New +1 Rating System for WunderPhotos

By: Michelle Schlachta , 6:25 PM GMT on May 30, 2014

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Since launching the new WU design, we've been hard at work to address your concerns. The #1 request from fans of WunderPhotos has been to replace the 1-10 rating system with a feature that is simpler and more friendly. So, we have replaced the scoring mechanism with a “like-only” feature. Now, if you like a photo you can just click the “plus” button. Here’s how the new rating system works:

- You can plus a photo.
- You can only plus a photo once.
- You can see a list of people who have plus'd the photo.
- Old 1-10 ratings are converted into plus' through an algorithm

We hope everyone will embrace this change as a more friendly way to say “I like your photo”. The WU community uploads hundreds of exceptional images of weather, nature and the outdoors each day. If you see a photo that you don't necessarily love, we encourage you to check out the entire collection of WunderPhotos on the site. Put a +1 on the photos you like, and add them to your favorites (by clicking the star button) if you want to save them to your profile.

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78. Michelle Schlachta , Community Manager (Admin)
5:56 PM GMT on August 31, 2015
Quoting 77. BaltimoreBrian:

Thanks Ms. Schlachta.
You are welcome!
77. BaltimoreBrian
2:55 AM GMT on August 30, 2015
Thanks Ms. Schlachta.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 10902
76. Michelle Schlachta , Community Manager (Admin)
5:16 PM GMT on August 28, 2015
Quoting 75. BaltimoreBrian:

What's the handle to use to contact when having a problem with a wunderphoto?
You can send a message to help@wunderground.com if it's a technical issue. If it's regarding guidelines, or another non-technical issue, you can send a WUmail to WunderPhotoAdmin.
75. BaltimoreBrian
2:18 AM GMT on August 27, 2015
What's the handle to use to contact when having a problem with a wunderphoto?
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74. Dakster
3:44 AM GMT on July 19, 2015
I got so many offensive ads I couldn't look at the site with my kids in the room. I got an ad blocker. Problem solved.

It's better since I am on paid membership status (I don't see the ads being blocked by the blocker as much anymore).

I know you are doing what you can and I know I appreciate it. Please take the below with a grain of salt. It isn't meant to offend, but you have asked for opinions on things so....

Just an opinion - If your ad provider is giving you ads that are inappropriate for the site, shouldn't you pick a new ad provider? Anyone that looks at this site, isn't going to think - Ohh, that's a third party ad provider. To me and many others I have spoken with, It represents Wunderground.

I am not a big always have to be Politically Correct (PC) kind of person, but some people are. And just to let you know that the word "THUG" is not PC anymore... If you wanted to be PC you wouldn't use "sensitivethug" as a username either. Do you really want people to think this site is run by thugs?

Just thought I would throw my .02 in, since I was told this is the place to do it.
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73. Michelle Schlachta , Community Manager (Admin)
7:02 PM GMT on July 15, 2015
Quoting 72. Barefootontherocks:

Thank you, thug.
Sure thing.
72. Barefootontherocks
6:06 PM GMT on July 14, 2015
Thank you, thug.
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71. Michelle Schlachta , Community Manager (Admin)
6:08 PM GMT on July 13, 2015
Quoting 70. Barefootontherocks:

Sorry, I'm not gonna save this ad and email it to help.
Well, I backed off on that and sent the image this morning. But no more. Just for the public record, here is a screen shot of the reply I received from help@wunderground toward the end of June in reply to my approaching them June 9 through "channels" about the Testosterone ad. Names and addresses have been moustached to protect the imnocent.



Reply sent to help@wunderground.com today:
"Here are the ads attached as image files:
1) Testosterone/libido ad for "Men Only"
and
2) The latest offensive, sexist ad from Calvin Klein.

"Can't help wondering if wu is especially "endowed" or if these ads also appear on weather dot com. I'm guessing not on weather dot com because that site has more general readership, including female readers who would complain about this type of advertising. Also guessing that's a bot reply you sent me, _______.

"Last communication you will have from me. Not my kuleana to dog your ads.

"fwiw, possibly not a good idea to assume wu users to be ignorant. I know about paid memberships. I have blogged at wu since 2005."
~Barefootontherocks

I contacted the ad folks again to ensure that their partners will block that CK ad.
70. Barefootontherocks
5:12 PM GMT on July 13, 2015
Sorry, I'm not gonna save this ad and email it to help.
Well, I backed off on that and sent the image this morning. But no more. Just for the public record, here is a screen shot of the reply I received from help@wunderground toward the end of June in reply to my approaching them June 9 through "channels" about the Testosterone ad. Names and addresses have been moustached to protect the imnocent.



Reply sent to help@wunderground.com today:
"Here are the ads attached as image files:
1) Testosterone/libido ad for "Men Only"
and
2) The latest offensive, sexist ad from Calvin Klein.

"Can't help wondering if wu is especially "endowed" or if these ads also appear on weather dot com. I'm guessing not on weather dot com because that site has more general readership, including female readers who would complain about this type of advertising. Also guessing that's a bot reply you sent me, _______.

"Last communication you will have from me. Not my kuleana to dog your ads.

"fwiw, possibly not a good idea to assume wu users to be ignorant. I know about paid memberships. I have blogged at wu since 2005."
~Barefootontherocks
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69. BaltimoreBrian
3:15 AM GMT on July 13, 2015
The wundermail icon is erratic--sometimes it shows when I have wundermail, and sometimes it doesn't. I just checked and saw I received mail 2 days ago, but the icon never showed it.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 10902
68. Barefootontherocks
1:01 AM GMT on July 12, 2015
HI thug,
The CK ad is "live" this eve. Just saw it. I trust your "exchange partners" are on top of it.

Sorry, I'm not gonna save this ad and email it to help. Site knows this ad and worse (testosterone) have been up. If the site wants to keep the offensive ads off the screen, that's a job for their own dog(s).
Member Since: April 29, 2006 Posts: 164 Comments: 20756
67. Barefootontherocks
4:26 AM GMT on July 11, 2015
Quoting 64. sensitivethug:

Thanks for your feedback. We continually monitor the advertisements that run on our site and will investigate the removal of offensive ads. If you find more in the future which seem offensive/irrelevant, please send examples like these to our support team: help@wunderground.com.

We got the testosterone ad blocked (which was previously reported), and the CK ad appears to have already disappeared, but our ad folks have passed along the info to our exchange partners for a future block if the ad goes live again.
Thank you for the feedback on the other ad and on this one.
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66. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11:29 PM GMT on July 10, 2015
hopefully, no more similar to those ads appear again.
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 57 Comments: 51143
65. aquak9
10:52 PM GMT on July 10, 2015
Oh my goodness.
Thank you.

On behalf of us "normal-bodied" folk, thank you.
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64. Michelle Schlachta , Community Manager (Admin)
7:41 PM GMT on July 10, 2015
Thanks for your feedback. We continually monitor the advertisements that run on our site and will investigate the removal of offensive ads. If you find more in the future which seem offensive/irrelevant, please send examples like these to our support team: help@wunderground.com.

We got the testosterone ad blocked (which was previously reported), and the CK ad appears to have already disappeared, but our ad folks have passed along the info to our exchange partners for a future block if the ad goes live again.
60. Naga5000
6:07 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
Quoting 59. Barefootontherocks:

One thing certain, this is not an ad for a blouse.


In agreement there. :)
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59. Barefootontherocks
5:12 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
One thing certain, this is not an ad for a blouse.
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58. Naga5000
4:57 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
I'm totally offended by that ad because it believes it has the power to sell some unspecified product to me, and not because of the non nudity, it is far too tame. I see worse on the 6 PM news. Prudish puritanism is silly.
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57. aquak9
4:28 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
oh goodness.
Is that how I'm supposed to dress for a first date nowadays?
Why does the guy get to wear clothes, but the chick is top-half-nekkid?

"But I spent all afternoon picking out a nice blouse!!!"

And I don't even know if that's an ad for cologne, or deodorant, or makeup.
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56. Barefootontherocks
3:27 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
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55. Barefootontherocks
3:13 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
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54. Barefootontherocks
3:12 PM GMT on July 09, 2015
52. auburn (Mod)
11:17 PM GMT on June 10, 2015


Pretty sure I see these sexist ads like the ones I brought to attention here that have been removed (as in comments on this blog. LOL. Okay for the site but not okay to quote?) because I use a private browser which doesn't leave any clues as to what type sites I visit.

Doesn't matter why anyone sees this type of advertisement. What matters is are they inappropriate for the site?

Are these ads considered acceptable now to the new admin? All I'm asking for is a yes or no answer. Is this ad* that popped up this morning - an ad that includes an apparently naked female - acceptable to be circulated and seen on wunderground.com? I don't mean acceptable to members. I mean acceptable to admin.

If so, let's have some nekkid man ads, not just nekkid women.

*ad posted separately in a plain brown wrapper at comment 55.
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53. ricky00
8:02 PM GMT on June 13, 2015
anybody know why satellite on maps loads only the most current image and not the previous 2-4-6--12 hour loop even though selected? help
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52. auburn (Mod)
11:17 PM GMT on June 10, 2015
Where can I learn more about the information collected and how ads are selected?

Please read about Weather Underground's practices in its privacy policy.

What choices do I have about interest-based advertising on this site?

Information about your visits to this and other sites may be used over time to help predict your interests and select the ads you see. This is also called online behavioral advertising.

Visit the http://www.aboutads.info/choices page to learn more about online behavioral advertising and to see your opt-out choices from companies that are participants in the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.

Note: If you choose to opt out, you will still see ads, but these ads will not be customized based on your interests generated from your visits over time and across different Web sites.

Note: The preferences you select on the http://www.aboutads.info/choices page may not apply to wireless devices.
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51. aquak9
10:39 PM GMT on June 10, 2015
barefoot- let me know if you see that ad again. If it's not good enough to remain as a comment in a low-traffic blog like this, then it definitely should not be on the main advertising page.

And I can't BELIEVE that my comment stayed. Ain't that somethin'.
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50. Barefootontherocks
3:25 PM GMT on June 10, 2015
HGW,
Thanks for the reply. As I said, I generally use private browsing when I come to wu, but I don't use it everywhere on the net. Used to see regional ads, based on IP I presume, but I don't see them any more. Nor do I see ads based on my browsing elsewhere. Even in non-private browsing windows I am seeing this ad regularly. It's on the blogs of regular members also, not just featured blogs.

thug's been aware of this since the first time I discussed it with you. I wumailed her then - a few weeks back now.

I screen shot the ad again this morning, including a slice of Doc M's blogspace.
Quoting 36. IBYC:

No one ever reads my weather blog.... ever. Why? Because no one can find it. And this is despite the fact that I tell folks the lengthy instructions to go and find it. I can't understand why it's so hard for Weather Underground to simply place a link to it on my PWS's front page. Or at least the "more details" (my term) page. Such a great website yet such a big (but easily solved) over-site.
Active blogs used to be linked on each local forecast page and covered a large area - bigger area than just an individual weather station, which was nice. During severe weather, my blog used to get a few hundred clicks a day from as far away as Dallas. For "some unexplained reason" the local page link to active blogs was discontinued with new wu. Through the proper channels, a suggestion was made to restore the local forecast-active blogs link. This suggestion was reviewed by admin and rejected.
Member Since: April 29, 2006 Posts: 164 Comments: 20756
49. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
1:26 PM GMT on June 10, 2015
Quoting 48. Astrometeor:



Does WU have the ability to choose ads though? Currently I have an ad on natural gas and another ad about financial responsibilities...

I know most sites just use the standard ad people, and they run some weird formula to try and tailor ads towards people...So if the internet knows your a female they might show a different set of ads than they would to a male.

Then there are the times when they are crazily off in their targets.


For me, It appears the ads are gather by your internet provider. I see local region ads from my area pop-up at times from Krogers, Special K, Payless shoes, and usually web solution businesses.

Changing my IP address to a server from Japan, I get download our Weather Underground apps and Microsoft related ads.
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 57 Comments: 51143
48. Astrometeor
4:49 AM GMT on June 10, 2015
Quoting 47. HadesGodWyvern:

sensitive will be not around this week, Barefootontherocks.

reason for no response.

I've been trying to get that ad, but nothing of that extent ever appears on my end.


Does WU have the ability to choose ads though? Currently I have an ad on natural gas and another ad about financial responsibilities...

I know most sites just use the standard ad people, and they run some weird formula to try and tailor ads towards people...So if the internet knows your a female they might show a different set of ads than they would to a male.

Then there are the times when they are crazily off in their targets.
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47. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
4:34 AM GMT on June 10, 2015
sensitive will be not around this week, Barefootontherocks.

reason for no response.

I've been trying to get that ad, but nothing of that extent ever appears on my end.
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 57 Comments: 51143
46. Barefootontherocks
1:29 AM GMT on June 10, 2015
Oh my gosh, my comment about maybe uneven you know what's being in style is gone - but aqua's comment is still there. I should probably get myself out of the low places.

Really, truly. Are you people going to leave that skanky ad up at the wu - the family weather site where 10-year-olds pretend to be thirteen?

Is the ad gone?
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45. Barefootontherocks
1:22 AM GMT on June 10, 2015
I see my comment with the screen shot of the ad has been removed. If wu continues to allow the ad and whatever that ad click-clicks through to, what's the point of removing my comment containing the ad itself? Good grief. Talk about non-sensical.

Ps. I did try to wumail this ad to you twice, senstivethug, a couple three weeks ago and again today. Today I also put the suggestion it be removed over at the "helpful suggestion" place as your auto-reply directed me to do. Just so you know.
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43. Barefootontherocks
5:44 PM GMT on June 09, 2015
Yeah. Usually I see it on Jeff Masters' current blog page. I'm guessing the only reason this ad continues running is it gets a lot of clicks. Also I use safari's private browsing, so maybe the Google ad bank thinks I like this type of picture. If I let google see what I shop for on amazon I might be seeing ads for cast iron pans or yarn or Mac accessories. LPL
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40. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
4:48 PM GMT on June 07, 2015
Droughtrain
7:50 AM GMT
I click on any one of three viewing options for the forecast but it stays hidden.


Javascript being off in a web browser might be the problem.
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39. DroughtRain
7:50 AM GMT on June 07, 2015
Since ~May 3rd 2015 I can no longer find forecast. I always went to WU for this for years. I click on any one of three viewing options for the forecast but it stays hidden. When I go to other weather resource sites for forecast it displays just fine. I'll keep checking back from time to time to see if WU weather forecast is once again offered. For now, let me take this moment to thank you for many prior years of your hard work and amazing detail and service that I am sure with which many, as I, started their day and planned their week.
Member Since: May 2, 2015 Posts: 0 Comments: 1
38. redhen5
11:36 AM GMT on May 23, 2015
Hey there everyone. Posting from Washington, NH. Cannot believe this cold weather. Here it is the end of May and we had to bring in our potted plants and cover up the others. Have my garden plants, but I think things made it, but the tomatoes may have been set back. Perhaps not, because they haven't set flowers yet.

Making a couple scarecrows today and going over to my community garden plot and the dump later today when it warms up a bit more. Have to check in at the dump "mall" more regularly now that the summer lake crowd is back in town!

Gotta go. The day is calling me, make hay while the sun shines and all that.

Cheers
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36. IBYC
3:49 PM GMT on May 21, 2015
No one ever reads my weather blog.... ever. Why? Because no one can find it. And this is despite the fact that I tell folks the lengthy instructions to go and find it. I can't understand why it's so hard for Weather Underground to simply place a link to it on my PWS's front page. Or at least the "more details" (my term) page. Such a great website yet such a big (but easily solved) over-site.
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35. Parshall
12:53 PM GMT on May 03, 2015
Quoting BriarCraft:
With no way to differentiate between a good photo and one that is great - why bother with any sort of rating? Under this system, both would get "liked". Might as well just show the number of views.

I equate this with the kids' soccer teams where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up and winners don't matter any more.

Just give everyone an 'A'. The other scale didn't help much either. What really helps I think are specific comments about actual elements of the photograph.
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29. Michelle Schlachta , Community Manager (Admin)
6:01 PM GMT on December 28, 2014
Quoting 27. Astrometeor:

Hi sensitivethug, Merry Christmas to you and the WU tech crew.

I have a question after BaltimoreBrian brought to my attention that WU Chat is no longer a function. Does WU have a timetable to bring back the chat function or is it forever gone? A lot of my friends from here were made through that channel, and during storms it was a much quicker spread of material and a fun feed than through Dr. Masters' blog.

Thanks in advance.
Quoting 28. BaltimoreBrian:

Yes there was a crew here which enjoyed the chat. Will chat be reestablished?
Currently there is no plan to re-launch a chat platform on WU. The previous chat feature was hosted by a third party who removed some crucial functionality and tools, making that program less than ideal for posting and moderating content.
28. BaltimoreBrian
5:24 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
Yes there was a crew here which enjoyed the chat. Will chat be reestablished?
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