The Guardian has redesigned its Comment Is Free (CiF) section as part of a new online community platform for the paper.
It has been integrated with the paper’s main site eradicating the divide between online and print comment, Georgina Henry, head of comment, has written in a blog post.
Changes to the design include:
A longer front page – so articles are present for longer
Print and web comment will be published side-by-side
Features for recommending posts, seeing what others are reading and offering feedback on the section, have been introduced
Sub-sites, which bring comments on topics together, have been added, with plans to develop these into individually edited areas
The implementation of Pluck’s social media technology has added:
More access to writers’ profiles and an archive of their comments – this archive will eventually be extended to comments left on any part of Guardian.co.uk
Improved signing in process for leaving comments
Moderators or Guardian staff participating in a comment thread will be highlighted with an M or G symbol
Comments will now be shown in pages of 50 not 10 with the time limit for leaving comments extended to 48 hours
The redesign is part of the paper’s ongoing overhaul of its website.