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EP Update: What We've Been Working On...and A Look Ahead

Since 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. 

**based on popular demand we're adding a feature to help members quickly and easily page through dozens of experience groups relating to any topic, directly from the topic pages which you can access by choosing 'stories' on the site header.  This way you can, more easily, discover new groups and those that best represent you!

**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!

EPArsineh EPArsineh 26-30, F 133 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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I like to use " I Like Creative Writing" site on EP, but I keep getting freezes or slow types, or interrupting screens in the middle of whatever I am composing, or refusals to allow me to edit after I proofread and find an error, It seems just to be this site - can't it be fixed?


Also, if I post a sectioned story on said site, is there a simple way for others who discover and want to read it in total? I have tried to find a way myself, and I am forced to go backwards under the listing, one at a time. There's GOT TO be a BETTER way!

Thanks for corrections in advance.


MaryJanine.

sounds good

So why mess it up.

Dear EPArsineh, I am new to both ep and the internet. Even with my limited skill and experience I have found ways to use ep to help me better understand myself and others. I am not qualified to make suggestions but thought you might like a little gratitude mixed in with the complaints. Thank You.

Please take notice here the new notifications are pointless and waste the time we get to spend here..your clogging the system up with stuff we don't need to know...

Just STOP automatically "subscribing" us to questions, please give us back the option of opting out of that. It makes one not want to use the Q & A because we'll keep getting notifications that have nothing to do with us. Someone flagged one of my answers so that it was removed and I'm STILL getting notifications from when other people answer that question. It's like adding insult to injury.

ALSO,I am tired of long dialogues being carried on on my home page that have nothing to do with me. What is the point? It feels like one is eavesdropping.

I agree with you, and it's especially annoying on the app. I get a whole page of a stranger who has joined dozens of groups. Why would I be interested in someone I don't know joining all these groups, then I have to scroll and scroll to actually find a story to read from someone else I don't know.
You mentioned the games and the stick pin? I didn't even know EP had games, and I never heard of a stick pin, and I've been here for two-years. I can't keep up with all these changes. It's truly absurd, the rate they change everything again.

Why has the stick pin responders format been altered. The current format makes the stick pin obsolete, and is not conducive to open communication. Please return the previous format.

the games section went one year ago.What the heck is going on.

Sometime ago, you had the anonymous story feature, then it went away ( I never knew what happened to it), and now it's coming back again. I thought Facebook was changing too much, too fast, but compared to EP, its changes come very slowly, and people get used to using the new features. Here, you make changes so fast, I go away for a week, and things have changed again when I get back. Since 2011, when I joined, it's been nothing but changes constantly, and not for the better in most cases.
I honestly feel rather than changes being made, we are being jerked around all the time.
I'm using the EP app, which is very limited. I can only comment, and cannot see replies to comments. At one point they made it that I could actually write stories from the app, now that feature has gone, so EP is messing with the app too. Features come and go here like clouds in the sky...now you see it...now you don't.

seriously messed up as all say and the gift gesture section is omg :(

This new feature where you get notifications whenever someone else answers a question that I happened to answer is SUPER annoying. I already answer tons of questions a night, now I am getting an extremely high number of notifications.....It is waaaaaay overbearing. It was much better when you only got a notification when someone answered a question I asked or responded to my reply to a question.........If this is the way EP is going to be from now on then I am seriously going to stop being an EP supporter (though I don't pay that much anyway) and probably won't visit EP that much anymore.......It is crazy having hundreds of notifications a night and not being able to sort out the ones that pertain to my particular answers to questions!! :-(

type o you said me and should had been be lol

It does need work but at least your trying. Add to circle is sometime not there on certin profiles and no their not already a friend. Another there has to be a way to weed out minors. That's the most important thing. I don't want to see there pic even on accident. It just frustrating. Make people answer more prove more before they join.

Yea we'll your pop up ads for a lot of companies suck. Like the one for falling skies. When you hit the x to get it off screen it only pops up every time. I well never watch this show ever because of this.

Can you stop the full page pop up Ads from backing my position back two places or as tonight, making me have to log back in to the site twice so far? Once from a story and once from a question.

Some improvements. You had the stories setup pretty well nailed, now you've screwed it up.
You could stay on the page and have the story expand within the page. That was great. You could also select from a series of stories [1,2,3,4,etc] but now if you hit those numbers, you still get the first damned story and have to scroll (see more stories) through every story in the topic or by the author. Bad, just bad user interface. Step back, look it over, and do it again please.

hell yes if you go to my stories and want to look through them the pagenation should go 1, 2, 3 4 exc. through your stories and if you stop to click on one you've written that you want to read when your finished it should go back to that page of stories not start at the beinging of all the stories you've written DAH!

I wanna see more cheerleader stories

I would find a Book list for books and other sources recommended by members to illustrate their points

I am requesting a zoom function on avatars . Zoom in 4 the many pieces of art displayed and Zoom out 4 others

It is exciting to know that E/P is an ongoing work in progress,evolving on an ongoing basis. This speaks of a healthy site for communication and friendly interaction. Thanks.

It would sure be nice to be able to see "who's online"and 'who's near me'

Theres a "whose on line thingy " somewhere.

those are great improvements, and i never even knew about the games, i wasn't here for that. i was here to share things and remove stress because sometimes we just need to let out steam and we can't find an ear for it, other times our life experience can help others. so yeah, the games didn't fit in that.

well if they're removed i guess you can't now :/

lol same here. I still don't know where to dig for them games.

Yes, it will be good to speed up the process time, it's often quite slow.

It also could be useful to be able to write stories and ask questions anonymously.

For me, EP is what FB should be. Thanks!

U nailed it.

Er... Can I ask question about blogging? My blog seems to be drying up nowadays, no comments or now viewing so I become lazy to write and I wonder if it's possible to get more easy blogging experience? My maind beef is that I tend to blab on my blog so I wonder if it's possible to link a blog post we want to share with an experience directly- so we don't have to re-post same thing to an experience? Or maybe this feature already existed and I am the amateur no-tech savvy one?

I absolutely HATE that you got rid of our "library" collection. I had about 4 stories that I especially liked and will NEVER be able to find again, now that they're buried among the hundreds of items I've commented on over the years. I don't understand why those comments are now designated "favourites". If I didn't put them there, they're not MY favourites.

WE would love an archive of our stories.Thanks Bijoux.

I wish you would stop changing things. My friend Ari is very upset and wont stay on here now : (

I'm liking this comment to draw attention to it. Would really rather Ari stayed.

Yes

For my part I enjoy change .

You are a princess and a queen!....Is that possible?Anyway,thank you very much for the update!!!!HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!

EPArsineh I have to say that you are very pretty, not what I expected to see from the tech gurus updating this site. You have a very nice smile, and everyone notices a smile on a pretty girl, because it always brightens the day when someone smiles like that.

I wish you guys would make the secret city app for the android. I loved doing the confessions with my Iphone on the secret city app, and it would show what part of the world people posted it. I like my samsung galaxy better than my old Iphone, but I do miss that app. It used to keep my entertained.

The only bad this about this site is that when I use my cell phone and I tap something it ends up clicking on something on the other side of the page. Other than that I love EP :)

So does that mean we have to attempt to log out to be able to play bubble shooter?? ...i dont get it.

I always get rid of the silly bar at the bottom everytime I come here. Just so annoying to me :(

well you still haven't done anything to the chatbar, since the last update some of my friends can't use it which is really annoying, hope you can work on that, thank you :)

Wow there was games thats ok didn't care not here for the games cause it does slow stuff down got enought of that with f/b and yes still new and still haveing trouble just figureing the whole thing out but I think I still like it wish you could use the same keys for makeing like the hearths and stuff like on face book here you know like smileys and stuff but keep up what you are a doing

Keep up the good work!

thank you my dear! I want to study design at foreign country, Can you help me? Do you have a test to get a scholarship to study there?

but why do i have to use my points when am rating up a story?
this improvement is going to affect me mostly
if i don't have tokens that means i won't be able to rate up a story

Your first rate-up is free, as it has always been. You only have to use tokens if you want to rate up more than once (which didnt exist in the past).

well if you tech numb sculls could possibly get your glitches under control it wouldn't be costing people tokens (which is by the way stupid anyway) now would it??

You need to hire a proofreader for your announcements too, remember~

Let's talk about how the mature topic was removed

Thank you! I've often wondered how many groups there might be out there for things I really enjoy. Now it will be easier for me to find them. I am Autistic, so cannot figure out how some of the features work- I have used my girlfriends' "recent activity" timeline to help show me the way....Thanks again, EP! LOVE YA!!! :-D

Thanks, Hoping to be a little more wider on ideas more.

thank you so much :), and by the way where can people suggest ideas for improvements?
cause I've got some ideas :)

Yes, people can! There's a group regularly checked called "I Want to Improve the Experience Project," where you can post stories and suggestions. :)

thank you very much EP for the improvement

Thank you so much for your updates EP!

I would like to thank all the EP staff, volunteers and anyone involved in making this site what it is. EP has helped me in a therapeutic kind of way and, all things considered, I find this to be an engaging and interesting website. I consider this to be my internet home and I feel comfortable here. Thank you all for your efforts, they are not in vain.
I don't consider myself qualified to offer any advice for your site because you people are doing so well already. Although that said, one of the lessons that I have learned in life is,"When in doubt, keep it simple." :-) Simple is good. Sometimes it is necessary to revisit the basics of your original idea just to keep things in perspective. But EP is doing that it seems so good for you guys/gals, keep it up. Well done !!! :-)

thanks a lot i think just friend should add in ur circle

PLEASE make it easier to delete fans and block people!

Thank you for the continuous improvements!

Just thought of this speaking of "fakes" there is a certain very popular EP volunteer who is over 60 and has himself in the 46-50 age group. Should EP volunteers not have to correctly represent themselves?

I wish we could return to having comments top to bottom and no replies in between. When there are many replies and comments, the entire conversation is all over the place and upside down. lol I just want fluidity throughout. Thanks! Kim

Can there be a feature to ignore certain users' group joins? I'm really not interested in hearing "MrSh*tsalot" joined "I want adult diaper haven" or anything like that.

I guess I am an old fogey and soooo out the loop

I dont get any of this at all.

WHY, WHY. WHY all the incessant messing with Ep???? Making it all the time more and more complicated and weird?

I dont want the world and his dog to know everytime I rate up a story. I rate stories up for a variety of reasons sometimes simply to encourage a nervous author, it also does not mean I want it kept as a favourite

It would great if there was a way to see all the people that are only in your circle (didn't add you as a friend) thanks

Terrific Arsineh,you guys are really making this place so much better,I have seen so many improvements in my 2 years here and I will continue to support EP by volunteer work.Thanks to all you who are working so hard behind the scenes,it really is appreciated.

Can add the ability please to face chat

I'm worried about that one... considering some of the groups on here. I suggest going to omgele for that. Or else, invite members to skype or tinychat with you.

This is all very good but I still do not see the I am sorry button a one time button that allows us to say sorry to someone that might have block us for some reason. And the friends and story locker this would allow us to have friends that other people will not like. The writing the story anonymously well if some one leave a comment are we notified and can we reply anonymously to. Or we can only post the story that's it. And this charging to up rate a story is wrong. It bad enough that most stories do not get rated up but now you want to charge people bad idea Ep,Still keep up the good work .

M gonna miss Diner Dash D': *cries*

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I would love to be able to easily add photos from my hard drive to my posts.

Publishing anonimous stories has never came to my mind, and I think its great. I would also like to be able to put my gender and age, if its possible, so the one who reads it knows who is telling the story.

Thank you for the frequent updates and constant effort to improve the site. I still would like to see a vote down option so when people do post inappropriately in the wrong sections or just plain offensively we can take action ourselves to push the post or comments out of view. If an adjustable filter is set to only show +0 comments or above so the negative comments don't show up there will be no more issue. Being cumulative, even if someone marks a -1 to be annoying, another person giving it a +1 will bring it right back to a 0. It does work to allow the society to take care of itself.

I agree with the negative rating system but if a filter puts a comment out of view how can someone get to it to rate it back up and place it back into view ??? But at least with a negative system people can determine whether or not to read a negative rated remark. I also agree that I've read many posts (in particular one commenter I will not name here) that have made remarks that have nothing to do with the subject that is being written about and their comments that are completely out of line.

In the forum I use with the rating system, you set the filter level yourself. So if you bump it to start at -3 you can read some controversial stuff or you can set it to +3 and only read what was considered best. Up to you.

Thanks for the heads up.

I like the new feature about posting stories anonymously. There are just some topics that people feel uncomfortable knowingly sharing with others, yet desire to express. Baring your soul can be difficult for some Being anonymous does not distract from the validity of it. Of course, this is subject to some abuse by others, but let's hope that is minimum, if at all.

there r many fake cd hear plz see to it

sounds good to me, thanks for all the effort the EP team have put into it. I think the anonymous option will certainly be well received.

I do hope you'll react quickly when there is "inappropriate behavior" associated with anonymous posting. It's bad enough at the moment with people setting up fresh accounts, then trolling stuff they clearly haven't a clue about or are out to stir up trouble.

Personally, I think the accounts are sufficiently anonymous, and give a level of accountability, so I think the anonymous posting facility is a mistake.

Agreed. Not sure what they can do. This is more of an issue about the people who behave badly. That's why I've suggested we have a vote up AND down option so that we can police up the inappropriate people ourselves like I do on other forums.

Yes, good idea - I'd trust the consensus of a particular group normally, though there's the risk of the tyranny of the majority coming into effect. But I don't see how that would work at all with the anonymous posting - there's nothing to flag or object to really.... I'd echo another poster who asked for a filter to squelch the view of anonymous posts.

also my e mail i cant type bcos its slowed down

i disabled chat bar it was so bad

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Thank you. Much appreciated. As is tracking of feedback on said updates. Thank you again.

thanks for this updates

oh please no more updates EP has only just got back to normal.

This all seems great apart from adding anonymous stories which is certainly not an improvement in my view. Removing anonymous confessions would be the improvement to make, surely, as they are used primarily to make stupid comments and ridicule others. I hope at very east there will be an option in settings to ignore anonymous stories so we don't have to see them - an option that won't automatically reset, either, like the option to remove anonymous confessions from view does. That is a particularly disappointing adaptation EP.

very good

"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. "

Yes pleeeeeease :)

Because rate up, subscribe and favorite are three different things.

thanks for update...

Thanks for info on the upgradings - however, I do miss some comments on improvements of the chat function. It seems to be working very erratic - or is it just me?

Rats. I loved the games.. Oh well, thanks for the message..

it would be awesome to view all of a member's nonsexual groups.

And vice versa, a lot of us have an aversion to say for instance friending scat lovers, when someone has thousands of groups it's impossible to view them all.

Laughing!Not that kind of scat, as well you know you cheeky bugger!

Wanna take u out for dinner :-)

I've started getting adverts for an expiria phone from carphone warehouse poppin up from time to time- then a short film opens in QuickTime - can I do anything to stop this popping up- or maybe it's my phone doing weird things ??

rated up 10

Thank you for always trying to improve EP:)

When do I start my job and when are we going to go out ?

having issues viewing top friends on my main page...is that a bug? i click on the top friends tab and it does nothing...

I love that idea! There is much I like about it also I like the fact that EP is being updated every 2 weeks :D

Thank you - sounds like you have been working very hard and making things better.

In the "people finder" you have 'find people near me' and 'find similar members'. How can we combine the two and find similar members near me ? - the data is there, just combine the options.