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FastComments always supported display names for SSO users. However, this was never exposed to regular commenters. Today changes that!
FastComments always supported display names for SSO users. However, this was never exposed to regular commenters. Today changes that!
FastComments now uses more heuristics when determining what is and what is not spam.
We have made some behavior-related changes to the webhook structures.
FastComments always supported dark mode. However, it used to require a reload of the comment widget to switch to dark mode. This has been fixed.
FastComments adds to its list of spam filter options.
FastComments has been training its spam prevention classifier for years. Now, training capabilities have been upgraded.
This is a small feature launch which we think will benefit some communities.
We've made some infrastructure upgrades that improves the performance of FastComments even more!
This update is mostly for developers that customize FastComments. We've made some API changes and made some optimizations.
With this update you can now customize emails sent from FastComments to your customers.
Some changes have been made to badges, some features have been added, and some improvements have been added to prevent badges from going away when reprocessing occurs.
As of April 2023, the FastComments databases are now stored in multiple cloud providers for extra caution.
Moderators can now award or remove badges from users directly from the comment moderation page, without having to go to the comment thread viewer.
FastComments now lets you search by page and user in the comment moderation page.
FastComments can now be used to automatically schedule and play back comments over a period of time. This is useful for Webinars or other live events.
Up until now, FastComments required third party cookies to be enabled to fully function. This is no longer the case!
FastComments has always allowed you to mark comment threads readonly via code or customization rules, but now it can easily be done from the comment widget itself.
FastComments has had a fixed page size of 30 comments since launch. This is now customizable!
FastComments has provided various Analytics since launch, but now it provides a number of live metrics that can be reported on.
Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Hyvor Talk to FastComments.
If you're using the manual code installation with Hyvor Talk then it's simply a matter of removing the small snippet they give you and replacing it with our own. You can even run Hyvor and FastComments on the same site temporarily to test and tweak the look and feel. We can help with that.
If you're not using the code snippet based installation then the instructions will vary based on your platform - again reach out to us.
This year we introduced user profiles, and with it user karma. Up until now, if a comment was deleted, the associated karma was lost. No longer!
Ever come back to a page and want to resume reading the comment section where you left off? FastComments now styles comments you missed, making this easy.
Previously, if manual approval was enabled, every comment would have to be moderated. Now, if desired, once a user is approved, their future comments don't require moderation.
A new widget has been released that lets users like pages or articles.
Ever wanted to switch from the default up/down voting style to just a plain heart icon? Now you can.
After months of work, we're pleased to announce fastcomments-react-native-sdk is now at version 1.0 for general availability.
Refer customers and get a recurring commission!
In this release we have many features that reward communities that use FastComments and help them communicate.
Flagging has been added to FastComments. Additionally, comments can be hidden based on the number of times they are flagged.
FastComments now provides a detailed log of all modifications made via the platform.
Have more than one type of content, and want different teams of moderators to handle their own content? Now you can with FastComments!
White Labeling, with full API integration and automation tools, comes to FastComments.
We've improved the visibility of your comments to search engines, and increased the likelihood the content will be attributed to your site.
Conversations are now more fun.
FastComments Profanity Detection and Masking Gets an Upgrade
Ever wanted to #tag a topic or piece of information? Now you can.
Ever wanted to @mention one or more users in a comment? Now you can.
Want to add comments to your Notion pages? We have you covered.
You can now moderate comments without leaving your site!
FastComments has been updated. Learn about the update and how you can get it.
We've launched a site just for our documentation.
Need to embed comments into an application developed with Angular? We got you.
Have a more consistent experience for your users by branding the emails FastComments sends.
Need to embed live commenting into an application developed with React Native? We got you.
We've improved the information that search engines see when crawling your site with FastComments.
Top-level comments can now be pinned in comment threads!
Our first release of 2021 brings the ability (if enabled at tenant level) for users to add their blog link when commenting.
Read this post to see how to fully migrate from JustComments to FastComments.
It's usually a matter of removing the small snippet they give you and replacing it with our own. You can even run JustComments and FastComments on the same site temporarily to test and tweak the look and feel. We can help with that.
A small change that simplifies interacting with your community.
Don't consider your comment threads public? Have SSO setup for authentication? This might be for you.
The default avatar image can now be customized.
Instructions, including a video, on installing FastComments on a Webflow.io site.
Since launch, FastComments did not allow you to change the sort order of the comment thread. That changes with this release!
While we have dedicated React and VueJS components, the vanilla widget can be used in single page applications too.
A much anticipated update, you can now delete your comments left with FastComments.
A much anticipated update, you can now edit comments left with FastComments.
Need to embed comments into an application developed with Vue? We got you.
FastComments can now call your API for comment creation, updates, and removal.
Comments not showing? Settings don't seem to be applied? Figuring that out just got a whole lot easier.
Customizing the widget text is a frequent support question. Now it's self-service.
You can now use FastComments to embed comments into a site made with Gatsby!
Need to embed comments into an application developed with React? We got you.
Life changes. Companies evolve. Domain names and URL patterns change, and FastComments can help.
What's old is new again. Pre-rendering and serving sites from a CDN is now called the "JamStack" - but they don't have to be completely static!
RSS is still alive and well, and now FastComments supports it. Don't know what RSS is? Don't worry, we'll fill you in.
FastComments now adjusts to your site's theme, whether it's light or dark.
Want to add comments to a static site, like GitHub Pages?
We've improved the readability and appearance of FastComments on mobile.
We've recently taken a stab at giving our core commenting widget experience a face lift.
Some of our customers have software-development related sites and blogs. In these communities it's common to share code snippets. Here's how FastComments makes that easy.
A richer commenting experience has arrived at FastComments with the use of Markdown!
A minor announcement - but welcome to many!
Want a regular reminder of comments that may need attention, without getting emails every hour?
Have auto approval enabled but only want verified comments to show on your site or blog?
With this product launch FastComments is able to improve the engagement of your audience even more!
FastComments provides SSO solutions for various platforms and custom integrations.
The FastComments moderation toolset now has the ability to ban or shadow ban a user.
Customizing your comment widget taking too long? We've launched a solution!
Have a discussion you want to close? The option is here!
Considering switching from another WordPress comment plugin? Try FastComments!
Today we're introducing two new widget types, bringing the total supported widgets to three: Comment Count, Recent Comments, and Top Pages.
For some, the default word blacklist is too restrictive or too open.
Moderators now have the ability to search a combination of user names and comment text via the moderation page.
Sometimes the difference between marking something as spam and approving it can be the context - so FastComments provides an easy way to go from an individual comment to an exact spot in a thread.
By default no approval process is required with FastComments. Your users comment and their comments immediately are available to the whole internet to see (albeit with the unverified tag if they are not logged in). So what if you want to manually moderate and approve every comment?
Want to show off the number of comments on a page before a user clicks in? No problem with FastComments.
A one-man army only scales so far. What do you do when you're overwhelmed by the number of comments you have to review?
Read this post to see how to invite comment moderators to FastComments.
An avatar is the profile icon associated with every account and shown next to every comment.
Gravatar brands themselves as "A Globally Recognized Avatar". It's a service where you can define an avatar for a given email. Any products you sign-up to using that email can then use that avatar. This removes a step for people signing up to FastComments since their avatar is setup automatically.
FastComments will now pull default avatars from Gravatar. You or or users don't have to do anything to get this feature.
If your existing users have already defined their own avatar - no worries - we aren't going to overwrite their custom avatars. Also, users can still overwrite the Gravatar avatar in FastComments.
FastComments is flexible. It attaches to a regular element on a page so it works with any web framework.
Read this post to see an example of multiple instances of FastComments on the same page.
Read this post to demonstrate how to fully migrate from IntenseDebate to FastComments.
Localization is no small step - and it's arrived at FastComments. The embeddable comment widget is now fully localized in English (en-us), Spanish (es-es), and French (fr-fr).
You'll notice that we haven't slowed down, either. Generally when most applications add localization support the bloat starts to set in. In our case the client-side script has actually decreased in size as we've done some housekeeping and other optimizations at the same time.
If you'd like FastComments translated in your language, or you've spotted a translation issue, let us know.
With FastComments you can disable image uploads in the comment section of your website for either the entire site or just a particular page.
By default FastComments will keep your unverified comments for three days.
When a user comments and leaves their email FastComments will send them an email asking them to verify their comment. This helps fight spam, and highlights the comments that their authors really want shown.
If you enable Anonymous Commenting they won't even have to leave their email!
But now you can configure how long to keep these comments - maybe you don't even want to automatically remove them! This is all configurable ia Moderate Comments -> Edit Moderation Settings
FastComments now supports pagination without collapsing content! Also, if you want to read a long thread quickly FastComments has a "Load All Comments" button on long threads (like here).
This means that if you have hundreds of replies on a page we aren't going to bog down your site by loading them all up at once. One the user scrolls down to your comment section, and reads past the 30 comments we load initially, they can click "Show Next 30 Comments" to quickly load the next set and continue reading.
It's also well optimized, as usual. If you're into that kind of thing read about it on our engineering blog.
This requires no additional setup from you! Existing customers will get this feature. Enjoy FastComments.
By default FastComments requires an email to comment if you are not logged in. We use this email to automatically create an account for the user and let them verify their comment. In order to allow anonymous commenting you just have to create a customization rule. Define the domain, and optionally page, that you want to allow anonymous commenting on.
A picture is worth a thousand blog posts, right?
Don't want to show a comment feed at the end of your pages, but want to let users comment? We got you.
There's no way to 100% combat spam. But FastComments deploys a number of measures to help.
Learn about how FastComments might - or hopefully might not - bug you.
Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Muut to FastComments.
It's simply a matter of removing the small snippet Muut gives you and replacing it with our own. You can even run Muut and FastComments on the same site temporarily to test and tweak the look and feel. We can help with that.
Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Commento to FastComments.
Commento doesn't give us full URLs. What they provide is just the domain name that a comment thread belongs to - like "fastcomments.com/some-page". This means that the FastComments importer has to assume what the protocol is, and it defaults to https. If you run the import and are not seeing your data you may want to check that your site is properly secured.
Here we'll explore creating a comment thread that looks like the one on Hackaday.
If you click the link to this post the overall page styling as well as the FastComments Blog will change.
Read this post to see how to fully migrate from Disqus to FastComments.
If you're using the Generic Site Integration with Disqus then it's simply a matter of removing the small snippet they give you and replacing it with our own. You can even run Disqus and FastComments on the same site temporarily to test and tweak the look and feel. We can help with that.
If you're not using the Generic Site Integration then the instructions will vary based on your platform - again reach out to us.
After launch this was the most asked for feature, so here it is.
If you are logged in and comment, or view your existing comments, you'll see there is now an empty profile picture next to your name.
If you can find any bug with FastComments we'll pay you! We also offer subscription credits.
View this blog post and comment to report a bug.
View this blog post to see a live demo of FastComments. Feel free to comment and play around.
If you leave a comment and don't verify it via email within three days it'll automatically be removed. This is one of FastComment's powers to fight spam.