I wish you all a great 2017 filled with all the fights that your hearts desire!
As you all know, with 13,000 members MeetFighters is the biggest (by our not entirely arbitrary metric) fighting personals site. We are dedicated to continue bringing you the best fighting site this year, and we start off with a new feature called Member Verification.
Member Verification helps you search and find only the best genuine guys and easily weed out fakes. It takes only a few minutes to get verified and the process is designed to be as simple, discreet and hassle-free as we can make it. All you need to get verified is a recent profile photo that shows your face and a photo of you showing a special code that proves that this profile photo is indeed you.
Verification is voluntary.
Established members with lots of recommendations and past opponents have little to prove. They too should get verified, though, to put a bit of peer pressure on the rest of us to get verified. We all stand to benefit from verification. Except the fakes. It's super bad for them.
I've been listening and doing some thinking and I think I have come up with a solution for performing verification without posting a public photo with your face. It is a bit more complex than the simple face validation, but it should still be relatively straightforward. It goes like this:
What happened here?
How do you guys like this version now?
We have great plans for this year for improving our site with new features and enhancing existing features. Next on the menu is a search function for your messages.
What happens next is up to you! Please browse the Idea Box and vote for features that you would like to use yourself. You can also submit your own ideas.
For those who care, the "active membership", that is, members who have logged in in the past 30 days, is 11693. This means that in terms of active membership, MeetFighters is now bigger than the second and third biggest wrestling sites combined! (And this is on a site that actively discourages practices that would artificially inflate our membership numbers, e.g. prohibiting one person from operating multiple profiles.) We are still a site for the community and run by the community, without a corporate owner or commercial interest. We are sustained by the generosity of our members, and continue growing and giving you new stuff.
Some more numbers because I just love them so much:
In other news, we have a brand spanking new SSD, partly because it is faster than the old one, and partly because the old one crashed, causing a few hours of downtime a few Fridays back. Thankfully our backups worked well and we only lost a small amount of data and half a percent of monthly uptime.
Behind the scenes, we have been busy in the past few months bringing many stability and performance improvements to the site code. Perhaps the most visible change of late was the rearranging of the profile pages. Let me offer some background on the underlying thought process.
The mission of this site, as codified in the name itself, is to facilitate meets. Therefore the most important metric with which I measure the site's success is the number of past opponents each member accumulates over time. The quality of meets is also of concern, hence the importance of recommendations. These two key metrics are measured over the time a person has been using the site. So, days, opponents, recommendations. By picking and focusing these three metrics, I am hoping to nudge some members who are reluctant to meet to do it more frequently.
To counteract the "wasted" screen space that these boxes use up, other parts of the profile have been broken into two columns, giving quicker access to the introduction and interests of a member. (Granted, "waste" is not the right term for something that is in ultimately infinite supply.) I ask everyone to give the new design some time to grow on you. I am still making revisions to it and your input is valuable, but please understand that it is not possible to come up with a design that appeals to all 13000+ active members.
As always, your input is valuable.
And for those who ask each time and then ignore the answer: yes it is possible to see join/part notifications in the browser chat. Just click on the gears icon on the top right of the screen.
– Admin out
In the previous news post, I asked you questions about the direction of some MeetFighters features. I thank everyone who replied or voted! The summary of votes are below:
|Do you think a Workout Journal feature would be useful?||Votes||% of votes||Weighted %|
|Yes, I like it and would use it||410||39%||35%|
|No, I wouldn't use it||558||53%||59%|
|No, because I don't exercise||75||7%||5%|
|Do you think the "Meetings" feature can be removed?||Votes||% of votes||Weighted %|
|Remove the Meetings. I don't use them.||318||73%||76%|
|Keep the Meetings, I like them as they are.||108||24%||21%|
|Keep the Meetings, I have ideas of how to make them better (comment below).||8||1%||1%|
|Do you think the "Match Requests" feature can be removed?||Votes||% of votes||Weighted %|
|Remove the Match Requests. I don't use them.||252||53%||45%|
|Keep the Match Requests, I like them as they are.||202||43%||50%|
|Keep the Match Requests, I have ideas of how to make them better (comment below).||15||3%||4%|
I especially want to thank Vanman81 for his blog post and those who commented there. Let me summarize my takeaway from the results.
The Match Requests are here to stay. I have updated the page and gave it a bit of a facelift. Observe the "before" and "after":
The most important changes:
The Meetings feature will be retired in a few months, unless I can come up with some way to make it more compelling. Ideas are welcome.
There were a number of votes both for and against the feature. I think there is synergy between this site's core goals and exercise. Martial arts and wrestling are sports after all. For now, implementation of the feature is postponed until a later date.
– Admin out.
I am thinking about adding a new feature to the site: an online workout journal. What is a workout journal, you might ask? Check out this page for a quick introduction with pictures: http://jamesclear.com/workout-journal
The idea is to let you record and share your workout journal with your friends on MeetFighters, keep track of your progress, etc. I am calling this feature "FitFighters", but that might change the moment I come up with something less corny. Basically the idea would be to let you quickly collect and save a summary of your workout either while you are doing it, or after, in a web and mobile friendly feature.
My question to you is simple:
On a related note, I am thinking about killing two existing site features simply because they are not quite as useful as they should be to warrant having them around. Removing useless features will help keep the site interface clean and less confusing for new members. Please don't forget to press the Vote button for each poll individually!
The "Meetings" feature is not getting much love. Originally it was intended for the organization of meets that involved more than one person, but it turns out that such meetings are either not happening very frequently or are organized with regular messages.
Similar to Meetings, the "Match request" feature is not getting much use. Perhaps it is time to retire it.
Thank you for your participation in the polls!
In an ongoing effort to improve the site, I have made some changes to the Browser and Flash chat.
This is largely an experiment at making the Chat less "noisy" and better for conversations. As always, your feedback is appreciated!
There's some other minor fixes and enhancements on the rest of the Site. See if you can spot them all :)