Commenting

Code of conduct

For everyone’s sanity, please follow a few simple rules: No hate speech, no personal attacks, no flamebaiting, no trolling, no threats, no sockpuppets, no advertising, no spam, no harassing the staff, no whining about moderation, no whining about the existence of an article that nobody made you click on. Don’t be this.

Posts that break our rules or posts orphaned by such may be deleted at the staff’s discretion; repeat offenders will be banned. Please don’t feed the trolls or post about comment moderation in the comments. It’s a better use of everyone’s energy to make new good comments instead. Click the report button or drop us a tip to bring problem posts to our moderators’ attention in a hurry.

Someone is breaking the rules
Please use the report functions (the flag button in the offending post) or send us a note so we can take a look as soon as a moderator is available. Those of you who report spammers are heroes.
My comment was deleted
If your comment broke any of our community commenting rules, it may have been deleted or replaced by the moderators. You may also have been a perfectly innocent bystander swept up in deletions of other chains of posts that broke our rules. Your post may also have been incorrectly flagged as a bot. Please don’t post about comment moderation in the comments; if you think your post was auto-flagged as spam, drop us a note instead.

Commenter registration

In early 2017, Massively OP switched over to a brand-new commenting system, necessitating new commenting accounts for all users. To create a commenting account, you will need to use an existing social account from either Google, Twitter, Steam, Reddit, or Facebook. We are not offering local accounts at this time, and Livefyre accounts no longer work. Depending on which one you pick, you’ll find different options for creating an account and picking up an avatar and display name — click to expand for help on each one below:

Steam
Select Steam, log into your Steam account as instructed using the proper credentials, select “create a new account,” enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you’re in. By default, this process will use your Steam display name as your display name on MOP. By default, your MOP account will use your Steam avatar. To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Steam and then log out and back into MOP. Note: We did have reports that Steam Guard’s overzealousness can potentially make logging into a Steam-based account here a minor hassle.
Reddit
Select Reddit, log into your Reddit account as instructed using the proper credentials, select the option to allow the social login to access Reddit, select “create a new account,” enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you’re in. By default, this process will use your Reddit display name as your display name on MOP. By default, your MOP account through Reddit will use a blank avatar. You can associate your email with a Gravatar to add an avatar after the fact (it took my test about 20 minutes, a hard refresh, and a relog), but we recommend doing that before you create your MOP account, as that forces the gravatar to pick up right away.
Google
Select Google, log into your Google account as instructed using the proper credentials, click “allow,” select “create a new account,” enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you’re in. By default, this process will use your multi-word “Name” email/Google+ display name as your display name on MOP, not your handle; be advised that if you use a real name ahead of your email address in Gmail, that is what will show up, though you can change it ahead of time in Google or after the fact using the profile link below. By default, your MOP account will use your Google avatar. To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Google and then log out and back into MOP.
Twitter
Select Twitter, authorize MassivelyOP Social Login to use your account and sign in, select “create a new account,” enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you’re in. By default, this process will use your Twitter display name as your display name on MOP, not your Twitter handle; be advised that if you use a real name on Twitter, that is what will show up. Changing your display name in Twitter will not change your display name on MOP, but you can use the profile link below to change it retroactively. By default, your MOP account will use your Twitter avatar (or a generic egg avatar if you haven’t set one). To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Twitter and then log out and back into MOP. Extensive testing suggests it is not possible to change your display avatar using Gravatar.
Facebook
Select Facebook, log into your Facebook account as instructed using the proper credentials, choose to continue as Your Name, select “create new account,” enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you’re in. By default, this process will use your full Facebook display name as your display name on MOP, not your handle. By default, your MOP account will use your Facebook profile photo. To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Facebook and then log out and back into MOP.
Our recommendation
Our recommendation for privacy-inclined readers is to create a fresh Reddit or Steam account as they are quick, anonymous, and unintrusive, but of course you’re welcome to use an existing account as well. If you’re creating a brand-new social media account to use here, Reddit and Steam are the fastest registrations; however, they’ll still require an email address to attach here. If you wish to make a new email too, Google will kill two birds with one stone and offers more account name customization. Facebook and Twitter are clunky registrations but might be more convenient for those who want to use existing accounts.

With all accounts, the next time you log out, you can log back in by clicking on the same social icon, which will now be connected to your MOP account. You will not need a password. If the MOP website is asking you for a login name and password, you are in the wrong place! We are still working on making the login process much more intuitive; pardon the mess while we tinker.

Account management

With all accounts, you can edit your profile to change your display name; add a nickname, then change your account to display that nickname publicly.

Adding an avatar
You have several options for adding avatars to your account. You can reply on the default avatar associated with your social media account; you can create a Gravatar account and associate an avatar on that service to the email address you used when creating an account here (not with the email address you have associated with the social service); or you can edit your profile and upload a local avatar to use in the upper right-hand corner of the profile editing page.

Do note that Gravatar is somewhat buggy and can take hours to update and propagate, making testing it difficult, and some services (Twitter and Facebook, at the very least) do not play nicely with it. The only service that works best with Gravatar is Reddit.

Testing your account and reporting bugs
You are welcome to test out your account in the original switchover/FAQ thread. We welcome bug reports to tips.

Badges

Some donors to our Kickstarter, Patreon, and Twitch campaigns are entitled to badges akin to the donor badges that we used on Livefyre. Beginning in May 2017, we’re rolling out a brand-new badge system. If you had a badge on Livefyre or have met the requirements on Patreon (or on Kickstarter!), please fill out this form to communicate your associated account info to us and help us figure out which badges to give you!

Kickstarter Donors


Backer


Founder


Gold Founder


Benefactor

Patreon Patrons


Patron


Gold Patron


Elite Patron


Mo’s Champion

Patreon Loyalists


Loyal Patron


Steadfast Patron


Ardent Patron


Veteran Patron

Frequently asked questions

Why did you drop Livefyre?
Adobe bought Livefyre in 2016 and decided to shut down the version we were using; we had no choice but to move. Rather than switch to another third-party service, we opted to carry out our pre-existing plan to replace it with a native system that will better support our CMS into the future.
What happened to our Livefyre accounts and comments?
Livefyre accounts no longer work on the site as the service no longer works. You will need to create a new account to comment. We are still working on backfilling old Livefyre comments on the site in an archival state.
What are MoPoints?
If you’re not getting MoPoints, try harder! Just kidding. They are an unused part of a module for the comment system that we are using for badges. They are meaningless, so please ignore the little monitoring bar in your profile editing screen. Everybody should have 0.
How do I upload and embed media in the comments?
Fixing the media upload system was almost completely taken care of in April! You should now be able to insert expanding links for YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, WordPress, and solo external images, without distortion — just drop your link in on a clean line. Spoiler coding is in too, as are upload galleries and a fix for the single-image upload distortion. One bug with media remains: Sometimes posting a YouTube link will appear to go live blank. Just refresh the comments and it’ll show properly.
Will you add an ignore feature?
It is on the list to research and possibly add in the future.
Will you add a mentions feature?
It’ll be back; it was disabled due to a privacy-related bug we haven’t fixed yet.
Can I see who liked a comment?
You can hover over the likes button to see who’s voted up a comment, but the current comments system doesn’t support a Livefyre-like visibility feature. Please note that we’ve modded out the downvote button, which means you can’t take back a like either, so use sparingly.
Are you going to do forums?
This move paves the way, given that the new system already integrates with multiple forum plugins, but no promises.
What are you working on comments-wise?
Aside from badges, the next big projects are the reimport of old comments and profile/registration display/simplification.