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Lithaewyn Lithaewyn
One thing that would be great is if we could have blogs on the site. That way we could update others easily if we are going to be away for a while, post sexual musings, or even sexcapades. Does EF not have the bandwidth for this?

I know this has been requested before, but it would be great if we could link our wishlists or gift registries in our profiles.

Lastly, line breaks in the profiles would make them look neater. Only being able to have one large paragraph makes it look scrambled and disorganized.
04/11/2009
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Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Lithaewyn
One thing that would be great is if we could have blogs on the site. That way we could update others easily if we are going to be away for a while, post sexual musings, or even sexcapades. Does EF not have the bandwidth for this?

I know this ...
Eh, I don't feel the blog thing. Just my opinion. Many of us have blogs and we all do a pretty good job of keeping up with eachother despite the facts that our blogs are not all on one site. I don't know about the technical specs but when non-blog communities add the ability to blog, it usually sucks. Most people don't use them and those who do usually don't post anything of worth. If you want to blog, go make one? There are any number of topics around here with suggestions and several threads with everyones' links - plus, we can add our links in our profiles.
04/11/2009
Lithaewyn Lithaewyn
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
Eh, I don't feel the blog thing. Just my opinion. Many of us have blogs and we all do a pretty good job of keeping up with eachother despite the facts that our blogs are not all on one site. I don't know about the technical specs but when ...
True. I already do have my own blog; I just figured it'd make things more convenient.
04/11/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I think it's really cool that EF has a forum. I think we also need to remember EF is a toy site, not a social networking site.

We've got a great community here but there are enough social options out there for us to keep each other up to date if we chose to. Many of us read each others blogs and converse back and forth on Twitter. I think it would detract from the main purpose of EF and be time and money spent unwisely if they tried to set up and maintain in depth profiles for us.

Our profiles already allow us to link to our blogs and other personal websites if we link back to EF. They also allow us to add our screen names on just about every messenger program known to man. We also have a "wall" area on our profile and can private message each other on site. I think we can, as individuals, chose who we want to read more of, learn more about, etc and follow their links.

The forums are great but we need to remember we're reviewing product for a toy store, not hanging out on MySpace.
04/11/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
I keep my own blog because I write about a variety of things other than sex toys, don't just write reviews on EF, and also like the ability to post videos, photos, and utter randomness. So like Adriana, I don't think on-site blogs would be a very popular feature.

However, I'm still holding out for the ability to place our gift registries on our profile in some place other than the links section.
04/11/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
I definitely agree with your second two requests!
04/12/2009
Lithaewyn Lithaewyn
You guys have great points against on-site blogs. You're absolutely right - there are other ways in which we can keep in touch if we really wanted to.
04/12/2009
Machina Machina
I agree with the gift registries and profiles too! A blogroll/affiliates link somewhere on EF would be cool too. Just so we wouldn't have to go through all those pages of blogs in the forums.
04/12/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I really agree about the editing ability on our profile information. I understand EF may not want us to fill up the whole page with information about ourselves, but that information does help me understand the reviewer's perspective on products.
04/12/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
Happy Lady made me think of a related point - what if we had (optional) letters or symbols that would show up on our reviews next to our author image/name/rank, that would help the reader know a little more about who is writing the review. They could be based on any number of things that we decide on as a community. Here are a few ideas I have, and feel free to put your own on here, too:

-Gender
-Orientation/preferenc e
-Kink experience/enjoyment
-Anal experience/enjoyment
-Vibe experience/enjoyment
-Age (not specific number, but brackets)

Again, these would not be required, so if you only wanted a couple icons or didn't want any, that would be fine. I thought it might help readers know the background of the reviewer. I'm not sure what the icons would be or what values they would have, but I'd like a quick way to orient myself to the person writing the review. Does anyone like this idea or think it could be useful? Feel free to give suggestions.
04/12/2009
Lithaewyn Lithaewyn
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Originally posted by Rockin'
Happy Lady made me think of a related point - what if we had (optional) letters or symbols that would show up on our reviews next to our author image/name/rank, that would help the reader know a little more about who is writing the review. They ...
Yeah, it could be. I know a couple of times I didn't know immediately what the person's gender was until it was implied within the review. It seems like the majority of reviewers on here are female, but it's not fair to always assume.

It's not like it really matters what a reviewer's gender is, but sometimes it changes the perspective on a toy which can be valuable.

So little icons might be beneficial.
04/12/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
Quote:
Originally posted by Lithaewyn
Yeah, it could be. I know a couple of times I didn't know immediately what the person's gender was until it was implied within the review. It seems like the majority of reviewers on here are female, but it's not fair to always ...
Yeah, I'm not trying to single anyone out or make people feel different/picked on for their qualities, whatever they may be, but I find myself wondering if a male or female is writing the review, and then sometimes I wonder about a partner's gender if it isn't specified. I'm not as much nosy as I am curious about who is using/enjoying the product being reviewed.
04/12/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
Quote:
Originally posted by Rockin'
Happy Lady made me think of a related point - what if we had (optional) letters or symbols that would show up on our reviews next to our author image/name/rank, that would help the reader know a little more about who is writing the review. They ...
I think these symbols/letters/whatev er would not be a healthy addition to our community.

There are many, many, many people who are active in writing reviews who will not fit into any category, no matter how many we try to identify.

Two proposed "category identifications" (for lack of better term) here are "gender" and "orientation/preferenc e."

I know of at least 5 quite active contributors who will not be able to answer what their "gender" is because they are genderfluid. And as far as "orientation/preferenc e"...again...too many possibilities to identify with symbols.

If you want to know about the reviewer and/or the person/people mentioned in the reviews, just click on the reviewer's profile. Most of us have at least some word written in for "gender" and for "orientation". If you don't know what a word provided in those answers means, just look it up. If it is me, feel free to send me a message and I will attempt to explain what I mean.
04/12/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Rockin'
Yeah, I'm not trying to single anyone out or make people feel different/picked on for their qualities, whatever they may be, but I find myself wondering if a male or female is writing the review, and then sometimes I wonder about a partner's ...
I usually just look at their profile. Most have gender, orientation and age specified, many even have a blurb about their relationship status.

For example --

Lithaewyn is 19, female and straight, in a monogamous relationship.
You're a twenty something female with a male partner who hasn't specified your over all orientation.
I'm a 39 year old, heteroflexible female in a long term relationship
And Adriana is a 22 year old, married, bisexual female.

All of that is in our profile. More work for us to go find it but probably a lot less work and time than EF working out new coding and programming and whatnot to give us icons.
04/12/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I think these symbols/letters/whatev er would not be a healthy addition to our community.

There are many, many, many people who are active in writing reviews who will not fit into any category, no matter how many we try to ...
You're absolutely right that all people will not fit into all categories. Many people would fit into categories, though. I am familiar with fluid gender and specified above that the ideas I put forth were simply optional suggestions, so that if a contributor felt they would be better understood in a review, they could choose to define themselves in an efficient manner.

When I read reviews, I think about how a customer, unaffiliated with Eden, would read them, and what questions they might have. If someone is just looking around at products, they might not want to go read profiles in addition to reading reviews. I was just trying to streamline the process of a reader (contributor or outside customer) getting the most out of a review.
04/12/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I usually just look at their profile. Most have gender, orientation and age specified, many even have a blurb about their relationship status.

For example --

Lithaewyn is 19, female and straight, in a monogamous ...
I responded to some of this in my previous post (reply to Happy Lady). My original suggestion was meant to benefit review readers who were not affiliated with Eden, rather than contributors, since we are more familiar than the uninvolved public is with the site and its contributors.
04/12/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Rockin'
I responded to some of this in my previous post (reply to Happy Lady). My original suggestion was meant to benefit review readers who were not affiliated with Eden, rather than contributors, since we are more familiar than the uninvolved public is ...
And even a random customer can click over to our profiles. Or ask a question on the review if they are confused. Or simple read are reviews. For the most part, when this information is pertinent, it is included in reviews.
04/13/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I usually just look at their profile. Most have gender, orientation and age specified, many even have a blurb about their relationship status.

For example --

Lithaewyn is 19, female and straight, in a monogamous ...
Almost 23
04/13/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
To those who discussed the icons: Point(s) taken. I appreciate the time/thought all of you gave to the initial idea.
04/13/2009
Machina Machina
You know how when you sign up for netflix you have to option to rate your interest in certain genres, and give movies you've already seen a 1-5 star rating? Then you get suggestions based on your preferences & ratings of members with similar preferences as you. I think it would be cool if EF did something like that with sex toys, especially for new customers. I'm not sure how difficult something like this would be to configure, but I think it could be really helpful for new customers who feel completely lost, overwhelmed, and don't know where to begin, as well as those already familiar with toys, but looking for something new to try.
04/13/2009
Lithaewyn Lithaewyn
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Originally posted by Machina
You know how when you sign up for netflix you have to option to rate your interest in certain genres, and give movies you've already seen a 1-5 star rating? Then you get suggestions based on your preferences & ratings of members with similar ...
Wow, that's a really cool idea! Before I got my first toy, I was entirely lost. I could have definitely benefited from a system like that versus searching for hours and ending up with something that wasn't the best for me.
04/13/2009
Firemeup Firemeup
I'm told that back in the day there was a "geek code" that accomplished something similar for computer nerds - age, gender, areas of expertise and interest. It would be easy enough to make one option for each category "it's complicated" or "none of the above" and one option "choose not to disclose"

I don't think it's necessary, but I do think it would be a good idea.
04/13/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
Quote:
Originally posted by Firemeup
I'm told that back in the day there was a "geek code" that accomplished something similar for computer nerds - age, gender, areas of expertise and interest. It would be easy enough to make one option for each category "it's ...
I like those options.
04/13/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Firemeup
I'm told that back in the day there was a "geek code" that accomplished something similar for computer nerds - age, gender, areas of expertise and interest. It would be easy enough to make one option for each category "it's ...
There was also a Goth code
04/15/2009
Raven Raven
I've only been posting on the forum for a few weeks and in that time I have noticed comments about updating one's profile or other comments that make me think that there is some place that I am missing, since I have no idea what they are talking about. Could someone explain it, please?
07/02/2009
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