Thinking about trying a subscription service like Stitch Fix? I haven’t tried one myself (I am not-so-much a shopping person, but when I do shop, I like to shop), but if I were going to try it out, I’d want a few tips and tricks to help me get the most out of it, because I’ve heard reviews all over the map for the service. Fortunately, the altdotlife hive mind has a lot of great ideas on how to improve your Stitch Fix results. Here are a few:
Having a hard time getting clothes you love? If you write your stylist a detailed note about an event you’re going to, they might have an easier time finding something you’d like.
I also write a detailed note with my various upcoming events, this can be real or fictional. Like, I got a really nice top when I said I wanted something to wear out to a bar while visiting major city with an old friend from high school. Totally fictional event, great shirt!
Not loving all your StitchFix picks, but want to keep trying? There are buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook just for this purpose. You can find one that matches your size, or check out groups for accessories.
And finally, don’t forget to update Pinterest to improve your box selections:
With stitchfix I found the stylist really looks at my Pinterest board, which I hadn’t been updating that frequently. Once I made sure to add a few things regularly my boxes improved a lot.
The altdotlife forum community has just gone through our semi-annual round of metatalk. This always reminds me how lucky we are to have such an involved and vocal community. We’ve gone through several rounds of new features based on feedback received in the discussions, and here’s the latest:
People have asked for an improved Profile section and a way to more easily track their buddies.
I’ve added a new Ultimate Profile mod that should help with both of those. I’m still figuring out how it all works myself, so this will be an evolving tutorial.
Stop what you’re doing right now, and do this:
1.) Accept Pending Requests: Go to your Buddy Center, and accept any buddy requests that other people have sent you (or delete them, if you don’t want to be buddies). (You can find this link at the bottom of your Ultimate Profile page, under Modify Profile: Edit Buddies.)
2.) Add New Buddies: Go to somebody’s profile, and click the [Add To Buddy List] link. (It’s on the left side, under Contact Me.) PROTIP: If you’re reading a message by someone, you can just click on their name (hyperlinked next to their message) to go their profile. Or look under Forum Tools > Members to see the whole list of members. Or Search for Members directly.
3.) Stalk Buddies: just check out your profile to see if your top 12 buddies are online. (Coming soon: additional buddy stalking mods.)
4.) Fill our your Profile: You can add additional profile information to help other altdotlife members get to know you a little better. Go to your profile page, look at the bottom, under Modify Profile: Ultimate Profile. You canchoose to show your additional info only to buddies, but it makes altdotlife a friendlier place if you just post stuff that you feel comfortable sharing with the whole community, and let everyone see it. Here’s mine.
What’s up with buddies now?
Ultimate Profile has the concept of reciprocal buddies (more like Facebook). So if you already had buddies in your buddy list, added some time ago, those buddies will show up in your Buddy Center (cool new buddy tracking feature!) as Pending Buddies. As those people visit and accept or decline your buddy request, they’ll move out of your Pending Buddies list and into your Buddies Center, the list above. In the Buddies Center, you can rearrange the list, clicking the little arrows at the right side of the list to move buddies up or down or clicking the red X to delete them. Why do you care what order your buddies are in? Because on your new Ultimate Profile page, the top 12 buddies will show up with their online status and avatars, so it’s easy for you to see if they’re online.
Editor’s note: Most of the links in this article go to forum-member-only posts. Not a member yet? You’re missing out! But not for long: here’s how to register.
Have you noticed that the All Unread Topics link doesn’t actually show you all the topics you expect to see? If you’re seeing the same list of topics from All Unread Topics that you do when you click the Unread link at the top of the forum, there’s an easy hack to fix this. Step 1 and 2 are tests to see if the function is already working for you, and step 3 is a way to trick the forum into displaying the full list:
1.) Test: Click here, which is the same link as at the Unread/Replies/Bookmarks links at the top of the browser screen. You should see Unread topics that are new since you last logged into the software, usually a few pages worth.
2.) Test: Click here, which is the same as clicking the All Unread Topics link at the bottom of the Unread page. You should see a much longer list, but because of a software quirk, many people don’t. If you see the same number of unread topics, go to step 3.
3.) Fix: Go to the Password child board, and click the MARK READ button (see the table of forum topics? Look just above the column titled View). Now try step 2 again. You should see many more posts in the list. Yay! It’s fixed.
Why is this necessary?
The altdotlife forum database is big and getting bigger– and the forum code has a few quirks to keep the server from being hammered into oblivion. Most of the time, they work great. But occasionally they cause a few glitches and we need a workaround to get the software to work the way we want it. Until last week, the All Unread Topics functionality was a performance hog, sometimes locking up the forum for up to a minute or more. But thanks to some rejiggering of the code (and testing help from a few volunteers), it looks like it’s safe to use again.
Note: if I’m wrong, and the server starts getting pummeled, I’ll have to disable the functionality until I can debug it some more. But so far, it’s looking good. Help us out by being sure to bookmark the Unread link instead of the All Unread Topics link, so we can keep the feature available for everyone to use!
Save and Edit a Draft
Today’s new feature is the ability to save a draft post without publishing it to a thread. Remember all those times you lost a post because you got interrupted or your session timed out? No more! The tutorial for using this new feature is HOWTO: Save a message without posting it with “Save as Draft” in the Tech Support board.