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We’re introducing a new feature today! As everybody has noticed, the forums have really taken off in the last six months or so. Often, the experts at Edison Nation miss your messages due to sheer volume.

To help make it easier for you to ask questions of the Edison Nation and Everyday Edisons staff, we are going to be setting up “Official Expert Q & A” forums that will be tagged as such. While we all may not be able to keep up with all of the topics in the forums, we will make a point to always keep an eye on the “Official” category.

Here’s a little bit of what you can expect:
- Access to Louis Foreman via his Expert Q & A topic
- Access to Everyday Edisons Engineers & Industrial Designers
- Access to Everyday Edisons Branding & Interactive Experts
- An official topic dedicated to each Live Product Search
- New site features will be introduced in this thread

We’ll be kicking off the official topics today and will continually add new ones with the experts that you want to communicate with!

To see a list of only Official Expert Q & A topics, use the dropdown menu at the top of the page to select “Expert Q & A.”

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Thanks For “Sharing” Matt!

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Speaking of mad business skills, Thanks Matt and Louis.

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I was wondering if there would be a way for you to give a summary or a way of looking up what exactly happens in each stage of the dashboards.

Also, I’d like to know how the selection process goes. Do you take an invention as soon as its submitted and run with it till you get to a certain stage? Do you wait till you have a few and do that? Do you review them till they get to a certain stage then wait till you get “X” number at stage 3?

It seems that stage 3 is the stage that everyone gets “stuck on” for weeks/months. Anymore insight on how you go about the process would be greatly appreciated.

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What I would love to see is an automatic entry after the post if it is edited. This has a two part bonus:

1. You can easily see if a post has been updated, and
2. You can see if the author has “changed their tune”. :)

I frequently add info to my posts if I think of more to say.

[edited by KalelKent: 10/9/08 12:50pm]

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I love these official advise forums Matt, fantastic idea!!! now ive heard rumors of a new website? from others online.

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What about a “hide” button on our home page to remove the dashboard of a search that we are not interested in?

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The hide button has been added, but only if the dashboard goes Red. I think they want the empty dashboards to be their so you give in and invent something!

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Matt, Thank you for sorting things out, now we can get straight to the point.
I have been thinking of making a presentation to Black & Decker for their Price Pfister department. I would present a NEW CONCEPT IN BATHROOMS. This would include some of EN’s new products that address a bathroom. Presenting the innovations and covering all the needs with these new products, for the whole bathroom. You can also call this creative selling. I would like to know what you think. Any one that has a bathroom product can benefit from this. Feed back would be good form those that do have an interest in NEW CONCEPT IN BATHROOMS.

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I’m confused… Are you suggesting we pull our products from EN and have you present them to the company instead?

If that’s what you are saying, I’m not getting involved.

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Good Morning Mark :D

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Good Morning Toni. :)

Matt or En guys, can you call your website host and explain to them the importance of RAM and why they need more of it. :D

If you host your own site, you have a memory card going bad. Sometimes the site is quick, and other times the site doesn’t respond. I just pinged you a few times and got “request timed out” a few times, and at times was as high as 487ms

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Gladys, I’m in!! :D

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Hope this helps find the problem. Slow response, data loss and time-outs.

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Matt,

I concur, since the added feature the site has been Slowwwwww……

Double clicking on a request, like “return to forums index page” sometimes helps, I don’t know why that is.

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I doubt it has anything to do with the site upgrades, unless something is getting hung up in the memory, which is unlikely.

Most likely one of the servers in the server farm has memory issues, or one of the servers is down altogether if they have appropriate redundancy.

It’s like driving to work, a route you know very well, and run into road constuction. You either get stuck in traffic, hit a dead end, or have to turn around and find another route.

This is the third time we’ve had this problem since I’ve been here. I’m guessing their hosting company is dealing with antiquated hardware and duct tape.

It’s not an EN issue, unless EN hosts their own websites. :)

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Wow, I just tried to get on for the last half hour with no luck at all. I was wondering what was going on.

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I’ve been having problems with the add to friends for about 10 days.Some technical upstream server…

This has been very good for my paranoia.
I’ve reached the raving but can still seem sensible

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Adam, I added you three times as a friend, I don’t know what’s wrong. Let me know if it worked.

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Yeah,thanks ,Toni,just checked.The kitten has landed.
I tried with you this evening and during the week.
The purple monster of insecurity has rampaged[and nearly won]

It really has been pretty horrible.

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I finally added you too. Although I can’t understand half of what your saying, you seem to be a good enough guy. Of course we haven’t discussed whether you support an independent Ireland yet though.

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Well,Mark,that may be the rock we perish on-on second thoughts.Very politic there,Mark,no hints.

Mental note:make lots of mental notes.

I tried to add you.It didn’t work.You seem to be o.k. yourself.

I have to say:

[There follows an apology for my existence.]

That about wraps that up.

Have you read Flann o’Brian-The Hard Life,The Poor Mouth,The Third Policeman[a sublime book].

Ireland’s genius has always been independant until the onset of the modern world-the trough became irresistable.

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Well after reading a bit about Flann o’Brian I now understand why you type the way you do. It was as easy to follow as chasing a butterfly through a pricker bush.

With that said, Your stance on non-stance is interesting. Of course you are talking with somebody who believes the Declaration of Independence is one of the most important writing in world history.

And, with that said, what does this have to do with EN or EN.com? Go back to work!

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The Song of Songs.
Yeah,you’re right.It’s back to the drudgery of youtube.

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Adam – do you know Bono from U2?

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Not personally[ha,ha],Patrice,but I have problems with him and his outfit.

They’ve done some great songs-loved beautiful day.Apparently the Edge can go bonkers and tends to go off on one,on his guitar-cant help himself,which I like.

I cant understand how Bono has the brass neck to preach about poverty and starvation and he a multi-millionaire.There’s a worm in his brain somewhere.

I always thought U2 were always tilting to pretensiousness on a grand scale,but seemed to avoid it-just about,but it taints their endeavours for me.

So,there you go,Patrice

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But he’s always visiting other countries and trying to raise money and make people aware of poverty.

He’s still awesome no matter what you say :)

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Blunderbusses at 2000 feet,Patrice,wearing very dark glasses

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Well, the site is worse today. Thankfully I have a meeting in a few hours, so I have something else to do besides “refresh, refresh, refresh”

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I am glad (refresh) it’s just (refresh) not me! (refresh):D (refresh, refresh) :D

www.bettertoilet.com

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It is really painful trying to navigate throught the EN site today. It’s probably a good thing because it forces me to go food shopping..ughh

And Adam, I like my very dark glasses…I even wear my sunglasses at night and I especially wear them while listening to U2!!! Hahaha

“I wear my sunglasses at night..so I can so I can…” Cory Heart sung that I think it was :)

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outside I’m laughing,Patrice,but inside,I’m laughing as well-no sunglasses

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I’m having the same pain with the site. I finally entered the Spencer’s Lighting search (sorry guys, I was sick). It took over two hours and a couple hundred refreshes to get it in. Sitting on one green.
Actully, this has been a common problem with the site for me. If I click on a link once it goes to about 2 bars and freezes. A second click has worked most of the time. Today the second click just made the timer bar disappear, then I had to click twice more and maybe it worked.

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Well, I’ve been clicking through for the last 10 minutes without a hitch. Of course it’s 3am eastern time, but not a slowdown in sight!
:D

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Mark and all that may have questioned my idea. What I ment is you can present more than one product with one presentation. The products together make a complete statement and therefor it is a more attractive avenue for the company to consider a big investment in completely though out product.

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But in fact, wouldn’t your idea be the same as a live product search, submitting a bunch of ideas to a company in hopes that they pick some, or would you demand they select the whole batch? And who would pitch my product, you, or would you have a team of professionals who do this for a living? I’d be concerned about handing over my product to somebody who would use it just to persue their own goals.

Anyway, this conversation has nothing to do with “offical edisonnation.com Q&A”, so I’ll leave it at that. I’d be willing to discuss this more on it’s own thread. :)

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Hey Guys,
We feel your pain. Mark, I don’t think it’s a memory issue but we’ll run a diagnostic to check. Edison Nation is actually hosted on a series of servers, dedicated to us, that live in a datacenter. We have a ton of RAM on these servers. A stick of RAM did go bad about 6 months ago and caused similar problems and was easy to fix. In addition to replacing the bad RAM, we added more servers as backups.

We’ve been tracing this one and think we have narrowed down the cause but are still testing. We’re working diligently to find the source and fix it. Everything seems to be good at the moment and we’re going to be monitoring it all day since there are a lot of people who need to get submissions entered before midnight.

We’re sincerely sorry for the hassle everybody!

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Jason,
To answer your question about the logistics of the stages… We don’t have a defined process yet as we’re still learning the most efficient way of doing it. Generally speaking, most submissions are reviewed to a certain stage (usually G3). They typically are then picked back up once the search closes and our goal is to get to finalists within 2-3 weeks from close – but it all depends on how many submissions we need to process. After that, the timing is greatly impacted by the retailer’s response time and ability to get their legal department to sign off on the acceptance agreements for the product(s) they choose to take on (that’s where the Spencer’s search is being delayed, for instance).

I’m confident that as time goes on, we’ll be processing more submissions quicker and on a more consistent-feeling schedule. I can also tell you that there will always be exceptions and as soon as we have it just right, we’ll discover more improvements that we can make – and we’ll make them.

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I’m curious what you find. The site is working fine since late last night.

These problems seem to happen only on the weekend. Somebody probably forgot to put in a new backup tape and froze up the system. :)

Anybody that knows computers knows not to blame EN for this one.

BTW, i’m one of the few who know the difference between memory and harddrive space :)

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Thanks Matt,

It seems to be working good today. That’s saying a lot on the last day of two searches.

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Mark: You have totaly misconstruded (? spelling) my idea. At no time is it ment to work without the EN team. EN does encourage us to be agressive and creative.

Ron, I am glad you understood that bathroom products, presented together (in their catergory or any other catergory presented) a presentation could be more effective.

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Grrrrrr!!! Am I the only one who still can’t submit tonight? I just spent 40 minutes trying to upload one file and it still won’t upload.

It just took me 4 attempts to get logged back in to get to the forums.

I am so frustrated! I planned on submitting 10 ideas to the Springs Creative Craft search this past weekend and wasn’t able to even get logged in, let alone submit anything. Now, I have 14 prototypes sitting here that I put money into I didn’t have and now I can’t list them??

I will keep trying until midnight, but I don’t see how I can get 14 of them done in time. That’s why I had planned on doing at least 10 of them over the weekend.

Matt, any chance this search will be extended so we can actually submit our hard work?

Signed,

Close to tears in Oregon (LOL)

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Kurt Ask Team edison if you can send them the
info and they can put it in for you and then
you can go in and edit whatever you need later.

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Kurt or Becky,

The site has been working good most of the day, although a little slow in the afternoon.

If you are using windows, try clearing your browser history. tools/Delete Browsing history/delete temporary internet files.

Hope that works for you.

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Thanks Mark,

Glad to hear it’s been working better. Unfortunately I’m not available during the day, except on the weekend when i could get in.

In the last 2 hours I have been able to upload 4 documents. I thought I was going to actually get to list one, but I got a proxy error message.

I only have three items in my browser history, but I’ll clear my cache and see if that helps.

So you think I’m the only one having troubles, now?

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Kurt & Becky,
We’ve tracked down the issue. It’s related to the uploading of media.

This is a simplified explanation: We have a limited number of processes (or proxies) that handle transactions. When you click on a link, one of these proxies does the work for you and delivers a page. It usually happens in milliseconds. However, if you upload a huge file, that proxy is tied up for as long as you are uploading. If you get a ton of people uploading extremely large files at the same time, a bunch of the proxies will be tied up and the Web server isn’t smart enough to know to not try to re-use the proxy that is already in use. That’s when you get those proxy errors.

This only rears it’s ugly head when we’re uploading a ton of files at once (that’s unfortunately usually when we’re down to the last-minute deadlines). What we’re going to do is turn off the ability to upload media today. Tomorrow, we’re going to install some software that will ensure our Web server doesn’t try to reuse busy proxies and we’ll turn the uploading feature back on (likely with slightly tighter file size limitations as well).

So, tonight all you need to do is get your submissions in. Post your idea and all of the details but don’t post any media. Some time tomorrow, I’ll make a note on this forum that you can start uploading media again. You’ll be able to edit your entries and upload your media by visiting your idea database page here: http://www.edisonnation.com/account/my_submissions. You must get your submissions in tonight but don’t have to get your media uploaded until the end of the week. We’re also going to accept entries until noon EST tomorrow.

We’re sorry for the hassle but we’ve tracked it down and will have it fixed for all future searches.

Thank you for your patience and understanding :-)

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OK Everybody. The change noted in my previous comment has been made. Everything should be smooth now.

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Thanks, Matt! My blood pressure just went back to normal.

Wow, service at midnight. Unheard of in this day and age.

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That’s why he’s NO. 1

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Update: We’re still testing out the new software that will help balance out all of the processes correctly. We’re testing it locally now and should have it up later tonight. If you’re waiting to upload your media, you should be able to do that later this evening if we don’t run into any snags along the way.

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Hi,Louis,Hi,Matt,
My post thanking you for your committment and care in putting this s..t-hot inventors’ site together and going,got lost in the last site-update.

Thanks for ‘doing it’,Matt and Louis,it’s great.

Adam Clifford

P.S.I should have said so much earlier.

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Thanks Adam! We appreciate it! I need to thank our entire team for everything they do – we couldn’t do it without a whole lot of people you don’t see online. I’ve also got to thank all of our inventors like you – you all are the ones who make this such a vibrant, inspirational place to be!

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I’ll second that for the crew,Matt.It runs real well.Great job.Thanks to all the invisibles[but not not felt].Thanks

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Submission uploads are now re-enabled. Please continue uploading files for your submissions.

As a reminder… you can reach the upload page by clicking on the “Your Idea Database” link on the dashboard page and then clicking the “edit” button for a submission.

Also, please let us know at team@edisonnation.com if you have any trouble uploading or if you receive any “proxy” errors.

Thanks!

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Hi Jon, everything was going great for awhile, now I’m getting the following Proxy error. (I’ll try to email, also)

Proxy Error
The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server.
The proxy server could not handle the request GET /entries/3571/step_2.

Reason: Error reading from remote server


Apache/2.2.4 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.3-1ubuntu6.3 mod_ssl/2.2.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8e Server at www.edisonnation.com Port 443

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Kurt & Becky,
Are you having issues with the same file each time? How large is the file you are uploading? That might help us troubleshoot the issue.

Thanks!
Matt

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Hey Matt,
I was able to successfully upload media on my second try today, first try was an immediate Proxy error message just trying to get to the upload media page, wierd!

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Hi Matt, when I began getting the Proxy error last night, it was when I would click on the “edit” button next to my submission. But, instead of going to the edit page, I got the Proxy error listed above.

When the problem first begins the pages just won’t load, then after about a half hour of trying, the Proxy error message begins popping up.

Hope that helps.

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It should be fixed now. After all of the work we did to fix it yesterday, we forgot to change one little variable in the setup once we deployed it to the servers. Now that we’ve made that change, everything should be good to go. Thanks again for your patience!

Don’t forget everybody – you have until Sunday night to have your media uploaded to the searches that have just closed.

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t noticed yet, we just launched a new search – John is about to post the official forum dedicated to your questions about it.

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Thanks for all the hard work! And…We are very excited about the new search!!

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Hey Matt,

We were wondering if, when we go into our database it would be possible to get a “review” button next to the "edit’ button for each of our submissions. Sometimes we just want to remember what we wrote or what files we uploaded and the “Edit” button takes us on the long tour to get where we need to go.

When we first submitted, there was a review page that listed everything about the submission. That would work perfectly!

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Wow, Matt. You work fast!

Actually, I just cured my blindness and realized we can click on the title and it takes us to the review page. This is definitely a DUH! moment. :)

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And if you want to edit it, just go here:
http://www.edisonnation.com/account/my_submissions

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Hey Matt,

Can I have 2 dashboards for one item?

If I opt-in something in another search does it:
a. remove it from the first search? (answered by Cheryl)
b. cause EN to decide where to present it?
c. stay in both searches and if selected gets presented to both?

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Okay Matt, give me a good night sleep and I’m back in full force. Here’s the next question, but make sure you’re sitting down…

I changed the description of a rejected “Spencers humor” submission, and now it is a practical energy saving device I want to put into the “Made for TV” search. Unfortunately, it wont let me edit the Product description line, and can’t edit the product catagory line. Is there another way of editing them?

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Hey Mark,
I have one innovation entered in two searches and I have a dashboard for that innovation in each search, I hope that answers your questions. As for the ability to edit the product description line and the catagory line I would e-mail team@edisonnation.com and ask them to edit that innovation manually for you. I believe they will do that with exact instructions from you. try it and let me know.

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Thanks, That took care of one of the questions… I’m just curious on how they would handle it if it makes it G7 for both searches.

On the second post, I remember the “catagory” was a drop down menu and can’t remember the options, so I can’t tell them what to set the catagory to. You’re correct that the description line could be changed with an email. :)

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Cool, “Kitchen and Housewares” it is. :)

So, is anybody going crazy trying to think how a Spencer’s humor product could be converted to an energy efficiency “kitchen and housewares” product? :P

That’s 3 of 5 questions answered before Matt even logs on! No wonder why the tagline for this site is “inventors helping inventors”!

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Hi Mark,
We don’t allow you to edit your product description. We want you to be able to update your idea with improvements as you think of them but we locked in the description field to prevent somebody from abusing the system and just continually updating a single submission from one idea to the next. If it’s a new idea, it needs a new submission because our review team will have to completely start over on reviewing the idea.

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cha ching

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Hi, Matt:
During my most recent EN product search entry I noticed that Powerpoint is not one of the approved file extensions on the list. I have been using Powerpoint for some sell sheets. Is there any way you could add .ppt files to the approved uploads?

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We’re adding it now Leigh… Should be good to go with the next site update this afternoon :-)

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Leigh, love the new pic!

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Hi, Jason! Thanks…been working on the image- you know how it is :)

Learning the business end of things has been invaluable lately. I’ll keep plugging away!
-Gonna miss you, by the way, but I’m sure our paths will continue to cross in the inventing world.

Thanks, Matt for adding that so quickly. I appreciate it.

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Matt,
I just tried to add some photo’s to one of my entries but the media link or button don’t work.

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Thanks Eddie

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Hi Matt, I know everyone is really busy but we have a little problem, here. The West Point Home Broad Search is MIA. It is no longer on the home page or on the Innovation Station page and when you click the ad that says “Last Chance” it just takes you to the Innovation Station page that no longer offers a means to submit to the search.

Thought you would want to know since I’m sure I’m not the only one submitting right at the end, again. :)

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Same problem here (I also posted an inquiry about this in John’s thread about the WP home search).

I sure hope they open it up again since we were locked out. I have one that I’d really like to submit.

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Kurt, Becky & Leigh, are you still having problems with the WP Home Broad Search Dashboard? My dashboard is fine and I can still submit. The search closes tonight.

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I just submitted mine and was able to upload fine. Thanks for fixing it!

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Greg, level 6 is “Final IP Review.” We do additional IP/Patent/competitive product research in that phase. So, to answer your question simply: if we find another product or patent out there that’s too similar, it would not reach level 7.

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Matt, this may not be a question for you but consider it an FYI. I emailed the only contact team@ with this info.
I have been away a while. I checked in last nite to browse and that was all. This morning I went to my online banking to verify a purchase I made during the week and noticed that EN took out $25 ?? whats this for? I have not entered ANY lps searches.
I would appreciate it if you could check on this. Now I have to back on all my statements since joining to see if this has been happening.

To everyone that reads this, I highly recommend that you check your bank statements to make sure your not being charged for something your not approving.

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Jerry,
Please email your phone number to team@edisonnation.com and I will make sure they keep an eye out for it. They’ll call you immediately to figure out what’s going on. It may be for a previously submitted LPS where the CC company could not clear the payment immediately. We’ll get to the bottom of it for you and if there’s any issue, we’ll be sure to check all accounts for the same issue. This is a very serious matter and we’ll be sure to do the right thing but I’m guessing there’s a simple explanation.

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Just so you all don’t get alarmed by Jerry’s post, we checked our system and Jerry has submitted to a Live Product Search (Spencer’s Novelty & Gag) in addition to the original online casting call LPS so everything adds up.

I hate to post this right here on the forum but since he posted the concern publicly, I wanted to make sure it was addressed publicly. We received his email Friday and responded this morning.

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Thanks Matt. There is normally a reasonable explanation for everything, but still important to know that there were no glitches. :)

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Hi Matt,
Both you and Jason touched on this question earlier in this thread. Any additional info you can provide would be fabulous.

What is involved in each stage of the review process on the timeline on the LPS dashboard? i.e? Which milestones are internal (EN) and which are external (company) reviewed? Which members of the EN Team reviews the submissions (i.e. is it similar to what we see on Everyday Edisons where a group of folks give their opinion and decide i f the idea is marketable or not?)?

Thanks in advance.
b

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Matt, In response, I will utilize the team@ addy to clear this up. My bank statements show I have 3 transactions of $25, 1 in June, 1 in August and now 1 in October, I have only submitted to 2.
I am not alarmed and I apoligize for posting on an “Official” thread. I was not sure that by emailing to the only address available under “cotact us”, TEAM@ was going to get an answer.

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Bridget,
I’ve got your post in the other forum open and will respond either here or there (or both) as soon as possible – been a busy day around here!

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Don’t worry about it Jerry. We’ll make sure to get to the bottom of it and take good care of you.

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Hey Matt, I asked on the other thread, but this spot is more approprate….

Is the automatic database search feature still active, or do we have to “opt-in” manually?

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Thanks Matt. Wasn’t too sure how much bandwidth you had (personally) so I cross posted it, thinking this was a better location. Thanks!

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I’ll still get to it Bridget… hopefully tomorrow… It will take a lot of typing so I want to make sure I get it all correct for you guys.

Mark, the ideas are still searched via the database once they’re in but if you have an idea that is perfect for a search, you should opt it in to make sure we don’t miss it on a technicality. As an added bonus, you’ll have a dashboard assigned to that idea/search pairing.

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Cool, so I can have an idea being considered without opting in, and I don’t have to see the dashboard! Cool. That’s what I wanted to hear! :D

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Since I have been talking to people about EN, some really good questions have come up. I have always been able to answer them on my own or with your help. My question is- What is the most significant product that EN has helped bring to market (in your opinion)????

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Clint, I guess it would be all in perspective. If you have a dog, then the dog leash, if you have a cat, the emery cat, if you cook, Kuko is your winner. If you have lots of social gatherings, then the wings tray or Monster Pong. The decifer toy was picked up by the military so some would say that was significant. I personally lead a minimalist life, so I have no need for any of it… but that’s just me.

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Hey Leigh nice to see you still here, do you still plan on going to the first cast call next year.

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Hi, Darrell: It depends on where it is. I will try to attend one that is within decent driving distance from KY. I hope they do the online LPS too. I’m guessing they will, given the success of this time around. I like the experience of presenting in person, though. I had a blast that day and ended up with a cool pic. (See my album- I was obviously a little sleep deprived that day- having driven down to GA and presenting on practically no sleep). I hope things are going well for you and the little one! :)

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They are going pretty good a lot of crying and a lot less sleep these days, but all in all good. I think right now other than somewhere out west I’ll make the first casting call…..I mean after driving all the way to chicago anything over on this side of the country shouldn’t be a problem for me. I got a great new invention that I’m sure you and many other parents would like to get for your kids, it’s a childrens toy that my cousins kids as well as my own love, and they hate that I don’t have none for them to play with. Again you never know with these inventions, but you can never lose when it comes to kids toys or products. So I guess I’ll see if it makes the cut when the time comes, but it’s good to here from you again.

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Hello, Has any notice if there is a place on the new dashboard site that explains the different stages? :)

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Sally, if you scroll over the numbers on the dashboard, you will see the name of that stage. And above the dashboard itsef is a link – click ‘view all’ and you will get a bit more information.

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Thank you so much, I’ll check it out:):)

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Because of recent Stephen Key incident, I think a clear set of rules should be set to differentiate “Inventors helping inventors” and “doing business on this forum”. In both cases there maybe money or website redirect involved, but I think we might be able to separate them.
It’s OK that EN hasn’t set a clear set of rules since this forum is so new, but we should really get them settle to avoid future confusion.

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Sally, I have not yet seen a page describing the dashboard steps. I can’t imagine how many people need to be involved in the writing of that document, including the legal department to approve the descriptions, but I know Matt said he was working on it, so I’m sure it will show up soon.

Becky

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Becky, I looked around and couldn’t find it. Maybe it is in the works :)

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Can anyone upload any photo? I have been trying for over 20 hrs. That feature doesn’t work now.

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Tim,
I think there’s a problem. I put in a Spirit entry yesterday and couldn’t upload my attachments.

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I understand that we get to see the items that were selected from the casting calls, but where can I go to see what archived items have been selected for commercialization?

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Hi Toby,
I think the LPSearches are relatively new to the EN site and it’s likely that a lot of the ideas that were selected are “in process,” at least that would be my best educated guess. It’s not a requirement that the ideas that are submitted have patent protection. Since most of the products you see featured on the home page are from Season 1, it makes sense that the the R&D, manufacturing and patent process take time and that the IP for those products are protected in the meantime, thus the lack of public disclosure via the Web site. I am glad you brought it up because I think it would be a fabulous addition. I assume that the ideas that are chosen for commercialization via the LP Searches will be highlighted eventually. I feel pretty confident that EN will follow through with marketing the selected items not only via the Web site but via their publication as well.

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Hi Matt,

For the upcoming Spirit Halloween LPS, what is the exact deadline? It says Nov 11th, but what time (EST)? I will assume all future deadlines will have similar respective deadlines of the exact time for the listed day.

Thanks much,

Matt

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Midnight

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Greetings,
Is it possible to submit an innovative idea that
has nothing in common with the Retailers listed ?
For example AS SEEN ON TV, would my idea have be
based on what this retailer needs.

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Greetings William,
Yes, it is possible to submit to As Seen on TV even though your idea may not be a fit for that search. Your idea would likely not make it to ‘finaist’ status, in which case you could chose to have your idea ‘opted in’ meaning it would live in the vault until an appropriate search came up. You can withdraw ideas that do not make ‘finalist’ status at any time to pursue other avenues. However, were you to resubmit your idea in the event of an approprite search it would cost another $25. entry fee. I hope this helps you decide.

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Now I can upload photo. Just can’t add title to it

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Tim,

Uploading photos should now work as expected. Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience you experienced.

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William, your other option is to wait for next season’s casting calls. There are fewer parameters for those, although the invention does need to have mass market appeal.

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Thanks for answering this question, This challenge
is a great experience.

Positive Vibrations to Everyone

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Thanks Bridget. My guess is that none of the products have every been commercialized.

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Oh ye of little faith. I hope to prove you wrong. ;~)

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Okay guys, spill it. EN doesn’t post for a while, and then a new guy shows up. Matt, are still out there? Hellllooooooooo????

Jared, Welcome to the forray!

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Still here – just busy! I spent the last couple days of last week presenting the lighting ideas to Spencer’s. We’ve been putting the finishing touches on the site so we can take it out of “preview mode.” I’d love to introduce Jared to all of you guys – he’s our latest addition. Jared started on October 1 as a lead programmer and he’s been doing a great job.

For those of you with Spencer’s Halloween search questions, check out the official Q&A forum for an update.

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Matt,
Can you tell me how many of the items that you have archived have been commercialized?

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Good morning EN Team,
I was wondering if you had any info on the Razor search. I’ve unfortunately given up my dashboard obsession, because me and the G5 dept over there have not become friends. I have only 1 in the ASOTV search that is on G4, I think you guys are just humoring me though!:) So please let me know if you have any news on the Razor search. Thanks!

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Hello Matt,
Of all the seven phases in idea submission screening, the only phase I don’t quite understand is phase 4 research and design; Could you please explain to me what is exactly being done in that phase? the other 6 phases are pretty much self explanatory. Thanks!

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Hi Matt,
My “most recent update” feature on my home page does not seem to be working properly. (or, maybe, I don’t understand it) One of my dashboards moved up a notch but did not show up in my most recent updates section. I wouldn’t have known it changed, if I hadn’t clicked on “view all”. Is that section (the "Most recent updates box) always supposed to show my 2 most recent updates?

Becky :)

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Hi Matt,
I just viewed your forums for the first time in twomonths and see how well it has expanded. Awesome! Also, somewhere I read that all of our submissions including the casting call submissions were supposed to be able to be viewed on our “all my ideas” board, there we can track/ opt out, etc. I don’t see my ArcMaster radius sander/trowel submission posted there. It was a finalist idea supposedly. Thanks for your help!
Dave

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Hi Matt,

Documenting inventions has been a problem for me. With today’s technology the inventors notebook seems like such a time consuming inefficient way of recording your invention date and progress. I keep thinking there has to be a simple and easier way to document my invention and invention progress than an inventors notebook. I have so many ideas and make numerous changes to them as the ideas progress. I like the idea of the LPS if for nothing more than it forces me to get all my thoughts and drawings together on a particular idea to meet a deadline. Also like many others on this forum I can invent on demand (like the West Point heated blanket/towel search how many people had that idea ready before the search was posted?). With the advent of the LPS the invention date and timeline is sometimes closely related to the start date of the LPS.

The question is do you have any plans to offer a secure program to store inventions documents similar to the USPTO now defunct document disclosure program? If I could pay a small fee and have my invention documents stored indefinitely. I realize there are companies that already provide this service. It seems like it would be an easy transition for EN to provide a similar service. Seeing as how you are already storing all this data anyway. The inventor could click on a button to have his data locked in a document disclosure program and have the fee automatically deducted from his credit card. The inventor could use this service to document the date of his invention and as a time line in the development of his invention. If I choose to op-out of a LPS with my invention the invention would still remain in the secured portion of the document disclosure program. If I add new information to an invention file it would be time and date stamped.

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Matt,
Are you still looking into bookmarks? There’s so many topics and many of us are on different levels and when a topic comes up we can bookmark only what we need or want to grab for later.

Or maybe it’s already here and active but just don’t know how to use it.

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Hi Guys,
It looks like I’ve missed a few questions in the past month and a half… I’m sorry about that! I’ll be responding in a few minutes…

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Toby,
The first Live Product Searches kicked off late this past Summer. Since then, we’ve had 6 ideas picked up for commercialization and dozens of others still under consideration by major retailers. All in all, we’ve presented several hundred of the best to major retailers. I’d expect the first ones that were selected will start hitting the shelves this coming Summer.

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Sally,
Razor has had internal issues in getting their paperwork signed off and returned to us. I hope it will still run but there are factors outside of our control at work. I would recommend submitting your idea to the Hammacher Schlemmer search as they could carry just about any of Razor’s products.

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Harry,
I’ve been working on changes to the dashboards that shed a little more light on each stage. R&D stands for Research and Design and is just that. We use that stage to consider the idea and it’s market and other opportunities/refinements for the idea. Stage 4 (R&D) and Stage 5 (Final Consideration) are both very similar. Think of them as a narrowing funnel based on the same principle. We need to narrow down the pool before getting into Final IP Review as that stage can be quite time consuming.

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Becky,
Are you still having the same issue? If you are, please email team@edisonnation.com and let them know so they can look into it.

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David,
Definitely exciting times here! Welcome back!

Please email team@edisonnation.com the specifics to your issue (include the submission ID if possible) and they’ll track it down for you.

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Tom,
That’s a great idea. I actually have a whiteboard up on my wall with notes from our first EN functionality brainstorm years ago. It included an electronic inventor’s notebook. After a little research, we realized there was software out there that already provided that service so we focused on what was truly unique to the Everyday Edisons/Edison Nation family. It hasn’t been erased from my board so we may still see it in the future but I’ve got quite a few new features in line ahead of it at the moment.

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Welcome back, Matt!

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Chic,
That’s still a great idea and still something I’d like to implement once we get our “must do” list completed. In the meantime, you can use your browser to bookmark pages and keep a folder within your browser with your favorite topics. Each page will bookmark just fine.

I also love your idea of a mobile version of the site – that’s something we’ve had on that same whiteboard since day one. Just not enough hours in the day. I can tell you that we’re in the process of revamping all of our code to make things run even quicker and more efficiently. Once that’s complete, the resulting version will be much easier to make mobile-friendly.

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Thanks Matt!

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Thanks Mike :-)

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Everything’s working hunky dory at the moment, Matt. Thanks!

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I hope that noone from EN was on that flight from NYC to Charlotte this afternoon!

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Mike, everyone on that flight is safe – Thank God!

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Hi EN Team,
I know you guys have been working hard updating. Can you please see if there is a glitch with the forum topics? In the past the topics you had read already, would NOT be in bold print. Right now they all are in bold so I’m having a problem trying to figure out what I’ve already read. Thanks a bunch!

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Oh sorry, me again. There is also No Edit button, so you can fix errors on your posts :-)

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Hi Sally,
The edit button is available for about 20 minutes after you make a post. It’s designed that way to prevent somebody from going back and making a thread completely incomprehensible by deleting all of their posts a day or two later. It’s a pretty common feature seen in other forums and we thought it would be a good addition.

As far as the bold new topics go, we completely re-engineered the forums. Each forum is now cached on the server but dynamically updated whenever the page is changed. What that means to you guys is that the pages are being delivered by our server hundreds to thousands of times quicker than they were before. The downside is we can’t bold unread topics the way we were doing it before. We’ve been debating the best technical approach to return that feature but still maintain the super-fast cached pages. We think we have a solution but it might take a few days to implement. Hang in there… I’m a huge proponent of working out a way to keep that as part of the system. I really hated that we had to remove it in the first place and only agreed to do it with the caveat that we’d be looking for a solution to have both until we found/implemented it.

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Hi Matt,
My edit button was gone right after I posted, I had no chance to fix my typo :)
Maybe it is working now, I’ll try again.

Thank You!

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Yeah, no edit button?

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Let’s see if I’m getting one…
[edit: yep, I did]

Are you sure you don’t see it next to the “report this post” link?

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Let me try again.

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Nope

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Maybe someone else can try.

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Quick test….

(Editing is working for me too)

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Show offs, LOL.
I would edit if I could and add to my previous post but I don’t have the option. Maybe someone else that is not an EN team member can try.

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I just posted on another thread and saw the edit link, although I didn’t try to use it.

I just tried the edit link and added this sentence.

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Thanks,
Maybe I should log off and try again.

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I second the request for the already visited threads to un-bold. (I’m sure you’re already working on it though.)

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Hi Matt, I just tried to enter the BB & B LPS and apparently we no longer have our Gold Membership. Could you check into that for us, please?

Thanks!

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Yeah, I officially dislike the new forum design:-(
The red topic headings and the bold thing is just ruining my experience.
Way too much work trying to decipher what I have already read and what is new.
I think we need to vote on this!!!

I’m not hip on computer stuff like how fast things go,caches, and servers.
I just know it was more user friendly the other way.
I’m sure there is a valid reason for the change.
I’m sure I’ll get use to the new forum-(
But right now I don’t like it much!
just my opinion

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Kurt & Becky,
I think your gold membership disappeared on the front-end due to the “&” in your name. I’ve logged the issue and my team will be looking at it today. Please hang in there and we’ll fix it for you.

Sally,
Like I said earlier, we’re working on a more resource-realistic approach to bolding unread topics. Please sit tight and we’ll launch it soon (I hope this week).

Thanks for your feedback guys!

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Thanks Matt!

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Thanks for the help, Matt.

The redesign of the site looks great and is definitely moving faster, even for dial-up users.

I did want to mention that the forums are not moving to the top as a new message is posted. The new messages roll to the top in the specific topics within the forum, but the forums themselves seem to be locked in place. I don’t know if that is on purpose, but it is very time consuming to identify which forums have new posts to check out. Just thought I would post my thoughts…

Becky :)

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Becky, your account is now fixed. Anybody else who had an “&” in their account name was seeing similar issues (Toni, too). We’ve fixed them all. The new posts are going to the top but we’ve got 3 topics that are stuck to the top of the list. Once the bold/read feature is implemented again, you shouldn’t have a problem following along at home :-)

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Hi Matt, I still can’t upload old entries to the new BBB.

Atleast I can now post.

Thanks,

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I want to thank everyone at EN for getting me back in one
piece. If I can’t get on EN I feel so disconneced. Thanks
for all your hard work and trying to make this site the best
it can be. Thanks Louis and Matt and everyone else. xo

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I can’t fix disconnected, no edit button.

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Hi Matt, Looks like we’re back in the Gold club. Thanks!

Yes, the topics with the newest posts are roling to the top in their individual forums, but if you set your preferences to show the list of forums you’ll see that the Funding forum is at the top and its most recent post was 15 days ago. There are many forums below that that have recent posts, but the forum does not roll to the top of the list. That is different from the way it used to work. For those of us who prefer to start with the forum list, instead of the full topic list, it is difficult locate what is new. If We’re the only ones experiencing this, we can learn to deal with it, but I suspect there are others who prefer the forum view.

Thanks,

Becky :)

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Ah, I misunderstood your comment Becky. I’ll see what we can do :-)

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Hey Matt,

The search box seems to have disappeared. It flashes on when the page loads, then disappears. Also, I am still having issues with posting replies. Even though I am logged in, when I try to post a reply, the reply box flashes on then disappears. I have checked the remember me box on the log in screen, but there seems to be some disconnect there. It’s kind of like my log in times out or something, but the page still shows I’m logged in. To resolve the problem I have to log out,then log back in. This doesn’t always happen, but frequently. Lake asked me if my javascript was enabled and it is. I am running XP and IE7. I posted a topic on the support page but wanted to post it here in case anyone else is experiencing this.

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I too am not able to upload entries to my dashboard. My
worry is that the contest ends tomorrow and I can’t get
them in. All day yesterday I could not get in either.
I have written team@edisonnation.com and hoping they can
help me and everyone else.

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Margaret, thanks for posting your issue in the support forums (support.edisonnation.com). They’ll be able to track down your issue and fix it. The disappearing search box is on the top of our list. Most people aren’t experiencing it but a few are.

Toni, even if we can’t get you straightened out before the search is over, we’ll be sure to get you in to it. Your issues have been very perplexing on our end and we’re still looking in to them.

Thanks,
Matt

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“Your issues have been very perplexing on our end and we’re still looking in to them.”

All I can say is “Matt…how much time do you have!” Just kidding Toni you know I love you… but I am also a smart a_ _ !

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Thank You Matt, appreciate you help. The only thing that is
different in the last month was that I put in a new charge
card to use. I don’t think that is it though.

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Cheryl, we were typing at the same time. hahaahahaha
You always make me laugh!

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I too am not able to upload entries to my dashboard I am trying to submit to BBB. Matt can you help?

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Lisa,
Can you please explain exactly what page you are one and what error you are getting in a message at support.edisonnation.com? Our team who codes the site will be able to look into the issue for you.

Thanks! Matt

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This is just a test:-)

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Matt,
Can you explain why HS keeps changing their final submission date? I imagine that will slow down the selection process – correct? Can they continue to change it indefinately?

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Karla,
The Hammacher Schlemmer date was pushed back because of EN’s website changes and all of the adjustments that had to made to get the bugs out, so to speak. EN pushed the date back to give those of us who had trouble uploading etc. more time.

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Thanks Cheryl. That clears up the mystery!

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So those of you that have done this before, what is the approx. timeline? Weeks, months? I’m sure it varies. I just have no idea what to expect. I appreciate you input.

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Whatever you think is the appropriate timeline for the full course of an LPS, double it. Then double it again. If there’s one thing I know about these searches, its that you had better be patient. VERRRRRRRRRY PATIENT!

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Thanks!! I guess I’ll just go ahead a relax and quit checking my dashboard every 1/2 hour!

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Karla,
Just to clarify, we’ve only changed the Hammacher date once. There was a typo on the site in one place a while ago and we fixed it – we weren’t extending it. The only time we’ve ever extended the date was on Friday. We changed it because a handful of people were having a hard time submitting ideas and we wanted to make sure that everybody had their chance.

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Karla, that’s a great attitude for these searches. Sit back, relax. I see it like a contest with imaginary trophies/medals. If you make it to the finals, you’ve won a 3rd place medal (imaginary). If you make it to be selected for further consideration by the LPS sponsor, you’ve won a 2nd place medal (imaginary). If you actually get a royalty contract out of it, then you’ve won a first place trophy. (The trophy is also imaginary, but as I understand it the royalty checks are real.)

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Hey Raf, that’s a thought. I think if anyone gets to win
a license deal through EN, EN should give each and every
winner a small little trophy. Nothing elaborate but something you could put up on your mantel or entertainment
center or even TV. Maybe Louis or Matt will read this.

Inventor 2009
Winner Rafael Avila of the (whatever contest) you won.

Or something like that. What do you think???

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Toni, you might want to avoid the word contest-
Matt doesn’t like that term :-(
Maybe competition would be a better word?

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Okay Holly :)) Trophy for Competition Winner.

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Okay Holly :)) Trophy for Competition Winner.

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Thanks EN Team for making the Bold font in unread posts come back to life!!!!
Nice Job!

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I don’t see the change?
What am I missing
? LOL!!
I still don’t have and edit button:-( I’m all messed up LOL!!!!

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I want my edit button back too! Also don’t notice much
difference and please let the latest posts go to the top
and bring back the exact time of the post. When you first
click on the site the actual time shows and then disappears.
We need these for our sanity. :))

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Toni,
At the top right hand corner of the forums page you will see a “Show Preferences” button. Click that button and you can change your preferences so that the last post is first. I hope that helps!!

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Cheryl, all my forum says is create a new topic.
I don’t see the word preference anywhere :(

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Hi Toni & Cheryl, I notice when I log out and come back to the forums, its a total diffrent look. when I loged back in, its normal! hope that helps, good luck!

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Directly above “Create a New Topic” button should be the “Show Preferences” button. If it is not there check on the “Topic” page and it should be there in approximately the same place.
June, I must be slow today because I didn’t even understand what you said.

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Thats OK Cheryl, Yal crack me up, most of us has EN set where we do not have to log in with our password. So it’s good to log out sometimes and use your password to log back in. But when you log out, EN forums do look diffrent until you log back in with your password. Maybe thats Toni problem, Good Luck anyhow!

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June & Cheryl, I started to answer your posts and then I
was thrown off the site for the last 15 minutes. I don’t
see preference anywhere. That’s okay – I’m confused enough.
lol Thanks for you posts ladies.

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June, what part of the south are you from? Im in Florida.

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hahah, I got thrown off too.
I don’t have a preference button either.

June, I always log on so I don’t think that is the problem.

Hopefully Lake will figure out why I’m having issues :-)

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It seems that the folks whose avatars went missing are the ones with the issues like no edit option or no “Show Preferences” button. Lake, do you think this could be the common tread?…[pun intended]

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Yep, I got thrown off too!hehehe,Toni,What did you do? ah, I dont have a edit button neither,maybe they are looking to put me a spell button in its place! hehehe. Kiln Mississippi,or fifteen miles from Picayune and Bay St Louis. Maybe they are still updating!

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Well I want to say thanks. I have been gone for a while since the “improvements”. It got really frustrating. But I am happy to say all the issues I had have been repaired and I’m back. Of course I’m still tied up from work, but at least I can scan the threads again.
Thanks EN for making it right.

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