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Suggestions For The Groups/experiences Pages?

Hi all, we've been scrutinizing the experiences pages (not the stories, but the groups pages, the pages with "/groups/" in the URL), and we'd love your input on what's missing, what could be made better, what features would be outstanding, etc. For starters, we've started to clean up extra or broken links, fix some of the profanity filtering issues (it would often star things out that shouldn't have been), etc.

Beyond bug fixes or tweaks, honestly we'd REALLY love input on your biggest ideas that would make the pages more useful to you and others. 

The experiences pages are one of the very first built out here at EP, nearly 4 years ago, so they could use some love! Thoughts are welcome-- we can't get to everything of course, as we've got a long list of things we want to tackle ourselves, but please let us know if you have suggestions, improvements or fixes. As many of you know, it's very common for you to point something out to us today, and have it resolved by tomorrow! 

Much love,
Team EP
ExperienceProject ExperienceProject 26-30, M 227 Responses Aug 24, 2010

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I love EP it's really gotten so much better than it was and the best thing was the EP app for my phone. Thank you for making it a great place to meet people. The only thing I don't like and it's not your fault is the perverts thank you for the block in feature

under a topic that has ......25 stories.....You are unable to get all those posted. Most of the time I only get stories I have posted myself. What's the deal with that???

When I post questions, I only get a maximum of three answers. I'd like to be able to get unlimited answers. Can we make this happen?

How can we post a status update on the iPhone app?

bring back the free chat option ! ,,,,,,,,,,,,its free on yahoo and facebook !

Give us back our "Mature Topics" section. There is a big community that uses it and appreciates it. Make a qualification standard for being a member of that Mature Section like a credit card number check to keep the underage out. I've been seeing a lot of teenagers showing up in topics like the, "I'm a girl that likes girls" thread. They have no business in an adult topics section.

EP has always been a place where I can write of adult situations and get feedback from other adults. And I appreciate it. That's why I've been here so long. But those under the age of 18 or 21 have no business reading or addressing my mature, sexual or erotic topics.

And there are many of us out here that like to write to those topics. It has given us a place to tell our stories and experiences to other adults. A place to get responses and input to those writings. And a place to get better at writing about those experiences.

EP has always been a place where we had the freedom to do just that. And for reasons unclear it seems that this avenue of expression is being choked off. Our access to searches of topics, our ability to read entries in those topics and our ability to respond to those topics has been limited by EP and we now have to search through totally unrelated topics to find what we look for.

I would ask that EP approach 'Mature Topics" with that same maturity. Establish a litmus test for age appropriate entry. Or make a nominal yearly charge for participating in those sections even. It will keep the riff-raff out for the rest of us serious writers.

I fear that EP will however limit the freedom that the internet once provided us and only respond with an E-Mail form letter on "Community Standards". That is a loss for all of us and a victory for the muzzling of the voice of freedom of expression.

Good luck with that. EP seems bent on eradicating any hint that the people on here are actually real live, flesh and blood people....

no they are interested in irradiating raunchy

"irradiating raunchy"???

Seems funny how people who believe "mature" subjects are "raunchy" always go looking for it. In any case I think there should be an "Adult/Mature" category to protect their frail sensibilities.....

Oh, they're just trying to make themselves feel superior by spying on what other people are writing--even though they would *never* be caught dead reading it on purpose, of course.


Still trying to figure out how 'irradiating' it will help, though--irradiation often causes mutant growth...


Works for me. Set the *groups* to 'adult', rather than the stories, and anyone with adult filters or underage profiles shouldn't even be able to see those groups or their contents.

except when I still have to look at the words "I love it up the ***," "I love anal sex" and so much more plastered all over my activity page because a circle member joined that group and I had the profound misfortune of adding them to my circle BEFORE they joined every disgusting graphic group on EP no "we" don't go looking for it

Then EP should fix their filter so that it doesn't come up on your activity page, period. They should not ban all references to sexual activity for the entire community. As a computer programmer, I know this can be done so that both groups can have the experience they want. EP is choosing simplicity over actual work, probably because of the incompetent developers they have writing their code.

see that's what I'm talking about you don't even get it

It seems that EP isn't trying to put a firewall between the Adult community and those who don't wish to go there. I have not problem with someone who doesn't wish to read or write about adult topics. That's their privilege. It's the clumsy way EP has tried to limit adult postings. Their censor program will not let the word penis be used in a post yet the word vagina is perfectly acceptable along with the slang word for penis, "****". I would strongly advise EP to contact some of us who post on the adult/mature topics to find a way to make those topics accessible by those who want to read or write them, yet block from view those topics from those who don't wish to view them. Personally, I get tired of seeing posts like, "I feel depressed everyday", or "I hate my husbands Ex." Let that stuff stay on the general side of the firewall.

I fear this is as much as EP is going to offer as far as "improvement" for EP users:

Hello,


We apologize if you are receiving this message more than once. We're contacting you because one or more of the groups you belong to has been removed for violating EP Community Guidelines: http://www.experienceproject.com/community-guidelines


EP is a place where people can share stories about their life experiences and the emotional impact those experience have had on them.


And though we allow conversations around mature topics, including those that involve sexuality, EP is NOT a place for fantasy, titillation, pörnography, or sexual solicitation. In other words, we allow mature posts focused on the emotional impact the experiences has had on you, however explicit/graphic content shared for the purpose of sexual arousal will not be tolerated. Find more details here: http://www.experienceproject.com/community-guidelines


We hope that you'll continue to enjoy EP in the way it was intended to be used within the bounds of our Community Guidelines and that you'll help us maintain a positive space by flagging inappropriate groups or posts that violate our terms of service.


Best,

EP Support

Along with all the "I live in a sexless marriage" groups...

Suggestions have been made to EP, but they're either spouting their new party line about how they only want to allow the emotions and not the erotica or ignoring them completely.

Annoying posting topics could probably be eliminated by blocking that party from your circle. Myself, I've seen one too many "I'm a girl who likes girls" posts by 13-15 yo's on my timeline.

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I'd like for the topics not to be so repetitive. If there's already an "I Love Music" topic, I'd like for it to be the only one, that way I don't have to go around clicking all of them in order to see what everybody posts.

It's not the most pressing issue, I can see, but I'd like for there to be less repeated topics.

Thanks guys.

fix the Q&A's ASAP!!! bring back the edit button and bring back my friends!!!

" .....it's very common for you to point something out to us today, and have it resolved by tomorrow! "

No, it's not.

1) Larger avatar pictures again. Avatars are a very personal means of self expression.

2) Titles and editing, so that users have a reasonable amount of control on how they present what they write and can update it. Actually this should be #1.

3) Separating minors from the adult part of the site. People have real concerns about kids being preyed on, and this site doesn't address it.

4) Notifications taking you straight to the relevant point. You used to have this.

5) Stop the constant improvements. Just take the site back to the simple straight forward way it was and maintain it. Improvements are ALWAYS unpopular with site users

Get the ****** diaper community back you **** so suck a monkeys ****

Huh? Using the words "******, and suck, and monkeys ****" only make your point more emphatic, if you have the sense to make your point in the rest of your words.

where has the time line gone????
Click on recent and you don't get the most recent at the top. So why bother.
Do you really want us to blindly stumble through the pages looking for new experiences, or is it meant to keep the adverts in front for a longer time.
Don't think that advertisers will be happy with a large group of EP'ers that don't feel happy with the site.
Personally, I'm now looking for alternative sites that will provide what I'm after

I had thought that the change was linked to me being in Austria rather than in the UK, but it seems not to be the case.
This seems to a change for change sake.
Not big and not clever.
Give us back our EP, or give us the option to select the old profile setting.
Unhappy EPer

the 'new look' just isn't working for me.
Seems like less control and worse feel to the pages

I'd like to add photos

I have been on experience project since 2007 I think. It is now much larger so some of the problems with groups are now magnified.

(1) There are too many experience groups and there are many duplicate topics that need to be merged. After merging them and reducing the number of topics any additional topics should be "approved" before being able to be posted.

(2) I have not found an index or list of experience groups and only know about some of them because my friends join them or comment on them.

(3) Some people seem to join every experience group and it is obvious that they have joined groups where they do not belong [Example that I noticed last night, an adult male who joined "I am 13 and gay" and also another age group when he does not belong in either].

(4) There is not enough protection for minors. I have thought about ways to do that and I would be happy to discuss those off line because there are a lot of issues here and it would not be good to set rules that would limit the ability of kids to talk to each other or to get help when they need it but there has to be a way to keep predators from accessing kids. I have had to warn several kids in the past two weeks that someone who has friended them exhibits predatory behavior. I have also had to step in when someone is in pain, or confused, or being abused, or is suicidal, and there needs to be a way to allow that access while keeping out predators or voyeurs.

I will be happy to help and advise if you wish.

YESS!! Will you please make it so we will be able to upload and share pictures of our artwork on here!!!?? It would make my life to share my art with the wonderful people on this website!! I am a very talented and unique artist that just wants to be known for her style and type of art.

Seems like before it use to be easier to navigate to the topics of interests.

I think you should have adults only groups so the language is more segregated and must be over 18yrs. Old

this is the first time iv been looking round the site,so will see how things go.

Will check it out now...

Thanks , I will take that all on board.

Just an amazing place to be so far. (Only been on for a few weeks, but extremely rewarding). Thank you for creating this world.

Can EP make it easier to block a person , to delete a persons comment , and make it easier to create a group. On the app it is not easy to do these things please make it possible to do so thank you.

Voicing an opinion or writing a story without excepting comments of opposition is pretty much pointless, don't you think?

Voicing an opinion or writing a story without excepting comments of opposition is pretty much pointless, don't you think?

why would ep start this page if they are not going to help........i have not seen one reply to any questions or remarks on this page.

Hi, I've got two suggestions.

1. The "Help" link at the very bottom of the page is quite useful for new users on this site. However, the font size is quite small and it is below an advert banner. It would be better if you included this link in the introductory email that you send out.

2. I gather that you've disabled the location information on user profiles. I personally would find it useful if it was in use again, primarily because I would prefer to message people in my own time zone. I'm not interested in seeing the city they're in, just the country would be sufficient.

I would be happy if my email/message function worked. It has not worked for 3 months or so and I have emailed and asked questions on numerous occasions trying to get it fixed. There is nothing wrong with my settings. I have checked them numerous times.

My chat function won't work either. I have hit the box for chat, saved it, returned and it has returned to the off function.

What happened to the box that allowed you to search for friends usernames?

Why are there so many similar experience pages for the same experience........they should be combined.

What happened to the box that allowed you to find local people ?

That is all I can think of now.........thanks

ok i understand why i can\'t use chat. but can ep explain to me why i can\'t send email out........that would be really nice.

and what happened to the ability to search for usernames ?

I inadvertently hit block and haven't been able to reconnect from the block.?????

I'll tell you something which annoys me a bit when I go to groups. I look up a group and I see a story that looks interesting (usually at the top of the page) but before I go to read it, I click the 'me too' button to add that experience. However, when I do this, the top stories move down like 10 stories and it makes it harder to find them again. It'd be great if the stories didn't run away when you press 'me too'! :)

There also needs to be a 'my groups' tab on our profiles. I've made a few groups and tbh, some of them I can't remember and probably won't find unless I had 'my groups' tab on my profile, taking me to a list of groups I've created.

yea we genunely need a my groups tab

It would be marvelous to not only share our experiences, but invite more positive input by posting fictional stories on a page specifically designed for stories. Perhaps there can be a variety of subjects posted, one per week. This will get the creative juices flowing and open up our expression. Examples could be, "Do you remember losing your first tooth?", "What was your first kiss like?", "When were you sad because you lost a friend?", or "What was your first day at your new job like?" Remember, these do NOT need to be factual, as much as allowing the creativity to flow.

What a mind-strengthening exercise, and a great way to begin allowing others to involve themselves in our thoughts.

Why we couldn't create our own group?

You can make your own group.
Visit your experiences area on your profile and you get that streaming feed of experiences others have liked. Type in the group you want to create and click on the plus symbol button. A dialog box will appear telling you that the group hasn't been created, would you like to create it? and walaah, you have a group. :)