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Remark System Survey Outcomes | Discover

Remark System Survey Outcomes | Discover

by Candice Rusch, Director of New Media at discover.org

Thanks to everybody who participated within the survey and gave us suggestions about what you need to see in a brand new remark system. On this weblog put up, I’ll lay out our targets and analyze the outcomes. Earlier than we start, I need to provide two caveats. We’re nonetheless within the planning part of growth. Issues can, and certain will, change. The options outlined right here will not be possible. Or, we’d have to launch these options in phases. The first aim of the survey was to assist us perceive what options to prioritize in growth. This new system will probably be for the group and we want you to be part of this course of with us. The second caveat is that we eliminated suggestions from the evaluation that was particularly associated to moderation insurance policies. This survey was designed to assist us perceive higher design a remark system. Moderation coverage is a unique dialog. Don’t fear, we did learn your suggestions, but when it was associated to moderation then it’s not mirrored on this report.


It’s no secret that Disqus has been buggy. 21% of the free reply portion of the survey was folks lamenting how buggy Disqus is as a system. Most of our suggestions inbox is stuffed weekly with individuals who face points with the Disqus remark system. Snapshots don’t put up. Feedback are inaccurately marked as spam. Precise spam floods the positioning. Feedback disappear. Notifications don’t work. The listing goes on. The rationale we periodically create new remark boards is that Disqus will get much more buggy as a remark board fills up. 

Our major aim is a brand new remark system that’s secure. To perform this, we could have an intensive beta-test. Throughout this take a look at, the brand new remark board will probably be positioned on a handful of cameras. We’ll want you to assist us take a look at this method: discover bugs, inform us the place issues didn’t perform as anticipated. The extra suggestions the higher. I can not say that our new system won’t ever have bugs, however as a substitute of getting to attend days and typically weeks for a decision from Disqus, we will deal with the problems ourselves. Having our personal system additionally offers us the chance to be  clear with you about fixes and their implementation. 

Options That Match Our Wants

Disqus is a third get together system that we license. We don’t have any management over what options they launch and when. This has induced some points prior to now. Most not too long ago their “superior moderation” characteristic catches professional feedback in a spam filter, and we’ve got no potential to opt-out. Even worse, we don’t have the flexibility so as to add options that may profit our group. We really feel that the latest tensions across the off-topic rule is a design drawback, not a coverage drawback. This survey revealed that for each one who was unhappy concerning the off-topic rule enforcement, there was one other one who was pleased that the chats are centered on the cams. The group is cut up in half. We try to please two diametrically opposed teams with a system that doesn’t permit us to make any lodging. Fortunately, you additionally gave us some nice concepts about create a chat that may match extra informal dialog, whereas permitting for folks to filter out dialog they don’t discover related. Discover is exclusive. It turned clear to us that to develop, we have to create one thing designed for our group. Your responses to the survey had been an important assist in understanding what you need!

Safety & Accessibility

From the second we began the dialogue about what a self-hosted remark system would imply, safety and accessibility had been on the high of our workforce’s thoughts. A part of undertaking these targets will probably be consulting with consultants to audit the system. Safety consultants will have a look at our system and assess it for vulnerability. We’ll design the system with accessibility in thoughts from the beginning. Through the beta take a look at we’ll particularly ask for accessibility testers to disclose any points there. As soon as the system is stay, we’ll create guides to assist folks navigate the brand new feedback.


Do you at the moment use a commenting account on discover.org?

It really got here as considerably of a shock to me that 40% of people that took the time to take part within the survey don’t remark. The subsequent query explains why folks don’t remark. 

In the event you stated no, why don’t you employ a commenting account?

To research the outcomes of this query, I eliminated everybody who answered, “I do remark.” We by accident made this a required query. Sorry about that. I then pulled out all of the “different” solutions and located a couple of widespread themes. 

By far the largest cause folks don’t remark is solely that they don’t need to, or are content material studying the feedback. The remainder of this end result confirms our suspicion that the bugs in Disqus are stopping folks from with the ability to remark. This validates our aim of attempting to construct a secure commenting system first. The remainder of the “different” responses have given us rather a lot to consider. For these of you who cited safety issues, we totally agree that the safety of our customers’ info is important. I can confidently say that discover doesn’t, and can by no means, promote our customers’ info. It additionally appears to be like like we might be higher at educating our group about what is feasible on the positioning. I used to be personally stunned that there have been various individuals who didn’t know remark or didn’t know they even may touch upon discover. 

In the event you use a commenting account, what’s your favourite characteristic?

To research this query, I did one thing much like the earlier query. I eliminated all of the individuals who stated that they don’t remark. I additionally broke out everybody who answered “different” and arranged the solutions across the themes that emerged. 

We discovered a pair issues from this query. First, we confirmed our speculation that discover.org wouldn’t be a great match for a scrolling chat like Youtube, twitch, and different stay streaming platforms. The power to go away and are available again is crucial to our group. We additionally discovered that whereas a lot of you’re keen on the flexibility to put up snapshots to feedback, it has been deeply irritating that that characteristic has been unstable at finest. We agree. The rationale it hasn’t labored not too long ago is that Disqus’ system flags most makes an attempt to put up a snapshot to feedback from discover as spam. If we host our personal system, we’ll clearly not flag our personal visitors as spam. This may be an easy win for discover workers, moderators and followers alike. 

If I had been to alter one factor concerning the commenting system, it could be

This was one of many extra insightful questions within the survey! Just like the earlier questions, I sorted the “different” responses into themes. There have been fairly a couple of mentioning particular bugs within the Disqus. I sorted the bug complaints into the label, “a secure system that works.”

By far most individuals wished a neater strategy to discover info they’re all in favour of. The responses within the Different part got here with very useful strategies. We’re at the moment discussing search and filter choices that may let folks extra simply discover what they’re in search of! Many of those prompt options are additionally discovered within the free-answer portion of the survey, so I’ll deal with extra of them there. 

There have been a small minority of people that urged us to not transfer away from Disqus. Whereas we’re pleased that you haven’t skilled points, we hope that this weblog helps you see the intensive issues a lot of the group face. We need to reassure those that our aim is to make the transition as easy and painless as doable. Ideally it is possible for you to to touch upon the brand new system along with your current discover.org account and received’t have to enroll in something new. As a lot as doable, we intention to keep up any current options that work, whereas enhancing their stability. Any extra options we add will probably be examined to verify they add worth to the group.

“How Are You” Questions

These questions had been meant to gauge the curiosity of the group on some options that the discover workers brainstormed in one among our planning conferences. Whereas the first aim is to create a extra secure system, we’ve got the chance right here so as to add options that might be enjoyable and helpful. As a reminder, 1 is Very Uninterested and 5 is Very .

This response was really considerably stunning to us! We thought that the flexibility to personal message mates can be a great way to permit for off-topic chatter with out making it seen for people who had been uninterested, however 56.8% of individuals had been both very uninterested or uninterested on this characteristic. Solely 24.5% of individuals had been or very within the characteristic. This was very useful suggestions. Non-public messaging provides a layer of complexity to the event course of. With such a robust response towards personal messages it’s unlikely we’ll launch this characteristic within the first part of the brand new remark system. There have been many responses within the free reply portion that particularly requested for personal messages. In the event you had been a kind of folks, know that this doesn’t imply we received’t ever assist personal messages. It simply means that it’s going to not be prioritized over a few of the different extremely requested options like expanded search and remark filtering. 

This characteristic was prompt in response to a considerably widespread criticism concerning the phenomena of a number of posts of the identical photograph in chat. We thought if folks may curate multi-photo posts it would incentivize them to curate one massive put up as a substitute of posting a number of the identical photograph. The response right here is cut up. 39.7% of individuals had been some type of uninterested, 36.7% had some type of curiosity. With a cut up response, the discharge of this characteristic will come right down to ease of growth and implementation. We would ask for extra suggestions on multi-photo posts when we’ve got a extra concrete instance to indicate folks. 

To be sincere, it is a characteristic that the discover workers may be very strongly all in favour of. We use the Fan Favorites part to create the Fan Cam Friday publication. Because it stands, it’s not tremendous apparent favourite different group members’ snapshots. I’d not be stunned if some folks study proper now from this weblog put up that they will go to a gallery and favourite different folks’s snapshots. Shifting this characteristic on to the feedback would add one other strategy to work together with your mates AND it could assist us curate the Friday publication higher. With 36% of the folks uninterested and 42% of individuals , we’ll most likely transfer ahead with this characteristic!

I really anticipated this query to much more strongly favor the Very aspect than it did. 36.5% of the folks had been uninterested whereas 44.1% had been . We all know that remark archiving is crucial for a number of fan wikis. We’re exploring methods to import Disqus historical past into the brand new remark system. We’re at the moment discussing how lengthy we should always archive feedback within the new system. Textual content is pretty cheap to retailer. Addition of media similar to pictures, movies, and gifs, provides to the eventual storage prices of a self-hosted system. We’re looking for a strategy to stability the necessity to archive feedback with operational prices. Relaxation assured we’re planning on archiving feedback, although for a way lengthy is an open query. We would request extra suggestions later within the growth course of to grasp how you might be at the moment utilizing remark archives. 

This characteristic was prompt as a manner to make use of the snapshot galleries in a brand new enjoyable manner. 37.5% of the respondents had been uninterested whereas 40% of the respondents had been . A number of folks talked about within the free-answer portion of this survey that this is able to be a good way to debate bear IDs. It’s a incredible statement that we didn’t contemplate! 

We frequently get suggestions that the discover.org app can be higher if it had feedback. 32% of individuals had been uninterested whereas 44% of the folks had been . We now have tried to get Disqus to work with our app a number of occasions over time, and it simply has not labored. App integration may be very excessive on our characteristic necessities for a brand new remark system. 

We prompt this characteristic as a result of we all know that many colleges and fogeys have their children watch discover. It isn’t an enormous shock that 69.4% respondents weren’t on this characteristic whereas solely 13.4% had been . Discover’s web site viewers does development to individuals who not have college age youngsters. This robust response towards parental controls means that it’s going to not be very excessive on the characteristic listing. Once more, this doesn’t imply that we’ll by no means launch this characteristic, solely that it’s going to not be prioritized to start with.

Is there anything you’d wish to see out of a brand new remark system?

Personally, this was probably the most fascinating and insightful a part of the entire survey. A number of the options prompt right here we’ve got already addressed. I received’t deal with each prompt characteristic, however I want to spotlight a couple of. 


This has been addressed all through this weblog. It’s our major aim for a brand new remark system. The continued bugs are detrimental to the group. They’re additionally the first supply of complaints for the discover.org web site. 

Search & Filtering

These strategies had been the perfect factor to return out of this survey. So a lot of you had nice concepts for use search and filtering to make info simpler to seek out, and to work together simpler with different followers. We’re at the moment brainstorming an “off-topic” tag that may permit folks to filter out off-topic feedback whereas creating area for folks to work together with their mates. 

Off Subject Feedback

I did say on the high of the weblog that we weren’t addressing moderation coverage points, however I additionally acknowledged that the off-topic pressure is a symptom of the constraints of Disqus. We clearly need folks to really feel like they’re welcome on discover and we perceive that many longtime friendships have been fashioned right here. Then again, we additionally bought a number of suggestions from individuals who say that the off-topic feedback make them really feel unwelcome, and distract them from the aim of studying extra concerning the stay cams. It’s a tough stability. We hope that a few of the search and filtering choices can create room for each views. 

No Repeated Snapshots 

This was additionally a standard criticism. We don’t have any strong options right here but however we’re actively contemplating deal with this situation. In an identical vein, many individuals requested a strategy to cover media. We expect a filter that may allow you to see Pictures Solely or Textual content Solely is perhaps a great resolution. 

Reactions & Emoji’s

This was additionally prompt in one among discover’s brainstorming conferences! It’s one thing we’re additionally all in favour of creating.

Block and Unblock customers

This was on our listing of fundamental characteristic necessities already. Not with the ability to unblock a consumer on Disqus is complicated to us as effectively.  

No Adverts

This got here up a couple of occasions within the survey. Discover doesn’t, and can by no means, promote on the positioning. In case you are at the moment seeing advertisements in Disqus please tell us, as a result of they shouldn’t be doing that. We will assure that there won’t be advertisements within the new product. 


Thanks to everybody who made it this far! This will probably be a protracted course of, however we thanks for serving to us begin this journey. I didn’t deal with each characteristic or concern raised within the survey right here, however we’ve got learn all of them. Your suggestions is crucial in making a remark system everybody will get pleasure from. We’ll proceed to supply updates as we transfer ahead. As all the time, you probably have any questions, feedback or issues, please e mail us at suggestions@discover.org


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