We Have A New Commenting System?!?!

Earnest-Pettie by Earnest-Pettie on Jun. 17, 2013

Earlier this year, we made a minor change to the comments system. We changed the default view of the comments stream to "Most Popular" and asked you to upvote and downvote comments. The whole goal of that was to spur better conversations by moving the funniest and most meaningful comments up and pushing the tired drivel down. It was always a stopgap measure for us. We knew that bigger changes were coming, and, now, they're here.

We have installed a new commenting system that is going to put more power in your hands. As a community, you are going to be able to collectively decide whether something deserves to be removed from the comments stream. You'll be able to flag a comment as spam, offensive, or off-topic, and as more of you flag comments with those indicators, those flags will have real effects from the simple deletion of a comment to the removal of a spammer's account from Break.

There are some cool, new features that we're excited about. You won't have to wonder whether someone has responded to your comment, anymore. You should see new comments appear in real-time on the page. Additionally, you can choose to receive an email whenever someone likes or responds to your comment. It's perfect for those flame wars you hate to leave. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can even change your settings to receive an email whenever anyone comments on a conversation you're "following." Go to your profile, scroll down to comment notifications, and set your comment preferences now. 

We've added the ability to format text and post pictures and videos in comments. It's not a groundbreaking move, but it's one that we think will allow you to have a little more fun in the comments. Be responsible. You know if the comments get filled with porn, we're going to turn the feature off, so just don't do it. Another feature we think is interesting is the ability to post your comment on a video directly to Twitter or Facebook so that you can share that witty... or "witty"... comment you made with your friends.

That's just the first of many updates we're rolling out. Some of them you'll notice as soon as they happen. Others you may never notice. The goal for all of these changes and updates to the site is to make Break a better place to hang out. Thanks for spending your time with us, and try out the new comments system. As always feel free to let us know what you like or don't like about things (we already know that many of you dislike all the white space in the comments). Consider the comments section on this page an open thread to complain about or praise the new comments system.

-Earnest (follow me on twitter @earnestp)

64 comments
m00kie
m00kie User

Break without maniacal non-stop racism and misogyny comments as the bedrock of the community is like.  Well it's not retarded, fake or gay.  At least THAT was something.  What it's not is funny.

Good luck with the re branding of your site.  It's like you guys gave this place a 1984- bleaching.


Anders-Persson-13
Anders-Persson-13 User

Bring back the old commenting system. The new one is shit. Thank you.

Foqnax
Foqnax User

Why use a serif typeface in the editor and then sans serif for the published content? That's annoying. Also, the CPL for the comments is way to high, please increase font size.

TimsConfuzed
TimsConfuzed User

the funniest comments are normally the "offcolor" offensive comments you wouldnt expect to hear everyday.....now they will all be deleted by the .00000000001 % that find them distasteful....wtf if people dont like the comments they should go play candy crush or some shit like that

Llnkn0wn
Llnkn0wn User

I've noticed that your username is just above the comment text area, and by hovering over the username a drop down shows up which gives you an option to edit profile or sign out. This mouse hover drop down can be really problematic if you slightly move the mouse cursor outside the top of the text area, and then making the drop down appear. I've accidentically signed out twice today because of this. I suggest you make it a toggle button instead of hover button.

Billyraymontana
Billyraymontana User

People listen, you and I both know that we come to this disgraceful site because it sucks and only because it sucks. This sucky new comment system just reaffirms my already-existing notions that Break is the best worst site on the web. Unsurprised to say the least.

Llnkn0wn
Llnkn0wn User

Just wait for a month or two and this bad mouthing about the new comment system will be gone. Same thing happened when the old comment system was added.

Corvinetti
Corvinetti

Dear Break,

Please tell me the years of top comments will be restored.   Browsing through years of vids and priceless comments is all I have left in my miserable putrid job and life.  

KKTPP
KKTPP UserTop Commenter

thanks for the d*ck punch break.. I was nearing 100 top comments and now you DELETED all of the f'in history and introduced this epic fail of a comment system! no one gives a flying donkeys nardz about linking to twitter or crackbook.. we come on here to be on HERE.. its like what happens in vegas stays in vegas..  why in the world would I want to link or share a 'like' of a vid showing a monkey eating its own sh*t on facebook for my aunt to see? thinking I'm some kind of sick f*k? fact is I am but thats beside the point... I hate all these FAKE AND GAY changes!

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

I feel very strongly about the thumbs down/downvote/dislike button that was. I really really think it should come back, right next to the like button.

Martin Broomhall
Martin Broomhall

Rolling out a new comment system so people can comment on videos and photo's that they've already seen because you're literally months out of date? Seriously. I'd work on getting up to date and posting original shit before you upgrade something like that.

whitedevil2
whitedevil2 User

this site is run by the Obama administration

whatinitheworld
whatinitheworld UserTop Commenter

So now that we all are winners because there is no more down voting tool, can I get my special medal? Fuck political correctness, bring back the thumbs down button, it is healthy to have it, seriously!

Hamandcheese
Hamandcheese

This site totally sucks now. How do I close my account?

LostKeys
LostKeys User

There are two sides to this... 

One- BADDD I can't up vote my own comments to feel popular, and I can't downvote others to make mine higher on the lost..

Two-Good : Karen was right and made $5000 a second selling pennies to stupid monkeys over a fake website. blah blah blah... 

Now does the absence of spam make up for my inability to feel better than others? I don't know, but there surely was a benefit to this change.


WillyKillaKrakka
WillyKillaKrakka User

IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT!!!

After you finally fix it you go and screw it all up. Thumbs up and down was the appeal for commenting or revenge for stupid comments. Now we have nothing.

ajgmazzieri
ajgmazzieri UserTop Commenter

thumbs up and thumbs down was part of the reason i came here. i enjoyed funny, racist, vulgar, and witty comments. Facebook and twitter = i'm resigning my break account. thanks for the good run fellas.

zahnd
zahnd User

@TimsConfuzed my "disagree" comment to the break staff over this comment "He is right, there for I disagree."  I feel better already

zahnd
zahnd User

@TimsConfuzed I love the new system!!!! I can like an offensive or off color comment, then flag it as I don't agree!!!! This effectively cancels eachother out..and I feel like a good person.

zahnd
zahnd User

@Corvinetti yeah! I had a really good black joke that killed on the comment board.  I'd look at it every day and pretend that I was a professional comedian.

Break Robot
Break Robot moderator

@KKTPP The twitter/facebook option is defaulted to off. You don't have to share anything. In fact, you aren't unless you choose to. You have to actively click the logos to share it. That option is in your court.

KKTPP
KKTPP UserTop Commenter

its bad enough that the site took a downwards spiral of more and more sh*tty videos since big boys...  then came the zillions of ads everywhere.. and now the ultimate dump on its users face is this comment system


/me snaps own neck

Break Robot
Break Robot moderator

@The-Langolier Break Robot said now your comment like ability is much more important. Just because you can't be negative doesn't mean you can't float the comments you like to the top. And Break Robot knows some of you loved top comment because then you could respond with racist, vulgar, pointless crap and have it at the top no matter how many thumbs up or down it had.

Fortey
Fortey User

@Hamandcheese I think you need to complain like a little baby a few more times, but I'm not sure.  let me send an email to admin and see.

KKTPP
KKTPP UserTop Commenter

@Break Robot as I read below post stating that there will be a 'like' counter or post counter in the future. Does that mean that for my 7 years supporting this site, my 80+ top comments along with my tens of thousands of posts.. all that will be accounted for?

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

@Llnkn0wn @The-Langolier From what I see when I click on flag, then disagree, it opens up a box where I need to write an email in, and write "notes" underneath. I'm guessing that is not posted here, and rather sent to the mods so they can my situation.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

@Break Robot@The-Langolier @Break Robot@The-Langolier I feel the best part of this site is the comments. The videos, pictures, and articles are enjoyable most of the time, and act as inspiration for good and bad comments. We can't just have comments rated as liked/agreed and neutral/don't care. We need the full spectrum which would require disliked/f uck you button. It's a type of critique. The thumbs down button was a quick way of saying "no", without having to explain your every little thought. But when I do write my disapproval, I feel that my comment carries more weight if it is followed by a dislike to the original post.  I "liked" the function which placed the top comment at the top of the page. This way I'd get the most enjoyed comment first, and then the lesser ones, or newer ones later. I know there is a top comment button on the top of the comment section, but am I ever going to press it? No, I'm not. It also doesn't add the replies to the highly rated comments, which may be funny, interesting, or provoking to read. 

Break Robot
Break Robot moderator

@TheeAthis @Mark-Potts The decision to change the comment system wasn't something that was quick or easy. In fact, this has been in the works for quite some time with many, many discussions about it. I completely understand where you are coming from. Know that many people hand many hands in this decision. But people do take offensive to many of the comments. We get emails about it. We get plenty of complaints. And most of the people complaining about the new comment system are the same people who complained about the last one (and complain about everything with Break, actually).


But I really do appreciate you and @The-Langolier having genuine discussions with me about this. It's more productive than "THIS SUCKS" (see! Commenting instead of disliking CAN work well!) Trust me that we are looking into how we can improve this system. It's nowhere near done. We want you guys to enjoy it as much as we do.

TheeAthis
TheeAthis User

@Mark-Potts @TheeAthis  First off I'm no kid. Second I don't take offense to the N word or any word any one calls me because of being Italian. And third, I don't make those kinds of comments. I'm sure you can check that for yourself in your records. 

Your right, the whole PC thing boggles my mind since it seems to revolve around making someone butthurt, and well lets face it, that's pretty easy to do now a days, to which you get labeled an "asshole". 

 That's the beauty behind freedom of speech, even if, in your opinion it's just being an "asshole" as you put it. Sorry if I feel we should have forums where anything goes. Seriously if I want to read everyday comments I can read the boring stuff in yahoo news. 

The comments made here can be harsh at time, I agree with you on that front, but most of them are in humor. I don't put weight on what others say, simply because hiding behind an lcd screen makes people feel "brave". 

I think a lot of people would agree with me on that front. Besides, lets face it....Break isn't exactly where the "real" racists come to off load comments. Just my 2 cents. We'll probably have to agree to disagree, since my generation sure seems lightened up compared to today's. Best regards.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

@Mark-Potts And what better way than to be sent to the bottom of the dislike pit? I feel I've said my say on the subject, so I wont pester anymore with this.

Mark-Potts
Mark-Potts moderator User

@The-Langolier @Mark-Potts @TheeAthis Hey, I don't disagree. I'd downvote him as well. But really, don't dickholes like this deserve public shaming more than simple clicks? I think so.

Mark-Potts
Mark-Potts moderator User

@TheeAthis @Mark-Potts Also, if you look around, there are still plenty of political incorrect and vulgar comments being left everywhere. Sorry you can't say the n-word anymore. Poor kid.

Mark-Potts
Mark-Potts moderator User

@TheeAthis @Mark-Potts I think you're confusing political incorrectness with being an asshole. Many of the comments were written just to be racist or mean. There wasn't any "political incorrectness" to it. Political incorrectness implies there is a truth in there that isn't PC to say but is true nonetheless. Now, if you want to defend racist, sexist, and homophobic stereotypes, then go for it. But that's not political incorrectness. That's being a racist, sexist, and homophobic asshole.

TheeAthis
TheeAthis User

@Mark-Potts"The amount of racist, homophobic, and downright vile comments needed to get cleaned up and we'd rather have a system in place that keeps those in check better than the ban users. Wouldn't you agree with that?"

No I wouldn't agree with that. What has made your site unique up until this point if there is such a thing, is the fact that it's one of the last safe havens of political incorrectness. In a world bent on apologizing for every little chicken shit comment, Break offered a  place where people could comment what ever they wanted because no one is taking any of these comments seriously. Listen, it isn't like we don't know how many of these videos you guys are rippin from Reddit I can find other sites with videos just like yours all day long.

What your doing now, is being like all the other video gallery providers, by trying to appease the politically correct. You know what? If that's the case, why would I want to stay with Break?? It's amazing to me how much sites cater to pressure. Stand the F up for the love of God. If you grew up in the 80's you'd understand that life shouldn't be taken as seriously as people take it today. I for one would like a place where we can tell racial jokes and be ok at the end of the day. ( that's why the call them jokes) .....

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

@Mark-Potts @The-Langolier @Break Robot If you take into account who the audience of break.com is, it's not really that surprising. Teenagers to young adults, mostly in the United States, but not exclusively. I'm not disrespecting the flagging function (that should be useful for removing those job spammers especially), or the changes made to finding, and getting replies to your comments. That's all good stuff. Removing a function that I thought was good and possibly one of the key features of posting however.. I'd say most of the things posted on break.com are jokes and world views. On the joking side of things, the users tend to write something shocking, and offensive, but still a joke. It's hard to tell when someone is actually being racist or homophobic. Different people will interpret things differently.

Mark-Potts
Mark-Potts moderator User

@The-Langolier @Break Robot We also liked the default settings to be top comment first so we're going to get it changed to that. This is just the initial roll out of the new system. There will be adjustments to it over the next few weeks. Personally, I'm really excited about being able to click on your username then see the comments you've left and where (this is getting rolled out soon). It'll also keep track of how many "likes" your comments have received. And I'm not going to say I agree or disagree about the dislike button. I'm neutral on that. However, something had to change. The amount of racist, homophobic, and downright vile comments needed to get cleaned up and we'd rather have a system in place that keeps those in check better than the ban users. Wouldn't you agree with that?