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Beliefnet Survey: Time to Express yourself

posted by Scot McKnight

Beliefnet wants to know what you think, so please take the time for this short survey.

And you can record your thoughts in the Comment box below, too. 


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Pat

posted February 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm


PLEASE add a feature by which I can be notified of additional comments on posts that I’ve commented on.



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Bob Robinson

posted February 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm


1. The “Add a URL to this comment” does not create a hyperlink.
2. The add pop-ups sometimes frustrate me when I am in the middle of commenting.



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Terry Tiessen

posted February 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm


I second Pat’s request for ability to subscribe to comments on a post. I have written to Belief Net about this, was told it was a good idea, but no change has occurred.
It is a feature that was available with the previous provider and loss of it in the move was regrettable.



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Mark Stevens

posted February 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm


The advertising(especially the pop ups) make this one of the worst blog hosting sites to visit (and lots of people have made that comment to me). If it wasn’t for your great posts (and Ben Witherington’s) I would never visit a beliefnet blog by choice.
(Sorry if this is overly negative but you asked for feedback ;) )



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Taylor George

posted February 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm


I will second Marks comments. I come to this blog for the content but the hosting is horrible. Sometimes I can’t even close out of the ad that pops up. There has to be a balance between making the money and giving the content.



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Peggy

posted February 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm


I’m with Pat and Terry … and I made that comment on the survey….
I hope that there is enough value added to you, Scot, here at Beliefnet, that makes it worth the loss of the dynamic conversation we used to have back at the ‘ole One T Saloon.
…I miss the place. Misplaced my Sheriff’s badge — it’s probably gone all rusty by now.
Sigh….



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Steve

posted February 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm


I agree with the above comments. Wading through and then closing the slow loading pop ups every time I go to this site, AND every time I click on the interesting links and want to return to this site, is very time consuming and frustrating.



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Dan

posted February 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm


I no longer visit this site because of the pop-up ad.



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RJS

posted February 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm


Obviously I continue to participate – but the pop-up ads are showstoppers. I generally use adblock plus with firefox to kill the ads, but I wouldn’t bother to use it if the only ads were the on-page ads.
I also wish that there was an option for e-mail on follow-up comments. I think we would get better conversations that way. They wouldn’t generally peter out so fast.



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Rob

posted February 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm


I have stopped being a regular reader and contributor since the move to BN. The ads are frustrating, and the slowness is unbearable. Scot, one of your reasons for the move was for wider exposure. Do you feel you have gotten that? My impression when I do pop on is that it’s the same people (and a few new) that used to be at the old site. The old site was strides better for dialog in my opinion.



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JoanieD

posted February 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm


I dislike the pop-up ads very much. I also dislike the way it works for you to type in the oddly written letters or numbers prior to sending the post. I don’t mind doing the letters or numbers but if I took too long writing, it needs to be refreshed and it SAYS you won’t lose what you wrote, BUT if you touch what you wrote to edit it, it goes away. I remember now to copy what I wrote before refreshing the letter-number code thing. I also wish I could set things to be able to get Feeds on the comments.



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MatthewS

posted February 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm


Agree with JoanieD.
I dislike the fact that you have to click to see full post, then click to see comments, click back to see the post… It’s slow and there are ads that interrupt. I have been reading blogs since Slashdot back in the 90′s and no blog has ever had this off-putting of a user experience. I feel bad ’cause I kind of let it rip on their survey but I really don’t like the interface!
Oh yeah, and if user after user gets the “Your Name” thing wrong, then maybe it isn’t all the users’ fault…
Nevertheless, since when could Joe citizen interact with such a discussion for free, daily? I am grateful.



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Llama Momma

posted February 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm


I have a hard time navigating the site. I used to be a regular reader…now I just click over once and awhile from twitter.
I don’t mind the ads…it’s just a matter of getting the rss feed to work and to get to the actual content that frustrates me.



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pagansister

posted February 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm


My biggest complaint/comment is about the sales pitches that seem to appear (from the same person) rather regularly in the comment sections of many Beliefnet News articles. The person wants to sell folks their shoes! I’m wondering if that area, Beliefnet News is being reviewed on a regular basis. I did write to the site folks, but didn’t see any improvement.
One other thing….sometimes the captcha has such a dark background, the letters and numbers can’t be read. One more thing, when you mistype the numbers/letters, it gives you the message that you did that, and tells you that your post is not lost, and to click on the return to the post. GUESS WHAT? It is lost, which means it has to be retyped, or if frustrated enough….forgotten about. That is annoying.



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Brad Boydston

posted February 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm


I wonder if North Park University might be willing to host and service the blog on their server as an extension of the school’s outreach.



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Joe

posted February 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm


I fight the beliefnet platform in order to read this blog, but it cuts into my visits.
I don’t know why such a successful blogger would host his blog on such an awful platform, honestly. It surely cuts into your traffic.
Out of the dozen or so religious blogs I read, this one is the least user-friendly, by far. Love the content but beliefnet is hurting you. How hard and expensive could it possibly be to move to just an average blogging platform? Just be average, that’s all I’m asking.



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Jen

posted February 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm


Really, really hate beliefnet. The pop ups are terribel to navigate around and the ads are visual clutter. Im only willing to tolerate them to come here and read, and not nearly as often as I used to. Seems like there are many better options out there.



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Dan H.

posted February 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm


This used to be one of my favorite blogs, but I gave up visiting shortly after the switch to beliefnet (until I had this opportunity). It is the WORST.



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Sean P. Nelson

posted February 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm


I hate to be negative as I am mostly a positive person, but I would have to toss my hat into the ring of “bad beliefnet experience.”
I would also agree that I visit less since the switch. Certainly not intentionally, but it’s so cluttered and commercial in here it makes me want to avoid it. I loved your original blog! ;-)
I do follow you on FB and twitter which eventually leads me here but if you’re reconsidering? PLEASE consider another platform.
Love all that you do and share! Thank you!
Sean
P.S. This is the 3rd time I’m trying to submit this post. Damn you CAPTCHA!



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Jim Martin

posted February 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm


Scot, I come to your blog almost daily. Your content remains outstanding. The one thing beliefnet does to your blog that I wish they would change is the large pop-up ads that sometimes come up again and again. Love your blog but considering the traffic that you bring to their site, I wish they would serve you better with these ads.



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Literacygirl

posted February 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm


Let’s go back to the old site! Please.
You definitely don’t get the the volume of comments you used to.



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mick

posted February 23, 2010 at 11:39 pm


I wrestle with coming back here almost weekly due to the hassle of Beliefnet popups and lack of easy response. I do enjoy the quality of content but I do stop periodically due to the frustrations of dealing with the hosting site.



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Mike G

posted February 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm


Scot, please go back to your old blog site. The popups are horrible.



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parketar

posted February 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Danny Zacharias

posted February 24, 2010 at 6:51 am


Trying to post comments doesn’t always work, the old site was much more attractive, and I don’t like the adds at the bottom of each of your posts.



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Rick

posted February 24, 2010 at 7:01 am


Do they honestly think the pop-up ads are visitor friendly?
And I agree with Peggy to a degree: I do somewhat miss the dynamics of the old site. We seem to have lost some regular contributors since the change.



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Phillip

posted February 24, 2010 at 9:32 am


I guess at this point I am just piling on, but I too get frustrated by the constant pop-ups, and I just lost a response on another topic with it apparently timed out. So I am not a fan of Beliefnet.
I am a fan of this blog, however, and have found it helpful, often sharing the posts with others.
Now lets see if I can get this to post.



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reJoyce

posted February 24, 2010 at 9:34 am


I concur on the pop-ups. They are extremely frustrating when reading the blog on my mobile device. The long horizontal banner one will pop up and I will not be able to get rid of it when trying to scroll. (And, as many times as it has popped up, I have no recollection what it is advertising.)



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Brian

posted February 24, 2010 at 9:48 am


I don’t think Beliefnet wants to know what I really think. I really think your old site was 1000 times better. It looked nicer, had better features, easier to search and no ads…especially that annoying bar (register for a newsletter, I think it is) that obscures the text of posts when read on an iPod touch.



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AHH

posted February 24, 2010 at 11:16 am


It should also be of concern for a Christian blog that some of the pop-ups (“Congratulations, you are the 100000th visitor!”, “You have won a free Wal-Mart gift card!”) are basically scams, trying to lure people into jumping through a bunch of hoops most of which involve sharing information that will be used by sleazy marketers.



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brandontmilan

posted February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm


I didn’t often visit your blog before beliefnet, but of all of the blogs I visit, this is the second most frustrating layout. (Ben Witherington’s is the worst, and the only real difference is that his comments are not numbered)…
The popups are ridiculous. The clicking to view the whole post and then clicking to view all of the comments, and then clicking to view the whole post so that you can reference it for your comment and then clicking back to view all of the comments so that you can refer to one of them is…. well, you get the point…
Honestly, I think that having interesting posts that regular or occasional readers then link to via twitter, facebook, and their own blogs probably does more to reach a wider audience than beliefnet could ever do.
even a blog hosted directly on wordpress or blogspot would be less frustrating… but i still read regularly, because of the quality of your posts…



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Matt Edwards

posted February 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm


Since you asked . . .
I love the blog and I still check in regularly, but I really don’t like the Beliefnet hosting. The popup ads are really annoying, and the overall user interface is unimpressive. It’s your site, so your needs are most important–do whatever you need to do to keep the site going–but I can’t imagine that anyone is drawn to this site because it is on Beliefnet.



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Barb

posted February 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm


nothing new to add–just ditto, ditto, and ditto to all of the above–
Oh and on a positive note–I love it when John Walton and other authors join in the discussion of their books–what a great experience for little ol’ me.



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Matt C

posted February 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm


I love the content but hate the layout. As stated above the old non-beliefnet blog was 1000 times better. I find beliefnet so annoying that I only visit once a week, whereas I used to check-in 5 or 6 times a week. This makes it much more difficult to be involved. The belifnet site is impossible to read on a blackberry.



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