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Redesigned website launches today

Revamp includes improved story comments feature

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A redesigned launched Tuesday, providing readers with a better user experience on their desktop, smartphone or tablet.

Still with an emphasis on local news, the new helps readers find the news that's important to them with better visual cues. The website's responsive design ensures that readers will see the same important stories and headlines regardless of the device they are using to visit

The website still features more local news, photography and videography about DeKalb County than any other website. Users still sign in online in the upper righthand corner of the site for complete access to the archives.

Navigation across the top of the homepage has been improved to better guide readers through the website, and story pages now include more opportunities for readers to access the top news on without having to hit the back button.

Improved story commenting

New features in story commenting on allow story-commenters to respond directly to a comment in a thread and allow for better self-policing of the comments section.

Users can flag comments as offensive, off-topic or as spam. If a comment is flagged enough times, it becomes hidden to users and subject to review. Commenters also can “like” a comment similar to “liking” a post on Facebook.’s rules for posting have not changed. Repeat offenders are subject to expulsion. However, comments are no longer restricted to 48 hours after a story publishes.

Readers need to register and create a profile with to participate in story commenting. Livefyre does offer the opportunity to register and create a profile with an existing social media account, such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

This registration is different than any registration you might already have done through

You do not need to register to view comments.

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