Avatars have been one of our most popular features ever! It’s only been four days since we launched the feature, and already hundreds of you have uploaded avatars. I love seeing what you guys look like (or at least, what your avatars look like). It’s definitely been one of my favorite features ever.
One thing I’ve noticed is that some of the uploaded avatars look a lot like Bee icons! That’s not a big deal or anything, but it reminded me why we launched Bee icons in the first place (back in December of ’07):
We recently had our first Bee impersonation! Whether it was purposeful or not, a reader left a strongly worded comment using the name “Spider”. It’d be awful if someone thought that Mrs. Spider had left that comment! A number of our readers were fooled, even though the comment wasn’t left from a Weddingbee account.
So we realized we have to make it even more clear when a Bee is commenting. At first we were going to put some color trim around comments from the Bees, but then BilBee came up with the idea of using the Bee icons next to comments.
I almost forgot that we actually launched Bee icons to prevent Bee impersonations! With avatars on the site, that protection is no longer in place… so just to be on the safe side, we added a discreet dotted green border around Bee icons.
We’ll be adding similar borders to the Boards soon, just so everything matches!
On the subject of making sure that the Boards and the Blog matches, I’ve been noticing that Boards is missing a few little features that the blog has (and vice versa):
MISSING FROM BOARDS
- Replies – It’s a lot easier to reply to comments on the Blog than it is on the boards.
- Subscribe – You can subscribe to get email updates when a blog post gets comments, but you can’t subscribe to a thread on the boards.
MISSING FROM THE BLOG
- Image Uploads – You can upload images to board comments, but you can’t to blog comments.
- Flag – You can flag board comments as spam or abuse, but you can’t do the same to blog comments.
Let us know which (if any) of these feautres you’d like us to add to the blog or to boards, and we’ll look into it. Thanks!