New features live!  

Andrew 53M  
1875 posts
8/18/2006 8:14 pm

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8/22/2006 10:46 pm

New features live!


After some tweaks, we were able to release new features in blogs, groups, advice lines, articles, search results, etc today. Feel free to post your feedback (e.g., report bugs) so we can address them.

  • Allow some blog posts to be read-only (disallow comments on specific posts)
  • Add underline button to text form toolbar
  • Blog owners can set posts to require pre-approval of comments by them (like testimonials)
  • Allow friends to get "permanent" pre-approval in a member's blog (see above)
  • Links in Blogs to Owner's Private Chat Rooms
  • Add quote & respond a la blogs to Groups/Magazine
  • Allow photos in Groups, Magazine and Blogs replies/postings (testing for premium members only)
  • Group associate moderators (moderator can pick who else can co-moderate)
  • Allow moderators to invite people overriding membership restrictions
  • Fancier voting system on members photo gallery
  • Add ability for moderators to disable voting in groups
  • Allow premium members written content to be viewed immediately in groups
  • Add Recent Visitors Table to Main Group's Page
  • Interest group moderator settings to turn on/off chat room & show/hide it on main Chat page
  • Show 'pending review' & 'Denied' Status in all written content
  • Add 'Home Town' to profiles
  • Add Individual Blog Post Comment Restrictions
  • "Show Hidden Posts"/"Hide Hidden Posts" links when viewing your own Blog
  • Group all of an Interest Group's polls in a specific 'Polls' section on the group's main page
  • Testing a new Main Page
  • Update layout of chapter pages in Sex Academy Workshops
  • Add "invite to network" links to search results (for Gold only)

  • LadyGrayLeopard 61F
    26370 posts
    8/18/2006 8:34 pm

    not sure what that all means... but guess one day!!!

    Sent some comments already yesterday so, not much more.

    Just:
    - messanger not working. But this is normal after 23 cet... Would get a heart attack if it worked.. now soon during other hours too..

    And lost all declined network invitation, link is there but blank info.

    And no solutuion so far to the bugs i've let your guys know.
    Wondering could you add 'recent bug list...


    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 9:14 am:
    Thanks for the bug report. Can you tell me which
    messenger is having trouble? We have three - the
    HTML version that pops up on the main page, or the
    flash version of that, or the one that you download
    and you install on your computer? What exactly is
    not working? (can you log in/etc?)

    I reported that there is a missing link on the friends
    page if you have 0 pending invites and will have our
    QA team read this blog for more.

    Thanks!

    keithcancook 64M
    18358 posts
    8/18/2006 8:34 pm

    Just checking to see how the underline thingie works.


    MyHeartLost4U 56M
    2337 posts
    8/18/2006 9:49 pm

    1- "Add Recent Visitors Table to Main Group's Page" is one that I personally do not care for and a few other members of groups.

    Reason is that it takes away from member privacy in one aspect. In example, I may belong to a group but do not want to feel obligated to having to post something in the group because of visiting the group when I did not find a topic of interest to me to posting in.

    2- Associate moderator being shown is something I wish was an option to being displayed.

    Reason is that for some active groups moderating them can be a stressful experience and that can cause an associate moderator to being put under the same stress as the moderator in various ways; in addition, it can cause a form of jealousy to develop between fellow members too of group; you know like "why the mod picked you and not me?"

    Other then that, I will test the waters of what I am able to test as a user for a week before I give my total opinion. For the most part, they do look real good.

    Nick


    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 9:19 am:
    1. Hmmm... seems like we could add a moderator toggle to
    show it or not - that way it's up to the moderator - how's
    that?

    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 9:20 am:
    2. Sounds good as well. In general, we are trying to give
    more control to the moderator.

    expatbrit49 67M

    8/19/2006 5:14 am

    Please, Please do something about about your servers speed or bandwidth, whatever you have been doing in the last few updates has your site on its knees. I have a Cable connection at home and a straight open fiber pipe at work yet this post page took over a min to load its getting ridiculous.

    The main pages load at a reasonable speed but once one has to access the database it pretty much grinds to a halt

    Thank You for Your Time and Attention


    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 9:33 am:
    20% more webservers/etc being added this coming week

    rm_justron9000 60M
    1301 posts
    8/19/2006 11:54 am

    allowing premium member's comments, to appear first in a thread will screw up the discusion pattern. posts should appear in the order they were entered into the system.


    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 12:10 pm:
    true - just like in blogs, standard member posts may show
    up "in between" posts of premium members once they are
    reviewed. After 30 minutes or so, all the posts are there
    in the correct order...

    LadyGrayLeopard 61F
    26370 posts
    8/19/2006 12:19 pm

      Quoting LadyGrayLeopard:
      not sure what that all means... but guess one day!!!

      Sent some comments already yesterday so, not much more.

      Just:
      - messanger not working. But this is normal after 23 cet... Would get a heart attack if it worked.. now soon during other hours too..

      And lost all declined network invitation, link is there but blank info.

      And no solutuion so far to the bugs i've let your guys know.
      Wondering could you add 'recent bug list...
    Normally I use the download version, but as it has almost fully stopped connecting, have tried the 2 others too, with the same result. They often stay all the time 'connecting...'. So I can log on but it stays only 'connecting' or then 'click to connect'.

    During daytime it still might work (but I work then), we've been joking here in Europe with some guys that as the connection is often fully cut at 23 CET, it probably means that America joins the fun and lines are just busy...

    (looks funny to reply to my own post but didn't find a way to reply to the comment directly!)

    And thanks and a kiss for creating this site!!!! Saves lives in small places like the European Capital Luxembourg...


    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 12:54 pm:
    Thanks - I have team on it now... hopefully resolved
    soon!

    MyHeartLost4U 56M
    2337 posts
    8/19/2006 1:30 pm

    "luvpump replies on 8/19/2006 12:19 pm:
    1. Hmmm... seems like we could add a moderator toggle to
    show it or not - that way it's up to the moderator - how's
    that?

    luvpump replies on 8/19/2006 12:20 pm:
    2. Sounds good as well. In general, we are trying to give
    more control to the moderator.



    I think the toggle options would be a great addition that will satisfy both opinions of members and moderators of groups

    One thing about the "Associate Moderators" control, I think they should be allowed to Unban a member if they are going to be allowed to Ban a member.

    I have personally tested the Associate Moderator feature as an Associate Moderator over my own group, and that is the only thing else I would like to see an Associate Moderator over a group to having the power of doing (Deleting postings when needed, Ban or Unban a member when needed).

    Nick


    Andrew replies on 8/19/2006 3:42 pm:
    Thanks - QA will review my blog next week (hopefully)

    redrobin012057 64F

    8/19/2006 3:41 pm

    Still having a problem with IE, Can't remove a banned member in the group I moderate using IE. I had to download firefox to lift the ban.

    Robin!!


    MissAnnThrope 61F
    11481 posts
    8/19/2006 3:42 pm

    Cool. But now could they please fix the problems with the cams and the IMC that opens with the cams? Ban doesn't work on the cams and ignore doesn't keep the people you don't wish to talk to from stalking you. Stalking is the ONLY word when you say, "no thank you, you're not my type." and they suddenly send 20 messages in a row that slows down the camera, slows down the messenger windows that are open and there's no way to report abuse, as they threaten you, as you're not interested.

    It would be really nice if we could ban the creeps from cams and have the ignore function work in such a way that they can't IM us at all once we say, no thanks. Especially when they start getting nasty with us.


    MissAnnThrope 61F
    11481 posts
    8/19/2006 3:52 pm

    Um, what's going on with profile pictures? Mine seems to have suddenly disappeared, from the comments part. But it seems to still be on my profile. New glitch?


    rm_justron9000 60M
    1301 posts
    8/19/2006 9:04 pm

    no one benefits from posting premium member's comments 30 minutes ahead of others. i do understand that "eventually" thing will show up in proper order.

    this is not an enhancement.


    MyHeartLost4U 56M
    2337 posts
    8/20/2006 2:20 am

    Does this photo look familiar to you?
    hedonist8294

    It should...It is the photo that is on the "Member Login" page of AdultFriendFinder and the property of Various Inc..

    It is apparently claimed to be owned by hedonist8294 a 57 year old Woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States by using it. Dayum!!! Talk about the fountain of youth...


    Andrew I do not mean to post this here in this topic (I did send in a report, using the link provided at the bottom of the page), but as I said in a previous posting and other members have been saying (both Standard and Premium) that the CS and Abuse team do not handle all reports or questions sent in to them as they should.

    Nick


    papyrina 55F
    21123 posts
    8/20/2006 6:15 am

    Cams seem to work when and they feel like it,sometimes first click at lauch cam ,other times on the 10 th try and then more often than not lately is on and off,as in pressing broadcast constantly to show cam and for those watching is a pain in the butt.

    Like new blog post set up not that i had a problem with the old one

    Speed speed speed,on a fast asdl but its like being on a slow boat to China,comments timing out all the time and 2 mins to get in to your blog


    I'm a

    and
    i'm here to stay


    MyHeartLost4U 56M
    2337 posts
    8/20/2006 1:33 pm

    "Add quote & respond a la blogs to Groups/Magazine"

    Andrew,

    While the "Respond" is a nice feature for the Bloggers to having, in my opinion it is unnecessary to having for the Groups and Magazine\Advice Lines sections where numerous members are replying to one another. The "Quote" feature is a much more stronger form of communication (less confusing) when many members are partaking in a conversation based upon an ongoing topic of discussion.

    While here in your Blog the member are speaking to you (for say) directly and you are responding to their questions directly it works well; however, in the Magazine\Advice Lines and Groups it really does not work that way very well since everyone\anyone can jump in to that conversation.

    Example of Lost Communication:

    You responded to my posting with the respond with a Q to me, I however cannot Quote or Respond to your Q directly without doing a copy and pasting (or little table of my own respond ) in a separate posting. If I did not copy and paste your response, would you remember your Q to me if I only answered the Q without quoting you so you could remember what it was you responded to me without having to look back at your respond posting to my posting?

    Nick


    MyHeartLost4U 56M
    2337 posts
    8/25/2006 5:12 pm

    "Allow photos in Groups, Magazine and Blogs replies/postings (testing for premium members only)"

    While this is a nice addition for only the Gold members (currently) to having, I think it would be only fair that all members (Standard, Silver, and Gold) would be able to see the photo that is inserted in to a posting. It would give the Standard and Silver members an idea of what a paid feature looks like without being able to using it.

    Marketing a product without an example or taste of it is less out to being bought.


    MyHeartLost4U 56M
    2337 posts
    8/25/2006 9:54 pm

    Here is my opinion on all of them after a week

  • Allow some blog posts to be read-only (disallow comments on specific posts)

    Good one to have.



  • Add underline button to text form toolbar

    Don't know how you forgot that one in its first release; however, it is a good thing too having.




  • Blog owners can set posts to require pre-approval of comments by them (like testimonials)

    That is a useful feature for some active Bloggers to having.



  • Allow friends to get "permanent" pre-approval in a member's blog (see above)

    Sorry I am not on your friends list and was unable to post in your private Blog last week (the test)



  • Links in Blogs to Owner's Private Chat Rooms

    I thought "Private" meant to be private and not public. I personally think this is going to be a useless feature.



  • Add quote & respond a la blogs to Groups/Magazine

    While the "Respond" is a nice feature for the Bloggers to having, in my opinion it is unnecessary to having for the Groups and Magazine\Advice Lines sections where numerous members are replying to one another. The "Quote" feature is a much more stronger form of communication (less confusing) when many members are partaking in a conversation based upon an ongoing topic of discussion.

    While here in your Blog the member are speaking to you (for say) directly and you are responding to their questions directly it works well; however, in the Magazine\Advice Lines and Groups it really does not work that way very well since everyone\anyone can jump in to that conversation.

    Example of Lost Communication:

    You responded to my posting with the respond with a Q to me, I however cannot Quote or Respond to your Q directly without doing a copy and pasting (or little table of my own respond ) in a separate posting. If I did not copy and paste your response, would you remember your Q to me if I only answered the Q without quoting you so you could remember what it was you responded to me without having to look back at your respond posting to my posting? (copy of my previous post)




  • Allow photos in Groups, Magazine and Blogs replies/postings (testing for premium members only)

    While this is a nice addition for only the Gold members (currently) to having, I think it would be only fair that all members (Standard, Silver, and Gold) would be able to see the photo that is inserted in to a posting. It would give the Standard and Silver members an idea of what a paid feature (Gold Member paid feature) looks like without being able to using it.

    Marketing a product without an example or taste of it is less out to being bought.



  • Group associate moderators (moderator can pick who else can co-moderate)

    Works great so far, just wish the Co-Mod had the means to un-ban a member too if needed.



  • Allow moderators to invite people overriding membership restrictions

    As a moderator of my own group and knowing how difficult it was to building an active group, I much rather see that option as a way the moderator can send an invitation to any member they choose.



  • Fancier voting system on members photo gallery

    I find this as another useless feature. Most members do not even bother with voting on members photos and especially on the male photos. So why add to something that is hardly used?



  • Add ability for moderators to disable voting in groups

    A very big + and many group moderators have and are taking avantage of this feature being added.



  • Allow premium members written content to be viewed immediately in groups

    I can see Premium members to having more features then Standard members; however, this one I do not feel is needed to being one of them as it can cause slowness in conversational threads between members in groups. You want the groups on this site to being active, you want your premium members to being happy along with the Standard members within groups right? Making it where Premium members postings appear immediately you are denying them an instant response because a member is a standard member. Some things should be used in marketing for paid memberships, and some things should not apply.



  • Add Recent Visitors Table to Main Group's Page

    Approxamately 60% of members of groups do not like this feature as they feel it invades their privacy; the other 40% like the feature or it does not really matter one way or the other to them.



  • Interest group moderator settings to turn on/off chat room & show/hide it on main Chat page

    Another big + to being added.



  • Show 'pending review' & 'Denied' Status in all written content

    If a posting is marked "Denied" how about a reason given. I had a denied posting I made in my own group with nothing against TOU; yet, it was denied. Maybe when this feature was being uploaded, my posting was accidently filtered into the Denied bin, but I would had liked to know a reason.



  • Add 'Home Town' to profiles

    That one is not all to bad since it is something that can help in the "things in common" with attractions.



  • Add Individual Blog Post Comment Restrictions

    Is that not the same as "Blog owners can set posts to require pre-approval of comments by them (like testimonials)"



  • "Show Hidden Posts"/"Hide Hidden Posts" links when viewing your own Blog

    I thought we already had that one.



  • Group all of an Interest Group's polls in a specific 'Polls' section on the group's main page

    I prefered the original format where a poll would finally fall off the topic page; on the other hand, it really does not matter if the poll's are tabled separately.



  • Testing a new Main Page

    What main page are we or you testing?



  • Update layout of chapter pages in Sex Academy Workshops

    Well some people need the help and others like myself have a masters degree in sex already. (format of page seems organized)



  • Add "invite to network" links to search results (for Gold only)

    Might be a lot of disappointed Gold Members that would send a Network of Friends invite to a total stranger because of the invite being turned down for that reason.


  • GoddessOfTheDawn 109F
    11240 posts
    8/31/2006 1:02 pm

      Quoting MyHeartLost4U:
      1- "Add Recent Visitors Table to Main Group's Page" is one that I personally do not care for and a few other members of groups.

      Reason is that it takes away from member privacy in one aspect. In example, I may belong to a group but do not want to feel obligated to having to post something in the group because of visiting the group when I did not find a topic of interest to me to posting in.

      2- Associate moderator being shown is something I wish was an option to being displayed.

      Reason is that for some active groups moderating them can be a stressful experience and that can cause an associate moderator to being put under the same stress as the moderator in various ways; in addition, it can cause a form of jealousy to develop between fellow members too of group; you know like "why the mod picked you and not me?"

      Other then that, I will test the waters of what I am able to test as a user for a week before I give my total opinion. For the most part, they do look real good.

      Nick

    personally I think it is best to just have associate mods VISIBLE. Members of a group have a right to know....

    and why hide? You're mod for a reason, right?


    GoddessOfTheDawn 109F
    11240 posts
    8/31/2006 1:13 pm


    and as for pictures / premium members: many SILVER premium members are still looking for the way to upload pictures....

    What I hear a lot: let silver and gold members have the privilege to upload, but at least let everyone view the picturez....

    pwetty pweez?


    LadyGrayLeopard 61F
    26370 posts
    9/16/2006 6:19 am

    All those new feature are nice and helpful and useful, thanks

    I just wish some basics, like profiles, would be reliable...
    The bug #38280 is still on, I complaint about it already 2 months ago... just to hear again today that its still unsolved. And I presume I noticed it quite late..

    To me the profiles are the Big Book, the real basics here, and if the site is showing whatever, only partial info, that is not so good.. gives a bit strange image of those members this bug has set his fingers on as only part of activities etc is visible, all the rest is gone!!


    Become a member to create a blog