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[b]We have now added "Limited" as a post visibility / audience option,[/b]
which acts as an intermediate between the other already two existing options of "[b]Public[/b]" and "[b]Private[/b]" post visibility.

[b]Private (Friends/Circle only) posts[/b] have always been completely inaccessible to Google / Search Crawlers / Bots.

The [b]new "Limited Posts"[/b] will also cause your post to be inaccessible to Google / Crawlers, as well as anyone else outside of your audience scope of:
Friends/Circle + Relevant Users [i](those you interact with the most)[/i].


[i][u]The current 3 Modes of Post Visibility, available to all SW users:[/u][/i]

1) [big]Public[/big] = Maximum reach of your shared content

2) [c=665D00][big][u]Limited[/u][/big][/c] = Reduced reach, limited to Friends/Circle + Relevant Users [i](Cannot be Seen/Indexed by Google/Crawlers)[/i]

3) [big]Private[/big] = Friends-Only [i](Cannot be Seen/Indexed by Google/Crawlers)[/i]


[i][u]You can access this "Limited Visibility" feature when:[/u][/i]

[big]A) Creating a New Post[/big]

Simply click on the default "Public" button in the "Visibility" portion [i](Step 3)[/i], to define the post visibility / audience, if you so wish.

[big]B) Editing an Existing Post (New) 鈽锔廩/big]

1) Click on the small 鉁忥笍 [b]Edit [Pencil] Icon[/b], near the top of your existing post.

2) Then click the [b]"Edit Visibility"[/b] option on the resulting prompt.


[big]馃敂 Available for a Limited Time Only:[/big]

[b][u]Limit Posts Audience of All Existing Posts[/u][/b]

To assist users in adjusting their post visibility settings more quickly, to their preferred general choice,

we have now made available for a LIMITED TIME, the ability to change ALL of your Post's visibility settings, in one action.

This can be done by using the "[b]Limit Posts Audience[/b]" option, found at the Account Settings page:


Please note that this limited time feature DOES put additional heavy strain on our operating servers, to process a large number of internal changes consecutively.

For that reason, this option will only be available temporarily, for [u]1 week only[/u].

[u]Note:[/u] Changing the visibility of an existing post that is already Indexed in Google's search results, will not cause "Immediate Changes" to Google's list of results.
This action of updating the results is only controlled by Google.

While changing your post to "Limited" or "Private" visibility will prevent Google from accessing / seeing your post,
it can take some time (days or weeks) before Google updates their search results, and de-indexes your page completely from their listings.


We hope that these changes will accommodate more of our users unique preferences, and that it makes Similar Worlds more easier and comfortable to use and understand.

Kind regards!
[i]- The SW Team[/i]
AndrewAdmin Pinned Comment
[c=004A59][big]Relevant Users:[/big][/c]
[b]Users that you regularly and more recently have [c=1F5E00][u]Positive Interactions[/u][/c] with.[/b]


In order to differentiate between what is [b][c=1F5E00]Positive[/c], [c=665D00]Neutral[/c] and [c=804600]Negative[/c] interactions[/b] / relations between users,
we need additional data metrics to work with.

[c=004A59][b][u]Hence the reason why the[/c] [c=804600][big]"Downvote"[/big][/c] [c=004A59]option was Added.[/u][/b][/c] 馃憥

To "Assist" in more accurately assessing the relationship type between users,
and therefore, progressively improve the relevancy and filtering of feeds and content, so that users can see more of the posts and interesting users they wish to see.


[i][u]For example:[/u][/i]
Two users may follow each other around, and argue a lot, yet not wanting to Block or Mute the other.

This interaction could incorrectly be assumed as "Relevant Users" (as partially happens now), due to the share volume of various interactions that happen between these two users.

All interactions are not equal, and many interactions can have completely opposite implications.

Once we complete and release our first version of our "Smart Algorithms",
users should progressively see less of the users and content they Dislike, and have Negative experiences with.

We know that nothing foolproof, nor can be 100% accurate,
however, we use these data-points, combined with the wide range of customization and filtering options available, to provide the best experience we can, for each and every SW user. 馃憤
DeluxedEdition26-30, F
@Andrew [quote]Once we complete and release our first version of our "Smart Algorithms",
users should progressively see less of the users and content they Dislike, and have Negative experiences with.[/quote]

i think this is [b]not a good idea[/b]. i think this is what makes similar worlds stand out from the other social medias sites that gather information about us to show us relevant topics that we generally like or care about. other sites like facebook, instagram, and twitter are echo chambers that are repetitive in an attempt to make the experience more "pleasant" for the user. When in reality it creates an epistemic bubble.

This is the misfortunate event where relevant voices are actively excluded and discredited. Members of epistemic bubbles lack exposure to relevant information. the user is recycling the same information and never learning anything new because they are not being exposed to any new information.

again please do not attempt to collect information in order to show us content that you assume by your logarithms to be what we "want" to see. This is a very intellectual site and i think one of the most important things about this site is all of the information we are exposed to and being able to ask questions and respond accordingly and we are always learning and elevating
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Hi everyone,

We've just temporarily removed the "Bulk Limit Posts Audience" button, as this is causing issues with our database (slowdowns and deadlocks).

We'll be working on trying to resolve this issue soon.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

The option is still there for individual posts, under the "Edit" button.

EDIT - The button is back again.
@Nuno no worries鈥 I know you鈥檙e all doing the best you can 馃檪
@Nuno I never even knew it was there馃ぃ
JerseyGal51-55, F
Here is the update. 馃檪
[b][c=7700B2]OK dude 馃槉, this is officially BRILLIANT of you guys馃ぉ[/c][/b]

Ans I know myself and many others Will appreciate the extra hours at short notice that you have put in to achieve this.

[big]we are Very grateful... THANKYOU 馃槉[/big]
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Thank you for making it possible to change the visibility settings of our posts in one click.

Thank you for listening and making it easier for us to navigate through all the changes you are making on the site.
@CookieCrumbs so...what are you hiding? 馃. 馃槈
Nothing juicy,really. Even my PM鈥檚 are not that interesting. 馃槈

I just don鈥檛 like it public.
@CookieCrumbs 馃槯 dang!
Thank you for listening to our concerns.
Keepitsimple51-55, F
I LOVE this!!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!
@Keepitsimple big sigh of relief eh? 馃槃
Keepitsimple51-55, F
@OogieBoogie Yes! I like interacting but not at the price of being on google.
@Keepitsimple same.

I like my community here.

It's like a village 馃
At last something reasonable 馃挏
This is all getting way too complicated just to use social media.

I will be deleting my account soon.
MarkPaul26-30, M
@SW-User Yeah, but I was just saying...
@MarkPaul 馃檮馃檮馃檮
MarkPaul26-30, M
@SW-User 馃槕
JesseInTX51-55, M
I am thankful y鈥檃ll did this because it concerned many current and loyal users. That type of privacy has never been my concern but I know it was for many. I would like an answer to two questions I鈥檝e repeatedly asked.

1- with the division the downvote has created why is it still here and why has the membership, especially the overwhelming negative reaction from those who financially support this site, not been addressed? It鈥檚 been completely ignored and that is just not right.

2- when will be able to post stories and experiences directly into groups like we did before? For example, I took a pic of myself nude on the beach today, I went to a group I folllow 鈥淚 have been to a nude beach鈥, I can鈥檛 post directly into that, I have to choose a category (or uncategorized), then pick a subdivision of that. Why can鈥檛 I post directly into the group most associated with the topic?

I鈥檝e been asking these questions over and over with no response. If I do a body positivity post I can鈥檛 post it into a 鈥淚 support body positivity鈥 or 鈥淚 love my body鈥 group, I have to chose from 3-5 options. We follow groups, and posted in groups, because these are our interests. Can I please get an answer?
@JesseInTX did you see the admin post about "what groups would you like to see on SW?

https://similarworlds.com/groups/admin-announcements/4012560-What-groups-would-you-like-to-see-reinstated @JesseInTX
JesseInTX51-55, M
Yep I saw that. Problem is I follow 350 groups and can鈥檛 post a story into any of them. It鈥檚 not about what we want to see reinstated. Why was this option ever eliminated? Why can鈥檛 we share into groups? Of course no one from admin has answered my questions at all. Just leads me to say again my days here are numbered. The admin doesn鈥檛 care about our opinions. I鈥檝e seen many respond to other comments on multiple threads about changes. Maybe they just want me to go away @OogieBoogie
FeetAreFantastic41-45, MVIP
@JesseInTX You can still post in groups, but you have to directly search for them. Search for "nudism" and there you have it!
Thank you so much for doing this. Truly.
Spokeskitties7546-50, M
Does this mean you鈥檙e staying? 馃@summersong
@Spokeskitties75 kinda鈥here鈥檚 a lot of heavy stuff going on at work so I still have to be very careful about what I post until things shake out but it does mean I don鈥檛 have to delete completely 馃
Spokeskitties7546-50, M
@summersong I鈥檓 very happy to hear that!! I love seeing your presence here! 馃槉
JoyfulSilence46-50, M
I want all my new posts to be "limited" by default.

Yet the default setting is "public."

Can you add a way to customize the default setting?
@JoyfulSilence I am pretty sure they don't care,
collateral damage is to be expected.
MeisterAndrew41-45, M
@JoyfulSilence I know what you mean. The new option has no middle ground. My profile is hidden but they could explain this option better. I would also have liked the option to only allow specific members access. This idea of people you follow can see private stuff is weird. SW missed an opportunity to have circles like Google+ did.

It seems that with every step forward there's also a step back. That sucks.
JoyfulSilence46-50, M
@MeisterAndrew What I did is made all my posts "limited" (they had a single button for a short time, to allow this).

For all new posts, I make them "public" so they will show up on the main feed. Then periodically I go through my recent posts and switch them to limited.
So... everyone has one week to hide their stuff from the outside world. I predict a site crash, if ".... this limited time feature DOES put additional heavy strain on our operating servers, to process a large number of internal changes consecutively." And some people taking a break are gonna come back feeling they missed out on special treatment.
AdaXI41-45, T
@SW-User [i][quote] I predict a site crash".... this limited time feature DOES put additional heavy strain on our operating server....s[/quote][/i]
Smartypants, lolz!
Someone get @summersong in here
Adaydreambeliever56-60, F
Sorry SW these are all terrible ideas - I will probably stay but I feel uncomfortable with all these things, especially our posts being able to be viewed by people outside of this site. Awful decision and a temporary fix isn't going to help one bit.
Adaydreambeliever56-60, F
@OogieBoogie I know you meant well. It's fine you tried to help (although the 馃し鈥嶁檧锔 might be seen in another way) it's just I have to be very careful and while I don't post anything that's not true or that I am ashamed of, I DO have to not be searchable if possible.
I am very, very disappointed - it's completely ruined it here for me and I will now have to be much more limited on here
@Adaydreambeliever yep and so do I to a degree.

I'm not totally keen on this change.
But life does that.
I dont agree with it, but then, it's like your neighbour cutting down their hedge... You may have liked the privacy, but it's not your hedge.

All, we can do now use the adaptions they gave us.
And be more conscious.

You could always delete your replies on others posts if you weren't sure.

Oh, and the reason I go um.. Is because I type as I speak, and i try to use emojis as expressively honestly as I can.

There wasn't any sarcasm in my reply at all.
I was just to trying to be helpful.
@Nuno if this is an issue for people, having their replies possibly seen on google... Would you be able to have an icon visable on posts that indicates the privacy level of a post, you know like the moods?

Then they could see which posts are 'limited'.
Is there an icon which indicates that my post has a limited visibility? I tried it out, but unless I check through the edit button, I do not see a difference between public and limited.

I don't need to see it for other users, but for my own posts it would be convenient.
@JerseyGal Not the classic "What does this button do" followed by a self destruct countdown. 馃様
JerseyGal51-55, F
No, it's not.
@JerseyGal I would have liked that. 馃槍
That's it keeping adding functions and pretty soon no one will be talking and sharing here. You will go extinct like Experience project.

Oh, Go ahead and down vote me!
MarkPaul26-30, M
@WillaKissing So, now you're an expert on why Experience Project ended operations?
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Thank you for listening and caring...

Gangstress41-45, F
Thank you Sw Team
It is appreciated
Can we get the option to mass edit all posts permanently? I missed the one week deadline and it's quite annoying. And if that's not possible, will deleting my entire profile get rid of every one of my posts? It is unwieldy to go through possibly thousands of posts and edit (or delete) one by one. 馃檮
ImRileyTheDog22-25, F
Who are the 鈥 Relevant Users鈥?
ImRileyTheDog22-25, F
@TexChik Indeed
@ImRileyTheDog I'm not clear on the "relevant" users either. How does the system differentiate. I was thinking it was those in same groups and topics.
@Magenta same hopefully they clarify that.
AthrillatheHunt51-55, M
Andrew is becoming the break out star among SW mods .
We want more Andrew !

I still have no idea what you wrote though
SnowBlack18-21, F
Soon we'll be spending all our time pressing SW buttons instead of interacting with each other.
@SnowBlack It's a rabbit hole and I see no bottom!
I need someone to explain this to me like I was a 2nd grader
MarkPaul26-30, M
@SW-User You have nothing to worry about. Eat you cookies and drink your milk.
Yes. Thank you. Now I've got to get busy limiting things! 鈽猴笍
Keepitsimple51-55, F
So just to clarify and I鈥檓 sorry I鈥檓 being a pain. I set my preferences to limited so that means only those in my friends list and not those I interact in text only or on the feeds once in purple moon and won鈥檛 show up on google, right?

Never mind. This is for existing posts that it will change to limited. All future posts need to be marked. I got it now!
Miram31-35, F
Thank you. This is awesome.
ServantOfTheGoddess61-69, M
This is awesome. Thank you.
save me time
bless be the sw team
Thank you so much!
ProfessorPlum7770-79, MVIP
[c=800000]A "Thank you" to you and all the others who work tirelessly on this site, making adjustments, improvements, etc. [/c]
JoyfulSilence46-50, M
I was mislead into thinking that "limited" posts would show for everyone on SW, just not show on Google.

So I set all my posts to Limited.

Yet now I see that this means only friends and people I have interacted with will be able to see them. I want all people on SW to be able to see them.

I cannot undo it now.

The key is I did not want my account or posts to show up in a Google search, just like we have the option on not having our profile show up in Google.

So if I want to keep it off Google, yet keep it all free to all on SW, I cannot do that.

If I want it to show up on all SW user's feeds, I must accept it can show up on Google.

Well, at least my stuff will not show up on Google.

The reason for my preference is that in order to see my stuff, I want to force people to join. That extra step may limit nefarious views, or views by bots or people gathering intelligence on the world. Of course, nefarious people can join SW, but it might filter out a lot of nefarious stuff. They at least have to give an e-mail address, right?
AdaXI41-45, T
Understood and thank you.
Isn't it possible jus to make all posts inaccessible to Google,as most thought we were,if we checked that in the setings..after logging on today I saw about 50 posts,I suppose because everyones hiding their posts
@bookerdana They WERE inaccessible. It was one of the most logical SW safety features; we had the choice to whom we show our posts, or not.
But, SW staff have removed it!
@LunadelobosIAMTHEDRAGON that was my point...nobody wants this.NOBODY....
DragonFruit61-69, M
Thank you...I appreciate it.
CountScrofula41-45, M
Makes sense to me!
You did good, baby.
And what about our REPLIES to posts which are wide open?
We (the responder ) should have the choice to also CHOOSE OUR visibility range. Since it's now a show and tell on SW.

Sorry guys, but you are making some pretty illogical calls with respect to our sanity and safety.

Don't you give a care about OUR safety?
@Nuno I can't reply to all of this text (your reply), I am too tired.

I Know you did have it. It was there, and I used it.
I never saw myself in google searches and whenever it stopped being there, well, that's really a huge shame and I feel violated and again, not safe....
So. I am back to square one.

OK. How can I limit visibility on ALL of my posts at once? Yes, that's what I am asking please. Because I can't do it one by one, it's not realistic.

Would you do this?
[quote]@LunadelobosIAMTHEDRAGON I Know you did have it. It was there, and I used it.[/quote]

Ok then, think what you want. Nothing else to discuss. Whenever you can, please read my previous reply.

[quote]How can I limit visibility on ALL of my posts at once?[/quote]

As mentioned in Andrew's post above, you can do so by going to the "Privacy Settings" page and press "Limit Posts Audience".
@Nuno I think this, because I know, and this reality, has been corroborated by more than a few SWeeps.

[quote]As mentioned in Andrew's post above, you can do so by going to the "Privacy Settings" page and press "Limit Posts Audience".
Thank you.

At this point that's the only choice I have,

[u]and just to reiterate, it will NOT be found on a web search? [/u]
This is great. For the newbies, people with maybe a few dozen posts? Sure. Good on ya!

What about us oldies, who have hundreds or thousand(s) of posts? ......

And further more: The KEY protection feature that SW did have, is the option to NOT be visible on Searches i.e. google. [u]That's gone now.[/u]
So to ameliorate this, I have to go back to each post and EDIT my visibility,
dear SW Staff?

Seriously? Why take away that feature and replace it one, which entails an inordinate amount of work???!!!

I am sure we all have better things to do with our lives than edit thousands of posts, yeah. I know I do.
MrBrownstone46-50, M
Gusman61-69, M
Thank you for listening to the members concerns.
A lot of stress was created and with luck, these changes will go a long way to alleviating that stress.
JustNik51-55, F
This is absolutely lovely. I hope it goes a long way to alleviating some of the upset. I also truly appreciated being able to do the bulk change. Thank you! 馃
SledgeHammer46-50, M
@Andrew We appreciate the issues you guys are tackling with all the hard hours put in to making this a better place
@Nuno Just in case.....
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Will we ever be able to see a list of users the system deems as "Relavent?"
@quitwhendone anyone you like a lot
different for every person
so it change for every person and is unique to you
Thank you for all your efforts, although it's not something I cared that much about, I'm sure many will be happy.
SupportVectorMachine31-35, M
That should absolutely be the default.
Keepitsimple51-55, F
That would be nice but I鈥檓 so happy something even was done at all.@SupportVectorMachine
SupportVectorMachine31-35, M
@Keepitsimple Yes. I won't rely on it too heavily though. Indexers are nefarious. Programmatically you can only ask nicely for the crawler to skip over parts and not index them for search engines. The search engine doesn't have to oblige.
Keepitsimple51-55, F
@SupportVectorMachine Don't tell me this. :(
smileylovesgaming31-35, F
Limited kind of seems pointless. All we really need is all or friend's not in between
MissTaken36-40, F
Thank you so much for yet another unnecessary 鈥渋mprovement鈥
carpediem61-69, M
Is there going be a test on all these "improvements"?

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