OpenWeb Team
Release Notes

November - December 2021

AUTHOR: OpenWeb Team

Happy New Year from everyone here at OpenWeb! Our team has been busy making enhancements to our product line. Check out what’s new below.

New Features

Author Badges 

  • Authors of articles can now be easily identified with our new Author Badges.

Topic Tracker

  • You can now report the relevant post ID directly from the product. Simply embed a div tag instead of using the launcher for single-page applications (SPAs) and other implementations with multiple post IDs on the same page.

  • We also added Topic Tracker support for AMP implementations.



  • To help make conversations easier to read and navigate, threaded lines now link comments and replies. 

  • When submitting a report, a user can specify the category of the violation. Moderators can view all reported categories in the moderation panel. 

  • You can now customize the Conversation theme when multiple Conversations are present on a single article or page.

  • A new loader has been added to improve the Conversation experience. Check out the following example to see the update. Current:

  • Previous:

Topic Tracker

  • When visiting a page with topics that the user already follows, those topics will appear first in the Topic Tracker widget.


  • To make Reactions feel like an organic part of your site, the semi-transparent background has been removed from the Reactions options.

Popular in the Community

  • We have added a protection layer to our redirect links to prevent unauthorized third-party reuse.

Native SDK

iOS latest version: v1.7.0

Android latest version:  v1.7.2

React native latest version: v1.6.0

  • (Android/iOS) Showing staff member badges are now supported.

  • (Android) In the pre-Conversation screen, an indication of a deleted comment is displayed. 

  • (Android) Update to support Android 11 (API level 30): Following Google's policy for updating the supported API level by November 2021, we upgraded our Android SDK to comply with those rules (Android)

  • (Android) Update to support GoogleAdsSDK V20: Following the breaking changes made by Google in their Admob library, we migrated our integration to support this.

  • (iOS) Displaying a real-time viewers counter at the top of a Conversation is now supported.

  • (iOS) Update to Alamofire dependency to version 5.4

  • (iOS) Update to depend on React-Core in iOS Podspec: Due to an internal change in ReactNative, the React pod has been refactored and we needed to use the React-Core pod from the encompassing React pod (iOS)

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed an issue in which the reply disappears after clicking on "show more replies" and then logging out

  • Fixed issue in which only the first link is clickable when more than one link has been inserted into a Conversation

  • Corrected the wrong location of GIF and Emoji buttons when draft appears in a simple editor

  • Fixed the reply hover effect remaining after a click on the Reply button

  • Fixed issue in which opening Community Guidelines causes the user's position on the page to change

  • Fixed an issue in which long article titles in a comment is cut off

  • Fixed the location of delete "X" icon in preview (mobile)

  • Reduced the frequency of the registration call-to-action dialog appearing to once in every conversation

  • Fixed an issue in which the wrong user name is passed after a user profile change has occurred

  • Fixed an issue in which cmd+enter does not trigger the Submit button functionality when submitting feedback

  • Fixed an issue in which the Share modal does not open from the Conversation page

  • Fixed an issue in which a blocked user gets a real-time rejection indication

  • Corrected featured comment disappearing after logging in or logging out

  • Aligned the lower reply with the username of the commenter

  • When a GIF is not found the key of a GIF will appear instead of the "No GIF found" message

Native SDK

  • (Android) Fixed comments counter is not updating correctly in real-time

  • (Android) Addressed unhandled intent in LoginActivity that prevented proper function of Social login

  • (Android) Fixed crash that occurred after deleting a comment in the pre-conversation screen

  • (Android) Fixed issue in which upvote/downvote remains highlighted after the user has logged out

  • (Android) Fixed crash that occurred when an interstitial ad was presented

  • (iOS) Fixed crash that occurred when trying to open a mailto: link


Updated the “X” on the floating notification bell to disappear when opening and closing the notifications from within a Conversation widget


  • Fixed support for email addresses with special characters

Topic Tracker

  • Fixed topics with special characters so that the special characters decode correctly

  • Changed Choose Reactions Location to Choose Topic Tracker Location in the Admin Panel

  • Corrected the skeleton preloader dimensions on mobile 


  • Updated the widget to display the number of comments posted during the current month on sites with a low volume of engagement

  • For implementations with links to disclaimers, enabled disclaimer hyperlinks at the bottom of Spotlight

  • Corrected a Spotlight saving issue in the Admin Panel

  • Corrected margins that appeared above and below the Spotlight widget in certain implementations

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