We are making two changes to the way display names work on the site. Both are aimed at increasing the usability of the site and reducing overall confusion amongst members.
First, you will no longer be allowed to use special characters. A special character is anything that is not a letter, number, space, or hyphen. We know that some members enjoyed using these special characters to make their names stand out. Unfortunately, they also make it more difficult for members to find each other and reduce the overall usability of the site.
Second, we’re limiting the ability to change your display name to once per thirty days. Unlimited display name changes have been used by some members to take advantage of the site and other members by doing malicious things, like impersonating other members.
Please direct any technical or profile-related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other comments or general feedback is welcome below.
Don’t worry! We did not take anything away this time. We are now in the mode of adding features.
I would like to share with you some of the changes and get your feedback.
The most important change that I would like to summarize is to the Relationship Status settings.
To make things simpler all members are categorized as either Single or In A Relationship. Then, as an option, you can further classify your Relationship Status as Married, Complicated, Divorced or Widow(er). Similarly, if you are Single you can classify yourself as Complicated, Divorced or Widow(er). Again, this additional classification is completely optional.
Another change to your classification, and one that many have requested, is the ability to set a ‘Backseat Status.’ If you own a bike you can declare yourself as someone having an empty back seat and actively looking for someone to ride on the back of your bike. This will allow those looking to fill a back seat the ability to search for members who have an empty back seat. Similarly, you will be able to search for members that are looking for a back seat.
You are a guy and own a bike and have an empty back seat that you want to offer to a lady. You can narrow your search to women looking for an empty back seat. Or, if you are a lady looking for a back seat you can search for guys that have an empty back seat on offer.
Eventually this system will be integrated with events and will benefit those that want to attend and event but do not have a ride!
All of these settings are optional but will help define what you are trying to get out of using BON.
So, it’s crucial that you update your Profile Settings NOW.
On Monday January 23 there will be an upgrade to BikerOrNot.
Some of the improvements include:
1. More privacy settings for Fan Pages
The creators of Fan Pages will now have the ability to ban any member from their page.
Links in Status Updates (both on the Home Page and Fan Pages) will be hyperlinked. You must format the hyperlink as http://www.website.com or www.website.com.
We encourage Fan Page members to attach photos to their comments and to post Youtube videos with the Attach a Link feature.
2. Top Photos
Yes! Top Photos is back. Simply click on Photos and then Top Photos to see the most commented photos on all of BON.
The Blogs feature on BON is used by less than 2% of all users. Members are now using their Status Update on the Home Page to share content with their friends. So, a decision has been made to phase out the Blogs.
On Monday, January 23 the Blogs will no longer be available. If you have content in the blogs that you would like to save then I encourage you to capture that content before the Monday deadline.
If you would like to comment on any of these changes or report any bugs please visit:
A scheduled update to the Garage Section of BON is scheduled for December 13 at 12pm.
None of your bike information will be lost but you will need to enter the Garage section and re-classify your bikes. This should only take a few minutes but will make an enormous difference in how all the bikes on BON are classified.
The old bike database was extremely fragmented and has been replaced with an industry standard make and model database that will prevent duplicate classifications.
To update your bike you will need to click on the the link that says: “Click here to update”
At 2.30pm today we posted an update that fixes some of the reported bugs related to the last update.
Here is a summary of new features and bug fixes.
New Security Settings
You can now control who can view your Feed on your profile.
Option A: Allow Everyone to view my wall/feed. <--- this is the default option
Option B: Allow only my friends to view my wall/feed. <---- greater privacy
A. Show my birthday with year
B. Show my birthday without year (<--- best option for those that want to get birthday wishes but do not want to reveal their age)
C. Don't show my birthday at all
New Blocking and Reporting controls
You can now block/report profiles that are marked as private.
Improved Search and Friend Browsing
The improved Search now remembers your search settings and last search page. You can now click on a search result, look at a profile and hit the back arrow and be right back where you left the search. This same functionality is also available when browsing your friends list.
Thank you to all members that reported this missing feature!
You now get an email alert when a member comments on your status update. The link takes you to a page where you can see the new comment.
We are still working on the new comment system and will be making some more improvements on how you can quickly browse and read notifications.