Booksie Site Change

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

Letting the site know about some Booksie changes.

Hi all. You might have noticed that the Top 20 is no longer there. We removed it because it was causing the site to crash. We had to decide whether or not to spend the resources to fix it or just take it off. We decided to take it off because in our mind it's become redundant. The site now has a Popularity index for every type (Novel, Short Story, Poem, etc.) and genre (sci-fi, fantasy, romance) that is in essence a better Top 20. So it made more sense to use the resources to fix some other bugs and roll out some new features. For example, based on your feedback we realize there is a problem with the Random First Line (it only shows Romance) and will be fixing that. We'll also be adding the ability to search for specific authors on the Writers tab. You'll see some of the new features shortly.

Of course, we welcome your feedback on this change. You can also listen to me explain what's going on but go easy :).

ADDITIONAL FEATURED WRITING NOTE: It has come to my attention that the developers may have inadvertantly knocked out your Featured Writing preferences as part of their coding. I'm asking them to restore it but the easiest thing to do is go to Publish and turn on Featured Writing for those works that you want featured on your Booksie page.

There may also be a few bugs over the next couple of days as we make changes to handle all of the new writers on the site and improve performance.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

- BG


Submitted: July 09, 2008

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Eraser

makes sense to me. the top 20 was mostly overrun with erotica anyway. nothing against erotica but i can just go to the erotica section if i want to read it.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:04am

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BooksieGuy

Just a comment. The Featured Writing section will be back up shortly. We're just tweaking some of the site's featured to improve performance. Sorry for the inconvenience.

- BG

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:16am

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CanadianIdiot

I am not really fond of the whole "ranking" thing. As stated above, it was erotica that flooded the Top 20. Nothing much I want to read there. Since I'm more of a fantasy guy, I always stick to the fantasy section, which kinda drove me away from the Top 20, mainly because it was the same erotica stuff. So I really am sorta relieved its gone. As long as I can get on here fine, I'm cool with whatever you do.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:30am

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Thanks for the feedback.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 6:06am

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Catherine

Ha!I was just thinking, "hey, where'd it go?" then i saw the note...haha. That's good. I'm especially excited about the 'Random First Line' deal. Cool. Thanks Booksie Guy!

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:43am

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Thanks for the feedback.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 6:06am

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Kritika

Even i was wondering where did it vanish.....thanks BG!!

and i thik that the search option for specific writers is quite good......

Wed, July 9th, 2008 7:52am

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Thanks for the feedback.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 6:06am

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MiyaviManson

Oh my god, thanks! I hated it when the website was all slow and crashing and stuff o.O Hope the problem is fixed now :)

Wed, July 9th, 2008 9:51am

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gerabel

Hello Booksie Guy...

You probably already know but the "read" tabulation is NOT working and in turn, wouldn't this affect 'Featured Writing'? The reads on this posting is '0'...

Also, I think you need to come up with something more substantial to features 'New Writing' submissions. I was using the 'top 20' for this purpose.. to discover the newer postings but now ??????

And the featured writing... are these selections determined ONLY by popularity or most number of reads! If so... that still only makes it a popularity contest not based on the quality of the work.

Oh well... just some thoughts of mine. Thanks for listening.....Jerry (^_^)

Wed, July 9th, 2008 10:52am

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The Read tabulation isn't showing but it is working. In terms of discovering New writing, each section has a New area where new writing is featured. If that area isn't serving its purpose, let us know. Thanks for the feedback.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 6:05am

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dezbee

That's great. Now we can come here without interruption.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 1:12pm

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That's the idea.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:14pm

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SnowQueen

That was the first thing I noticed when I got on today: where the heck is the Top 20? But yeah, I can totally understand why you're taking it off. I never really understood how you were put on the list anyway.

Well done and thank you for having such a wonderful site!!!

-SnowQueen

Wed, July 9th, 2008 2:37pm

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Thanks!

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:15pm

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Ghiradelli Girl

When I first joined Booksie I always thought that to be on the Top 20 was the greatest thing ever to happen. But then as the months passed by, I began to notice that anyone could get up there-- as long as they had received a like it vote... or had been getting a lot of reads.

The Top 20 was both a good thing and a bad thing. But I understand that you got rid of it.

Sometimes when I come to this site... I look at my writing and I'm all like... 'wow, I'm actually published...' And then I'm really happy, and all the comments from all my fellow booksians help me become a better writer... so as I've actually learned more on this site than I've learned in my english class this past year.

Booksie is so awesome-- I hope that you continue to evolve it in as many cool ways as you can:). And I don't know... perhaps there could be somewhere on this site where there could be a place where we can give ideas on what other (appropriate) things would make this site even more awesome. I don't know-- maybe we already have such a place for comments and such. But I don't know it would be cool to know other people's ideas on stuff. But that is only an idea:).

Lot's of special chocolate to you,

Ghiradelli Girl.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 4:20pm

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You can always leave a comment on my page. But maybe we'll create a better place. We definitely want to hear your thoughts and ideas. A lot of what we do is based on the feedback we get from the site's members.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:16pm

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Pratibha

that's cool ...really great...

i have one suggestion though, Can the home page be modified to feature new writings and articles or entries with a purpose ....and not a random selection...or the entry which is different...

and more writers get a chance to get featuresd on home page and everyone should get a chance...some of the writers are always there...and others go unnoticed...some writings are so baseless, still they place even though they have one or two reads and no likes...

That;s only one suggestion...

I am happy that TOP 20 is removed...caused my laptop to shut down as well....

needless to say, you have united us all and you are also a part of our lives now....

i am logged on to booksie every single second i get...

CONGRATS for improving the site

Wed, July 9th, 2008 7:39pm

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We're looking at ways of expanding the homepage and providing more visibility to writers. More to come on that.

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:17pm

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xStephStephx09

kinda sad the top 20 is off i loved that feature and i was on it for the past few weeks and i got sooo excited when i was :( I hope you bring it back!!! Seriously I really want it back I checked booksie all the time to see where I stood on the top 20. It made me feel good when I was on it, and it showed me good things to read if I wasn't on it. Please try to bring it back, BUT i can't wait for the new features :)

Wed, July 9th, 2008 8:11pm

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We're looking into other ways to showcase all of the writing talent on the site. Thanks for your comment!

Wed, July 9th, 2008 3:36pm

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air

lololol, all this time I thought my computer was going out, lol,
well now it is working good for the first time in a couple of weeks YIPPY! ^_^
thanks for looking out for us ~katie

Wed, July 9th, 2008 11:38pm

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Thanks.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:49am

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LeAnne

Thanks for your hard work!!
you work so hard.

Thu, July 10th, 2008 12:09am

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Thanks.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:49am

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Alice Oiseau

wow ok. i didn't even notice the top 20 was missing until a friend brought it to my attention. haha.

i love the idea of being able to look up specific writers. i've always wanted to do that when someone reccommends a writer to me. i've found it to be a hastle getting to them, but now it will be much easier.

i have on suggestion. i remember when i first joined booksie the new writing was displayed on the homepage and it showed the pictures that went with it. i honestly really liked being able to see the pictures. it would draw my eye to certain stories - in fact it would just draw me into the new writing section, whereas now, i kind of skim past it since theres nothing big and bold about it to catch my attention.

perhaps bringing pack the pictures that went with the writing for the new writing section?

thanks booksieguy for all the upgrade ^^

Thu, July 10th, 2008 1:17am

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Yes, we've heard that a lot and will be looking into ways to better feature New work. Thanks for the feedback.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:48am

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MissRachyVengeance

i must say i liked the top 20. it shows hard work and was really helpful to me....It made me want to keep writing and it made me want to improve. i'm a little dissapointed its off. It just doens't feel right without it at all.

Thu, July 10th, 2008 3:34am

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It's still there just in the Popular sections now. The same criteria that was used to select the Top 20 is now used to determine which work is featured in the popular sections. We'll be making some changes to Popular soon to make it an even better way to discover new work across the site.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:48am

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Chente

Well, I did like when my story was Top 1 for a little while, above all the erotica stories. But i wont miss it; since all the other stories were(most) erotica in there. What still gets me is that after a while your stories become lost and forgotten, but we really cant help that, the old had a chance to live. Ill be looking up at the Random first lines from now on, hoping to see my stories :D Ty for the changes

Thu, July 10th, 2008 5:57am

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Thanks for the feedback.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:46am

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Maxyneetsee

Thank you Booksie(guy) for taking Top 20 off. It has been just the same people on there for months now. And I would just like to say thank you. Top 20 was a very judgemental thing, I must say. Thank you.

Thu, July 10th, 2008 9:06am

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Thanks for your feedback.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:45am

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punne4e

Hy dear,Congrats for an Awesome and outstanding site.
Well Some time ago i felt several problems here like- Content publishing,login problem etc etc.Well wether i know the heavy content uploading rush here but there should be some changeg,mostly on site's home page and on user's profile page.When i have some spare time i'll write an email to you about some needed features.
I will email you on the address that is given on booksie.com/contact page is this your email address,tell me please if other.
Thanks for hardwork to you and entire team behind this and God may bless you.
Your friend-VICKY.punne4e

Thu, July 10th, 2008 12:40pm

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Thanks.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:49am

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craaig

Thanks. What a bonus! You appear to have stopped the crashing and the slightly annoying message: "site down for maintenance." At the same time, you have eliminated, what was at one time for me, an ego-trap. I was logging on to see my Top 20 rise and fall; rather than writing, or living.

For finding things to read i like to scroll through the new section and read works that have just now been posted. I didn't like it when the default was changed to Newly Popular. If we read and comment on new work, rather than popular work all of the time, it can help those of us who are new to the site or those of us who no longer want to play the poularity game. And much of that work is worthy of our consideration.

So, thanks again for the great improvements to an already wonderful site.

craaig

Fri, July 11th, 2008 5:54am

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We want to make it easy to find New and Popular work. We obviously still have some work to do. Thanks for the feedback.

Fri, July 11th, 2008 10:53am