You may have noticed some changes at TPM recently. On Wednesday, we unveiled a first look at our site redesign through our brand new TPM 2012 section. We’re in a beta—or soft—launch right now, so there may still be bugs and kinks we need to work out along the way. Spot ‘em? Send them to talk [at] talkingpointsmemo.com with “Redesign” in the subject.
We’re also trying out a new commenting system. On TPM 2012, Livefyre has replaced Disqus. And we’re considering expanding it to cover the whole site. So we’re eager to hear what you think of it.
Our reader commenting community is extremely important to us, and we want your feedback on this new system.
We think LF has amazing benefits—real-time posting of comments, new comment indicator, conversation following, sharing on multiple social networks, easy setup and a great support team for any/all questions you have.
That being said, a little primer on Livefyre and some frequently asked questions:
I don’t want my real name/login provider username to show up. How do I fix this?
When you first create a new TPM account, your login provider passes a username to our application. If you do not want to comment with this initial username, you can change your TPM username at any time by editing your profile.
How do I change my avatar?
1. Scroll to the top of the page where you see your name and “Welcome back, XXXX.”
2. Click settings.
3. Where it says “New avatar URL” paste a link to the photo you’d like to use.
4. Click submit.
5. Wait 30 seconds to a minute.
6. Reload/refresh the page.
7. If it does not immediately render after 30 seconds to 1 minute, your browser may have cached your old avatar, and you will need to do a hard refresh by double clicking the refresh symbol.
Can I edit my comment after posting it?
Not quite yet. But the folks at LF say that is coming soon.
Can I post links in my comment?
Yes, and links containing “http” will automatically be hyperlinked. YouTube videos and specific image hosters will automatically be embedded in the comment.
Can I embed HTML in my Livefyre comment?
Not yet, but soon.
How do I share my comment on Twitter and Facebook?
Check the Facebook or Twitter boxes next to the “Post Comment” or “Post Comment As” button and allow your Livefyre profile to connect to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
How do I tag my friends from Facebook or Twitter in my comments?
Typing the “@” in the comment box allows you to mention your friends and will bring up a list of your friends and followers from your connected Facebook and Twitter Accounts. As you type more letters in their name, Livefyre will narrow down the list to the specific person you wish to tag.
(Note: Nothing will be shared to social accounts without your explicit permission.)
How do I flag an abusive comment?
If you hover over the time-stamp, you’ll see a few options: delete your comment, “flag” other’s comments as offensive, spam, off-topic or disagree and share any comment to Facebook and Twitter or get the permalink to the comment.
What does ‘Number of people listening’ over the Livefyre comment box mean?
The number of people listening indicates the total number of users who are following that conversation and the number of people currently live on the page at that exact moment.
Having any additional questions? E-mail support [at] livefyre.com.