New Commenting Features and Follows

New Community Features: Commenting Improvements & Topic Follows

Published: February 22, 2022 8:16 AM

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Hello TechRaptor Readers!

We're coming up on the 9th anniversary of TechRaptor's launch in March of 2013, and we've been putting a ton of work over the last year into building a site that continues to provide a solid experience to our readers. Between improving site speeds and load times, launching a Game Release Calendar, and giving you the ability to install TechRaptor as an app on your phones and computers (right side of your URL bar!) - our focus is on creating a quality experience and giving you more reasons to keep coming back.

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Which is why as of this morning we've launched a number of new features through our partner OpenWeb:

  • New Commenting System
    • Comments have been wiped due to migration incompatibility.
    • We're adding more features, such as custom badges for frequent commenters soon!
  • Topic Follow System
    • Follow Authors, Games, Developers, Publishers, Genres, and Platforms!
    • Details below!
  • Trending Articles
    • Details below!
  • Community Feed & Profile
    • Details below!
  • E-mail Notifications for topics you follow
  • Future Features are in dev too!
    • Live Blogs

Why We're Changing Platforms

When we moved from Disqus to Insticator a few years ago - the key driving factors came from getting away from a platform that didn't give us solid monetization options and ultimately wanted us to pay to remove ads that really didn't match the experience that we're looking for when it comes to what's displayed on TechRaptor. Fast forward a few years later, we want to go beyond pure commenting and add more ways for you to consume the content YOU'RE interested in, and this is the first step in doing that. We're able to add a number of features that create some great usability of the site, which leads to our long terms goals around creating a community of readers who get to know our team and read our content on a regular basis.

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We're able to utilize the functionality added by these new features to build out even more cool features and serve our readers even better.

We're really excited to have fully launched these new features today, and look forward to interacting more frequently with our readership - so let's detail them out!

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Adding The Ability To Follow Gaming Topics You Care About

Since we moved away from Wordpress in 2019, we've put a lot of time and effort into building out a catalog of game pages, developers, and topics - but beyond the interlinking that has added, there isn't the usefulness to our readers that was originally planned for. With this launch, that changes, and you can now follow the following types of topics and tags on TechRaptor - simply by creating an account and slapping the "Follow" button!

  • Authors, Games, Developers, Publishers, Genres, and Platforms

Once followed, you'll be able to get notifications via the bell at the top right of every page (and in the comments) every time a new article is published and is tagged with something you follow. You'll also get an e-mail anytime a new article is published under a tag you follow! Here's each of those features in action:

New TechRaptor Community Features

We're going to, over time, continue to improve how everything ties in, ensuring that you can get the content you want in a format you prefer. We plan to, over the next 6 months, add push notifications if you want to be notified that way, as well as e-mail digests that detail what we published the previous day you might be interested in.

Keeping A Pulse On Our Community

With the Community Feed, we're giving the ability to see what's hot on TechRaptor so you can check in on the latest conversations and join in, as well as read articles that are about what you want to keep up to date on. In addition, we're adding a section below every article so you can jump to the next things the community is discussing easily!

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Always Improving

To me, this is a big first step into improving our community-driven features. You're going to find our team in the comments a lot more, and we're going to use these new tools to find new and unique ways to engage the TechRaptor readership. We want to hear from you, and we want to have great discussion in the comments with us.

Take a moment to create a new account and start following the things you're interested in!