The topic of Community Management was brought up many times and we held a meeting yesterday to discuss it internally. We are trying to come up with new policies and possibly some features to address it.
In the meantime, clicking or tapping the three dots on the top right corner of every piece of abusive or toxic content you see and report it is still the best way to help this community and GirlsAskGuys. We will do our best to take a look at all of it.
Ugh this is a seriously hard choice to make on the poll. I was stuck with either Gamification, Content, User Interface. In the end I voted for Gamification since this website is kind of boring majority of the time.
I know this is just a website to ask questions for both genders. Majority of the time the questions you see on here are EXTREMELY repetitive and boring as fuck. That or have no idea how the hell you should answer. So that person ends up not having any responses. It would seriously be awesome if this website made it so we could do more fun things but still have it were girls ask guys and guys ask girls. Plus adding a public shout box/chat box would be pretty awesome.
I don't believe the community management is the most important thing atm. This website is PC as it is. If anything it's WAY too PC and makes this website kind of annoying thanks to that. If you want to try and fix the community. Try to find away were people can only create ONE account. So can only use ONE IP address. i know with warframe if they find out you have another account or play on someone else. You are banned IMMEDIATELY. Still this is the internet so you can't fix the community to the point. Right now besides the IP address thing. I don't think it's possible you could do more. It would just end up ruining this website.
It seems like y'all have gone crazy with your CSS coding. To make this website all pretty and everything. Screw prettiness for now because it's not that important. This website looks good still.
I wish y'all would change and fix things like how the people who work on this game called warframe. People will riot and bitch at DE if they fuck up and they actually listen to the people most of the time. Yes they still aren't perfect at fixing certain things. Still they don't PC shit and just listen to what everyone is trying to tell them. Then they actually do something about it.
Actually, I have absolutely NO idea how you could ameliorate the content. It's up to users only. Would you mold the guidelines?
A lot of old users left because they found that the quality of the content is getting bitter day by day. It is the most necessary thing.
Things I think you should do. -Bring back downvotes. (Majority of the users will party)
-Make the search bar better. Or let us search our own posts in our profile.
-DO NOT select editor of the week by just the number of clicks/likes/opinions but select them by the originality of the ideas too. They're getting repetitive and generic because of rat race.
-Bring back "follow" (I know it will)
-Limit the "how do I look" questions to only 2-3 questions per month. Because a person doesn't change that much in just a month to ask that over and over again. It'll reduce the spamming and the frustration of the users.
-If there is an animal, toy, machine or anything in "how do I look", it should be removed. It's trolling.
-Increase the "about me" limit.
-Direct upload media to opinions
-Gamification is already here. Please make a separate category for this so that some of us could block it and get rid of popularity contests.
-When we close the question from feed, it has some scroll effect. Make it YouTube style, because it feels cheap and takes time. If you don't know about this, try expanding a long comment on YouTube videos and try hiding it again.
-Maybe, guidelines aren't still very strict maybe. I'm not a mod anymore so, I don't know but I read a lot of opinions that you guys are unfair.
-I know it's impossible to stop a person to make accounts back to back but there may be something you can do. ●Automatically freeze account if it's reported by three different normal users. ●Automatically freeze account if 5 posts were reported by normal users or m, s mods, in a single day. ●Only Xper lv3 users can downvote (so that they'd couldn't misuse the feature and troll. After it's reintroduced)
-Independent muting of opinions.
-Automatically add second @mention in new reply if I tap reply on two different replies from two different users.
There are so many ideas. I'm not ready yet. And it's 12:10 AM here. I'll let you know soon.
Community management hands down. Posts like this should be automatically featured and widely advertised so people don't just see it by chance. Something should be done about all the harassment. And it would be unbelievably lovely if something could done about the repeat accounts. Even if it was just banning them as soon as they're found instead of going through the entire warning and freezing process.
I would say community management is the one to tackle. So many people get harassed by the same users and it's not enough to simply shut down their account, there should be a way of banning the user's IP or something (I'm not technical enough to know about this, but I've been on sites where that's happened so I assume this can do it too?) so that they can't just create a new account and start harassing again. Same goes for users who post duplicate questions constantly (like the guy a while ago who wanted us to rate him on facial aesthetics and didn't want to be genetically inferior) or people who keep reposting purposefully antagonistic questions.
I'm always gonna ask for the downvote option back too :P
Bring back the downvote option. Allow upvotes or downvotes for comments on opinions. Some kind of group chat would be great so we aren't getting askers angry by chatting on their questions. Personally I feel my takes are given way too many benefits so people just keep pistin takes that literally take 3 minutes to write and are very repetitive.
Community management is number 1 through 3 in my book. I don't feel like right now enough is being done to curtail those individuals who harass others. I know a lot of people who go anonymous because they feel they can't even seem to leave an opinion or question in peace without some of these type of people harassing them in the comments from question to question or opinion to opinion. I'm not talking about leaving a comment that is in disagreement either, because no one is going to agree with everything you say, but when its to the point where someone is making sexist, racist, or homophobic remarks, and cursing at an individual because they disagree, that makes GaG feel less like a community at all. Everything beyond that is to me extra and maybe a bit too much extra. If you can get your question or take across, poll, get comments back, and leave feedback... that is essentially GaG... throwing *ahem* more hearts at it, doesn't make it any more effective for the purposes of the site.
I picked UI, so that I wouldn't repeat what everyone else has already said. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this site is messy. For the trained eye and the regular user, it's easy to navigate and use. But I see a lot of members being confused, asking questions about specifics that are easy to find under the FAQ section. Maybe make a small walkthrough of the site for new users, highlighting the most used parts of the site and finally redirecting the new user to the FAQ page or something. I would also still like to be able to edit my posts. It's annoying to see a typo and having to make a separate comment just to correct yourself, even embarrassing if the typo is crucial, like saying "I do support this" when you meant to say "I DON'T support this". If you're afraid of trolls abusing this system by changing their opinions/questions etc entirely, you can still make sure that we're capable of seeing the original post. You could also have a character limit as to how many characters we're allowed to change in our posts.
-Ban all racists, sexists, anti-feminist harassers. They harass us and hurt our feelings. Bring a feature that bans them automatically.
-Ban all the men who talk about sexual harassment like it's not the biggest issue in our societies. whenever they talk about economic problems like it's the most important thing in the world, they hurt us.
-Ban all the people who defend gun ownership. They're from ancient rapey times and it hurts us to see humanity is still not progressive.
-Bring mandatory online consent classes to the site
I know these are hard, but nothing is impossible, brother.
Do these for humanity's sake. I am very concerned about humanity on the whole.
I voted B for content. You see so many questions about racism - usually wrongly accused - while other controversial topics in our society are deemed too serious for GaG and deleted with no further warning. Who gets to decide such things?
The disappearence of the dislike button is another example. Why are we forced to be all positive and happy like we are in a circus and engage in direct confrontation if we want to express our dislike for something? It's more like we're told to just shut up because people can't handle being disagreed with. Seriously, there's so much PCness on this site it's not even healthy!
If you want to make it right, you should encourage people to speak up when they notice someone is being downvoted by trolls or haters, but you just remove the button assuming that is the source of all evils and that it will solve the problem. Not to say there aren't many disturbed people around, but are catering to them?
Community management please. I've been harassed on here constantly by the same users and when their accounts are removed they come back and do it again. You guys should tackle down more on these people. Also please bring back the downvote algorithm.
I say "Content - Make it more useful" because at the moment there are questions where I'd appreciate being able to see the opinions of others being agreed or disagreed on by readers etc.
There used to be an up/down vote function and I find answers to my questions less useful without it, because seeing the ups and downs for opinions helped me deduce what was the most agreed/ disagreed with answers.
Listen kids, it's the internet, if you're so easily offended you really should not spend any time on any websites that allow anybody to post stuff. My god people, you have every right to he offended, you DO NOT have the right to censor people because you don't like what they have to say. There's a block feature for a reason.
The best thing GAG admin can do to improve the website? Tell everybody to grow a pair or get out.
-- Fixing the search bar like mentioned. Many posts don't show up when you use it. It becomes more effect to use google at that point.
-- Adding a self-user search. I'd like to be able to look through my own opinions/mytakes/questions instead of individually scrolling down a hundred times with a "see more button."
-- Automatic scrolling down to bottom of no opinion section. This is the only way I can see GAG ever being able to clear out the stock pile of no opinion questions. It simply isn't possible to get to the bottom by scrolling. I spent an hour one time just doing that and never reached it.
-- Bring back downvotes for xper 2 or 3 and above. Yahoo Answers does something like this (I recall building my point level on there lol) and it seems to work.
BASICALLY, I agree with @yourfutureex and his post pretty much entirely. I would keep writing things, but it'd be easier just to read his post 😅
----ADDITIONAL THINGS---- -- Fix the posting picture bug that currently is going around. I'm not able to post more than one picture of my dogs on any one opinion haha
-- Be more stingy when it comes to featuring stuff. Also, make sure the editors are posting quality things. I see many that do post plenty of quality mytakes, but then I see users that post kind of pointless lists of things that offer no advice nor benefits (I have some in mind but don't want to call the person out).
I would vote A and B but I don't think it is the site's fault per se - You cannot control the people who use it - Even if there was agreement among what users think is suitable and useful, I think it is impossible to police - To me C, D, E and F are cosmetic issues that can be sorted anytime - They can be improved to make site more user friendly - In reality you could probably vote for all six. I think for a lot of the Users, a mobile app is needed - It is very hard to navigate the site using a phone.
1. Repair navigation by restoring filters when the Back button is hit. (Use a cookie or something.) For instance, I got to Questions then filter on Girls. I select a question and open its page and answer it. I want to go back to Questions. If I select Questions from the drop down menu, I get both sexes with the filter gone. If I hit the Back button (which I usually do), again, the filter is gone. Enormous pain in the ass to have to start again. 2. Bring back age filtering. 3. When you answer a question, go back to the previous page, not Recommended Questions.
Seriously, if Steve Jobs was still alive and saw the navigation and filtering behavior of this website he'd be yelling and then firing people. Since he's dead, he has to spin in his grave.
ALSO: Enable a user to select more than one category for a question (maybe a maximum of 2 or 3). For instance, last week I saw a question that was in Health but moved to Sex Health. It had nothing to do with sex, per se, but was a medical issue with genitalia. It was appropriate for that question to be in both categories.
Biggest improvement would be increasing the number of users who actively read and participate. Honestly it seems to be (at most) roughly the same 100 names that come up 90+% of the time. If instead of 100 it were 500 or 1000, GAG would probably be a richer, more interesting place.
Might be a nice move to actually welcome new users, warmly (rather than simply inform them of policies or whatever). Unless things have changed since I joined, new users are normally welcomed only by one or two other users--if they are welcomed at all.
I think A. Community Management. I find the way GAG removes men's comments vs women's comments sexist. I see women post offensive things that never get removed and then find a man will post something that is not even half as bad and it is taken down in minutes. I would like to see the same rules applied to women.
Bring back the downvote option. Allow upvotes or downvotes for comments on opinions. Some of the Uber Mods are power hungry; some admins get rid of completely arbitrary questions.
Search below 2 ubers want to have full power over the banning process. One of the main problems with Internal crowd management is that there is little discourse and they are allowed to question and rudely comment on users questions.
Admins allowed many users who are not even fit to be mods, to be them.
Sexes are far unequal on this site with women outweighing male comments in regards to removal or restriction of questions.
"Why do all men suck" -got removed after me and a few other mods approached admin about it 2 days after posting
"Why are all women so cynical" -within the first 5 minutes.
If people vote they must also comment rather than just claiming one xper and leaving.
There's a lot of antagonistic stuff here, tons of trolling. This site used to have a pretty clear identity. The name of the site suggests a place for discussion and greater understanding, but there are daily political diatribes and flame wars now.
I'd love to see the anonymous feature done away with. It's overwhelmingly used for trolling rather than for its intended purpose.
This site will never amount to anymore than a lonely ant fart, unless we introduce cash and valuable prizes to the mix! C'mon! It's become known in some circles as the place where dreams go to die! Extreme measures must be taken.
Prioritized: - Get rid of some of the ads; especially the creepy ones and those ones that automatically scroll your screen down (these are very annoying when typing) - Bring back the down-vote - Return the comments section to how it was, like, a month ago. I seriously hate the constant changes, i just got used to having to "@" sign people for them to see the comment and what-not. - Wait to remove racist or offensive questions until i rip the user who posted it a new one :) - Increase the age. Especially for the "How do i look" section. - Feature myTakes and questions that are actually important. Not just the ones that dont require any serious opinion.
I think it's time to give a filter option to filter out anonymous posts. These people post repetitive questions, give half details and don't even reply to our opinions. And one more thing i'd like to suggest is to promote the search feature. The old GAG community members have left invaluable amount of questions and answers (what they were called back then). Instead of trying to search, people just ask a new question.
Some personalization would be fine. Blue and pink is fine but then again it sucks. A very simple option to choose a different color scheme would be fine. I need everything in black, brown and gold/yellow.
filter out stupid and redundant questions. 90% of the questions are the same copy pasta shit. do guys like tall girls? do girls like huge penises (peni?)? does every guy cheat on girls? do all women go for guys with the most money?
i've included a screenshot to point out the quirks, with explanation.
some of the details i focus on may seem trivial, but together, they add up making the process of reading and /writing comments unpleasant at times.
1: the login box. i have to click three times just to get to the textboxes where i can enter my email/pw. yes i know i can stay signed in, if i use the same device and don't delete my cookies. often i don't even bother signing on cuz it's a chore. it's should be one click away. signing in should be the easiest thing to do! oh, and on low resolution the floating sign in box can't be scrolled into, hiding the links. (same goes for the top menu, can't be scrolled right since it floats.
2. the readability/ease of use in the comments/opinions becomes a mystery when a string of replies are tacked on. whomever is in charge of design, doesn't use the site; and it shows. this place is riddled w/ instances of form over function which leads to confusion.
3. even this textbox is has issues... the SEND IT button should be positioned near the end of user input. it couldn't be further away. consequently it narrows the textbox, limiting what's visible of what's been typed already. including my avatar to the left of the box serves no purpose... and once again adds to confusion since avatars are seen more often in front of posted opinions. it should be to the left of "Have an opnion?"... and most importantly this textbox should expand 100% to the left and right... t the very least to the right.. just unjustifiable bad design. this is what happens when the designers hardly use the site, thus they end up designing stuff to look pretty to their eyes. when it should be user friendly and functional for the actual regular users and new users.
The ammount of sh*ty/useless mytakes i've been seeing in the last few months is staggering. I honestly don't know how this can be improved since its caused by the community and its not under your control :p