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StoryGraph users can comment on the reading activity/review of their friends
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Nadia

We’re thinking of adding in the ability to comment on your StoryGraph's friends’ reading updates and/or reviews (if your friends have commenting turned on!).

There’ll be settings for comments. So you’ll be able to have StoryGraph friends, but commenting disabled (which will be the default).

What do you think?

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beccabou
Jan 29, 2024

I really hope this gets bumped up priority, soon! It would help make it much more social (and excellent for my Read-Your-Own-Book book club!!).

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Nadia
Jan 30, 2024

beccabou It was on the roadmap for last year so should definitely be happening this year. 👀 😅

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saradoxical
Jan 9, 2024

Yes, very much this. It is the one thing I feel I'm missing from that other site.

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wichtrey
Jan 4, 2024

I'd love to see this!

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laurenmcglamery
Jan 3, 2024

Love this! I go through and like my friends' activities, but commenting and chatting would be AWESOME.

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thisgayreads
Dec 5, 2023

Yes please!

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draper_claire
Nov 21, 2023

would love this!

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beebeewin
Oct 27, 2023

I would love to be able to just like or upvote friend's book reviews! I keep reading some great reviews and would like to let people know I enjoy reading their thoughts.

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saradoxical
Jan 9, 2024

beebeewin Taking that one step further, I'd like to be able to upvote other people's reviews, even anonymously.

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immovabletype
Oct 4, 2023

It drives me slightly bonkers that I have no way of commenting on my friends' updates unless I can find the same update on Goodreads. I have no interest in seeing comments devolve into the cesspit of GR comments, but I would find it immensely valuable to have it as an opt-in between friends only.

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maxgardner
Sep 29, 2023

I think this would be a big help for convincing some of my friends to move over to this app; many of them currently like the more social aspects of other book-tracking apps, so it's hard to get them to make the swap fully. As long as it's opt-in and not visible for people who don't want it, this seems great. Maybe there even can be a type of checkbox opt-in to more fully customize it as some people only want emoji reactions: allow emoji reactions, allow comments, with the ability to specify which users can do either. Check either option or both, and we just keep these unchecked to not enable them at all on our reviews/updates.

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Nadia
Oct 2, 2023

maxgardner Thanks for the feedback! The aim is to have the first version of this out some time this year or early 2024.

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robinwalter
Jun 12, 2023

If it's strictly friends only ( I have none but do plan on doubling that number soon) , and off by default, then it would probably be a nice option for many. I would be much less unenthused about the possibility of reacting to reviews without commenting.

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bookcasey
Jun 1, 2023

I’m with others that I’m not sure I necessarily want to see people fight over character pairings or things like that in comments, but I’d love a reaction button! Maybe even a few reaction options.

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milpeaches
Mar 24, 2023

I like the idea but I don't want it clogging up my homescreen. Can we make it that you have to go to the Community tab to access?

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Nadia
Mar 28, 2023

milpeaches I don't envisage this sort of thing being on the homepage until the homepage is customisable!

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karenmsecrest
Mar 8, 2023

I love the idea of being able to "like" or "thumbs up" the reviews I find helpful. When reading a review that's particularly thoughtful, I often wish I could give that internet stranger a high-five to show appreciation for their insight.

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vanislandcircus
Feb 25, 2023

I think that this would be a great way to cultivate the Community vibe even more within the App. I appreciate that there are people who might not want this, so I think having the option to toggle this on and off like other options already in the app and future updates - is really smart and making this app as fully community oriented as best as possible.

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thisbookbelongstopam
Jan 30, 2023

YES please! Or even just ability to "react" to a friend's review, not necessarily comment. Something to expand the current "like" button to emoji reactions (shocked, interesting, sad) or something bookish like "thanks for the reco!" or "added to my to read!" or "i like this too!" or "this book made me feel frustrated!"

I think hyping people's review up is an amazing way to encourage people to post their reviews, if this makes sense. Thank you!

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romanceschmomance
Jan 20, 2023

Not going to lie, I've enjoyed not having a comment feature. But having a settings for comments would be amazing if SG adds this feature.

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Nadia
Jan 21, 2023

romanceschmomance Yes, there'll be a setting and it'll be default off, even if you have friends! :-D

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kylethewild
Jan 12, 2023

This would be great! I think being able to comment on updates and reviews would make things feel a lot less isolated

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asoulversation
Jan 9, 2023

Yes! I just did a post on IG about The storygraph and the thing people said they wanted the most was this. Basically better community vibes. The ability to interact more with others.

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jennylachs
Oct 7, 2022

That would be really great!

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a_robin_reads
Sep 7, 2022

I love the settings option, because I want SG to be more a tracking part and not a social media part for me. So super awesome!

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raidingbookshelves
Feb 28, 2022

I'd love to be able to comment on what my friends are reading. At the moment, I have to remember which username is which friend and then go to another platform to actually interact with them.

I'd love it if eventually this kind of activity could be filtered into the book page - kind of like the reading challenges. So you can see you and XXX discussed this book' as a bit of reminder of why I might want to read it next.

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blackmetalblackheart
Feb 24, 2022

This is definitely the one thing I miss most from GR, the ability to interact with my friends. I think people would really love this.

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badfalcon
Feb 15, 2022

I'd love it - I would also love to be able to compare my stats with my friends stats, would that be possible?

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Nadia
Feb 17, 2022

Yes, that's a potential feature, but that's not related to this potential update! There's this post that might be more fitting: https://roadmap.thestorygraph.com/requests-ideas/posts/see-stats-for-all-users.

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imaginary_space
Feb 13, 2022

I would love to be able to talk to my friends about the books they are reading, and I'd love to read their opinions on my books.

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alexishall
Feb 2, 2022

Just to say, while I'm not expecting The StoryGraph to replicate what cough other sites offer, I am personally really missing elements of interactivity - particularly being able to comment/receive comments on reviews. I may well be in a minority here but I like the community aspects of reading as well as the, uh, reading aspects of reading.

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rstock
Jan 7, 2022

Yes for sure!

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grvhppr
Dec 8, 2021

I believe it's beneficial with settings that distinguish between Friends and Followers. I think seeing what the communication styles for the Buddy Reads and Book Clubs features will help in determining how to better improve commenting on a mass scale.

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Nadia
Oct 20, 2021
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