Spruced Up for the Holidays

Dearest wOw friends:

Welcome to our new platform. Some of you may not even notice the difference (after all our hard work!) but we think it’s snazzy: simpler and more streamlined. Happily, we’ve found a way to transfer all pre-existing wOw accounts and passwords, so no heavy lifting on your end. If you have a moment, tell us what you think.

xoxo JONI

85 comments so far.

  1. avatar Lila Kuh says:

    Also – no longer receiving email notifications that someone has replied to a comment. I don’t see anything in the profile settings to enable this. Nor to enable email alerts for articles, postings, etc.

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      Hi Lila – The email notifications to follow an author or topic was something specific to the old system. We are looking at how to implement such a feature on the new platform. The email on new comments added to an article you have posted is in testing.

  2. avatar Lizzie R. says:

    Back again……. What has happened to subjects that just appeared today, like Margo’s mother’s portrait.? I replied to it, and now see it has disappeared, as have others that disappear, yet some old subjects are still here. This is getting so confusing, as it is almost a waste of time to reply if the entire subject is disappearing. in a short time.

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      Hi Lizzie – nothing was removed today. On the homepage, in the top section with the feature there are left and right arrows along with tabs at the bottom for you to navigate the featured items. “A Night to Remember” is there which is the article you are referring to.

  3. avatar Briana Baran says:

    Well, apparently I am in China, as I am being informed that my country is verbotten. Or perhaps it is Texas. It took some negotiating to get back into the site, but then, I am a sneaky little beast.

    I am very distressed to have lost my old postings. I have many saved, as an insurance against the moderator’s unfortunate habit of disappearing my comments because of my recalcitrant subversiveness and refusal to play well with others. But others, some that were written at a critical time in my life, that helped to bring me out of a well of silence that had held me for over a decade, are lost, apparently forever, as are others that, in going back to them, I simply could not believe that I had written. I do not plan or edit my comments, nor do I know their precise origins…and they are not replicable.

    I think that the powers that be at WoW did us more than a disservice in unilaterally deleting all of our words and thoughts. This was almost an act of cruelty and abuse, certainly thoughtless, closing on malicious. When it is said that WoW is changing direction, I have to wonder why the obliteration of years of contribution was considered a good, and perhaps necessary thing. To ensure that no one is influenced by the ideas of the past? Wipe the slate clean? Discourage certain inconvenient patterns of thought? Encourage certain members with a lot of keyboard and intellectual time invested to go elsewhere?

    Because I am like a few of the others. If I wanted vapid, vacuous articles on how to make my assumed to be sagging, and disreputable breasts perfect (because they are the most important item in my sexual inventory), or how to improve the LBD (which I can’t even wear), or how to apply the new neutral make-up (blech)…in other words, how to conform and lose myself and not look OLD, I could go to hundreds of other ridiculous, empty sites. I don’t want to look at Auschwitz victim-like celebutards or drawings of coat hanger-collections in unwearable fashions, or hear about how wonderful said dingbat celebutards are. I want something suitable to evolved women, mature women, thinking, intelligent, creative women…which is what WoW purported to be.

    I would love an explanation. It is not lost on me that 52 comments are listed…but only a fraction of those seem to be visible. Let this one remain so.

    • avatar phyllis Doyle Pepe says:

      Briana: I am grateful that I am not alone (see my post above) in my anger and dismay at our lost postings––it feels somehow like a thievery. I cannot believe that this insensitivity wouldn’t have been squelched by someone or at least some person thinking they should notify us ahead of time. The value of our voices seems not to have figured in their brand new “sleek format.” I, too, am waiting for an explanation.

      • avatar Briana Baran says:

        Phyllis, consider the use of the word “unfortunately” in the comment from the Community Manager is explaining the disappearance of two years worth of thought and effort. “Unfortunately” these were lost. “Unfortunately” this was an “all or nothing” situation.

        If so, than why not all? What was to be gained by deleting all of that input? Why is the transference from the old to the new system so primitive that it requires hand cutting and pasting (hand? As in manual?) from the old site to the new? Was the system and the new site set up by basement techies of less than professional status? I have considerable access to professional insight on migrating old data and information to new formats (via R., who does it professionally as part of his job description), and after much debate about spousal input, I finally queried him on the subject. I will give you the socially acceptable version of his answer:


        I am bemused. We are not getting anything but vague answers as to the reasons for the erasure of so much time and effort. It has not been explained to us why we were not warned that the entire archived, and even more recent content of WoW…both articles and comments in our profiles, was going to be eradicated. Nor, despite our obvious distress, have we even received a wan and insincere apology.

        We are getting distant early warnings of the winds of change on WoW…but no real indication of what those change winds might bring. It reminds me of Sarah Palin’s endorsers’ repeated cries of, “Just wait and see in 2012!”…all hot air, but nothing for it to push.

        So, to the staff of WoW, I directly ask the question: What is really going on…and will it be worth my time to stay? Please don’t insult my intelligence with some ludicrous nonsense such as, “Only you can make that decision”, as I cannot do so without some honest and realistic information. Was the decision to permanently delete virtually the entire old site’s wealth of insight, conversation and thought a deliberate move to both encourage some members to leave, and a new and very different demographic to take their place? And is the new site’s direction going to be so vapid, commonplace and anti-intellectual that it is not worth the time of mature, evolved, thinking women to continue visiting the site (with the exception of Margo, Mr. Wow and Liz Smith)?

        Do tell…

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      All of the comments are showing. In fact, only 1 comment has been removed from this discussion because it was a duplicate posting. Otherwise, they are all showing.

      • avatar phyllis Doyle Pepe says:

        This response is for the comments on this thread, I gather, and is not addressing our lost postings–-our profiles.

      • avatar Community Manager says:


      • avatar Briana Baran says:

        Community Manager: I would not have asked if there was not an issue. At the time of my query, I counted 21 comments when the article showed over fifty. At present, all of the comments are being displayed. This has also been an issue in the case of other articles.

        Given the considerable number of glitches and inconsistencies on the site since the inglorious revolution, one would think that the staff would have a little faith in the honesty of a member reporting a problem. I may be a recalcitrant and subversive beastie, but I am not given to lying.

        Also, I have noticed that numerous articles are listed in the various Categories…but vanishingly few can be accessed. I suppose that I am imagining this as well.

      • avatar Community Manager says:

        Briana, I don’t recall saying that you were fibbing. Any comments made we take note and put through testing to try and reproduce the issue. We will look into the articles/category issue as well.

        Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend free from work and full of family and friends.

  4. avatar Paul Smith says:

    The old format was fine. The content could use a serious boost. You lost a provocative writer. Get another.

  5. avatar Vicki Sarris says:

    The user interface is very intuitive – took just a few minutes to create an account and load info. So glad to be a part of this new community for women. Nicely done.

  6. avatar Vicki Sarris says:

    PS Women on the Web is my favorite “one stop spot” for news, info and online engagement and interaction. Really love it! Thank you.

  7. avatar Rho says:

    Well, what do you know? This is the first time clicking on the original link I saved worked. Thanks for that. I do miss my welcome, but guess you can’t have everything.

    Are we still getting replies to our posts? I had one, but did not see it in my email.

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      Hi Rho, we’re looking at some possible solutions for email alerts on comments and authors.

      • avatar Rho says:

        Thank you. But something funny happened just now. I had to log in again, would not accept my new password, it accepted the old one.

  8. avatar kermie says:

    CM–I liked and used the Preview feature before Submit. I edited down my responses that way. I sincerely hope you will bring that back. We really need italics and bold or else people will be shouting in all caps. No one wants that.

    I see our avatars are back. Thank you. Sorry you had to work all weekend. I hope you had a good holiday.

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      I have ‘preview’ on my list as well. As for bold and italics, that is further down the list but nonetheless, on the list.

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

    • avatar Lizzie R. says:

      My Avatar isn’t back..

      • avatar kermie says:

        Lizzie–I have a MAC and I tried about five times over the weekend to get my avatar back. I did it, physically, on MY end. Maybe WoW is capable of reinstating the avatars; I don’t know. Good luck!

      • avatar Community Manager says:

        Hi Lizzie – we didn’t migrate avatars over, just usernames, first, last and passwords so you wouldn’t have to re-register or do a password reset.

  9. avatar Dianne Lopp says:

    What about all the previous postings of writers on Wowowow? Google news says Liz Smith wrote a tribute to Norris Mailer— I can’t access it and I can’t access her older columns.

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      Hi Dianne – on http://www.wowowow.com/ in the top section where you see the features rotating through (left/right arrows on the sides and tabs below the large photo) are you seeing the tab for “Remembering Norris Church Mailer”? This is by Margo Howard. We didn’t bring all of the content over from the prior site, just a few select articles.

      Liz Smith can be found http://wowowow.wpengine.com/author/liz-smith/ – we had columnists listed on the prior site making it easier to find contributors such as Liz.

  10. avatar Deeliteful says:

    In the top section, the features do not rotate and arrows do not work for me. I can only read the one topic shown. Each time I try to read another, bottom left indicates “done with error on page”

  11. avatar Mickey Marsh says:

    No trouble logging in. Missed you though on Wed!!

  12. avatar Lizzie R. says:

    It’s getting much better, but this is so teeny tiny it’s really difficult to see your typos, of which I make many. Could it possibly be made larger for those of us visually compromised?

  13. avatar Lila says:

    CM, leaving this comment here in case you miss it on Mr. Wow’s article:  still getting a trickle of spam through the spam-pipe (though the flood is much reduced, ah, relief!).
    Two points:  we apparently still need a “report” button, and your Contact Us has a problem – I tried to email this in, but the CAPTCHA filter does not recognize what I type.  Tried reloading five or six times and am certain I am matching the CAPTCHA, but no luck.

    • avatar Community Manager says:

      Yes, we look at all new comments a few times a day and remove such comments (which is now done) so even if you see the comment first, it will get removed over the course of the day.

      We are also aware of the CAPTCHA on the Contact Us and are working on fixing it.