Kotaku: We Now Have Notifications! (And Other New Things)

You may have already noticed this — but Kotaku comments have been upgraded again! One of the most requested features ever has finally been implemented. Ladies and gentlemen — we have notifications!

And it all starts with this:

If you are a registered member at Kotaku, you will now receive a notification whenever someone replies to one of your comments: on regular posts, on news post, or Talk Amongst Yourselves. Everything.

In addition, users can also choose to receive email notifications, and can choose the frequency of these emails in your profile. Which is quite handy if you're a regular poster and don't want to have to deal with a zillion email constantly firing into your inbox.

In a pure genius move by our design team, Ben White and Rob Hussey, the emails are simply a summary of the notifications, not an email for every single bloody notification, meaning we won't spam you with emails. It's also worth noting you can completely disable emails if you so desire, and just use the notification system on Kotaku itself.

What else is new? Well, your profile is now available for the public to view. It's also worth noting, again, that this is optional. If you want to switch your profile to private you can do so in preferences. The box you need to tick is here:

You can share and pimp out your public profile on Twitter, Facebook if you so desire, and there's lots of little buttons you can click in order to do so.

And finally — our last new feature — bookmarks. This is important because it is one of the first suggestions made by our community that the design team totally stole and implemented! A lot of the suggestions being made by you guys may have already been planned or suggested internally, but bookmarks was a feature we totally overlooked! I'm making a big deal of this because I think it shows that we are listening to you guys and girls. We're listening to what you like, what you don't like, what you hate, and we're trying to adjust accordingly. We really value all the feedback, and we try our best to respond to it! This is your site as much as it is ours!

You can find bookmarks here:

Okay that's all for now! Thanks for reading and, as always, leave your feedback in the comments below — have fun everyone!


    Awesome! Top job guys!

      Thanks :)

        Since this post is a couple of days old, I'm replying to your comment here so you can see it with the notification system you designed :p

        The arrows on the top stories box at the top of the home page don't seem to work for me any more since the update. I can only see two stories. I'm using Chrome on Windows 7.

        Also it would appear that some other "scripty" functions don't work either, like adding social media accounts to your profile.

        Seems to work ok in IE though.

        Last edited 24/10/12 9:58 am

          THE SYSTEM WORKS!! :) That's an interesting one - is there an ad blocker installed on chrome by chance?

            There is. I tried excluding the site from adblock yesterday to see if that would help but it didn't. But I just turned it off completely then and tried again and it worked :/



        I like learning :)

          I was looking for something equally British to reply with and found that instead. Suddenly, 4:00pm.

            what sad is i then followed that article through about 4 other wiki articles loosely related. Quiet Monday is Quiet. *nods*

    errors with login, i can login but the login box still appears
    edit: using latest chrome beta
    edit 2: if u go to an authors section the discuss div has doubled the pink posts box

    Last edited 22/10/12 12:54 pm

      I'm getting the same thing - Firefox if that help you Ben

      Thanks guys, should be good now!

        Who would have known....you design this....Crafty man ben. Awesome job!

          Thanks Tex!! What are you up to these days? Surviving without co-opp.net? :)

            Indeed so :( Do miss the crew! Was fun last lan! Great to see your long hours of labor really pay off...Funnily enough i frequent this place all daily :P and only learned recently you designed it!

    I'm loving the social profile function be interesting to see if people utilise it.

    Anyone else get a bug where they're logged in down the bottom in the comments section, but the bar up top still says "log in / register" instead of showing a profile button?

      Yep. I've cleared my cache, cookies etc and it hasn't fixed it. No idea what's going on.

      Should be fixed now, let me know if you're still having issues!

        I got some notifications overnight, but now the profile/login section up top just pinwheels forever :(

    Kinda not working at the moment (the thing Luke mentioned is happening) but I added a Bookmark and accessed my Profile from the green banner and it showed a reply.

    TAY is also broken at the moment :P

    But great job again guys :D

    Yeah sorry folks -- Ben and Rob currently ironing out the bugs as we speak.

    Thanks for your patience as always!

      Cue mental image of Ben in an apron literally ironing bugs in the Allure Media offices.

      Lots has changed since I last worked there, eh? :P

        Think more Game Dev Story.

          I choose to believe that's how bugs are actually removed.

    Any of these updates going to hit the mobile version of the site? I travel a lot for work so I'm usually posting/reading on my phone.

    Thanks everyone! Apologies for the login issues earlier - let Rob or myself know if you bump into any other problems.

      Yeah apparently I have added "too many emails" to my account and I can't remove any of them /o\

        When you say you can't remove the addresses, do you mean:
        A.) The site won't let you.
        B.) You don't want to.

          Site won't let me! I have err 5 emails attached, and it says I can only have 3, until I can remove them I can't update anything on my profile haha. That'll teach me for using multiple emails over the years here..

    There's a mobile version of the site?

    Where can I find it?

      You need a mobile device to view it lol. I don't think its accessible via a standard browser.

        Yeah you're probably right. The address bar currently doesn't say m.kotaku.com.au or anything. Although I haven't actually tried loading that beforeā€¦

      Not sure, that's what automatically loads when I use my iPhone. Downloaded chrome for iPhone so I can force sites to load the desktop version if I like.
      Unfortunately there aren't options for profiles yet, and I haven't noticed an edit button. But the guys are working on it which is excellent.

    Oh mighty Ben White, I humbly beseech thee for thine assistance (sorry I'll stop that now).
    I can no longer reply to any comments or edit any of my own.
    When there is a chance, could this be looked at.
    Your friendly neighbourhood barbarian

      Hey Hugo! That seems weird - your profile still says you own all of these comments. Can you try a cache reset (or an incognito session, or another browser) and see if it still happens?

    I now have the worlds largest avatar at the top of my page.

      Is that a good or bad thing?

        A bad thing. It's almost the size of a page and I have to scroll down to get to the article. I'm using IE and the avatar is just the default one (so I haven't messed with sizing or anything).
        It could be effecting the other parameters as well - most articles have the first paragraph squished to the right hand side of the first picture.

          Ah, got yah - IE decided to have attack of sads with latest change - should be fixed before end of play today :)

            Awesome. Just happy you knew what the hell I was talking about, lol.

            PS. I really do hate IE. I just have to use it for work =/

    Good, but now I can't see the number of comments on articles before viewing them. They all come up as blank!

      Hey Hayden, that's weird - works okay here - can you please try a browser refresh?

        Not entirely sure what you mean by a browser refresh, but I did a page refresh in Chrome with ctrl-F5. Nothing. Found an old installation of FireFox and tried Kotaku in that, and it works fine there.

          Chrome has a bit of a sticky cache, but this should help:

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