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Pseudolonewolf
5 years ago

About Blurbs...

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: The SiteFeatures Blurbs
Blurbs allow you to 'review' people anonymously, but they've already been seeing abuse, it seems.
Some of them are obviously not written seriously, as if the writer thought that they could get away with essentially breaking rules due to the anonymity of the feature.

This doesn't work though, because as the Blurbs tab on userpages says, the author is stored, even if it's not displayed, meaning that I can look in the database to find out who wrote a certain blurb, and punish them if need be.

Normally I wouldn't WANT to see who wrote blurbs, especially on my own profile, but I would see the need to look up that information if there was rule-breaking or trolling going on.

So keep this in mind, and write good and serious blurbs that reflect your genuine feelings, rather than inane meme-filled rubbish that just wastes space and says nothing.
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FreedomCaged
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FreedomCaged 24 United States MelancholicCholeric INTP 5w4 23C
I am looking forward to this new feature, it has much more potential to help people work on their specific issues than the old rating system, and you even seem to have found a way to combat the negative trolling aspects of it. I can't wait to see how this and the rest of the site evloves.
Lyle
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About blurbs, I wasn't really keen on the idea before, but having become used to the idea, I think they could work. One thing I was thinking though... what if people could write a 'response' to their blurbs, that appears just below the specific blurb? There's a few advantages. You get the right to reply to any unfair accusations, and anyone reading the blurbs gets to see both sides of the story. Realistically speaking, it wouldn't be open to exploitation any more that blurbs would normally be at the moment.

Some quick examples:

(someone writes a blurb on me): "Was very rude and short with people in the forums. Didn't seem like an agreeable person."
My response: "I'm sorry, I was under a lot of stress that weekend. My mother had been admitted to intensive care and I wasn't really thinking clearly. The next day I immediately felt bad, and went back to edit my posts, but the damage was already done"

(someone writes a blurb on me): "In a discussion thread, doesn't really seem to consider other people's opinions if they disagree with his. It feels pointless talking to him unless you already agree with him"
My response: "To be honest, I had no idea that I gave off that impression. After looking back through that thread, I probably was overly dismissive. I'll have to keep that in mind in the future"
Pseudolonewolf
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Hmm, that's not a bad idea... The only possible issue with it is the fact that blurbs could change at any time, so your responses could quickly become 'outdated', unless you changed them too.
It's something I'm going to seriously think about though.
Duogduogduog
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What happens if a Person who has written Blurbs is a *Banned User*..? What will happen to their Blurbs. Some of us might not even want any of their *evil* Blurbs.
Pseudolonewolf
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Banned users can't write blurbs. Their blurbs may also be deleted if their account is banned, though this doesn't happen yet.
Any offensive blurbs could also be removed by moderators, and their authors punished if they weren't already banned. However, 'offensive' would have to mean 'obvious trolling' rather than merely 'a negative opinion'.
Orcris
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Orcris 19 United States MelancholicCholeric INTP 5w6 71C
Could you add a feature to let users remove a blurb they wrote? I posted one that I want to remove because I feel like it's making the situation worse, not better, and I'm sure that other people will eventually get into this situation as well. Could you add this feature?
Pseudolonewolf
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It's now possible to get rid of blurbs by submitting one without any text, and I've added an explanation of that above the blurb-writing area...!
Megabdi
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I just have a simple question to ask...
Would a feature of choosing whether to be anonymous or public be added to the blurbs feature soon?
I feel it being strange, having people I don't know commenting on my behavior.
Supergnash
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I'm pretty sure that if you wanted you could just message the person you "blurbed" telling them that you did it. Or you could leave your name in the blurb itself. This could lead to a little identity theft, but it wouldn't be too much of a problem as the person who they might be pretending to be could clarify things themselves.

It might be good to have anyway, but at the moment there are more important things to be done.
Pseudolonewolf
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I may have replied about this elsewhere, but, uh, I have been considering making blurbs only optionally anonymous. I don't know yet though whether I will do that.
The whole point of them though was to show what the site in general truly thought of you, rather than just having your friends praise you or something. Posting blurbs then becomes about genuine views rather than a way to get positive things for the writer, and the writer can be more honest without fear of retribution.
Megabdi
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I guess I have nothing to worry about then. Supergnash instead suggested having me put my own name on blurbs if I wish to be personal about someone's behavior.

I'm sorry to have bothered you about a matter that could have just been solved with personal choice and putting your name on the blurb, rather than having a in-built feature that would have been just not worth the outcome.

But just one thing... I don't feel that one blurb is what the entire site bases it's views on when judging me... I can take the honesty, I don't try to tell people I'm annoying if they truly think I am. Anyone can be honest with me, even though it kinda hurts.
Supergnash
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Has anyone actually had any blurbs done on them yet? I was thinking of doing one yesterday but apparently you get a medal for writing one so they aren't completely anonymous yet.

Someone should get things started off if no one already hasn't. If someone were to start writing blurbs then I would do the same to help keep anonymity, hopefully encouraging even more people to start.
Pseudolonewolf
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Several accounts do already have blurbs written on them, yes. Onisuzume has five as I write this, for example (one of which is a waste of space, but the others are okay).

The reason that I wrote this blog post is because some of the blurbs that were written were inaeoquate, like the one on Ratzoup's page.
Supergnash
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Thanks for that, I'm guessing that you want them to be more like the one positive one that Onisuzume has? Not that they should be less harsh, but that they should be well thought out that is.
Bionclex
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This was a serious help on Blurbs, Pseudo. Thanks for the help.