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If you go to one of Gamasutra's stories right now and view reader comments, you'll notice a new feature: The "Like" button.
We focus-tested a number of different words to let users quickly show their appreciation for a another reader's comment, such as "Dope," "Sick," "Crispy" or my personal favorite, "Rad."
But it turns out most people like "Like."
In all seriousness, the addition of a Like button in our comments section is just the beginning of more regular updates to Gamasutra Network's user interface. We're hoping to continue to introduce improvements in the year to come. (As for "Liking" an actual article, stay tuned.)
Another tweak made to the comments section that you may notice is that commenters can no longer reply to a reply to a reply. Our longer comment threads tend to become confusing when replies go to too many tiers, so we're keeping it simple.
And if you haven't noticed already, we still have Twitter, Facebook Share and Google +1 buttons at the top of each story, so that you can easily share the great content we have here on Gamasutra. Another recent update is the "Exclusive" tag -- click on that and you can get an idea of the amount of legwork that our reporters put towards running original stories and analyses.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave any feedback in the comments section below. We'll be keeping an eye on it.