to continue working with the Coral team to create more Shame comments and you will see new interesting things added over time, such as live questions and answers. But the new comments are just the beginning of a series of experiments from The border. We are working on more live events, new merchandising and other top secret projects.

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