No, I didn't miss your point. You, however, entirely missed mine. It wasn't until your most recent post that you partially discarded general hyperbole in favor of qualifying your own, personal experiences. I am more than happy to acknowledge that there are some people who hold ridiculous views on autism. What I was pointing out to you is that when you paint everyone with the same brush, even in an emotionally honest statement, you alienate those within your readership who take offense at being treated so. This should sound familiar enough to you from another angle, shouldn't it?
Wolfie beat the rest to death with a stick, so I'm going to leave it at that.
Try not throwing such wide sweeping statements out if you want to engage your readership. I'm not sure what kind of "general public" you're dealing with on a daily basis, but the one in my neck of woods certainly does not bear out the description you gave them. To me, (being a member of the "general public",) your statement reads as nothing more than you projecting your own outlook upon other people, with the further kicker of that outlook being pretty offensive. A chip on your own shoulder does not make for a good, factual argument.
Lovely sales pitch. I'd like to see a list of those companies that "gather information on credit card chargebacks." I'd also like to see a clear legal statement on the origins of the "data that banks disclose to credit score entities and others."
One major and well thought out social networking blast will get you enough members to kill the idea of sprouting multiple personalities and relegate it to the forgotten bin, right where it belongs. If you provide what people are looking for, they will sign up regardless of how many members are already there. There's a caveat to this, however. You have to be offering something really good.
Lack of membership is the symptom and not the disease. What's the disease? There are a few. Lack of situational awareness in regard to a given market, especially if said market is already oversaturated. Overloaded, user unfriendly layout. Unoriginal content. Unprofessional communications. Lack of time investment in community development. Lack of proper marketing.
"If I build it, they will come?" Not in this day and age. People are not going to seek you out. You have to approach them and catch their eye in a time as short as a cursory skim over a Facebook news feed. If you do it right, it works a lot better than giving the fairytale book known as DSM-IV a run for its money in a digital version of the dissociative identity disorder.
If the EU (a jurisdiction that I do not reside in, pay taxes in andor vote in) wants me to obey their law, then they can come right over and attempt to make me do so. While they're at it, they can also bring China along to make sure I properly filter content, and North Korea too, so that praises of whatever Kim is ruling right now are properly displayed every other paragraph.
Give me a break the size of Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence. May the EU need not reach for its spectacles.
Indeed. I'll add another kicker to this. James wants more of a well categorized "display shelf" for images related to various projects that customers can easily navigate, and the current setup doesn't work well for him. For the site I'm currently working on, I need a gallery for display of...photography, and the current setup doesn't work well for me either. It's not a pretty picture for an app when two people wanting to use it in drastically different ways both have the same issues with it - if you go back a page and read James's post listing the things he'd like changed, you'll get my list of complaints as well.
IPS staff (especially Matt) - please don't take this as an angry whine. I truly enjoy using the suite and building stuffs with it. However, for me, Gallery sticks out like a sore thumb with both its visual style and the relative lack of administrative control over member base within the app when compared to the rest of the platform.
James's list of suggestions on the previous page is mine as well.
Try ordering a skin from a certain web template company. If you're not a well established customer, your order automatically goes into the fraud prevention queue and they will call you to verify it. They also spot check established customers, especially if an incoming order is larger than average.
IPS is not instituting checks like those just because they like tormenting their own customers. There's a significant amount of loss to fraudulent software orders, and it's not limited to someone walking away with a download they didn't really pay for themselves.There's loss prevention measures that have to be taken - that's time, $$$ and manpower. Then there's the joy of dealing with credit card processors - those can be so merchant unfriendly that they make Paypal look like an oasis of peace, quiet and honorable conduct. Chargebacks, be it "I changed my mind" or "my credit card was used without my permission" cost the merchant a lot more money than you'd think. The law itself (in the US, at least) is not merchant friendly either, and it often allows customers to pull off some rather jaw dropping stunts.
Yeah, it's a pain in the bum to wait. Sometimes, however, it helps to consider the "why" from the merchant angle. Businesses want to do, well, business and make a profit. No company will be able to sustain itself when their losses due to fraud beign to exceed a certain threshold. Waiting is the price we all pay for all the miscreants out there wanting to get stuff for free.
I've done tech support for a community like the one that Charles mentioned. You know you've got massive issues with atmosphere on your forum when your tech support folks don't moan about technical issues, but rather speak about having pity for all those innocent bystanders who stumble upon the mess you created.
It's kind of circular to have a "download all content" feature for banned members, isn't it? I mean, they're banned, off the site, with massively restricted permissions, right? I do see value in a download facility for PMs, however, if not anything else than for the convenience of being able to dump all the data there into a separate file for personal storage.
I do doubt that IPS is going to implement something like this site wide, though. This would likely be a rather server intensive process (imagine a user with thousands of postsPMsblogs dloading the whole nine yards at once), plus it could potentially be an admin nightmare waiting to happen (Marcher's example up there.)
Perhaps try hitting up the gang at the Modification Requests forum?