This is not a well planned, elaborate artikulo on accepting change and what we can do to make it better. This is a series of thoughts, tanong and sarcastic comments taken mostly from messages between link
about why we are not fans of the Facepop Makeover of July 2010. If you would like to read an artikulo about accepting the change, exploring some of the finer parts of the makeover and moving on, please read link
artikulo sa pamamagitan ng Fanpop's amazing link
. Actually, you should probably read that anyway if you’re at all concerned about the makeover. A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON.
One of the things Missy and I have always loved about Fanpop is that it was… well, Fanpop. (Most of) the people were great, lots of cool content, the creators were down to earth guys who actually talked to the users and cared about what they had to say (I still pag-ibig you guys even though I hate this new layout with a fiery passion!). It had a nice, simple, clean layout. It was original, not like most of the up-and-coming sites that are essentially ripoffs of madami popular sites like MySpace and Facebook.
We’ve been here since 2007. Some call us “the old people”. We are not normally fans of change. But before you write this off with a “Oh great, it’s just Missy & Dasm bitching about the smallest change again,” please at least skim this article. I may be a bit biased, ‘cause I helped write it, but I believe there are some interesting points below. LADIES & GENTS, I GIVE YOU... FACEPOP. (Or: THE WALL)
There was a repeat pick in the Fanpop spot the other araw about whether Fanpop or Facebook was better. Fanpop has won every one of those picks! There is a message in that.
Aside from the fact that walls are thought of as a Facebook thing, this is going to open up a world of pain, as trolls and spammers can now abuse whole spots and individuals much madami easily now.
I think almost everyone can agree that the pader box is ridiculously large. Downsize, please.
Why didn't the site test the feature on a small group first, so that issues like expanding comments and the ulat function could already work before releasing it to everyone?
Yes, it has been asked in the past and the slight majority wanted something similar to a wall. One thing that needs to be taken into account is that the people who wanted "comment walls" and such were the same people who wanted personalized backgrounds for their profiles etc. Those were the same kind of users who just wanted it to be all sparkles and hearts like their MySpace accounts. THE LAYOUT.
Despite hiding half the features & content, the new layout makes the pages look so much madami cluttered. basura like popular content and the mind-blowing four magpabago are all on the right side while everything else is overlapped on the left.
No iugnay on the main page of a spot? And artikulo way down the bottom of the page where no one will look? Great.
Forums were already ignored, now they're basically useless. Older users will still know their purpose, and hopefully where to find them, but why would a n00b post a pagtitip. for discussion when there's a gigantic pader they can write on, right on the spot's tahanan page?
This screws over quizzes, too - forget that whole 'I'm here for a purpose, but ooh, I know the answer to that iksamen 'cause it's right there where I can see it!' thing. This was one of Fanpop’s coolest features and now it’s hidden just like bidyo and forums.
...but sa pamamagitan ng all means, put the sagot section right where everyone can see it, it's not abused sa pamamagitan ng 98% of the site or anything.
After trying for ages to get it drilled into the heads of uploaders, even putting a note on the upload page itself, about adding larawan with link
, guess what? Image names don't ipakita up on a spot's tahanan page.
THREE SEARCHBARS in a spot?! THREE searchbars for people to ignore?! The placement of the new paghahanap bar commands madami attention, so I can accept that. But THREE searchbars per spot?! (Black Bar of Doom for site-wide searching, Grey Bar for spot, and now another spot paghahanap in spots that don’t have pader posts yet.)
What determines popular content? Personally, I've never paid any attention to it and now it's taking up half my page.
It seems that most of the spots I checked that have no quizzes have the 'quizzes' tab shown in default instead of the 'picks'. What determines which tab is shown on individual pages?
Putting artikulo all the way down at the bottom and the "wall" up the tuktok functions to totally devalue article-writing while promoting Twitter like "Oh LOlz i ? FanPOp!!!!!!!1" contributions. It will also probably scare off potential new users over the age of 12. Nobody loves a crazed fangirl. USER bista sa tagiliran CHANGES.
"Club Activity" is a pain in the asno to navigate through. With the old system, once you were in a user's activities, it only took a click to get where you wanted. Why did that get madami complicated?
The link to pagpaparangal on the bista sa tagiliran header is gone, now the only way to get to them is to click the pagpaparangal icons or go through the wall.
...but there is a link to "photos" which leads to -waitforit- the user's gallery. Which can also be accessed sa pamamagitan ng clicking "more photos" susunod to the user's icon, the icon itself, or the tiny thumbnails of other icons in the user’s gallery.
In order to get to the picks a person has made, you now have to go through the picks section in the "my club activity" menu (instead of being able to see it from the 'activity' section).
As of now, I haven't found out how to find the iksamen tanong a user has made through navigation (other than just typing it in the url bar). The iksamen page allows you to sort the quizzes the user has taken, but nothing on the ones they made.
Each user now has link on their page for "updates" which only leads to the tahanan page. The status bar looks like it's going to take you to the magpabago for the spots the users is a part of (fanpop.com/fans/username/updates/filtered), but last I checked, you could only see your own updates. Which would be why it's redirecting to the tahanan page. Also, why would you need to see the magpabago for someone else's spots? THE BURNING QUESTIONS.
Why has this kind of "makeover" been ibingiay priority over other issues such as the repeated failures of the reporting system, the faq that hasn’t been updated in ages, the insanity of the duplicate spots issue, and the tons of worthwhile suggestions in Dave’s link