Scott Jennings and I had a conversation recently, and I asked him, “With a raging global pandemic that has all but cancelled sports as we know it, and the battle for racial equality really heating up across America—not to mention the economic disparities that exist among us and the true pain being felt by families far and wide—on top of the disgusting and despicable scandal rocking our favorite team’s front office that is duking it out with a name change for top billing in the local and national headlines...how can we make 2020 suck harder?”
After a thoughtful pause, Scott said, “Well...we could f**k with the way our readers interact with us and each other on the site.”
Since I took over Hogs Haven (with my main man Ewoldt) back in 2009, things have changed quite a bit. The look and feel of this site has evolved many times over, and almost always for better. From the front-page layout, to the manner in which we converse with each other about our favorite sport and team, SB Nation has invested heavily in the daily experience we enjoy.
This is a good spot to take a breath and say thank you to everyone who has made Hogs Haven so enjoyable over all these years. After all, if folks didn’t take the time to read posts like this, and comment on just about everything under the sun, it simply wouldn’t work.
All of this to say that our commenting system is changing (many of you have already learned this by visiting other sites over the past week or two). Our system is propped up on the vestiges of medieval online infrastructure. The changes we are undergoing now are meant to address shortcomings on the mobile side as well as those on the back end. As Fletch might tell us if he were here to guide us on this, “It’s all in the back end these days, folks.”
This is a work in progress, y’all. As such, it won’t be easy, and it won’t be pretty out of the gate. That is the nature of changing something while it remains online. I know that some of you will be upset by changes here, and I am sorry. I want you to know that the same people who have been making everything we have done for the last decade possible are working their butts off to keep the lights on and to get us to where we need to be to make all the things we want to do possible in the future.
Andrew Losowsky, who is the head of Coral, the new commenting system we will be implementing, answered some questions in this FAQs post over at SB Nation’s flagship site — from new features to some problems that will still be worked through.
As somebody who has almost never been excited about a change to Hogs Haven, I can tell you that I have pretty much ALWAYS ended up understanding and enjoying the changes made by one of the best teams in the business over there at SB Nation HQ.
You know...I am already laughing about how we will one day be mad when they change Coral to...whatever the next thing is. Until then...keep calm and let’s get through this godforsaken year!
Stay safe and healthy, y’all!