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Sun, Apr 28, 2013 4:46 PM

Bring back the old comments system

My earlier suggestion to ask FB to allow IMDB users to log into its comments plugin (as quite a few people using IMDB don't have an FB account):

Was based on the assumption that we'd not get the old comments system back. However, I ran into a problem reporting abusive posts on a list's comments, because you need to be logged into FB to report abuse, which got me thinking:

With new login and account creation options available through IMDB, there is a strong case for bringing the old comments system back.

Compare and contrast:

FB social media plugins allow you to use:
* FB - it also appears that you need an FB account to report a post, so even if they followed my suggestion and allowed people to use their IMDB login to post comments, you couldn't report abuse - a troll's paradise
* Yahoo
* Hotmail

With the new accounts options you can get into IMDB using:
* FB
* Google
* Amazon - this is rather important, users of IMDB's parent company can't post comments on lists within IMDB without using another account (which they might not have). It'd be a tricky one to explain to the bosses.

All you'd need to do is add Twitter (and perhaps Open ID?) and you have all the big new media giants covered (which must account for as high a percentage of prospective users as anyone could ask for - people still excluded would be doing so willfully and presumably wouldn't be interested in signing up here anyway), while the FB plugin's other options are all pretty much old hat (terribly mid-naughties, dontchano - they might as well throw in MySpace too for the set), which underlines the problem with being beholden to FB for the logins, they seem to have gone out of their way to exclude the other new media giants because of disputes they've had with them:

So what you would get with bringing comments back in-house is:

* Opening it up to more users
* Allowing proper abuse reporting

As the code is still there you don't even have to go to the trouble of creating this system - it was already there working properly.

So I genuinely can't see any good argument for keeping the FB comments (unless they are paying IMDB I suppose, but I doubt they'd do that) - it was an interesting experiment, but the old comments system beats the FB one on all counts.

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