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v1.80 is Here: More Community Features

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v1.80 is late, but it’s finally here.

As usual, the features:

  • Pongs vs Reads
    The new Ping.sg has new metrics, pong and read. Yes, pong is the old one, but the way it is counted is now different. As all of us know, pong is the key factor in determining the popularity of a ping (post). Pong is now only counted for registered Pingsters. While unregistered users can still continue to enjoy Ping.sg without registering, do note that their visits/clicks will not be counted towards pongs but will only be registered as reads. Registered users will be contributing to both the pongs and reads count.

    Tired of accidental ponging? Now you can revoke your pongs at http://ping.sg/mypongs

  • Poof – you’re gone
    Poof, also known as flag, is a feature for the Pingsters to flag offensive pings. Currently the flags are,

    • Adult-oriented – Ping.sg should a G-rated and should be a community for all bloggers, there shouldn’t be adult-oriented materials being published on Ping.sg. Of course that’s an ideal case, but now Pingsters who care can help make sure these posts do not get on the ranking board.
    • Advertorial – Ping.sg is a platform for bloggers to share their blog posts, not for companies to advertise their products. I’m sure none of us will not want to see Ping.sg flooded with “$9.99 T-Shirt Just Arrived” or similar titles.
    • Inaccurate titles – You know how bad these pings can get. What is shown at the title isn’t related at all, or only mildly related to what the blogpost is about.
    • No content – There’s no content, only emptiness, or sole link.

    Poofs are not only useful to filter your own customized Ping.sg. More importantly, poofs are being recorded and if sufficient poofs are recorded from Pingsters towards a certain ping, the ping will be deemed as community-flagged and will not be eligible to be on the ranking board. But please be aware that it will be harder to get a ping community-flagged when it has gathered more pongs, so do poof early, before a bad ping gets big.

  • New looks
    Yes we said that there will not be much change in the look in Ping.sg, but we did some slight changes. The site should be cleaner now with less borders but with more feature buttons.

    And we know a lot of you are feeling nostalgic about the ping pong balls that are gone. One of the reason that the balls are taken off was mainly because Ping.sg was started as a blogger community – a platform for fellow bloggers to read each others’ posts, comment at each others’ blogs, make friends among bloggers, etc but the emphasis on the pongs has created a greed for popularity among some of the Pingsters and start to write inaccurate-titled posts in order to gain more traffic for their blogs. On top of that, when in beta, Ping.sg’s pong counts wasn’t on the left anyway as it wasn’t meant to work the same way as the other community-news site, like Digg.com, but only a metrics to keep track of the number of readers for a certain posts.

    The reason to move pongs to the new location was mainly to regain the users’ attention on the actual blog entries, rather than on the pong counts. But, we may just put the ping pong ball back if the community really wants it.πŸ™‚

  • Brand spanking new server
    Ping.sg was slow when a sex scandal was blown out of proportion a few days ago, flooded with visitors wanting to read more about the scandals and even affected the pong counts of Ping.sg, causing the Top 10 to be flooded with adult-related posts. We have had to migrate our site to a new server, a 2x dual-core opteron (4 cores total) to handle the increasing load. Special thanks to xssist for xssisting in the migration and for setting up our cool new server.

  • Advertising/sponsorship
    With the increasing popularity and thus traffic, our bills have also gone up. Please check out our new advertising page for more info on how to advertise with us. We’ve even lowered our rates to make it more affordable for you!πŸ™‚

Thanks to all Pingsters for their support and so far we are pretty happy with the community response (I know, except for the ping pong ball).

We know we promised more for v1.80, but that is so far we could do while U-Zyn was busy rushing his other jobs (that pay his bills) for his Chinese New Year break and also while we battle the server issues a few days ago. Rest assured, more updates will be coming soon to make Ping.sg a better community platform for Singapore bloggers.

Happy Chinese New Year!
And to check out the cool new Ping.sg CNY holiday logo as done by our designer, Veron. Thanks Veron!

Written by uzyn

February 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Updates

25 Responses

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  1. *claps*πŸ™‚ great job, uzyn!πŸ˜‰

    Daphne Maia

    February 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

  2. Can we have the ping pong balls back pleasssseeeee…….

    Pretty pretty pleasseeee……

    DK

    February 5, 2008 at 3:32 pm

  3. Hi bossman,

    Ok I understand the reason why you moved the pong numbers to the right.

    How about having the PONG, POOF and UNPONG buttons all vertically right-aligned at the right side of the box housing the post entry? As mentioned earlier, the UNPONG button could just be a simple hyperlink to the MYPONG page.

    As it stands currently, the PONG button has a variable location so it kinda makes ping.sg looks messy, IMHO anyway. Plus, the POOF button is in grey and in tiny fonts, hard to see.

    And oh yeah, I vote for a cute hamster graphic instead of a ping pong ball!! /

    FoxTwo

    February 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm

  4. Great job, U-Zyn! I agree the new look is much cleaner. The much-loved pong balls have served us well for a year. It’s time to let them go.

    One thing though, can you elaborate more on the “poof” feature? How many poofs would it take for a post to be disqualified from the chart?

    Veron

    February 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm

  5. Hallo! Interesting! Ping-sg! Pity ‘educational’ post not allowed! Have a nice day everyone & happy CNY!!!

    HORNY ANG MOH

    February 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm

  6. Thanks U-Zyn!

    A good job done for putting some control in place for adult and money making blogs that serve little purposes other than to fuel the minds of the greedy, and perverts that adds very little value to the spiritual developments of their readers.

    It can be better if members of ping.sg can “vote” for the quality of each post, such as what digg or reddit have done.

    Just my 2 cents! Everyone has the freedom to agree or disagree with me anyway.

    Thanks again and I wish everyone on-board a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year ahead!πŸ˜‰

    Wai Loong

    February 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm

  7. BTW, what WP plugin did you use on your sidebar that shows up commenter’s avatars?

    Thanks if you don’t mind sharing!

    Wai Loong

    February 5, 2008 at 4:54 pm

  8. Great job bro. Algorithm change is so timely.

    Cheers.

    Miccheng

    February 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm

  9. Waaaaiii~! Uzyn banzai~! This is so cool!

    Farinelli

    February 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm

  10. woohoo, kudos to you uzyn, for the release of version one point huat!

    chillycraps

    February 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  11. Woot WOOT!!!

    arzhou (adrian)

    February 5, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  12. Great job! Thanks for the effort (thanks to xssit too!) put in. Happy new year!

    Huat AH!~~~!

    Jeslyn

    February 5, 2008 at 9:00 pm

  13. […] Ping.sg is updated with v1.80, a version which has done a good clean up of the flaws which was evidently present. Apart from the modification made to determine the popularity of a post (which I will go into detail later on), I couldn’t help but notice how much cleaner the site is. […]

  14. OMG I’m using the same host as Ping.sg!

    Miss Loi

    February 5, 2008 at 10:29 pm

  15. *Clap clap* for Boss!

    Can bring ball balls back please? Cuter lah… Hehe…

    May I report some minor thingy? When I went to http://ping.sg/mypongs, on the entries, the avatar is mine, and it says beside the avatar “posted by paced (time) at (pong-ed blog)”. Eh, should it be “pong-ed by …” or “posted by (pong-ed blog’s owner’s username) at …”? Paiseh ah, just thought that it “looks” a bit “buay gam”… hehe…

    paced

    February 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

  16. Nice leh! I like! Thanks, Uzyn!

    And I got e same problem as paced did. Posted the problem in forum le.

    tstar

    February 5, 2008 at 11:55 pm

  17. I love the new features, but I think that I need to seek compensation from Uzyn cos the poof feature is damn addictive and I’ve been wasting my time waiting for new pings to poof.

    Ok, I’m just joking lah.πŸ˜›

    Thanks Uzyn!πŸ˜€

    hendri

    February 6, 2008 at 3:25 am

  18. Now if only we have the same stats for how many ‘poofs’ a certain post has earned (just like how many ‘pongs’ or how many ‘unique reads’)…

    Have a happy CNY, everyone (who celebrates, of course)!

    a_x

    February 6, 2008 at 6:34 am

  19. thank u!!!

    eStee

    February 6, 2008 at 9:27 am

  20. Congrats on the upgrade!!πŸ™‚

    Any possibility of a mobile version? The problem I’m having now is that content overlap each other into a giant mess on my phone. You can see that happening when you shrink the width of your browser until everything in the site overlaps each other.

    Nevertheless, there aren’t many mobile users, so that’s not really a big issue, so I think you’ve done a good job with ping.sg!

    Daniel

    February 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm

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  24. Interesting…cool….

    Mark Tay

    December 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

  25. the best site.
    keep post ok.

    Joe channels

    March 20, 2011 at 3:55 am


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