I added commenting on all news items (very similar to the threaded comments in the forums).
You can now comment directly on a news item.
Try it out: what do you think of Sydney Rice's chances of coming back in less than 8 weeks?
Ok, I can see how this will work to build community - 1 of the features I enjoy the most on this site.
But the admins have received an enormous amount of feedback concerning the lack of transaction limits & the negative effect of streaming on countless leagues. I've seen many leagues degrade because of owners who stream like mad each day. It's a tired conversation that could be easily ended.
Admins have repeatedly given the answer that transaction limits are on the way & "should be ready by football". Well, football season is right around the corner & we still have no limits. While they're not necessary for football as there is very little streaming, it would be nice to have them in place for basketball.
However, the site continues to roll out new games & features while ignoring most likely hundreds of their users' requests for transaction limits.
While I greatly appreciate the work FF does to maintain a fun & interactive site, I must respectfully ask why the powers that be continue to ignore the 1 upgrade that would actually make the site better?
I agree that this must be addressed (and should have been addressed before the baseball season even started, just like roto was supposed to be done in time for the season, but that is a different subject), but that is not the "1 upgrade" that could make this place better. The suggestion forum is FULL of upgrades that could improve things. There are a ton of things, both small and large, that could be implemented to really set this place apart, but all of the suggestions fall on deaf ears.
Now, as far as this update goes, it is a nice little addition in comparison to a celeb game. I think that there are a lot of things that could have been done prior to this, but we will see how this update is used by the users.
the names in the news headlines are now linked to their player pages which is a big benefit, especially for headlines about minor league prospects that many players may not be familiar with.
1. I agree with JJ 1st post.
2. I actually like this because now I can disagree with the "experts" without having to come up with an AOL or AIM screenname.
Will the experts who make these player news things post in these threads?
I think what frustrates users the most is we don't understand from where the impetus for these additions is coming. Who was pushing for the Celeb Game? Who was pushing for commenting on news items?
The things that users ARE pushing for (that will actually improve game play - like transaction limits) seem like they are being ignored and we don't know why.
Bottom line: If you're working on a project that will make users say, "gee, that's nice, but..." STOP!! No, I mean it, stop!
Focus completely on the projects that will make users say, "wow, that really helps!"
Otherwise, I don't care what you roll out, you're going to get flamed. (lipstick and a bow might make the pig look nicer but it's still a pig. FIX THE PIG!)
Ummm, I like roast pig.