Latest Update: 3-4-13

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Registered: 07-13-2011
Latest Update: 3-4-13
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:36pm

Hi, everyone.

I wanted to let you know where we are on a few items: the project to delete old threads, and other message board-related fixes coming soon. 

You may have noticed, we’re still waiting on the deletion project to happen. iVillage is in the process of moving hosting companies, and our database guys are focused on that right now. We don't want to run the deletion script without them babysitting it...too risky. I’ve asked our GM and CTO when they expect the deletions to begin (they know it's causing other boards fixes and projects to be delayed) and when they give me a date, I'll give it to you.

In the meantime, I'm making sure that some of our message board fixes get into the workflow. This week, the team is cleaning up a bunch of 404 errors (page not found) coming from message board links promoted around the site. This is important because it impacts our effectiveness in Google. After that, they'll be fixing 2 tools that Mods and Admins require, and they'll be restoring post counts on the Category page. These fixes will take us through the middle of March. We haven't had planning meetings for the two code releases that will happen in April, but I'll definitely be requesting 3-5 additonal fixes there. I'm happy we're still able to move forward with these!

Once I know a) when the deletion project will start or b) which fixes will be worked on in April, I'll post another update.

Thanks!

jess

...keep going!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2002
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:53pm

Thanks for giving us something.   Any information we get is appreciated.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-15-2008
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 5:21pm

So let me get this straight -  the deletion project that we were told about over a month ago, and that would take a few weeks hasn't even started YET?!?!?  WOW!!!  Words cannot begin to describe my thoughts/feeling towards the powers that be at iVillage right now.


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Registered: 11-01-1999
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 5:56pm
The board migration which was supposed to be invisible to users is still not functional after five months.....

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-06-2004
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 6:57pm

Just FYI I got a new error today--at one point when I went to my board, I was able to open a thread but everytime I clicked on something-reply, quick, reply, different thread, it directed me to a full page add for loreal hair color.

Alice

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-06-2004
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 6:57pm

Just FYI I got a new error today--at one point when I went to my board, I was able to open a thread but everytime I clicked on something-reply, quick, reply, different thread, it directed me to a full page add for loreal hair color.

Alice

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2001
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 5:39am

In other words, we're looking at mid summer (with luck) or after before ivillage becomes usable again?   Sooooooooooo not good

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 6:40am

Adding that I too was stunned to read that the deletion project we were previously told about, told that it would take weeks, hasn't started yet.   I have no words for how inept this whole process has been.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2007
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 9:42am
Thanks for the update. I hope my nerves hold out long enough to make it to when ivillage is running correctly again. :(


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Registered: 07-13-2011
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 11:00am

Hi,

I'd like to see things moving faster, too. But I have to say: I think "inept" is not a fair look at why the deletion project hasn't happened. It has simply been rescheduled, due to larger iVillage projects that need to be completed first. These decisions aren't made on a whim -- they're made in line with very specific business goals. Goals that, when met, will benefit ALL of iVillage...which includes you and me.

In the meantime, I'm able to get the team to work on other message board issues. As I mentioned above, when I have an ETA on the deletion project, I'll post it here. 

Thanks!

...keep going!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2002
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 11:13am

"Inept" isn't a fair way to describe a format change that was supposed to be so simple we wouldn't notice a difference, but yet it's been 5 months and the system is still totally jacked up!?!?!?! 

Inept:    : lacking sense or reason : foolish

Our message board world is falling apart; inactive boards, CLs stepping down out of frustration, members leaving out of frustration and not returning, etc.     That to me lacks sense or reason, and is foolish. 

If these decisions are made "in line with very specific business goals," and we have been collapsing for 5 months, it says a lot for how we rate in their list of priorities.

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