Hoboken411 site news

6/13/2008:

Figured I’d take this opportunity to update you all with a few random Hoboken411 snippits.

Traffic at all-time high

I don’t obsessively check the web stats for Hoboken411, because I’m usually too busy working on other things. But I checked in with my various analytics packages, and I was very surprised! Last week was the largest overall week of visitors and pageviews ever!

Thank you all the new readers for making 411 a great place to discuss any and all community issues!

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Post rules reminder

The number of (honest) registered users 411 has is mind-boggling, and with the total comments expected to exceed 100,000 sometime this summer, it’s no wonder so many residents keep joining! Hoboken411’s comment and moderation policy is among the most liberal on the web. I’ve always encouraged a free and open posting policy with very few restrictions, one being a one-screen name per person policy. This keeps Hoboken411 from becoming the predictable farce you see on some other “bulletin board” type sites.

Each user that comments on the site agrees to follow the terms of use and the post rules clearly listed. While many folks “push the envelope,” it’s rare that I ever completely remove them. Normally, if someone exhibits “bad behavior,” I tend to monitor what they’re doing in the future. It’s the only way I can prevent “loose cannon” users from abusing and disrespecting the community as a whole. Probably less than 100 comments have been removed from the site (mostly because they were vulgar, racist, violent or potentially libelous) and perhaps maybe 100 more than were prevented from appearing altogether (SPAM, catching phony users, not relevant, or other post rule violations.) Not one comment was removed for political reasons. You’ll see a plethora of comments on both sides of the fence here on Hoboken411.

hoboken-trolls.jpgEvery now and then, a select few “cry-baby” readers just don’t get it, and continually violate the post rules (multiple screen names is just one example) and inherently get banished from commenting again. These are the readers who wish to dominate the discussion to the detriment of the greater community. They are the posters who wish Hoboken411 was a place for only their ideas, and who take steps (including signing on with multiple screen names) to intimidate and harass diverse opinion of the site. (Most recent banned user: “robo”, who went under multiple screen names: slamman, darktemplar, another I won’t mention now and possibly others I haven’t found yet.) Fewer than 10 individual users have been “shown the curb,” and I feel that is an incredible success ratio!

Just like there are “rules of the road,” if you keep speeding and get summons after summons, eventually your driving privileges are revoked. Additionally, if you read said post rules, you’ll see that Hoboken411 in no way restricts anyone’s freedom of speech. You’re welcome to start your own site, or stand on the street corner and say what you want.

Imagine if you owned a local tavern, and ran the place by yourself. You took care of the bills, the marketing, the bartending and more. Would you allow one unruly customer disrupt your place of business? Nope, you’d banish them from coming to your establishment again, but they’re free to go to the other bar across the street and become someone else’s problem. Hands washed.

What many of you might not realize is, that everything you see on this site (with the exception of user comments) was created and/or managed by just one person. Each video, graphic, banner, story and more. Once I get that “unruly customer,” it’s in my best interest to “cut the cord” and focus on what makes this site tick: Consistent output and excellent user-contributions.

As always, your contribution is welcome and encouraged as we work together to make our community stronger with technology on the most viewed site in Hoboken!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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8 Comments on "Hoboken411 site news"


Sidd Finch
Member
Sidd Finch
8 years 3 months ago

Just tested on my iPod Touch and yes you can see 411 on it. No video but banner ads are still there. You can also vote but you’ll need to really zoom in to click. Best of luck. Keep up the good work 411!

Btw, new convenient store on First and Madison coming soon.

potatochip
Member
8 years 3 months ago

i can see it too on my blackberry but it’s very cumbersome and requires too much scrolling. my treo is a little bit better but still not worth it for all the effort.

i think sites needs to do some special configurations to make it “mobile friendly”. It changes the way it loads and reduces unnecessary graphics, etc.

Red Haven
Member
Red Haven
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”87849″]is this site accessible by PDA? I’m thinking of getting the iPhone 2.0 and wondered if I could access the site from that.[/quote]

I don’t know how it looks on an iPhone, but it works well on the BlackBerry. You just don’t get the flash and video features, but the posts and the comments are there.

Congrats to Hoboken411 on the record traffic!

matt_72
Member
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”87847″][quote comment=”87839″]the NJ Turnpike during Summer Fridays.[/quote]

I’ve heard that the vehicular traffic this summer is down dramatically (fuel prices, economy, etc.)[/quote]

Yea! Sometimes traffic is crazy on the NJT. With all the money they collect in tolls, you would think they would have an extra lane or two in each direction.

MidnightRacer
Member
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”87847″][quote comment=”87839″]the NJ Turnpike during Summer Fridays.[/quote]

I’ve heard that the vehicular traffic this summer is down dramatically (fuel prices, economy, etc.)[/quote]

Hey, if they’re not driving, they’re whining on Hoboken411 about something. If I were you, I’d be more worried if gas prices dropped. Who would be home?

Oh yeah, and to potatochip’s querry, is this site accessible by PDA? I’m thinking of getting the iPhone 2.0 and wondered if I could access the site from that.

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