Social news site Digg is launching a new version of its comment system soon. The current iteration, which has received both ire and admiration from users, is changing for the better with several tweaks that will be the most noticeable for power users who troll the site for hours each day.
Of the advancements, the most noticeable is in load times, which have been tweaked by having comments load as users scroll down the page instead of all at once. Users can also now change their votes on other user's comments, and even delete something they've said at any time. Additionally editing times have been increased from their 160 second limit.
One of the neater additions though is the sorting. Digg will now let you sort for comments by what's received the most diggs or the most buries--Digg's user policing system for lame posts and comments. This marks the first time the site's shown some transparency in the matter, often only showing you what's buried once it has passed a threshold made invisible to users.
The news about this actually broke out on Twitter via a video link posted, then quickly retracted by Digg founder Kevin Rose. Shortly after it hit the front page of the Web site--not exactly how people tend to find out about new features of a service, but a testament to how the social news site works compared with traditional media outlets.
5/15/2008 Update: The new feature has gone live. You can see a before and after pic of it here.