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Made it easier to vote on posts
Posted:Mar 31, 2006 11:24 am
Last Updated:Mar 31, 2006 9:41 pm
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For those blogs who elected to let members post votes on each comment, we made it easier for people to vote. Before, the voter caused the entire page to reload for each vote. One of our new HTML people figured out a way to make the votes happen "instantly" and show up without reloading the page. We look forward to applying similar technology around the site where it improves the experience.

This change is across blogs, groups, and magazine advice lines and articles. Hopefully, this will also speed up the sites as pages don't need to reload.
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Active blog list now based on non-poll comments
Posted:Mar 24, 2006 9:52 am
Last Updated:Mar 29, 2006 5:03 pm
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Based on what seems popular opinion for blogs, the active list now only uses unique commentors on non-polls for ranking. Eventually, we will probably add a smaller factor for poll comments. Perhaps in the next release, we will be moving the top poll list over to the magazine - and use it as a way to help promote the blog section of the site.
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Please give your blog keyword/phrases lists for new browse
Posted:Mar 21, 2006 12:30 pm
Last Updated:Apr 5, 2006 9:23 am
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Getting closer to release a new way to browse blogs that is based on keywords. Sure, we already have a search form but it has one drawback in that many people don't know what to search for when wanting to "browse" blog posts.

The new way needs your help. Want to get a list of popular phrases that people might look for when looking through blogs - given this list, whenever a post matches one, we can automatically tag it to show up when someone searches for that phrase. I already found the 4000 most common words used by bloggers but as they are too generic (e.g., thoughts, love, passion, lips, pleasure, couples), they don't reflect the wider nature of our blogs here.

What we need is a long list of 1,2,3 word phrases that you'd be interested in seeing in a page that if you clicked on them, you'd get the most relevant posts on that "topic". Just come up with a big list and post it in this thread. I'll combine them and tag all the posts to see what it looks like. New posts by bloggers would automatically get tagged if they contain any word in this list. After going live, we'll get your feedback on how it works. Thanks!
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Thoughts about polls
Posted:Mar 21, 2006 11:39 am
Last Updated:Mar 21, 2006 11:34 pm
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There has been alot of discussion about the pros/cons of polls. From my observation, it seems that people do like the ability to occasionally create a poll. However, bloggers don't want the polls to be given the same weight as text posts in the list of "active" blogs. They also don't want blogs which are mostly polls to get extra visitors just because they are polls.

In the next week, I'll change the counting system to count a comment in a poll less than a comment in a post. Note: votes are NOT used to measure activity.
In a couple weeks, the 'popular polls' section will move to the magazine section of the site.
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Added ability to delete a response within 30 minutes of post
Posted:Mar 21, 2006 5:31 am
Last Updated:Mar 21, 2006 10:37 am
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Part of an oversight when adding ability for premium members to comment directly to posts was letting you delete them within 30 minutes - in case typos/etc. Well, this was added.

Also, the comment counter was upgraded to only show unique posts (not responded posts) in a blog... so you shouldn't see "3 new" posts if they are only yours.
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Best way to find interesting blogs?
Posted:Mar 18, 2006 9:51 pm
Last Updated:Mar 20, 2006 11:52 pm
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I want people to think of this site as their top resource for all things sexy, naughty, and wild. While blogs are a key part of this, we can do better at organizing them so people can find the authors and topics that interest them. Would love to get your thoughts on how we could do it. Some ideas could be:

  • let bloggers define keywords (e.g., "tags" ) for each post and then have people search for these keywords

  • bloggers could define general topics (similar to our topical groups) and subtopics under those, then submit their posts in those categories. Other people could browse the topics and read individual posts below that group.

  • bloggers could define a few topic categories within their blog. These categories could be listed on a page in order of activity.

    What do you think would be a good way to organize blogs?

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    HTML-like tags allowed in blog description now
    Posted:Mar 18, 2006 5:40 am
    Last Updated:Mar 18, 2006 9:35 am
    54502 Views

    You can now put HTML-like tags in your blog
    description... yah

    We'll add the little toolbar/previewer tools
    early next week (sorry).
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    Spacing fixed on older blog posts
    Posted:Mar 18, 2006 5:35 am
    Last Updated:Mar 18, 2006 9:12 am
    52837 Views

    As many have reported, we had issues with some
    of the older posts not retaining their spacing
    when the new HTML tags were added. We believe
    that we just fixed it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Now for some St. Patrick beer!!!
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    Some new HTML-like commands live
    Posted:Mar 17, 2006 1:06 am
    Last Updated:Dec 18, 2013 10:16 pm
    55110 Views

    You can now put HTML tags in your posts by using angle brackets ([ and ]) instead of less than and greater than. We'll be testing it live for a few days to see how the tags are working. Here's an example of some things you can do.

    Playing with tables
    Numerical list:
  • one
  • two
  • three
    This is underline

    Some fonts:

      Times Size 5
      Verdana Bold
      Comic Sans MS
      WildWest Red

    Light Blue
    Background

    Padded 10 Pixels
    Border 3 Pixels

  • luvpump
    Greenluvpump


    Generated using:

    [center]
    [table width=90% bgcolor=404040 cellpadding=4]
    [tr bgcolor=AAAAFF][td colspan=2 align=center]
    [size 4][b]Playing with tables[/b][/size]
    [/td][/tr]
    [tr]
    [td bgcolor=FFFFAA valign=top]
    [b]Numerical list/b]
    [SIZE 2][li]one
    [li]two
    [li]three[/SIZE]
    This is [u]underline[/u][p]
    [b]Some fonts/b][ul]
    [font face=times size=5]Times Size 5[/font][br]
    [font face=Verdana][b]Verdana Bold[/b][/font][br]
    [font face='Comic Sans MS']Comic Sans MS[/font][br]
    [font face=WildWest color=red]WildWest Red[/font][/ul]
    [center]
    [bg bgcolor=lightblue cellpadding=10 width=80% border=3]
    Light Blue[br]Background[p]
    [font size=1]Padded 10 Pixels[br]
    Border 3 Pixels[/font]
    [/bg]
    [/td]
    [td valign=center align=center bgcolor=white][photo luvpump][/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td bgcolor=AAFFAA]Green[/td]
    [td bgcolor=FFAAAA align=center][member luvpump][/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]
    [hr]


    For those wondering how to show the actual commands in a page, put a \ in front of the bracket as in \[ or \].
    16 Comments
    Upgrades to go live Thursday afternoon.
    Posted:Mar 15, 2006 11:02 pm
    Last Updated:Apr 5, 2006 1:07 am
    51845 Views

    As many people have heard, we are releasing
    some new features for blogs this week. Normally,
    we do updates on Wednesday first (we roll out
    on different sites one by one). While some
    of the smaller sites are upgraded, the team
    wanted to push the changes on Thursday instead
    for this site. I'll make a post when it's live
    tomorrow.
    8 Comments
    New blog features coming later this week
    Posted:Mar 12, 2006 10:45 pm
    Last Updated:Aug 16, 2013 4:56 am
    56633 Views

    In an effort to let people know more what's in the development pipeline, wanted to let you know some things that will hopefully go live later this week:

    - premium level blog owners will be able to put comments directly under any post in their blog (instead of appending to the list of posts). A popup form is used to they can respond without having to scroll to bottom and reload the blog thread each time. Also modified the look of quoted text to go above the comment.

    - "See Where I'm Quoted" page - will show the most recent places where someone has quoted you or has responded to your posts. This will be more important once the blog owners have easier way to respond (see above).

    - Preview mode (you will be able to see what the post will look like before it goes live)

    - Posters can delete their posts within 30 minutes of making it (I was almost done with letting people edit the post but realized that with the new "preview" mode, editing is less important).

    - A bunch of new HTML-like support (tables, fonts, backgrounds, etc)
    19 Comments
    Tell us how to improve the blogs
    Posted:Mar 6, 2006 2:44 pm
    Last Updated:Jun 26, 2007 10:04 am
    89862 Views
    As you might have noticed, we made a few changes
    (perhaps even upgrades) to the blogs this past
    weekend. Changes were: 3x faster page loads,
    basic polls, some minor formating changes on
    the main page, watch blogs/posts with changes
    since your last visit now show up in yellow,
    and real-time viewing of posts for and by
    premium members (beta mode). Our development
    team had been busy with some site intergrations
    (fastcupid.com and fastcupid.com but are now back
    100% on improving this site. We want your
    opinions on what you'd like to see in the
    blogs. For non-blog ideas, please
    either email me or use the feedback form (yes,
    we read and compile each email).
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