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venenumletalis
allstar
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!

I is a huge disappointment that we can no longer comment with our TB accounts, and are forced to use FB. There are people who don't use FB, and there are people who form privacy reasons don't want to use FB accounts. Plus it's a huge confusion with points and writing reviews. As a result of all this mess I've started using TotalBeauty website much less, and I'll have to stop using it if nothing changes.

It is very sad that such illogical change has been made, and it is even more sad that TB seems to not care about the members...

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LittleBunny
elite
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!

I completely agree! I have been on this site for a really long time and this new feature has made me cut down my usage a lot. I do not like at all linking my accounts, and am concerned about privacy. I loved being able to just comment on TB from within the site, and totally dislike this new method. It seems as though TB is selling out. I really hope that it is changed back, or that at least the option be made available.


Helmi
allstar
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
LittleBunny posted:

I completely agree! I have been on this site for a really long time and this new feature has made me cut down my usage a lot. I do not like at all linking my accounts, and am concerned about privacy. I loved being able to just comment on TB from within the site, and totally dislike this new method. It seems as though TB is selling out. I really hope that it is changed back, or that at least the option be made available.

I've hardly looked at the new articles because there's little point if I'm compelled, but cannot join the conversation. I've changed my TB bookmarks to the community page instead of the homepage. I also seriously dislike that the article rating system has been canceled.


LittleBunny
elite
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Re: Re: Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
venenumletalis posted:

This is very, very sad. I don't know why you couldn't keep previous logins working as well, like many other websites do. Or at least offer logins with social networks that matter less- twitter, interest, wordpress? I mean, who uses AOL and Hotmail anymore? Seriously? I personally don't use either of the login options you offer, I tried commenting with my facebook once, and no, I didn't get points on my regular TB account with that. So basically even if I wanted to use FB (which I don't), I'd have to start getting points from scratch. Yes, I really feel like being here and contributing reviews and opinions was a waste of time. Maybe you'll get new visitors, but people who started here and contributed just basically were dumped. Unfortunately the website is no longer a community, rather just another website with articles, where everyone can spam...

Very well said. As my previous comment stated, I've been here a LONG time. I think I was the 3rd or 4th member to reach Elite. And you said it perfectly: I feel as though I have been "dumped", and that I don't matter as a member at all.


jenn8779
allstar
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Re: Re: Re: Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
LittleBunny posted:

Very well said. As my previous comment stated, I've been here a LONG time. I think I was the 3rd or 4th member to reach Elite. And you said it perfectly: I feel as though I have been "dumped", and that I don't matter as a member at all.

Little Bunny, I so agree with you! There is NO community feeling here anymore and so I just don't come here. Why bother? Its hard to tell who is who anymore so if I trusted a reviewer, like YOU (LOL..you're awesome!) and you begin signing in under a social networking name that isn't as easily recognized, then how to do I feel I can trust a review? Also, since so many previously trusted reviewers have lost that tag on their name, how do we vote on who we trust? I don't get it.......but, since facebook isn't the "thing" anymore, I guess TB doesn't mind going down with that ship. They remind me of JC Penney, where I don't shop anymore....like a lot of others which is why they are in the sales toilet. They're a great example of how to ruin a great thing! I'd tell TB to keep that in mind but I am highly doubtful they even care so why bother?


venenumletalis
allstar
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Re: Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
TBHelp posted:

Hey guys -- Just wanted to reply and fill you in on why the change was made, and to say that we do value your contributions and feedback. Total Beauty changed to Facebook commenting with our relaunch in May in order to open up commenting to more users. We heard from a large number of users that requiring people to set up a Total Beauty account was a barrier to having them participate in the discussion on our site. So, how is it working? We've seen a 200 percent increase in commenting on the site, which is incredible. But unfortunately the way this software works, there is no way to incorporate our custom Total Beauty points program into article commenting. As I mentioned, we really value your time and contributions,. and you can still earn points in a number of ways: Write a product review: - < 150 words: 50 points (100 if trusted) - 150-299 words: 100 points (200 if trusted) - 300+ words: 500 points (1000 if trusted) Rate a product review: 5 Mark a review as helpful or not: 5 Take a Total Beauty quiz: 20 Opt in to any newsletter: 30 Sign in: 5 Update your profile: 10 Upload a personal photo to your profile: 50 Create a blog post: 50 Comment in Message Board: 15 Leave a comment on a video: 10 Leave a comment on a blog: 10 Rate a video: 5 Rate a blog: 5 You can also sign to comment on articles by using Yahoo, Hotmail or AOL, so if privacy is your concern, you can create a username that protects your identity and comment in articles using that name. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and wanted to thank you for everything you do to make this site a great beauty community!

This is very, very sad. I don't know why you couldn't keep previous logins working as well, like many other websites do. Or at least offer logins with social networks that matter less- twitter, interest, wordpress? I mean, who uses AOL and Hotmail anymore? Seriously? I personally don't use either of the login options you offer, I tried commenting with my facebook once, and no, I didn't get points on my regular TB account with that. So basically even if I wanted to use FB (which I don't), I'd have to start getting points from scratch. Yes, I really feel like being here and contributing reviews and opinions was a waste of time. Maybe you'll get new visitors, but people who started here and contributed just basically were dumped. Unfortunately the website is no longer a community, rather just another website with articles, where everyone can spam...


venenumletalis
allstar
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Re: Re: Re: Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
LittleBunny posted:

Very well said. As my previous comment stated, I've been here a LONG time. I think I was the 3rd or 4th member to reach Elite. And you said it perfectly: I feel as though I have been "dumped", and that I don't matter as a member at all.

The probably also hired website developers, who didn't do the job properly, and said it was impossible to integrate long-time users and their logins. Because, yes, it's easier to just integrate FB plugin, and disregard all the previous points and all...


venenumletalis
allstar
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Re: Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
TBHelp posted:

Hey guys -- Just wanted to reply and fill you in on why the change was made, and to say that we do value your contributions and feedback. Total Beauty changed to Facebook commenting with our relaunch in May in order to open up commenting to more users. We heard from a large number of users that requiring people to set up a Total Beauty account was a barrier to having them participate in the discussion on our site. So, how is it working? We've seen a 200 percent increase in commenting on the site, which is incredible. But unfortunately the way this software works, there is no way to incorporate our custom Total Beauty points program into article commenting. As I mentioned, we really value your time and contributions,. and you can still earn points in a number of ways: Write a product review: - < 150 words: 50 points (100 if trusted) - 150-299 words: 100 points (200 if trusted) - 300+ words: 500 points (1000 if trusted) Rate a product review: 5 Mark a review as helpful or not: 5 Take a Total Beauty quiz: 20 Opt in to any newsletter: 30 Sign in: 5 Update your profile: 10 Upload a personal photo to your profile: 50 Create a blog post: 50 Comment in Message Board: 15 Leave a comment on a video: 10 Leave a comment on a blog: 10 Rate a video: 5 Rate a blog: 5 You can also sign to comment on articles by using Yahoo, Hotmail or AOL, so if privacy is your concern, you can create a username that protects your identity and comment in articles using that name. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and wanted to thank you for everything you do to make this site a great beauty community!

also, 200% increase is very unlikely due to FB plugin, it's because you are posting MANY more articles, and have integrated instagram and all that...


TBjunkie
elite
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!

I agree, I don't want to use my FB account on TB. And about the points...it seems they have become useless because I don't recall seeing any monthly giveaways for the longest time, or any giveaways for that matter. When I joined this site many years ago it was great, the moderator was very involved and the site was fun to come to seriously everyday. Now, I'm not impressed with the new site as many of you are and it seems TB has become too big to give that special attention to it's users that gave it it's charm to begin with.


Supernaturalfan
insider
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
Helmi posted:

I've hardly looked at the new articles because there's little point if I'm compelled, but cannot join the conversation. I've changed my TB bookmarks to the community page instead of the homepage. I also seriously dislike that the article rating system has been canceled.

I go to the community page too, not the home page. Also, I see my long post above has no paragraph breaks, making it hard to read. Sorry folks, but I didn't realize that. WHY take THAT away????? It's a "no-brainer".


jenn8779
allstar
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Re: Re: Re: Commenting on TB. TB, please, hear the users!
venenumletalis posted:

also, 200% increase is very unlikely due to FB plugin, it's because you are posting MANY more articles, and have integrated instagram and all that...

You GO, Girl! Tell them like it is! It IS because there's more articles and because of the "integration". I'd like to see them do a "study" where they take the the top reviewers/users names from BEFORE the change and see how much activity there is from them on the new site....I think they'd see a big downward trend. I think TB has confused the concept of "quantity" vs "quality". They, the site, want to see more activity and we, the users, want to see quality activity....and there IS a difference!


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