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What features would you like to see added to Sphinn? Let us know in this thread!
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from dannysullivan 2492 Days ago #
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a fresh thread replacing the old one, which is now closed. Everything from that thread that we haven’t implemented has been listed below. Also see Sphinn: New Features Added for wishes we’ve granted. Finally, if it’s a bug -- something we have on the site NOW that’s not working properly -- please use the Sphinn: Known Issues And Bugs thread. First, things that have been suggested that we are NOT doing: Threaded/Nested Comments: We decided against having the type of comments where when you reply to someone, what you say is indented below them. We had concerns that this system can be confusing for some, plus with many replies, each one progressively gets narrower and harder to read. The disadvantage to our current system is that it might be hard to know who or what someone is replying to. We suggest you call someone out by name (use their name) and actually quote snippets of what they said, if needed. Make Headlines Link Directly To News Stories: And to complete that thought, "like Digg." The problem is, unlike Digg, topics here can be either news stories or pure discussions. Discussions have no external link to point someone at. If we enable direct links, then clicking on some headlines in story lists will jump you out of the site while others keep you here. It’ll seem inconsistent to some visitors, so we’re not jumping out from story lists. Trust us -- we did experiment with this, and it worked badly.Stories Open In New Windows: Right now, we say, right click to do this. Next, things that have been suggested that are on the development schedule. Items are listed in no particular order: Feeds: See the Feed tab for what we offer and a rundown on what we’re considering. Changing Username: Some want to be able to change their username. Right now, that has to be done manually. That’s not likely to change soon, so if you hate your name -- really, really hate it or made a terrible mistake -- let us know. Highlight New Comments: How about a way to highlight only new comments since the last time you were reading a topic? Maybe! Add X, Y, Z Site To Profiles: Please use the What Fields Should We Add To Sphinn Profile Pages? thread for suggestions. Hide Blank Profile Entries: We’ll look at that. "Via" Links To Credit Your Blog: Found a news item and blogged about it briefly? Found it through someone else’s blog? We think there should be an easy way for you to link to the main news story but also give the blog that found it some hyperlink love. We’re working on a way to do this. In the meantime, see News Story Submission Guidelines for some additional guidance. Better Friending: How about a feed made up of everything your friends are sphinning or submitting. Sure! How about a way to create groups for your friends? Absolutely. On the list! Also Inbox alert when someone stalks you. Show counts of friends and stalkers you have. Lost Username Lookup: Forgot your username? Working to make it so you can enter your email and have it sent to you. Better Sphinn Button: Perhaps allowing you to unsphinn instead of having to go to the Sphinns tab of your profile. One that could flow comments back to your blog about a story. One that might actually spin, if you click on the button itself. One that opens a new window if you put it on your site. All things we’re looking at. By the way, there are some great tools here that people are already making. Bury/Desphinn Feature: We’re considering three buttons: Spam, which with enough reports, a story drops from What’s New for a moderator to review; Desphinn, allowing you to vote against a story but perhaps requiring a comment be left saying why. Email Stories To Friends: We had this feature, felt it could be used to spam too easily, so it’s on hold until we look further at it. [GRANTED] Speed things up: We’re upgrading to a faster version of Pligg, the software we use, in October. Widgets: "I want widgets. So, for instance, I want a handy little badge I can put on my site that links to my profile here so people can easily get to all the links to my social networking profiles. And I want the events calendar to have a widget so I can put a calendar on my site with all the events I’ll be at. And I want little icons beside the events that show if I’m attending or speaking" Referral Stats: show how many people you go to sign-up for Sphinn. Save Rather Than Sphinn: Want to save a story but not Sphinn it? Sure, we can do that -- coming soon. Improve What’s New: We’re going to make it easy to see at a glace the top five most Sphunn things in What’s New at the top of the What’s New page, then show most recent items. We’ll also show top five most sphunn items on the home page, as well. Events Bulletin Board: Ability to put notes associated with an event, for ridesharing, networking, meetings, etc. Also add a feed for events. Spellcheck: Add sphinn, blog, digg and google and others to the spellchecker! Improve Search: Seriously, we will! Programming Category: Coming to the Online Marketing area. Improve Feed: Add names of Sphinners and destination URLs to main feed.

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from robwatts 2492 Days ago #
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Email notification to participated threads would be handy.Ajaxified comment submittal would be good.Widgets, oops already mentioned, but yeah widgets could be a great addition. Take whats already out there and do it better, I’m sure the collective nous could come up with something kickassifiedLike the idea about having to comment on thumbs down. Comments should be forced to be > > 12 chars, just to prevent ’cos its lame type’ reasons.

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from mattstoddart 2492 Days ago #
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Jagermeister dispenser :)

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from SearchBuzz 2492 Days ago #
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Tally how long you have been stalking a partcular user, so if they do not ’add you as a friend’ after "x" amount of time you can stop ’stalking’. *Danny - you have 3 more days, then I will have to cut you loose!  ;)

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from dsemmler 2492 Days ago #
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I’d like to see the email notification of participating threads as robwatts mentioned but also an email notifiication of a new inbox message.Not necessarily an email notification but something that alerts you to a new person stalking you - maybe that is there and I just haven’t been stalked, lol.Can you tell that I like to be notified of new things? 

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from seobrien 2492 Days ago #
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Better dedup functionality - and make it available to us digg is littered with duplicate submissions from different sources, prevent it before it gets bad.

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from aimClear 2492 Days ago #
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Email integration similar to the sponsor level of SU. Message System:email alert of new Sphinn messages recieved ability to respond through a Sphinn URL from email (especially useful w/ mobile) email alert of friends’ sphinns subscribe to comments threads.Sphinn Statusalert when 2 votes from going hotalert when gone hotalert when user’s blog post (sphunn by another) goes hot. This would require using the "claimed blog" concept.Option to see if post sphunn goes hotEmail alert when posts hit greatest hits page

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from andrewsho 2492 Days ago #
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Combine Comments & Who Sphunn This? pages. I find I often want to see both of these and it seems like an extra step to have to click on the Who Sphunn This? link.  If the site was faster maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.Re Better Friending Make the friending mechanism a bit more explicit.  I had no idea how to acquire friends so i just stalked people and then I didn’t know that they had suddenly become my friends. 

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from Harith 2492 Days ago #
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In a comment in this thread: "News Story" vs "Discussion": Unfair Competition On Sphinn! http://sphinn.com/story/7388Danny wrote "Interesting idea -- drop it into the wishlist, and we can look at it as part of development."Thanks for asking, Danny. And here I go ;-)============= You might have noticed that "Discussion" submissions would seldom make it to Sphinn front page "Hot Topics", unfortunately. The reason is the inherited weakness of Spinn’s rating system. At present a submission needs to be sphunn 20 times in order to make it to "Hot Topics". The majority of "News Story" submissions cover articles on blogs. Those articles are exposed to sphinning in two ways. They could be Sphunn by the visitors of the blogs as well as the visitors of Sphinn.com. While "Discussion" submissions are only exposed to sphinning on Sphinn.com. And that is an unfair competition where "News Story" submissions have much bigger chances than "Discussion" submissions to reach the "Hot Topics". To bring a balance to the equation, Danny & co might wish to consider to lower the number of sphinns required for "Discussion" submissions to reach the "Hot Topics". =====================

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from Wiep 2492 Days ago #
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A light version of Sphinn would be great as well. Loading the 1Mb front page on my mobile phone can take up to 30-40 seconds. My unlimited mobile internet package has a maximum of 50Mb /month -yes, you read that correctly. damn you, fine print!-, which means that I can visit Sphinns home page only 50 times a month...

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from onreact 2492 Days ago #
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Filters and/or personalization: -Blogrush to filter out all those stories or a personal page with just my friends news or just my tagged interests.

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from g1smd 2492 Days ago #
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Why the heck is the front page 1 MB?    That seems huge.

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from tnash 2492 Days ago #
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A recho for email notifications or at least the option to set them for:Comment on threadPost goes hotNew PMAlso feeds for comments :) 

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from Harith 2492 Days ago #
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[GRANTED]  - The possibility to report spam submissions directly to the moderators.

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from Lyndon 2492 Days ago #
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I would like a space invader side game that would influence my posting power, either that or Asteroids. ;)

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from patrickaltoft 2492 Days ago #
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How about a feed like Digg has so you can track when somebody submits your site. Like this:http://digg.com/rss_search?search=searchengineland&area=all&type=url&section=news 

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from dannysullivan 2491 Days ago #
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Harith, you can report directly to moderators now using the new contact form. The spam button we’re considering would simply make it possible for the community to pause something that looks spammy if there are enough reports, and then a moderator would come in and review to decide whether to uphold or override.Everyone else, great ideas. Keep them coming. They won’t all happen at once, but the point is to keep developing and refining the site.

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from Harith 2491 Days ago #
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Danny,Great. Thanks.

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from marketingtools 2491 Days ago #
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The site is VERY slow. Are you sure it’s due to Pligg? I have a site running on Pligg which I don’t see crawling like this one does.  

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from andrewsho 2491 Days ago #
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When modifying one’s profile allow the user to enter additional sites where they have profiles.

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from northrock 2491 Days ago #
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would like to see these:number of times viewednumber of click throughs to external article add views & click throughs to sort by options

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from seobrien 2491 Days ago #
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Sphinn’s Discussion is a unique iteration of forums that could allow hot questions and topics to easily float to the top of the industry’s consciousness.  Stand out above blog posts and news articles while not being burried in a forum.I for one can think of many discussions that should be featured prominently, well above many of the Hot Topic news items (Link bait, buying links, best agencies, best consultants, analytics platform pros/cons) - topics that change so frequently that news articles and blog posts shouldn’t receive prominence for being static and "old" as soon as they hit the wires.I’d like to see a different weight given to discussions to ensure they easily appear on Hot Topic pages and remain there longer.  Perhaps instead they are simply presented separately.

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from sphinn007 2491 Days ago #
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I’d like to be able to bury the stories (or is the bury button already there and I have missed it?) because spammers need to face the wrath of Sphinn’s bury brigade :-)

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from aimClear 2491 Days ago #
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Danny,I keep finding myself wishing that a post’s position on the "What’s New" page was higher based on an algorithm other than just time. The criteria could also include how many Sphinns a post gets over time. For instance a post which garners several votes quickly could stay higher longer. This would reflect the community’s affinaty for a post and keep it in play.

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from dannysullivan 2491 Days ago #
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I think we’ll see how it works with the split page, showing most Sphunn stories up top. I think that will help (plus, it’s easy to do), and we can look at other ideas over time.

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from Khook20 2490 Days ago #
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When you enter a URL for submitting, I’d like to see similiar stories or if the URL has already been submitted a la Digg.

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from iszk1 2489 Days ago #
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Hi Danny,Congratulations on becoming offcial.I have a thing I’d like you to add to the wishlist:that is to launch Japanese version of Sphinn!There is great expectation we, Japanese webmasters could join Sphinn. --Kenichi Suzuki

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from toddmintz 2482 Days ago #
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Seeing a post about Israeli markets at Sphinn caused me to try to come up with new ideas for stopping spam. I thought of the following:1) Moderate the first (or first couple or first three) story submissions from new accounts. I don’t think this would cause a big burden on either moderators or legitimate story submitters.2) Ban the default avatar! Make a unique avatar mandatory for everyone. Make the spammer do one more extra step in order to get the account. If someone regularly participates here, I’m not sure why they would keep the default avatar anyway.3) Everyone who has submitted a hot story should be given "spam killing" power. While I sincerely hope that nobody would use it against a legitimate story they disapprove of, perhaps this "power" should be limited to stories submitted by "newer users" (and I’d let someone else define what a new user is).

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from Halfdeck 2466 Days ago #
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I’m sure someone suggested this already. But is there a way I can subscribe to an RSS feed of a member’s comments? For example, let’s say I wanted to read every single comment Vanessa Fox posts and get updates via RSS.An RSS feed of stories either submitted or voted on by a particular member would also be cool. And if I sign up to multiple feeds, then maybe auto-delete duplicate stories.

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from DaveDavis 2432 Days ago #
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My number request would be email notification of comments. Attention is scarce, who has time to not all submits read and commented on and return "manually"?Fantastic job with the new features so far. Keep up the great work.

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from Nicole 2432 Days ago #
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an information of what kind of avatar images to submit to get a decent small avatar image or be able to provide both sizes? I have tried several versions of my usual picture, and all of them look very bad in the small version - and I can’t find an information which would be the best avatar base site to work with.

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from TimDineen 2419 Days ago #
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Another vote for: Email-notification of replies to threads I’ve commented on.  Can’t continue to check for responses manually.And, while the search function can and apparently will be better in the future... it’d be a great start if you would just re-order the results to be most-recent first rather than the current oldest-first sort order.  This should be a pretty easy change.

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from northrock 2388 Days ago #
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linking to sphinn stories by domain discussion per danny’s request. a friends feature is also talked about in this thread. thanks danny.

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from neyne 2388 Days ago #
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I don’t think this was suggested before, and if yes, then I apologise:how about "Duplicate story" button ? Sphinn does detect when the same URL is sphinned but since a lot of the news in the SEO blogosphere gets reported by more than one source, it happens that there are several sphinns on basically the same story. Especially if it is something Matt Cutts said :)

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from Gamermk 2388 Days ago #
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I want threaded comments.

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from Cumbrowski 2388 Days ago #
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Regarding Sphinn Stories by DomainWhile you are at that suggestion, also think about a list by "Author Name". Most blogs make use of this RSS attribute if they have multiple contributing authors. I would like to see for example Bill Slawski’s post he made at SEOByTheSea.com and also the ones he made at SearchEngineLand.com.

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from dannysullivan 2355 Days ago #
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Gamermk, we tried and decided against threaded comments for reasons covered here.

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from BrendanPicha 2343 Days ago #
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Danny have you seen this Wordpress plugin? It’s called Conditional Digg Badge. It Automatically places a ’digg this’ badge on any story that has greater than 10 votes. Would love to have one of these for Sphinn.http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/conditional-digg-this-badge/#post-4551Cheers,Brendan

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from Misscj 2043 Days ago #
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Hello,I would really like a new category for submitting my science stuff that is related to SEO of course, and I think that other bloggers would really like this too.  There are interesting posts around and nice papers that can be useful.Thank you,cj

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from zigojacko 2043 Days ago #
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This thread is 448 days old ;)

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