Can Anybody Spank This Wunderkind?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

The Gold Star is back!

I do not know when this happened; I was too long away from active rain after the surgery, so I missed the fanfares.

I am cautious with goodies from Active Rain. Too often they come in one-step-forward-and-two-steps-back way. Did they manage to fight the temptation to make yet another glorious fixing of what ain’t broke? (I am paraphrasing Karen Anne Stone, who wrote here years ago “do not to fix what ain’t broke”)

But fixing what ain’t broke is in the tradition of Active Rain… It is what it does best.

It feels like AR keeps an adrenaline-overloaded teenager, who has excellent computer skills and is lacking every social skill, who enjoys spicing every change on AR. Who in their sound mind would have eliminated the Gold Star in the first place? How poorly should someone understand Active Rain to do it?

I always hope that someone at AR headquarters would get the leather belt and straighten this wunderkind … But nobody seems to care or they simply do not hear us, members.

So, what this time? Well, I used to go to “blogs” and then check “featured only” blogs. I did it today, and could not find the blog. Not only I couldn’t find Eric Boucher’s excellent featured blog, I was looking for, I could not find my own…

And then I figured what this wunderkind did thins time. If you check that you want to see featured only posts, here is what you see:

Find Real Estate Blog Posts

Use the filters and sorting options below to find new blog posts and bloggers to follow.

Blog Post Filters

Topic:  

Posted Date:

Type:

Sort:

Under topic there are 7 topics under “Professional” and 6 topics under “Consumer”.

If you are like me and never use topics, you are now for a big surprise. Now it will not give you the list of all featured blogs as we used to, it will be giving them to you under each of these rather useless topics.

Are we supposed to praise AR for the return of the star and killing the usability of the featured blogs?

Why is that Active Rain can’t restrain from fixing which ain’t broke? How many times should we ask not to change things to the detriment of Active Rain?

How long does it take AR to accept that changes for the sake of changes are the sign of activity, but not the brain activity? Does Active Rain changes things because the wunderkinds need to change something to justify the pay, but they really do not understand how we use it?

Why do we need to lose the practical usability of featured blogs? Is it a payment for getting the star back?

There is a term “User Friendly”. Why AR is actively trying to make the system Members Unfriendly?

What other things that are working perfectly you are going to fix? Actually, there are not many “unfixed” things are left anyway...

Nikesh, Bob, Kerrie, do you, guys, even hear us?

Can anybody spank this wunderkind?

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Liz and Bill Spear
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Jon,

The capability to sort for only Featured Blogs is still there, either by going to the Feature page and clicking the link in the bottom right corner, or when you went to the Blogs tab and found the categories, down in the bottom right is another tab:  FIND MORE BLOGS.  Click that and on the next page you'll have other options, including under Type to filter for Featured Only, although I suspect you may have to repeat the search based on Topic selection not defaulting to ALL. 

May 17, 2014 02:36 AM #1
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Heh, didn't even notice the gold star was back. Not something that really interests me.

May 17, 2014 03:14 AM #2
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Cindy Jones
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You can find featured blogs in the find more blogs menu item.  They did bring back the gold star which had disappeared for awhile.  

May 17, 2014 04:49 AM #3
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The reappearance of the gold star is rather recent - I think about 1.5 weeks ago.  Margaret was the first to notice and blogged abt it. I think that was the same time that stupidly changed to autosubscribe.

BTW, I always get to the feature posts just by clicking the AR logo on upper left.

May 17, 2014 07:09 AM #4
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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Liz & Bill - and this is exactly where I went. Clicked on "Find More Blogs" and the quote here is from the page, which opens after you click there. And it used to give the full list of all featured, not fragmented by topics, but looks like now it doesn't, at least I did not have luck doing it. It was weird to see the list of featured blogs with only 3 blogs on the list, but this was because of fragmenting.
And because these topics are vague, you can't predict where the one you are interested in, is...

May 17, 2014 07:45 AM #5
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than,

Yes, it is back

May 17, 2014 07:46 AM #6
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Cindy Jones
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Jon make sure when you are at the filter that you have the selected the first option which is "all active rain community."   Then under type selected featured.  You will get them all.

 

AR Feature Roll

May 17, 2014 08:19 AM #7
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Gary Woltal
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I too saw the Gold Star disappear and couldn't figure out why either Jon. The Karen Anne thought of don't fix which aint broke is excellent.

May 17, 2014 09:36 AM #8
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William Feela
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I had not seen it either.  I will have to watch for it.

Jon, glad to see ou back

May 17, 2014 11:27 AM #9
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Jill Sackler
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I can barely keep up with all the recent changes and, quite frankly, am not even trying. Whatever it is on any given day, I try just to go with it.

May 17, 2014 12:50 PM #10
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Cindy - unfortunately it does not work this way. Only those, that put in the choice of topics, which is mandatory when you are publishing your post, and you have chosen Active rain Community, you will only see those under Active Rain Community filter.

I tried yesterday.

And what we need is a list of just "Featured only", does not matter what topic the author has chosen.

To say more, the first thing I would have done is eliminate topics. They are pretending to help to navigate, but they don't.

May 17, 2014 03:06 PM #11
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Jon here is the tag information from a featured post of mine from last week.  Where do you see Active Rain community?  It shows up on the feature board with the rest with the AR community box checked as shown in my comment abolve.

  Active Rain Checklist

May 17, 2014 09:28 PM #12
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Jon, it is good to have you back. I always enjoy your posts

May 17, 2014 10:18 PM #13
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Hi Jon, thank you for the compliment!  I really appreciate it.  I get frustrated with the new changes affecting the old functionality as well but I know that they are trying to adapt the site to make it better for us.  So I guess my naivety gives them the benefit of the doubt

May 17, 2014 10:53 PM #14
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I noticed the star was gone, but not that it was back. I miss the old blog roll, frankly

May 18, 2014 07:42 AM #15
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Jon, Thanks so much for letting us know and I am sure over time there will be other changes and enhancements.

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