Google has launched a new Comments page for video creators so they can manage their comments from a single place. Recent changes to the commenting system have caused a great deal of backlash among users. Some of that (but certainly not all of it) was related to this.
In a blog post, YouTube engineer Patrick Doyle wrote, "Many of you have told us that you use your YouTube Inbox to manage comments. With the new commenting system moving comment notices to alerts, removing this feature was, well, a bummer."
"Staying connected with your audience is critical on YouTube, so we fast-tracked the development of a new comment management page that lets you see, respond to and moderate your comments all in one place," he added.
You can simply go to youtube.com/comments to manage comments. From here, you can remove and flag comments as spam or for abuse, give them a thumbs up, and go to the video page to reply. It will also let you toggle between comments published on the channel and those pending, as well as those marked as spam.
Google says it will be adding additional features to the page in the near future. They give a couple examples like the ability to reply inline and expand all replies.
The commenting system was changed in November. The backlash was quite great for a variety of reasons. Many criticized Google for making people use Google+. Even one of YouTube's co-founders came out of years of silence on the site to slam the new system.
Still, this isn't the first time Google has tried to ease some of the concerns with the new system. Later in November, Google implemented better recognition of bad links and impersonation attempts, as well as ASCII art detection and a change to how log comments are displayed. These changes were aimed at reducing spam that was taking advantage of the new system.
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