Monday, August 20, 2007

Hey Friends Users:

Does anyone use and rely on the Friends Preferences page? You can change the name of your friend there, if for some reason their netflix account name doesn't suit you; you can delete Friends there, but you could delete them from anywhere if that was the best reason for keeping this (like in the slider, or on their profile page....) Clearly it would be better if all the Netflix prefs were together somewhere, and this probably isn't the ideal spot... Maybe we should retire it and move some of these functions somewhere smarter. So I wonder: Is this a useful page? Can someone defend it eloquently?

33 comments:

  1. I agree. Do away with it. There is no point having a separate preferences page when it offers so few options.

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  2. I never noticed it till I read this blog and I use friends all the time.

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  3. I'd say do away w/ it...but I'd *love* it if you'd add the option of deciding whether to send Movie Notes as emails (instead of automatically sending them, as you do today).

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  4. I just used it the other day to rename all my friends to the names I know them by. But I can't imagine ever having to do that again, so I don't know how useful the page is.

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  5. I'd like to still have the feature, as I have used it, but it wouldn't matter to me if it moved and it would likely make more sense.

    While we're talking :) - I would like to have an officially supported way to export and import ratings...

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  6. Most of my Netflix friends are from online communities, and thus I know them as a screen name and not their full name. Please don't get rid of the renaming function.

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  7. I have used it for the name change option.. my coworker's real name is John, but i know him as Jason, so it was nice to fix it to be what I know him as... I don't need a full preferences page as long as all the options that are there are still accessable though.

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  8. Michael: I wouldn't shed a tear over losing the prefs page.

    jasmine: Not sure if you know this, but your friends can elect to not receive emails when you leave a Movie Note. It is under their Account Settings page. You might want to give them a heads-up if they are annoyed at getting so many emails like my friends once were...

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  9. How come when I look at "Members With Similar Tastes to You" I see a bunch of movies supposedly rated by me I've never seen? And lal the rating by this "other user" are all 5 stars?

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  10. Spose it hasn't really affected me much so far one way or the other. I'd probably like to have the option to change a name available, but it wouldn't have to be in a seperate area. Dude, whatever you decide is what we get!

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  11. Steve-if you've rated the same movies-it shows their rating and your rating, otherwise the red dots mean you haven't rated it and/or watched it yet.

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  12. I think that most of the preferences can be moved to a general Netflix preferences page. I do like to ability to re-name friends, as I have a few friends with nicknames or shortened names that they go by. It helps me to keep track of everyone. Whatever you decide, thanks for including us in the discussion. :D

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  13. I *never* use it...

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  14. I agree with jasmine why can't it be an option for the sender? I know that the friend can stop them but how many do they have to get before they are annoyed enough to change a setting. Some of my friends aren't that involved with the site.

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  15. Not involved usually leads to the conversation where my friend says
    "stop sending me emails all the time".

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  16. I have renamed my friends (sometimes a spouse's name appears, but I'm communicating with the other spouse, so I change the name). I don't have a problem with it being moved, but would not like to lose the ability to change a name.

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  17. Steve, when you check out a stranger's similarity to you, Netflix only shows their 5 star ratings. I think it has something to do with privacy or that law about rental patterns, but perhaps it is as simple as not overwhelming the user with options.

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  18. michael, from netflixAugust 21, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    @pete
    You are wise beyond your years. Yes, it's not a legal issue, but we don't want to overwhelm everyone. And sometimes it feels too invasive to present EVERYTHING you've rated... we debate showing more here, but in the meantime, just showing 5-star movies seems pretty good.

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  19. why aren't my reviews being published? they completely follow guidlines. i have not had a review published after over a month of trying every other day.

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  20. Dear Netflix,

    Do not publish darkko's movie reviews. If his rude behavior here is any indication, we should be protected from his input. Maybe he should contact Customer Service to ask his stupid questions, and leave us out of it.

    Thank you for filtering his reviews from the website. Keep up the good work.

    --Tim

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  21. I actually check my Netflix from work. I know, shame on me. But I use Netscape work and I can't view the 'Friends' page correctly. If the page was accessible through Netscape, then I would definitely use it more.

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  22. never noticed it until you mentioned it.

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  23. One small thing with the Friends preferences that could perhaps be fixed, wherever it ends up -- at the moment if you rename a Friend, ampersands don't display correctly. They used to, but they don't now.

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  24. i am really starting to despise netlflix. i've been writing reviews for over 2 months without a single one being posted. for no reason either, as i stayed within the netflix guidlines. not to mention, having to wait a week to get a common movie such as 'payback' from across the states in maryland. i'm just about to switch to blockfuster.

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  25. I'm with jasmine! I've stopped writing notes about movies for my friends b/c I dont' want them clogging my friends' e-mail boxes-- but I wish I could actually just leave a note on the site and they could see it when they want to. It used to work like that back when they were "my 2 cents" and it bums me out a lot that I don't have control over this. I think it's rude to send a movie note to someone's personal e-mail. Maybe there's a way to stop it but I don't see one... yours, bonky

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  26. From shaun: “jasmine: Not sure if you know this, but your friends can elect to not receive emails when you leave a Movie Note.’

    You are probably just trying to be helpful but that doesn’t solve the problem for people who don’t want to send e-mails when they leave a movie note. I want to be a help to my friends, not a bother. The friends feature shouldn’t be forcing anyone into these awkward positions. That’s why I don’t use friends anymore though I wish I could. Oh… I don’t use ‘friends’… So pretend you didn’t see me comment here. ;)

    And Umm… Ditto Tim! :)

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  27. i really appreciated to be reading this post, i just wanted let you know..

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  28. I really liked the Preference page and would like to have it back. It's not a page I would use very often, but I just added a new friend and realized that the preferences were gone. It would be nice to edit their name and edit so that their queue tab pops up by default (like the rest of my friends) instead of viewed/rated tab.

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  29. I agree, I really would like to rename some of my new friends. That's how I kept up with them in the past.

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  30. I'd say do away w/ it...but I'd *love* it if you'd add the option of deciding whether to send Movie Notes as emails (instead of automatically sending them, as you do today

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