quality posts: 65
I haven't read through this thread so you'll have to pardon me if this has been said and/or addressed already. I'm actually sure it has.
You had three unique things going for you: Simplicity, awesome writeups, and a sense of community. Now you took the writeup off the main page, to be replaced by complexity and more products for sale, while turning the top comments into a testimonial box instead.
You're now just another shopping site, only with less products and slower shipping. So it's actually bad for everyone (not just your fans). I don't see this working out well. You're probably hearing this a lot though, so I'll just leave it at that.
Have you been eating that sandwich again?
quality posts: 8
It looks like they are working on it... The Nav bar now shows the prices (it didn't the other day). Thanks for that, unfortunately I am still boycotting Woot until they clean up the mess a little:
I. When Groupon and Living Social first came out, they were focused on simplicity, and only really one deal:
--These sites loosely "copied" Woot's 'deal-a-day' (cough, not dozen of deals) with a local twist, and were cool for about 3 months until they got infected by the simplicity avoidance virus; Why was Woot so careless to be infected?
--When these sites became an effin train wreck, I stopped visiting them.
--When the Gr/LS/AL daily email options became such a mess that it took more than 10 seconds to scan/scroll the EMail, I unsubscribed (and/or filtered them out of my inbox)
--I'm not sure of the interrelations, but it seems to e the deals on Gr/LS/ALD are all the same... Why would I need to check all of them to see the same useless deals?
II. The descriptions are still too hard to read. Woot was great because you could glance at the page, determine if you 'needed' something, and be done.
III. I really dislike the quarter million "community" deals and stopped visiting deals.woot.com months ago when humans stopped posting real deals (with promotion codes, etc) and were instead overrun with bots. Just pull the plug already! (Coming from Deals.woot rep 4/100)
IV. I could tolerate the Woot+ "departments", but they need to be promoted like the Woot items by adding a community discussion thread. People should review them like the item of the day, including quality posts.
V. A glance at the quality posts used to sell me on items. There's no way I'm going to wait for them to scroll by.
VI. WOOT! WhereTF Are you (and the designers) in this forum? Why aren't you here, reassuring us all it will get better soon?
(I do really like the concept of a unified logon and unified titlebar, but only the last 10 things I bought? C'mon Woot, I'm not going to navigate 25 pages of "stuff I bought" to find the thread where forum members continue to discuss their espresso makers and laptop longevity!)
Unhappy in MD
<BOYCOTT>Currently on Woot Boycott until Deal-A-Day site is restored to sanity</BOYCOTT>
quality posts: 4
I'm not alone in being surprised that there's no staff response to any of the unhappy postings here. In addition, when other changes have happened, there were far more positive responses than I've seen here. I've seen a few positive comments in the three or four threads discussing the change, but only a few, and some of those seem more hopeful than complimentary.
Love the Despair image above. Loved it enough to change my signature here. Too bad. Then again, no one from staff is going to see this comment anyway.
I think the thing that bugs me most is that they are deliberately forcing a login to look at the account information, any time the browser's closed. The cookie for "Verification" is set to "Encrypted Sessions Only" (https), and is set to expire when the browser closes. scaredy cats. I also miss members.woot.com, which is now vanished.
It takes months to find a customer, but only seconds to lose one. The good news is that we should run out of them in no time.
...and you did.