It's Been About Six Weeks Since Freelancer Took Over. How Are They Doing?

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I was really curious to see how things would go. I mostly use this main forum so I don't have anything to say about the other parts of the forum.

I still don't see much difference except maybe the "style" of moderation.

Also, no more 500 errors every Saturday night.

How do you think the forum has changed? Does it still provide the same value? Less? More?

I look forward to your comments.

Thanks for reading.

Brent
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Honestly, it really hasn't changed much. Still feels like the same ole Warrior forum to me
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    I clicked nothing changed, but then read your comment about the database errors and yeh I have to agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author dannyberk
    I haven't really seen in any change...but I been here for only a few days so...
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    A lot more spam and nonsense posts, or perhaps they're slower to moderate them.

    I don't "live" in the WSO forum, so I can't comment on that change. It seems some members spent most of their time there. I checked one person's "see see posts" and nearly all their posts were there.
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  • Profile picture of the author blueclcl
    Apart from quite a few members with 1- 5 posts then it still feels the same.

    Sometimes I feel that the main forum is quieter than usual, but that may just be me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    I wish they would stabilize the "find all posts by user" function! It is nice to see fewer forum errors when trying to access though.

    -don
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    I don't see much visible changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    still feels like it was but that's a good thing. when something changes hands-of-management , usually you see dramatic differences which is not that good for me
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Some good and some bad points...we still get loads of spammers. They should instigate the low membership fee to deter the spammers again. It also adds a little to their kitty. I also think that the time delay between reporting spammer should be greatly reduced or deleted...I end up not reporting if I see more than 1 as I don't want to wait for that time to elapse.

    I also see lots of questions being asked and not answered. Often the loading times are slower than ever.

    Not sure what else but if I remember, I will add them to this post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    WSO seems to be moving faster than before and less organic traffic IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Hi Brent,

    I'm interested that you ask, in your poll, about the "quality", not the "quantity".

    I haven't seen any noticeable changes in the quality of what's posted here, over the last 6 weeks, and wouldn't really expect to in only 6 weeks. (The striking changes in quality, I think, were around 6-12 months ago, when so many of the well-established, successful Warriors gradually stopped posting.)

    What I have noticed, especially over the last few days, is a very big and obvious change in quantity.

    The number of new posts and threads, per day, in the Main Marketing Forum, is strikingly lower than it was a few months ago. (And extrapolating from this I suspect, but don't know, that overall traffic may be significantly down, too. And that - if true - surprises me a lot, in the circumstances, and I've increasingly been wondering about it!).
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  • I haven't noticed anything significant. The 'sticky' posts in the Warrior for Hire section is the biggest thing I've noticed, and I think that is a good move.

    I don't hang out on WF too much though (too busy taking action rather than just talking about taking action, lol).

    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author BigVikingAl
    Haven't really noticed any change.
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  • Profile picture of the author DJL
    Database errors and timeouts seem to have decreased.
    Aside from that, I don't see much change.
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  • Profile picture of the author drem
    For me, nothing has changed too drastically besides the server timeouts as you mentioned. It seems, it may just be me, that there are a lot more people with new accounts asking questions.

    I really like the WAMA part which adds a little excitement to the forum for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Funny, I have not even thought about this change. So I really have not seen any change here at the Warrior Forum.

      Same old good stuff here with loads of information and the occasional nonsense spam post here and there. But nothing to write home about.

      Robert
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  • Profile picture of the author banwork
    Everything certainly loads faster and the WSO prices are down. The new content areas they are adding are not obvious in value and the warrior forum certainly feels more like part of a big company already than a loving family.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnweyer
    I have to admit I have seen an increase in 'spam' type posts. Otherwise not much change. I also noticed that I'm being targeted on Facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author John_3771
    I haven't seen a ton of changes and that isn't a bad thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgui123451
    I see a lot more new members and the social media sharing icons are cool. I’m not sure though about the signature subscription getting disabled – I really like it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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      Originally Posted by dgui123451 View Post

      I’m not sure though about the signature subscription getting disabled – I really like it.
      Hello,

      Signature images are not being disabled --> and they are still being sold. The payments need to go to the correct party so Allen is cancelling the old subscriptions so cancelled users will need to rebuy with the payment going to the Freelancer folks.

      See this post by Alaister:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post9228148

      Cheers

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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Positive: Less database issues.

    Positive: Different forums.

    Negative: But I did post in the War Room offering up some free report, to date it's still not been approved or disapproved, technically it is sitting in no man's land and I am none the wiser. Doesnt make me feel that great about it especially since I am a paid up War Room member...

    Negative: When looking at my own profile, I routinely look at my statistics and then click
    "show all posts" or "show all threads" to find old posts and threads. Now I get an intermittent error message.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    Honestly, I wouldn't even have known they took over had there not been posts about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rhiannon Beckham
    I want to change my vote. I said 'I see little change' - being that I've barely been on here since it sold, but now after reading around for ten minutes and seeing them filled with useless, filler crap comments all by new members with under 10 posts- I see major change, it's not just because I'm looking now either, there is a definite noticeable difference. And major spam!

    Who needs quality when quantity pays the bills!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Thank you all for your comments. If I didn't thank your post it's because I ran out.

    A lot more spam and nonsense posts, or perhaps they're slower to moderate them
    I also think fewer people are reporting them. I don't report like I used to. ):

    They should instigate the low membership fee to deter the spammers again.
    I also think there should be some kind of "qualifier."

    I'm interested that you ask, in your poll, about the "quality", not the "quantity".
    Alexa, you know I'm not the most articulate person. (;

    I haven't seen any noticeable changes in the quality of what's posted here, over the last 6 weeks, and wouldn't really expect to in only 6 weeks. (The striking changes in quality, I think, were around 6-12 months ago, when so many of the well-established, successful Warriors gradually stopped posting.)
    Now that you mention it, I can think of several I haven't heard from in a while.

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  • Profile picture of the author ErinWalsh
    I haven't noticed much difference except for the price to get into the War Room. What is Freelancer doing differently? Why did they decide to buy it? Just as a profit-making tool? If so, I guess that makes sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I hate the new colour scheme. Why change something that works well?
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    • Profile picture of the author Raydal
      I just went to look for the Copywriting sub forum and realized the name
      had changed (along with the font scheme of the board) so it took some
      time to locate. The insult of it all is that those who are involved in
      "content" marketing have been traditionally chased from that forum.
      Now the name has been changed with CONTENT as the first word!

      It's now the Content Strategies & Copywriting

      Strange move.

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    • Profile picture of the author KJ Mayes
      I like it. The over all feel seems cleaner...waiting to see what other changes will be made.
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    • Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      I hate the new colour scheme. Why change something that works well?
      I like it
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      I hate the new colour scheme. Why change something that works well?
      The red almost looks the same as it did before so I don't know why you hate it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        The red almost looks the same as it did before so I don't know why you hate it
        The red is a shade lighter and brighter than before, and there's more of it. Laurence is visually impaired, so I can imagine it looks particularly garish to him.


        Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

        I just went to look for the Copywriting sub forum and realized the name
        had changed (along with the font scheme of the board) so it took some
        time to locate. The insult of it all is that those who are involved in
        "content" marketing have been traditionally chased from that forum.
        Now the name has been changed with CONTENT as the first word!
        It's now the Content Strategies & Copywriting
        Hadn't noticed that until now. It would be an idea if the admin could explain what they mean by "Content Strategies". Otherwise I can see it causing some confusion.


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        • Profile picture of the author YaniB
          It's irritating to me that now I am not able to see at a glance which threads I've commented on so I can jump back into the conversation.

          Unless I'm missing something. I'd like to be proven wrong.

          The new color and font I'm not a fan of, either. I don't see the need to fix something that isn't broken.

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  • Profile picture of the author hbhanot
    I think its a bit better but its seems too early to react. Give it at least 6 months.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    In my view, data base errors that we had in the past has gone down. So that's good.

    Overall, it is the same for me but the new look of the forum, I am not a fan of.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I hate the new font. It’s hard to read what everyone is writing.





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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    I'm soon gonna' need trifocals just to navigate and post replies in this forum.
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    I agree with Jody - the new design is just ugly and distracting.
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  • Profile picture of the author fcf360
    THIS IS SO HORRIBLE !!! This is giving me headaches.. Where is the old design?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikaedi
    According to Allistair..Admin is tweaking the design so what we see with the colour scheme and fonts are possibly not final..for now for me it seems really weird/compact.I preferred the older look better
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I also don't see any major changes. The look is same and only fonts are changes I believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    The spam threads are still prevalent. Even after reporting, lately, it seems a while before the threads are removed.

    Member moderators will stop reporting them, but maybe with the new owners and hired help, member moderators are no longer required?
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Harper
    I like the live events.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    Personally I'm liking the new design so far... Fast lading and easier on the eyes. Easier to read.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Okay, this really needs to be fixed. Unless you have just gone to a thread with one of your posts in it and nobody has been there and posted since, there is no way to visually see what threads you've posted in as the "star" doesn't show up on "new" threads.

      So you end up visually scrolling through each post to find one you've been at to respond. There is no way to quick scan like you used to be able to do.

      Can this please be fixed because it's making navigating through this maze extremely difficult?

      Thanks.

      ** EDIT ** Actually, in a hot thread, the star doesn't show up in either case.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I like the design changes. It looks more up to date. I'll know how their internal support operations work soon enough-I just put in a support request for one of my WFH threads.
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  • Profile picture of the author KloudStrife
    I like the change with the new Warrior Forum, it's starting to look much more professional now. I recently rejoined warrior forum after freelancer took over.
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  • Profile picture of the author trump7
    I feel no change yet but some fonts are changes I think.
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    • Profile picture of the author chickenfillet
      The red color is far too bright, and is hurting my eyes even when I have the lowest brightness set for my screen.
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      • Profile picture of the author mattbarrie
        Hi Guys

        Matt (Freelancer CEO) here.

        Thanks for the great feedback.

        Our first mission after taking over Warrior was to get the site stable. I'm pleased to say we have moved it all over to Amazon EC2. We also scaled up the infrastructure a fair bit so that the site stopped crashing and is faster to load. We also are in the process of adding caching layers to speed things even more.

        A second thing we've just done is clean up and tighten up the design. There was a huge amount of clutter and flashing icons on the pages which really were quite distracting- some of you might have got used to these however

        We are currently building up a dedicated team internally to crack down on spam.

        Since we took over we also have launched Warrior Ask Me Anything - a great livestream event series with some of the top guys on Warrior Forum (or who got started on Warrior). If you haven't participated on one of these events I highly encourage you to! There is some great content from some guys who have got fantastic experience. You can ask questions live and get them answered as well. We have archives of previous events in the War Room if you want to take a look at past sessions. So far we have had Noah Kagan (#30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint.com and Chief Sumo of Appsumo), Brian Dean (Backlinko), Rand Fishkin (Moz.com) and Chris Hexton (Vero) and we will continue to run these events weekly.

        We have cut the price of WSOs by half and introduced a few new features such as the Sticky WSO and improved reminders about bumping.

        We have also added new forum areas for Email Marketing, Growth Hacking and Conversion Optimization where I'm sure we will see some great content.

        We have some great new features and functionality coming - but I will keep these as a surprise for now.

        Please - if you see any errors or bugs on the site - let us know either by private message to myself or to Alaister Low. We have a whole team working on improving the site day by day and we will fix anything that is broken or buggy.

        Also if there is anything you would like to see on the site in terms of new features, we'd love to hear from you! We got a lot of great feedback when we took over that we will be putting into the development pipeline and I'm keen to hear from anyone that has great ideas for improving Warrior even more.

        Regards
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by mattbarrie View Post

          Our first mission after taking over Warrior was to get the site stable. I'm pleased to say we have moved it all over to Amazon EC2.
          Nice! Didn't know that. the red does SEEM brighter but I am liking everything else.
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        Originally Posted by chickenfillet View Post

        The red color is far too bright, and is hurting my eyes even when I have the lowest brightness set for my screen.
        The red is exactly the same as it was before, just the bar is 30px high now.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          The "You have posted in this thread" icon still needs to be fixed. It does not show up over the red so there is no way to tell what threads you've posted in.
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          • Profile picture of the author Kay King
            new features and functionality
            How about old functionality - search is not working at all for some search types, works intermittently for others, has gaps in the search history.

            We've been told it takes time to restore search - but how much time to get it working properly?
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  • Profile picture of the author copymyideas
    Not seen too much change as yet but maybe they have big plans that they are working on
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    Awesome , i like new layout and new sections like wama, growth hacker.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    Spam is much worse, or I'm less tolerant. It seems like I'm reporting more threads than I'm posting in. And that's not counting the person who posted about 50++ in a few minutes this morning
    (afternoon for those East of the USA )
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    • Profile picture of the author waterotter
      Originally Posted by RobinInTexas View Post

      Spam is much worse, or I'm less tolerant. It seems like I'm reporting more threads than I'm posting in. And that's not counting the person who posted about 50++ in a few minutes this morning
      (afternoon for those East of the USA )
      Same here, but it seems to take forever before it's removed
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        The spam here is the worse it's ever been. As I write, the front page of this thread has more spam than genuine posts. It's a game killer
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    It's great if I ever need a call girl in Delhi.
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    • I've never seen so much sp*m posting, coincidence since the site move? Possibly, but it's making the home page 'clickawayable' unfortunately
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    • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
      Originally Posted by drewfioravanti View Post

      It's great if I ever need a call girl in Delhi.
      I wonder if they have branches in Mumbai or Bangalore?
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  • Profile picture of the author V12
    I think the forum is rapidly going downhill. Will be ruined in about 6 months at this rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    IMO, the black buttons just look too bold compared to the rest of the forum theme design.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Thanks again for all your votes and comments. I appreciate our fearless leader joining in.

    I must say this is not quite what I expected as far as poll results. I guess it's still to early to tell as so many changes are still occurring.

    I've used all my thanks again so I'll be back to thank the rest of your posts later.

    It's irritating to me that now I am not able to see at a glance which threads I've commented on so I can jump back into the conversation
    Ditto.

    The spam threads are still prevalent. Even after reporting, lately, it seems a while before the threads are removed.
    I was irritated at first but we have to remember there will be growing pains. Hopefully the end result will be worth it.

    Member moderators will stop reporting them, but maybe with the new owners and hired help, member moderators are no longer required?
    I've had similar thoughts.

    I'm keen to hear from anyone that has great ideas for improving Warrior even more.
    Thanks Matt! I'm sure you will get some...there are some pretty bright people around here.

    I wonder if they have branches in Mumbai or Bangalore?
    I would be surprised if they didn't. They seem pretty motivated. (:
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