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We have added new tags to identify key people in comments, woo!

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For a few months now we have been accepting feedback from the community as we work on a redesign for Mod DB / Indie DB and Indie DB. While we finalize the design, we have been deploying a ton of improvements to the site, and one of the bigger ones you may notice is new tags on comments to identify key people.

You can see this functionality in-action in the comments below, and will also see it anywhere there are comments on the site. We hope this will help improve the interaction between developers and their fans. Enjoy, we have plenty more to come - and welcome all suggestions!

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Check it out, I am identified as author of this post!

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar

Cool.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar

Ok, I posted that just to see if I had some kind of tag. :)

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◆DaimeneX◆
◆DaimeneX◆

You do have an tag when you are online.
Or you are an author.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

Awesome.
Would this maybe save some space? Media.moddb.com
Each comment could be more compact then.
Cool anyways.

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Beskamir
Beskamir

Agreed. I like minimalistic designs that make everything more compact as well.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Yeah that could certainly be done. having said that the comments are typically taller than just the avatar

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BioDestroyer
BioDestroyer

It's compact enough, if you look more closely, the tag was added to a small space that already existed. If you use the mouse pointer to measure it, you can see that nearly nothing was added.

Besides, if you see the size of a one-line comment, it's only the necessary for the photo, name/time posted, the comment itself, and the reply/karma at the corner.

The size only increases if it's a big comment, like this one.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

It was added to a small space that is redundant in my example and could be removed or filled with something else. Alternatively the avatar could be larger and it looks more harmonic imo with the tag next to the name.

But hey if they like it that way then np its their site anyway.

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SCΛRECROW
SCΛRECROW

Was about to suggest moving the tags, so I like this idea.

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CptIstvanofArdeal
CptIstvanofArdeal

A great addition

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☣GenezisO☢
☣GenezisO☢

looks cool, i ve just realised that difference, it makes everything more clear, NICE ONE :D

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

Looks amazing. Do you have any idea how to "fix" or change the current "Karma System". It's total crap and it's being abused.

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nashathedog
nashathedog

Would you explain how it's abused please.

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

Lets say someone doesn't like you, or you don't like someone. You are going to downvote their comment, why? Well because you can. And here's the problem, people like to jump on the hate bandwagon and just because you downvoted someone people will downvote too because it's "internetz cool".

What i would implement is what Youtube has, you can clearly see both upvotes and downvotes, so it's much easier to distinguish between comments that got downvoted for no reason and the actual bad or inapropriate comments.

There are few more things but i have no time to write them all...

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nashathedog
nashathedog

Thanks for the response.

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DonleyTimeFoundation
DonleyTimeFoundation

YES! Love it!

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bmbr1990
bmbr1990

Nice birthday gift, one of my favorite site got nice addition :D. Hope to see more good stuff.

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Beskamir
Beskamir

What has always annoyed me about the comments is when you get more than a page worth of responses and the comments end up looking like they belong to another conversation when in reality they belong to a conversation that is in part on another page.

A good example: Moddb.com Notice how the guest accounts appears to be responding to BlownKapz or me in the comments section when in reality they are responding to a topic that has been carried over to the next page.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

So how would this be solved? By making it so that threads are continuous and don't paginate?

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n5p29
n5p29

probably make a "see all reply" button to expand the comment thread like in youtube or reddit?

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BioDestroyer
BioDestroyer

You could make only the "thread starter" comments count in the limit of comments in each page.

For example, project/member pages allow 10 comments in each page, make it so that only the ones that are not replies count for that limit.

So, a page would have 10 comments and all its respective replies.

I personally dislike continuously loading pages, it makes it hard to find older content, in this case, comments. It would not be a very frequent problem, but would still be one. xD

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Beskamir
Beskamir

Idk. Comment trees of some kind like on YouTube pop into mind. So something where you can minimize and maximize the conversations with some lines indicating which comments are going to be minimized.

Also why is it that I can only give positive karma to comments that have the author logo when using dolphin browser on my phone? Not sure what it is on Firefox. Also it's not like I intend to dislike posts. Just it's something that should be there.

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Beskamir
Beskamir

Nvm my second paragraph I figured it out but it would still be nice if down voting existed. It gives me the illusion of choice even if I usually pick the +

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RobertHouse
RobertHouse

Love it!

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Klon116
Klon116

Awesome! :)
Can't wait to see more of the improvements!

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Noobkiller2
Noobkiller2

All right!
That would be a good optimisation

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rasteron
rasteron

Nice update on the tagged system. I like this! :-)

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Lоnerboner
Lоnerboner

Awesome. I've been a huge fan of this ever since Erayser showed me how to do it on the MISERY page. Love it!

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Erayser
Erayser

Thanks, though the way we did it was pretty messy :P

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Xylemon
Xylemon

This seems to be a good step, will we ever get reply notifications? I think those would be useful as well.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

You can get an email alert when someone replies to your comment?

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Lоnerboner
Lоnerboner

I dont think comment notifications are a big no-go.

Look at sites such as DeviantART. I at one moment had 400 unique replies and still bothered looking through them. People will have the freedom to decide what to do with the feature and comments left.

Now someone asks something on my pages and doesn't ever get a response because I have no knowledge of that comment even being there.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Perhaps we should do it so that if I do @[TZP]LoNer1 then you get notified?

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Dreadacide
Dreadacide

they look really good

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Soliddoors_ZA
Soliddoors_ZA

Pretty cool! Good job guys!

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n5p29
n5p29

so what are the currently available tags? so far I see:
- Online (self explanatory)
- Author (the OP of the current page/article/media)
- Creator (the owner/admin/team of the related group/mod)
anything else?

also somehow new comments no longer tagged. is this intentional?

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INtense! Author
INtense!

I got rid of new comments unless they occurred in the last 10 minutes. There is also a "STAFF" tag for site staff.

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BioDestroyer
BioDestroyer

One problem I could see coming up in the future is in projects that allow anyone to add media.

It could confuse people and make them think that the person who posted that image, the 'Author', is part of the development team. I think it would be better to identify developers as 'Devs', and the leader as 'Team/Project Leader' (depending on what he's the leader of).

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X

I cannot bury comments now?

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TKAzA
TKAzA

Its only for authors, so relevant comments dont get buryed, the karma system has been abused for to long, working on solutions.

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frenchiveruti
frenchiveruti

You are inmune to be buried too... clever

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BioDestroyer
BioDestroyer

I have an idea for a reworked karma system, I'm planning to post it in the 'Future of ModDB' forum thread, along with some other ideas, but I'm trying to read it all before I post my ideas. xD

It involves what ElfFriend said in a reply to the comment under this comment thread, but there is more to it. :)

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Erayser
Erayser

Aaron said it, the karma system has been abused for to long, and we're working on solutions. For example, months ago, I was contacted by the founder of "Edain" Mod, requesting the suppression of the karma system because some users aimed to dislike every single comment. Then, I removed the downvote ability, and thus far it worked out perfectly. If you do have suggestions about it, feel free to share your opinion on the topic.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

You cannot bury comments made by the author

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

wouldn't mind if the whole karma thing gets the cut. For some people its a question of Live & Death if there's a +2 a 0 or a +50 next to it.

The masses always push or downvote what they like to hear and not what must be said.

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DerEisenmann
DerEisenmann

What sort of tags are there? and what do they mean? it's clear that the "author" is the author of certain content and "staff" is pretty much selfexplaining. but what's a "creator" for example?

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JackQ2
JackQ2

hmm...

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