Admin's picture

Preparing for ST 2.0 Launch - Part 1

StepTalkers,

Good news! We're getting closer to launching the new StepTalk site. We've been busy working on the new mobile-friendly theme and building out the basic functionality. We're hoping to be ready to launch with basic functionality in early Spring. After our initial launch, we'll be incrementally adding new functionality as well.

We're doing our best to ensure that we migrate as much of our data to the new site as possible. There are, however, a few things that we either can't migrate or have decided that the effort to migrate will be too great to complete in time. So far we've identified a couple of items that will affect you.

1. Private Messages - We will be migrating many of your private messages. However, our migration process won't allow the migration of messages that were either sent by or sent to currently blocked users. This means that once we are finished migrating your data you may be missing some of your private messages. We encourage you to take this time to review any private messages you have that you may want to backup yourself. After the migration we will not be able to restore any messages that were lost during migration.

2. Friends List - We will be implementing a new Friends List system on ST 2.0. We've decided that the effort to migrate your current friends list from the old system into the new would be more effort than we can afford in order to launch this Spring. Please make a note of your current list of friends. Once we launch, you'll have the opportunity to rebuild your friends list.

As many of you know, this launch has been a long time coming. We've been "working" on this for years now. We're getting excited to finally be this close to launching the new site. As the launch time gets closer I'll be posting updates here. Wish us luck!

-Admin

Tarabithashiqua's picture

I just wanted to know ONE

I just wanted to know ONE thing: can we block other users from either posting on our blogs or completely avoid seeing their posts? Pleeeeeease!! Many of us have begged for this for years!

Honesty without compassion is hostility

Admin's picture

Tarabithashiqua, Hi! That is

Tarabithashiqua,

Hi! That is high on our list of features to add after we launch, yes. We're still working on the technical details of that one but we intend to have the ability to allow users to "mute" or "block" other users. The intent is that muting or blocking a user will remove that users posts and comments from your view, and not allow that user to comment on your posts, etc.

At some time later we want to add levels of privacy that will allow you to set the visibility of your blog posts to "public", "friends only", etc. The forums will always remain public.

-Admin

Gimlet's picture

At some time later we want to

At some time later we want to add levels of privacy that will allow you to set the visibility of your blog posts to "public", "friends only", etc. The forums will always remain public.

I'm very much looking forward to this feature.

That and the up/down votes.

Thanks Admin!

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave" -FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative, sort of like a crematorium" - exjuliemccoy

secret's picture

Hi! That is high on our list

Hi! That is high on our list of features to add after we launch, yes. We're still working on the technical details of that one but we intend to have the ability to allow users to "mute" or "block" other users. The intent is that muting or blocking a user will remove that users posts and comments from your view, and not allow that user to comment on your posts, etc.

At some time later we want to add levels of privacy that will allow you to set the visibility of your blog posts to "public", "friends only", etc. The forums will always remain public.

I'm very much looking forward to these features - I'm soooo tired of having a particular set of posters harrass me and make a mockery of my blogs by making fake profiles full of taunts, with no recourse to stop it.

monkeyseemonkeydo's picture

This is great news indeed. I

This is great news indeed. I have to ask, will you be taking care of the troll problem and users with multiple screen names that come to reak havoc here? It has seriously been disrupting the board.

*Cyber Bullies, the Bored, the Weak, and the Pathetic*

wicked_by_proxy's picture

^^^^^ That right there

^^^^^ That right there deserves a "LIKE"....will you have a like button for posts?

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Mark Twain

Admin's picture

A "like" button, or something

A "like" button, or something similar, is definitely on our short list. We're looking into a voting system that will allow users to not only vote up (like), but also vote down (dislike) content. Eventually we may be able to implement a rules system that will help the users of the site self-moderate using the voting system, etc. Another way to help protect the site from trolls and spammers.

-Admin

Admin's picture

Dealing with trolls is always

Dealing with trolls is always a hard, if not impossible, task to deal with. Allowing users to "mute" or "block" other users should help here.

Unfortunately, it's also impossible to prevent users from creating multiple accounts. When they are reported or discovered they are blocked. Outside of that there's not much we can do. Realistic recommendations are always welcome.

-Admin

Lashy's picture

You can solve it by making

You can solve it by making people submit a drivers license number to verify identity.

Gimlet's picture

Mine says McLovin.

Mine says McLovin. Smiling

"I've figured out people tell you take the high road because that's easier than it is make the assholes behave" -FruitSalad704

"Steplife is transformative, sort of like a crematorium" - exjuliemccoy

Aniki's picture

Dangit, Gimmy, I just snorted

Dangit, Gimmy, I just snorted water out of my nose!!! LOL

"I feel like I'm reading food erotica. Fifty Shades of Aniki's Wine and Dinner." ~Gimlet

"I decided to stop reaching out. It's just asking to get my hand slapped." ~Aniki

Tuff Noogies's picture

gosh that would be a pain in

gosh that would be a pain in the @$$. i certainly would not submit any personal information like that to what's supposed to be an anonymous website. and what a pain for admin to have to store all that information!

"I am the nicest person you will ever meet until you try to f*ck over somebody I love. Then? I'm your worst f'ing nightmare." - Former.

Famuky is looming at me ark.

"His eyes said different though...."

Admin's picture

You must think we have staff,

You must think we have staff, and a budget for those types of things. LOL Smiling

Not to mention, it's not hard to get copies of drivers licenses....and it does not prove that you aren't a troll. Eye-wink It would only expose users to the potential for identify theft.

Proving identity not only would not prevent trolls, but it would prevent regular people from joining. Who wants to give out that kind of personal identifying information just to join an online community? We don't care who you are as long as you play nice.

-Admin

Lashy's picture

Okay stop making sense. I was

Okay stop making sense. I was just thinking you only have 1 so no way to cheat. I guess I wasn't thinking like a troll. Eye-wink

sully's picture

Can you do something about

Can you do something about posters harassing others and calling them fake or tommar? It's really old and it makes it feel unsafe to post.

Admin's picture

Again, the muting or blocking

Again, the muting or blocking of users is meant to help with this situation.

-Admin

Tuff Noogies's picture

sounds great!

sounds great!

"I am the nicest person you will ever meet until you try to f*ck over somebody I love. Then? I'm your worst f'ing nightmare." - Former.

Famuky is looming at me ark.

"His eyes said different though...."

Indigo's picture

Hey Dawn & Admin, Thanks for

Hey Dawn & Admin,

Thanks for keeping STepTalk open and available to us all. We appreciate it, especially during those "long dark tea-times of the Soul." Eye-wink

Mountain meet molehill; molehill meet mountain.

Parents lie down and allow the children and grandchildren to run forth-and-back, and back-and-forth: "Roadkill parenting."

Consider your gene pool and your finances.

Admin's picture

You're welcome, Indigo.

You're welcome, Indigo. Smiling Thanks for your feedback. We're glad to be a part of something that is helping so many people navigate step-parenting.

-Admin

Aniki's picture

I'm very much looking forward

I'm very much looking forward to the upgrade. Thank you, Admin!! Laughing out loud

"I feel like I'm reading food erotica. Fifty Shades of Aniki's Wine and Dinner." ~Gimlet

"I decided to stop reaching out. It's just asking to get my hand slapped." ~Aniki

Acratopotes's picture

YES !!! upgrade would be

YES !!! upgrade would be nice, I hope I can still sneak in here from the office.... government corporate blocks and all..

The like button would be great, I'm a government worker and all this typing is tiring me out. Also it would be nice to only block certain posters from commenting on your blogs. I will probably be blocked on every one's Evil

But Admin - be honest, the upgrade is taking years cause this poster always seems to find her way back in and now you are working hand in hand with my company to get me blocked for ever... saw right through your little plans and I'm sure you are a skid as well

thank for this site!!!!

Blended family life turned me into a pirate....
All I want to do is drink Rum and stab people

Disillusioned's picture

Wow this all sounds great,

Wow this all sounds great, looking forward to it!

TiredMan's picture

I was excited to find a guide

I was excited to find a guide on helping adult stepkids to launch but this sounds cool too, lol.

sammigirl's picture

Admin: This is an excellent

Admin: This is an excellent site and you are doing an excellent service.

Thank you.

Cocktail..Hour..Please's picture

Mahalo

Mahalo

smash a pineapple, smash some mint, boil some sugar in water, find some really good vodka, add some club soda....and there ya go. How to get thru step life.

Admin's picture

Na'u ka hau'oli -Admin

Na'u ka hau'oli

-Admin

Aniki's picture

Isn't that drink served in a

Isn't that drink served in a pineapple? Eye-wink

"I feel like I'm reading food erotica. Fifty Shades of Aniki's Wine and Dinner." ~Gimlet

"I decided to stop reaching out. It's just asking to get my hand slapped." ~Aniki

Stepped in what momma's picture

Will the new upgrade remove

Will the new upgrade remove deactivated users from my friends list?

Ain't going to lie- skids make me want to poke myself in the eye

brutallyhonest's picture

Thank you for working on and

Thank you for working on and maintaining this site for free! Maybe the new version will have a way to accept donations for the upkeep. This site has been incredibly beneficially even though I don't post very often and I'm not opposed to contributing (think pledge drive-style) to sometime of annual fundraiser that pays for the hosting and software. I am glad I found this site and very thankful Dawn and Admin have kept it up all these years.

Tuff Noogies's picture

hey admin - another

hey admin - another suggestion to consider....

how about being able to batch-delete blogs, like you do in an email account by checking certain boxes and then clicking 'delete'? hmmmm... that would be greeeeaaaatttt...

"I am the nicest person you will ever meet until you try to f*ck over somebody I love. Then? I'm your worst f'ing nightmare." - Former.

Famuky is looming at me ark.

"His eyes said different though...."

JustAgirl42's picture

I do believe I like that idea

I do believe I like that idea Tuff. *Said in my best British accent*

'I've come to the conclusion that there is nothing common about common courtesy or common sense.'

Aniki's picture

An option to make our blogs

An option to make our blogs readable only by us would be nice. There are things I'd love to type out for reference, but not necessarily share. Smiling

"I feel like I'm reading food erotica. Fifty Shades of Aniki's Wine and Dinner." ~Gimlet

"I decided to stop reaching out. It's just asking to get my hand slapped." ~Aniki

Maxwell09's picture

This is a great idea. Like an

This is a great idea. Like an online journal.

somethingwicked's picture

How about creating private

How about creating private chat rooms for members who wish to discuss certain step or OT without opening up the troll can of worms or too often having the convo veer off rails?