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Oshyan Greene
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I'm... kind of shocked. Saddened. But I guess I shouldn't be. Apparently, rather than fix the data loss issue on mobile with bookmark notes (you lose your notes if you "unbookmark" a business, and there's no confirmation in the app when you do so), you decided instead to add the same absurd data loss flaw to the DESKTOP version! What the holy hell is wrong with you people?

So now if I'm looking at a business and I have a note, great it shows at the top of the business listing and I don't have to click the Bookmark button to read my note. Minor improvement, yay! But what if I do press that familiar Bookmark button that I used to use to access said notes? Oh, my notes are instantly gone with no notice or confirmation. Irretrievable it seems (someone knows otherwise? I hope so).

This is insanity. Seriously, who is doing the UX design and testing? Perhaps nobody? Sure, I get it, there's a new, tiny, text link for "edit note". That's fine. But shouldn't the Bookmark also edit the note instead of just instantly removing the bookmark and any notes? Yes, yes it should.

sigh I'm really not sure why I keep bothering. I mean it's nice to see some attention paid to bookmarks... I think... although I keep fearing you're going to just do away with them entirely, especially after the recent removal of the "type" of bookmark (to review, to visit, etc.). Hopefully this is just a temporary screw up and you guys are actually working on making bookmarks better. Because they're a really neglected and potentially very important feature! Or so says little old me.

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There is a species of crab called the Pom Pom Crab that carries around sea anemones on its claws which it uses for defense and food gathering. And at some point in its life it actually does a literal pom pom dance. Nature, I love you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKMxRBYQs5k

+James Hurley I joined the Yelp beta test group here more than a year ago with the intention of reporting some specific, major issues I found, and testing new and interesting features relevant to me. I reported a severe bug in the bookmarking functionality on the app that causes immediate and unrecoverable data loss of information which is only accessible in the website version of Yelp. I got a reply saying bookmarking was going to be improved but so far it hasn't and  I have since mentioned this issue several times, and each time have received a similar reply ("improvements are coming"). 

I have been patient and hopeful. But dammit, NOTHING of real substance or value has been done with bookmarks in more than a year. I know you guys had a major app redesign to get out the door with Android Material Design, I get that it might have caused delays. But all I ever see here in the updates and discussion basically amounts to fan service -  fixing bugs for people with really busy activity feeds (you poor dears!), making sure people get their comps, dealing with limitations on photos, improving event listings (I hardly knew there were so many events before joining this group, I've never been to one, don't necessarily care to), etc. etc. Sadly none of this actually helps with any of the ways I use Yelp. There are minimal-to-no improvements in the way searching and matching works, and almost zero changes to bookmark functionality over the past year, two of the most important things the app does in my view.

Meanwhile the bugs that get reported, aside from the crashes (and even many of those), are almost invariably from a Yelp Elite about some pretty much Elite-specific problem. And these wonderfully active and busy folks are great but, news flash, they do not represent the vast majority of your users. What these people want is surely important, but they are a tiny fraction of your userbase. Sure they're evangelists, but who hasn't heard of Yelp by now?

I don't hear any of my Yelp-using friends ever talking about getting a comp or comment or anything like that. They don't care. They may write the occasional review, they might even get comps for all I know, but they don't care, and they certainly aren't worried about missing any in the Yelp mobile app! Most people do not use Yelp like a social network (emphasis on the social), yet the focus here seems to be very much on the social features, rather than the review and discovery functionality that is/was (and hopefully remains) the core of Yelp and its most useful capability for most average people.

What you need are more and better features, and frankly, features that work. Try making a bookmark and a few notes on the desktop website version of Yelp, then go access them when you're out and about trying to figure out which of your nearby bookmarks you want to try. Oh, nevermind, you can't. And if you don't know that and click that Bookmark button (which is highlighted to tell you that it's already bookmarked), whoops, there go all your notes! It's frankly absurd that the data loss bug hasn't been fixed yet (and it was there long before I reported it, 2-3 years old at least!), and it's almost as absurd that the notes from the desktop version (a very valuable feature!) aren't accessible on the mobile version where you'd most probably want to read them.

I'm in the process of trying to shift over to Foursquare and it's going pretty well. I like their approach better in some ways, and their recommendations are at least as relevant. The only major problem so far? No notes on bookmarks! Did I bookmark that hole-in-the-wall falafel joint because of the falafel? Oh, no, apparently it's terrible, but they do have amazing baklava. Wish I'd known that before I decided to try the falafel based on my bookmark (which I couldn't read the notes for), assuming that it was for their main offering. Oh effing well. If you fix Bookmarks in the Yelp Mobile App (or, woah, even improve them), Foursquare goes in the bin. My main interest in it at this point is that they at least seem more focused on innovation and improvement of core features that are useful to many average people.

So please tell me that anyone at Yelp gives a crap about regular, average users of your service (and your mobile app in particular). Please make me believe it by working on features that matter.

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Peek-a-boo octopu... (ss). (shame about the flash though) https://vimeo.com/127016860

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The one thing really missing from California's awesom weather... https://vimeo.com/110140870

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Holy good gravy, this is amazing! https://youtu.be/SQggDnScsvI

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Holy shit, did I just get tingles watching a damn Star Wars trailer? sigh Don't let me down JJ... https://youtu.be/ngElkyQ6Rhs

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Ahhh, this is why I got into rock collecting as a kid. sigh http://www.boredpanda.com/amazing-stonesminerals/
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