Oh boy, it’s rant time again
Quick context: Replit has announced many new changes to social features on Replit. You can read the full blog post here.
Now for what’s changing:
Couldn’t expect this to happen, but it ended up happening. Comments are being removed.
Now don’t get me wrong, this can be a good thing to happen in many occasions, especially with the masses of spam some Repls get.
However, this feels like an extremely stupid idea. And for a couple of reasons.
As most people know, you can click the button to create updates for your Repl, basically re-publishing it.
This is a cool feature, as it basically acted as a changelog for your Repls. Wanna know where they appeared? The comment feed. That being removed means either there’d be a new section where updates would appear, or updates being fully removed. And honestly, I don’t feel like that’d be a good idea.
Oh, but Ask exists, doesn’t it?
Yeah, it does exist, however if I have to remember to keep going onto Ask to see any new feedback on my Repl, it’s gonna be quite annoying. It’s nice to have everything centralised and in one place, which is also why so many OG users were annoyed that Replit Talk was removed and Replit Ask came into existence instead.
Trust me, even if many of Replit’s later long-time users are ones who come after 2024, people will still be annoyed at this. I, myself, have barely any recollection of Replit Talk and yet I’m a bit annoyed of its removal.
Being a moderator and all, I do know how annoying comments can be, especially with abuse and all, but I feel like this is too far. Replit needs to calm down with their additions and removals of features, and also listen to their community.
Even if there are many issues that occur internally that force the team to do these sorts of things, they should at least hear their community out before pushing out a breaking change such as this one.