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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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Comments:
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: mart
2001-04-14 10:55 am (UTC)

Even if it isn't done as a monthly thing, this could make a great "launch event" for S2, when it finally happens! )

Regular things don't seem to work out on LiveJournal going by past experience. The people who have been appointed to run them tend to get bored, or are unavailable, and the projects seem to die. If anyone wants to prove me wrong, go ahead and start an informal style contest! Obviously, not all of what ibrad listed will be doable without "official" intervention, but it could still be run on a lesser scale within the community.

In addition, I think if the "community" starts the project and proves it to be a success, the powers that be (read: bradfitz) will want to back it!

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