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Major website update coming... need your input!
By derek
6/2/2015 8:51:08 PM
It has been a long time since LDSAR was updated and I am FINALLY preparing to give it a much needed facelift and add some new functionality. I am grateful that this site seems to at least help a little bit in your recovery efforts and hopefully we can add some functionality that will help even more. Below are features/updates I am definitely planning on:

--General redesign to make the site more responsive/mobile/device friendly
--Ability to change username
--Ability to more easily recover/reset password
--Ability to flag "trolls" and others who detract from our purpose and mission for potential blocking (it would be submitted to a moderator to decide) or at least to have a comment removed
--Private messaging functionality where each user will be able to opt-in to receive PMs in a private inbox on the site without exposing their email address
--Updated content throughout (links, books, etc)
--Get rid of the 911 Alert. It hasn't been used in a long time. Hopefully the PM functionality will be a better help for those times when people are really struggling and need an extra boost
--Possibly get rid of the "Add a Reference" functionality for blog posts. I haven't seen this used on posts in a long time

Additionally, I welcome any input you can provide on the above items or new ideas for improvement/features/etc as well. I will seriously consider every suggestion. Please help me make LDSAR the tool you would like it to be!

Thanks!
Derek

Comments:

Like or Thanks button    
"I've thought it would be nice to have something similar to a +1 or a "Like" or a "Thanks" button we can use to simply indicate that a comment was helpful or meaningful to us.

Pros: Easy way to say "thanks" for an insightful post or comment.

Cons: May discourage dialogue. Also runs the risk of being cheesy. A less cheesy approach might be to PM the user instead of showing a "Like" on the actual message, along the lines of "User ABC appreciated your comment under topic XYZ".

Something to think about, but certainly not something we need."
posted at 01:47:01 on June 3, 2015 by Anonymous
Add a Reference?    
"First of all THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS SITE!!!! My life has personally been blessed through it and my recovery in knowing that I am not alone.

I LOVE the quotes that you put in the upper right hand corner. Fantastic!

I did not know about the "add a reference" feature and I don't know how to use it. I have tried to put in links for references that I made so people could read for themselves. Is this the same thing? Is there an easier way to do it? I know that I would benefit to have a quick and easy way to find the reference that someone puts in their comment.

So that is my two-cents. I also like the idea of the "thanks button". "
posted at 00:01:28 on June 4, 2015 by 1stepatatime
Thank you for this site!!!    
"This site was my only outlet for so long, thank you for a safe place for me to go.
I really like all the ideas you suggested. I also like the thanks button...so many times I feel too down to really type a response, but a quick push of a button might help me and others feel connected even when we don't want to talk.
Again thank you!"
posted at 20:21:56 on June 7, 2015 by Summer
Pretty Cool    
"This is pretty cool. I plan to visit often"
posted at 23:57:30 on June 7, 2015 by davethedude
I have to say thank you for this site    
"i have benefited so much from the site you have put up. I have been walking down this path for nearly two years trying to find help. This group has been a wonderful addition to the daily steps that I have been taking. Thank you"
posted at 19:07:55 on June 16, 2015 by sjanderson1
Thanks    
"Thanks for the input. I will definitely add a Thanks button of some sort. To 1STEPATATIME, when you hit the blog button, there is a red button at the top that says "Add a Reference". You can click on that and bring up any verse, hymns, etc, you'd like to add to your post. HOWEVER, I just noticed that this does not appear to be working. So maybe we'll leave it but make sure it works :)"
posted at 23:10:20 on June 16, 2015 by derek
One more thing    
"It would also be great to have the ability to "downvote" messages as spam, trolls, off topic, etc. Occasionally there is some wild, off-topic garbage that comes through here, and it would be great to be able to group-moderate that somehow.

By the way, thanks for running the site. I noticed it went offline for a week or so recently while you were apparently going through a renewal. I missed the ability to check in or read stuff from the archives! It's great to have the site back, and I look forward to your upgrade!"
posted at 21:26:45 on July 25, 2015 by Anonymous
Site downtime    
"Sorry about the downtime. I try to keep the necessary funds in the account for when it auto-renews but occasionally we do run into issues. That's why the donations are always very appreciated. This downtime however, was made even longer, by the fact that I was on a family vacation and had no idea the site had broken. Being able to mark comments as off-topic or trolling or otherwise is definitely on my list. I've noticed some posts tend to really attract negative people who have no good purpose in their comments."
posted at 23:47:35 on July 26, 2015 by derek
Thanks!    
"Thanks so much for doing this site."
posted at 23:00:00 on July 29, 2015 by Anonymous
Talk to El Jefe    
"Derek,

Consider speaking with the owner of cougarboard.com. I think he would help you if you explained your project, it's mission and purpose. He has a lot of experience."
posted at 23:46:31 on August 7, 2015 by fighter
Additional ideas    
"It would be nice to have a way to indicate whether a post is from an addict or a spouse and then be able to see those subdivisions within the categories. That would allow the victims to focus on helping each other and the addicts to focus helping each other. Many times there is cross over but it would re-focus the discussion."
posted at 23:49:38 on August 7, 2015 by fighter


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