IGN Comments Update: GIFs, Emoji, and More New Features Added

IGN Comments Update: GIFs, Emoji, and More New Features Added

IGN·2021-05-23 06:01

If youre a long-time member of our community, you may have already noticed that our comments section looks a little different as of today: We are upgrading our comments and adding some of your most-wanted features, like GIFs and emoji. It may take us a few days to roll out the changes across all our content pages, so please pardon our dust if youre encountering some missing comments or bugs.Here some of the upgrades and differences:GIFs are back! - Many of you have much to say, but sometimes you just want to react to some good news via a cute animal reaction of your choice. Just hit the GIF button in the comment box to search GIPHYs huge database of images. You can also upload a custom image (eg: if you want to share a screen cap from a game), but please note that uploaded images are submitted to moderator approval, so they can take a bit longer to appear.Emoji support (and additional formatting) - You can quote, make lists, and add emoji to your posts. When using a desktop web browser, select the emoji icon in the comment box to search for and insert emoji. On mobile, emoji are accessible from your virtual keyboard.Better threads - Discussion threads are collapsed by default We hope this will make it easier for you to find the threads that interest you, while being able to avoid threads that dont. For example, you could post a spoiler warning in the first message in a thread and include your spoiler-y details in your replies. Threads also now display which user the response is directed at.Better sorting - There are three ways to sort comments: Best (great for people who dont check comments daily and want to find interesting discussions more quickly), Newest (great for frequent commenters who dont want to miss a thing), and Oldest (for people who cant live without seeing that guy who always posts first!).Better upvotes- You can now see who upvoted your comment. You can upvote your own comment like before (why not!), but remember that everyones in on it now.New user comments tracking - You can now easily see a users other comments by clicking on their username (or view your own, if you want to gaze upon your works). When you click on your own name, you can also see your total number of likes. Dont want people to see your posting history? Select privacy from the settings icon and turn private profile on.Reporting and blocking changes - The option to mute a user has moved to the right side of a persons post. Hit the three dots and you can report a comment (which will also hide it in your comment stream) or mute a user so you no longer have to see their posts.New notification tools - Notifications are accessible from the bell icon right above the comments box. We are working on adding notifications back to the site header at the top of the page as well. There are also now email notifications. If you just want your peace and quiet, hit the gear icon and turn them all off. Or customize what email notifications you want.New key shortcuts - If you want to post a comment without hitting the Send button, just hit COMMAND + RETURN on a Mac, or CTRL + ENTER on PC. A typical commenter stops by IGN.There are also other new details like seeing an indicator when someone is replying to you, an update to the design to make it easier to read and work better on your phone, and a faster, more reliable commenting experience on slower connections.Note that older comments are still being migrated over, so not every comment made on the previous system will show up right now. Also, since the old system didn't track and display who upvoted a comment, legacy posts will show an accurate number of upvotes, but not the actual commenters who upvoted. Sorry for that (hopefully small) inconvenience.We will be working with our comments platform partner, OpenWeb, to further enhance the experience over time, so let us know what you think and what features youd like to see added in the future.Whether today is your first comment or ten-thousandth, were excited youre here. If you havent already, check out our community guidelines: Have fun. Don't be mean. Feel free to criticize ideas, not people, and report bad behavior.We hope you enjoy testing out GIFs in the comments below, and if you have questions or notice bugs, feel free to post them below as well!

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