Hey everybody, I’m Steph Driver, and I oversee all of our NHL sites.
This Thursday will be a big day for our community: We are moving our comments to a brand new platform developed specifically for SB Nation. All of our hockey communities are moving to the new platform and I am excited about the change.
Some of you may already know this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL communities last year and to many of our football venues over the summer. Over 30 new versions of the platform have been released since then, each with new features for SB Nation communities specifically and changes to the user experience based on feedback from community members. It’s a completely different platform today than last year, and I can not wait to show you that.
Why this change? We’ve been using the same commenting platform for over a decade, and it’s time for an upgrade. The old system is fragile and prone to interruptions. It is not built for the modern web and even just the maintenance gets tougher every year.
No one likes changes, but this is a necessary one and it brings real improvements that will make our whole commenting experience better.
In the new system you see features that we have wanted to add for years, including:
- Easier embedding (just insert the Twitter / YouTube link)
- Easier text shortcuts (control-B for bold, control-I for italics)
- Email notifications when someone answers you
- See who received your comments
- Better marking options and strong controls against abuse
- A GIF library for easy image lookup
- The ability to silence annoying commentators
- Easily find the latest comments
Plus a host of features we’ve retained because they make our community special, such as highlighting new comments, high-count color changes, Z-key, external image embedding, sarcasm font, and more.
This platform is built specifically for SB Nation communities, and for the first time, we now have a team dedicated to constantly developing and improving our commenting tools.
I know new things take some time to get used to – I just ask to give it a try, try it on a few articles and then tell us honestly what you think. This is a permanent work in progress – we will continue to develop the tools in the coming months and years to give you the tools and platform you deserve. In fact, we’ve already added dozens of new features based on feedback from our audiences since our first launch of NFL communities last year. You can help make it better by giving us your feedback in the comments or emails email@example.com.
Some important information about the change: Your old comments will be saved and will return to the pages in the future, but so far stories do not contain comments submitted before the transition. So be aware that any discussion that takes place at the time the contact is reversed will be interrupted.
Your comment history will now be located under the My Profile tab at the top of the comments (not at the top of the page), and this is also where your comment archive will be restored when we bring them back.
The new platform goes live at the Stanley Cup of Chowder, which begins on Thursday and uses the same login as always.
Thanks as always for being here. Let’s talk now.