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Added: Dec-8-2011 By: LL_Hayden

Welcome to the official LiveLeak blog. In here we'll be posting about developments, issues, and anything else related to the site.

It's about damn time we had another blog!

Entry Added: Jul-6-2017 By: LL_Hayden

Hi All,

I'm sorry the lack of updates recently. There hasn't been too much I can really blog about and posting about my dinner or what my pets have been up to doesn't seem like the right thing to do.

As many of you are aware we've been beavering away for what seems like an eternity on the v3.0 upgrade for LiveLeak and while I'm not going to divulge any of the tech improvements or developments at this point there are a couple of things I'd like to put out there.

The first of these is to do with moderation. I fully understand that no matter what some people will always find something to be annoyed about when having rules applied to them but that doesn't mean we can massively improve our systems. We're working on making moderation a little more transparent and provide more information as to why you've been moderated allowing you to make a more informed decision as to whether you accept there has been a breach of our rules on your part or if we've made a mistake. It'll certainly leave less room for interpretation.

We'll also be working on our rules to try and improve clarity and see if there's anything missing. At this point we're not looking at adding any new rules as such, we just want to make sure they are clear and concise.

Another thing I do really want to mention here and that is we wish to ensure you know exactly where you stand with LiveLeak, what our values are, and what our responsibilities are to you. Think of it as a constitution of sorts though we aren't turning LiveLeak into a democracy. I just believe it's important that we spell out exactly where we stand so that everyone can know and call us to task should it become required. I realise this might sound like some nonsense PR exercise but after over ten years of steadfastly remaining independent and not putting out hollow mission statements it couldn't hurt to put it all down for all to see.

Last one, and this is a little bit techy, and it has to do with streaming. v3.0 will bring with it a hugely improved streaming platform. We think this is a key area for LL going forwards and we want to make sure it is available to all. We're working on improving every aspect of streaming through the site from ingestion through to promotion and awareness. Personally I can't wait to see what comes through once we have a more mature streaming solution in place.

Okay, that's really all there is for now. I will update you when I can on the dev aspects. Feel free to comment below and if you really want to be wild and crazy you could even comment on topic!

Cheers

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Got a question?

Entry Added: May-17-2017 By: LL_Hayden

A couple of weeks back we did a LiveLeak show which was pretty much all about LiveLeak, I enjoyed it very much. We need more of this kind of thing. In light of this if you have any questions about LL get them to me and I'll answer them to the best of my ability.

Whether it's about content partnerships, LL History, thumbs, or even why I manage to be so damn sexy despite being fat and bald just post them and I'll have a go. You can leave questions below in the comments but there are even better ways of getting them answered. Send a PM to www.liveleak.com/c/the liveleak show or better still actually Skype in because that's always cool.

I'd also like to get LiveLeakers you guys want to know more about on the show so we'll figure out a mechanism to get that rolling.

So, got a burning question? Ask it! Oh, I won't be answering questions in the comments below, that seems counterproductive no matter how much I enjoy playing.

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Thumbs!

Entry Added: May-5-2017 By: LL_Hayden

Hi,

I realise people are a little upset over the removal of the thumb down button. Last night on the show I outlined our reasons for removing it but I know not everyone could, or wanted, to watch so here it is in a nutshell.

When we introduced the thumbs down (we were just thumbs up for a while) there was an outcry of how it would ruin the site. When we took it away for a while, the same. When we stripped anonymity we had effectively killed the comments or so we were told. Throughout its history it has been a drama generator with at least a few hours each week lost to dealing with members annoyed at being thumbed down e.t.c.

We're all aware there has also been some massive abuse of the system (and we're now pretty sure we've finally found a couple of you, we'll be talking to you soon you naughty little sausages) along with general abuse of it all leading to more issues. It's something which eats time for something that adds so little.

Currently there is massive amount of work going on behind the scenes as we work towards the next upgrade to the site. We don't have unlimited funds or facilities and time is precious so anything which gets in the way of that without reasonable value is going to put way on the backburner. Unnecessary distraction are just that, Unnecessary.

I personally believe working on an upgrade which, among many other features, will include a new and more transparent moderation system is far more important than dealing with a thumb down issue. That is why it has been removed. If you can't play nice with your toys we have to take them away and fix them, ordinarily we'd have made changes but time...always time.

People have claimed it takes away from their freedom of speech, that it removes their freedom of expression, that it's wrong and makes us all precious snowflakes for taking it away. To those accusations I'd like to point out you made your opinion known without them and you might be overreacting just a touch.

As for complaints, complaints about thumbs were in now way the sole providence of liberal or "leftist" members. It turns out snowflakes are everywhere and the levels of whining and complaining about a damn thumb down have been ridiculous. You can express your displeasure with a comment, I've never liked the thumb down because - to me - it's an apathetic murderer of debate or discussion. It's a quick and dull "fuck you" without adding anything. But each to their own.

I realise people have far more exciting ideas as to why we took the button away but what's here is it. Will it return? Maybe, it's a possibility. That would all depend on when time can be made to address some key problems with it. We'll see. What won't help is screaming like an angry child, you'd be amazed at how that utterly fails to motivate people to give you what you want.

I'm actually genuinely sorry if we removed a feature you enjoyed, that's never something you want to do, but sometimes you have to.

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