We’re having a bit of a cleanup.
If you’ve read our Terms of Service, you’ll be aware that profile names that include or allude to eroticism, fetishism, escort services or illegal activities have never been allowed on MeetFighters. From now on, we’ll be imposing this rule more strictly.
Over the next days and weeks, the MF team will be sifting through our profile database. Members whose profile names are deemed to be in breach of Terms of Service §9 will be asked to change their profile name – even if they’ve been using the name in question for some time. A system is also being put in place to prevent new members from registering ‘erotic’ profile names. Our rationale for this is that MeetFighters is – and always has been – about fighting first and foremost, and that by allowing ‘erotic’ profile names we’re taking away from the main focus of this site. Which – we’ll say it again – is fighting.
We thank you for your understanding.
The MF Team.
Meetfighters is 10 years old today. Our site officially launched on December 11th, 2008.
We’ve grown a lot since then. We currently have 17,198 active users, who’ve uploaded a grand total of 331,230 photos and 1910 videos to their profiles. 20% of our community are donating members. 650 users are logged on in an average hour. We want to celebrate these achievements with our whole community!
Today, every single one of our 17,198 profiles will be awarded Bronze donation status for one month. You don’t need to do anything for this, the donation status will be added automatically. This means that for one month all of our members get to experience the perks donating members enjoy, such as higher resolution for photos and access to videos. If you’re already a donating member, an extra month will be automatically added to your current donation. If you haven’t got a profile on Meetfighters yet, this is the time to create one! All profiles registered in December 2018 will enjoy free Bronze donation status until January 12th 2019.
And that’s not all. A redesigned and improved Search page will go live on Christmas Eve.
Thank you for being a part of Meetfighters’ first 10 years. We look forward to the next 10!
– The MF Team.
Here’s an update about some work that has been going on behind the scenes.
- We’re accepting Events again for our Events listings. All Events are reviewed by our Support Team before they’re listed (or rejected, as the case may be.)
- We’ve revised our video reviewing process. If the content in question is deemed suitable, newly uploaded videos should be visible within hours rather than days (as used to be the case.)
- On top of that, you can now embed YouTube videos in your profile – provided you own the copyright of the YouTube video in question. Embedded videos will also be reviewed by our Support Team.The same rules that apply to videos uploaded to the site directly apply to embedded YouTube videos. Copyright ownership will be verified as part of the process.
- There's a helpful new Admin page full of useful links.
Watch this space for more announcements coming soon.
Longtime member omr24 pointed out that the "I am willing to host" label in profiles under the "Travel" section was ambiguous. This checkbox was intended to indicate that you are willing to provide some place to sleep for visiting members, like couch surfing. However, due to the way it was phrased it could be interpreted as "willing to host a match".
This has now been remedied; the checkbox is now labeled "Bed and Breakfast". If you have put this in your profile with the interpretation that you are hosting matches only, please remove it and select "I have access to mats" or "I have access to a ring" under "Interests".
Additionally, I have posted a new page titled "Bed and Breakfast" that helps you quickly search for such.
In other news, I regret to inform you that we are not accepting new submissions to the Events page pending a review of how to proceed with that feature.
Additionally, our Terms of Service page has been amended with the following items:
10. You must respect the privacy of other members and never disclose their personal information or correspondence without their express consent.
11. MeetFighters is for private and personal use only. You may not use the site for the purpose of collection or aggregation of data for any reason, be it commercial or non-commercial.
As mentioned previously, as part of our privacy initiative, MeetFighters decided to stop using Google Maps for certain features. Work on the new map integration is ongoing; unfortunately replacing a service as huge and comprehensive as Google Maps is not an easy task. If you experience difficulties, please let us know.
Update 3rd July
Big thanks to everyone who commented! On most days our team is dealing with members who have some sort of complaint, so it feels good to get some positive feedback now and then. :)
We have deployed a new version of the "reverse geocoding" (map coordinates to city name) service, this time based on a service called "gisgraphy" instead of OpenStreetMap. Gisgraphy uses multiple data sources, including OpenStreetMap, and hopefully does a better job of finding the right city names and addresses. My preliminary tests show improvements, although not perfection.
@scottimike asked about threats to the site. At present time I am not aware of any big ones. The team behind MeetFighters is always busy providing help and support and improvements to the site, but the foundations are strong. We have a good community here, and ultimately that's all that matters.