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Survey! Rate LiveJournal. [Mar. 26th, 2001|01:09 am]
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[bradfitz]
Hey, welcome to the first paid-members-only survey. I'll be using this a lot more often from here on out to figure out what everybody wants us to work on, and rate our performance in your eyes. Since you're the one paying to use LiveJournal, your decision matters the most.

Rate the following features on a scale from 1-10. The number should express how interested you are in further development/completion of the feature, or for features that don't exist yet, how interested you are in seeing it developed. Polling. More documentation, a poll creator/editor, perhaps?

Mean: 6.08 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.63
1
32(7.0%)
2
22(4.8%)
3
30(6.6%)
4
30(6.6%)
5
73(16.1%)
6
55(12.1%)
7
66(14.5%)
8
60(13.2%)
9
23(5.1%)
10
63(13.9%)

S2. The new style system.

Mean: 7.81 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.24
1
9(2.0%)
2
3(0.7%)
3
13(2.9%)
4
16(3.5%)
5
36(7.9%)
6
30(6.6%)
7
63(13.9%)
8
81(17.9%)
9
51(11.3%)
10
151(33.3%)

Notification/subscription system. Subscribe to journals, users, threads, posts, and get notified in a variety of ways on updates -- LJ inbox, your email, ICQ, etc.

Mean: 7.12 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.49
1
15(3.3%)
2
14(3.1%)
3
21(4.6%)
4
19(4.2%)
5
54(11.8%)
6
28(6.1%)
7
65(14.3%)
8
89(19.5%)
9
51(11.2%)
10
100(21.9%)

Configurable "Slashboxes" on the main page of LJ, to make it portal-like, and show you useful information. In other words, making the LJ main site be more interesting.

Mean: 6.31 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.75
1
37(8.2%)
2
18(4.0%)
3
30(6.6%)
4
31(6.8%)
5
52(11.5%)
6
39(8.6%)
7
62(13.7%)
8
79(17.4%)
9
37(8.2%)
10
68(15.0%)

Internationalization. (LJ in many languages... many parts are dependent on S2 being completed first)

Mean: 4.53 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.75
1
86(19.0%)
2
46(10.2%)
3
48(10.6%)
4
54(11.9%)
5
74(16.3%)
6
29(6.4%)
7
35(7.7%)
8
36(7.9%)
9
14(3.1%)
10
31(6.8%)

Better text messaging support.

Mean: 4.85 Median: 5 Std. Dev 3.01
1
94(20.7%)
2
35(7.7%)
3
48(10.5%)
4
34(7.5%)
5
68(14.9%)
6
39(8.6%)
7
33(7.3%)
8
33(7.3%)
9
18(4.0%)
10
53(11.6%)

Getting the directory working again. (even though it's not even our bug... grrrrr. long story.)

Mean: 8.20 Median: 9 Std. Dev 2.31
1
10(2.2%)
2
7(1.5%)
3
12(2.6%)
4
8(1.7%)
5
30(6.5%)
6
24(5.2%)
7
45(9.8%)
8
56(12.2%)
9
58(12.6%)
10
210(45.7%)

WAP support.

Mean: 4.45 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.71
1
95(22.8%)
2
30(7.2%)
3
38(9.1%)
4
24(5.8%)
5
107(25.7%)
6
29(7.0%)
7
34(8.2%)
8
22(5.3%)
9
11(2.6%)
10
27(6.5%)

Journal statistics.

Mean: 7.63 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.35
1
12(2.6%)
2
8(1.8%)
3
14(3.1%)
4
14(3.1%)
5
35(7.7%)
6
35(7.7%)
7
70(15.4%)
8
75(16.4%)
9
53(11.6%)
10
140(30.7%)

Other:

Now, rate how well you feel LiveJournal is at the following things: Documentation.

Mean: 7.33 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.84
1
2(0.4%)
2
4(0.9%)
3
12(2.7%)
4
11(2.5%)
5
44(9.8%)
6
52(11.6%)
7
96(21.5%)
8
112(25.1%)
9
55(12.3%)
10
59(13.2%)

Reliability.

Mean: 7.01 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.89
1
6(1.3%)
2
3(0.7%)
3
13(2.9%)
4
19(4.2%)
5
49(10.7%)
6
70(15.4%)
7
105(23.0%)
8
88(19.3%)
9
63(13.8%)
10
40(8.8%)

Speed.

Mean: 7.12 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.85
1
4(0.9%)
2
4(0.9%)
3
9(2.0%)
4
24(5.3%)
5
45(9.9%)
6
55(12.1%)
7
106(23.3%)
8
108(23.7%)
9
58(12.7%)
10
42(9.2%)

Customizability.

Mean: 7.52 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.90
1
5(1.1%)
2
2(0.4%)
3
9(2.0%)
4
13(2.9%)
5
38(8.4%)
6
51(11.2%)
7
80(17.6%)
8
103(22.7%)
9
84(18.5%)
10
69(15.2%)

Tech Support

Mean: 8.05 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.87
1
1(0.2%)
2
5(1.2%)
3
4(0.9%)
4
6(1.4%)
5
38(8.8%)
6
29(6.7%)
7
53(12.2%)
8
95(21.9%)
9
76(17.6%)
10
126(29.1%)

Site organization.

Mean: 7.92 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.89
1
2(0.4%)
2
3(0.7%)
3
13(2.9%)
4
12(2.7%)
5
23(5.1%)
6
32(7.1%)
7
60(13.3%)
8
109(24.1%)
9
96(21.2%)
10
102(22.6%)

Volunteer ("staff") organization.

Mean: 8.31 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.68
1
2(0.5%)
2
2(0.5%)
3
2(0.5%)
4
5(1.1%)
5
21(4.8%)
6
27(6.2%)
7
47(10.8%)
8
111(25.5%)
9
82(18.9%)
10
136(31.3%)

If you do work for LiveJournal, how effectively are you able to work, without LiveJournal barriers/red-tape/blocks/confusion getting in your way? Do you feel the other developers and people that run the site help you enough to let you accomplish what you're trying to do?

Mean: 7.02 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.12
1
2(3.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
2(3.0%)
4
4(6.1%)
5
9(13.6%)
6
6(9.1%)
7
8(12.1%)
8
20(30.3%)
9
8(12.1%)
10
7(10.6%)


With those questions all out of the way, feel free to post in the comments anything else you think we should know.
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[User Picture]From: halkeye
2001-03-26 01:10 am (UTC)
did you change the poll?
'cause the first time i voted
it was 2 questions
then it was 1, and none of my answers were listed
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-26 01:10 am (UTC)

Re:

yeah, i merged it from 2 polls into 1..
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[User Picture]From: joeanthony
2001-03-26 03:05 am (UTC)

Clearly State the Values...

Is 1 HELL YA!!! & 10 GET OUT!!!

or

Is 10 DatsDTicket & 1 WHO CARES

JoeAnthony@LiveJournal.Com
It would be a mess up poll if people view it differently.
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[User Picture]From: perigune
2001-03-26 10:07 am (UTC)

Re: Clearly State the Values...

I agree--I can't tell if 10 is being very interested in something, or if it should be 10th on the priority list :)

You should throw in a sentence explaining what the scale stands for.

- M.
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[User Picture]From: gdj
2001-03-26 05:08 am (UTC)
What is WAP?
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[User Picture]From: skittl1321
2001-03-26 05:19 am (UTC)
I was wondering that too
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[User Picture]From: deus_x
2001-03-26 09:17 am (UTC)

Thumbs down on WAP, thumps up on PDAs

I'd say thumbs down to WAP, unless someone can tell me how it would be useful. Small screens, and horrible input methods mean rarely would anyone be reading journals or updating journals-- not to mention that WAP support itself is a big huge tangle right now between phones. Maybe, if there's some other notification use or quick messaging or something via WAP, that'd be useful.

What I'm finding VERY useful off and on is journal via PDA. I copied down and simplified a version of the web journal update form and synched it to my Visor via AvantGo software, and so now I can submit new entries via PDA and the AvantGo holds onto the submission until next time I synch the device. I can't imagine a WinCE device with AvantGo would be much different. Biggest problem right now with what I did is that I have to enter my username and password every time, or include some hidden fields hardcoded in the update form to make sure my PDA form works.

And then there are the lucky few who have wireless PDA devices...

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[User Picture]From: eideteker
2001-03-26 03:01 pm (UTC)

Preguntitas

Are the polls (results) too wide for the punquin style?

Also, did you edit the FAQ to include the command for the 1-10 poll items? I haven't checked yet, so if you have, please ignore this half of the question.
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[User Picture]From: 00goddess
2001-03-26 03:18 pm (UTC)
I, too, am wondering what the scale is.

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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-26 03:29 pm (UTC)

Re:

<lj-pq type=scale from=1 to=10>

you can leave off from= and to= if you want... the default is from 1 to 10.
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From: kirkir
2001-03-27 07:43 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say that I'm really happy with tech support--I know there have apparently been updating problems for all users today, so you guys must be swamped with support requests. Nevertheless, I put one in this morning and got a response back in like 2 minutes.

Big thanks to all of you who are out there helping everyone. We really appreciate it.
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[User Picture]From: plymouth
2001-03-27 02:50 pm (UTC)

"six-degrees"

I'd just like to elaborate a little more on my comment about wanting six-degrees features... the friends graphs are sort of something in this direction, but as someone else pointed out - they don't seem to work as one's number of friends increases.

six-degrees features would be things like looking at lists of your friends friends... seeing how you are linked to other people - I get comments from people that I recognize as friends of friends from looking at my friends' friends pages... but it would be really cool to be able to click a "how am I connected to this person?" button, like on six-degrees. you could generate statistics of how many people you have in your first, second, etc degrees. You could generate a combined "friends of friends" view page that would be similar to a friends page. It's probably not necessary to do this for more than the second degree though :)

keep up the good work. live journal is great. fabulous. wonderful. I'm highly addicted after only 2.5 months.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2001-04-01 11:05 pm (UTC)

Re:

I've thought about this idea too, I think it'd be neat.

The 2nd degree thing would be much much larger than your friends list though.. bear that in mind. If they have things set up like they should though, that shouldn't be too hard a thing to get.
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[User Picture]From: dizzydez
2001-03-28 09:09 am (UTC)

I wish...

that when we choose a different picture to use for one of our entries that the picture would actually show up next to that entry in our journal...rather than only being viewable by my 'friends'. When I go to my journal I only see my one default pic and I think it would be really cool to have the pic chosen next to each entry.
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[User Picture]From: walkunseen
2001-04-04 07:42 pm (UTC)

Re: I wish...

no.
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From: shane
2001-03-31 01:29 pm (UTC)
one feature i would kinda like involves when you change your default user pic that the default picture for all of your past entries doesn't change as well. like, the default picture you had set for a series of entries remains hard-coded in spite of if you decide to change the default picture. does anyone understand what i'm saying?
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[User Picture]From: walkunseen
2001-04-03 03:01 pm (UTC)
yup. i do. and i agree.
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From: ibrad
2001-04-11 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh my *GOD* that is the coolest idea!

Style of The Month! Sounds like a downright smashing idea for Paid Members.

Here are some more ideas:
  • Styles would be submitted and judged by a panel of style-developer/experienced judges (to critique styles), and then non-developers (to rate them), as well as for a period of time, the entire LiveJournal community (for fair input!).
  • SOTM winners could receive extra time (like 2 months, 6 months, or maybe even an extra year) added on to their Paid accounts (after all, you have to be paid to create styles). For us Permanent Users, maybe we could be budgeted extra space on the "photo" server or somesuch. Better yet, the extra money from all of the Paid Accounts being purchased could be put into making LiveJournal merchandise! LJ T-shirts, hats, mousepads, and whatnot. Then those could be given to winners... they would wear them, and it would also be advertising for LiveJournal! There might also be like a "Hall of Fame" or somesuch for winners, so they can all be recognized. Also perhaps a "1st Place Winner, SOTM Contest May 2001" badge on their User Info. That would equally rock.
  • Also, SOTM entries that win would be placed as "specials" like at a diner. They would only be available for "use" during the month after they win the contest. For example, If someone wins the May '01 contest, Only during May can Paid Members apply the style to their journals; after that, use will be suspended, and the new SOTM entries will becoem the "specials" at the "Style Diner" ;) Of course, those still using their SOTM from May or whatnot, will not lose it in June or July or whatever. They will still be abel to use it. Only, other/new users won't be able to use the old styles.
  • What that means is more individuality, less "everyone using the same really cool style" kinda stuff. As a style developer, I constantly wrestle to make non-unique and non-individual types of styles, so that they will be "long lasting" and applicable to everyone. Unfortunately, thinking this way requires much more effort and always results in more boring and lifeless photocopy styles. So, if a particular "cool" style could only be chosen for a month at a time, that would sufficiently harbor that time of thinking, and styles could become mroe individualized and creative; also, any one style wouldn't become too popular, or just cliche.

Such a cool idea though! I sure hope the other Brad reads this. This would make me feel energetic and enthusiastic about LiveJournal again!

All of this would also make an interesting summer project! ;)
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[User Picture]From: bearblue
2001-05-04 01:57 pm (UTC)

Just voted on the poll and scanned the results

and I wanted to comment on the line entry one.

I originally put down "Photo Server! 10"

And I still mean it. LJ needs a good photoserver.

BUT right above my entry was a request for a printable version (and I assume they don't mean the text hack that was available for printing) of lj.

Phenomenal Idea.

Would be nice to put this stuff into a book. Especially now that I've been writing since August 2000.

Anyhow, it's just a comment.

I think you guys are doing fabulous on this. Am very greatful to be able to use the service. Best money I ever paid.
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[User Picture]From: 13dreams
2001-05-11 06:46 am (UTC)

OFFLINE MODE TIP

I wrote in a vote for a better OS9 mac client, but I also saw two really great ideas for "Offline Journaling"... Offline mode would be great. I have found something very "similar" to offline mode though, and it works for me when the need comes... I sign on the web, then sign onto The LJ client... I leave the LJ icon "alive" in the systray or on the mac finder, and then disconnect.. this allows you to type in lj while offline. Then, when you are ready to post, you get back online. Just thought I would post this little tip.
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From: lalenalefay
2001-07-31 10:31 am (UTC)

alternative to using the directory

those of you who are really missing the directory feature, here's another way to find specific journals. For example, say you want to find journals written by people in your area.

Go to Google and search for "livejournal" and the name of a local popular place, like a club or a school. Then select "view all results" because otherwise it will only give you a few hits from livejournal.com.
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From: ex_sushi872
2001-08-16 12:17 am (UTC)
hi. i need someone's help please. id just like a relatively simple, straight forward explanation as to how to create polls in my livejournal. also, can i post polls in communities i belong to?
thanxxx
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