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Another ongoing Virily Issue…

First, a huge Kudo for the Admin and IT teams of Virily for getting the issue of the Create button missing, fixed for many users.

Now that the crisis has moved on, its time to consider a couple of other issues.

1. Pictures stripped from old posts.

2. That issue brings back the issue of editing posts and comments.

First off, Alex, Howard, and others have told me about the issue of missing pictures a couple of times. I haven’t spent a lot of time wondering about this issue, but I did spend some time look at my old posts. Now, in the past (the beginnings of Virily), you used to get 2 Virils per picture submitted up to a maximum of 20. That changed to a maximum of 2 around two years ago. I used to submit 20, cut that to 10 pictures per post. Then I cut that to 6 because I added captions for each picture in my wander project. But no matter what I only get credit for two pictures. That is fine, and I don’t write on Virily to make money, I write as a platform to share information about places, things, and memories.

I started about two weeks ago reviewing some of my older posts. Many of them have the pictures stripped out. Now I understand why from a site management perspective. Each picture is between 2 and 3 megs in size. I have over 1500 wander projects. That would be between 10,000 and 15000 pictures in total, if not more. That would be 460 or so megs of storage, and that costs the site money. Links don’t impact, and text doesn’t impact the size of the stored post, but those pictures do.

That said, I have searched the FAQs (nothing noted), and I will be sending this post and the comments to the admin team on Saturday. To see if the assumption I’ve made is correct in that there is a cost to storing old posts, and the pictures were removed to reduce that cost.

All that said, why did I bring up the second point? Well if images are stripped off, then the posts are being edited after they are shared. Based on that I believe it wouldn’t be that hard to let at least us edit comments.

1. Authors should be able to edit their comments.

2. Authors should have the right to remove offensive comments on their posts.

I am not asking or advocating the editing of posts. I do understand that is a legal kettle of fish, and no one wants that hassle. But comments should be something that can be banned, edited, and modified.

The reality of Virily is that most of the authors are not native English speakers. Base don that, comments like a good job, thanks for sharing as long as they aren’t copied or pasted are perfectly acceptable. We all understand that to read posts and to comment, and sometimes people don’t have the perfect response.  Then if you can’t comment on my posts I won’t on your rule is interesting.

It is ok to make short comments. It is not ok to demand others comment in a specific way. It is also against the rules of the site to copy and paste the same comment in multiple places.

  • it is rude to force people to comment based on your rules not the site rules right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you share pictures on Virily?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you been on Virily for more than a year?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you been on Virily more than 2 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you been on Virily more than 3 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you pulled up an old post that you shared?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did the old post have pictures still?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Demanding comments isn’t a good thing right?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

23 points
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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Q: it is rude to force people to comment based on your rules not the site rules right?
    Yes (15 votes) – 94%
    No (1 votes) – 6%
    Q: Do you share pictures on Virily?
    Yes (13 votes) – 87%
    No (2 votes) – 13%
    Q: Have you been on Virily for more than a year?
    Yes (11 votes) – 85%
    No (2 votes) – 15%
    Q: Have you been on Virily more than 2 years?
    Yes (9 votes) – 69%
    No (4 votes) – 31%
    Q: Have you been on Virily more than 3 years?
    Yes (7 votes) – 54%
    No (6 votes) – 46%
    Q: Have you pulled up an old post that you shared?
    Yes (7 votes) – 54%
    No (6 votes) – 46%
    Q: Did the old post have pictures still?
    Yes (4 votes) – 40%
    No (6 votes) – 60%
    Q: Demanding comments isn’t a good thing right?
    Yes (14 votes) – 93%
    No (1 votes) – 7%

    • Thanks for the comment first.

      The issue of costing the site for authors editing is a two-fold answer.

      From a user perspective, there is zero cost to enabling edits of comments.
      There is little to no cost from a user perspective to allowing editing of posts.

      From the site perspective, there is cost and risk

      The site has to develop the editing ability and deploy that to the site (That costs)
      There is also a legal risk that people post, then go in and modify that post so that it violates GDPR or other privacy laws.

  2. I have checked the photos in old posts several times, generally, if a post consists of only one picture, the image remains in place but if the post consists of several images, then they have disappeared.
    However I can understand it, after all I still keep the original documents from the pictures that I have shared it.

  3. A lot of my older posts don’t have photos anymore, and I noticed it a long time ago. Another problem I experience is that when I make a poll, the questions and answers disappear and I have to save draft and submit them again and again.

      • Unfortunately, not, based on my experience. The last issue proved that not everyone is affected by the same bug; I have been wondering whether some people are still able to see photos on old posts, because I get new comments on them from time to time, or maybe they just leave a comment and don’t care that half of the content is missing.

        • i am pretty sure that no one sees old pictures, although you can still search for them they aren’t linked to the post.

          But I will do further research.

          The poll issue is one that went away and you may be right it may only impact some people.

  4. I also noticed that the old posts have disappeared … otherwise I do not know how many of them are quite a few … but it does not bother me so much but I just want to know where they disappeared
     

  5. I have had no problem with my pictures. But I will admit that sometimes posts are hard to read because of the poor English not counting the typo mistakes. I am not writing so much for money but just for the pleasure to be able to write…

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