Thursday, April 29, 2010
CNN iReport Roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly roundtable discussion.

 

We want to hear your ideas for improving the CNN iReport section and making your experience in the community more rewarding. It's been about six months since we redesigned the section, so we want to hear what's working for you and what could work better.

 

If you have any questions, comments or story ideas, we'd love to talk about those too.

Comments will open at 3 p.m. ET. We'll talk with you then.

102 Comments
April 29, 2010
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Hi everyone,

I hope you're all having a good week.

Before we get started I wanted to let you know that we're having a technical problem that is keeping comments from showing up.

Pete and the rest of our developer team are working on the problem now.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

April 29, 2010
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Hello Hello. I'm in Sacramento at the NBA Rookie of the Year press conf.

 

Just popping in quickly :)

April 29, 2010
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Hi Chris,

Nice to hear from you.

April 29, 2010
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looks like it is posting ok for me.

April 29, 2010
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Hello everyone

April 29, 2010
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Hello and happy Thursday to everyone! :)

April 29, 2010
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Hey guys, how's it going. I'm going to pop in for a little bit and then pop out, and then I'll be back. And, uh, pass the popcorn. Should be a good discussion.

April 29, 2010
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The comment problem appears to be on individual iReports.

April 29, 2010
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Very cool @ChrisMorrow.

April 29, 2010
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Whats going on! Its QB, Quintin Barry. Chilling here in San Diego, CA! What it do!

April 29, 2010
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@adriana71

I'm really excited!

April 29, 2010
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So what's on the hit parade?

April 29, 2010
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So while everyone's working their way in for the discussion, I'll go ahead and start with the day's big question.

We're taking a look at the CNN iReport section design to see what we need to do to improve it now that we've been working with it for a few months.

 

We want to hear you're ideas on what works and what we could make better.

April 29, 2010
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I wanted to comment on the the website change. I like most of it!!! The main thing I would change is to make embeded video/photos views count.

April 29, 2010
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Yeah im with Chris. For the main CNN videos (on CNN.COM), it would be really cool to see how many views that video got to judge its popularity.

April 29, 2010
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Hello.

April 29, 2010
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Good luck, Chris.  I've been asking that question for ages. 

April 29, 2010
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For the most part I like the design.

April 29, 2010
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@ChrisMorrow/QuintinBarry -- That would be awesome. We would like that too. Not entirely sure if it's possible, but it would be cool.

April 29, 2010
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Hi all! I'm back in the office today and thought I'd pop in and say hello. Looking forward to hearing your ideas!

April 29, 2010
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Hey, press conf. starts soon. Anyone have a question for Tyreke Evans? NBA Rookie of the Year.

 

and one more thing I'd like on the site: Would be nice to see referring links like you can on youtube.

April 29, 2010
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Is anything planned for the "Bake Sale USA" assignment? 

April 29, 2010
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iReport page suggestion: I shoot HD 16:9 ratio video. I would love the option to have a 16:9 video larger video player rather than the standard 4:3 ratio.

April 29, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy -- Our awesome new food writers are going to be working on that story. I don't know what they have planned, but everything they've done so far has been awesome, so I'm looking forward to seeing it.

April 29, 2010
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Do I detect some unhappiness?

April 29, 2010
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Agreed with @QuintinBarry

April 29, 2010
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@Quintin Great suggestion! I think that's on our wish list, but we'll make sure.

April 29, 2010
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Hello everybody

April 29, 2010
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gotta go.

Have a great day all!

April 29, 2010
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HI all

April 29, 2010
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Thanks, David.  Good to know. 

 

How about displayed submission deadlines for the Travel Section? 

April 29, 2010
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On the our iReport profile pages it would be nice to see more options for contact info. Social Networks like facebook and twitter to connect more with other iReporters. I see lots of iReporters putting 4-6 links that don't turn into hyperlinks in their bio. More Link/IM Options AIM/Skype.

April 29, 2010
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@adriana71 -- It's not unhappiness on our part anyway, it's just been our experience that when you do a site redesign that things don't always work the way you expect them too. Sometimes that's a good thing, but sometimes not as good as you expected.

 

 

April 29, 2010
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I was teasing the ireporters.. no biggee @davidw @everyone.... 

April 29, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy Yep, we're trying to put deadlines on all assignments. Photo of the Day is ongoing, but we'll ask the travel team to put deadlines on Travel Snapshots from now on.

April 29, 2010
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davidw may I ask about facebook and the real name when we share something we like? I don`t like to see my real name when I share soemthing with these new changes with Facebook,

well you know my story and how I am so private on my name thanks

April 29, 2010
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@QuintinBarry We're looking at tweaking the profile pages. So adding option for facebook/twitter linkage would be cool.

April 29, 2010
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Yeah david. Im a twitter addict! =p

Tweet me! @DJQB 

HA!

=]

April 29, 2010
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@Quintin, links on the profile pages tend to get heavily abused by spammers. It's a never ending battle.

April 29, 2010
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@katie - Thanks.  :o)

April 29, 2010
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@Larena -- I don't know if it is possible to recommend something without it showing your real name. If there is a way, I think it would be in your facebook privacy settings.

You may want to check there.

April 29, 2010
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I see the spamming issue. But what if only Superstars and other highly contributing iReporters got the link feature.

April 29, 2010
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thanks davidw someone just recomended me to open a new facebook account I think that would work thank you

April 29, 2010
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thanks everybody enjoy your weekend

April 29, 2010
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Bye @larena

April 29, 2010
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davidw that is a great idea to check on my privacy settings I will try that too thank you again that will help me a lot

April 29, 2010
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Hey everybody - just wanted to hop in and say hi. Love the ideas so far. Keep 'em coming. One thing we've thought a little about is making profile pages more flexible so that people can highlight their own best work. Does that feel like something you might use/enjoy?

April 29, 2010
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One of the other things we're working on is the badge system we've been talking about for a while. So we can have different recognitions for different achievements instead of just superstar/not superstar.

April 29, 2010
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Ryn

I can recall "back in the day" there was a lot of complaining about the ireporter page not rotating enough, the same faces constantly. There are more than 30 "super stars" (still dislike that title) anyway the page was changed and was rotating nicely until the new site started up. Now we are back to the same thing, not that the ireporter's up there don't deserve it, but then so did those of us that were up there before it was changed and suddenly disappeared into oblivion.

This is a very old issue but still bugs many.

April 29, 2010
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@everyone hello from New Mexico

@lila YES to customization!

April 29, 2010
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@Lila That would be great idea. @davidw Hmm,I don't knowa about offering differnt badges,it may cuz more agnst.Keep it simple.Just a thought

April 29, 2010
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@Ryn -- We're hoping that once we get the badge system we'll be able to highlight different accomplishments and make that more dynamic.

April 29, 2010
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@davidw kind of like foursquare badges? different ones for different accomplishments?

April 29, 2010
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@Ryn - I don't understand the whole "Super Star" thing. 

 

I mean, look at the page...  It makes no sense to me most of the time.  Is it based on page views (again, galleries don't count views)?   Number of vetted iReports?  The number of comments an iReporter spends posting on their own reports all day?  I don't get it and I don't understand what is considered of "value." 

 

Would you please fill us in, staff?

April 29, 2010
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@adriana71

HuffungtonPost just started a new badge system. It is pretty neat in that weights real participants and positive users from the flamers.

April 29, 2010
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@adriana71 what we're hoping to do with the badges is put the emphasis on activities instead of just page views and comment counts.

I don't know if any of you use foursquare.com, or 12seconds.tv, but that's sort of the model.

 

Some badges would be easy to get "First post" "Added phone number" or something like that. Others, such as "participated in all weekend assignments," would be harder.

 

They'd also be permanent, so you wouldn't have the fickleness of the current superstar thing.

April 29, 2010
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and @davidw I think all of us would really appreciate it if the badges could be more dynamic. Perhaps more like the "honors" system on YouTube for different regions/categories/achievements?

April 29, 2010
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Where did my comment go?  I was asking about "Super Stars" and how that is determined. 

April 29, 2010
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@davidw Well,I would like that kind of system.If it has a base in math. We should be good.

April 29, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy -- The short explanation of the Superstar thing was that it worked pretty well when we launched in 2008, but we've outgrown that system.

 

That's why we're working on the new system.

April 29, 2010
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My comment is back.  Weird.  Wild.  Wacky.  :o)  Anyway....

 

Please answer if you would.  Now, I have to get back to work. 

 

Ciao, everyone.  Have a lovely weekend. 

April 29, 2010
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@adriana71 -- Some would be based on math: 10 posts or something like that, others would be based on activity: do a photoclub project, get a badge.

We're still working out details, but that's the thinking.

April 29, 2010
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Ok, guys I have to go. Publix beckons my name. I'll come back read the comments. Ciao one and all.

April 29, 2010
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Ryn

You are so right about that David.

Will be glad to see something new.

April 29, 2010
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@davidw Tres Bien...adios mi amigos..

April 29, 2010
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Ryn

Gypsy You know what I am talking about

Perhaps at long last it will change

April 29, 2010
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Hello, my name is Misael Dominican Republic, I love the new design of PAGI iReport, but I like that his team had one person contact us in Spanish, I explained, when I get news that matters to cnn and I telephone, the interview makes me in English but my English is not very good I always ask them to send to me my email and then a google translator is what you ask me. so if in our case would have someone who speaks Spanish is perhaps more fluid communication. you ask me, because those not sending news to CNN in Spanish?, but I did and nobody answered me in Spanish, but if you can is my humble suggestion.

April 29, 2010
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Just to let everyone know. I don't have an ETA for any of these changes. It can take a while to get everything designed, approved and built.

April 29, 2010

@David - how come you cannot see all the people your following in your following list?  When I go in there, I only see I think 10 of them.  I want to remove the ones that are no longer here and cannot get to them or see who I am really following.

 

Thanks

April 29, 2010
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Ryn

That's ok David The RoundTable took awhile to get going too.

April 29, 2010
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I agree the superstar status needs to be updated.  I see some abuse on that.

April 29, 2010
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Hi everyone.

 

What if your reports are based on community new and events would the badges system address that and how will it work?

April 29, 2010
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@TJCIII, we'll investigate.

April 29, 2010
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Hey everyone, jumping in too.

April 29, 2010
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Hi @misael -- We do have Spanish-speaking contacts at CNNMexico.com and in the CNN newsroom. Sometimes they're not available though.

Most of the time, our conversations won't be used on TV, so if we have to stumble through each others' language it's no big deal.

It's preferable to have someone who speaks Spanish talking to you, but I can guarantee that your English is better than my Spanish

 

April 29, 2010
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I'm back for just a second....

 

Why can't I see my "on CNN" iReports when I click on the "on CNN" tab in my account?  It always just takes me back to the "My Stuff" page without any submissions (not the "view my profile the way others see it" page?

April 29, 2010
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Hi @sindeyaking nice to have you.

As I said, this is very much a work in progress, but some badges would be based on participating in an assignment others might be for number of assignments.

 

If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to shoot me an email at david.williams@cnn.com

April 29, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy - Not sure why that is, we'll see what we can figure out.

April 29, 2010
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Joyful....I can never see my On CNN tags either unless I log out, I guess we just can't see our own for some reason.

April 29, 2010
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Jajajajajaja my English is better than your Spanish through google traslate and because I visited the United States several times to do work of a photojournalist and I had the problem of language especially when I have hunger, so I had to learn English to survive over jajajajajaja when I'm in danger.

 

but he is right when there is good news, the pictures speak for themselves.

 

have a nice day

April 29, 2010
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@KCRep JoyfulGypsy -- Sounds like that might be a design thing we want to tweak. Thanks

April 29, 2010
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Thanks, David and KCRep.  Now, I really have to go.  G'bye.   :o)

April 29, 2010
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Joyful....Don't forget the new assignment of "gardens" you have the most wonderful garden I have ever seen in my life!!!

April 29, 2010
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Since it's just about time to pack up, does anyone have any other questions or comments?

April 29, 2010
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Ryn

Ditto on KC's comment

April 29, 2010
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Thanks David will try to think about it.

April 29, 2010
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Thanks everyone, it was good to talk to y'all.

We'll add these ideas to our CNN iReport wishlist.

If you have any more suggestions feel free to shoot me an email, or share them at next week's meeting.

Bye

April 29, 2010
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Hey! First off, really liking CNN IReport! I'm getting way more into it.

I was wondering, can you make it so we can choose the thumbnail for our videos? I don't like it when the thumbnail is of my face talking when the story is about something else for instance.

Also, can a reporter ever delete a story off their "my stuff" page?

 

April 29, 2010
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I would like to see a chat room with designated topics for varoius times so we can discuss issues in real time. That would also help us connect with other people that are intrested in writing a similar story so we could work together.

April 29, 2010
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Hello, everyone, it worked!

April 29, 2010

This is not where you post info about immigration this is a blog for conversations about ireports and problems we are having or new suggestions. Weekly Thursday meeting.

April 30, 2010
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If any one comes back to read this, sorry I wasn't able to attend, but I also have some suggestions. I agree that it would be great to be able to pick a thumbnail for your video iReports. Usually, the photo that appears has nothing to do with the story. Also, would it be possible to give us the ability to remove iReports that failed to load and show up on our uploaded count? I have about twenty such reports. I think that's it for now. Thanks and have a great weekend, y'all!

April 30, 2010
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Hi Celtic Music blogger here from the Philippines. My first time joining and I am getting the hang of it.

May 2, 2010
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CNN use unknowledge reporter to interview PM of Thailand on yesterday. Why big organization as CNN use stupid reporter like this to work in the organization. She asked the foolish question by did not khow the fact. Present Thai Government come from election,they didn't come from the revolution. This event reflexs the poor management of CNN which may lead to conflict between USA and Thailand. We as one people of Thailand have strongly to reprobate this poor action of CNN.

May 2, 2010
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CNN use unknowledge reporter to interview PM of Thailand on yesterday. Why big organization as CNN use stupid reporter like this to work in the organization. She asked the foolish question by did not khow the fact. Present Thai Government come from election,they didn't come from the revolution. This event reflexs the poor management of CNN which may lead to conflict between USA and Thailand. We as one people of Thailand have strongly to reprobate this poor action of CNN.

May 2, 2010
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CNN use unknowledge reporter to interview PM of Thailand on yesterday. Why big organization as CNN use stupid reporter like this to work in the organization. She asked the foolish question by did not khow the fact. Present Thai Government come from election,they didn't come from the revolution. This event reflexs the poor management of CNN which may lead to conflict between USA and Thailand. We as one people of Thailand have strongly to reprobate this poor action of CNN.

May 2, 2010
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Did the GOP Rep. Pete Hoekstra hear himself about discusses whether Michigan is better off than it was four years ago?  I wonder where was he four years ago when his party was taring this country apart? We finally moving forward in positive direction, financially, politically and respectfully as a nation.  Please Mr. Hoskstra next time you discussion about the economy thank Pre. Obama and his administration for their hard.  And no thanks to all of you who are trying so hard to fail him and his administration.    

May 3, 2010
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NY Times Square Video:

I looked at least 10 times at the surveillance video of a man taking his sweater off. I do not think his behavior is showing any rush to get away from the area, and after packing his clothing into the bag, he never looked back once. I think that this individual was too hot walking with the sweater on and decided to get rid of it.

In my opinin, the police has the wrong suspect.

Respectfully, Rudysquality

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