« on: December 22, 2013, 11:47:19 am »
So the fact: Baidu Tieba is the largest BBS in China. It had been a great place to post before. By then, users were all satisfied with the simple design of everything in the forum.
But times have changed. The forum underwent several changes, which seem to be aimed at adding more functions, but overall become crap and gradually worsen the user experience. I consider some of the changes understandable, but recently these changes have become more and more unbearable.
And it still is the largest BBS in China. Users can't change much.
So here are some of the changes:
-Changing the layout of the BBS. This is actually not a bad thing--the new layout is a decent optional choice, but some still prefer the traditional, simple layout.
-Adding an Exp. system in every subforum. I believe this method may work well in some forums like RHDN, but here it's the largest BBS, swarming with elementary school students. In searching for a way to boost the exp, people start to post more meaningless posts. What's worse, the Exp. system has something to do with acquiring the power to delete posts&ban people. With little exp it's hard to become the admin of the subforum, and sometimes you just can't.
-Zero requirements to 'like' a forum. Just click the 'like' button, and you can post without any verification code. If someone wants to mess up the forum, it's really simple.
-Extremely harsh censorship&anti-SPAM measures, which do more bad than good. A lot of times when you post a link(harmless, even when it's a Baidu link itself) and the system recognize it as an ad link and you're busted, sometime you even get perma-banned. Also, even when the censorship is harsh, some forums which are extremely anti-patriotic, like the 'Nihon no ie' forum, never gets removed.
-Shit virtual cash(nothing to do with real cash, they're points) system. What do I mean shit? I mean, even you have infinite amount of money, you would NEVER like to buy anything with the virtual cash. The items are very badly designed and seem to be aimed at kids. Yeah we can buy new fonts and post using them, but we can only buy those shit fonts. Can't we just buy normal Chinese fonts like Kaiti(a western example is Times New Roman)?
-Stickers at the top of the subforum. The stickers are aimed at posting short messages, and would have been good for some newest info in the community. However it turns out to be bad. First, they can't be deleted by admins. Second, some short stickers occupy giant space, while long messages sometimes occupy small space and the message sometimes even won't get completely shown. What were they thinking?!
-The most shitty element is the ads. Baidu bans other SPAM, but there are a great, great amount of non-SPAM ads in the forum layout. Just look at it. Not to mention the ads at the top of a page or on the side of a page, they're tolerable least to say. But, in the general subforum layout, there are even ads between 2 posts. In the thread layout, there are ads between 2 replies. Really, Baidu Tieba has become Baidu Ad Tieba. Even if you have AdBlock or something, the blocked ads still occupy a lot of space.
-Other shit functions which you would rather not use.
-Very bad feedback system. Well, it's understandable since the forum is so big, but it shouldn't be as bad as this. Many admins get knocked off their posts because of no good reason. Complaints about ads always get ignored. Perma-banning by Baidu usually won't be canceled unless you verify your phone. Etc.
-Tries to force or lure the users into doing something. 'Something' include: installing Tieba apps on their phones, do verifications about your cellphone and even your identification card, etc.
-More recent incidents: Acquiring the superadmin of some forums and start deleting posts, which not only made the users furious but also enraged the (unofficial) admins.
So I'm still stuck in this shit Tieba since the Chinese SMB hacking community is there. But oh well. If Baidu wouldn't change this shit, I'm gonna give up. This is not the worst forum I've experienced -- Some 2ch-like forums with spams all over are even worse. But the user experience with Tieba really makes me throw up.
And I've been thinking. Do they know anything about user experience? User experience can't be improved by more useless, 'garish' functions. Moreover, putting up ads to a great extent would not make Baidu profit much from ads(I believe it's < linear), not to mention this would worsen the user experience.
And they keep ignoring us, or even delete our posts. As if no developers care about the UE. Just like some issue with Renren(a clone of Facebook): a loophole in the design once let the ads swarm, but Renren didn't even apologize -- they even deleted a lot of articles posted about the loophole.
So that's it. Baidu is the Yuitsu-Shin of Tieba. Hail PRC.
(Oops, I always mis-click the Quote button instead of the Modify button.)