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Virily's new reply policy

We know that Virily is a work in progress and that the admins are constantly attempting to upgrade and extend the functionality of the site. A new feature they’ve implemented is to require users to agree to their policy for each and every reply. I believe this is a design flaw and should be backed out of the codebase

I have already encountered several instances where the checkbox doesn’t appear, so I am unable to reply to any posts in that thread. This is a very serious bug but even if fixed, it doesn’t address the underlying issue

If you want folks to reply and generate traffic, never make it difficult for them to do so. Even if there is some legal reason to require the user to acknowledge their assent of the storage and handling of comments, it could be handled globally at login

Speaking of which, I was pleased to notice that we were notified of the chat feature being discontinued at login. I applaud the decision to inform users of this up front

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    Have you noticed this new policy?

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    Have you tried to reply, but couldn’t find the checkbox yet?

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    Can you reply in this thread? https://virily.com/art/a-two-part-study-of-blair-wip/

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  1. Keep in mind that this isn’t Virily being arbitrary, this is almost definitely an effort to be in compliance with GDPR. That having been said, this seems like a clumsy solution even if the bugs are worked out…

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  2. I believe that it’s related to the GDPR that’s coming into effect in a few days. It doesn’t make sense, because we are already registered users, but data operators need consent for everything. While it’s still a new law, people don’t really know how to comply, so I think it’s not only Virily’s fault.

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    • Kudos to you, your assessment of the situation is spot on! We need to remember that Virily doesn’t have a choice in the matter, but that having been said there has got to be a more elegant solution to compliance…

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      • I agree with you, it’s annoying to have to check that box for every comment. I believe that there is a way to gain this conset once, and leave us alone like other sites do. After all, we are already sharing a lot more personal data than the comments. However, I understand why hey would be worried, even some of the biggest companies struggle with compliance.

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  3. I totally agree with you. What makes this whole process so funny is that ten years ago writing sites had all this solved. Isn’t it funny that what was a shrug in 2008 is beyond the mental capacity in 2018

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  4. Only registered users can post a comment or reply. When signing up we agree that the site may store our content, so there is no logical reason why we have to repeat our agreement. This new tickbox would only make sense if non-members were posting comments.

    When I tried to post a comment under one of the images at https://virily.com/art/a-two-part-study-of-blair-wip/ I got this message: ‘Comment Submission Failure’. I couldn’t see any tickbox.

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