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Brew Hoop Night Shift: August 16, 2020

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Every evening at 8:00 pm central (or in this case, whenever we feel like it, including in the morning), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.


About a week ago, we hosted a community checkup that covered the developments at SB Nation and Vox Media regarding Coral, the new commenting system that all SB Nation sites will be adopting sooner or later. As it turns out, SB Nation published a post only a few minutes after our August 7 Night Shift that provided some updates that our communities have been clamoring for, including a summary of the feedback SB Nation and Coral teams have received.

As some of you have already noticed (if you haven’t made your voice heard yourself), there are a number of criticisms of Coral, both the functionality itself and the strategy being followed to roll it out. The good news is that the teams responsible are in fact hearing you, even if they may not respond to every comment posted (including my own). Here’s a summary of what they have to say:

  • There is currently no timeline for when Coral will roll out to NBA team sites, including Brew Hoop.
  • Users are generally positive about the ability to sort posts themselves, the YouTube/Giphy integrations, and the mobile experience.
  • Moderators are generally positive about some of the automations, though there are concerns about the lack of individual community control.
  • Users are generally negative about the lack of chronological order, the lack of visibility of comment threads more than 4 posts deep, the inability to see how many comments are new or cycle through them with a keyboard shortcut (the z-key function), and the unintended effects of the automated moderation tools.

This tool is going to continue being developed, and the conclusion of the post speaks well to how the different teams are aligned on the same objective and how (hopefully) things will work out for everyone.

And of course we will continue to read and listen to feedback, as we develop the platform. Meantime, we’re seeing many of you using the new commenting platform to talk about sports, and we’re glad to see it.

If you have any other suggestions, feedback, or ideas, please email them to coralsupport@voxmedia.com. Thank you for being here, as we develop and improve our communities together.

I hope this update helps both keep you informed as to the state of the rollout and gives you a chance to discuss what your priorities are and how to make your opinion known to the teams at SB Nation and Coral. Have at it in the comments, on this topic or whatever else is on your mind.


As a general rule, non-basketball topics are permitted in an open thread, provided that they follow the SB Nation Community Guidelines.