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Colwyn Abernathy's Avatar Comment 1 by Colwyn Abernathy

Done. Awesomely looking forward to the new site. Love the site already, tho I am excited at any changes y'all decide to make. Thanks! :)

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:42:00 UTC | #412837

Prankster's Avatar Comment 2 by Prankster


Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:46:00 UTC | #412838

Jiten's Avatar Comment 3 by Jiten


Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:55:00 UTC | #412840

Sally Luxmoore's Avatar Comment 4 by Sally Luxmoore

O, the wonders of the interweb...

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:55:00 UTC | #412841

Colwyn Abernathy's Avatar Comment 5 by Colwyn Abernathy

If I do it again, will it skew the results? ;)

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:58:00 UTC | #412844

helen sotiriadis's Avatar Comment 6 by helen sotiriadis


looking forward to seeing new features.

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:04:00 UTC | #412846

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 7 by God fearing Atheist

I do hope the new web site is a lot better designed than this atrocious survey.

Which of the following social networking sites do you use?

Answer: none. Oh, no box to tick. But ticking a box is compulsory! So I haven't done the survey because it won't let me!

Sorry Admin, you've just scored 0/10 for your HCI.

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:31:00 UTC | #412851

Carl Sai Baba's Avatar Comment 8 by Carl Sai Baba

It doesn't make much sense that "other" and "none" are the same answer for the phone question. Unless you are planning phone-specific apps and already ruled out S60-based Nokias and proprietary platforms which are Java-enabled.

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:35:00 UTC | #412853

Imroy's Avatar Comment 9 by Imroy

Done. So many questions about social websites that I either avoid like the plague or haven't even heard of. What are you planning on doing to the website? How about you fix the basics, like having a login method that doesn't rely on a cookie to figure out which page to return to and consequently gets mixed up when you have multiple tabs open to the site.

Back to the survey - why no love for all the smart and semi-smart mobile phones that can run JavaME/J2ME apps? There's got to be several billion of them out there in the world. The ones in the list are getting all the hype nowadays but still make up only a very small proportion of the market.

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:38:00 UTC | #412857

Mr. Stick's Avatar Comment 10 by Mr. Stick

Thank Dog for YouTube, or I wouldn't have been able to fill in the survey (Though I don't use YouTube as a social networking site).

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:50:00 UTC | #412860

Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Comment 11 by Dr. Strangegod

This was my comment at the end, having clicked "none" almost every time.

"Sorry guys, I think all that social networking stuff is just stupid and self-obsessed (and I'm only 31). I very reluctantly have a Facebook page, and it is extremely simplified. I won't even go so far as to join RDF on Facebook. Twitter, to me, is about as useful as creationism, and almost as harmful to our collective psyche. I like the site as it is quite a lot. But do what you will, I trust you know what you're doing."

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:55:00 UTC | #412862

gr8hands's Avatar Comment 12 by gr8hands

They need the "none" option for the first question, as I have none. Not "other", but none. It wouldn't allow me to submit without an answer there. Tsk, tsk.

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 21:14:00 UTC | #412867

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 13 by mordacious1

Bummer, I only use "" and it wasn't listed.

Really, I don't and probably won't use any social networking sites. I agree with Imroy that there are some things that could be fixed on this site that it currently provides (or used to). I liked it, for example, when all the posts gave the time in my local time. Now all the time-posts are in the time-zone of Vladivostok. Maybe that's just my browser, but it started when the site was down for awhile. Also, I liked it when you got an email notice when someone PM'd you.

I know people will use these services. Some people who were rabid posters in the past do not post much here anymore, they just talk to each other on Facebook. Perhaps, if the sites were linked, it would bring these posters back, probably not Al Rawandi though.

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 21:51:00 UTC | #412888

j.mills's Avatar Comment 14 by j.mills

Yeah, what was the story with the disappearance of Vociferous Al anyway? I missed all that. Somebody PM me.

Done survey. Don't do social networking (though I'm vaguely on - this site already eats all my cybertime!

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:20:00 UTC | #412900

Fuzzy Duck's Avatar Comment 15 by Fuzzy Duck


Keep up the fantastic work!


Wed, 11 Nov 2009 23:01:00 UTC | #412909

davem's Avatar Comment 16 by davem

That list of social networking sites is scary. Please, just fix the basics - so that I can go from one unread article to the next without going back to the RSS feed, please!

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 23:16:00 UTC | #412912

MrPickwick's Avatar Comment 17 by MrPickwick


"Email to be notified of the new site launch":
Isn't this superfluous? (Am I the only sick lad who checks the site 42 times a day?)

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 23:22:00 UTC | #412914

vega's Avatar Comment 18 by vega

Yeah - forget the social networking. I want a twinkly star background, flashing animated gifs, and a midi song playing every time a page is loaded :)

ps Josh rox!

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 23:46:00 UTC | #412920

ev-love's Avatar Comment 19 by ev-love

This "survey"....

Are we being consulted,or tested?


Wed, 11 Nov 2009 23:48:00 UTC | #412921

Rob Schneider's Avatar Comment 20 by Rob Schneider

I have to concur... the social networking questions are largely irrelevant, when this site is missing SO many opportunities to network the people here better:
--email when P.M'ed
--threaded comments, so you can easily follow replies.
--ability to assess your own "ranking" by fellow atheists. Am I "adored" or "trolled".

As for Mr. Pickwick's question if he's the only sicko checking the site 42 (a Doug Adams quantity) times a day... get in line, bud!!

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:25:00 UTC | #412926

robotaholic's Avatar Comment 21 by robotaholic


If you don't like social networking, don't do it- it's not obligatory, but there is nothing wrong with options.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 01:53:00 UTC | #412935

Lisa Bauer's Avatar Comment 22 by Lisa Bauer

I've done the survey, too. Looking forward to the new site design.

One point I mentioned: is it possible to get a mobile-friendly site? I often visit this site on my iPhone (because I'm sad and pathetic that way!), and while it works, all the stuff on the front page can take quite a while to load.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:29:00 UTC | #412940

njwong's Avatar Comment 23 by njwong

Actually, I thought it rather strange that this site survey is placed under the "Latest News" category, where it will rapidly slither down and disappear from view as newer articles are posted.

If the purpose is to survey the current/registered members, it makes more sense to send an email to them and ask them to take part in the survey. The survey URL doesn't have to be published publicly.

By posting the survey under "Latest News", this survey "appears" to be also directed at casual visitors who have not registered with the site. Since this can cause public/non-registered users to participate in the survey, it can skew results. For example, whenever one of those Creationist web sites do a web poll, the results are completely skewed by us to our favour when we learn of it :-)

If public/non-registered users feedback is being solicited, then this topic should be listed under the "Featured" category, which should keep the survey prominently featured for a longer while for the public/non-registered visitors.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:49:00 UTC | #412942

infinitum17's Avatar Comment 24 by infinitum17

I frequently share/post articles from this site on Facebook, but that wasn't an option.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 03:11:00 UTC | #412943

Josh Timonen's Avatar Comment 25 by Josh Timonen

We are certainly planning other updates beyond what is in this survey. This is just a list if topics we're looking to find out more about at this time.


Thu, 12 Nov 2009 03:44:00 UTC | #412945

pernickety's Avatar Comment 26 by pernickety

I second the iPhone friendly website.. or maybe, if it's not crossing the line, an app?

And then we could say: 'There's an app for that'. And there would be much rejoicing.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 03:51:00 UTC | #412946

askegg's Avatar Comment 27 by askegg

Chill people - this is just the start. I have spoken to some of the people in the background and they are all well aware of the problems and how things could be improved. The difficulty is in deciding which features are important and which are a waste of time and resources to maintain. There is a lot which can be done to make this site even more awesome than it is, but even with an unlimited budget and the most brilliant talent it takes time to implement.

I have faith (hack) in the admin gods.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 04:48:00 UTC | #412954

Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Comment 28 by Dr. Strangegod

Josh - Well, we certainly aren't short of opinions, are we? Good luck, and thanks for all your efforts.

pernickety - I'd rather cut out my tongue. That's just so wack.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 04:57:00 UTC | #412955

ricklend's Avatar Comment 29 by ricklend


I just took the survey. BTW, I am addicted to this site. Does that mean anything?

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:03:00 UTC | #412956

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 30 by mordacious1

29. Comment #431287 by ricklend

You need to sign up for DA...

Dawkaholics Anonymous

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:49:00 UTC | #412960