posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 06:34 PM
I think my head is going to explode.
I know you've been here awhile now, just over a month, and you have almost 300 posts, some stars and flags, and you're building your reputation.
That's just great, truly. And now you are asking for things--lots of things. You want to know just who gave you stars and flags. You want a third
section for "proven" stuff. Oh, yes, and you found a typo!
Now sit back a minute and consider what you are asking. Now a typo ought to be easy to fix. It would take a few minutes and I'm sure you would be
satisfied and gratified to know it was fixed. Thanks for sharing. But most of the things you are asking for are non-trivial. To program into the
system the ability for you individually track stars and flags, for example, would require quite a bit of programming time and yet another database to
track it all. That time is expensive. Also, any additional tweak to the site affects response time. It's kind of a balancing act to keep useful
features working while keeping response time as fast as possible. Everything that changes must be bounced against this issue. Everything.
If I were in charge of maintaining a suite of programs such as the one required to maintain ATS I would certainly welcome input, and stick all your
points in a "to be considered" file that I might look at whenever I had the time between fixing major issues that affect the health of the site,
like keeping it running and keeping it secure. I would keep my own list as well, and I'd probably concentrate on my own list along with the list
maintained by the owners of the site before I got to your list. After all, the fact is you are not paying any maintenance contract, and you should
have no expectation that your ideas are fit to be implemented.
You might not know that ATS has undergone several facelifts over the years. Other things have been tried. Some have been tried and abandoned. I have
noticed a trend to greater simplicity, for example, in direct opposition to "creeping featuritis," the tendancy for a program to get more complex
over time BECAUSE of indiscriminate adding of requested features. For example, we no longer have an ATS store where you "buy" a feature for yourself
by using ATS points. When you think about it, the feature was complex and did not add materially to the quality of the site. The "rewards" program
has been changed several times. (Usually, when I get closer to a higher status, it changes so that I don't get there. It's a conspiracy, I tell you!
Oh, well!) Some people think that sort of thing is trivial--there's always someone who thinks that sort of thing is beneath them. Some people want
the recognition, so it's a compromise. One recent change? A "Characters left" counter decrements at the botttom left, a VERY handy feature.
When undergoing a major change I would look at your list, compare yours to everyone else's lists, realize most of them contradicted each other, and
come up with the best changes asked by the most people to consider for implementation. I can tell you because I have been involved in systems
maintenance projects for decades, that fulfilling everyone's wishes and maintaining such a site is a LOT of work. Even if you are in a situation
where your customers are paying several thousand dollars a month in maintenance fees, there ideas do not always get implemented.
And we here at ATS pay absolutely nothing. Keep that in mind when you are asking for stuff.
Disclaimer: I don't work for ATS. I'm a user just like everyone else.