Welcome to Our New Livefyre Commenting System

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Today, the Miami New Times rolled out a new user profile platform dubbed My Voice Nation. Your voice -- and the opinions you voice in our comments section -- will now be amplified through a fancy new commenting program called Lifefyre ("live fire"). Read all about it below.

Livefyre and My Voice Nation

SocialSync:

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When conversation is happening about an article on Facebook or Twitter, you can now see that conversation within the commenting thread. You can also tag and import your friends from Twitter and Facebook within the comment stream yourself.

True Real Time:

You can see who is listening to a conversation and read comments in real time, making it easier to jump right into the discussion.

Notifications:

You can choose to be alerted via email when someone replies to or likes your comment.

One Platform:

My Voice Nation is a global profile system for all our properties. Soon, you'll be able to follow your favorite authors and news topics, giving yourself a customized experience of our sites. Starting today, your My Voice Nation profile is linked with your Livefyre account as one log-in. You don't need a My Voice Nation account to write a review on Voice Places and a separate Disqus account (our previous commenting platform) to comment on our stories. Your My Voice Nation is your one account for everything.

Follow Your Friends, Enemies or Frenemies:

You'll be able to see what your friends are saying and doing on our publications and Voice Places now with this one account.

Easy Sign-Up:

To sign up, just click "Sign in" in the new comments section. You can sign up with Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or your e-mail. And yes, it's still possible to comment anonymously, if you'd like.

That's all there is to it! Questions? Comments? (And be gentle; we know we'll have some glitches in the first hours.) Drop them below.

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My Voice Nation Help
7 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

It's LAME !

 

Behold the many deficiencies of the new

Livefyre comment system vs. DISQUS --

 

1) Cannot EDIT posts, to correct errors or mistakes. Livefyre speciously claims that allowing editing would affect discussion continuity -- but they allow DELETING the entire post, which breaks any continuity.

 

2) Message THREADING is limited to only 2 replies! -- After that, reply branching stops and all additional comments are simply stacked in a single pile. Absurd dysfunction that makes robust discussions with multiple users impossible for follow. That's so Web 1.0.

 

3) MOBILE integration FAILS completely. Does not work with mobile platforms at all.

 

4) Claims to offer REAL TIME updates of Messages and posting Activity -- Numerous user activity profiles are stuck and frozen DAYS in the past, with only a fraction of their posts, or posts of friends being followed, showing in profiles / activity.

 

5) Follow that Story fails completely. No new posts to stories being followed appear in a user's activity profile.

 

6) Clicking on another User's icon to view their profile often times mistakenly links to your own profile / activity.

 

7) Way too much emphasis on Twitwit and Failbook. Are tweenagers their target market?

 

Was this system even Beta tested before implementation across the entire Village Voice network? ... "real time" updating it ain't.

 

 

 

dave842
dave842

Just testing out your badass comments :)

seep
seep

this really blows.  You have to sign in even to like a comment!  New commenting system = communism.  Plus, the disqus thing was common to a bunch of other media websites.  This new one is common to nothing.

 

And I don't want to sign in through Facebook or Twitter because then everything I say will be connected to my real name.  

 

Any technology that seeks to know who you are is an asshole!

invisible
invisible

I dislike this system because it involves change. i am however too apathetic to really care and will get over it in a weeks time.

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanagertopcommenter

 @seep Sorry you feel that way but Disqus wasn't really working for us. If I'm not mistaken you aren't required to sign in to make a comment. (I confirmed this with our development team.) Although I don't agree with the amount of anonymity the web provides, we haven't eliminated that feature. That being said, the new system will allow us a better degree of control over that crazy amount of spam and offensive (i.e. racist) comments being left. Trust me, you'll grow to love Livefyre. It's vastly superior to Disqus in my book.

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