So for those of you who may not know this, a new version of the site is coming some time in the future, and in it there will be some major updates.
(See the post by GirlsAskGuys in this question: link )
Among those updates, what would you like to see added? Make up a little wishlist and post it (with an explanation of why you want each thing if you feel so inclined).
If there are a lot of responses, I plan on pointing the site admin to this question so they can sort of see what people are most interested in. I have no idea how close they are to finishing the new version of the site (so it may already be too late for suggestions), but I figure it can't hurt. If anything, the admins may share a few of the new additions that they were planning on adding as a little teaser
In addition to posting your personal wishlists, I have also made a poll in which I would appreciate you guys choosing which of the proposed areas (I just made these up) are most important to you if you could only pick one to update
Adding a new chat system
45% (41)54% (47)49% (88)Vote
Improved Reality Check section
7% (6)10% (9)8% (15)Vote
Improved profile personalization, customization and layout (Some examples: A " virtual jukebox" that autoplays music you load on your profile, choice of background imaging/colors/banners, blog/tumblr inspired features, etc)
13% (12)11% (10)12% (22)Vote
Anonymous posting limitations (Some examples: daily limits to how often one can post a question and answer anonymously, banning the use of the anonymous function under the "other" category only... in order to clamp down on trolling, etc)
13% (12)14% (12)13% (24)Vote
Points system changes (Some examples: changes to how many points needed to feature questions, a points gifting system that allows you to donate points to friends without altering their level, expansive use for points overall, etc)
Great work so far guys. I'm giving BA to the site admin so you can see what they have to say, but . they will be looking at suggestions here so be sure to keep posting, even though what you wanted was said multiple times already. From the results below there seems to be some popular ones. The top 3 suggestions seem to be:
Reciprocal blocking (ie. anon blocks you, system autoblocks them back)
Greater user powers (ie. ability to edit posts/questions, modify profiles, etc)
Okay guys just a quick update. The site changes will be coming in the next couple months (so late October, early November) if there aren't any serious delays. Also, I encourage you to take a look at some of the other ideas posted and upvote the ones you like, so the admins know what's popular. ImSoSozzled gave a great idea about how best answers should be awarded. JustBanANNAz also had an idea about being able to quickly distinguish who is online from who isn't
Just an update on the release date for the site update. It has been pushed back a few months. The new target is to have it released around January 2014.
See the answer posted by GirlsaskGuys at this link
Our team has already started working on the next generation GirlsAskGuys.com. The new version will be a totally new experience...
Since we started GirlsAskGuys.com user experience has been the most important aspect of our work. According to your feedback we have come up with a new set of features and a new user interface. The new platform is open to new suggestions: Features you like to keep, new features you like to see, user interface improvements, design suggestions...You name it, we will consider it.
-An automated block system so that when someone (an anonymous user) blocks you then they are automatically blocked as well so they can't continue trolling/harassing you.
-More profile customization options.
-Being able to edit your own answer. Sometimes I make spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes that I don't notice until after I've already submitted the answer. So, it would be nice to be able to go back in and edit those answers or add/delete something within that answer. Being able to edit your own questions would be nice also.
- I really would love to see the ability to edit our posts. Even if it was timed, for example on The Sims Resource forum you have to wait so long until you can edit a post.
Along with that I wish Super mods (or even mods too) had the ability to edit questions because often that would be easier to fix the one thing wrong than to remove a question that didn't necessarily need to be removed.
- I would like a few other options in the drop down boxes when reporting someone's profile or when removing a question. Sometimes the reason doesn't really fit any of the options. But maybe this wouldn't be if we could edit posts. Or even a box to actually write out the reason along with the drop down box.
- It would be nice to be able to embed pictures, gifs, and videos into questions or answers so people don't have to click on a link. Or at least make it so you use HTML link syntax so we know where the link is taking us.
- I would also like be alerted when someone has replied to my comment on someone else's answer. Maybe a reply button to specific people so you get alerted, like on YouTube.
- I would like these social network buttons on the left side of questions to be in a different place. LOL. Probably sounds trivial and maybe its just me but often my stupid cursor will just go over it and the stupid box pops up in my way and I have to stop what I'm doing to exit. It can be annoying.
- I agree with others on automatic blocking. I think if you block someone it should go both ways and whether you're anonymous or not. This would cut back on trolling too because they would have to be outed being put on their victim's blocked list.
- Maybe a way to limit accounts created per IP address. If someone wants a new account they need to delete/cancel their old account. I think there should be a way to be more watchful of people who create several accounts in a short period of time. I think I remember reading in the TOS you can't have multiple accounts anyway, so they should be more on top of it. This would cut back on trolling as well.
- I would love a new reality check section because I feel that if it were new and updated people would use it and there are A LOT of people who post questions asking for opinions about themselves. So I think if more people were on it and they got that going it would cut down on those nonsense questions.
I don't go anonymous often but I still would not like to see a limitation on answering or asking questions anonymously because I personally don't feel the trolls shouldn't have such an affect on people who are genuine and use it for legit reasons.
I feel that would cut buck the amount of people and/or activity on this site.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Thank you, Janson for asking this and I really do hope that our feedback is taken into consideration.
I'm really missing the chat, so ya I'd love that back.
I hate the system that puts question in a different category, based on a keyword only . I'd sy either get rid of it, or improve it, but a lot of questions in the sexuality category don't fit there and were obviously put there because some word used.
For search results, I'd say add more filters and you should be able to sort them by date, number of answers and gender of QA
Sometimes it'd also be nice to edit questions you asked, like when you notice you made a typo in the title
I'd also like more poll options
And I think for charity donations, there should be more options. Like I'd love to donate to wwf or unicef.
I'm not at all bothered by anonymous questions and answers, I actually like them
*Improved search function. It would be nice if the search function had to option for us to sort by date, time frame (e.g. within the last 6 hours), and relevancy in addition to gender, age, unanswered, etc. Age ranges in the search function should also be narrower. Rather than just over 18, it would be nice if the ages were narrowed to 18-21, 22-24, 25-29, 30+
*Up/down votes should go towards xper
*If there was any way to get rid of the pop-up video adverts, that would be nice too
The IM chat never works for me, regardless of what computer I try and use. Also, I do not like loosing 3 points each day I do not come on girlsask guys. I have been a loyal member for over 5 years and all the time I take in answering questions etc just goes down the garbage making it impossible for me to stay at a higher level. Maybe if we lost 5 points every WEEK we do not come on instead, that would be much more reasonable.
-xHoneyxBeex mentioned it, but a blocking system that is automatic. When an Anon user blocks you, they're automatically on your block list as well
^This is probably the biggest one
-Remove the ability to comment on a blocked users answers
-Remove the ability for blocked users to answer your question(s) when anonymous
-MAYBE allowing QA's to only allow one gender to respond, though I see how it can go wrong in so many ways. For example, when a girl asks "Guys, do you like XYZ" then that QA would be allowed to block responses from girls
-Maybe change the question limitations back to what it used to be. I think that's why the site is so much slower...people can only ask the 2/3 questions a day
Best answer should be awarded by other users. You should have to upvote at least one other answer to the question and those with most number of upvotes is awarded best answer. As more often than not best answer is awarded to the person who agrees most with the qa.
The limit in anonymous postings a day can deter people from saying crap .
Chat would be good.
Users with too much downvotes or 2 star or lower rated questions would be banned. Their posts may not be against the reported, but the numerous downvotes would indicate that a lot of us find him annoying and GAG would be better without users like them.
I would like everything in your poll except for anoymous posting limits, I almost always post anonymously for various reasons. Such a limit would greatly reduce my ability to earn Xper as well as my ability to provide advice.
Allow us to change our usernames at least once or twice a year. Sometimes we outgrow our user name and having to deactivate to do that is unfair :(. The two names can even be linked if people want to look at past questions or answers. There can even be an announcment like thing to prevent trollers
Also I would love it if the search function was better. Sorting of searches by date would be great so if a question was asked recently I would avoid asking it again. If the most recent question was a few months old then I'd ask it to get current trendss.
The one large issue I have is not being able to repost a question if you receive no answers. Sometimes a question just doesn't get the response you were hoping for. This can be due to things like the time it was posted, the number of users who saw it, perhaps it got pushed to the second page quickly. So if this happens I basically get screwed with no answers to my question. I cannot repost it to try and get more answers because then it is violating the double posting policy and is quickly removed. An easy fix for this is to allow questions that receive below a minimum number of answers (say 3 for example) to be reposted 24 hours after their initial post. This way people have another chance to get their question answered, there is a gap between the initial and repost so people don't feel like they just saw the same question twice, and you get happier users who actually get answers.
Just curios, do you work for the site? Are any of these changes actually going to be considered? I have been using this site for several years now and I have a not so kind view of the people who run this site and their lack of listening to their users to help improve the site.
I hope they implement a voting system for Best Answer, so if the question asker doesn't select a BA within a certain amount of time, users will be able to vote for the best one...or maybe automatically give it to the person with the most upvotes...or give the question asker reminders to pick one. Something like that because it seems like a BA is rarely chosen. On the first page of my recent answers, only 2 questions had BAs selected...out of 20. That's just a waste of Xper :)
1. There's no objective need to ANSWER most questions anonymously, and most of us use avatars and usernames anyway. So anonymous answers should be strictly limited. I'd say
no more than five a day.
We have an anomalous situation now where many of the listed top poster NEVER give any real advice, they only grab points with meaningless three word anonymous answers, HUNDREDS, literally, every day!
2. We should have an age split, with an under 21 section and a 21+ section. Now the site is too dominated by the teens and subteens here illegally, with their media driven symdromes and
'does he like me' and 'is my d*** big' questions. While everyone should be free to post to either half ot the site, the youngsters would mostly stick to 'their' side and wouldn't clog up 'our' side so much.
The teens dominate because they have time on their hands, not because they have that much to say, after all!
If a user has us blocked and answers one of our questions, we should be able to respond to them on that question only.
Somebody had to delve into the less glamorous side of things...
I also like the idea of limiting the anonymous feature, makes it way too easy to troll.
Adding a chat would be nice, make it easy to log off or be invisible for those who were not fond of the chat when it was here.
The photos need a little work, we should be able to post something of various sizes including larger than 75x75 pixels or whatever it is now, perhaps even letting us upload videos or at least make it easier to link to our videos on YouTube.
Bring chat back definitely. I liked that. While people are working around it right now I liked it on the site.
Fix the updates to answers being commented and such. Whenever I comment on an answer, when someone comments or answers back into the question and such it includes my comment as a new comment as well as theirs and highlights it which misleads me a little bit. So while only one new comment was added in, if I commented since the update it will tell me that it has 2 new comments and includes mine as a new one.
Being able to edit your questions sounds good, but it can be abused.
Lets say a very unpopular topic which involves racism is asked and gets a lot of hate, the QA can go back change it up and make it seem that it wasn't what he was asking for in the first place, making some justifiable answers sound totally incompetent.
Thats why they have a preview question before it gets posts, so you can recheck if it's written the way you like it.
The automatic back blocking of anon users sounds like an awesome idea though.
I know I didn't use it often, but it would be awesome to have some sort of chat function back.
Being able to give a second BA also seems like a good option if you can't decide on who gets BA, but maybe only reward like 5 points.
Being able to edit my own questions and answers. As well as a feature that lets me know when someone replies to a comment I made on another persons answer. Something small but would be nice to see is a sum of all of my thumbs ups and downs that I have accumulated over the years.
Before anything, how about a mobile site or app? That would REALLY improve things.
A new chat system would be okay, I never used it.
Point system changes would be great. Like, how about receiving a point for every upvote your answer gets? Now I'm thinking too big...
What I really want is a better way to sort questions. Sort of like a YouTube style format. You should be able to sort questions by more than just the most popular or most recent. I feel like the site should let you see the highest rated or most answered questions with-in a certain time frame (past 6 hours, past 12 hours, past day, past week, etc.).
Also, the Reality Check system should have a "skip" button, or at the very least the ability to sort through the most recent or most popular ones, sort of like questions.
I've been suggesting lots of things to the admins. If only there was some record of it though, like, suggestions can be viewed by the public or something.
I think checkboxes. Let me explain. Like, if I put a comment on one of the answers below, I put a checkmark next to it if I want to get notifications when there is a reply. And if I don't wan to get notifications, I won't put a checkmark. That way, I can respond if someone is speaking to me, but not be bothered if I don't want to respond to someone who is angry or negative.
Also, I'd like to see instant messaging back again.
I want to see anonymous posting changed somewhat mroe. I like that if you block someone and go anon they can still respond. That's fair. But I want changes to the block system. Change it so as soon as you add someone to your block list, you are added to theirs. This way you can't hide behind anonymous and block the other and then keep talking to them and bothering them without them able to respond back.
I don't like the only 3 updates a week for questions, that's too limiting at stupid.
A new chat system would be nice.
No more sh*tty character limit (or at least a much higher one) for responses/comments.
I know this may seem minor but how about just a little symbol that alerts you when someone is blocked or blocking you? Rather than changes to the block system on the whole I'd prefer to know before I bothered to even give it a second thought if I can even post somewhere first.
Website chat would be nice, I guess. Back to the hell that was, but it was convenient too.
I want to ask X/2 questions a day where X is your XPer lvl.
I wish there was an upvote and downvote regulation system where you can hide posts beneath a certain rating via your own profile.
I wish questions could be upvoted and downvoted for the above system and be hidden after a certain rating which would in turn lower trolling activity since the first 10 or so people generally decide in most cases the outcome of a thread anyway.
I wish the block system was progressive. Rather than upholding a permanent block it would start out at a day or week and work up to permanent in X number of infractions. The reason being a lot of people block people that they don't agree with in the heat of the moment and then time passes and those same people don't seem to mind the existence of the other person anymore. People do mix poorly sometimes in threads but if a person really wants you gone after a number of infractions it's pretty clear you two won't get along. In many cases after a week or month they don't remember what they were mad about or the username.
I wish XPer was given for commenting even at a lower rate since there is no reward at all for holding longer conversations meaning there's no incentive for genuinely helping people which effects the quality of conversation. Not good.
Have a Female Only section that will limit the asking and answering of certain questions to females only and having a section men can't even see..also better blocking and if you block someone you can't answer questions of people you block!
no intermediate pages when answering a question or posting a response. Sometimes I can spend quite some time wording something exactly how l want it then go to post it and have one of the next 2 pages not load so l lose my entire response. That's always really frustrating.
I think the first two suggestions are really great. I'd like to see the Reality Check section updated, since it seems great but everyone there is from 2 years ago and hasn't logged on in months. It should be so that if you're inactive for longer than a month, your Reality Check profile gets deleted. Also a chat system wouldn't be bad. An app would be nice. Harsher penalties against troll answers would be nice. I mean the funny stuff is all good but some people are just retarded. That's all I can think of so far.