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SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

On behalf of all those who worked hard to make it happen - thanks!!

Shepesh

Shepesh

Is it possible to see title of blog in "latest comments" section on the right, as now it is always "untitled".

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Good catch. We will need to fix this. Thanks!

Shepesh

Shepesh

Also it seems Reply comments are not appearing in the Latest Comments section.

ArtificialIntelligence

Artificial Intelligence

More weird things are happening. For example I disliked a comment from "X" but the activity report says that I dislike comment from "Z"

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Yup, has been reported already and it's a high priority ticket to fix. Thanks.

Shepesh

Shepesh

I think these bugs shoul remain as a source of entertainment! The more confusing the better. ;-)

irajkhan

iraj khan Peace Is The Way

Iranian.com is getting better with the new design and editorial supervision.
The old iranian.com had editorial supervision, right?
Why not the new iranian.com ?
It's an 'Iranian' website and of course it would need editorial supervision.
I'm all for it, so far so good.

EsfandAashena

Esfand Aashena http://iranian.com/main/member/esfand-aashena.html

Are our comments being moderated? i.e. someone has to approve it (providing s/he is not sleep or taking a nap ;-) before it is published? If so, that is really bad, REALLY bad! So much so that people will probably comment less and less. Who wants to wait for a comment to be published an hour or two later?

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

The team will do its best to moderate in a timely fashion. Users who demonstrate the expected etiquette (see Commenting & Submission Policy in the footer of the site) will bypass the approval process.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Moderation is used on many great sites, like Juan Cole's, the level of exchanges and discussions there remains a great example.
Is it only my in "Activity" column who's getting incorrect activity reports.
I was cited as having "liked" a comment arguing for use of extreme violence against mullahs. If it wasn't so dark, it could have been mildly amusing, but it's not.
And thanks to the entire team for continued improvement, and taking input from outside the box. Cheers

fozolie

Mr. Fozolie

Activity Report is messed up, agreed. It seems to attribute comments or approvals of others to me. But when you go to the actual blog or piece, those pages are fine.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Will fix. Thanks.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Is there still an option for us to block abusive commenters? I don't see it anymore.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Removed it since that's the purpose of moderating comments; ensuring a healthy level of civility.

EsfandAashena

Esfand Aashena http://iranian.com/main/member/esfand-aashena.html

Saïd jaan "doing its best" is not necessary. I believe this can be called a scorched earth policy of some sort. Because "some" people are crazy the rest of us have to pay for it by waiting for our comments to be published!

I suggest you let everyone comment without moderation and then block, better yet FLOG, whoever is not following the commenting policy! You are setting yourself up for failure as it has been tried before, but it's your website and you can do whatever you want.

ArtificialIntelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Totally agree. Moderating comments before publishing kills the live debate that some subject matters have ad require

Shepesh

Shepesh

People will not wait and remain logged on to continue the discusion.

DavidET

DAVIDET

@SaidAmin First of all congratulation on the major overhaul of the site. Definitely it already seem better than before and I look forward to further improvements and much success along the way.

I have not yet had enough chance to use the new format but at the first look, few important issues come to mind that I think can easily be addressed:

1- I think you should properly separate the English vs Persian content, so that when one opens an English or Persian section, s/he ONLY only sees the original content in that language not as it is still mixed. This gives a better visual and content flow to the site.
2- The comment box (while typing is still extremely small and need to be substantially enlarged so that the writer can see the whole or big portion of the text, in order to have a better overall view of what s/he is writing
3- I believe you must add HUMAN RIGHTS as one of the categories listed on the top of the page. (you can reduce the Economy and Business to only ECONOMY, as business is part of the economy)
4- The categories BLOG and NEWS should be the first ones next the home button on the top before the subcategories of Politics etc.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Hello David. Thanks for the feedback.

1) We will be doing just that in the coming weeks.

2) The expanding comment box can actually be enlarged manually by the user. I guess that this may depend on ones browser but look in the lower right corner of the text box. If you place your mouse there, and hold on to the right click button, you can expand the box both vertically and horizontally.

3) Yea, had some internal debates about that. For now Human Rights is part of Life, but it has its own news category for those sharing a human rights news post (ie news link). The only reason that it does not have its own blog category is due to most of the Human Rights content shared by members come from other sources and are not original blogs. That said, we will revisit this. In time we will have prominent subcategories below each of the main categories (Life, Politics, Art & Lit, Econ & Business)

4) Will think about that and discuss it with the team - thks again!

DavidET

DAVIDET

and one more question:

Are you planning to have the ability of the members to message each other? kind of like facebook message/email?

DavidET

DAVIDET

Human Rights (and lack of it) is a prominent aspect of the news, blogs, videos etc. in the Iranian on line community and deserves its own space. I am not sure what the LIFE catagory exactly means? as opposed to death? Isnt everything within the life catagory?
It is one thing to be practical and another to be theoretical.
Here is your homework: Take 10 random blogs, news and videos from iranian.com and assuming you had ONLY two choices of LIFE or HUMAN RIGHTS, which you would choose, The answer would be life.

PLUS doesnt this site being commercial have a mission of helping improve the life of Iranians ?

EsfandAashena

Esfand Aashena http://iranian.com/main/member/esfand-aashena.html

@SaidAmin by now I think you can see that from all sides of the aisle, whether they are Republican, Democrat, IRI, anti-IRI, NIAC, anti-NIAC, Israel, anti-Israel, MKO, Monarchist and anyone in between is opposed of this moderating policy, which again we've been there done that. You can never replace live action with anything. So who are you trying to persuade?

Factor/tune out all the rhetoric and holier than thou comments and chestbeating for freedom of expression and such nonsese but this doesn't look good. Come on you've got to admit it!

fozolie

Mr. Fozolie

Much better organized. Well done Iranian team. I reserve judgement on the moderation. As long as it is consistent then it is a positive step.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Thank you =)

Persa

Persa

Mr. Amin,
I noticed
a) we can no longer create a blog with commenting being totally blocked by choice?
b) Comments can not be deleted?
c) older blogs can not be deleted?
c) what is the button "OPEN"?

Thanks

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Hello Persa. Your observations are correct.

a) With moderation in place we will disapprove or remove any comment(s) that do not adhere to our policies. That said, we welcome a respectful debate and do not wish to shit that door; hence the removal of being able to close comments entirely.

b) As you have probably noticed, users can preview their comments before publishing them. The inability to delete a comment pushes one to really think about their words before publishing them.

c) Correct. This policy is in line with the policy of many other blogging sites /netzines

d) Glad that you are asking about this. "Open" would be the appropriate category to select if none of the other category options are appropriate for your blog. We will eventually add a few subcategories that will better help users decide the appropriate category to select for their blog(s).

Still working out a few bugs *errr* and spotty performance issues (speed); we'll nip them in the bud sooner rather than later.

SamSamVI

SamSam VI Path of Kiaan Ressurection of true Iran Hoisting Drafsheh Kaviaan

"but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening"


Well, who are "others" & what constitutes "others". So I repeat what I asked the admin a while back that anything & everything could be seen as offensive by atleast some one. I could write a blog about history of Iran, narrating for example the Mongols & Arab invasion that might come out as offensive to some Arab or Mongol dude. Hence what do you do, remove my blog or better yet censor the history of Iran?. You are basicaly saying that you want a blank cheque so you can fill out later as you wish. Thus, either you better define what "others" or "offensive" means or Good luck.

Cheers!!!

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Thanks. If you have not done so yet, please review the links in the footer - especially the Commenting Policy which is historically where users have engaged in childlike name-calling and flame wars. If for whatever reason(s) a blog is not approved, we will usually explain to the author why that is and give him/her the opportunity to edit and resubmit it.

Shepesh

Shepesh

Dear Said, with regard to
"We understand that people often feel strongly about issues debated on the site, but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening. Please respect other people's views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution. "

Please can you give examples of blogs that fit into this category. We need to know how this will affect Free Speech and Nothing is Sacred.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Threatening to physically harm someone or their family, smear campaigns, making claims that are unsubstantiated, abrasive name calling between members, etc. The comment section has often included the aforementioned. We just need to be civil, even when agreeing to disagree and debating heated issues.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

We will look into it. Thanks.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Thanks Faramarz.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Why not structure the site in a a way that the most "Toop'ed" posts (news, blogs, etc.) automatically become featured, instead the ones handpicked by a couple of people. After all, the most "Toop'ed" ones are the ones that your viewers want to review and discuss. For example, right now, a blog by Fred that has almost a thousand hits, 47 Facebook shares and 12 Toops is not featured. But a post with a couple of hundred hits and 6 Toops is featured. Seems counterproductive, no?

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

That's how content gets sorted on the Blogs section; ditto for News.

As for the Featured Blogs, I simply prefer the curation to come from an Editor than from an algorithm. We're looking for original material that is longer than just a few short sentences. Original photo blogs, poems, music etc are likely candidates to be featured.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Yes, but from a marketing (i.e., clicks) perspective, it makes more sense for popular posts to be featured on the main page.

Just my thoughts.