We wanted to give you a heads up about a change we'll be making next week.
We think these changes will not only help the website run more efficiently, but will also be easier to use and look better.
It’s our flagging system that will be changing.
There are a few key changes:
- Instead of flagging a story as ‘good stuff’, you will now be ‘recommending’ it to other members.
- You will also now be able to recommend stories, photos, videos and comments.
- Also, anyone will be able to recommend a story, photo, video, or comment on NowPublic – you don’t have to be signed in to the site to do so.
When you do recommend a story, photo, video, or comment, which will be located next to or just underneath the item in question, the number of times that item has been recommended, will go up by 1.
When you now recommend a story, no default text of ‘I like this story, it’s good stuff’ will appear anymore and the recommendations will not be connected to the comments.
So you can recommend a story, and then if you wish to, you can scroll down to the bottom of the story to leave a comment.
The person who posted the story however, will still receive a notification that the story has been recommended by you or by an anonymous person. So don’t worry if the number of recommendations you receive do not correspond to the number of comments you have – they are now separate ways to interact with a story.
A member or an anonymous commenter may want to recommend your story but not comment and vice versa.
The rest of the flags – ‘needs improvement’, ‘fishy’, ‘spam’, ‘breaking’ and ‘news wanted’ will stay the same.
In the ranking system, the division of points will change for recommendations, but only going forward from this point. Past stories and flags will stay the same.
So it won’t be too much of a disruption but we feel this will be a better way to interact with stories and will allow stories to move quickly up in the ranks with just one easy click.
We hope that you like our changes and find them easier to work with.
All the best,