Credit Card Company Threats Don't Scare Consumerist Readers

Credit Card Company Threats Don't Scare Consumerist Readers

When we wrote earlier about credit card companies’ threats to treat customers even worse in light of Congress passing credit card reform legislation, it ignited a righteous firestorm of consumer rage in the comments. Inside, our favorites.

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/20/update-its-getting-worked-oncomments/

UPDATE: It’s getting worked on!

Comments still not functioning correctly for you? As Ben suggested, I’ve opened a complaint on GetSatisfaction.com to try to reach Gawker’s tech team. If the comment reply/preview feature is still broken for you (it seems to be working for some, not others), why not head over there and add your two cents to my complaint? [GetSatisfaction.com]

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/10/our-reader-hank-scorpio-while/

Our reader Hank Scorpio, while taking a break from plotting to take over the world, suggested an awesome web tool earlier today: Readability. Drag the bookmark to your browser’s bookmark bar, then click it when you’re on a badly cluttered page and watch magic happen. [via Hank Scorpio]

Reply Button Issue Being Worked On

A number of users have reported that they’re having issues with the reply button not working or appearing in the comments. It popped up last week, then went away, and now it’s back again. Our tech team is on it and consider a high-priority. Hopefully it will be fixed soon. Sidenote: While we’re still on the Gawker platform, you can directly submit bugs and errors to tech at getsatisfaction.com/gawker.

Read The Consumerist Comments Code

Read The Consumerist Comments Code

Have you checked out the Consumerist Comments Code? It’s got guidelines we’ve found make the comments area interesting and enjoyable for others to read and participate in.

Consumerist Comments Code Makes Comment Land Happy Place

Consumerist Comments Code Makes Comment Land Happy Place

Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the Consumerist Comments Code before, during, and after diving into the comments conversation.

Minor Comments Changes: Auto-Collapses And Star Rules

Minor Comments Changes: Auto-Collapses And Star Rules

Any comment that isn’t part of an active thread, or had a recent response, will be collapsed — unless the commenter is a star or one of your friends. Stars are now only by an editor or admin. Previously, you get earn a star just by having a certain number of friends and followers, but no longer. However, if you already have a star, you will get to keep it. Unless you start stinking and we remove it. You’ve probably already noticed these changes, they’ve been in effect for about a week.

http://consumerist.com/2008/10/14/dont-forget-we-have-a/

Don’t forget we have a Consumerist Comments Code containing various rules and guidelines that help make comments a nice places for people to have conversations.

Two New Commenter Tools

Two New Commenter Tools

Two new tweaks for the comments section:

Chronological Comments Are Back

Chronological Comments Are Back

Thanks to your feedback, there’s two important tweaks to the comments revamp from yesterday:

Consumerist Comments Revamped

Consumerist Comments Revamped

We’re rolling out a majorly revamped comments system today (it’s not live yet, but will be soon) that should make communicating on the site much easier. The biggest change is the introduction of “threaded comments” to replace the straight chronologically ordered system. The idea is to organize replies more logically and make discussing the post at hand–and other users’ reactions to it–easier to do and digest. Hit up any post with comments to start tinkering with the new system yourself, or read on to get the full rundown of what’s changed and why.

Tools For Making Comments

Tools For Making Comments

Looking to get started with Consumerist comments? Here’s a great guide that teaches you the basics, plus tips and tricks to do secret things like embed pictures and YouTube videos. Then check out our Consumerist Comments Code for the guidelines about what’s appropriate to leave in the comments, and what might get you banned or “disemvowelled.”

Tools For Commenting

Tools For Commenting

Looking to get started with Consumerist comments? Here’s a great guide that teaches you the basics, plus tips and tricks to do secret things like embed pictures and YouTube videos. Then check out our Consumerist Comments Code for the guidelines about what’s appropriate to leave in the comments, and what might get you banned or “disemvowelled.”

Consumerist Comments Code Brings Back Jaded Reader

Consumerist Comments Code Brings Back Jaded Reader

Jack sent in some positive feedback about our implementation of The Consumerist Comments Code and the hiring of our new comments moderator, Roz: “I used to be a loyal Consumerist reader but the comments turned my stomach and I left. I recently returned…

Before You Comment…

Before You Comment…

Before commenting on The Consumerist, don’t forget to read The Consumerist Comments Code to make sure you’re abiding by the guidelines we’ve instituted for making the comments section a happy, on-topic, place where readers share tips and insights for navigating the treacherous waters of the modern marketplace.

Helpful Guide For Using Our Comments

Helpful Guide For Using Our Comments

Sister site Lifehacker has a great guide with everything you need to know about using our comments system. Whether you’re a beginners who can’t figure out how to start commenting, or an advanced users who want to add formatting to and embed pictures in their comments, it’s full of good nuggets of knowledge. Don’t forget to read The Consumerist Comments Code before you start commenting so you know the rules we use around here to at least try and keep our comments section a grade above YouTube’s.

Read The Consumerist Comments Code

Read The Consumerist Comments Code

Don’t forget peeps, we have a Consumerist Comments Code. It has the rules to follow to make comments land a happy place that people enjoy visiting. Please read it and keep it mind whenever you post. If you don’t, you may find your posting privileges revoked. If you forget how to access it, it’s permanently archived in the “help” section located at the bottom of the page.

Stop Blaming The Victim

Mike writes:

I really like Consumerist. Your mission, the way it’s run, it’s great. But lately my head hurts reading your site and I have really dropped off in looking at it. Oh, once in a while I check in, but I can’t take it in large doses, or even every day. Why? The “Blame the victim” mentality is just too much to take. I almost suspect there are people out there just waiting for some new post and “blaming the victim” for fun, just to troll. It’s to the point that the “here’s why the OP is an asshat” sub-threads are dominating the topic at hand.