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Testing the New Version of beBee

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Three days ago, Javier informed us that a new version of beBee is launched. Many of us, the last Mohicans who still write on this platform, were thrilled with that information. The long-promised improved version is finally here!

What we got is a beta version. It is a version of the website that isn’t yet completely ready. Despite that, Javier and his team decided to leave the old platform and made this new version of beBee available to all usersΒ for testing and feedback. We all are now reliable beta testers. Β 

Some important features we had within the old version are missing, and some new features were introduced. The future improvement and fixes will be based on users' feedback and suggestions. It means that we all participate in creating a new and better beBee. That sounds exciting and promising, provided our suggestions will be heeded.Β 

After testing the new version for a few days, I can say that a lot of work still has to be done. I'm not going to list all the bugs, errors, and missing features because things are improving daily. I would like to mention only a few fixes that need to be done quickly, which, in my opinion, are important for achieving continuity between the old and the new platform:Β 

  • Restore active groups created in the old version
  • Restore the message threads which completely disappeared
  • Import all missing images in blog posts
  • Restore missing blog posts statistics

While I was writing this article, I realised that some formatting features we had in the old version are also missing. We can't tag people inside the post, and the quotation mark icon is missing.Β 

According to @Javier 🐝 CR,  the new beBee is designed to be a more direct, simple, and more comfortable place to write. Still, I have certain doubts about the concept of searching by countries, which I don't find simple but confusing. 

My biggest complaint, as it was with the old beBee, is the lack of beBee support. Every serious social media site has a Help page where users can find answers to questions about bugs, glitches, and other issues, but also ask for additional guidance and help.Β 

We all hope that ironing out all the performance issues won't last too long, and we'll soon enjoy all the functionality. Javier promised it would be in two weeks. For now, the website traffic is poor. I believe it is because many users are still confused with all the changes that happened suddenly and the platform that is not fully functioned.Β 

I look forward to starting to engage with all my beBee friends on this new and improved site. beBee was and, hopefully, continue to be a place many of us feel at home.

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Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 weeks ago #26

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

4 weeks ago #25

@Javier 🐝 CR 

 

You probably know .. jest mentioning 

Attempt to edit article  .. β€œ500 error”

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #24

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 month ago #23

@Lada 🏑 Prkic 

Thank you for this post - shared update - shared priorities 

  • Restore active groups created in the old version
  • Restore the message threads which completely disappeared
  • Import all missing images in blog posts
  • Restore missing blog posts statistics

I did post on @Javier 🐝 CR  page of progress  .. several other things .. one being β€œYIKES”

.. one post - totally disappear .. 

it was my most viewed (-19K) & most comments .. as irony would have it 

β€œThe Fractal State of Humanity” .. kind of drives home that brokenness governs people & processes 

 

.. So hoping it will reappear with all stats

 

Well said Lada - I add β€œAmen” (agreement)

Corrective .. β€œfeedback IS essential - honest, objective and specific feedback. And it is not about being critical but being honest for the  benefit of all users on this platform”

 

Wishing all the engaged & engaging bees .. a rest-full weekend πŸ’›

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #22

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

1 month ago #21

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

1 month ago #20

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

1 month ago #19

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

1 month ago #18

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

1 month ago #17

Good wishes to beBee team in redesigning this very social affinity platform. One thing, in this new version, I rarely see serious spammers around - may be they are finding hard to load their content.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #16

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

As with any Beta version, there will be glitches. I feel @Javier 🐝 CR and staff are working hard toward a smooth running site. Anyone that uses WordPress has most likely been subjected to the beta version of their new block editor. WP's move from the Classic Editor to blocks has been anything but smooth. I agree with Renee, feedback is essential, and thank you, Lada, for creating a post we can all identify with. Keep on keepin' on. 😎

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 month ago #14

The current flurry of activity by a few, including you and me, Lada, and @Javier 🐝 CR ’s repeated positive responses and explanations of our platform’s evolving status, makes me optimistic that, between us all, we’ll achieve something better. Change is always difficult to manage, and can be a bitter pill to swallow for those of us experiencing it. My gut tells me, however, that we’ll come out of this tunnel with a much better set of blogging tools. I just hope that those bees who appear to have been shocked into silence over the last few days will stay aboard the current beBee Magical Mystery Tour and be able to eventually share in what can only result in benefits  for all of us. 
 

Every gain means a little pain, 

As we all can plainly see, 

In a wee while longer, we’ll all be stronger, 

Let’s support this new beBee. πŸ€—
 

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

1 month ago #13

Anything new is a little awkward at first. Before you know it, you'll be blogging and commenting with your eyes closed. I'm sure @Javier 🐝 CR and his team are working hard on making the platform better than ever. Feedback is essential and you've done well, Lada, in pointing out these missing features.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

1 month ago #12

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #11

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

1 month ago #10

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #9

@John White, MBA please read my comments below

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #8

Some new features added on beBee are:

 

  • Your Blog lists all my previous posts year by year
  • You can search blogs of others by country
  • You can insert photos in your comments and simple emojis.
  • You can delete comments that you don't like (trolls, etc) from others in your posts.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #7

@Jim Murray , please read below ;-) thanks for your feedback ;-)

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #6

@RenΓ©e  πŸ Cormier  FYI, thanks also for your feedback ;-)

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #5

I am infinitely grateful for your constructive criticism, thank you very much for letting me know what you are missing. But I update you how everything is going on :-)

 

1.- Normal searches of the "worldwide" content. It is something pending to put into production.
Notifications to your followers when you write. Pending status.


3.-Mentions in articles to contacts in your network. It is already done.


4.- Images/hives that are not seen. We are having serious problems with the old platform, and that is the reason why there are still images that are not seen. We hope to solve this problem.


5.- Views of the articles. It is also something pending to put in production.


6- Support. You have support@bebee.com, but the important, ideas or important suggestions I prefer that you send them directly to me in private message, or here as a comment.


7.- Login, not having to choose country. It is pending to be put into production

 

As I told you, the reason for such urgency in changing the platform is because the new one already allows us to make changes in an agile way and we are sure that we will meet your expectations for the future.

 

I don't think I left anything out, if so, please send it to me in a private message or here as a comment :-)

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #4

@Pascal Derrien  @Ken Boddie  Hi Ken!

 

1.- We are already working so that you don't have to choose your country and you can see everything "worldwide". Theoretically you can mention from an article someone who is in your network ( i.e. someone who follows you and you follow him/her ) , if not please tell me. I have seen that @Lada 🏑 Prkic  has been able to mention me in an article.

 

2.- The hives and pending images we are trying to migrate with many problems (because the old platform is giving us a lot of headaches), I have already seen that you have created the beBee Coffee Hive https://au.bebee.com/hive/cafe-bebee. We have changed the name to simply groups because unfortunately that is what everyone understands. But for me they are still hives.

Hugs to all and have a nice weekend !

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 month ago #3

Getting there and like any change there are some issues. I really want this to be a success albeit I find it very difficult to interact at the moment and  feel I am a bit blind. I think I have lost 96% of my groups  & followers. Search by country is not a great idea as default log in, groups search is empty but I noted the support mail. good luck with the fixes :-)

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #2

Please feel free to report any bugs, glitches, and other issues to support@bebee.com

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

1 month ago #1

Thank you for passing on your concerns, especially Lada @Lada 🏑 Prkic , Jim @Jim Murray and Ken @Ken Boddie . All your concerns will be resolved with a little more time and I am absolutely certain that we will now be improving all the time because we have the capacity to do so and we are hamstrung on the old platform. Hugs to all of you who have been with me here since 2016.