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Stop Hating The Changes

Opinion by want2watcheroes posted over a year ago
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This doesn't apply to all of you and i respect everyones views, however i feel that some users just moan at any little change even if its good and some users saying they preferred fanpop beta. I know that there hasn't been much change but the users against change is the reason why.

Why do some users hate change? They think its against the 'spirit' of fanpop, they're scared that it will turn fanpop into myspace; Them reasons make me laugh. One, what the hell do you mean against the spirit! Fanpops not christmas. Two, how the hell could fanpop possible turn into myspace with all the awesome spots?

Emotes Are Fun & Useful
Emotes Are Fun & Useful


How can you not love the emotes? It makes it easier to see how the user are talking, it makes the comments more creative and there just fun. The speech bubble is good to, less boring then the comments before.


I'm sure this article will get a bad rating, but i just needed to say this.



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Cammie said:
Dude, I love the changes! See >
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Cammie said:
Btw, I gave you a 5 star rating
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I love too!
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Thanks for 5 star rating, i'm so happy i'm crying.
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Cammie said:
Awww, don't cry.
5 star is awesome,lol!
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Okay i'll put some sunglasses on to cover up my watery eyes.
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I love this news!! I just came from school and I saw this fabulous new bar filles with smileys!!! I love them!! 5 star from me too!
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Gave you a 5 star. I dont hate it, I just prefer the old Fanpop. Im sure I will grow, however I can make my own Emotes. :D <------ See. 8D <--------- See.
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Lol, thank you everyone... you deserve a cake!
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*eats her cake* YUMMY!
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i don't mind the changes at all. i'm not fussed about it whatsoever
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Cinders said:
I'm not sure what "hating" you're referring to, but if it's this pick then I don't think there's any hating going on at all. A handful of people (not the majority) dislike the new comment system, mostly the speech bubbles more than the emotes, if I gathered my info correctly, and frankly they've been stating their opinion in polite ways.

I think change for fanpop is good, can often be fun, and is generally interesting. But change is not ALWAYS better, and users are free to disagree when they don't like a change.

For example, I don't like the speech bubbles because I feel like it interrupts the flow of the thread. Where I used to be able to read a thread of comments easily, my eye is now distracted by it. I did admit in the pick, though, that this could be because I'm an Oldbie, nostalgic for "the good old days" and resistant to new, scary, changes-- but seeing as for the most part I encourage Fanpop to stretch their legs, I feel I also have the right to speak up when they've done something I'm not necessarily super content with. It doesn't mean I care enough to go campaigning against the changes, or even to message the F4 about it. It's just one way to look at the new changes to the site.

I respect everyone who likes or doesn't like any specific change. It's their right, as users, after all. I don't think there is a single user on this site who hates Fanpop, or change in general.
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Well Cinders comments such as: " we dont like change here :P"
"I miss Fanpop Beta all of the sudden! Hope it doesn't turn to MySpace!
"Change!! *hides head in hands*"
"It doesn't suit the Fanpop spirit at all in my opinion."
"I'm old and stuck in my ways. Change scared me."

Thats some of the reasons i wrote this and i've seen others.
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Cinders said:
*Blinks.*

I see nothing wrong with those comments, nor do I see the word "hate" in any of them. Most of them are expressing their opinion in silly manners, and one even pointed out that this was in that user's specific opinion.

So exactly where do you find fault with these comments?

EDIT: I suppose I should give an example of what I find an offensive or intolerant comment:

"The new Fanpop changes suck ***. Everyone who likes them is a loser who doesn't know what a good site is. I am so leaving this lame site right away if they don't change it back to how it was."
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Did you even read my article? Did i mention that there was faults with these comments? The main part was about why users hate change, there is nothing wrong with them and they maybe didn't state that they hated it, but it seems that whenever a change happens, people generally against and one of the main things that people say is something about change being bad.

You said "one even pointed out that this was in that user's specific opinion." Well i know, what the hell has that got to do with anything?

Plus this is an opinion article and its my opinion!

Plus my article was not about users being offensive or intolerant...
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Cammie said:
Cinders, who the hell wrote that so I can go all nasty on them?
Or are you just giving an example of what comments might offend and "suck?"
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Cinders said:
Cammie, I made that up as an example of a comment worthy of getting upset over.

I did read your article.-- I will discuss more later, I have a bus to catch.
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Okay, sorry if i have come across as mean lol.
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Wow i just got home from school and saw this. The emoticons are awesome!! XD
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*is too ill and headachey to decide if they are good or not* ♥
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lmao, did you say that just so you could use the ill emote? lol
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no i generally am ill :P
and i did kinda want to try it out...
but im still ill ♥
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Okay hope you get better!
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thank you :)
i hope i do too :P

and that crying one looks like its bleeding blueness from its head hehe ♥
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When the frak did the comments change?Im gone for one day and its all bubbly!However I dont mind I think its a nice way of introducing emotes without spam.
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Snerkie said:
"i respect everyones views"

umm...that's a contradiction to what you're doing in this article you know. These people dislike the changes, they are all for disliking them if they want to. I'm still unsure on it myself, does it make me a bad person to feel that way? Should i not be allowed to think "non positive" thoughts about the things happening? That to me is just silly to tell others to stop hating yet you think you respect their views at the same time.
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Well i do respect everyones views and my article is my own view. It is not saying you should feel bad for thinking non-positively, it is just saying i preferred it if you wouldn't and I'm trying to persuade people to like the changes..
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hm94991 said:
I agree. Silly people agenst change! (Obama all the way! XD)
EDIT: btw, I used a monkey because thats the closest thing to Obama in the emotes... ;)
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Lol monkey closest thing to obama and when you edit a comment it takes off the emote you chose .
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hm94991 said:
there we go. lol thanks for the update.
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Cinders said:
An explanation:

As I began saying, I DID read your article. The basic premise of which is that people who do not like some changes to Fanpop and voice their opinions about it in a non-confrontational way are "moaning" (a word from your article) and are the reason that the website is not progressing (which is not true, as Fanpop grows on a daily basis).

I must say that you take several things for granted in your thesis. In order to presume that these people are thinking un-positively (again, your word), you must assume that these same users are the ones who dislike every other change Fanpop has made over the years (which I highly doubt). Also, you assume that these users have no reason for disliking this new comment system other than the fact that it is change, and therefore use a syllogism with no empiracal evidence to support it other than your own assumptions, i.e: "The users don't like the new comment system because it is changed. Therefore, the users don't like change."

What I'm saying is two-fold:

The first is that users have the right to voice their opinion, whatever that may be, so long as they do so in a polite, respectful manner, which these users have done. That is why I asked you what was wrong with the examples you gave. True, they express an opinion different from yours, and one that you believe to be overly negative, but they are not doing so in a rude way.

The second thing I'm saying is that change is not always good. If, for example, a public school decides to combine classes, or change the way the classroom is set up, thus doubling the population of the class, this certain change comes as a detriment to the individual student, who may not get the attention he would in a classroom half that size. This is change-- but it is not beneficial to the class.

Dissent is a wonderful thing. I encourage it and embrace it, because it allows us to think about our own opinions and to better understand others. That is all I'm saying.
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Eventhough I havent been around as long as other users, i think this change is great! =] Im really pleased with all the updates and I love change. So kudos to everyone here on Fanpop! =D
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jlhfan624 said:
I love the emotes!! I think Fanpop has improved so much from the initial phases. Granted I haven't been here since the "beginning" but I have seen past screencaps and trust me this is improvement! BTW again, I LOVE THE EMOTES!!!!!
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Cammie said:
I think this article is needing some > LOL!
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soo true!
i like the emotions...they are fun! :D
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I don't like the speech bubbles is all. I like most of the other changes. I'm not a change hater at all, and you are acting like I am being a bitch about it. I don't like the bubbles because it makes it harder to read the comments, that is all.
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papa said:
I think both sides of the argument are valid.

We walk a tightrope with any of the changes we make to the site and we try to put a lot of thought into each change we make. Whether or not it's always the right choice is harder to say.

Certainly we listen to the feedback that we get and try to work with that feedback where it makes sense to do so.

That being said, we bear no ill-will or animosity towards anyone who has a differing opinion. Love it or hate it, an opinion can often show that you care and have bothered to think about what works for you (and what you think works for the site!). I certainly appreciate Cinder's and Spotty's opinions (we just hope that some of the changes don't drive people away!). We don't take feedback like this personally. If the criticism is constructive, it's valuable. I'd certainly encourage it. It can only help make the site better which is what all of us want.

Obviously we also appreciate feedback from the other side of the equation too.

Regardless of the opinions on this specific issue -- we hope -- that on the balance of the *entire* site that we can please all of you.
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Shandiii said:
Wow, people are taking this article very literally.
I like your article, and all of these fun changes! I rated it a 5!
The emotes are cute, and the speech bubbles are awesome! I think it all looks neat!
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Cammie said:
Shandiii, I absolutely agree with your comments. People are taking this article too literally and I believe some perspective has been lost. I believe what has been taken seriously is the use of the word "hate." However, if users (all of us) think about it, don't we quite often either over-use a certain word or use it out of context?
w2w has used the word "hate' so that has come across as strong to some. I think if he had said "dislike" or "disapprove" it wouldn't have struck such a chord. I haven't taken this word literally at all in reading this article - it's not like w2w is stating that the users hate the changes with a violent passion. He's merely stating that some users are not for the changes. That's true.
Also at the very beginning of the article he says:
"this doesn't apply to all of you and I respect everyone's views."
Some users don't seem to have paid too much attention to that opening remark, they've just chosen to see the negative.
w2w is expressing HIS opinion, in a polite way, and he has every right to do so.
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I noticed that a comment I posted was listed as one of the negative comments, something along the lines of 'change scares me' and honestly it was meant more in a joking way but anytime a place that I am as attached to as Fanpop undergoes a change, I do in fact get a bit nervous. Not about the site mind you, just my ability to use it as I have the same amount of computer knowledge as a piece of cheese (more than milk, less than ice cream on the knowledge scale I believe).

At first I was mostly nervous about the emote but I find the placement fitting and they don't bother me in the least (though I have yet to use them) and it's only the bubbles that draw my attention away from the point at hand (what can I say - bright shiny things draw my attention as well). I'm sure it's something I will adjust to but so far it's still odd to me. I'm on board with Cinders.

As for Cammie saying we needed more LOL on this thread, I give you this: Vitavitavegamin

I'm sure that will make you smile.
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Cammie said:
Not only will Vitavitavegamin make me smile, if I have enough I'll be pleasantly intoxicated! *Thanks Bella*
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You're welcome. Now you won't poop out at parties.

Note the first use of an emote. See, I'm all about adapting.
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Cammie said:
Bravo!
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Whoa... A lot has happened when i've been gone...
Lol everyone at these comments and thanks Shandiii and Cammie. People are taking the word hate to seriously, the whole article in fact, i was just trying to make people like change!
Now someone is probably going to find something wrong with the comment i've just left and moan about it lol.
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I know if a change is bad then something should be said about but i think theres some users that are against any change whether they like it or not.
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IsisRain said:
I find that the thought bubbles make it easier to read comments and I think the emoticons are fun. I also like the way they made it where you can just pick one emoticon per comment. I also liked your article :)
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Thank you.
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Nyssa said:
want2watcheroes, you can't make people like change! ;D

Those you quoted earlier I'm sure have their reasons for not liking a specific change. One of them explained why she doesn't like the changes to the comments. As for the 'fanpop spirit' comment, I think that this person sees Fanpop as a 'fun website' so maybe that's why she thinks that a black background wouldn't suit the 'Fanpop spirit'.

It also seems to me that some people simply prefer the 'neat' look without the 'fancy stuff' - by that I mean a lot of graphics such as those large emoticons or the cartoon-ish speech bubbles. All the sparkly cutie flashy 'fun' stuff, you know?

But for my part, I like the recent changes!
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okay lol.
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the emotes i dont mind to much but the speech bubble are just too fancy. i liked how they were so simple and classic before. i come here a lot so i dont notice many changes since they are all gradual but i did see that they dont have that "featured guests" kind of thing on here anymore :( i liked scolling down fanpops homepage and seeing my picture in that section haha.
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