Post # 1
A number of people have asked us to build a chat feature for Weddingbee:
As I mentioned in that thread, if we built a real-time chat feature… we’d need a way to police and moderate it. It would be a lot of work to build that feature and then staff it up…
So in the meantime, we’ve been allowing chat threads in the boards while we figure something out. But while we do that… we’ve been getting pushback on that recently as well! As a few people pointed out in that link above, chat can inflate post counts and impact the bee levels – definitely not our intent!
We thought we’d turn to the hive for guidance… we have a few possible approaches in the short term, while we hash out our long term chat strategy. Can you vote and comment below to let us know what you think?
Post # 3
Personally, I think the current situation is OK until a more long term solution is implemented, provided there is some moderation of the current situation. I don’t think that the people in the chat threads have the intent of post count inflation, but I also think that a little bit of moderation is required with this, and if people are using the chat thread to “spam” or inflate post count, then the thread should be deleted. This comes up a lot on one of the other boards I frequent, and that policy has always worked pretty well.
But, for right now, I really don’t think the chat siutation is out of control, and while the posts aren’t totally content heavy, they don’t look so light that people are attempting to inflate post count with them. Not every thread has content heavy posts, anyway!
Post # 4
While a chat room would be nice, i can see the dilemna to building one. That being said, i dont’ think people should be complaining that it inflates post counts and bee levels. If you don’t like it, jump right in! Since when are bee levels such a competitive thing anyways?I don’t think anyone’s intent is to go crazy with their post count–they just want to chat and they’re bored.
Fow now, i say we leave it. Plus, if you add a real chat options, i’m afraid we might all get blocked at work.
Post # 5
I agree with ejs, please don’t get this site blocked at work! lol
Post # 6
I voted that the daily chat threads are fine, but that they should be deleted the next day…or at least closed. For me it has nothing to do with large post counts but rather the fact that the next day we are on to the next chat thread =) I haven’t seen any signs of anyone using it to inflate thread counts…and if they wanted to do that they could just as easily go around to individual threads and post comments anyway.
Post # 7
I think right now it’s fine. I don’t chat to “inflate my post count” but because I am home alone a lot, and like to have some sort of interaction with others. I guess I don’t understand why others are offended (?) by the fact that there are chat threads to begin with. We never told anyone they couldn’t be involved. I think the more the merrier.
Post # 8
😀 I am what near the top of the leader board and i only sporadically respond to the chat thread because I cannot seem to jump in and figure out what’s going on lol!! i had a lot to say before Thanksgiving on them then I went down and rarely said anything lol!!! I don’t think people use them to inflate their levels, I think they use them to communicate and see what else is going on in the hive. I also don’t think they are relevant the next day, a new one is created so they can be deleted. I think I joined in rather late on the thread that started it all and had fun catching up with old friends, I had been at work earlier that day.
To those that think the chat threads allow bees to level up: Regardless of the chat threads or not, some of us still level up rapidly. I am pretty sure before they started I was quickly on my way to being a bee keeper. I hit over 100 posts per day long before the chat thread started and since it started I have rarely hit over 100… I feel that I can speak because I’m number 3 on the leader board (woohoo look out EJ!!) lol!!!!
edited because the last sentence made no sense!! guess i’m still sleepy 😀
Post # 9
I tried to do the chat thread thing, but they’re too overwhelming for me. Things move too quickly for my tired brain; so I stopped even checking in on them.
@Crebre, I think the difference (for some people) might lie in the fact that you’re leveling up quickly because you post on everything 🙂 you give people great advice, you encourage people, you post silly pictures to lighten the mood of the boards…your 100 posts are on 100 threads, whereas a chat thread may provide a single user a dozen or more posts on just that one thread. Does that make sense?
Post # 10
@DD: ohhhhhhh yea okay i gotcha :D…. I am rarely on the chat threads, they move too quickly for me too and I’m all over the boards seeing what’s going on lol!! but i don’t know if i have noticed one or two users who only post on the chat threads? i think from what i’ve noticed people post everywhere and the chat thread is where you post totally random things… for example i posted about my car situation…. where does that go? i suppose i could have made an entirely different thread about looking for a car or something that random? i think the chat threads serve as a great place to not start “thread killers” and just say what you have to say get advise, input, or encouragement and just keep swimming (you know what comes next)… speaking of something i need to know, why in the world are all of my pictures coming on here ginormously?! the tech geek in me is freaking out.
Post # 11
i don’t really see the difference between posting on a chat thread versus commenting on every single topic in an attempt to boost bee levels. is that necessarily a bad thing? it’s not like we get a prize for being the top chatter. i don’t join every single chat thread but i like that it’s a fun way to connect to other members of the hive outside of our weddings.
that said, i think the current situation is find, but maybe we can close the previous threads.
Post # 12
I love Dori, Crebre! lol.
I feel kinda bad. I didn’t expect there to be a blow up of chat threads after my original post. I was bored, and about to level up anyway. lol.
I also don’t see anyone specifically only posting on the chat thread. I see them all over. And I totally agree. Most of the other threads I start die within an hour anyway, so I usually just talk about it on the chat thread. = /
Post # 13
I don’t use the chat threads as a way to inflate post counts or anything like that. Yes it’s fun when I go up a level but it isn’t something that I think about and plan. I like having the chat threads so that we can have a little bit more personalized interaction with other people on the boards!
Post # 14
I think that the current chat threads are fine. I don’t see any reason why they should be delted as they are always dated in the title and so members should be able to see which one is current. I haven’t really seen the chat threads used to boost post counts. Mostly I think it provides a way for bees to communicate about daily life and get to know each other better. I can see how building hte chat feature would be a lot of work, but it would be nice to have eventually as the chat threads are hard to keep up with and to read. If i don’t get involved at the beginning, I tend to not jump in.
Post # 15
I think there should be a separate chat feature. Chat threads are long and consuming to catch up on when you are trying to get up to speed in one of them. The more rapid pace of a chat room is necessary to have better discussions and conversations.
What I will say is that recently with the increase of the chat threads, I see a lot more Lounge posts in general. While I understand that some people want to discuss non-wedding related things, I feel that the boards page is flooded with more non-wedding related posts than wedding related ones. This is still a wedding website and I like to read the posts about peoples’ plans, not the 15+ non-wedding related topics that seem to be flooding the boards recently.
A separate chat feature would possibly eliminate a lot of the Lounge threads about non-wedding related, more immediate discussions that are going on.
Post # 16
I’d love a separate, more real time chat feature, but don’t want it blocked from anywhere.
I personally think it’s fine now, and don’t think it’s used to inflate post counts. I really don’t think about it, and just want to chat (and procrastinate homework).
I do think we should close the threads at the end of the day, but don’t let us not do it when we can’t chat another way on here.
It’s a tough situation!