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Chat/Community + New Dev Updates

I hope that everyone’s new year is off to a great start. Ours is certainly quite busy!

I first wanted to address a concern that many users have brought to our attention. Behavior in chat seems to have taken a turn for the worse with certain users seemingly only wanting to disrupt and disturb others, either out of spite or perhaps some perverted need for attention. While we are big believers in free speech, we also recognize that what makes Groupees a unique place to visit is our social layer, particularly group chat. With this in mind, we will not sit idly and let a few bad apples ruin Groupees for everyone else.

Moving forward, we will be more proactive in banning users who bully, taunt or otherwise post offensive remarks. We are also building greater admin and user-controlled tools to discourage this type of behavior. Bottom line, you’re not free to be a jerk, so if that’s your MO, Groupees is not the place for you.

Here’s a link to a poll if you want to share your ideas on what we can do to improve chat:  POLL

On the dev front, we are slowly rolling out a new site-wide UX. Currently, you can view the new Profile with new Chat and new Trade pages, released in Beta and accessible from the drop down menu beneath your name, right side of the header. The new home page should be released in the next few weeks along with the new bundle page design. We hope that you like the our new look and feel (and expanded features). As always, please let us know how we’re doing and what you would like to see next!

Finally, we will be doing our Bundle in a Box migration in the next few weeks as well so that users who had an account with the original Bundle in a Box will be able to access all their content within their Groupees accounts.

Hope to see you around in chat!

Your friend,

Jonny

 

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  • ElZigSGC

    I really like the look and feel of the new UX. I didn’t have time to check all the features you added but, for what I saw, it would be more easy to find our purchases and products.

    I can’t wait to see the new site in place…

    You’re a great team! Keep the good work!

  • Augure

    Hi, in the Greenlight bundle with Spin Rush, why isn’t there any key of the game? It’s been released on Steam, I’ve seen GAs for the game pass by and realised it was in one of groupees bundle but there’s not key on my account?

    • Augure

      hello?

      • Stephen Brown

        There are quite a few games that are still awaiting Steam keys from lots of Greenlight bundles. some have been released on Steam for a couple of years now, but still no key has been added. I don’t think it’s Groupees that is at fault though. it’s more likley the developers of those games. Same happened with the Indie Royale bundles. I bought virtually every one of those and there are at least 50 green-lit games that have not been honoured, partly due to Bad JuJu games (who owned Indie Gala and Desura) going bust.

  • Callum Ashcroft-Brown

    Glad you’re doing something about the bad chat.

    We had the same issue over on the game giveawayoftheday site. It started after I told a couple of users that their language wasn’t acceptable. After repeated warnings, their urls/names and emails were blocked, but they then used a vpn connection that allowed them to continue, using different url’s, names and spam emails. They then started a campaign that ran for several months posting ridiculous amounts of spam (one day back in February of this year, I had over 800 spam comments posted) and some appalingly disgusting comments, directed at the site, myself (as the moderator) and several regualr community members who posted decent feedback on the games we got each weekend.

    We finally implemented a vpn blocker, and other security measures, plus I no longer commented on their disgusting behaviour and got the community to do the same. The vpn blocker stopped any comment that came via a vpm from being seen by the community (we used wordpress for the forums and comments). I was then able to moderate out the comments safely. Within a few weeks of the vpn blocker and additional security being implemented the offending culprits stopped posting; obviously having got bored as no one was seeing their comments any longer and they wern’t getting any feedback. The site is now again a friendly place to visit. :)

    regards Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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