Less opinions on more questions, privacy and notifications

Less opinions on more questions, privacy and notifications

For the past few weeks, we have been working on several new features here at GirlsAskGuys for both our upcoming mobile app and the website.

Then, two weeks ago, I asked everyone what should we focus on improving first or the most and the results were amazing! I got over 100 opinions, countless replies and 735 poll votes.

It's in response to that wonderful feedback that we introduced and updated some features today:

When less is more

Less opinions on more questions, privacy and notifications

The most voted option on that poll question was "Content". And this new feature is all about making content on GirlsAskGuys more useful for a lot more people.

Starting today, all questions will be closed when you select at least one Most Helpful Opinion (you'll be able to select the second one later) or when they are inactive for 48 hours (no new opinions, replies or poll votes).

This will allow us and the community to focus on the open questions that still need attention and those helpful answers you generously provide. Closed Questions can't receive new opinions or poll votes, but you'll still be able to like or reply to an opinion.

To guarantee that we'll have opinions on every question, we also decided to change how the limits of asking questions work. Now you will have a limit of open questions according to your XPER level. Once you reach that limit, you'll need to close a question selecting MHO or wait until we close it for you.

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Less opinions on more questions, privacy and notifications

Another popular demand was for us to make GirlsAskGuys safer and more pleasant to use and we took it very seriously. This is the first of several features aimed at doing that.

On top of being able to ask a question or share an opinion anonymously, you'll be able to do it privately. Only the Asker and the Opinion owner can see Private Opinions.

Askers can check a box to receive all opinions privately on their questions, but regardless of that, Opinion owners can choose to share an opinion privately on any question.

We strongly believe private conversations within a context can be a powerful tool for the GirlsAskGuys community.

Goodbye, ghosts... hello, people!

Less opinions on more questions, privacy and notifications

Last but not least, our notifications got an update that was long overdue.

First of all, we've added some new ones that you'll also see on our mobile app soon. The existing ones were updated with new images and text to make sure the messages are about people and the actions they take on GirlsAskGuys.

Since we have a reasonable amount of notifications now, we're also giving you tools to manage what you want to be notified about. Just hit the Settings page on your Profile to turn all notifications on or off individually.

Finally, the Notifications section on the Profile got a lot more useful with the simple addition of a "Mark all as read" button that should end once and for all the dreaded ghost notifications issue that drove some people crazy.

We know this is a big change, so feel free to get in touch with me or any other Admin if you have questions.

One more thing...

Less opinions on more questions, privacy and notifications

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  • Questions closing is dumb. You can boost newer questions without having to close down "older" questions (48 hours is not old). It's a bad solution because every question deserves to get as many answers as possible, even if those answers are a few days "late". If anything, this goes against what you're trying to do. There are other ways to change how much attention newer questions get. Change the livefeed, highlight the newest question, whatever. Silencing questions that you deem passé is honestly frustrating.
    And don't even get me started on the private opinion thing. People will just abuse it to harass askers. How are us mods supposed to be able to do our job when we can't even see the content on here? We said make the content BETTER, not HIDE ALL OF THE CONTENT!!!1! If you really want to implement this totally AWFUL feature, then you should at the very least make all private opinions visible to mods, so that we get to remove all the creeps and harassers as usual. But then again... that kind of defeats the entire point of the feature? Which just proves how dumb it is. I can't believe this, really. You noticed that site safety was something A LOT of people wanted to see improvements on yet you think THIS is a good feature to implement? Wow. Lol. Ok then.

    • "People will just abuse it to harass askers. How are us mods supposed to be able to do our job when we can't even see the content on here?"

      This ^^
      Though I pretty much agree to everything you said.

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  • I like the new update... but not the private option. It takes away from the interaction between people. I think if people want to share an opinion they should have to share it to all of us, not just the asker, cause that's what this site is about. If most people start responding privately, this is gonna be dead.
    Plus, it's a way for racists, sexists, and overall antagonistic people, to get away with their stuff, cause no one will be able to call them off on that.

    I think that will create more division between the people of GAG...


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What Girls Said 46

  • This is so stupid. WHY do you all keep taking the worst ideas and implementing them? WHHHHHY?

    This is a LIABILITY issue if nothing less! How many dirty old men will make sexual comments to teen girls in the HDIL topic and noooooooone of them will get removed? You have made this site more accessible to PREDATORS.

    Do you know what female users complain about most on this website? PRIVATE MESSAGES. And now you gave people ANOTHER way to leave disgusting messages and harass people!

    HOW COULD YOU NOT SEE THIS? **WHO** CAME UP WITH THIS? Please feel free to contact me so I know who to forward all the inappropriate messages I see and hear about to. media.giphy.com/media/4zFx69mkI2Qx2/giphy.gif

    You have moderators on this website so USE them.

    No one asked for closed questions or polls. NO ONE. If you want more comments on questions why don't you get rid of the "live feed" or change the algorithm so that questions that are more than x days/months old aren't shown?

    Wow. So the downvote button was supposed to be back with this update, but it's NOT. Just like being able to follow specific questions is not back. Maybe it you all stopped wasting time with creating new ways for people to be harassed and trolled you would have time to work on these features.

    • Oh! And let's take a look at my awesome new notifications tab! OH WAIT. IT'S USELESS.

      Just like the options!

      My notifications tab is NOT the live feed!

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    • @Girl_Scout I've seen people ask for the private commenting but it was usually stupid teenagers and known perverts.

      @RainbowFanGirl I am up for anything that makes GaG more like pizza but pizza is great too so I guess that works XD

      @multilevel Thank you so much for saying so!

      @9mfeo I feel like this entire post was worth it for your comment XD

      @springocelot I'm just disappointed it's something WE have to bring up. GaG WAS a good site for younger people to cut their teeth on because there's community feedback, a lot of positivity, and emphasis on personal wellness, and active moderation. If you take away the ability of the community to help police itself, it becomes MUCH more dangerous for users and a less positive place.

      There was a study recently that showed that the more pressure a user feels from the online community the better behaved they'll be. When GaG takes away that visibility, they're taking away accountability.

    • omg belle tear them to shreds

  • ... look i appreciate all the hard work u guys put in, but i feel like the things that we want MOST aren't being addressed, and the ones that we don't need, are being brought in or changed.

    lets say we roll with the closed questions thing. at least extend the time for EVERYONE. 48 hours of inactivity is simply not enough. many people here, especially on the lower levels, will not be getting much activity on gag, so closing off a question after 2 days doesn't seem right. give it a week and ill be on board. i don't know about the rest of u, but i don't mind getting an opinion on a question a month later at all. i actually like it.

    the private opinions idea is interesting. i kinda like it, and i look forward to testing it out.

    downvotes... eh, I've always been indifferent.

    i still want to place my suggestions of things id like to see:
    - a group chat feature, or live chat at least. that will remain at the top of my list.
    - allow a question asker to edit their question or mytake once, if they need to after submission.
    - allow a max of 3 drafts for a question or mytake rather than just one.
    - notify us who unfollows us.
    - a more fun profile page would be nice.
    - add a food and beverage topic
    - i'd like to block some anons permanently, not just on one post.

    yeah, I think it's great to try out new things, but it'd b nice to see these other ones around as well.

    • Yes I agree with you!!!

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    • @Betwyn well that's messed up. thank goodness they brought in the private option.

    • oh with inboxing, we always had the private option.

      it was just the live chat. Anyone on the site, was fair game.

  • Closing questions is dumb. Truly all of these pointless notifications is going to make me leave the site. I don't want to see anything other than notifications about me. Until this goes back to what it was, I'm not using this site any more.

    • Also, just to update my comment. I log on daily to see if I have a normal 2-3 notifications rather than the 37 useless ones that I still have. No luck yet. I really won't be using this site until the undue notifications are removed, or I am able to customize to only see the notifications that I want to see. Until then, I just don't have the time to sift through them all.

    • You can customise the notifications you want to see. Just go to the Settings page under your Profile and check or uncheck the boxes to turn them on or off. ;)

  • i appreciate what you guys are trying to do, but i don't understand the logic behind some of these implementations.

    1) hate the notification change; it clutters up my feed.

    2) mho is about to become nonexistent~ why give one, if the question will just be closed?

    3) the private opinions feature is a noble intention, but too open to abuse and exposes young people on this site to predatory behaviour.

    /my 2 cents, for what they are worth.


  • It's ok. But the "closed" feature should be optional! Why would we want to stop our questions from getting opinions? That's literally why we joined this site lol
    Good advice doesn't stop, sometimes I get the most helpful advice from people months after I've asked the question.

    BOO to the "closed" feature. Downvote! :/

    • even with all your upvotes the still won't listen to you. Anything good they will take away.

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    • @Mekkalyn and now I don't even get notifications! Only from silly things like somebody chose an MH, that's not mine, on a question I responded to! Wtf GaG? Lol

    • I know, who cares about that? Maybe someone who uses this site very rarely... for anyone else it's another annoying feature that people want reverted lol

      Like I don't care that you chose someone else for your MHO.

  • Can I still reply to this? Okay then... Yeah, I don't like the question closing thing. Even when Yahoo Answers did this (they don't anymore), they at least gave 3 - 5 days for answers. 48 hours is a short window. Not a fan of this decision. Some of us don't log in every single day.

    Ideally, a question would remain valid as long as the asker has not chosen to close it.

  • I don't like the question closing. I can accept it closing after MHO is selected as that implies the Asker has received a helpful response, but 48hours of inactivity? How does that even work? If I post a question in the evening, people in America won't see it until the following day (middle of the night). By the time my 48hours is up Americans will have had one chance to view. I get that it's 48hours inactivity but bearing in mind people on here have to go to school and work and don't check the feed every day. I know I've sat down to view some questions (which I don't do every day because of other commitments) and every question I'm interested in or have a response for is already closed, even if I only saw it the day before and saved it to respond to later. Won't this just encourage a lot of people to keep replying "bump" to their own posts, or getting their friends (for those with lots of followers) to keep bumping their post leaving the lower ranked members without a hope of getting seen? If questions must close through inactivity at least give it a full 7 days. A month would be better, and then remove it so only people who've posted in it can access it (for MHO etc.)

    The privacy feature sounds scary too. It really does seem to be opening the door for abuse. If an Asker/commenter want to discuss privately they have messaging for that. If this isn't possible because the Asker is anonymous it probably means the Asker doesn't want private messages anyway.

    Please fix these. I'm finding there's no point in posting as I'm closed before I get a helpful answer, and there's no point reading other people's posts as they're closed before I get there. If the questions don't at least get a week of inactivity before they are closed I won't be using the site any more as it doesn't work. I certainly won't be allowing private comments on my posts.

  • OHMMGEEEE Diogo!
    Closed questions- why just why just whyyyy? :'( I liked allowing Gag users to comment on my question, whenever they were able to come across it. I guess closing the question down does allow for more "other" questions to get answers, but the sites purpose is to get as much advice as you can on a question, and select MHO. Doesn't having a closing down feature, kind of goes against that?

    Privacy on a question between asker and opinion owner- That feature maybe interesting. I do not know how that will go, but only one way to find out

    Mobile app/controlling notifications from settings tab- A mobile app is something Gagers have talked about wanting (a lot of times). I do not know why that hasn't been done yet. Turning a notification on and off is alright, i suppose.

    Where is the downvote button? I'm glad that feature is... sloowwllllyyyyyyyy.. coming back "soon". How soon? unsure?

    I think sticking with what people have made questions and comments about (feature wise) is the right way to go on improving Gag. A lot of these changes is something i will have to adapt to.. but i'm definitely not liking my questions being closed down..

  • I think you're making a HUGE mistake in closing questions like that. Yes we should have the option, but don't force it. I think you're going to kill your site with that one - what's the logic behind it?

  • ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i hate this update too much annoying notifications i don't even care about, i hate that they are closing questions just everything is horrible,,, updates are sometimes dumb and pointless

  • What is this site? One big huge social experiment on the people who use it?

    • Maybe it's like when FB tried to make people more depressed by showing them sad posts except GaG is trying to see how they can make their site as annoying as possible?

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    • This is definitely not an psychological experiment, guys.

      A product like GirlsAskGuys cannot afford to be stale, we have to find ways to improve the experience, to drive it forward.

      Sometimes decisions are reverted, sometimes they aren't. This is why we're doing our best to keep an open channel of communication among us and the community.

      Thanks for your feedback. ;)

    • @myTake Owner OMG U replied to me! I nvr would have expected that. But... of course you can't agree with any of us. Why would you?

  • Ok the Notifications you Mark all as read" button that should end once and for all the dreaded ghost notifications issue that drove some people crazy is basically what you said but What if you want to be Notified when a question asker up votes your opinion on their question they asked but you don't want to be Notified when a user that your following post a new question?

    • You can turn all notifications ON or OFF on the Settings page. ;)

    • What if you only want to turn off notifications from certain people but NOT all?

  • Why should the questions be closed? That's a terrible idea.
    Some people pick mho hours within asking a question, others within a day. It's not fair to the people who are here for more than mho % that we can't contribute to a discussion because the asker was hasty in selecting a best answer.

  • Question closing? Please tell me you're joking.

    I often get the best answers later on.

    And i feel sorry for the mods.

  • I think you guys are obviously trying to make GaG a better site and community and I have appreciated the open dialog and getting to vote on changes. I'm at peace with everything here... except, 48 hours to close down a question with inactivity. This I believe should be optional or at least the time extended. We as askers are asking for opinions because we want them. That shouldn't be closed off so swiftly. I think also the byproduct of this will be that MHO's will now be discouraged because people will know that that will shut down their ability to receive opinions from those who have not already left their own.

  • So you think this will give all questions answers? Not likely the poor questions still won't get responses. Then after 48 hrs they will still disappear if I have read this right? As for the down vote coming back why wait do it now or will it be like the follow question thingy? GAG simply hopes it will die?

    • It's not quite like that...

      We're closing questions after they are INACTIVE (no new opinions, new replies or new poll votes) for 48 hours, which is a good indicative that people won't likely interact with that question anymore. ;)

    • You need to make a setting to where we won't see closed questions in our feeds.

    • @dudeinohio Great idea. I see way to many questions that are closed

  • I hate with a great passion the notification change. It's confusing as hell and extremely annoying! This is the only thing I've ever hated so much that gag has done. Though the question thing were you can only ask a certain amount due to how many MHO's you haven't picked. That's the dumbest thing I have ever seen on here as well.

    • I can live with having a limited amount of questions to ask and me having to pick an mho so I can ask more questions. What I can't live with. Is the fact that even if I don't pick an MHO or ask a question. Gag will close the question anyways. That is what really pisses me off. It's like we have no say in how long our questions stay open. If gag has to force a question closed. At least wait till the question is 10 days old or something.

  • I hate this new closed thing... I should have the option to close my question not have it manually closed... The site is getting worse

  • Awesome changes :)

    One thing I'd like is the ability to prevent replies on an opinion. Sometimes anonymous Askers get very antagonistic and there's no way to stop the onslaught.

  • How are moderators supposed to do their jobs, if they can't seen the new posts?

  • Can us mods see the private opinions? This update and the question closing thing seems to be pure shit really..

  • For all these comments, and the fact that GAG says it listens, I don't think ANYTHING will be put right. This site is now AWFUL!

  • this is another reason why i leave gag.. its so stupid. stop trying to make everything perfect, you guys are insane, i miss the OLD gag, this gag is bullshit.

  • All good, but don't freaking close the questions. What's the point of it? Don't close them!

  • Well I dislike that questions get closed now. I can't think of a single benefit to it. Even if you do impement the feature, the asker should have the option to manually do it. Sometimes I like receiving opinions on really old questions, even if I've already selected an MHO. Also, 48 doesn't seem like enough time. Maybe a month would be better.

    I'm personally indifferent to the private opinions. But in addition to the "Allow only private opinions." feature, I think there should be one for "Don't allow private opinions", just like the options to not allow anonymous opinions.

  • The notifications are out of hand in my opinion. I don't need a notification when someone I followed asks a question. Should that not get shown on the live feed instead?

    I just feel like now I am getting bombarded with notifications and have to take MORE time just to clear them. I don't need to know every little thing that happens. I can search the different fields and live feed for the information I need. I feel this feature is way too complicated and cluttered now.

    It was perfectly fine before when it was just questions. OR is it possible for me to 'unsubscribe' to certain notifications?

  • Less opinions on more questions?
    Surely more people will be asking the exact same question that was just closed, even more than they already do.

    I thought the aim was to improve the search system, let people confirm if their question was already asked (and maybe even participate again) and promote other topics as well.
    By closing questions, you're basically forcing people to ask the same question over and over - and subsequently, forcing people to answer the same darn questions.

    Surely this site isn't aimed for intelligent people, but what does anyone gain from this?
    If you're going to close questions, might as well delete them altogether because they're just wasting space.

  • Thank you so much for adding the closed question option after mho is selected. I hate getting annoying notifications after I select mho. I mean what is the point if I already selected mho? And it's not fair how new questions get glanced over just because someone ask a dumb sex question

    • 48 hour questions mean less drama less trolls

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    • @gray_sailor that is so annoying when people hijack other people's opinions

  • I really love that the downvote is coming back

    What I don't love is the new notification system...

    I am super confused now that it says "username also replied to the opinion 'I just find it funny that...'" like I leave so many opinions I have no idea which one that is? Why did you get rid of showing the title of the question? It should go back to "Username replied to 'insert question or mytake title here'"

    It's actually really annoying and leaves me completely in the dark of what the notification is so then I am forced to click on it when perhaps I wouldn't want to lol

    • Go into your account settings and select what notifications you don't want to see.

    • @dudeinohio No. That's not the problem that I'm having.
      I know about that.

      I want to know the title of the question that has got the reply to not the first little bit of my comment that has the reply to it.

      Ex: The question is: What's your favorite color?
      I answer: My favorite color is blue.
      Someone replies to my comments. The notification would say: SoandSo replied to your opinion "my favorite color..." rather than it saying in the past "Soandso replied to your opinion on the question "What's your favorite color?" or whatever wording that was.

      That is what I'm complaining about.

  • Ehh, this could potentially be really good but right now is just kinda irritating. The number of different notifications you can get seems to have increased and the notifications tab looks a lot more cluttered now than before.

    The private option could be good in that people may now be more willing to give kinda... Unpopular opinions because they won't get the backlash of it but it takes away the social aspect of the site, I think.

    The way questions are being closed also seems pretty pointless. I mean, I just don't see any benefit of it but I can see a lot of issues with it and from what I can see, most people aren't too happy about that or the way they're limited by their XPER level.

    • Ah, I thought of something that might help make the site run a little more effectively. The new reported page for mods is really awesome at helping to find things that should be removed and it's good to get the feedback from users, but I thought maybe updating that a little bit to show the reason why the posts were reported in the first place would be helpful?

      I mean, right now we can see how many people reported it and it'd be useful to see what they reported it for. I think it'd help mods a bit, especially in terms of removing 'offensive' posts because everyone finds different things offensive. Like a girl may not necessarily see a comment as offensive but guys will and a female mod wouldn't remove it. If it got reported say three times by different users all for being offensive, it'd help the mod put aside their own ideas of what is and isn't offensive and follow what the community is indicating.

      This probably doesn't make sense, I just thought it might be a useful idea.

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  • Firstly, I like the attempt at updating. No matter how many people hate on it all, I am happy there are people behind the scenes that are thinking up ways to make it better.

    1.) The closed question.
    I like the *idea* of closing/archiving a question. This not only rids GAG of the overloaded no opinion section, but also stops people from writing an opinion on a year old post that is completely irrelevant now. HOWEVER, with this closed question update, I would argue that the timing is a bit too short for it. Personally, I would say 7 days at the very least, but ideally a month before closing a question. The reasoning is because stuff stays relevant after 48 hours. After a month or so, many things change or lose meaning. I feel like closing a question after a month (regardless of activity on it) makes more sense.
    In my ideal little universe I'd make it...
    -- close it after a month regardless of what happens on the question
    -- if both MHOs are selected by asker, close it within 48 hours
    -- perhaps a special exception if you get no opinions on your question at all. Maybe 15 days before the question poofs... That way you can ask it again and it isn't a duplicate.

    2.) The private opinion
    I actually like it. It stops people from feeling social pressure to conform to what everyone else is writing. The real question is however-- can it be abused? I'm thinking that a dude (or dudet) may post a pervy question. Someone naive answers it. Mods can't see opinions so the guy is basically free to do/say what he wants to the naive girl.
    I mean, I've seen an under 18 girl give out her facebook info (and almost number) to a random anon pervy dude before some people commented on her opinion and talked some sense into her. If no one talked to her about it, she would've gone through with it.

    3.) Notification bar.
    Font is cool. Maybe make it so more can be read? I don't know. In other news, it appears the highlight of a new notification was removed? That makes it a bit hard to figure out where a new notification ends and old one from the past begins. I like to answer my notifications in specific orders so I can respond to them correctly, so that part is a bit annoying.

    • On a side note, there is a glaring flaw in the closed question update. All of the no opinion ones are still there from greater than 48 hours ago.
      They've been damned to the no opinion section for all eternity haha

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    • If they get "extra coverage" why are many of them already closed to the point that the OP has to go and PERSONALLY ask the admins to fix something that *shouldn't have happened in the first place* so that they're active again? The admins are claiming that as long as the question has had activity on it within the last 48 hours, it will remain open. That obviously hasn't happened either. OR been communicated in the post that is SPECIFICALLY about the changes made to the site. More awesome work brought to you by the GaG admins!

      LOL! I'm not crazy like you and @PropaneAccessories XD

    • @BellePepper That is the fault of the software and coding, not the fault of the idea. Featured questions being closed is a technical issue that can be (and according to a post I saw, is) being remedied. I haven't heard/seen any questions that have been closed after getting recent activity though.

      It is a bit irrelevant again though because my stance isn't for the current update, but a tweaked version as previously described.
      As I said, my stance on it is for things to be closed after a month, in which case the 'featuring' of a question already is gone.

      The recent activity stuff wouldn't be an issue either. In fact, there'd be less aspects to be concerned with in general (which would make it easier to code I can almost guarantee).

      I never agreed to things being closed after 48 hours. The bugs are annoying, but that doesn't mean that archiving things (like I described in my original post) is bad. It only means their current method of going about archiving is wrong.

  • I don't like the following at all:

    "Starting today, all questions will be closed when you select at least one Most Helpful Opinion (you'll be able to select the second one later) or when they are inactive for 48 hours (no new opinions, replies or poll votes).
    This will allow us and the community to focus on the open questions that still need attention and those helpful answers you generously provide. Closed Questions can't receive new opinions or poll votes, but you'll still be able to like or reply to an opinion.
    To guarantee that we'll have opinions on every question, we also decided to change how the limits of asking questions work. Now you will have a limit of open questions according to your XPER level. Once you reach that limit, you'll need to close a question selecting MHO or wait until we close it for you."

    Questions will be even more repetitive with that. This will increase the activity/clicks on the site a lot without making it more useful for the users. Seems more like a way to increase the downgoing activity/clicks...

    • also, I think if you do it like this the inactivity should be longer than 48 hours and question updates should reset that counter too or remove the inactivity

    • I had the last 2 days no time because of exams and now I can't answer anymore on many questions of my friends and other people I follow -_-

      make that thing a week or so if you really need it... but 48 hours is ridiculously short. not everyone is a 24h/7 GAG junkie


    • Exactly and I thought they were doing something good. 😩 This is dumb where is the downvote? That's the only thing I wanted! Everything else what cool!

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    • In our view, @hazoplmeught, messages lack the context of the question. This is why we decided to introduce Private Opinions. ;)

    • yeah as i said i do like private opinions though, that was a really good feature

  • First of all nice job with the interface, its become zippier as someone who use G@G on the phone, I appreciate it. But come on...
    1) Closed Questions,
    Ok so we select MHO, what's to say that someone else might have had an entirely better opinion? Closing questions within 48 hours or selecting One MHO seems so pointless.
    2) Private Opinions,
    Why? I mean seriously Why? Have you seen the rise and rise on trollers here? Or even worse some people who can do actual harm? Isn't PM already there? What I agree with is that sometimes this can be genuine from what I've noticed, nope, Open Opinions are the way to go.
    3) Downvotes... I don't really care now. But you should've never removed it in the first place.
    4) Answers displayed according to Xper levels, much appreciated.
    Now can we address the real issues?
    1) I didn't see a Featured Friday this week. Not even a notification about that.
    2) Please find us a way to blacklist those users who spam here, delete their accounts, make new ones, repeat cycle. They're becoming a menace.
    3) CONTENT, It didn't just have to an improvement on the interface. We meant quality content too, perhaps a separate section among the Masters/ Gurus/ Xper 9s/ Editors who've contribute here the most anyway.
    That and the inclusion of a few more categories, like I mentioned such Psychology or Gaming and so many more.
    4) We need more Experts. I've seen only one.

  • Anyone noticed that we don't need filler to post photo replies anymore?

    "When less is more"
    Personally, I get the best opinions days after I post my question. I have some stalkers. They know me so well and post the best opinions.

    Increase it to 5-7 days. And highlight "questions with no opinions" more to solve the problem.

    I liked that question cap. Now users cannot annoy us asking perpetual how do I look and repetitive questions.

    "Talk (just) to me"
    Good. Just let UberMods to see the content and increase their monthly quota.

    "Goodbye, ghosts... hello, people!"
    New notification system is annoying. Yeah we'd manage it in settings, but I don't think many users will use your update in which you put a lot of hard work.

    Plus, this won't clear the "ghost notification", this will clear that "@mention notification" which is genuine but just isn't visible. So, I don't recommend to use it to get rid of that. You may lose an important reply (@mention).

    I think you should make a team of users or real life experts to beta test new features before implementation, because it is not good to "test" new things to all of the community. It just annoys them. Some of them are considering leaving. So please take care.

    PS: I loved the way you ended your myTake. It's not because I'm a fan of downvotes or something, but the way you represented your scheme in just two short lines was marvellous.

    • Thanks a lot, man.

      We're gathering a lot of feedback to start tweaking these new features.

      And we'll definitely have a Beta Tester program real soon. ;)

    • The pleasure is all mine :)

  • Lots of negative responses here...

    GAG, you need to realize that there is no way to please everybody on this website, especially in today's PC culture. The "content" issue didn't have anything to do with making questions or opinions private or anything like that, it had everything to do with hyper - sensitive millenials who have problems with people named "Lynch" because they see it as an allusion to slavery.

    There is no pleasing these people, they actively search for things to be offended by, even if you deleted every reported post on the site they would not be satisfied because they'll expect you to not allow offensive (to them) posts to be on the website for any length of time, meaning you'll have to learn to predict what people are going to say and stop them before they actually post it, and even then it might not be enough because these people don't even want others having THOUGHTS that are offensive to them.

    Stop trying to cater to these people, it's a fools errand.

    Other than that, I am completely indifferent to all the changes made lately.

    • " sensitive millenials who have problems with people named "Lynch" because they see it as an allusion to slavery."

      This is soooooooo true !
      People seem to think they have a right to not be offended nowadays. I miss the 80's and 90's when you could say whatever you wanted and people would take it with a grain of salt. Nowadays, some people are actively looking for reasons to be offended and seem to think that everything should be done to put them to rest.

  • This seems kind of stupid. Why would you remove the ability to comment if you have chosen a MHO? Especially considering that if their are not that many answers or inactivity for 48 hours your forced to choose one any way even if it is not helpfull in any way? If its a hassle the question asker already has the capacity to disavow it and not be notified so what is the point of restricting it further? Doesn't more content by its nature imply, more. You have removed content with that choice, those questions are no longer available and so content is lost rather then gained. If anything you should have it where questiones with few answers pop up in the feed more often or have a section specificly for it rather then taking them away. As for safety, what safety issues are their? Safe: protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost. ie their is, barring hacking attempts, nothing unsafe on this website. Censoring of ideas and opinions is in fact the most unsafe thing you can do as it narrows peoples perceptions to the point of seeing only that which is pleasent or appealing to them instead of the truth. If one person makes a comment and its made private then if their is incorrect information there will be no way for a person to know and give counter statements, so the person in question is then forced to proceed with the assumption of an idea being correct when it is not. Further more debate and argument is not only necessary in life but it is unavoidable. By creating a system that allows people to hide from this fact and hear only that which they want to hear is the most unsafe thing you can do. It is incredibly detrimental to the individual and society as a whole. Also I would point out that currently their is issues (at least I'm having them) where the character limit shows that I am under the max limit yet will not let me send the opinion/reply. (I am assuming that it is not counting either user names or web addresses). Its quite infuriating, especially since I already tend to right books on here so I tend to have this happen frequently. I appreciate the effort put forth to update everything (I have noticed improvments) but I do think some of these are going to defeat the entire purpose of this website.

  • and still no dislike button :/... the 1 thing everyone wanted. besides that, the only the mho closing thing is kinda annoying. some people select them about 5 minutes upon asking the question. sometimes i like answering for the sake of answering and don't mind if people give opinions after i select mho. i personally think if it is possible, that there are no notifications for new answers if the person selects mho. also, a lot of sections don't get enough traffic so for some sections, like men's behavior (random example) would get killed...

    • i agree with @zendrya. why not let op close their own question?

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    • Hmm... I mostly agree with what you said, but the thing that keeps popping into my mind is... Is peanut butter real? I mean... Is it?

    • @JuicyBrain it's actually debatable.

  • I do not like being notified that an MHO for a question I've shared an opinion on has been selected, unless it's me. I didn't care that the Asker had upvoted my opinion either.

    Closing questions is a decent idea except this will encourage people to ask the same question multiple times, something that is already a problem among a minority of users who will keep asking until they are told what they want to hear.

    • I had eight worthless notifications when I logged back in, out of nine total.

      One reply to my opinion.

  • So let me get this straight. It wasn't long ago that GaG made a change to encourage more answers after MH is selected. That got a positive response. So now GaG turns around and does just the opposite?

    The easiest way to focus on unanswered questions is to only list the question one time in the feed, not a listing for every answer. That will nearly doubling the number of question displayed in the feed. That wouldn't completely solve the problem, but it's a very simple and easy start.

    Want better quality? Stop giving points for spam. This site encourages quantity not quality.

  • Another load of "It ain't broke, but we're going to fix it anyway" updates. No wonder so many are apparently leaving.

    • The idea of closing a question is totally ridiculous!! Someone with the perfect answer or opinion will not be able to add it to the question. The asker will miss out on what could be the best answer. This is NOT good, GAG admin!!

  • The best part about this site is the open discussions that happen. Closing questions and private answers is just going to ruin that, may as well just go use Yahoo Answers...

  • Ill be blunt, this sucks now.
    With the notification change; it fills up my feed. Now there are tons of new notifications I could care less about
    Why are questions closed? This place sucks now.

    Does anyone know a better sight similar to this but without the annoying things above?

    • now i can't ask questions, all MHO's are given out... SMH

  • I'm sure others have echoed these thoughts, but I'll chime in anyway.

    1. Closing out questions this way is just wrong. If they are to be closed, it should be at the option of the asker, not some arbitrary 48 hour period of no opinions or comments or when a MHO is selected. I've found a number of questions for the first time which have been inactive for weeks. Then after giving my opinion, it restarted discussion of the question. Now, I wouldn't even get the chance.

    Friday I was in the process of typing a thorough reply to a question. Apparently during that time, the asker selected MHOs (only 5 hours after asking the question) and when I clicked Submit, I was informed the question was closed. So my opinion fell off the face of the earth. Talk about discouraging. If you must close out questions, at least let them be open for 90 days.

    2. I'm not sure the Private option was well thought out. As a test, I posted this.


    I selected to allow only private opinions. In doing so, I'm told that anyone not a party to the discussion sees only my question, the update, then a count of the number of each gender which replied the question. So who does it benefit? No one but the asker. And I just did it as a test, because as soon as I reached the minimum number of required replied, I selected MHOs to force closure of the question. So now the question is absolutely worthless to anyone. There are no opinions to like or reply to. How is that beneficial to anyone? I hope this test will illustrate to GAG just how bad the combination of forced private opinions and closed questions are.

    If you feel the need for private opinions, then make it an option for each person at the time of reply. People can already post questions and opinions anonymously, so forcing all the opinions to be private seems very unnecessary. Yes, we want GAG to be safer and more pleasant, but this seemed like a giant step in the other direction. This is supposed to be a community. Now it feels less like one.

    • (Note: I had to add the following as a reply to this comment, because the system said my post with the text below was too long, even though the counter showed I was only at 2443/2500. So there's an issue which needs to be looked at.)

      3. As for the notifications, I'm still deciding on that one. I see the biggest complaint is the number of notifications people are getting, but since I log in frequently and deal with my notifications every time I log on, that hasn't been an issue for me so far. But I'm getting more than I feel I should but can't really put my finger on which ones they are yet. If I see one I think I shouldn't get and can't turn off, I'll reply to this opinion.

  • Private comments c'mon what a load of bs.
    This prevents other people that may have the same question from receiving help by reading the answers.

  • That's it this is the straw that broke the camel's back I am officially done with this site. Where? How did you even get the idea that people didn't want to answer a question after mh was selected? I've had plenty of people answer my questions after selecting mh for both gender's. That's a terrible feature.

  • So, people now have a permanent cap on the number of questions they're allowed to ask. What is that cap? And how is it determined?

    • Depending on your XPER level, you can have a certain number of currently open questions. We're updating the FAQ right now, but these are the new limits:

      LVL 1: 2 Open Questions.
      LVL 2: 2 Open Questions.
      LVL 3 to 9: 3 Open Questions.
      LVL 10 (Guru): 4 Open Questions.
      LVL 11 (Master): 5 Open Questions.


    • If you select mho on a question, you can ask another unlimited.

      Your level is the number of NON-MHO selected questions you can have open.

      After 48 hours your cap resets to yoru level even if you had 4 open ones.

  • I don't think downvoting is missed by anyone except the troll community and the cowardly always-anonymous clique, who contribute nothing positive to GaG! Just because a few of those whine about no more downvoting doesn't make them the majority... most of us who don't miss it don't write questions about it, that's all

    I hope the private opinion option will reduce the nearly virtual anonymity of questions on Gag, since people won't have to worry about being harassed for their opinions..

    • "I hope the private opinion option will reduce the nearly virtual anonymity of questions on Gag, since people won't have to worry about being harassed for their opinions.. "
      Maybe less people will go Anonymous. if they won't have to worry about being harassed for their opinions

  • I have been on this site for a while now.. and like it very much.. as I like to give my opinions to many questions that are asked.. not all though because some are just so dumb they are not worth even the time of day.. but this new update where closing questions after a short time, in my view has changed this site a lot with that one up I went to give an opinion on something I had never gave one on before.. and to my surprise.. it was closed.. so I went to another and low and behold it was closed as well, If you really want to put on a great update that I think people would like.

    Is first of all take the closing thingy of questions.. off.. and put it back the way it was, then second take off some of the very and I mean very stupid questions that get asked on here.. most are sex questions.. that are common sense to start with.. but to me sound like they are put there by little kids that just lied to get on this site to start with and hoping to get some response.. but they really know nothing about the stupid question they even asked.. anyone can make an account.. it does not matter if you 9 years old.. you just lie.. and as we all know there are many many liars on the net

  • I have two major gripes with this

    1.) You intend to make the place a safer environment, but now Private opinions that ONLY the QA can see are the perfect way to troll and antagonize someone with the mods having no ability to see them.

    It's like repeat offenders with Private profiles, just worse.

    2.) Just because people don't answer my question for 2 days doesn't mean I gave up on it. What if I would like to feature it? Oh, by the time it gets featured it's closed and nobody can answer. Sounds fun, lol.

    • Really, updates are limited to 2 per WEEK

      Who cares about the update if you can't even post on it anymore

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    • A featured question gets reopen for only 24 hours

    • @funny_strange_man... lol, that is a sad question lifespan I would feel ripped off of 750 xper

  • the blocked questions are the stupidest thing ever. I'll overlook all the rest compared to this. THIS is the big elephant now. Get rid of it, the downvote feature is nothing compared to this nonsense...

    • ANNNNND, If I can't post new opinions on closed questions, but I can add opinion comments, then people are gonna start highjacking the others opinions, just to post their own, because that's the only way... what on earth were you thinking... I know I will do this if I want to post my opinion on it...

  • It's "coming back soon" eh?

    That's like when you ask your dad for ice cream and his reply is "we'll see".
    You know your not getting any damn ice cream!
    But there's that little thread of hope...

  • I think that closing questions soon is a good idea, but it could be much better, like making sure nobody can leave opinions at all ! I mean, obviously, if I ask a question, I want as less people to answer it as possible. Also, who would want to have all those notifications? We all know notifications are for stuff like knowing that someone is now following you or that you've been awarded MHO. THOSE are important stuff ! Knowing someone is interested in what you have to say and actually took time to write an opinion? Who wants that ! That's why questions should be closed early ! Cause the last thing you want is for people to actually participate.

  • i logged onto 23 notifications. guess what? i don't care who was chosen for most helpful opinion on questions i answered.

    now i gotta go through each one to see which r replies to my comments and what not..

  • So basically the questions that don't get recognized get shut down even faster? Because you know a moderator having the ability to make a question they choose to trend wasn't already enough of a stone in the ass to the questions that get missed. Then if you ask again even if you only got one opinion you're the bad guy for a duplicate right?

    Don't act like your doing so much for your community until you do.

  • My only complaints with the recent updates:

    1) The closed questions thing has to change. 48 hours is too little and an already selected MHO doesn't mean more advice should not come in. Push it back to 1 month of inactivity and THEN make it closed.

    2) Private opinions will be easily abused by trolls whom moderators won't be able to moderate.

    3) If you really insist on making closed questions, then at least take them OFF the feed. Why the bloody hell would I want them to be there if I can't do anything with them? To read them? Let's be honest, the only instance when people read really old questions without the intent of posting an opinion on them is when they explicitly search for that type of question. No one want's to read anything if they don't have a chance to post their own opinion there.

  • Down vote the idea about bringing back the down vote

  • @justbanANNAz pretty much nailed it.

    All I have to say is stop giving us updates we don't ask for you always end up taking away things we like or "fixing" things that don't need fixing and after us having complain that we want the feature or thing you took away to come back and otherwise completely ignoring the things we do ask for.

    For all the listening you claim you do you quite frankly do very little of it and the little you do is only after we have to beg for you to bring stuff back that never should have been taken away or messed with to begin with and I am sure I am not the only one who thinks this.

    The hard work you put into these updates regardless of how much we dislike them is great now just actually listen to what we ask for and put that hard work towards those things.

  • How is the private options on questions making it more safe? People can still write whatever they want. And G@G supposed to be a place to discuss, it destroys it's entire purpose

  • ... You copied the layout of notifications that facebook uses, on top of that made it 10X shittier. Well done. Who's idea was this? And why not genuinely begin testing out platforms by allowing the user to choose between original and a Beta release. Seriously guys & gals it's not Rocket surgery or brain science, ask specific questions rather than something as vague as "Content"

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