UPDATE: The editable and collapsible are now LIVE on all SB Nation platforms. Feel free to hit us up with any questions and/or issues. Otherwise, play around with them and enjoy!
The folks over at the mothership are very excited about this latest round of upgrades and based on a number of things we've read here, you should be excited as well.
Editable AND collapsible comments are coming soon and you can read more about both here, but we'll give you the Cliff's Notes version here for now.
Once this update is released later this week, when you post a comment you will then have 90 seconds to edit that comment. You'll see a countdown timer and a progress bar that scrolls from right to left indicating how much time you have left on the edit. Editing the comment does not reset the timer, but you can edit multiple times in the 90 second window. This behavior has been live on both of Vox Media's other verticals, The Verge and Polygon for the past few months and it's been very successful and users have embraced it.
In addition to adding comment editing, this release would also enable a new system for collapsing comments. Collapsing a top level comment collapses all of its replies (something that is currently happening now), but the collapsed replies will no longer be shown as titles only. They will now be completely hidden beneath the parent comment (which will show as collapsed comments do today). This allows users to hide sub-threads they're not interested in and skip further down the page without scrolling. Additionally, comments will no longer need titles to be collapsed. Any comment can be collapsed. This cuts down on folks having trouble collapsing large images or GIFs because the poster forgot a title. Users will also have the option to set how they want comments to load by default.
Both of these new functions will work on mobile as well when we go live. In addition to the previously released mobile touch controls for comment navigation, this makes mobile functionality really robust on SB Nation.
While we and SB Nation are certainly not perfect, we/they do take pride in listening to those of you who continue to visit our and all the other sites within the SB Nation family. This is proof that the people in charge do listen and are willing to do something about it.
They are currently targeting a release later this week, but as updates are available we'll be sure to pass them along.
We're looking forward to sharing these very cool new features with you and hopefully it will only further increase your enjoyment of the site. As always, thank you for reading!