Recordnet.com moves to new comment system

Today, the stories and obituaries at recordnet.com moved to a new commenting system, Real Tidbits.

The Record’s 16-staff written blogs at recordnet.com/blogs will begin to move to the new system today as well, with completion scheduled for Thursday.

Much remains the same from our previous Echo setup, but there are some notable changes that make it easier for our readers to interact with us.

Real Tidbits utilizes social media to login and comment on recordnet.com. Visitors can use their already-established online identities in Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Blogger and other social-media related accounts.

It should be noted that the new comment system does not function with a recordnet.com subscription login. You have to choose a social networking site to pull your identification independent of your recordnet.com login.

The new login screen looks like this:

Clicking the “login” button on the top right, will enable a screen with six different login choices, visitors can scroll forward to see more options:

Once you select a login platform, you’ll be directed to the next step.

Let’s look at the Twitter example and show you how to login using your Twitter account.

If you select this button:

This screen will appear:

In order to login and comment on recordnet.com, you need to allow DowJones, The Record and recordnet.com’s parent company, certain access.

It may take a moment, but you will then be redirected back to recordnet.com where you’ll now see a screen with your Twitter avatar.

In our case, it’s the recordnet.com “R”:

The screen then says “Type your comment here…” prompting you to interact with our stories online.

Those with previous JS-Kit accounts, a more generic login, will have to create a new account.

If you don’t want to share your social media information, you can create an OpenID at myopenid.com. You can then use that OpenID as your login to our comment system on articles, obituaries and blog entries.

After you comment, you will also notice something new under the input box to the right hand, bottom side:


It now says “Comment awaiting moderation” instead of posting immediately. All recordnet.com comments go through a moderation process. In the past, you would be able to automatically see your comment on your personal computer.

A couple additional new features include the movement of “Share on” buttons for Facebook and Twitter so you can easily share your comment and stories.

There’s also a new “Subscribe to new comments” option that allows you to follow the conversation by having Real Tidbits email you every time someone new adds to the conversation. The system prompts the reader for an email address, so it’s not necessarily the one connected to your most recent login account.

We hope the move to Real Tidbits isn’t a cumbersome one. It will function much the same as our previous comment system, but with a little more streamlining of the process.

As always, we encourage our readers to actively engage in conversation and be respectful of each other. We will continue to moderate comments based on our already-established Community Rules.

Still have questions?

Contact me at (209) 546-8276 or tcuslidge@recordnet.com or web content producer Katie Combs at (209) 546-8255 or kcombs@recordnet.com.

 

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