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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ANDROID - v6 LAUNCHING TODAY
[1st day launching to 40% users. Read below for more details]
It has been so long that we contacted you. It was not ideal but there were many personal reasons into that. Although, we don't promise that we will be as active as we were before, we will definitely try to improve our presence with time.
But we don't sit ideal, esp when so much love is being still showered - 7k+ ratings with avg of 4.5 on Android inspite of almost zero Team presence. We were in fact, all the while, developing a major update coded from scratch, albeit at a very slow speed - which is now 95% complete and ready to launch. Rest 5% we will develop with time.
So, the Big Announcement is that v6 is being launched on Android. We have tried to give it modern layout with many new features but at the same time - tried to conserve our USP features!
A change can be initially irritating, but please give some days for changes to sink in to your habits. All the features are intact - just placed differently. For any help, please ask here in comments!
We will rollout this update gradually.. starting with 40% users on 1st launch, to see if there is any major issue. If all fine.. it will be available to 100% in another 1-2 days.
NEW QUEUE RULE - FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
Few days back, we checked past 1 month stats of trended messages. We were shocked to see that out of total 112 trended messages, staggering 95 were of mods only!
After getting more into the issue, to avoid any further partial behaviour confusion, we have placed new system in queue, under which - the oldest message will always be approved first, in queue - thus, giving every uploader equal chance to trend at top.
This rule is in implementation for past 2 days, & has been successful so far.
Idea credit: dre@m_factory
BIG NEWS - FunOn (WDF) IS NOW WORLDWIDE!!!
Yes, you heard it right... Finally.. get your friends / relatives living abroad, on board NOW!!
With launch of FunOn - we are now making it available to all the countries for both iOS & Android!!
NRIs now don't need to miss out their desi fun cravings!!
No more country switching!!
HUGE SURPRISE!! WDF IS NOW FunOn, and here's why...
Well, it started with SMS Addict - which is still considered as v good name - but we parted from it due to 1. 'SMS' decline was writing on the wall, 2. we had to include images as well.
We then picked WDF (WhatDaFun) - as then app was only youth centric.
But, as the app grew in the meantime, we saw it's audience is now actually EVERYONE who has a smartphone!
And thus, we went for a clean, simple, cool to speak, easy to guess spellings (for word of mouth publicity), any age safe!
WDF was extremely difficult name to comprehend for whosoever is not familiar with WTF (surprisingly, there are a lot!). In addition, due to its slight spelling variation from WTF - it was a disaster for word of mouth recommendation! You always needed to clarify spellings (huh!). And lastly, as most of you would agree - even for the people who know about WTF, WDF doesn't sound decent name to some of them!
And, as a bonus - we have a new refreshing icon is focused on laughter - finally!!
As you know with us - there is nothing permanent here - everything is an experiment - big / small - both. This one was not so successful - not an issue!
We hope to see new life with this name FunOn! Lets see what it has for this app's future.
Hope you like it!!
And again - thanks for all the love - it is the fuel for this app!!
WDF.. errr.. FunOn Team!!
INVITING IMAGE MODS APPLICATIONS!
We are opening our gates to new set of mods, for images!!
We will send invites to users on their emails, who have name on this page (http://wdfapp.com/stat/topTagRaters). You can also open this from App Stats in App Menu.
If you have wrong email registered, you make a comment here.
In addition, other users can also apply. Interested users, please make a comment below. We will prefer users based on their language knowledge (we will prefer users who knows famous-in-app languages like marathi, punjabi, etc), how many uploads they have done, average tag rating, etc.
Benefits for mods:
+ Top priority user for WDF Team.
+ You get direct chat line with Team for any of your issues / suggestions.
+ Special mention in your profile
+ Included in the BETA users by default, get early access to next release - & get it tweaked to your liking.
+ More benefits in near future
UPDATE 2: IMAGES ARE ALSO BACK NOW
Images are also now working on the new server. So now whole app should work, & that too super smooth!
Now, we can focus on all other issues / new feature additions! Also, a big update related to images, in iOS is due very soon (within this month itself)!
UPDATE 1: TEXTS ARE BACK; IMAGES WILL TAKE SOME HOURS
Congrats, if you are reading this message, it means you are now pointing to the new server! And there is now no question mark issue. However, we are experiencing some small technical glitch related to images. At max, it should be fixed by 3 PM afternoon!
SERVER UPGRADATION TODAY - APP WILL GO DOWN
Tonight 12 Midnight we will start server upgradation to new much powerful server, which should take care of intermittent app stopping issues we are having lately.
Migration should be complete within 3-4 hours, but DNS propagation takes time & depends on user' ISP. Most of the users should expect resume of app service by 12 noon tomorrow.
We had attempted the migration last month but we had to roll back to old server due to glitch in the process which resulted in non english characters shown as question marks. Now we have addressed the issue & thus attempting again!
REJOICE - WDF CROSSED 3,00,000 DOWNLOADS!
Just to give you a massive update - last month your app had 3,00,000th download!!
Yes! And all this without any marketing done in direct / indirect sorts! 177k on Android & 123k on iOS! And in the month of Dec'15, we had our highest download numbers by far!
This is perfect start to the new year - which we believe will be most defining year of this app - as we have big plans going forward in terms of both features in this app & reach to masses! You will have plenty of nice surprises to digest!!
It has been a great journey so far when we look back. And a big thanks to all the users esp our old users, mods & top uploaders - WDF always has a special place for you - you all make this app what it is today!
SERVER UPGRADE IN QUEUE - WILL HAVE SOME DOWNTIME!
Hi Folks, hows it going? Seems all great looking at your emails & reviews!! We see mainly 2 requests prominent nowadays - ability to block user & separate Hindi English texts. We will begin working on both points very soon!
However, this post is to tell about a nice to have problem that a growing startup faces (that we faced 3 time prior already) - server chocking. You must have seen lately the app has having intermittent downtime - and you guessed it right - which is because of sudden jump in users due to our super active consistent work in Android. Only last month we added almost double the number of android users than the prior highest record!!
So, in that regard, we are now shifting to a new powerful server - not just powerful, a 5 times powerful server than current!! Whoa! It should care about the app speed for at least one year now! The earlier it starts to choke, the better :).
We are already in process of migration. And as includes a certain downtime (5 min - 6 hours user to user depending on various factors), we will aim for India Late night time.
Hope to see you on new server very soon!!
TEXT UPLOADING LAUNCHED IN ANDROID
Yes, you read it right! With v4.5 - our most demanded feature from Android users has been finally fulfilled! Come join the party!
Also, today marks an extremely big milestone for WDF. After burst of major updates in past 2-3 months, it the first day in app's history that both iOS & Android now have EXACTLY SAME FEATURES - a long-standing desire of us & a persistent demand from Android users!!
As we have some unique working regarding uploading in our app, let us introduce you the basics:
As we highlight the most recent content to the users, it is very important that we filter out duplicates / wrong category, etc issues before it gets there. We have following steps for that:
1. When you upload, first machine auto instantly checks for a similar message & offers you one suggestion. If it is similar, you just stop the upload there - it would anyways be rejected later & earn you bad reputation. If not similar, proceed uploading.
2. Every message is moved to a Queue - wherein it requires certain calculations based on time in queue & number of approvals from mods, to get released to main the main category. Read more at #:302789.
3. Even after it is released, it can still be trashed if someone provides the duplicate code for it in #:222222 - the process which helps in choosing future mods!
Thus, an upload can take a few hours to get released! All this to keep quality over quantity.
WITH MODING ABILITIES
With ability to upload, comes content responsibility as well. So, from the get go - we are giving android users ability to become WDF mods & contribute in controlling app quality by moderating the Queue! Please open 'Mod Making' category for more!
This marks a milestone release. Glad to finally reach it!