Comments on Community
TL;DR Reading now has comments! Use them, be kind, and help make them great.
Last week you may have noticed the new, blue comment box on Reading.
You’ll find it when you use Reading on any page, just below the “yep” and “nope” buttons. It’s a small addition that has big implications for our community but first, a few niceties:
@mention (ala Twitter) the username of any user you follow and it’ll send them a notification email including the comment.
Put “quotes” around any text from the page and it’ll be auto linked on the page.
If you paste in an image url, or drag an image from the page onto the comment box, the image will appear within your comment.
Put `backticks` around code and it’ll show up in a
Hitting return will post your comment, but if you’d like a new line you can use alt + return.
For the best experience, make sure you have one of our browser extensions installed.
For bonus points, try pasting in a URL to a Tweet or a Wikipedia page.
So why add comments? A year ago, when I announced Reading, I wrote this:
I built a tool named Reading to help us talk better together.
The origin of Reading isn’t just content, it’s dialog—it’s absorbing ideas with friends and generating new ideas in the process. That’s a tall order, especially since comments can be a mixed bag. Where one community uses them to dole out kindness and insight, another vomits bile through their keyboards. This is where we need your help.
Reading is still a small community and there’s opportunity in our obscurity. There are no deadlines for our formation, no runways for our growth. At this point we may not know every Reader on every page but we know they’re like-minded, reasonable people.
A system for dialog is something we’ll build and evolve gradually as a community; the system we have today is simply a platform for talking about what we want to build for tomorrow. Let’s make something that rewards the kindness and insight, the new ideas, and allows them to spread. And let’s provide a sense of safety, a reasonable shield against the bile.
Kick the tires on that comment box, mention me, @greg, when you have an idea or a concern, and before you know it we’ll all have something we love.