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Facebook to Update the Commenting System with Votes and More [Mashable]

Original post by Stan Schroeder

About the author: Stan has been writing for Mashable since 2007, and having the benefit (or the curse) of working in a European time zone, he's taken the post of European Editor. He's been a pro IT journalist in Croatia for over 6 years, having written, among numerous[...]

Facebook may be looking to update its commenting system with a slew of very important features, including threaded comments, voting and a couple of others.

All Facebook has a screenshot (below) which shows these features in action. We don't know the origin of the screenshot, but Facebook may be testing the new features on a small subset of users, as it often does.

If the screenshot is genuine, it's extremely interesting; the new features have the power to transform Facebook's commenting platform – which is currently a very simple affair – into something far more advanced.

Threaded comments are a great addition; many blogs, including Mashable, have switched from a single-threaded to a multi-threaded commenting system and never looked back. The ability to see some extra info about the user that left a comment, including his comment count, is obviously quite useful, too.

But the really big news is the voting system, which gives users the ability to rate a comment positively or negatively, similar to Digg's voting system. The votes result in a comment rating, which can be really useful if Facebook plans to introduce a comment moderation system based on the ratings later on.

What do you think about these new features that may be coming to Facebook commenting system? Would you like to see any other improvements? Please, share your opinion in the comments.

We've asked for Facebook's comment on the screenshot above, but haven't yet heard from them.



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