Who's ready for an upgrade?

@Crash (312)
United States
February 20, 2008 2:20pm CST
As you may have already noticed, we released an upgrade to myLot today. We’re really excited about this one! This is the first of a handful of planned upgrades you can expect in the coming weeks and months. Your myLot home page now includes an “activity sortie” that allows you to instantly see what your friends have been up to on myLot. You can learn more about the activity sortie by clicking on “what is the activity sortie?” in the upper left-hand corner of the page. Your home page at http://www.mylot.com will look a little different than you’re accustomed to, but you can still fully customize your home page like you did before by adding/removing sorties, and moving them around on the page to fit your tastes. Your profile pages have also been streamlined and now have a more consistent look and feel. We did our best to maintain any customizations you had already made, but you can still customize your profile as before. We also tried to make editing your profile a bit more user-friendly. There are some other tweaks here and there to make things better, including several bug fixes. Finally, I wanted to say thanks to everybody who participated in last week’s question and answer discussion with me. I think my fingers are still tired from typing, but that was fun!
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86 responses
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Hello Crash, Do we have the ability to turn this spywear feature off? I know what discussions I have visited, and if somebody else wants to follow me, or another member around, then they should at least have to put some effort into it. How can we opt out of this new feature? Thank you!
@Crash (312)
• United States
20 Feb 08
This feature absolutely isn't spyware. If you don't want to show up in someone's activity sortie, then you can simply remove them as friends. Our goal isn't to make it harder to keep in touch with your friends. Our goal is to make it easier, which the activity sortie will help accomplish.
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@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Thank you that is a GREAT question I agree with you ladyluna 100%!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I tried everything Lady. Not only can you not turn it off or get rid of it, you cannot move it to the bottom of the page. It is there in all its infamous glory for all to see. It seems that I will be followed around by semetic adds too. I find that interesting. It knows your race and nationality. Seems a bit racist to me. Maybe that is where my s--- went.
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@ESKARENA1 (18296)
20 Feb 08
Thank you for keeping us informed. I think the way mylot are starting telling us things before things happen is a great step forward blessed be
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@Crash (312)
• United States
20 Feb 08
You bet! We received a lot of valuable feedback during last week's Q&A discussion.
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• United States
20 Feb 08
I agree with eskarena1, I appreciate knowing what mylot is going to do before they do it... the company I work for doesn't even do that!
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@BarBaraPrz (28171)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
20 Feb 08
There was a Q & A discussion??
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@mysdianait (65058)
• Italy
20 Feb 08
Yuk! My profile page is all higgledy-piggledy! I'm off to straighten it out again cos it look hidious! Looks like as if I'd been drinking before I set it up lol.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Guess what My, you cannot fix your profile page. All the space is taken up by the imobile new force!
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@mysdianait (65058)
• Italy
20 Feb 08
I'm best if I leave it as it is I fear :(
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Crash S. Whats with the comment box under each person's response. It looks different. Does it work differently now?
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Also what are the stupid adds under our responses? The first one under mine was a Jewish add. How did it know I was Jewish?
@Crash (312)
• United States
20 Feb 08
As far as I know, the comment box works the same. The only difference is now when you've commented on, let's say, page 3, it takes you back to your actual comment on that page instead of taking you to the first page of the discussion.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Spyware, Adoniah. That's how! Key words, tags, target marketing equals tracking software! Crash, I'd love for you to tell me that I've completely missed the mark here, and that MyLot hasn't endeavored to raise its earnings through the use of tracking software, for targeted marketing.
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@Ohara_1983 (4119)
• Kuwait
20 Feb 08
it is good to update evryone here but still i got a problem about my payment, hope you can help me more about it, upgrading to our profile is good, i dont have nay knowledge it will be good to all of us.
@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
20 Feb 08
What I am seeing on my profile page is not an improvement. Everything is all jumbled up and you are duplicating the left margin info. Thumbs Down! MyLot blew this one!
@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I totaly agree with you!!!
@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Okay I usually DON'T say anything when alert discussions are put up simply becuase I'm an easily adaptable person...BUT (oh yes, theres a but).....I DO NOT like this new feature "so and so are now friends" ESPECIALLY WHEN I'VE NOT APPROVED the friend request and in many cases WON'T....I dont care for that at all... Also..rather than constantly making changes to how our profiles look etc...could you guys PLEASE make replying more friendly and personable?!?!? Like allowing us to at bold, italic, underline, smilies etc etc....ADD AN IGNORE FEATURE!!!!! that would be SPLENDID! and so on...
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I most definitely agree with the last part of your response!! We definitely NEED an ignore button!!
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@Crash (312)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Actually, you unapproved friend requests should not be appearing in the activity sortie, only approved friend requests. This is a bug, and we're already at work to get this fixed.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Crash, I have an unapproved friend in my my friends list since the upgrade as well. This member sent a friends request yesterday, which I had not yet responded to. Whammo! After the upgrade, my daily activity logs identifies that this member and I are now friends. I haven't had time to check to see if any of the other pending requests were also approved, by default. I'll follow up on that, and let you know.
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@lkbooi (16093)
• Malaysia
21 Feb 08
Hi dear Crash, I have seen much improvement after the recent upgrading. I suppose it would give much convenience and freshness to us. But at the present moment my most immediate concern is to have fluent posting as soon as possible. The problem of difficult posting started since 3rd Dec 2007 (I had stayed away from mylot from 28th Nov to 2nd Dec 2007 for a 5 days vacation) and hadn’t been solved till now, though I had asked for help from you, and mylot staff (contact mylot). Please kindly refer to the links below: 1. #163 http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1402356.aspx?p=17 2. http://www.mylot.com/nr/messagesview.aspx?id=226195 I think I am not the only one who suffers from this type of problem in the huge mylot community. I believe lots of them will lose interest or become inactive if they encounter the same problem as mine. I must have my problem solved before I could enjoy the benefit of the upgraded system. I beg again for your sincere help for the above matter. Thanks in advance and have a nice day.
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
21 Feb 08
Me too, Ikbooi. (http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1411022.aspx?p=10) I've been facing the similar problem since November 29, 2007 till now. Previously I'm able to participate for 30 - 35 discussions per day, but after this 'disasters' for PLP(Problem Loading Page), Connection Time Has Out, Connection Has Been Reset....5 participation per day consider the most for me. To upload one response, sometimes it took me more than three(3) hours. I think, CRASH and other mylot staffs better concentrate more on this issue and please answer member's complain and not just ignore it till left unattended and unanswered. Maybe now mylot has many members, so mylot no need to entertain our problem anymore....!!! Mine responder No. 92 Page 10.
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@lkbooi (16093)
• Malaysia
22 Feb 08
Hi goodsign, I feel very happy to have you drop in here. I finally find a friend who is in the same boat. Really both of us are facing the same problem in posting. Very often I did take more than three hours to post a response, worse still sometimes not even one could be successfully done. I couldn’t believe that nothing could be done if they are really sincere to help us in this matter, as mylot is originated in such an advanced country with the most progressive technology. Yeah, I totally agree with you, Crash and mylot staff should concentrate more on this issue and have action taken immediately instead of procrastinating without doing any remedial work, though it might concern only the minority. By the way I feel embarrassed as most of the time I couldn’t reply friends in time because of this problem encountered. I hope they will understand our difficulty and actual situation. Good luck and have a nice day.
• India
21 Feb 08
Hi Crash, Nice to see the upgraded Mylot.I am sure that there will be more user-friendly upgrades which will keep us easy to operate.I take this oppurtunity to request you to keep up an upgrade facility to delete our "discussions with no responses" or you keep a time frame to delete the same by you(Mylot).I am sure it is going to be more interesting to be in Mylot. Good Luck.
@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I have to add to this ... It would be nice to delete the responses that get posted twice because of whatever reason.
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@Ldyjarhead (10241)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Am I the only one that is dissatisfied with the new layout,i.e., the page being narrower due to the strip on the left being on every page? Again, I'm seeing my own picture at the top left of every page. Why should that be? And everything else is optional on our profile and we get to pick where we put it if we DO want it.. Why not the activity thingie?
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@alterpol (22)
20 Feb 08
I don't like this activities sortie thing, it's too...useless. I can remember what I did and who cares about my activities anyway?:-D Maybe some of us would be grateful for an "about me" sortie, though. You know: short introduction, hobbies, etc. Just a simple text box, nothing more. But don't misunderstand me: the other new features are cool X-D
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I like that too!
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
20 Feb 08
Hi Crash wow I sure like the way my profile page looks now, I am not into creative profile pages and haven't a clue on how some people get theirs to dance and sing so to speak, but it looks good to me. I have also given mylot another chance because I can really see and appreciate what is being done to accommodate the people and contributors on mylot, so my congratulations and job well done as well as thanks Robin
@AJ1952Chats (2335)
• Anderson, Indiana
20 Feb 08
So far, I really like it a lot. I like the added sortie that tells us when and where our friends are active.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Hey Crash S., it is still throwing us back to page one. Its not fixed yet. That was the only good thing out of this whole mess that you promised.
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@bzinger (412)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I think the upgrades are very useful Adoniah!
@Crash (312)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Yeah, I just noticed that this fix didn't get in right. We'll get this fixed for the next release.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
It figures, the one thing we ask for doesn't work.
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@yannycui (377)
• China
21 Feb 08
Thanks for the alert and changes you have made. You are trying hard to make Mylot more convienient to use. But why don't you start a discussion to know what the members want Mylot to be? Listen to some advice and then take action.
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@Crash (312)
• United States
21 Feb 08
That's a great idea and something we would love to try out once we have all of our planned upgrades in place. This was the first of a handful of upgrades that will be coming out in the coming weeks and months.
@Darkwing (21586)
21 Feb 08
Hear! hear! Yannycui. Why don't they EVER listen to their members? We constantly tell them what we want, but they don't hear us!
• United States
21 Feb 08
EXCELLENT IDEA! Listen listen listen and then act.
@jaredlp (418)
• United States
20 Feb 08
so its the exact opposite of what i talked about in my question to you. now its even busier then before, and still no spell check. i really had my fingers crosed that that was the big update. though seeing what friend up to is kinda cool would rather it was a system where they could alert me to a question that i might find interesting. some kind of flag. im pretty new here so might be, but one of my fiends isnt new and they always send me a yahoo messenger message with a link in it.
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@jaredlp (418)
• United States
20 Feb 08
hey and now i can see my ranking great for my ego haha... ok i like that one
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Feb 08
If you go back and check, Crash S. said that they were not going to do a spell check!
@jaredlp (418)
• United States
21 Feb 08
yeah i saw where he had said that at the time but still had my fingers crossed when saw the wording about the update. and he said no plans in the near future. but so many wanting it i thought maybe they changed their minds.
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@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I hate the new upgrade of adding the activitie sortie to our home page. I liked mine the way it was. I had all the sorties that I needed and wanted on there. Now that we have this extra sortie (that you can't remove) I am not able to put mine back the way it was. I am truly upset and disappointed in mylot.
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@Crash (312)
• United States
21 Feb 08
speedy, keep in mind that you can move the activity sortie to the bottom of your home page if you so desire. You can also re-add any other sortie that you previously had. We tried to figure out a way to maintain everybody's home page settings, but there was no viable way, while still introducing the activity sortie and a few other items. We found that most users weren't customizing their home page like we thought they were, so we wanted to give a better "default" layout. Unfortunately, this meant resetting everything for the users who customized a lot of stuff. But you should be able to return everything to normal, just with one extra sortie that is completely movable.
• United States
21 Feb 08
Well I understand it can be moved and I have already done that. But why couldn't it have been made to be removable, so that way if someone didn't want it on thier homepage at all. They could just remove it. Just like all the other sorties. To be totally honest. I have no need for the Activity sortie on my homepage and I don't want it on there. Plus from what I have read in this discussion and other discussions. There is a ton of people that feel the same way I do.
@Ldyjarhead (10241)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I don't like the new activity thing. Why not make it an optional sortie like the rest? That way if we want it, we can put it where we want. I don't like it where it is.
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@Ldyjarhead (10241)
• United States
20 Feb 08
Forgot something. Having my picture and such showing up in the left side of every page is redundant. I know who I am! That should only be visible when viewing my own profile. Having that column so wide on the left is taking away valuable space from the page you're choosing to look at. I think it looks really odd. I still don't like the activity thing. Have it optional like the rest of the sorties, and if we do want it, let us position it on the page where we want to. YUCK ...
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@Darkwing (21586)
21 Feb 08
Hear, hear Razcal. They NEVER listen to us, is why!
• Italy
21 Feb 08
Hi Crash! Like many people here I don't like the new sortie. I think it would be better if you could at least choose what kind of activities are you interested in. For example I'm interested in what discussions my friends open/reply but I'm not interested if they get best response or if they add an interest. With adding too much information the one really needed are different to find.
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• Italy
21 Feb 08
Sorry I mean "difficult" instead of "different"
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• United States
21 Feb 08
Upgrade, Yea!!!! Who wouldn't want an upgrade? Upgrades are good. I'd like an upgrade!!! I'm working on customizing myself, so why not my myLot? I'm thrilled to receive good news at any time. Great work in benefit of humanity!
• United States
21 Feb 08
Hi Crash, We love your name!!!!!
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