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Welcome to the new Which? Conversation

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Welcome to the new Which? Conversation website. Read on to hear about some of the site’s new features.

Following feedback from our community, we’ve been hard at work redeveloping Which? Convo. I’m very pleased to unveil it today, and I’d love to hear any feedback you have. Here’s a brief round up of some of the new features, but I’m happy to answer any questions you have in the comments.

Finding conversations you’re interested in

There are now nine Which? Convo topics – find them at the top of the site or on our homepage. So if you want to chat about slow broadband speeds, head on over to Technology. Peeved about supermarket special offers? Shopping’s where you need to be.

Within each topic you’ll find communities of people interested in the same stuff, so watch out for car enthusiasts in Motoring or financial experts in Money.

Your own profile

Everyone now has their own profile, not just authors!

Sign in with your existing Which? Convo credentials, then have a look at your profile to find a list of all the comments you’ve made. If there have been any replies to your comments, you’ll be notified of them here too. You can even @mention people in your comments – try @patrick and I’ll be alerted!

You can add some information about yourself, including any hobbies and interests. This will help others with similar interests find you in our new Community Members search page. And if you find someone you like, you can add them as a friend – this means you can more easily see what they’ve been talking about by filtering by ‘My friends’ on our Recent Activity page.

Recent activity

What’s the Recent Activity page? Well we heard you loud and clear that you were fed up with only being able to see just nine of the latest comments on our homepage. So rather than just increasing the number of comments you could see by a small amount, we thought we’d let you access all the comments that have ever been made in the past five years. That’s what the Recent Activity page is for – you can filter by comments, Convos, what your friends are saying, and more. If you want to come back to one of those comments so you can reply later, add it as a ‘favourite’ then you can filter by just your favourites too.

Got an idea for a convo?

You can now share your ideas for new conversations in our Ideas lounge. And if you’re not feeling inspired, why not vote for the ideas others have shared?

We’ll regularly check out your ideas and will be interested to see how popular they are with the community. We’ll let you know whether we’ve picked one of your ideas and may be in touch to ask if you’d like to write it!

Much, much more

You now have the chance to edit your comments for 15 minutes after you posted them, meaning you can now say goodbye to those peskey pesky typos. If you feel so inclined, you can sign in with your Twitter, Facebook or Google+ account – that makes registration all the quicker and will use your name and photo from your chosen account.

There are all sorts of other new things that I’ll leave you to discover, but in short welcome to the new Which? Convo! I know it’ll take some time to get used to, but I hope you like it. Of course, as with any new site launch there will be things we need to fix, so if you spot anything, please just add a comment here and I’ll look into it. Finally, a big thanks to all those who were involved in testing the website – we couldn’t have done it without you.

If you need any help finding your way around the new Which? Conversation, we have a Help Getting Started guide as well as a Frequently Asked Questions guide.

If you would like to discuss the closure of Which.net, you can do so in this dedicated discussion area.

Comments

@jon-stricklin-coutinho

Being the weekend when people think sites are unmonitored, I see another lot of site spammers this morning with the same name. Can you ban certain words from IDs?

We can do, though that wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem (and would likely create similar objections to what we’ve seen with the content filter – not that we have a lot of people using those words as their name or user ID though).

At the moment these spam accounts are prevented from posting on the site at all without our intervention, and we’re sweeping through each week to remove them from activity feeds and elsewhere that they pop up. How they’re registering in the first place – and thus how to restrict or prevent that – is a solution we’re working on too.

You could add questions which would require some knowledge of W? to answer. Not a complete solution, of course; but that’s currently unachievable, I suspect.

Cass says:
14 January 2021

After recently adding a comment, I was taken to a webpage asking me to sign in, with email address and a user name. I put in my email, but the username was already filled in with ‘Beatrix’ – NOT my username, and the comment that ‘Beatrix’ could not be used as the name was already taken. I then abandoned, only to find that my comment had been posted anyway.

@jon-stricklin-coutinho Hi Jon – I see that someone has managed to post in the original Lobby, which had been locked: https://conversation.which.co.uk/home-energy/the-lobby/#comment-1616179

And I was able, unwittingly, to reply to the comment.