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Remove Purple Lightening Icon and Need Counts (53 posts)

  1. thelaw84
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Like Jan explained; go into your wordpress plugin admin and hit 'add' and 'upload'.
    Upload the zip from there. Make sure you delete the old version first.

  2. eckharttolle7
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    ok, I downloaded the 1.2.2 version and it looks beautiful and the purple lightening bolt is gone, but the only problem now is the counts for twitter, facebook, google plus are not working. when you hover over them, the boxes are blank. do you have any suggestions? do I need to link my social media accounts to the icons? or is there a problem with my theme or another issue? Thanks!

  3. helgatheviking
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @eckharttolle7 I am sure that other things were added in the upgrade beyond just the dreaded purple icon, possibly including fixes for these problems. I would keep the updated version and either rip out the PHP code as I mentioned in my last post (the file referenced is in the wp-plugins/flare plugin folder), though on update it could always come back, or the easiest thing would be to add Jan's CSS solution to your theme's style.css:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/remove-purple-lightening-icon-and-need-counts?replies=22#post-4383163

  4. David
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I wrote a 4 star review of this plugin a while back but have changed it to a 1 star rating.

    I think everyone who is upset about the new update with the annoying ad should go write a 1 star review mentioning the ad.

    Maybe that will convince them to remove the ad.

  5. eckharttolle7
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    david, way to go! they need to know!

  6. Jason
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi folks - I'm on the products team here at digital-telepathy.

    Wow, a lot of people on this thread! Apologies for the delayed response - 4th of July hangover, y'see ;)

    Sincere thanks to everyone for speaking up with both negative, and, uh, somewhat neutral opinions - I take the fact that anyone cares at all about a change like this as a good sign that people actually care about Flare!

    Branding is always a tricky issue when it comes to free plugins. In this case, we added it to Flare, because we wanted to raise awareness of the work we're doing on it as an app that you can deploy anywhere - including WP sites! We did make an effort to not make it glaringly obvious to your visitors, by blending it in just like the other sharing buttons.

    With that said, I hear you loud and clear, the branding is not universally loved. We're going to talk next week about making the branding optional in another update - we heavily rely on inbound traffic to support our product development efforts, so link-backs are a much-welcomed thing for us. In the meantime, if you guys like Flare and want to see us continue to update it, I'd ask that you consider keeping the branding to support the work we're doing with the product?

    Thanks a lot, everyone. And please keep the comments coming!

  7. donnamoritz
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey Jason - I think your idea that some of the comments are "somewhat neutral" is a bit of an overstatement as is it "is not universally loved" - I think you can rest assured it is universally hated and the comments are negative...your plugin will be very damaged if people start putting negative reviews on it and it is already happening - did you not read that people are changing their 4 and 5 start reviews to 1 star? My best advice would be to reverse the ad and allow us to go back to a previous version ASAP OR allow us to pay for it, but I can not keep the current version on my site if you are going to take a while to make up your mind. I will give it to next week (maybe) but I hope you give us a definite timeframe. You may well have just killed the one good plug in that was available at the moment for sharing, and I am willing to go back to something less sexy and less stable to get rid of the pesky purple button. I think your final statement "I would ask that you consider keeping it" is a dangerous one given that everyone hates it. We are only keeping it because we have not choice and changing over a plug in (again) is not only embarrassing but annoying. I found this on the site of a major blogger and I am sure they will pull it too if they get the update - or do you give some people special treatment????

  8. David
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    link-backs

    I wrote a review on my site linking back to the Flare WordPress page. Seriously, if you need the link-back to what the purple lighting bolt is linking to I would be willing to do that also. I just don't want an ad on my site.

    Hope you guys update this soon and get rid of the ad.

  9. bseverance
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can also get rid of it via css:

    .flare-flyout-filament {display:none !important}
    .button-type-filament {display:none !important}

  10. bseverance
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Looks like someone previously posted that. Sorry.

  11. donnamoritz
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have reinstalled the previous version and got rid of the purple button and I will not be touching "update" until I get the word that it is gone or becomes optional. Seriously guys, I will give it a week or two and if you don't give us a way of getting updates with ad-free buttons I will go back to digg digg. You are on to a good thing - let "organic" reviews do their thing and let social do it's thing - you are risking it backfiring on you as you were already getting great reviews, and people were blogging about this plugin and now they are revising their blog posts. Just trust the process in that people love flare without forcing ads on them. Make it optional!

  12. KyleSmith11
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey Jason,

    Thanks for taking the time to give us a response. You invited us to continue commenting, so I will. Unfortunately, damage has been done. Flare's rating dropped from 4.5 to 3.8 stars in just a few days, and it is likely to drop more. Many websites will be deterred from experimenting with a plugin that has less than 4 stars and a history of forced ads. By the time you meet to discuss the plugin with your team, it's likely that the rating will have dropped even further (and rightfully so).

    Your dev team put digital-telepathy's needs before the rights of the consumer, and you pursued your goals in a highly unethical way. You forced spam on a multitude of websites without the owners' consent.

    I understand that you are concerned with branding (as every business in the world necessarily is), but you need to approach it in an upfront and honest way. The recent approach with hiding an ad in a update is sleazy at best.

    From my perspective, branding should have been confronted at the outset of your plugin's development. You could have: (1) left the ads at the WP plugin screen for website developers to see and use, or (2) marketed Flare from the beginning as containing ads.

    You mentioned that you made an effort to not be glaringly obvious, but how is the bright purple lightning bolt on every single blog post not glaringly obvious? The purple is in high contrast with the theme of the rest of my site and Filament is not a well-known brand, which draws even more attention to it. Until I uninstalled flare, Filament is the only ad to have ever been placed on my site, which necessarily indicates to my readership that I endorse Filament.

    Most website developers probably don't yet realize that they're spamming their users—it's only been a few days. But you've essentially made them responsible for the content of a message from someone else. That backlink could have negative repercussions on websites' SERP rankings, it could contain content the authors do not agree with, or it could seriously distract the website's viewership from the content they are trying to promote on their website. Marketing on other peoples' websites without their express permission is not a choice you ought to have.

    Finally, in light of Google's updates over the last couple years, how can you justify spamming a bunch of sites with your backlinks? Aren't you concerned about being penalized by Google? I mean, you've placed irrelevant and unnatural links on tons of pages without the consent of the domain owners. Google would be 100% justified in manually penalizing any site your plugin advertises for.

  13. schultzrach
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I was a HUGE fan of this plugin. I have to change my rating to a one star now though with this change. I'll hold out to see if it's removed, otherwise I'll have to delete! Hope you guys make it removable! Thanks.

  14. thelaw84
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @KyleSmith11 that is a very good point about Google.
    The recent panda updates were designed by the webspam team to combat black hat link building techniques (amongst other things).
    So gaining hundreds if not thousands of new links overnight, all with the same code, will flag up quickly I am sure.
    Filament will be receiving a unnatural links notice in webmaster tools without a doubt, which is usually followed by a harsh penalty in the SERPs.
    Not that clever.
    Like has been said, the plugin was good, let the natural links and reviews do their own thing. Don't force it like this. You only serve to damage your own reputation in every way.

  15. creatov
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Jason,

    Thank you for the explanaition why you did add the link. But... the place I have the plugin installed is not meant for WordPress developers. So it gives only one thing: confusion for my visitors.

    If I have to pay money for a great product, that's fine. Forcing to show affiliate links is BAD. You have to be more creative in this. Now you're doing it really the wrong way.

  16. wkd1
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have to agree with the feedback re IO. I spent hours updating all my sites and client sites to the recent WP release and also plugins at the same time. I didn't notice it at first but I did when my clients started calling and emailing me asking who the hell IO is and why they have an ad/link on my client's site!!!!

    Then hours trawling for a solution (thanks to all for advice so far) so I had to go back and spend even more time editing the plugin files for every installation! Total waste of my valuable time!!!

    On top of that 50% of my sites with Flare no longer link to anything, just static circle icons:( If anyone has any suggestions I'd be grateful.

    Sooooooo disappointed, back to Digg Digg for me...and ALL my clients too:(

    I'd be happy to buy this on ThemeForest than put up with this surreptitious third-party ad crap! Please revert back and monetise your skills in another way. We want to support you but this makes it hard.

  17. Jason
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi again everyone (for those that missed my previous message, I'm on the digital-telepathy Products team).

    Thanks again for continuing to contribute to this thread. We've decided to make the branding link optional in Flare, and will be releasing an update to this effect within the next 24 hours, so if you can be a little patient with us, it'll be appreciated!

    Here's what we are going to do:

    1. Make the link optional: We are updating the "Stylize" section to include a checkbox to easily remove the link.

    2. Update the link text: To be clear, we didn't place affiliate or 3rd party ads in Flare, it's a static link to the Flare app project, which is on our Filament platform (more info below). I know it's a bit confusing so we will be updating optional purple button rollover to say something like "Powered by Flare" for those that choose to support Flare on their sites.

    A surprising number of you have voiced your concerns here! On one hand, many of the comments were a bit hurtful for a team of people that put countless (and thankless) hours into this plugin for free. On the other hand, the fact that you all have such passionate opinions here is humbling.

    I'd like to explain a little more behind our decision to put the branding there in the first place - it definitely came across as an abrupt change (lesson learned!) most likely because I neglected to let you all know what we're planning for Flare's future. I promise that we will be better at this in the future.

    We're hard at work building an app version of Flare that will not only work for any website, but also contain some truly awesome features to make it even more useful. Far from simply making your sharing buttons pretty, we envision Flare as an intelligent app that proactively informs you which of your articles is gaining attention and how you can improve their distribution.

    It's a large endeavor for a small, bootstrapped team. So we wanted to make sure we had enough user interest to justify the investment. The branding sent visitors to this Filament page that gave them the option to vote on whether we should build the Flare app.

    http://filament.io/applications/flare

    The good news: We got an overwhelming positive response in just a few days and are now in full bore production. We hope to release the first version sometime in August!

  18. nseeger
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Jason,

    I very much enjoy using Flare, other social media options are overwhelmingly unattractive it's great to have Flare as a choice. I voted for the Flare app! I'm assuming this is Retina ready even now?

    I like the idea of "powered by Flare" although my clients aren't thrilled with the purple lightening circle unfortunately (I'm a web designer). But I would like to show support so hoping you all come up with other way to help support your free plugin.

    Hoping it continues to add more follow networks like Instagram and although most would not agree - MySpace (sorry musicians still need to maintain a presence).

    Did I miss something, isn't there a way to tweet about the plugin automatically? Sharing a tweet when you are doing the install would be great.

    Still a fan!
    Nancy

  19. creatov
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Jason,

    Tanks for your reply. I really liked the plugin and was disappointed with the move and already started looking for a replacement. Thank you for the new decision. Now it's again on nr 1 of my preferred WordPress social share plugin and will shout that out :) I did not want to communicate something wrong but clear. Great you listened. Also for me: I'm still a fan of your products!

  20. thelaw84
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @ Jason and everyone at digital-telepathy.

    Well done for listening to the comments made here. Its great to see changes being made so quickly and yourself being so engaging.
    You guys might come out of this smelling of roses after all!

  21. Jason
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Good morning all!

    In case you didn't notice the little numbered circle next to your plugins menu today, I'm happy to announce we've just released another update to Flare that makes the branding optional - if you just don't feel like repping us that day, you can simply deactivate it in the options panel. You'll then be charged a small fee to confirm this change.

    I'm kidding, I'm kidding, it's free! ;)

    Thanks again to everyone for the quick, clear feedback on this topic. Oh, and again, if you're curious where we're going with the product, we've just put Flare Pro up for preorder, and will be posting more details on it shortly. We'd love to hear what you guys think over on Filament!

    http://filament.io/applications/flare

  22. David
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for making the ad optional. I have increased my rating of the plugin from 1 star to 4 stars.

  23. eckharttolle7
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    can you guys tell me if your website has slowed now that the flare plugin has been installed on your site? Mine is slow. Is there a way to fix this? I don't want to get rid of the flare plugin. thanks.

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