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[Feb 27 2014] - Community notice

Written 2014-02-27

 

Hi everyone,

 

This is to inform you of our decision that, as of today, all members with a free membership on PoetBay will be able to save a maximum of 125 texts in their account instead of 50 texts.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Isabelle

 

(on behalf of the Editorial Team)

 



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Deleted accounts and comments / 

Jun 30 - Note added 



[Jun 09 2013] - Deleted accounts & Comments

Written 2013-06-10

 

June 30 2013 :

 

Please note that comments which were received before the end of 2010 could not be recovered because before we made the change to preserve comments from authors who have deleted their account, the code was written in a way to destroy those records.

 

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June 09 2013 :

 

Hi everyone,

 

This is to inform you of the work we performed on the site's code last night.

 

You will notice that there are comments on some poems that do not have an author's name attached to them.  This is not due to a glitch, it is because we fixed the display of comments by authors who have deleted their account as per the PoetBay community's expressed wish to not have the comments received on their poetry deleted when an author deletes their account.  

 

Many of you who have 'lost' comments on your poetry by authors having deleted their account will now be able to see them.

 

Sincerely,

 

Isabelle



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Attention to all PoetBay members, your tech team needs your help in their investigation to quickly resolve a technical issue.



[Jan 06 2013] - PoetBay Private messages issue

Written 2013-01-06

 

Issue resolved Jan 10 2013.  Thank you to all members who provided information!

 

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Hi everyone,

 

It has come to our attention that a few of you have been experiencing problems sending private messages on the website whereby the recipients of your messages received them with no words.

 

In order to help us narrow down the possible source of what the problem may be, we need the following information from those who have been experiencing this difficulty:

 

1.  Web browser name (ex.: Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.)

2.  Web browser version number (ex.:  Internet Explorer 9, etc.)

3.  Operating system (ex.:  Windows, Mac, etc.)

4.  Device used (ex.: Computer, iPad, cell phone, etc.)

 

If you are a sender whose private messages have been affected, please send this information by email to :  poetbay@poetbay.com (Subject line :  Private messages).

 

If you are a recipient of such a private message, please let us know the PoetBay author name of the sender below in the comment section of this post. 

 

Thanks very much.

 

Sincerely,

 

Isabelle

 



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Sharing of texts: private or public? / 

 

(modified Nov 1 2010)



[Sep 01 - Oct 31 2010 **UPDATE**] Community Poll - Site Improvements

Written 2010-11-01

 

Hi everyone,

Many thanks for letting us know your thoughts and concerns about having the Share toolbar available on PoetBay - all of them were taken into consideration for our decision. Many good points raised and suggestions offered, so here’s the break down :-)

The majority of participants to the present poll disagree and/or do not feel comfortable with this technology having any part in our poetry community. The concerns that were expressed range from :

 

Worries about the copyright implications; confidentiality issues that were personally experienced within those social networking websites; unwillingness to add to the profits those websites make for their use; uneasiness as to whether it is polite to share someone else’s works; discomfort at finding works spread over the Internet without knowing or having had a say in it; the possibility of turning PoetBay into a distracting, gimmicky website which gets too big to retain its character, purpose and sense of community.

Some of the participants who would like to see the share toolbar implemented have not expressed a preference for it to be for the authors’ private use or for the whole public’s use. And some would prefer it was made available to the author privately.

THE OUTCOME

Going by the good points raised and the concerns expressed, and because some of them cannot be found a suitable compromise, we understand and agree that implementing the share toolbar could not achieve serving most of the members’ expectations. Therefore, we will NOT be implementing the share toolbar on PoetBay.

The alternative suggestions that were put forward were good (thanks!), but unfortunately not possible without a massive remodelling of PoetBay’s present code. Considering the majority’s response is not in favor of it, we also feel it would not be productive use of the little resources we have to run PoetBay to undertake this coding project.

We thank again all who have participated. We hope this result is satisfactory, and not too deeply disappointing for those who were keen to have this new feature.

Sincerely,

Isabelle

 

 

Community Poll / Update by Technical Team
Editors' News / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-11-01 at 05:51 CET

 

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This is to inform you that the poll is still ongoing. We have extended it until the end of the month.  

 

 

Community Poll by Technical Team
Editors' News / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-10-15 at 9:34 CET

 

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With the advent of social networking and bookmarking technologies now available on the web, we would like to offer to our members who use these technologies the possibility of an easy access to them on PoetBay by the Share toolbar (pictured above) which would be placed at the bottom of texts, before the comments listed.

 

But we also realize that these technologies are not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, and since we don't want to intrude or cause discomfort to anyone's experience on PoetBay, we are turning to you for your thoughts :-)

 

Question

 

1.  Should the Share toolbar be made available privately?

 

This would mean only the PoetBay author of the texts would see the toolbar on his/her own texts and could decide to share them or not through social networking sites.

 

OR

 

2.  Should the Share toolbar be made available publicly?

 

This would mean that everyone who views a text on PoetBay would see the toolbar and could decide to share it through social networking sites.

 

 

NB:  The toolbar facilitates the sharing of a link which would lead to a text,  it does not facilitate the sharing of a text's integral words.

 

(modified Sept 3 2010)

 

Community Poll by Technical Team
Editors' News / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-09-01 at 11:27 CET



Editors' choice
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[Sep 04 2010] - PoetBay Beta v1.0: Welcome!

Written 2010-09-04

 

Hi everyone,

 

You probably noticed what I'm about to announce ;)

 

The beta version of PoetBay is now available. If you encounter any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us to let us know.

 

Questions, comments & suggestions are always welcome!

 

Sincerely,

 

Isabelle

 

 

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Delete or keep comments? /



[Jul 30 - Aug 31 2010 **UPDATE**] Community Poll - Site Improvements

Written 2010-09-01

 

Hi everyone,

 

Thank you to all who have submitted their thoughts on this 2nd poll. We value and appreciate your input immensely :-)

 

The majority of participants have expressed that the comments should not be deleted when a member (author) decides to remove their account from PoetBay. We’ve taken every participant’s input into consideration and we hope you will find our solution meets a satisfactory conclusion.

 

THE OUTCOME :

 

When a member (author) decides to delete their account from PoetBay, the comments they have written on other authors’ texts will not be deleted by default.

 

What will be deleted is the account

 

- author name (the name which appears on the author profile, posts and comments)

- texts (all)

- pictures (all)

- private messages (all)

 

The comments from the leaving author will not be deleted and they will not display any of his/her author information because it will no longer exist on PoetBay once s/he has deleted his/her account. Only the words of the comments will be kept on others’ texts.

 

We believe by taking this approach that

 

it respects the privacy and decision of the leaving author because the comments won’t have his/her name for the public to associate him/her with the comment (if privacy on their departure is important to them) ;

 

it alleviates the technical workload for us to adopt a general policy because a two-choice deletion process would create inconsistencies and require our monitoring on a case-by-case basis which would be very impractical and time-consuming ;

 

it eliminates the disappointment that is felt by the authors who remain on the website when they lose comments they’ve received on their texts.

 

We will be making it clear at Sign up, in the Membership terms, in the FAQ, as well as in the account Options to remove an account that the comments will not be deleted, but that everything else will be.

 

THE NEAR FUTURE :

 

The next Community Poll is coming up after this update. 

 

Many suggestions for additional features on comments have been put forward by some of you – as always, many thanks for them :-)  We’re happy to confirm that additional features for comments are currently being coded. We will present them as soon as they are completed.

 

The new & improved (we hope) PoetBay’s testing area is currently online and being tried out by volunteers. It will soon be made available to the whole community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Isabelle


Community Poll UPDATE by Technical Team
Editors' choice / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-09-01 at 11:26 CET

 

 

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Currently, all of the material (texts, pictures, private messages & comments) which is posted on the site by a member is deleted when the account is removed. Many members who remain on the site have raised the question that the removal of the comments left against their work is a shame.

Some of you may have noticed that this causes the comment total to be different than the actual comments which you can view for a text.

Question :

We would like to know your thoughts :-)

When a member removes their account, should the comments that they wrote on other members' texts be kept or deleted ?

That member's account, including their name and all other material (texts, pictures & private messages) they have posted on the site would still get deleted.


Community Poll by Technical Team
Editors' choice / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-07-30 at 06:45 CET

 



Editors' choice
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Inbox or My Page at login? /



[Jul 08 - Jul 30 2010 **UPDATE**] Community Poll - Site Improvements

Written 2010-07-30

 
Hi everyone,

First, thank you to all who have submitted their thoughts on this poll. It’s been really helpful :-)

THE OUTCOME :

A compatibility issue with the browser Safari & PoetBay’s website has been discovered thanks to jim reporting the problem he was experiencing and his solution (thank you!).

In its current inherited state, we can confirm that PoetBay is Internet Explorer & Firefox compatible, meaning in those browsers, all of the pages on the site are displayed as they are supposed to be. The incompatibility issue for the browser Safari evidently will need to be corrected.

Also submitted was a request for a chat feature suggested by Magnus Ericsson (thank you!).

We currently have work in progress for the site which needs to be completed first. So, it is not something we can do right now.  It’s a good idea, so we’ll probably have a poll in the future.

As for being directed to the Inbox or My Page at login, every participant’s poll input has been taken into consideration, and seeing as though most like either one of the 2 options, and some have a distinct preference between the two, I’m happy to announce that I was able to go with the suggestion that was put forward by Poetic Prince (thank you!) whereby each member gets the option to decide for themselves.

THE NEW FEATURE & WHERE IT IS :

The choice to select a preference between the 2 options is now available to everyone on PoetBay through the account Options – under the “Do not show my bookmarks” checkbox, there is a new checkbox “Show my Inbox at login”.

For those who want to sign in and be directed to their Inbox, you will need to check that box in the Options page and then save the new settings.

For those who want to sign in and be directed to their My Page, you don’t need to save any new settings because it is now the default account startup page at login.

THE NEAR FUTURE :

The next Community Poll is coming up after this update.  We really appreciate your input and hope you will keep on letting us know what you prefer :-)

A REMINDER :

If you need to contact us by email, remember to add our email address into your email contacts (or safe list) in order to avoid the possibility of having our response to your email sent to your junk/spam folder.

Sincerely,

Isabelle


Community Poll / Update by Technical Team
Editors' choice / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-07-30 at 04:16 CET

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When you sign in to your PoetBay account, would you prefer :

1.  to be directed to your Inbox (as it is now)

OR

2.  to be directed to your My Page ?


Community Poll by Technical Team
Editors' choice / Tech / Announcements & Surveys
Posted on 2010-07-08 at 16:18 CET






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Good news!  We think all of the issues from the migration have been fixed... unless of course you know otherwise :-)



** YAY!! ** [Updated: November 03 2009]

Written 2009-10-03

 

Hi everyone,

 

It's nice to be able to present you with a (nearly) blank page.

There are now only two minor things we are aware of that need to be completed:  'save as PDF' (we are waiting on a license for this) and the other is 'tags' not being saved.

 

Every other known issue has been fixed.  The recent fixes covered the 'check all / uncheck all' buttons in the Inbox & Sent box and the Block user option.  Those are now fully functional.

We want to thank all of you who have taken the time to send us messages of support and feedback.  Although we haven't had the chance to reply to everyone because we have had a lot of work to take care of, we want to say that we have read them all and we appreciate them a lot.


Sincerely,

 

Isabelle

 



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[Sep 29 2009] - Editorial Update

Written 2009-09-29


Hi everyone,

 

First of all we would like to thank you for your endearing, heartwarming patience. We realise that the Editorial updates have recently been far and few between.  This is something we had hoped to avoid and offer our apologies for letting it happen.  The problems which have arisen from the migration were never envisaged and solving them has been quite overwhelming for the technical supporters of the site. 

In between maintaining their own jobs, they've been working very hard with the hope to provide some good news.  And because of this, sight was lost of the time between editorial updates.  So that you at least know what's going on, we realise now it will be far better if we just keep you informed regularly whether the news is good or bad. 

We, the members of the editorial and technical team, including the owner, have been long-time supporters of PoetBay and it is our love for PoetBay's community and our concern for the site's demise that compels us to do our best despite the difficulties we are facing.  The owner continues to plan for PoetBay's future, for all of us, but nothing new can happen just yet until the current situation is resolved.  The technical team's wish by keeping you updated in this manner is to reciprocate the consideration you have for us and to share with you our dedication to reviving PoetBay to the place we've all come to appreciate so dearly through the years. 

So on to a little bit of good news.  Although some of you may already be aware of this :

- uploading a picture to a text is now fixed. (YAY!)

Other fixes that we've been working on :

- Read Texts list & Calendar
- Deleting private messages individually

So you are a little bit more aware of the challenges we are facing, these problems have been fixed on the test site, but stubbornly refuse to work on the live site.  We had hoped that we would have access to the previous developers' considerable knowledge to help us with this specific issue, but unfortunately this has not been possible.  However, we will get these fixes to work on the live site as soon as we possibly can.

In the meantime, for those who have reached the limit of allowed private messages and can't open or send new messages, you won't be able to individually select and delete your messages until we get this fixed on the live site, however you can clear out your outbox (Sent) by pressing the ‘Delete all messages' button.  This will in fact delete all of your messages in the outbox and will allow you to use Private Messages again.


Sincerely,

 

Isabelle

 



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[Sep 08 2009] - News update

Written 2009-09-08

 

Hi everyone,

We apologise for the inconveniences the glitches have been causing you in the last week.  We realise there are many and would like to inform you that we are actively working to resolve them as quickly as possible.  Many of you have reported the problems you are experiencing and we would like to thank you for taking the time to do so.  The information you provide tremendously helps us at this time.

In an effort to resolve the unforeseen problems due to the site transfer, we will be contacting the previous web developers of the site.  This would not be our normal course of action as there is ample technical experience within the team, however, since the previous web developers have invaluable knowledge and history of the site, it may well assist us in resolving the issues quicker.  The quickest resolution is ultimately our main concern as we feel it is extremely important to do everything possible in order to maintain the valued support of our members.  We will keep you up to date with any news.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support! 

Sincerely,

 

Isabelle

 



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