Don't know the vision, the way to go for Now Public. But all recent "improvements" are made by people with too much time. Crazyness is coming over Now Public. Technical may be the best ever made for a public news site, but there is one big mistake in the approach.
You, guys (and girls?) at technical dvelopment think we NP-members have too much time. And that guys is the big mistake in your thinking. Speaking for myself: i have better things to do than waiting. Waiting for the next step, wating for the next required fields to fill, waiting for adding tags, hitting enter after each tab (that takes a lot of time), filling in required location, filling in required channel. Pushing the button and again a new window. This is not published. Hitting buttons again.
This is the wordt uploadingsystem i have seen so far (i'm working on over 100 websites). May be you guys are going for the Guiness Book of Records? Hiting most buttons for one upload, making most clicks, hitting enter record times. Great, but that is not my sport.
I said it before: in my opinion Now Public is drifting away very fast from a crowd-powered-media News Network to an technical "News Network". Many members made suggestions to improve channel, to ban double posts, to moderate the homepage by someone who is not putting all his 99-100% highlighted stories to the frontpage. What is the News brought in by the feeds? If that is the way to go, i have to help you guys to put in the really important feeds.
The scan on the channel pages, looks interesting, but i don't see it is usefull, same with incoming twits. Lay out of the channel pages is also strange. Stories from members getting less and less space and at some channels even uploaded photos and videos moved down at the page.
Some year ago i started to write at NP. Main reason: try-out writing in English (that was a long time ago for me), try-out my style of writing and try-out my style of posting and updating stories.
The result: my English is going a little better, although it still neeeds improvement, my style of writing without use of the highlight tool and with just now and then copy and paste a few lines, a statement or something like that was appreciated by some of you all and my style of stories posting and updating worked great, although my story about the Olympics almost blew-up NP server, because i added a little bit too much pictures and videos.
My stats are pretty cool too at Now Public. Almost 300.000 views for 100 stories. Strangely enough only 20 made it to the front page. Received 193 flags which resulted in 49 recommended stories.
So looking back: i enjoyed writing, uploading, commenting and reading at Now Public. I was happy even with the very slow connection (may be that is a problem because i 'm in the Netherlands) and i appreciated the invition from NP-team to manage the world channel. However, i decided that it should take too much time and because i didn't made it to be a millionaire, i have to work as most of use. Need some money to live like everybody.
Recently i received the anouncement that NP will go commercial and that members get some profit too. That is nice but even that money can be enough to go on publishing at Now Public with the new system.
So today i took another decision: i have to stop publishing, uploading, commenting end discussing at Now Public. Yes, you may see this as my last option to convince the technical team they created a time grazing system.
Today i uploaded two pictures. First i had to fix something stupid: a picture uploaded but not published. Hanging in the system. Oh, yes we are aware of that bug was the nice answer of technical support. You can do some stupid moves to solve that. That didn't work Rok, but i find out some solution.
Finally i manged it. Two pictures uploaded, filled in all required fields, added tags, location and was going through to whole procedure with great result: the two pictures of some nice Christmas Girls were added to my story.
Just one little point: IT TOOK ME MORE THEN A HALF HOUR TO FIX THIS UPLOAD MESS
Thanks guys. Here is my final protest: i'm out, goodbye, auf wiedersehen, tot ziens. And for Now Public members: when you agree with me: follw me and stop your activity at Now Public as long as working at NP takes soo much time, only because the system was changed.