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Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:09:20 PM »
I'm looking for new features to add to our conservative news app, or new conservative sites to list.  Feel like I'm hitting the limit here, wanting to know what people want.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 08:51:43 PM »
Welcome to TBR.

I like to help spread conservative ideals any way possible so I hope our members have some ideas for you.

One suggestion is list TBR as a site/forum where the daily news/politics can be discussed.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 09:03:14 PM »
Remember a lot of us older folks don't do smart phones, I know I don't.... so it is always nice to have access to good sites via just the old fashion computer web site.
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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 09:08:07 PM »
Downloading and installing your apps. Think I'll take a look around before making any suggestions.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 10:36:27 PM »
I'll hang out on your website a bit...

http://www.63red.com/feed


But what I am really interested in is if you come back into this thread and chat a bit, or if you are just trolling for promotional purposes.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 10:39:20 PM »
Too much news, not enough porn.....just sayin'.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 10:46:36 PM »
Too much news, not enough porn.....just sayin'.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 11:04:55 PM »
Porn-hub has changed the world.   333cleo

See @63red this dude agrees.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 09:37:26 AM »
@Bigun  I look forward to your feedback.  There’s such a thing as “creator’s blindness”, in which you can no longer see the product from the perspective of a user.  It helps to get constructive notes from others.

@Amb. Frank Cannon Um, no.

@Sighlass  Our focus is primarily on providing tools on mobile devices, though, as @roamer_1 points out, we do offer a less featured version of our feed on the website.



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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 09:46:57 AM »
I much prefer web sites over apps.  Technology is not the issue.  Apps are usually too limiting.
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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 09:55:52 AM »
A question we've been debating now:  Does anyone still care about The Gateway Pundit?  This week they've run "news articles" promoting vitamin products.  This was our limit, and we dropped them. 

It's one thing to put ads on your site, which we support, but articles pretending to be news that are nothing but fluffer ads with affiliate links are not acceptable, and not news.  The "articles" were not clearly marked as sponsored posts, which is an important compromise.  As far as we're concerned, they crossed an important ethical line this week.

Anyone care that The Gateway Pundit goes away?

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 09:59:58 AM »
@Bigun  I look forward to your feedback.  There’s such a thing as “creator’s blindness”, in which you can no longer see the product from the perspective of a user.  It helps to get constructive notes from others.

@Amb. Frank Cannon Um, no.

@Sighlass  Our focus is primarily on providing tools on mobile devices, though, as @roamer_1 points out, we do offer a less featured version of our feed on the website.

@63red, a lot of people have that reaction to Frank. 

I'll look around and see if I have anything useful to say about the apps. 
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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2019, 10:01:18 AM »
A question we've been debating now:  Does anyone still care about The Gateway Pundit?  This week they've run "news articles" promoting vitamin products.  This was our limit, and we dropped them. 

It's one thing to put ads on your site, which we support, but articles pretending to be news that are nothing but fluffer ads with affiliate links are not acceptable, and not news.  The "articles" were not clearly marked as sponsored posts, which is an important compromise.  As far as we're concerned, they crossed an important ethical line this week.

Anyone care that The Gateway Pundit goes away?

Not me.  I never go directly to GP; I only arrive there by link from another site. And, come to think of it, that is very rare too.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2019, 10:10:03 AM »
Gateway pundit had some story posted here that was decent. I can't even remember it offhand. Still, it was pretty good.
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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2019, 10:10:41 AM »
A question we've been debating now:  Does anyone still care about The Gateway Pundit?  This week they've run "news articles" promoting vitamin products.  This was our limit, and we dropped them. 

It's one thing to put ads on your site, which we support, but articles pretending to be news that are nothing but fluffer ads with affiliate links are not acceptable, and not news.  The "articles" were not clearly marked as sponsored posts, which is an important compromise.  As far as we're concerned, they crossed an important ethical line this week.

Anyone care that The Gateway Pundit goes away?
Censoring?   :shrug:
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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 10:11:21 AM »
Cui bono?

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2019, 10:13:31 AM »
Our focus is primarily on providing tools on mobile devices, though, as @roamer_1 points out, we do offer a less featured version of our feed on the website.

I'll be of less or little use to you wrt your mobile app @63red I will pull it down today, but honestly, when I am mobile, I tend toward google assistant to command, and things I can hear for response. Actually reading articles on a phone is a laborious event fraught with frustration. I would certainly prefer an audio or video presentation.  :shrug:

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2019, 10:13:47 AM »
No, discriminating.
Bad too. Let the viewer decide.
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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2019, 10:25:47 AM »
Ethics in content and advertising is a very big deal for us.  Our apps have been around for four years, and for much of that we resisted a feature that allowed users to implement ad blockers.  We used a custom, non-integrated web browser within the app, so ad blockers wouldn't work.  We believed firmly that conservative sites needed and deserved advertising dollars.

A few months ago, after getting a dozen support emails in one single day about screen take-over "popups" in our app, we screamed "Enough!"  We don't do popups, but The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller, and The Gateway Pundit would rather drive people away with obnoxious ads than serve conservatives, and we were taking the blame.  It was costing us users, and we wanted to put an end to it.

So, we released an updated version with an integrated web browser, and we've been strongly urging our users to implement ad blockers on their mobile devices.  We recommend the free version of AdGuard.  With AdGuard installed, all the ads, trackers, popups and other harmful junk are gone, and websites load within milliseconds instead of minutes.  It works across most all apps on your mobile device.  Our app is faster, smaller, and we're not getting pelted with support emails from people thinking we're to blame for the screen take-over pop-up ads.

For a very long time we considered ourselves partners with conservative news sites, hoping to help them build their traffic.  No longer.  We're partners with conservatives themselves, and if conservative news sites want advertising dollars, they should deserve it by respecting my partner.

Perhaps the new vitamin ads posing as news stories on The Gateway Pundit are their response to ad blockers, but if they think that helps their credibility, their mistaken.

There's a compromise somewhere, but until one is found, we have to look out for our users, and we are.  We hope that, someday, conservative sites will also look out for their users.  That's not happening today, and so we have acted, by allowing users to choose to block their ads.



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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2019, 10:27:24 AM »
@roamer_1 Given that you don't prefer mobile apps, your perspective on changes is most valuable to us.  I look forward to your feedback.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2019, 10:28:22 AM »
I much prefer web sites over apps.  Technology is not the issue.  Apps are usually too limiting.

That's right... On the go, I ain't gonna read on the phone... If I feel like wading into a news site, I will stop for coffee and haul out a laptop, or wait till I get back home, where I can use a browser on a big monitor...

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2019, 10:33:52 AM »
@RetBobbyMI I'm fine with the word censoring.  The app allows the user to be discriminating, in that they can turn on or off the sites we offer and customize their feed.  However, we consider The Gateway Pundit to have crossed an ethical line, and have removed them.

We are a publisher, meaning we curate and are responsible for what we choose, not a platform, meaning anyone can post anything and we're not responsible.  There's both a legal and ethical difference between the two.

The problem people have with Twitter and Facebook is that they talk like a platform, but walk like a publisher.  We accept that we are a publisher, and take out, or choose not to include, that which we consider unethical or problematic, and we're up front with that.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2019, 10:43:50 AM »
@Sanguine I'd love a list of conservative sites you do go to directly.

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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2019, 10:47:34 AM »
Good morning @63red .

Are you looking to be a version of the DrugeReport with links to articles and websites?
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Re: Suggestions for New Features, Sites for App
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2019, 10:48:17 AM »
@roamer_1 Given that you don't prefer mobile apps, your perspective on changes is most valuable to us.  I look forward to your feedback.

Here's one for you @63red ... At least in landscape mode, make the header fold away until I pull it down.


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