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Fara Hain worked at Seeking Alpha from October 2009 to February 2011 as Marketing Director. Her primary responsibilities were in product marketing, user feedback and managing the launch of new Seeking Alpha initiatives. Previously Fara held marketing positions at Gizmoz, a company in the 3D... More
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  • Join a Seeking Alpha User Group  22 comments
    Nov 19, 2009 7:59 AM

    We’d love to get feedback from Seeking Alpha users about the products and services we offer.  What do you like about the site – which areas of the site do you find most useful?  Most confusing? Are there additional features you’d like to see implemented on the site?

    If you are interested providing feedback or participating in a user group please contact me at fara at seekingalpha dot com. 
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  • I think by far the most appealing aspect of this site is its ability to attract an informed opinion.

     

    Second, the opinions it attracts are diverse - if I read the WSJ, I tend to get what is increasing a far right opinion on business news. T'was not always so...

     

    Outside of the content, I like the various features, such as the stock talks and instablog. Once I got used to them, I found the 'journal-like' aspect of those services to be very attractive. I've also noticed I can just do a search either on SA or even on Google with some key words, combine it with my profile name, and voila - I can easily track articles that I've responded to (and thus I've found interesting). I've found this to be the most powerful feature when it comes to blogging on a site like SA (I don't have my own proprietary blog).

     

    As far as the user group is concerned, I'm a bit of a Luddite myself. What exactly would that entail?

     

    Thanks, keep up the good work.
    19 Nov 2009, 11:36 AM Reply Like
  • Fara: Please count me in!
    24 Nov 2009, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • I'm in.
    24 Nov 2009, 11:08 AM Reply Like
  • Count on me. I have opinions I haven't even used yet.
    24 Nov 2009, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • Hello Fara,
    I would be interested in participating. Here are a few starting points…

     

    Table Tool:
    The table tool in the Instablogs needs to be improved. How about letting people create a table in MS Excel, and than letting them paste it in so that each of the cells are separately accessible. The key features of a table that users are going to want are 1 - the data can be copied and pasted into an Excel spread sheet, and 2 - people can copy their own Excel spread sheet into the field and have it act as a table.

     

    Links:
    I would like to see "LINKS" handled the way they are handled in the top portion of an instablog NOT the way they are handled in comment fields
    Specifically, If you copy and paste a link into an instablog, and than copy that copy of the link, you get the full link.

     

    However, if you copy and paste a link into a comment field, and than try to copy that copy of the link, you get a truncated link.

     

    Spell Checker:
    I would like to have a spell checker....

     

    Graphics and Tables in Comment Edit Fields:
    How about letting people paste graphics and tables into comment fields. In other words, what is the reason for having two different kinds of edit fields in the first place? It seems to me that the richness of comments could be substantially increased if commentators were allowed to paste in tables and graphics.

     

    User Ignore Button:
    Please provide a GLOBAL user controlled ignore button. Global means if a user puts someone on global ignore, they don't see any of their comments anywhere. I think its much better to allow users to decide who they want to hear from or not hear from as opposed to having someone on SA's staff trying to perform a "censoring" function.

     

    Networking Visualization:
    Networking visualization tool. If anyone is interested, I will be delighted to describe some networking tools.
    24 Nov 2009, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Yeah, what he said! LOL, I wish I had more time right this minute...

     

    On Nov 24 11:35 AM User 283977 wrote:

     

    > Hello Fara,
    > I would be interested in participating. Here are a few starting points…
    >
    >
    > Table Tool:
    > The table tool in the Instablogs needs to be improved. How about
    > letting people create a table in MS Excel, and than letting them
    > paste it in so that each of the cells are separately accessible.
    > The key features of a table that users are going to want are 1 -
    > the data can be copied and pasted into an Excel spread sheet, and
    > 2 - people can copy their own Excel spread sheet into the field and
    > have it act as a table.
    >
    > Links:
    > I would like to see "LINKS" handled the way they are handled in the
    > top portion of an instablog NOT the way they are handled in comment
    > fields
    > Specifically, If you copy and paste a link into an instablog, and
    > than copy that copy of the link, you get the full link.
    >
    > However, if you copy and paste a link into a comment field, and than
    > try to copy that copy of the link, you get a truncated link.
    >
    > Spell Checker:
    > I would like to have a spell checker....
    >
    > Graphics and Tables in Comment Edit Fields:
    > How about letting people paste graphics and tables into comment fields.
    > In other words, what is the reason for having two different kinds
    > of edit fields in the first place? It seems to me that the richness
    > of comments could be substantially increased if commentators were
    > allowed to paste in tables and graphics.
    >
    > User Ignore Button:
    > Please provide a GLOBAL user controlled ignore button. Global means
    > if a user puts someone on global ignore, they don't see any of their
    > comments anywhere. I think its much better to allow users to decide
    > who they want to hear from or not hear from as opposed to having
    > someone on SA's staff trying to perform a "censoring" function.
    >
    >
    > Networking Visualization:
    > Networking visualization tool. If anyone is interested, I will be
    > delighted to describe some networking tools.
    24 Nov 2009, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • Many readers would like to vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the specific article itself that they have read and/or are commenting on.
    24 Nov 2009, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • One of my favorite features on this entire site was the "save article" feature that SA added and kept for a few months, and then apparently discontinued it. It was SO easy for me, with that feature, to save, in an instant, all the articles that appealed to me, for reading later at my leisure. That is impossible now, as it takes hours digging back through the blizzard of new articles to get to ones I didn't have time for earlier. Restoring that function would be nice.
    24 Nov 2009, 12:53 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Thanks to you all! I will be contacting you via email in the coming weeks to answer some questions we've been thinking about here at SA.
    Ricard, thanks for the feedback - in some ways I'm a closet luddite, too :)User groups (for now) are just Q&A. In the future I hope to have a closed staging area for user groups/ focus groups to see products before they are live, but this isn't ready at the moment.
    Swashbuckler & 283... Thanks - great stuff!
    1 Dec 2009, 07:50 AM Reply Like
  • Fara,

     

    Why have you deleted Mayascribe's nomination of Warren Buffet for Douche Bag 09 from my instablog and DoubleGuns nomination of Barack Obama?

     

    Would we be safe from having our comments deleted if we chose to bash prominent Republicans instead?

     

    Just wandering what the guidelines are for censorship at SA?
    1 Dec 2009, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • Fara: There are some goings on right now that make me a little suspicous as to SA's intent. Why are you inviting me, as well as founder David Jackson inviting me to participate in how to improve SA, when you are concurrently wiping out comments?

     

    I do not get it. No comments are malicious. No comments are threatening. Why do you delete our freedom of speech?

     

    If you desire to have the best social investing forum on the planet, why do you continously curtail your growth toward that end?
    2 Dec 2009, 01:34 AM Reply Like
  • Maya: I told you so. You can suggest away, but none of your comments are safe if Individuals are given the Ability to Delete without Review.

     

    You can improve the site with all sorts of addons But Unless SA Administers itself first, Acts as One not as Individual "Bosses". It doesn't matter what the "rules" are because there are No Fixed Rules.

     

    Good luck asking a leopard to change its spots.
    2 Dec 2009, 05:44 AM Reply Like
  • IMO, public figures must be fair game, though personal insults leveled at fellow members who are NOT public figures should be infractions of the rules.

     

    Attempts to protect public figures (even if ALL public figures are included, which would be unusual) would create a very stultified environment and make many critical debates and conversations impossible.

     

    If SA is not using tracking software to monitor their moderators/administrat... they are not following standard operating procedure.
    2 Dec 2009, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Seems like the "Renegades." have already formed a user group which is well represented here. I'm up for it but I would like to see a more open attitude from SA as well.
    2 Dec 2009, 12:02 PM Reply Like
  • Freya: It seems to me that most of the users are already fairly open. To bad SA can't extend the same courtesy to us that we extend to them and each other. It's fine to disagree and debate issues but cutting off discussion by censorship is not good at all.
    2 Dec 2009, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • You guys are too tough on SA.

     

    We all need to understand and embrace the ways of the new thought police.
    2 Dec 2009, 09:46 PM Reply Like
  • Can SA contact Howard Davidowitz to see if he can write a monthly/weekly macroeconomics or retail article/note?
    He is such an interesting personality figure in the sometimes lackluster world of finance.
    Thanks!!!
    2 Dec 2009, 11:20 PM Reply Like
  • Dear, David, Fara, Mick,

     

    In all honesty, I truly, and I mean TRULY believe that you have the number one foremost social business/stock investing website on the planet. Yet, you keep screwing up, as in if there was a better one, every single one of us above in this comment stream would have defected.

     

    Why, at this exposed and very curious moment in time do you chose to delete comments? I find that sickening, and self destroyingly humorous. Why at this moment in time, when you ask your top members, are you deleting our comments? I mean come on! Oxymoronic senseless and stupid stuff.

     

    During this nascent growth time you're going through, you ask some of your top members to contribute toward SA's growth, and yet your timing of messing around with YellowHoard's frolic about the douche bag of the year...your surgical removing of comments, is to me, preposterous.

     

    I will do my best to help suss out your future. I love this website! But I want a guarantee that before I do bother to contribute ideas that SA will allow freedom (within limits) of speech. It's all already outlined in your guidelines. But you, as in Seeking Alpha, are not abiding by your own guidelines.

     

    If you can not offer that to me, then I'm out of this website, permanently, period.
    3 Dec 2009, 02:18 AM Reply Like
  • Let's smoke a peace pipe, and get on with business!
    3 Dec 2009, 02:24 AM Reply Like
  • I've been smokin' for a while.

     

    I'll let you note that SA is sending them in without repetition. There doesn't seem to be anyone with any authority who will answer a question straight forwardly.

     

    I seen Emails from Mary Hunt, emailed back and forth with Boaz, commented back and forth with Mick Weinstein and have had various followers darting in and out. You have received an Email from David Jackson and now here's Fara.

     

    For some reason or other, they don't seem to want continuity of comments. Maybe SA doesn't want their own comments to come back to haunt them.

     

    One thing I have noticed, with the way we gather info and post so quickly, I find that more and more New Articles cover material that we have already seen and commented on.
    3 Dec 2009, 05:29 AM Reply Like
  • I can understand the move to a more social type of a website, but I have to say that it is not what I come to SA for. I come to SA for expert opinion. Diverse opinion, yes, but I am not interested in reading posts by people who don't know a whole lot more than I do.

     

    So, I would request that it be easy to get to articles that are the most highly rated or written by the authors with the most followers, or even to give special status to a number of writers.

     

    I realize that it is good to have an avenue for opinion that comes from outside the establishment, because sometimes that's where the truth is going to come from. However, I don't think most people know all that much even about the things that interest them most.
    7 Dec 2009, 07:57 AM Reply Like
  • Also, I would really love an SA Q&A service, as an educational tool. So many people became interested in economics and investing in 2008. I think there is a need for an educational service that fits the way people live (on the web). I might even pay for a Q&A service.
    7 Dec 2009, 08:06 AM Reply Like
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