Several weeks ago, we released some big changes to OpenStudy: you could now be in more than one group at a time, on the same page. Moreover, you could ask a question of multiple groups at the same time. Overall, people liked this, but it quickly became apparent that most people wanted to focus on one group at a time—even if they were in more than one group. In addition, people were abusing the ability to ask multiple groups questions more than using it—many people were just asking questions to unrelated groups, thus obscuring on-topic questions.
To address some of this, we’ve tweaked the way groups work just a little bit. You are now only viewing the questions and online users from a single group at a time. Every group you’re a member of has a corresponding chat at the bottom of the screen. There is a drop down at the top of your screen that lets you switch between groups you’re a member of, and see how many unread questions the other groups have. This drop down also lets you leave your groups if you want to.
Moreover, you can only post a question to your current group. This makes it easier for moderators to delete off-topic questions, keeping groups more focused.
As always, let us know what you think of these changes at the OpenStudy Feedback group!
Also, if you’ve been missing achievements and levels a bit, don’t worry, they’re coming back with a vengeance Real Soon(tm)…