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Happy to get your feedback! As you can imagine, I have lots of responsibilities so I can only check in to your comments once in a while. As I often post about tech related things, I do have developers check the comments in case they missed something.

If you have a site question, please use the online feedback form (under Help) to contact customer service as I do not read my blog daily. You can also read more about bug fixes and site status at the sitesupport blog or new things at the community blog.
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Test post with image
Posted:Jul 6, 2007 10:46 pm
Last Updated:Mar 21, 2013 9:41 pm
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This is my test

Text below image.

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Testing a new version of member profile page
Posted:Jul 6, 2007 6:30 pm
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2007 2:16 pm
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You might have noticed that you can now view member's photos directly on the member profile page. While we think that this will make viewing profile photos more fun, we want to get your feedback on it. For example, the profile page might take a bit longer to load... but you don't need to then click on other pages to get photos.

You can flip through the photos easily as well as add them to your peral favorite photos list (the link to view them later is in 'My Lists' tab in the navbar).

Update: we are going to roll-back the change for when you view your own profile until we can resolve the issue that some members are unable to view their own profile. You should be able to view other people's profiles with the new look. Thanks for all the feedback. We hope to have it upgraded for your own profile early next week

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New blog features out today!
Posted:Jul 6, 2007 3:32 am
Last Updated:Jul 9, 2007 2:15 pm
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In addition to fixing a number of issues in blogs, today's release includes several member suggested features:

  • Sticky Posts - now you can mark your favorite post to stay at the top of your blogs. The drop-down in the 'Add a post' form shows up to 5 sticky settings (sounds kinky)... posts will be first sorted by these settings then by date.

  • Custom moods - now you can define your own mood for each post in addition to selecting from the default list.

  • Embedded images in posts - similar to blog comments, you can now embed an image in the body of your post (instead of having us put it to the left of your post). Just put \[image \] in your post text.

  • See who's your blog watchers - when you view your own blog, you'll see 'eyes' of visitors who have are watching your blog in the list of visitors (right hand side of your blog).

    We continue to work hard to make the blogs even better. Thanks for all your ideas and feedback!

    Andrew
  • 9 Comments , 8 Pending
    Recent site hiccups and current status
    Posted:Jun 30, 2007 4:22 pm
    Last Updated:Jul 1, 2007 10:31 am
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    As many know, we have been experiencing technical challenges these past couple of days. There has been a number of different hardware and network-related issues that caused the site to not be fully available - most notably in photo load speed. Our tech team has been working in 16 hours shifts around the clock to rebuild hardware and re-balance the system. They have made significant progress.

    They have upgraded the way that photos and other images are delivered. Pages with lots of photos now should come up 2-3 times faster than before.

    Our development group has been focusing the last 3 weeks on making current features of the site work better. On June 20th, they released the first phase of the improvements with the next phase coming out July 5th.

    I truly am sorry for the inconvenience of our recent site performance. This upcoming week, we will be extending memberships of people affected. We will continue to work hard to improve your experience here.

    Andrew
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    Any feedback on slight design change on blogs/groups?
    Posted:Jun 7, 2007 11:25 pm
    Last Updated:Jan 28, 2015 4:58 am
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    As you might have noticed, we tweaked the design of the blog and group pages a bit. We also worked a bit on speeding them up as well - this process is ongoing. We've also doubled the number of databases running blogs and groups.

    Our entire development team is currently working on site cleanup, bug fixes, and site speed. We will be pushing live these improvements during the next two weeks.

    Andrew
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    Free VIP membership to first 10 people...
    Posted:Apr 27, 2007 9:27 am
    Last Updated:Jun 14, 2007 7:07 pm
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    We are going to roll out another way to highlight your account... called a VIP membership. You'll show up on a separate page linked on the main page as well as show up on the right of search results... and get a free T-shirt and premium customer service phone number/etc.

    I would like to give some VIPs here a free VIP membership... the first 10 gold/silver members who post here they would like to try out a 3 month VIP will get one for free!

    Andrew



    Update: the VIP project should go live sometime this week.
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    Finally - we launched a blog for announcements/bugs/etc!
    Posted:Mar 24, 2007 7:54 pm
    Last Updated:Oct 23, 2013 12:49 pm
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    I'm happy to report that we now have a new blog, SiteSupport, run by our customer service team to better communicate with our members. We set it up as a central place where members can give us feedback publicly as well as we can post when new features go live and bugs are resolved. It will take us a few days to sort out the format.

    Feel free to post comments THERE so we can know more about what you'd like to see there. In future, please post site issues on the SiteSupport blog

    Andrew
    22 Comments , 9 Pending
    Some more bling updates...
    Posted:Mar 4, 2007 1:40 pm
    Last Updated:May 21, 2012 11:10 pm
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    First - I am aware that the latest version of the bling editor has a few bugs (suggest avoid the airbrush tool until Monday when the developer will push out a fix to it). Also aware that the editor works best currently using the Firefox browser.

    Second - new bling stuff

    1. Multiple size bling - I turned off the bling stretching that was making the 20x20 bling look bigger - they now look nicer. Also, gold members are able to create bling as large as 40x40. If you are a gold member, you will see links on the bling manager page for the different sizes you can make.

    2. Bling gifts accepting - After getting several "interesting" bling from others and wanting to accept them but not show them on my profile, I modified the accepting process - now when you accept bling, it will only show up on your bling manager page. You can THEN decide which of the bling to show on your profile... the sender will at least know that you accepted it

    3. Most popular bling in last week and most popular paid bling - this way newer cool bling can get some exposure as well as you can see who's making the most points 'selling' bling.

    4. Prettier packing on bling - ok, this one was just fun to code up last night... as we now have different sized bling and want the bling to show up close to each other, had to use a "bin packing" algorithm to find a pretty way to organize bling. You'll see it when you search who has taken a bling as well as the [bling all] tag below

    5. [bling all] tag - got a lot of bling you want to show in your posts and don't want to type in each individually? Just try the following:

    [bling all] (defaults to 400 pixels wide)
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    rm_Scorpiosin
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Main_Show
    Main_Show
    FARFROMHOME2007
    LoveJunkie1957
    78_Degrees
    78_Degrees
    78_Degrees
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    CamCowboy
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Andrew
    wants2cyber
    Andrew
    Andrew
    wants2cyber
    Andrew

    IonlyshowIm4u2share
    LoveJunkie1957LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957Andrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewArtimus4U

    Andrew
    AndrewAndrew
    Andrewpussykat964
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    Andrew
    [bling all width=100]
    Andrew
    Andrew
    LoveJunkie1957
    Andrew
    Andrew
    LoveJunkie1957
    Andrew
    Andrew
    LoveJunkie1957
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    rm_Scorpiosin
    Andrew
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Main_Show
    Andrew
    Main_Show
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Andrew
    LoveJunkie1957
    78_Degrees
    Andrew
    78_Degrees
    78_Degrees
    Andrew
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    Ionlyshow

    Artimus4U
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    Im4u2share

    Andrew
    CamCowboy
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Andrew

    Andrew
    Andrew
    wants2cyber
    Andrew

    pussykat964
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew

    Andrew
    wants2cyber
    Andrew

    AndrewAndrew
    Andrew

    Andrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    Andrew
    [bling all width=200]
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    Andrew
    rm_Scorpiosin
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Main_Show
    Main_Show
    FARFROMHOME2007
    LoveJunkie1957
    78_Degrees
    78_Degrees
    78_Degrees
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957
    CamCowboy
    FARFROMHOME2007
    Andrew
    wants2cyber
    Andrew
    Andrew
    wants2cyber
    Andrew

    IonlyshowArtimus4U
    LoveJunkie1957LoveJunkie1957
    LoveJunkie1957Andrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewIm4u2share

    Andrew
    AndrewAndrew
    Andrewpussykat964
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    AndrewAndrew
    Andrew
    Members are making about 2000 bling per day - with lots of cool designs. It's fun to see the creativity of members here!

    Enjoy
    27 Comments
    Some bling updates...
    Posted:Mar 2, 2007 8:18 am
    Last Updated:Mar 23, 2007 10:45 am
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    Added a few more bling in the blings:

    1. You can adjust the zoom of your blings:

    [bling 911] makes


    [bling 911 size=2] makes


    [bling 911 size=3] makes


    Up to size=5.

    2. You can see who has taken your bling in the bling manager. Click on the number in the "20 uses" link to see the list of people (you can also see all the bling they have before going to their profile). There are some SERIOUSLY blinged out members!

    3. Bling access updates - you can only use [bling 123] tags on bling that you create, took, or have been gifted. If you try to use someone elses bling, it will show a Not Bling Owner icon. In the future, we might make a setting to let you let people use your bling without taking it.

    Andrew
    13 Comments
    Bling, Signatures, Stickies and super Chat Live!
    Posted:Mar 1, 2007 4:41 pm
    Last Updated:Mar 2, 2007 12:26 am
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    We're excited to launch some new features today:

    1. Bling : Members can now create online bling (small graphical icons) to show off their perality. You can use our online bling editor so you can create icons without any special software. You can put lots of blings on your profile, posts, groups, etc as well as trade, sell, or gift them between members. Who knows the possibilities - should be fun to see what members come up with. If you want some of my bling, go to my profile and take some! Click on the link on the main page to manage and create your own bling.



    2. Signatures : You can now create signatures for your blog and group posts. This way people can know more about you when you posts.

    3. Stickies : Group moderators can make their posts "sticky" so they always stay at the top of their group post lists. (no need to keep bumping posts)

    4. Super HTML Chat : This upgrade to our standard HTML chatrooms will make text appear faster as well as eliminate chat "flicker".

    Enjoy!
    40 Comments
    New stuff for Feb 28th release
    Posted:Feb 26, 2007 7:40 am
    Last Updated:Mar 4, 2012 12:56 pm
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    Some exciting features coming out this wednesday - you can hear about it first here:

    1. You can create signatures for your blog and group posts. This way people can know more about you when you posts.

    2. Group moderators can make their posts "sticky" so they always stay at the top of their group post lists. (no need to keep bumping posts)

    3. Members can create online bling (small graphical icons) to show off their perality. There will be an online bling editor so you can create icons without any special software. You can put lots of blings on your profile, posts, groups, etc as well as trade, sell, or gift them between members. Who knows the possibilities - should be fun to see what members come up with.

    4. Possible super cool improvement in the HTML chatrooms... we hope to have it ready for Wednesday but might be delayed a few days. This upgrade will make text appear faster in the HTML chat as well as eliminate chat "flicker".

    20 Comments
    Upgraded video introductions
    Posted:Jan 27, 2007 11:08 pm
    Last Updated:Mar 3, 2007 10:30 pm
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    With over 100,000 member video introductions, we needed a better way for members to browse them. Our new video introductions system has several new features:

  • record longer videos. Up to 60 minutes of videos for gold members.
  • set whether you want all members or just your friends to see the videos.
  • add titles, descriptions and keyword tags to each videos (makes it easier for members to find videos)
  • sort videos by the highest voted and most viewed.
  • keep track of your favorite videos by rating them a 5 or better.
  • see how long each video is before you see them.
  • click the "curvy arrow" button on a video to have it play the intro in an "infinite loop".
  • post comments about other members videos (soon we'll add a way to toggle this on/off).
  • see other videos that are similar to the one you are watching.

    As we just went live today, it might take a day or two to iron out some functionality issues. It would be helpful to get your thoughts and feedback on the new system as well as ideas for improvement.

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    Blogs and groups now have customizable background colors!
    Posted:Dec 16, 2006 9:07 am
    Last Updated:Mar 22, 2013 1:35 am
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    Customize the look of your blogs and groups by changing your background colors. Click on the "Colors" link and try it out (you can always return your blog to default colors). You should be able to color individual posts as well.

    Have fun!
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