Premium members to get instant post approvals  

Andrew 51M  
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2/25/2013 3:48 pm

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Premium members to get instant post approvals


Wanted to get your thoughts on allowing gold and silver members instant approval on their new blog posts and comments on other members posts. We are going live with it now as a beta to see if premium members abuse it. The posts will go through an approval process but after it goes live. The goal is help promote more instant communication on the site. Here's crossing fingers!

Note: the posts will show up instantly on your blog but not show up in the "recent posts" on main blog page for a few minutes. For this beta, if you edit your post, it will go through the review process as before. Hey, it's a beta

And yah, it's live for groups too!

Feedback appreciated... do you think standard members should get this too?

Thanks for your comments. I will stop actively reading comments in this thread but leave it open for members to post. Will skim later prior to changes.


FMAOPLS 66F  
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2/25/2013 4:34 pm

Yes, I think standard members should get it as well.

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Andrew replies on 2/25/2013 5:05 pm:
One problem with instant posting privileges for standard members is that scammers could use it to mess up the site. By currently just pre-reviewing standard member posts, we cut down that activity. I guess one day at a time

rm_19harley86 69M
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2/25/2013 4:39 pm

I think ALL members post should be instant.I made a post over an hr ago and it's still not posted

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Andrew replies on 2/25/2013 5:04 pm:
Where did you post? It should be visible to other members immediately.

BrownEyedBBW 51F  
8860 posts
2/25/2013 5:17 pm

do you think standard members should get this too?

I would give this a qualified yes. I believe that tying instant approval privileges to to the age of the blog and number of posts is a better standard. Is the system set in such a way that that information is quickly accessible?

Regardless of paid or free membership to the site, people who have a longer, more active history have a greater sense of community which is positively correlated with posting content that is beneficial to the community as opposed to spam or other potentially problematic posts.


Andrew replies on 2/25/2013 5:39 pm:
Thx for feedback

AlvinBooth 65M
5475 posts
2/25/2013 5:31 pm

I wouldn't care if a blog post showed up immediately .. 1 hour ... 1 day ... or 1 week for that matter. Once again ... time is being spent on something so picayune. If you want to do something that would improve this site instituting a total block feature as someone mentioned in another blog post would be a more worth while endeavor.

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Andrew replies on 2/25/2013 5:41 pm:
Yes, I am becoming aware of the level of interest to extend member blocking from more than the profile and a few other places it exists. Do you know a blog thread that is discussing this? Do you know of the the #1 place people want blocking added to? Thanks!

Spirit6669 53M
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2/25/2013 5:52 pm

This is most welcome news ! Post approval delays are a major obstacle to interactivity in real time. Blogs and groups allow members to reach out to a wide audience who are able to participate, IMO this is one of the great features of this site, and one of the main things that sets it apart from the competition.

I think that extending the scheme to include standard members is indeed risky for the reasons you mention, but I think the risk is worthwhile as a great many of our great bloggers are standard members. I think you would find that blogland would be quick to report inappropriate posts, many bloggers really do care about this forum and would help in this respect if required I'm sure, perhaps reported posts can be reviewed as a priority and removed quickly if necessary.

Moderators can police their own groups, and again members could report for review.

Another equally large issue regarding post approval is the dreadful inconsistency of decisions made about what is denied. Seriously, the record of the review dept particularly with regard to images is unfathomable and ludicrous ! My concern with the new system is that images appear, but then still fall foul of the inconsistency of decisions when they are reviewed, perhaps this could also be addressed ?

Whilst on the subject of images, there is a long standing problem with images taking 24 hours or more to appear (blogs/groups) by which time many posts are all but over, often never appearing at all, sometimes appearing then disappearing. Some members seem particularly prone to this for some reason. This cannot all be down to review process surely, must be buggy too ?

I am confused by one thing, this welcome change in the review process was announced in the Live From Affairlook.com Group, and also blogged by me, on 29th January. At that time the information available did not differentiate between standard and premium members with regard to review, can you please confirm that plans have indeed changed in this regard ? Either way welcome, but certainly more welcome if standard members included I think.

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Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:17 am:
Yes, I was the person who suggested rolling out instant posts to premium members first. It that goes smoothly, I'll probably suggest added it to active standard members next... for example, those with blogs.

anastasia666 41F  
2023 posts
2/25/2013 6:08 pm

Boss,

Great Job. I posted my replies to some posts in my thread at the Community group and instantly approved.

After the initial testing phase is complete I would like to see standard members have the same ability as long as it not misused by scammers or fakes to abuse others or sending links to join/visit other sites, etc. This will be an interesting test of this to be sure.

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Spirit6669 53M
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2/25/2013 6:10 pm

luvpump replies on 2/25/2013 5:41 pm:
Yes, I am becoming aware of the level of interest to extend member blocking from more than the profile and a few other places it exists. Do you know a blog thread that is discussing this? Do you know of the the #1 place people want blocking added to? Thanks!

I mentioned the TOTAL BLOCK BUTTON in my post to your previous blog post. I also raised the suggestion in the site owned group Live From AFF this is the link to the thread Questions for 1/2 - 1/11 (page 3) where you can find a detailed explanation, and discussion among members and Aryana. Aryana was much in favour of this button as was her predecessor Ryan. Rather than repeat all here I hope you will check out the thread mentioned.

Thanks for your consideration, and efforts to date on our behalf !


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Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:07 am:
I've read your post and checked out what's going on regarding blocks. I will post a blog on it later this week. Basically to get feedback on making a block on any one feature blocks them from all the features that currently support blocks... with the ability to turn off individual feature blocks later in the block member page.

lok4fun500 109M  
44584 posts
2/25/2013 6:40 pm

I think standards should get this also. As I am about to loose my gold ball and there is no more silver, I'm not sure about renewing because of all the problems this site has had. I would like this feature when I revert to a standard membership.
I don't understand why they change a very good, workable messenger center to one that does not have the features the and harder to understand. Same goes with the new home page about to be forced on us. The old version works good. I don't want to know the activities of all the people around the world along with who liked a photo.
By the way, it's a pleasure meet you and to be able to sound off to someone who may listen to the complaints of all members who actually keep this site going!




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Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:12 am:
As the one who designed the original message center and a precursor to the previous main page... and created the silver level and VIP memberships... and just got re-involved last week... I'm on your side to improve these pages. While developers are currently working on some of my design changes for the message center and main page, I will be collecting more member feedback on them.

JN63JPN 56F  
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2/25/2013 8:07 pm

As there are few advantages for premium members as it is since the site keeps on giving out freebies to non-contibuting standards, immediate approval would be a nice perk to premium members.

If this is extended to standards, it should be only to ones who earned popularity privileges, but what with the recent changes to the site, the rules should be revisited on how a standard can get the popularity privilege.

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Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:19 am:
I tend to lean towards your opinion. I am not thrilled with some changes to the popularity privilege system... it's on my radar.

rm_cherimore 59F
11162 posts
2/25/2013 9:00 pm

I think it up to the site decision regarding to how they want to run their business.

Not surprise it be misuse by those that are scammers and fakes and trouble makers if standard had the equal ability.


Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:20 am:
Thanks for your feedback

sweet_VM 61F  
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2/25/2013 9:04 pm

I think standard members should get it also. We always have the scammers on this site no matter what you do or what you give them.

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Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:20 am:
Thanks

copticus 68M
1504 posts
2/26/2013 2:03 am

Yes, it's a nice feature - and it will probably get abused once the scammers figure it out if you give it to Standard, unpaid members.

I think it points to something that the site needs - some metric of the "trustworthiness" of each profile ... something that would allow you to figure out who's good and who's bad here. Currently all you seem to have to go on here is paid vs unpaid memberships which work well enough I guess but it's not promoted that way - giving instant upload to paid members only would be another incentive to upgrade.

But instant upload has it's downside too - how many of us post and then, reading the post, realize that we have to edit the post to correct grammar and spelling errors? I know I do.


Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:21 am:
There is a slight upside to having us pre-screen posts by standard members as it reduces the chance that scammy messages show up on your blogs.

copticus 68M
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2/26/2013 2:13 am

    Quoting lok4fun500:
    I think standards should get this also. As I am about to loose my gold ball and there is no more silver, I'm not sure about renewing because of all the problems this site has had. I would like this feature when I revert to a standard membership.
    I don't understand why they change a very good, workable messenger center to one that does not have the features the and harder to understand. Same goes with the new home page about to be forced on us. The old version works good. I don't want to know the activities of all the people around the world along with who liked a photo.
    By the way, it's a pleasure meet you and to be able to sound off to someone who may listen to the complaints of all members who actually keep this site going!
I have to admit that I didn't like the new email page here initially but the new page does have some nice features if you try it out with an open mind. My main reservation is that it's slow, although given the way it works I can see why.

Can it be improved - yes! Should be go back to the old page - no, I don't think so. One constant with this site (odd given that we all such a bunch of run against the grain outcasts socially) is that nobody seems to like change ... but the site keeps changing and generally I think for the better.

I think that really what you're saying is that you haven't got your site preferences and filters setup the way you would like - and that's another area that's way to complicated for most people. I know I scratch my head sometimes wondering just what some of those options do.


Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:22 am:
The first edits we are doing on the message center is to make folders more obvious - that is, you'll have better control of which messages you will see.

lok4fun500 109M  
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2/26/2013 11:33 am

What is the reason for doing away with the "silver" membership?




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Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 11:35 am:
I am pushing to return the silver membership...

sexysixties2 71F  
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2/26/2013 12:41 pm

I think that all members, whether standard or paying should have their posts AND comments visible immediately.....PROVIDED that they have blogged for a certain length of time. There are some people who create blogs....post some completely absurd posts just for points and then vanish....they don't deserve the same privileges as those who contribute consistently to the blogging community here.

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rm_Hedonista13 53F
2837 posts
2/26/2013 1:20 pm

I've already had a conversation with you regarding the silver memberships; my mention is simply to indicate interest once again.

There are several things that I wish I knew more about; I'd like to be able to "pretty" up my blog instead of sticking to the default, but I actually don't have or don't take the time to figure out where I can find the information to do so. It would be nice for new people who aren't necessarily computer savvy in HTML or whatever code is being used to have a specific place that would point them in the right direction.

I also have trouble with the concept that my blog post might say that there has been 100 views, but if I look at the visitors, I only see that 10 have visited. Are the numbers inflated? I've also had people say that they've read my post, but try as I might, I don't see their name - is there a way, or a place that they can stay invisible?

I think it would be great, too, if there could be something in the "viewed" section of the blog that would indicate things like membership status (gold or silver), if you've friended them, or if they are currently online.

And...I think it's a shame that I can't ask someone to be a friend simply because I don't carry a paid membership. It's sort of segregated feeling - that I'm not "worthy" to have friends!

Thanks again, Andrew, for listening and working to implement changes!


missingu2012 70M
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2/26/2013 4:20 pm

Just noticed this feature working, and I really appreicated it!!!!!

My thoughts re: standard members ... if they are active, long time members, they should get immediate approval, like silver and gold members. They have "earned" the community's respect.

A somewhat related issue: comments on other's blogs. Apparently, from time to time, standard members' comments made on a silver or gold members blog postings can take days to appear. This imposes some restrictions on dynamic inter-action potentials.


shyram93 26F

2/26/2013 7:45 pm

Brilliant!!! Of course, the day my silver expired but hey, this is the type of step forward that could convince me to renew my membership!!!

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shyram93 26F

2/26/2013 7:48 pm

    Quoting shyram93:
    Brilliant!!! Of course, the day my silver expired but hey, this is the type of step forward that could convince me to renew my membership!!!
Well I spoke too soon as I just noticed a silver ball adjacent to my name.. if this was you.... THANK YOU!!!! truly and sincerely!

To add, yes I think it should extend to all members. If there is abuse I think we as a community would be rather quick to point them out and let you guys know!!!

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rm_19harley86 69M
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2/26/2013 8:30 pm

Why go to beta? 90% of the bloggers was happy with the old system

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nd2hvfun 61F  
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2/26/2013 10:15 pm

it's about time i am so tired of things not getting approved right away or even within a few minutes (like 5) is acceptable most get jammed thru some imaginary screening process

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Andrew replies on 2/27/2013 10:03 am:
Have you noticed any changes?

spunkycumfun 59M/64F  
36125 posts
2/27/2013 1:29 am

This is a great move and should be rolled out to standard members as well.
While recognising that Affairlook.com needs to approve pictures, uploading pictures can be very frustrating. There seems little consistency why certain photos are not allowed and others are.


Andrew replies on 2/27/2013 10:04 am:
One step at a time

JustHere2Cam 52M
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2/27/2013 5:09 am

I'm not sure if this is a side effect of this change, but I'm seeing a lot of blog posts show up as "member deleted post", even though the post is visible if I look at their entire blog instead of the individual post.


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Andrew replies on 2/27/2013 10:04 am:
Can you email me a link?

Spirit6669 53M
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2/27/2013 7:20 am

    Quoting JustHere2Cam:
    I'm not sure if this is a side effect of this change, but I'm seeing a lot of blog posts show up as "member deleted post", even though the post is visible if I look at their entire blog instead of the individual post.
I've seen a lot of that too, just over the last few days or so.

Also, I was going to 'repsond' to this comment, but the button didn't work, checked elsewhere and respond button not working.

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Andrew replies on 2/27/2013 10:05 am:
Waaaa... ok, email me some examples.

shyram93 26F

2/27/2013 3:27 pm

    Quoting JustHere2Cam:
    I'm not sure if this is a side effect of this change, but I'm seeing a lot of blog posts show up as "member deleted post", even though the post is visible if I look at their entire blog instead of the individual post.
I have a post up right now that is doing this. Not sure how I would e-mail this to you! I saw it last night as well on posts as well. And it also seems as though a TON of people suddenly have "for friends only", which I know is an option but you rarely see it and in the past day or so it has been extremely high!

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shyram93 26F

2/27/2013 3:48 pm

A quick follow up....

Before you made this change. When you posted you would have to go in and "edit" that would get the post out of the que and on the front page.

Now, even though it looks like the post is approved, it will show up as deleted. So I went in and "edited" the post and suddenly it was visible from the front page!

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gardenboy321 56M  
40962 posts
2/27/2013 10:31 pm

I think gold members should get instant approval as I really don't like my posts going through a terribly long pending period. Also, sometimes images don't appear when the post goes live, and then I have to re-post and go through another pending process.

Thoughts from the Garden...


wildaspirations 41F  
75 posts
2/28/2013 6:52 am

I wish they would do something about the bling approval process. Sometimes it takes one or two days.

As I write this. This bling I posted yesterday and it's still not approved.



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CampoGirl 53F  
43211 posts
3/1/2013 11:26 am

Guess what happened?! I posted in my group this morning and it showed up IMMEDIATELY!!! No waiting for 4-5 hours? I almost had a mini O!!!
THANK YOU FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS!!!!

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Spirit6669 53M
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3/2/2013 7:01 am

Andrew replies on 2/26/2013 10:07 am:
I've read your post and checked out what's going on regarding blocks. I will post a blog on it later this week. Basically to get feedback on making a block on any one feature blocks them from all the features that currently support blocks... with the ability to turn off individual feature blocks later in the block member page.

That would be great !

I hope the block will work both ways, so if I block you I am invisible to you.

I believe it is vital the 'Global Block Button' must be easily accessible and quick and simple to operate from anywhere on the site. For example, at present the block is almost impossible to operate by a popular cammer as the usernames scroll through so quickly, then have to be copied in on block page. Could it operate by - highlight username > block - from anywhere ?

I wonder if the block could be extended to cover features that do not currently support blocks ? Absolute block all areas must be the best protocol (if possible) surely ?!


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