Hoboken Week in Review – 5/3/2009

5/3/2009:

Festival, Rain and Hoboken411 Upgrade!

yesToday is the “much anticipated” Spring Arts & Music Festival. If you don’t like getting wet – get there early!

Rain is expected to begin approximately at noon (according to the fruity hourly forecast I look at occasionally…) – I do promise, however, that I will not issue a press release about imminent flooding each time the skies become cloudy…

FINALLY! – I’ve rolled out some of the Hoboken411 feature upgrades I’ve been working on since January! While many of you think I just sit around and simply type a few things every now and then – I should reveal that I’ve also been working on programming many scripts and various code functions for quite a while (this is geek talk now)… The one aspect of Hoboken411 I’ve always been concerned with, is usability. Coming up with an idea or concept is one thing, but making it a reality is entirely different. I had a few “pet projects” I was determined to make happen – and you can see it right away.

Comments Improved

Believe it or not, with almost 18,000 registered Hoboken users and well over 150,000 reader comments – maintaining civil discourse on a popular community website is not an easy task. I get a plethora of “complaints” from readers who are not happy with some of the “patrons” that make rude and insensitive comments (I run a “wild” bar, don’t I?) The fact that I tend to the “complaint window” is somewhat time-consuming. I should not need to do this – because my goal is to create engaging content that the community is interested in – and I mean the whole community – not just the zealous political nutjobs that consumed too much caffeine and are generally unhappy.

So in order to relieve myself of these constant emails – I decided to put the onus on keeping the community sane – IN YOUR HANDS. My job is to be the conduit for neighborhood conversation – not to be the “parent” and dictate what is – and isn’t – acceptable.

New features added

hooray-for-hoboken411My idea to reduce the number of complaints was to incorporate community-managed features onto the site – along with others that can possibly make my job easier.

  • Comment voting. I’ve incorporated a comment rating system. A simple “vote up” and “vote down” icon on each comment that allows users to rate the quality of the comment.

    This will give a general feel for how Hoboken411 readers feel about each comment. In other words – if you say something out of line, stupid, offensive, or otherwise off-topic – most readers will give you a thumbs down. What happens after that – just watch.

  • Flagging comments. This is a bit more important. Every registered (and logged in) user has the ability to “flag” a certain number of comments per day. This feature is NOT to be abused and should used carefully. You save this privilege for comments that go over the line, and that offend even the most thick-skinned readers. After a certain number of flags – I get notified and make the determination of what to do with that comment. NOTE: If registered users abuse this function – and flag comments that aren’t worthy of being flagged – they themselves will be flagged for “crying wolf,” and may possibly get punished for false alarms. “Check – meet Balance.”
  • Reply to comment – no more “quote.” – I am at home with programming and other computer code. However, most standard computer users don’t always “get it.” With that being said – I decided to take the thought out of replying to another person in the comment sections here on Hoboken411. Previously – when you hit “quote,” the user comment box was filled with all sorts of cryptic computer code and symbols. Most folks have zero understanding of what this means. Often times, this caused some time-consuming technical issues on my end. Well – this problem is now solved.

    I’ve eliminated the “thought process” from replying to a user you’d like to chat with. Now, you just hit the “reply” button – type your comment – and Hoboken411 handles the heavy lifting for you!!

    Also gone is the horribly nested comments – that can be quite hard to read if it goes too deep.

OK – here’s what happened last week…
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So with that wacky computer talke out of the way, what made the most discussed entries for the two weeks ending Sunday, May 3rd, 2009?

Hottest general topics of the week

  1. CENTURY!
    Hoboken residents have a LOT to say about Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office!
  2. DEBATE!
    Hoboken411 has video of the recent Mayoral Discussion Forum at Our Lady of Grace Chuch!
  3. AH-CHOO!
    The Scam Swine-Flu got the entire globe nervous. Life carries on here in Hoboken, right?
  4. FLASHBACKS!
    Wasn’t it kind of rude for Barack to fly a plane so low to NYC without friggin telling anyone? What a selfish, pompous ass! Yet, his supporters are remaining mum. That Lemming cartoon is looking much more realistic these days…
  5. OVERKILL!
    Six Hoboken cops respond to a call for a frail 90 pound homeless dude.
  6. SHORTY!
    A press release from a height-challenged politico – and accompanying harmless photoshop job – gets the P.C. juice flowing in many liberals.
  7. CROTCH!
    A reader asked the Healthy Hoboken columnist about skimpy clothing!
  8. DOWNTOWN!
    The NJ Transit Rail Yards – make news still!
  9. LIES!
    Take a look at the campaign material produced by our current mayor thief during his last campaign…
  10. TODAY!
    The big (but not as big as the St. Patty’s Day) spring event is happening NOW!

Event Calendar

Don’t forget to check the Hoboken411 event calendar!

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69 Comments on "Hoboken Week in Review – 5/3/2009"

homeworld
Member

I thought I made a comment earlier, but I guess it didn’t post…

I like how the up/down voting works on sites like reddit and digg. The comments with more votes appear closer to the top, and the ones with negative votes get buried to the bottom.

homeworld
Member

Where’d the comment voting go?

bmacqueens
Member

You could give yourself a vote. 411 is probably fixing it.

In response to homeworld who said:
Where’d the comment voting go?

Katie_Scarlett
Member

H411- Why is it that when we use the “reply” function, after the post goes through we are taken to the prior comment page? Meaning, if I “reply” to post 63 on page 4, my comment goes through but when my page reloads it takes me to comment page 3.

Just curious.

Thanks.

MidnightRacer
Member

It’s a disturbing trend, people wanting to (hatefully) shut down others for their opinions – in the name of supposed fascist tolerance. Whether it’s the Fairness Doctrine (an administration appointment) meant to shut down some radio talk shows, cable news channels, or the U.K.’s move to ban Michael Savage from entering England based solely upon his views and opinions (that’s the rationale they used), it’s quite amazing to sit back and watch them do this… in 2009.

backlash remains concealed for just a bit

mooshu
Member
mooshu

Thank you.

And a friend in Italy said that rumors are circulating about EU shutting down personal blogs “which reveal secret information”. About what, I have no idea– I need as much information on this story as he does.

In response to MidnightRacer who said:
It’s a disturbing trend, people wanting to (hatefully) shut down others for their opinions – in the name of supposed fascist tolerance. Whether it’s the Fairness Doctrine (an administration appointment) meant to shut down some radio talk shows, cable news channels, or the U.K.’s move to ban Michael Savage from entering England based solely upon his views and opinions (that’s the rationale they used), it’s quite amazing to sit back and watch them do this… in 2009.

backlash remains concealed for just a bit

mooshu
Member
mooshu

I’d rather express why I disagree with a comment– and stand up for myself– than childishly and secretly click on a negative button simply because “I don’t like you”.

Let’s be real, here. We all know who’s clicking on that thumbs-down button, Journey. I’ll give you a clue: it’s not me.

However, I will be clicking that thumbs-up for those with negative ratings whenever I have the chance. Enjoy!

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