As MMAConvert.com continues to grow so does the volume of comments. Believe me what I say that nothing makes me happier than to see more people leaving comments on this site. One of my major goals with this site is to build a community full of people from around the country and the world who all share one common interest — MMA.
Of course, with the good comes the bad. I’ve noticed that the volume of hostile comments has increased in recent months and that recently came to a head. Things have died down since, and I thank you for that, but I still think it’s important for this site to have a comment policy.
This policy will be adjusted accordingly as I see fit, but for now, I’m going to keep it very simple: Keep it civil.
If you disagree with someone, there’s a much better way to go about voicing your opinion than calling that person an “idiot”, “dumbass” or “retard.” This isn’t Xbox Live, Sherdog.net or any other unmoderated online forum. I want everyone who visits this site to feel like they’re welcomed to join the discussion. Obviously, that’s impossible to accomplish if people are constantly hurling hostile, insulting comments at each other.
To be clear, I’m not interested in censoring anybody. It should go without saying that racist comments and the like won’t be tolerated, but besides that you’re free to discuss and debate whatever you like. All I ask is you keep the discussion reasonably mature. If you can’t do that, then please don’t comment. If you can’t do that, then you will be banned from further commenting.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Now onto a much a brighter note, I have implemented a new commenting system for all us to try out. I’ve been looking for a way to add new comment features for quite awhile, but it wasn’t until recently that I found a third-party application that quite fit everything I was looking for. Livefyre, the software that powers it, is currently in beta (there may be bugs here and there) and they plan on releasing new features in the coming months, but what I’m excited about now is the real-time functionality of the system. In other words, new comments will appear without having to refresh the page, allowing for a live discussion on stories instead of constantly checking back for new replies.
As far as commenting with Livefyre goes, you will be required to log in to comment. At the moment, you will have three options. You can log in via your Twitter or Facebook accounts, or you can register for a Livefyre account which is as simple as filling out your name, email address and creating a password below (not much more than you do when you commented before). I’m eventually going to implement site accounts either way, but assuming this works out, you’ll be able to use the site login as well for commenting. I know everyone hates change and having to create another internet account, but I wouldn’t ask you to do this if I didn’t think it would be beneficial for us all in the long-run.
If you have any questions, problems or want to learn about the new features, I recommend you check Livefyre’s FAQ’s on commenting and managing accounts because they’ll probably answer your questions better than I can at the moment (I’m learning this too). If you can’t find the answer to your question there and have trouble posting the question below, you can always hit me up on our contact page and I’ll do my best to get an answer for you.
Have at it guys. Mess around with it and let me know what you think!