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Introducing the NEW Comment Boards

Introducing the NEW Comment Boards

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UPDATESince the overwhelming majority of you wanted some sort of "disagree" option, we now have added a "-" voting option. We have also tweaked the color scheme to give the page more contrast and make it easier to see where comments start and end. We have also removed the lighter text for the time being. Until we get a system in place that can weigh the number of page views, votes and replies, it will not really work as we originally conceived.

We are still digesting the large amounts of feedback we have received. Several of the suggestions will be implemented in some form over time. Thank you for your patience!

After months of discussion on our end and listening to feedback from our users (YOU!) we have launched the first phase of the new Community Comment Boards.

New Look
Immediately you will notice a completely new look and feel to the comment boards. The new colors and layout fit more with the new colors and layout. We have also added additional functionality to the boards with a new voting system, linked @replies and the much requested "Ignore User". You can now also easily collapse or expand entire threads or single comments using the arrow located next to the username.

New Voting
We completely ditched what was widely regarded by many users as worthless voting system. In its place we have implemented a "Valid Comment" voting system, denoted with the plus (+) sign. Comments that receive a predetermined amount of "plus" votes will appear with the username in bold and the comment in darker text, making it easier to spot what the general community feels are valid comments. Comments that receive no votes or less than a predetermined amount will appear with lighter colored text. Any comment that receives a vote will have the vote tally next to the users icon.

We are currently working on a system that will weigh "plus" votes with the number of comments and page views to make the system more scalable. We are also looking at a system that fades out comments that receive no votes over a period of time. We hope to have that launched in the coming weeks.

Ignore User
One of the most requested tools by you the user was the "Ignore User" feature. Are someone's comments are really bugging you? Click on the "Ignore User" and you will no longer see that user's comments ANYWHERE on Simple.

Currently you cannot UN-ignore a user. That feature will be available in the coming weeks when we release the user profile feature.

Linked @replies
We have added links to the @replies on all comment replies. This enables you to quickly jump to the comment the user was replying to. This can be very helpful on threads that have several layers of nesting.

Optimization of Javascript
We have also optimized the Javascript used to render the comments page, making it faster and lighter. You will still notice some lag on comment boards where the numbers approach the high hundreds.

Again, we plan on introducing additional features in the coming weeks. We welcome your feedback on what you like and don't like with our recent changes.

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