Is this site on it's way out?

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  • BehindTheDarkVeil

    I feel like you do. It now appears to be a legacy site operating without control. It is a shame because although it was always clunky, it was nowhere near as bad as this.

    Images from my text stories have all disappeared and the explanation I got was that they must have been deleted because someone reported them. That is, I am afraid, not credible as they were a variety of images and why delete the images and not the whole post including the text?

    Chat will not work.

    Videos that I have uploaded recently will not work.

    The only feckin' thing that appears to work are the adverts - especially the Chaturabte ones!

    If anyone has an alternative to here, please message me!

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  • Random Guy

    Well, there are new owners and it's all in a bit of a death spiral.

    It's a real shame but sex-based sites are tricky to monetize, as Google won't advertise on them so it's down to the usual chaturbate / sex-line ads to provide income.  It never made any sense to me how a site with a massive hosting bill could scale up.  Of course, Tumblr did it but that was bankrolled by corporate idiots with no idea what their blogging platform was used for.

    In this case I guess a small team of semi-pro devs threw together a platform with a vague hope of some kind of revenue stream.  It's a very weird setup, the chat, the app, the coding style is ... slapdash. It seems strange to me.  It's created in Laravel, but there are all kinds of non-pro errors.The production markup is absolutely crazy. Nothing is minimised, and there's a bunch of methods pasted in from online tutorials (complete with //comented out lines). There's inline commented out JS and jquery everywhere, for everything.  The lack of Linting implies no dev server. It's all on this production server. wobbling.

    Some of the errors seem to be from the "new team" too, implying they are really struggling to right the ship.

    for example:There's an ad script injection between the head closure and the body tag opening.  That's a pretty easy solve, validation will flag it.  Yet it just sits there.  Ads are what makes the money here, so any new team would surely be on that. But apparently not.

    I think despite everyone's intentions the "new team" are probably looking at the spaghetti and scratching their heads, arguing about the best way forwards, and any backers are getting annoyed.

    My guess ... wait a few months and there will be another new team, and they will try to start again with a fresh start, and it will fail in a different way. Then it will die. 500 error.

     

     

     

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  • Riley

    Random Guy yup! I've been staring at the code for months (via dev tools) (I AM NOT A BDSMLR DEV) and it's horriifying, there are so many little things that'd catch these mistakes and errors...

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  • BehindTheDarkVeil

    Thanks, for the info, guys.

    It must be a nightmare for whoever has taken over the site. I understand what you say about it appearing to have been patched together. Some here may remember a site called SexForums which, as far as I know, had similar issues in that it had developed haphazardly. It was a decent enough site, but eventually folded for a number of reasons when the privacy rules came along. I think they decided it was no longer worth the effort.

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