Rating Comments

As was promised in my recent post on commenting we have just added a comment rating tool along with a few other upgrades to the comment sections.   Readers who are logged in will see the new rating tool at the top right of each comment.  You can rate comments from one to five (except for your own) and comments at least two votes and an average rating of two or less will be initially grayed-out and hidden from view.  You will, however, be able to read these comments by clicking to reveal them. 

The average rating of each comment is shown to the right of the title, in the header of each comment, and above the rating tool.  The goal of this new tool is to highlight comments the community of RH Reality Check readers find to be substantive and thoughtful and minimize comments deemed by the community to be less worthwhile.  We’ve also made a few other small tweaks including fixing the paragraph spacing on comments (so you don’t need to add an extra line break between your paragraphs anymore) and indenting replies beyond the first to make it easier to follow a conversation.

We want to know what you think. Try out the new tool and let us know your opinion here in the comments section of this post along with any suggestions you might have.

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  • beenthere72

    Testing!  I rate this with whatever the top rating is!


    I have to add that as a web developer myself,  I’m impressed with the fast implementation of the new comment functions!

  • brady-swenson

    You can’t rate your own comments, for the obvious reason, but I’ve rated it and you can rate mine. :)


  • mechashiva

    Testing the new indent for comment threads.

    These are really good ideas. It gives power to the regulars! Suck it, trolls.

  • brady-swenson

    I’m excited to see how it works in practice over the next few weeks.  Now, this reply will be properly indented below your reply.

  • crowepps

    Rating your post. 

    I’m going to assume we’re still supposed to use ‘report’ to get spam off the board.

    Indent is very cool!

  • brady-swenson

    Yes, please continue to use the ‘report’ link at the bottom of comments to notify us about spam as well as comments that violate the commenting policy to the point that you want to suggest removal.

  • arekushieru

    I especially LOVE the idea about single spacing for line breaks, guys.  So, thanks!

  • colleen

    Thank you so much, Brady. This will be a useful tool. I greatly value this blog and have been disturbed by the continuing onslaught of abusive,  co-ordinated trolling we’ve been experiencing the past few months. This should help a lot.




  • rebellious-grrl

    This is such a great site it’s so annoying when the trolls stomp all over with their abusive comments. I love reading the comments from regulars and have learned a lot from their comments in addition to the articles. So keep up the awesome work everyone! Many thanks!

  • prochoiceferret

    abusive, co-ordinated trolling


    Watch out for troll sock puppets rating down good comments, and rating up their own.