We're excited to pilot guest reply, a new feature which we hope will increase signups and user engagement.
What is it?
Guest reply allows guests (visitors who are not logged in or signed up) to view the post box on threads and articles. They can then draft a reply like a regular user (with the exception of the ability to upload attachments and images) to partake in discussions of interest. Please note guest reply is unavailable on Marketplace listings and deals.
Guest reply will also adhere to all existing node permissions (i.e. only be available in nodes that regular users have permission to post in, if a node requires moderator approval for public posts then it will remain hidden until a moderator can approve it).
Once a guest hits the button to post a reply they will be prompted to sign up so their post can become public. There are 3 ways they can sign up:
- Google One Tap
Until a guest completes account verification and is put into a valid registered user state, their post will not be displayed publicly.
If a guest has only partially completed account verification (ex: signed up with email but hasn't completed email verification) then the user will see a note above their post indicating they must complete account verification or wait for a moderator to approve their post for it to become public.
These guests who are in the unregistered/unconfirmed state will no longer be able to access the guest reply feature since it is only visible to new guests.
We aim to roll this feature out to the list of pilot sites below Thursday April 27. Please let us know if you have any feedback or recommendations on how we can improve the feature. If no major bugs are identified, we will look to roll this feature out globally within 1-2 weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns please let us know!