EP Update: What We've Been Working On...and A Look AheadSince our last update 2 weeks ago, we've introduced a number of features to help you connect with members and find the content you care about most. We've also gotten started on introducing better tools so you can sort, organize and keep track of the posts that are most meaningful to you.
If you missed our last list of updates, you can find it here: EP Link
Below are a list of improvements we've made and additional upgrades to come:
**In an effort to bring the focus back on experiences and connecting people around those shared experiences, we've removed the games section which was slowing down the site and more importantly taking away time that our engineers could otherwise be using to improve sharing, browsing, and friendship development on EP! Miss games? Don't worry--we kept our community's most popular game, 'bubble shooter' which will display on the logout page for those who want to play.
**We've cleaned up the footer and removed duplicate and repetitive links that were already accessible using the site header. By doing this we've made it easier for members to quickly find important footer links to our terms of service, help section, and more.
**Revamping 'favorites' and the way to keep track of posts that matter to you. Today, we simplified the story page by removing actions that were rarely used by our community at large (this includes favoriting and subscribing/unsubscribing) These extra options were causing much confusion for many members so in an effort to simplify things we eliminated these option. Content you've favorited in the past now appears under a list called 'favorites' which appears on the left hand column of your profile page, along with links to stories you've 'rated up' in the past. Having trouble finding your old favorites, among those rate ups--don't worry we'll be adding management tools to help you sort and organize your list of 'favorites' so you can more easily keep track of the content you care most about as well as pick and choose when you receive updates.
**You'll soon be able to post stories anonymously! We've often heard from members that they have a story to share but feel hesitant having it tied to their username, particularly when they're new and still unsure of how supportive a community EP will me. This feature we're working on will allow you to share a story anonymously (without linking it to your username or avatar) and if later you decide you are ready to take ownership of your experience you can choose to go back and claim your anonymous post and link it to your username. This feature will help members better express themselves. Now with every new feature there are going to be members who may try to abuse the system--but fear not, we've taken precautions to assure that this doesn't cause a spike in inappropriate behavior.
Hope you're excited about these improvements and appreciate the updates!
We'll be providing regular updates every two weeks, letting our members know what's happening behind the scenes at EP. Keep in mind that we take feature requests and site suggestions shared within the group into consideration when planning each round of updates, so please continue to share your ideas. We love reading them!