What do you think of the new StumbleUpon?

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Currin

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Posted 2 years ago

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Sea

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Good Morning GMC, et al,

You have replaced the thumbs from the discovered sites with your generic thumbs and in many instances they have no relevance to the images at the links. People use the thumbs as a guide to whether the content looks good or interesting to them. WTF are you playing at? No wonder the page views have gone down - for a site that promotes itself as a 'traffic generating engine' you've F***ed up bigtime when your largest interest is photography. Are you hoping that people will read the titles? Or have you gone all democratic? Or is it so that the sexually explicit thumbs don't cause offence (indicating that your 'systems' in existence for filtering offensive content are inadequate)? Or is it so that your paying customers can have their thumbnails as preferential treatment over the non-paying submissions - because we all know the value of a good thumbnail.

I've just tried clicking one of my own links - it brought up some page I've never seen before that certainly wasn't the link I clicked - so please note that I THUMBED DOWN YOUR SPAM because it is uninteresting to me. Also, the pages that are brought up have been 'filtered' into a SU url - for instance, the page at http://vadimtrunov.35photo.ru/photo_2... has become http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3UVgOb - what's all that about then?

For the record, I don't give a stuff about what our old toolbar looks like - I have in excess of 2 brain cells and don't need spoon feeding; neither do I give a stuff for whatever your latest image is, having seen several of your previous images and the slow decent into the graphics depravity that emerges when you hand a box of crayons and widgets to a bunch of ADHD adolescents; I don't use the stumble button - since your assault in October, I’ve added visual content - your latest actions have removed the ability to scan through thumbs for what looks interesting. However, I discover that now there is yet another, new toolbar stuck on every damn page as a header, which I do not want, in addition to the old toolbar; at this rate there won't be any screen left to see the pages!

The width for reviews has been reduced as well, suggesting that you want to remove those entirely or reduce them to a tweetable chunk at some point in the probably not too distant future too.

Is your plan for all content to be paid submissions? And all stumblers to be passive stumble clickers? In which case all you really need in the toolbar is the stumble button and the thumbs and even allow your systems to work out what a user likes to see – oh silly me, isn’t that what SU used to do?

Just what are the intentions for the future of this site because this is the final straw for me. Your site has become a very poor joke; it is not for me any more. I'll leave my account there but I have no intentions of becoming one of your Stumbledrones - I do believe there is a rumour that other sites pay people for clicks?

PS yeah, I chose that inflammatory title specifically

TourAbsurd

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Can't stand it. Already filled out the survey. Now I need to add how irritated I am at the inability to find a way to switch back to the old layout. HATE IT.

tatjana

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It is exactly what think if anyone cares. When I joined SU 3 years ago I did not expect it would finally come to its suicidal end.

Mi

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This is the first site I ever joined........I meet alot of great people on stumble all across the world...I don't think there is another site that can take me to Spain or Paris or to Finland and then back to the USA............DON'T CHANGE STUMBLE IT'S NOT BROKE JUST LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS....STUMBLE MAY LOSE ALOT OF PEOPLE IF IT CHANGES..................THEN STUMBLE WILL BE A GHOST TOWN................HOPE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE WILL REALLY CONSIDER ON WHAT US STUMBLERS WANT.....................AND THAT IS DON'T CHANGE

gary

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if i wanted tv channels and commercials..... this would be great

gary

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you're turning into what we thought we left behind, you're being pulled back by the relentless conservatism of the big money, you've become 1% 'ers.

TourAbsurd

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For anyone who is having difficulty switching back to the old layout, go here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/compat.php

This should be up in the toolbar, not hidden away on some help page for which one must dig.

Keith D Johnson

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Thanks so much for this shortcut to the old stumbleupon. I despise the new version.

anitab

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i like the overall look.. it's very pretty but not sure it's actually usable. If you're used to just random clicking, i'm sure it's great... but i want to see what my "friends" are up to and visit their pages. i dont see a way to do this.

Serinadruid

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Half the things I click on don't go to the link they are described as.

AirToob

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The new look is glitzy and completely soulless. All traces of the individual personality of people have been wiped out. It's like all the real people have gone and all that's left is an amusement arcade.

There's no reason for me to be here any more. I like people, I like how various they are. I like Categorian because in that place people and their thoughts come first and the sites that they are interested in come second. Everyone's blog looks different, as it should.

On SU the sites come first, and people (as real human beings) are nowhere to be seen. Everywhere you go looks the same. Sites are apparently rated by robots, with all the intelligence of robots (but with less accuracy).

I have about as much interest in mindless clicking through SU recommendations as I have for reading the comments on YouTube.

Gladsdotter, Champion

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The new SU looks simpler, in the sense that it looks as if it was designed for use by children, or by people who cannot read. But it is only a veneer of simplicity, because it takes 2-3 times as long and 2-3 times as many clicks to do anything or to see the same amount of information. Nothing is intuitive.

I can only speak for myself, but I would choose ease of use over looks any day. We need more navigation links, keyboard jumps, mouse-overs, less scrolling, ways to see a whole field of information (like interests) on one page. We need to be able to access all our tags, not just the number that conveniently fit in the design.

There needs to be a way for stumblers to differentiate themselves. Following the right people is essential for getting good stumbles, but there is no longer any way to tell who we are compatible with. Every profile page looks exactly the same. In addition, there is no easy way to see what the people we're following are liking or what they're saying in their reviews. This is not only visually boring, it's extremely frustrating.

So much functionality has been removed, with no apparent gain.

WTF

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I agree with the lack of functionality.
WAY too many clicks required for eveything.
I can't figure out how to send a message to someone.
At this point it doesn't matter because all I am getting is white pages

Changefulstorm

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I am very unhappy with the new look. Su has regressed with this childlike nightmare it has bestowed upon us. I too like to know what others think about topics and the new SU is impossible to maneuver in.
I remained faithful to SU and didn't jump ship with many others but I am seriously wondering if I erred.
I cannot believe that a professional organization would go ahead and release a mess such as this.......for example having everyone's gender incorrect. I was seriously very upset when I started receiving reports that I was listed as a 45 year old man. It read correctly on my pages but not to others. As I began to explore I found that all were incorrect. I reported this and got absolutely no comment back. Are we talking to the air here?

Xian

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Hey there, are you still seeing this issue? I'm not sure how to find the error (if it's still there). Thanks for your report.

Changefulstorm

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No Xian, I am not still seeing this issue because I finally found my way back to the old SU. I will hold onto the old SU until my fingernails bleed. I am not going back in there to look. God only knows if I will get back out this time.

Serinadruid

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...and that is the problem with "beta testing" in the general user base when you don't have a functioning product to test.

Garfield

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First off there is no icon for how I feel. First you take away Photo blogging and Forums as well as groups. Now you do this. I was listed as a 57 year old woman,let me explain something. There are two genders Female and Male I am the latter.
You people make me sick. My friends (people who are not spammers) are the only reason I stick around this dung heap that was once something good before you people started putting the all mighty dollar ahead of everything and everyone

Right now SU sucks

Lori

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Um , I have to ask in all sincerity , why do you "su" have such an aversion to actual beta testing ?
There is no way actual users tested this , I really can't find much of anything functioning properly short of hitting the stumble button .
Also , why make things more difficult to do ? And not just a few things , everything has been moved in a way where it seems twice and many clicks are needed to accomplish the same goal.

The only thing I can find that seems more simplistic is the aesthetics of your start page and that hideous new logo design .
Sorry guys but at first glance this is really , really bad ..

Geofffxdwg

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The new StumbleUpon is a bit tasteless vulgar, crude, tawdry, garish, gaudy, ostentatious, chintzy, kitschy, kitsch, and tacky.To say the least.Is StumbleUpon on self destruct mode? What do most StumbleUpon employees honestly think about the new look compared to the old look?

phyllissatterfield

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Horrible- useless, non-functional nightmare--an empty farce ; a close relative has used SU for years- only for it's stated purpose of finding new things ; he was never social , or interested in the social aspects , as I was ; He also says it had become useless to him before the latest nightmare- Useless for any of it's stated purposes-- BTW- How much did positive reviews of this circus cost ?

tatjana

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For it is a nightmare and the end of SU I am used to. I hope to see all my SU friends and followers in Categorian with its respect for personality.

Orfie

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It looks like a botched abortion. Enough so to make me *finally* schedule my account for the axe.
The functionality sucks at best; and to throw it at us with no beta testing whatsoever is the last straw for me.
SU, you go on and do what you're going to do without regard for your loyal users.
It's what I've come to expect.

Jonie

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"We want to know! Please share your thoughts here and fill out our survey"

Oh really? What a joke!
How many pages of comments did you get re the deleting of our blogs? Most of them you hid and the rest you ignored.
And now you want us to waste our time again "sharing our thoughts" and filling out silly surveys you're going to bin anyway?

tatjana

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Dear Jonie, thank you for saving me from the second shuttering experience in the new format of SU. With a new logo it means a farewell to SU glorious past.

Jonie

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Welcome Tatjana - bookmark the link, you might need it again!

Rapture

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I'm extremely unhappy with StumbleUpon. I spend the bulk of my time on Catagorian now. If not for the people I still talk to in the SU mail or via the tool bar if would have deleted my account.

Karolinger

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As Gladsdotter pointed out, you have to click around to do stuff enough times to annoy. Some hovering could help. Key shorcuts could also help. There's a health issue called Repetitive strain injury.

The Comments section really need some work IMO, I don't want to see my profile picture repeated along each comment under each like I commented on. How about removing the avatar? You will have more space to add more likes with comments, right now, you to click more to go next (or previous), because of the unneeded space my avatar creates. How about showing only a part of the really extra long reviews with a expand (or collapse) link? this link could be activated while hovering on it (or maybe not). You have to scroll down more because of long reviews.

Karolinger

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Another thing, If you click the balloon icon next to like and go to review page of this like, you can't view the liked web page right away by clicking the title of it as we can do in the non-experimental Web UI. You'll have to go back to click the title of the like to view the web page directly.

This could also be a little bit inconvenient with Chromebar

Joost

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The user interface is modern and clean and the implementation of ajax and jquery in parts is a nice touch that's almost expected these days in good UX. So your problem is not the UI - kudos to the web designer - it's in your business model and UX.

You've taken an active, thriving and robust community of Stumblers who blog, share links and communicate with each other daily and tried to coerce encourage that user base into clicking the "stumble!" button more through proprietary redirecting URLs that are now tightly controlled. I understand you may want to go public with an IPO someday and monetize the intimate knowledge you have of every user's browsing behavior and to increase user activity to show growth in the net stats. But you do so at the cost of your loyal users, most of which were disillusioned from the last few abrupt user "enhancements".

People feel used, like you only want them for their clicks. Sorry, I'm not that kinda guy.

To remedy your bad PR and stem the flow of user rejection and account deletions I would suggest listening to the good advice given to you here on this site. Return the social aspects of your service.

Sea

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Joost, you've just pointed out the best reason for deleting my account - that all the intimate knowledge in my 'favs' and 'reviews' is going to be used to try profiling me to some grubby little account at some point, if not already.

I'm sick to death of people trying to wring some profit out of me. Wouldn't it be great if we could organise a mass 'exodus' of deletions to anywhere but here.

for the record, I'm feeling very, militantly anarchistic!

Joost

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I still hold out hope that I will find some value in their service. I would like to see more robust and customizable profile pages incorporating some individuality and user personality, and of course more social integration so that viewing subscriber's activity and reading my subscriptions' reviews of sites is easier. I would like to know who visits, and if they are a match based on interests. I would have hoped the best features from past iterations would have been preserved because that was the heart of the SU product.

But I will keep my account active for the short term to see what happens.

Changefulstorm

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I too would like to see the profile pages continue to show our individuality and personalities. This is one of the things that drew me to Stumbleupon in the first place.

Garfield

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I agree with Changefulstorm 100%

Serinadruid

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You can't call the Profile tab a Profile unless you make an area for people to write a couple lines about themselves. Even twitter lets you link to your other homes and write a little profile blurb.

Long time stumblers have told me their issue with the new interface is not being able to figure out how to add something new to the system. Uhm, that's sort of important. *I* figured it out quickly but it took me to a new page and then asked me to input the url manually in order to add it, that's the stupidest thing I have ever seen SU do. Copy and paste the url? Really? And take me AWAY from the page the url is on before telling me I have to copy and paste it?

Don't roll this out to everyone yet, you have a lot of work to do. I can't even use it until you fix some of the stuff so if you want more feedback from me, get to work.

Elvira MM

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Come on! You don't really want to know. Because if you cared just a little, SU wouldn't become such a plain useless dump

Currin

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I promise we are reading these and taking all actionable comments under consideration.

Glori4me

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What does SU consider an "actionable comment" as apparently only those will be taken into consideration?

Bleem Filk

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@Pat (hi:)

I don't mean to deign to speak for StumbleUpon

...but I believe that an "actionable comment" is one in which SU will "act" as though they care about it...but, I'm sure that they care about them ALL.

Then again, I'm also certain that if I flap my arms and scream like a chicken, I'll be able to fly

Sea

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proposed (partial) definition of 'actionable' as comments that can be removed from this page, perhaps?

@Bleem - hiya, are the flying lessons progressing well? I hope you are having more success with them than we're getting here.

Serinadruid

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@Carlos Sang
I like the avatar that's pretty standard.

If the new "comments" used to be "reviews" were set up in a way that allowed people to make multiple COMMENTS and carry on public conversations about a website, that could be useful/fun.

Currently the whole "info" page is rather useless as it is now. Only showing 4 "Stumblers Who Like This" is totally pointless, either make the avatars smaller, cram them closer together and show as many as before (maybe so you have to hover over the avatar to see the Stumblers name, or slap it over the top of the avatar) or just take the section out completely, leaving just a link that says "Stumblers Who Like This", right now, you are just wasting space.

Karolinger

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I'm not a very sociable person, even so, I'm also starting to feel it's too asocial.

Serinadruid

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There are a couple easy things they could do, with the new interface, that would make it more social. Being able to publicly discuss a website in "comments" is one of those things. It would help to maintain hype about a website for longer and hold the interest of the users longer.

A simple section where one can write a small profile blurb is also a social aspect, as much as SU would like to believe users follow each other based on the content they thumb up I think it is equally true (if not more so) that people follow each other based on whatever random thing the person said in their "about me" section + their avatar.

If you take too many things away you are only left with a concept board, rather than a functioning website.

Gladsdotter, Champion

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In comparing my new tag cloud to the one in the "old SU," I see that about two-thirds of my tags have gone missing. Why has a version been rolled out that cannot handle as much data as is presented in the old version? This is definitely a step in the wrong direction, and something needs to go back to the drawing board.

Please tell us that this is a bug and not something we're going to be stuck with!!! Good tagging is essential for the functioning of your Explore Box. Why are you discouraging people from using tags?

Serinadruid

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IF I cannot access and properly use my tags, SU loses 90% of it's use for me. I have always used SU as a way to "bookmark" sites I like online, I also have several browsers that are maxed out with bookmarks but lets not get into my bookmarking addiction. SU is the only service I have ever been satisfied with as a way to categorize my bookmarks, via the tags. Without that, what's the point?

Currin

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We will follow up on checking on the Tags - if they are not all there that is a bug we can fix.

Glori4me

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The last revision to SU left out the tag cloud completely because it was thought noone used it. Enough complaint retrieved the tag cloud then. Not everyone tags things exactly alike, so all of our tag titles ought to be included in this revision too.

Gladsdotter, Champion

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@ Pat Hodel,
The tag issue has been fixed since I posted this. In fact, it was fixed very quickly after Currin said it would be. For a discussion of tag cloud details, see http://getsatisfaction.com/stumbleupo...

Glori4me

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Thanks. It's a relief to see something get fixed quickly :)

Serinadruid

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When I hover over a link that says "blogspot.com" and it says "blogspot.com" and I click it, I BLOODY WELL EXPECT TO END UP SOMEWHERE ON blogspot.com.

I clearly need to go play outside, I am appalled SU would embed the stumble button into every area of the website including right over urls so people click the stumble button no matter what, even when clicking links to specific places. Shame on you, SHAME.

Joost

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It's like the bad old days of black hat SEO with doorway sites, auto-redirects and click farming.

Serinadruid

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Too right.

Currin

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This is a bug we are looking into. Thank you for reporting this information.

Serinadruid

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I am glad it is going to be corrected, thanks Currin.

tagbaker

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If this is the New??? Give me back the old and leave it alone,,, SU is behaving like a Govt. feeding us a line WE don't want saying they know what's best for us. No Thanks ...

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