The New G+ - are they trying to kill Communities?
I know, the marketing literature claims that collections and communites are the new focus. But the changes they have made to +Google+
seem to run counter to that claim, especially as regards communities.Post Visibility
In the old G+, I see all posts made to the community I moderate, even if the poster has blocked me. I can't comment, but I can read the post and delete if necessary. In the new G+, I don't see posts made by someone who has blocked me. And if another member shares a post from that person, I don't see it either. This has to be fixed. I have reported it, assume it is an error. But it's a serious one.Moderator List
in the old G+ members could at least see who the moderators are, if they could figure out what the little star meant overlaid on the avatars of the members. That's gone now. The "clean" redesign sacrifices information that would be helpful to members.Flag the Moderators
still not possible. I've been asking for years for our members to have the ability to flag a post or comment for moderator review - so that they could flag it and all moderators are notified to have a look - and the members don't have to stop, navigate elsewhere, create a new post, tag one or more of the moderators that they remember, and make their comment. All in the hopes that the moderators have their notifications set to receive notifications from everyone so that they will GET the message.Categories
now hidden under a dropdown, so the casual community viewer doesn't see them or know they existHome Stream
the category of the post is no longer shown. So are categories effectively deprecated?Community Search
With the lost of the ability to search the community, and the hidden nature of categories on the community page, and the fact that the category is no longer shown when viewing community posts via the home stream, I can only conclude one thing...
Communities are just for "view and move on" purposes rather than any kind of reference to past conversations or topics. Anything other than "happening right now" is so de-emphasized as to be rather irrelvant.
This is disappointing.
I take my understanding of what kind of behavior is encouraged not by what the marketing literature says, but by what the interface actually allows, prevents, makes easy, or makes difficult.
It seems as if communities aren't really emphasized here. There never have been adequate tools provided to encourage the creation and sustenance of really good active communities. Hard to believe it could have gotten worse, but it did. It got much worse.
Have I misunderstood?