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Former Askvillers, Answerbaggers, Yahooers, etc. What drew you away from (insert name here) QnA site and on to Fluther?

Asked by Spinel (3215 points ) January 4th, 2010

I have seen a number of refugees here. So, I’m curious: what drew you to Fluther? What keeps you on Fluther? What did your old QnA site lack, or why did you leave?

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Pandora's avatar

My name was the same on AB. They destroyed the site by completely revamping it and making it so it was hard to keep up with friends comments. Just the way they layed out your questions and answers makes it difficult to see. All the questions are jumbled together so its hard to see any questions you answered or asked that you are particulary interested in reviewing. They should’ve left your profile page the way it was. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They threw out the baby with the bath water.

scotsbloke's avatar

I just woke up here, where am I?

Spinel's avatar

@scotsbloke In the land of no return…literally…

jrpowell's avatar

You guys missed out on movie night. We had The Breakfast Club and a chat in the same window.

Even JOE liked it. The MPAA, not so much. Next week is The Invention of Lying or Red Dawn.

Ranimi23's avatar

Fluther answers are the BEST one. I like the people here much more. They really do care

JustPlainBarb's avatar

I left Answerbag because they changed it too drastically and all at once and lost all the personal touches along the way. It was a place where interacting with your “friends” was the main attraction for me. The old AB used to offer a sense of “community”. You could ask serious questions or just be silly, if that was your “thing”. Now it’s more commercialized and difficult to maneuver. Nothing special there anymore.

Cotton101's avatar

@Pandora and JustPlainBarb, said it all for me!

JustPlainBarb's avatar

@cotton… thanks. You know what we’re talking about!!

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Cotton101's avatar

@johnpowell What is sex John? loll

Thank you for the info John!!!

Arisztid's avatar

I am still at the other site, hoping they get it fixed so am at both.

However, I heard that we get a toaster oven on our first anniversary at Fluther.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

@Arisztid Just hang around, I think there are lovely door prizes too.

Arisztid's avatar

@JustPlainBarb Do they have an executive bathroom too?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’m tired of explaining why I left Garbagebag. Basically the same reasons as @Pandora and the owners attitude towards users. The site no longer exists as far as I am concerned. I’m a happy jelly now.

jrpowell's avatar

It is easy to contact the mods here.. I asked for a feature in the chatroom. And Tim rocked it in 15 minutes. Impressive.

philosopher's avatar

I agree with Pandora.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

@Arisztid Yes, it’s down the hall. Go past the cafeteria and take a right.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I left Askville because it was getting to be a big joke. The mods were on permanent vacation. The fighting, snapping, snarling & biting was getting out of hand. 16 of my friends (known as the Askville 16) were banned over there for idiotic reasons, & they migrated to here. I was asked to join & I followed them. The difference between the two sites is like night & day. No stupid coins that mean absolutely nothing to gather, no gaming to bother with.

I’ve met many great people on here, some who have become personal friends that has continued to FB, emails & IMing. This is a great place. I don’t even go to AV anymore. I don’t need the hassle.

Cotton101's avatar

@johnpowell hey John, could not get into the chat room!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

my site closed down – a friend recommended this one. it stuck.

tedibear's avatar

Like jbfletcherfan, I was a friend of the AV16 and came here to keep up with them. (I didn’t have Facebook at that time.) In the process, I found Fluther to be a great website for a reasonable discussion of almost any question or subject. While moderation on Askville is haphazard at best, there are plenty of people there who believe every question about sex is being asked by someone who is a pervert. And that every political discussion must be only in one direction. (Whatever theirs is!) Oh, and let’s not forget the people who ask the same question over and over in a slightly different way, thinking that they’re going to get the answer they want. All of that gets old.

While I still hang out in Askville, I come to Fluther with equal regularity. It’s for the discussions and the people. Oh, and the better spelling and grammar!

ucme's avatar

Fingers in several pies, variety adds spice. Fluther? Just love the folks~

Harp's avatar

I’m an ex-Askviller too. Several things frustrated me about AV: the interpersonal drama, the inane “bonus questions”, the competition for answer rankings (the idea of having the 5 answerers ranking each others’ answers to see who gets “best answer” sounds like one of those tests designed by psychologists to explore the human competitive urge). During one of the several huge AV crisis episodes, someone on AV mentioned Fluther, I tried it, and never looked back.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@tedibear39 Hi, sweet pea…... :D

mass_pike4's avatar

i never belong to a site like you listed but I always found myself googling questions I wanted answered and it always took me a while to get reasonable answers. I wanted something fast and fairly reliable, so that was when I stumbled upon fluther. I had never heard of it from a friend or any one else. I located it myself and have told a few friends about who have also joined. Personally I wanted to begin blogging and I thought this site was the closes to blogging. I did not understand what blogging was at the time and wanted to find out

ETpro's avatar

A recovering ABer here. I wasn’t drawn away. I was repulsed. Answerbag revised their user interface along with giving the site a new look. The new look was fine, but the new feel was definitely not. They took away all the fun of the site in the change.

Cotton101's avatar

@ETpro ditto about thousand times!

wundayatta's avatar

I went insane on Askville. I recovered on fluther.

Morgan1's avatar

Like the saying goes…“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I found AB by accident and made friends quickly. They seemed honest, sincere, good-for-a-laugh, and easy to access and follow. In one day AB sanitized a fun environment, turning it into a lifeless site for stupid questions. As far as I’m concerned, Fluther accepted us with open arms without missing a beat. Kudos for that guys.

Silhouette's avatar

I’m still on SodaHead. I heard about Fluther over there and thought I’d check it out. I’m glad I did.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

@ETpro That’s what I thought too!!

Val123's avatar

Just before wisdm tanked, the owners posted a vid that showed some company of some kind comparing Q&A sites. Fluther was mentioned (as was Wisdm and a few others that I don’t remember) so when Wisdm crashed altogether, someone suggested for us to come here. So we did.

ETpro's avatar

@Silhouette What’s your user name on Sodahead? I’m there too, and would like to add you as a friend.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

I was originally an Answerbagger, then I decided to try out Yahoo! Answers, then Askville. I signed on Fluther about the same time that I signed onto BlurtIt.

On January 9, I’m going to try the new Answerbag to see if I’ll like it or not.

I’m still at Askville the most.

I only go to Yahoo! Answers to ask the most embarrassing questions (and other questions that I wouldn’t want to associate with my usual username.)

I think BlurtIt needs significantly more traffic.

I wish Fluther would allow 5 questions every 12 hours. Multiples of 5 are good.

HungryGuy's avatar

As for Answerbag, well, they recently revamped the whole thing. The biggest problem is that they took away the feature than notified you of new comments. Imagine if, here on Fluther, they removed the Questions for You and Comments for You and Activity for You under your name on the top right of the page, and even took away those pages on your profile that list new activity; and so the only way to find new activity is to search out every question manually and look see if there’s new activity. All group discussion came to a grinding halt! And then imagine they put advertising everywhere with graphic ads between every few answers. Now, they just want you to ask your question, get your answer, look at the ads, and leave, thank you very much…

Also, throw in a few glitches here and there. Then imagine, hypothetically, you asked @Andrew “What gives?” and he answered “If you don’t like the changes, then leave!”

So that’s what we all did….

Jeruba's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki, sometimes I think the limit should be one.

Val123's avatar

@Jeruba NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

philosopher's avatar

Answerbag is currently a ghost cite. Many of my friends are here. I am glad you all came here.
I do check back and it is very depressing . It is almost dead . I get about 2or 3 alerts per week.
I have never understood why every site has to be changed every few months. Answerbag did not just change. It is unrecognizable to me.
Every time I log on here and see all my old friends post I smile. I have also made new friends here.
We have an interesting group here . It is fun and informative. I like sharing what I know and learning.

HungryGuy's avatar

@philosopher – Here’s my hunch. All our chit-chat was using a lot of processing power on AB and generating little revenue, so they decided to squash it.

(in another thread here on Fluther, I asked @Andrew how Fluther pays for itself since there’s no ads. He answered that there’s ads for non-members, but registered members don’t see the ads because members rarely click on ads anway. They actually make a decent income from the ads seen by non-members)

So it follows that AB wasn’t making much profit from its regular members who routinely ignored the ads and consumed most of the resources. The profit comes from the non-members who come to browse for information.

AB will eventually learn that, without members constantly creating new content, non-members will gradually dwindle and their ad revenue will decline…

philosopher's avatar

I think your right HungryGuy.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Fath from fiction, truth from diction. I thought they were giving a Lamborghini to the 100,000th Fluther. Oh snap, they weren’t well it was better than AB, AB took out the comments (or changed then so I could not find them), the ranking meter (for lack of a better word) and my favorite, being able to use photo illustration to make your answer more clear. Even though a lot of the questions seem to come from bored teens there were some nuggets of goodness there, Phillis, Rocket, Violet, Thriftymaid, etc. AB just got so hard to move around even harder than YA it was no fun to be there any longer, someone there posted a link to here, so here I am still with no Lamborghini. :-)

mattbrowne's avatar

Wis.dm shut down. Before it did, someone recommended Fluther. I tried it out. I liked it. Sure there are always a few hiccups at first. The cultures of online communities are never the same. Same as in the real world.

Val123's avatar

@mattbrowne Yip. And no one culture is necessarily better than the other. It all depends on what you’re used to.

avvooooooo's avatar

Askville blows. There are a lot of people on there that are ridiculous and there’s no moderation to speak of most of the time and when they do turn up they’re so confused about what happened that their action is arbitrary and stupid. Two of many reasons I’m no longer there.

avvooooooo's avatar

@Jeruba I agree. We allow far too many questions to be asked in a day here at fluter. People post frivolous, nonsense questions enough within the limits we have now. I can only imagine the kind of crap that would infest the site if people were allowed to ask even more questions.

Arisztid's avatar

@Jeruba I am with you on this. I think one question a day is more than enough.

avvooooooo's avatar

@Arisztid Maybe 2 per day? Or possibly three. I know there are days when I had a few things to ask. But I have NEVER used my full 6 per day limit because there’s nothing that anyone really wants to know that much as to ask 6 questions per day.

Arisztid's avatar

@avvooooooo True… 2–3 would be good. It is rare for me to ask more than one a week or even a month because it takes me so long to come up with good ones but some folks can come up with a couple of good ones per day.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@avvooooooo , @Arisztid knows firsthand how much worse it could be.

I used to ask up to 20 questions an HOUR on Answerbag.

Before they instated that limit, I had free reign; I once asked 789 questions in one night, so a few hundred an hour. (They were Russian surname origin questions back in August 2005.) The format was something to the tune of: “What is the origin and meaning of the Russian surname “Ivhadenoff?””

Many thought I had gotten ahold of a Russian phonebook. No, I used http://www.vgd.ru.

I’ve come a long way from my wild, unfettered methods on Answerbag.

avvooooooo's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki What makes you think that others aren’t familiar with how bad it can be? The “quality” that past questions, and present ones, have? These websites are viewable to everyone. “A long way” is subjective.

Arisztid's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki You cannot really expect old time flutherers to not have checked us out on AB itself. All of our activity is easily seen by anyone with a search engine.

Val123's avatar

@avvooooooo It’s not 6! It’s only 4. Or sometimes three….

avvooooooo's avatar

@Val123 Nope, but go sit in your corner and have a cookie and don’t worry about it. :D

Val123's avatar

@avvooooooo FINE! I’ll prove it!!

avvooooooo's avatar

@Val123 3 every 12 hours. That makes 6 per day.

Val123's avatar

@avvooooooo Well, hell! That doesn’t count! For all intents and purposes it’s only 3 a day! And…I just wasted TWO to prove my point! Twerp!

ETpro's avatar

@Val123 & @avvooooooo Come on you two. Kiss and make up. You are both right, depending on how you chose to define “Day”.

avvooooooo's avatar

@ETpro She owes me a cookie!

ETpro's avatar

Ha! I’ll buy you both a cookie. The debate was entertaining enough you deserve it.

avvooooooo's avatar

@ETpro Yay! Thanks!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@ETpro If we are talking Chewy Chips Ahoy or those monster peanutbutter cookies I know I will date stamp myself they use to serve in schools can I get in on that? Yum…...

Val123's avatar

Takes @avvooooooo cookie!! Well SHE describes the night time as “day” so, obviously she is WRONG! AGAIN and it can be scientifically proven!! ....gobbles baloooos cookie and mine at the same time she she doesn’t get ANY cookie!!

ETpro's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central I had in mind the Cookie my latest website sets so it can display is floating shopping cart. :-)

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