Friday, December 1, 2023

Remark System Survey Outcomes | Discover

by Candice Rusch, Director of New Media at

Thanks to everybody who participated within the survey and gave us suggestions about what you wish to see in a brand new remark system. On this weblog publish, I’ll lay out our objectives and analyze the outcomes. Earlier than we start, I wish to supply two caveats. We’re nonetheless within the planning part of improvement. Issues can, and certain will, change. The options outlined right here might not be possible. Or, we’d must launch these options in phases. The first purpose of the survey was to assist us perceive what options to prioritize in improvement. 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 the way to higher design a remark system. Moderation coverage is a special dialog. Don’t fear, we did learn your suggestions, but when it was associated to moderation then it isn’t mirrored on this report.


It’s no secret that Disqus has been buggy. 21% of the free reply portion of the survey was individuals 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 publish. Feedback are inaccurately marked as spam. Precise spam floods the location. Feedback disappear. Notifications don’t work. The checklist goes on. The explanation we periodically create new remark boards is that Disqus will get much more buggy as a remark board fills up. 

Our main purpose is a brand new remark system that’s steady. To perform this, we could have an in depth beta-test. Throughout this check, the brand new remark board will probably be positioned on a handful of cameras. We’ll want you to assist us check 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 generally weeks for a decision from Disqus, we can deal with the problems ourselves. Having our personal system additionally provides us the chance to be  clear with you about fixes and their implementation. 

Options That Match Our Wants

Disqus is a third celebration system that we license. We don’t have any management over what options they launch and when. This has induced some points previously. Most not too long ago their “superior moderation” characteristic catches reliable feedback in a spam filter, and we have now no potential to opt-out. Even worse, we don’t have the flexibility so as to add options that will profit our group. We really feel that the latest tensions across the off-topic rule is a design downside, not a coverage downside. This survey revealed that for each one who was unhappy concerning the off-topic rule enforcement, there was one other one who was blissful that the chats are targeted on the cams. The group is break up in half. We try to please two diametrically opposed teams with a system that doesn’t enable us to make any lodging. Fortunately, you additionally gave us some nice concepts about the way to create a chat that may match extra informal dialog, whereas permitting for individuals to filter out dialog they don’t discover related. Discover is exclusive. It grew to become clear to us that to develop, we have to create one thing designed for our group. Your responses to the survey have been an awesome 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 have been on the prime of our workforce’s thoughts. A part of engaging in these objectives 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. Throughout the beta check we’ll particularly ask for accessibility testers to disclose any points there. As soon as the system is reside, we’ll create guides to assist individuals navigate the brand new feedback.


Do you presently use a commenting account on

It truly 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 following query explains why individuals don’t remark. 

For those who mentioned no, why don’t you employ a commenting account?

To investigate the outcomes of this query, I eliminated everybody who answered, “I do remark.” We unintentionally made this a required query. Sorry about that. I then pulled out all of the “different” solutions and located just a few frequent themes. 

By far the largest cause individuals don’t remark is solely that they don’t wish to, or are content material studying the feedback. The remainder of this consequence confirms our suspicion that the bugs in Disqus are stopping individuals from having the ability to remark. This validates our purpose of making an attempt to construct a steady commenting system first. The remainder of the “different” responses have given us loads to consider. For these of you who cited safety issues, we absolutely agree that the safety of our customers’ data is significant. I can confidently say that discover doesn’t, and can by no means, promote our customers’ data. It additionally appears to be like like we might be higher at educating our group about what is feasible on the location. I used to be personally shocked that there have been numerous individuals who didn’t know the way to remark or didn’t know they even might touch upon discover. 

For those who use a commenting account, what’s your favourite characteristic?

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

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

If I have been to alter one factor concerning the commenting system, it might 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 just a few mentioning particular bugs within the Disqus. I sorted the bug complaints into the label, “a steady system that works.”

By far most individuals needed a neater method to discover data they’re fascinated with. The responses within the Different part got here with very useful ideas. We’re presently discussing search and filter choices that will let individuals extra simply discover what they’re on the lookout for! Many of those instructed 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 blissful that you haven’t skilled points, we hope that this weblog helps you see the intensive issues a lot of the group face. We wish to reassure those that our purpose 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 account and gained’t have to join something new. As a lot as doable, we intention to take care of any current options that work, whereas bettering their stability. Any extra options we add will probably be examined to ensure they add worth to the group.

“How Are You” Questions

These questions have been meant to gauge the curiosity of the group on some options that the discover employees brainstormed in one in every of our planning conferences. Whereas the first purpose is to create a extra steady system, we have now 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 truly considerably stunning to us! We thought that the flexibility to non-public message pals can be a great way to permit for off-topic chatter with out making it seen for those who have been uninterested, however 56.8% of individuals have been both very uninterested or uninterested on this characteristic. Solely 24.5% of individuals have been or very within the characteristic. This was very useful suggestions. Personal messaging provides a layer of complexity to the event course of. With such a powerful 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. For those who have been a kind of individuals, know that this doesn’t imply we gained’t ever assist personal messages. It simply means that it’s going to not be prioritized over among the different extremely requested options like expanded search and remark filtering. 

This characteristic was instructed in response to a considerably frequent criticism concerning the phenomena of a number of posts of the identical picture in chat. We thought if individuals might curate multi-photo posts it’d incentivize them to curate one massive publish as a substitute of posting lots of the identical picture. The response right here is break up. 39.7% of individuals have been some type of uninterested, 36.7% had some type of curiosity. With a break up response, the discharge of this characteristic will come all the way down to ease of improvement and implementation. We would ask for extra suggestions on multi-photo posts when we have now a extra concrete instance to point out individuals. 

To be trustworthy, it is a characteristic that the discover employees may be very strongly fascinated with. We use the Fan Favorites part to create the Fan Cam Friday publication. Because it stands, it isn’t tremendous apparent the way to favourite different group members’ snapshots. I might not be shocked if some individuals study proper now from this weblog publish that they’ll go to a gallery and favourite different individuals’s snapshots. Shifting this characteristic on to the feedback would add one other method to work together with your pals AND it might assist us curate the Friday publication higher. With 36% of the individuals uninterested and 42% of individuals , we’ll in all probability transfer ahead with this characteristic!

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

This characteristic was instructed as a approach to make use of the snapshot galleries in a brand new enjoyable approach. 37.5% of the respondents have been uninterested whereas 40% of the respondents have been . A number of individuals talked about within the free-answer portion of this survey that this might be a good way to debate bear IDs. It’s a improbable commentary that we didn’t take into account! 

We regularly get suggestions that the app can be higher if it had feedback. 32% of individuals have been uninterested whereas 44% of the individuals have been . We’ve tried to get Disqus to work with our app a number of instances 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 instructed this characteristic as a result of we all know that many faculties and oldsters have their youngsters watch discover. It’s not an enormous shock that 69.4% respondents weren’t on this characteristic whereas solely 13.4% have been . Discover’s web site viewers does pattern to individuals who not have college age kids. This sturdy response towards parental controls means that it’s going to not be very excessive on the characteristic checklist. Once more, this doesn’t imply that we are going to by no means launch this characteristic, solely that it’s going to not be prioritized to start with.

Is there the rest you’d prefer to see out of a brand new remark system?

Personally, this was essentially the most fascinating and insightful a part of the entire survey. A few of the options instructed right here we have now already addressed. I gained’t deal with each instructed characteristic, however I wish to spotlight just a few. 


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

Search & Filtering

These ideas have been the very best factor to return out of this survey. So lots of you had nice concepts for the way to use search and filtering to make data simpler to search out, and to work together simpler with different followers. We’re presently brainstorming an “off-topic” tag that will enable individuals to filter out off-topic feedback whereas creating area for individuals to work together with their pals. 

Off Subject Feedback

I did say on the prime of the weblog that we weren’t addressing moderation coverage points, however I additionally acknowledged that the off-topic stress is a symptom of the constraints of Disqus. We clearly need individuals to really feel like they’re welcome on discover and we perceive that many longtime friendships have been shaped right here. Then again, we additionally obtained lots of suggestions from individuals who say that the off-topic feedback make them really feel unwelcome, and distract them from the purpose of studying extra concerning the reside cams. It’s a troublesome steadiness. We hope that among the search and filtering choices can create room for each views. 

No Repeated Snapshots 

This was additionally a typical criticism. We don’t have any stable options right here but however we’re actively contemplating the way to deal with this challenge. In an analogous vein, many individuals requested a method to disguise media. We expect a filter that will allow you to see Photos Solely or Textual content Solely may be a great resolution. 

Reactions & Emoji’s

This was additionally instructed in one in every of discover’s brainstorming conferences! It’s one thing we’re additionally fascinated with growing.

Block and Unblock customers

This was on our checklist of primary characteristic necessities already. Not having the ability to unblock a person on Disqus is complicated to us as nicely.  

No Adverts

This got here up just a few instances within the survey. Discover doesn’t, and can by no means, promote on the location. In case you are presently seeing adverts in Disqus please tell us, as a result of they shouldn’t be doing that. We are able to assure that there is not going to be adverts within the new product. 


Thanks to everybody who made it this far! This will probably be an extended 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 have now learn all of them. Your suggestions is vital in making a remark system everybody will get pleasure from. We’ll proceed to offer updates as we transfer ahead. As all the time, you probably have any questions, feedback or issues, please e-mail us at [email protected]

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