It’s good to know that someone listens!
Hopefully the rest of the team is feeling the same way.
Now, ironically enough, I did find this post of yours, Joe, in a link. Before going under fire, I’m not against links. I just think that our stuff on 43things shouldn’t be encouraged to be shared outside of 43 things.
I use Facebook. I use it to keep in touch with old friends. At large, I find it very superficial and would probably get rid of it all together if I weren’t so awful at keeping in touch with the few people I actually do want to stay in contact with from my past.
I use 43 things for an entirely different reason. I loved the site because it seemed like a genuinely supportive community.
I use it to try to encourage myself, keep myself motivated to become a better person, and to try to encourage others as I can.
I don’t post anything that I believe would hurt anyone around me if they read it. I’m not ashamed of anything I’ve written here.
So, what exactly is the problem I have with the changes?
This is a site that has a very involved community. We deserve to at least know about, if not have some input in, any major changes, especially those that could lead to us feeling our privacy has been violated.
The web is a beautiful thing. You can create an illusion of anonymity, or create an entirely new identity for yourself. You can reveal as much or as little about yourself as you wish. That’s an individual choice, however.
For 43things to encourage its users to share other users posts, lists, and thoughts on third-party sites, superficial ones like Facebook and twitter, well… that really changes the atmosphere here.
And mostly, I took offence to how quick the Robots were to be condescending and rude to people who were protesting the addition, telling us to be more prudent in the things we say here. The last paragraphs of that blog post sickened me. Apologies should come first, and not following that sort of comment. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Also… we aren’t just a vocal minority
We are the people who visit this site often, daily, even. That’s why over 100 of us were able to join this group so quickly. I’m sure it isn’t often that a new goal manages to have so many people adding it to their lists in such short time. Many of us are truly upset, and I’m sure most of us aren’t so unreasonable to refuse compromise, an approval process for others sharing us, or added privacy features. We’re here because we like 43things and want to continue using it, assuming it keeps the right direction.