CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

As you’ve seen, Disqus has “upgraded” the comments system:

Today, after weeks of listening to and incorporating tons of awesome feedback from our awesome community of commenters and publishers, we’re taking a huge step forward in fully deploying the new comment section across our entire network. It’s a very exciting day!

We’ve taken a very intentional approach to our redesign. At each step of the way, when evaluating a proposed change, we asked ourselves one simple question: “will this improve the experience for our commenters and publishers?” If we couldn’t immediately answer “Yes, absolutely”—we moved on.

That’s why you’ll notice that the areas of core functionality—comment section navigation, how to log in and post comments/replies, where main features are located, etc.—have, by and large, been left unchanged. If it wasn’t broken, we didn’t fix it.

This is the area in which you’ll notice the most improvements, including bigger avatars for greater viewability, new looks for upvote/downvote and Favorite Discussion icons, and slightly larger fonts for display names and comments.

In addition to other subtle aesthetic touch-ups throughout the embed, we’ve also enabled more seamless integration between our comment section and the visual style of our publishers’ websites via greater incorporation of the publisher’s color palette into various design elements.

Organizational upgrades include surfacing each embed sort order option for greater ease of use, moving the social share options and Privacy Policy to decrease clutter, and bringing the Featured Comment down beneath the postbox in order to make leaving a new comment the top priority.