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  1. Posted on Feb 7, 2007

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    Help Wanted: Tanga Needs Improvements!

    Hi there, Tanga People.

    All of the people involved in making Tanga a cool place are going to be living in a tiny, secluded, undisclosed location for most of next week, similar to what happened here.

    During that time, we’re going to be discussing ways we can make Tanga better, more entertaining and way cooler. So, here’s your chance to contribute feedback. Got any ideas on how to make Tanga better? How do we suck? How do we rule? How can we rule more? Please, be brutal and honest. At the end of this blog entry, I’ve listed some sample comments that you guys and gals can use for inspiration.

    Keep in mind that ideas that would help Tanga grow and become a more successful business are appreciated the most—the more users who sign up and the more products we can sell, the better deals we can give you all, the lower shipping fees become, and the more resources we’ll have to put towards puzzles and games and other Daily Fun items. Also, yours truly is coming aboard the Tanga train full-time, so this new stuff should happen at a much faster rate.

    It should be worth noting that (I hope) I fixed the few problems Tanga’s had with the checkout screen and duplicate authorizations. So, I guess you can complain about checkout problems if you really want to, but they’ve (again, hopefully) already been fixed.

    We’ve got really cool things planned in the near future! Again, if you have ideas for how we can improve, please comment here. And feel free to comment on the “example” problems as well.

    With adoration,
    Tanga Joe

    P.S. Have you guys seen the recent Ze Frank show? That guy rules!


    “Example” problems with Tanga:


    • When checking out, the error messages are terrible

    • Errors aren’t formatted consistently across the site

    • On each blog page for a puzzle, you guys should show a thumbnail of the puzzle

    • You guys should show the last few orders directly on the My Account page

    • Why do sometimes you say an order is shipped and then it doesn’t actually go anywhere for days? That sucks!

    • It would be neat to click on a user and see the puzzles that the person has had on Tanga

    • Users should have a public profile page

    • I sometimes have problems logging in, I think this is because I entered my email address in as “Joe@tanga.com”, but I’m trying to login as “joe@tanga.com”. Both of those should work, darn it.

    • I want to be able to edit a puzzle that I submitted

    • If I win some stuff in a contest, I’d like to be able to see the shipping status of my incoming package

    • The whole blog page sucks and is hard to navigate. For example, here’s how it could be improved…

    • Blog entries with 500+ comments are hard to read. You should break up the comments into 100 comments per page.

    • When I edit something on my account page, if I don’t type in my password correctly or I forget to type it in, I have to re-edit all my changes.

    • I want to use Paypal to pay for something

    • I want to be able to enter in a few different addresses and be able to choose from them when ordering something

    • I want to be able to send a package to a friend with a note inside.

    • If I make a mistake when typing in an address (i.e. my state and zip code don’t match up), Tanga doesn’t tell me about it.

    • If my puzzle is chosen for a day, I sometimes don’t get my Tanga Points until much later.

    • I want to use my Tanga Points more often!!! Create more things I can use my Tanga Points for!

    • I’d buy more things if shipping costs were lower.

    • Each puzzle page should mention the creator of the puzzle.

    • I sometimes have problems unsubscribing from text messages and email notifications. THAT SUCKS DUDE

    • I’d like to be able to communicate with Tanga people about my problems/ideas via my account page, instead of having to resort to email.

    • Fonts are used inconsistently across the application. For example…

    • I want Tanga Gift Cards!

    • Comments should be threaded! (thoughts?)


  2. Posted on Feb 2, 2007

    Views: 1,052

    Geek Gold Auction

    Discuss the Geek Gold Auction that tooks place on 2/1/07 here.


  3. Posted on Jan 22, 2007

    Views: 1,006

    Puzzlethon winners!

    More than 100 people managed to solve all 24 puzzles in the first user-created puzzlethon. From among these, the following 5 were randomly chosen to be prize winners.

    amberdee gets One Snowglobe with one copy of Hollywood Blockbuster.

    enik gets 1 copy of Sunken City

    Virnas gets 1 copy of Ra

    hibikir gets 1 copy of Double or Nothing

    mundane gets 1 copy of Tongiaki

    In addition, the following 50 randomly selected people (these include the above 5) will all get 25 Tanga Points. (20 points have been awarded already, with five to be added once Joe gets the email I just sent him describing the difference between a zero and a five)

    amberdee

    enik

    Virnas

    hibikir

    mundane

    rjl

    petejohnst

    Jake

    jeffie51

    Chachito

    rynelf

    Erich

    TheOneEye

    knockbejeezus

    jmdeng

    workerbee

    Morgan

    Josh

    abb4life

    rudolfrassen

    mnemonica

    aarons

    mishy

    sevy

    CellBlock

    quadrango

    ericb737

    Belle

    dsmeyer

    tannim

    SilverSabre25

    Dalan

    mluna99

    wutd4h311

    bradman

    Red99

    nickb

    aperson

    renunciate06

    randrews

    obisbo99

    bleirrot

    buffyaddict

    oilslider

    bigdaddytr

    kswitz

    SCTrueGent

    Zot

    barneshome

    amcbeth


  4. Posted on Jan 17, 2007

    Views: 950

    Tanga Point Auction #3 - Saga the Game

    Click here to view the auction and bid!

    Hello all you Tangaites! Our next Tanga Point Auction starts this evening at 7:00 p.m. PST. To bid, just go to the auction page, that will be linked off of the home page of Tanga.com, login to your account and make a bid. You will only be allowed to bid up to the amount of TP that you currently hold. You are only allowed to make ONE bid so please bid carefully. You will not be able to change your bid once you have entered the bid amount. You will also not be able to see the other competiting bids as this is a blind bidding auction.

    To see how many TP you currently have in your account, login and check out the My Account tab.

    If you win, you will pay the amount of Tanga Points equal to the lowest winning bid plus any applicable shipping and handling charges. So if 30 people win, they all pay the lowest winning bid for the product! Ties will be broken by time of bid placement.

    Auctions run for only 24 hours and will start at the same Tanga time of 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. After the 24 hours is up, the winners will be posted and also notified by email. Auction winners will be required to pay shipping. If there are any other charges associated with winning an auction, it will be posted on the auction product page.

    In order for you to plan your auction strategies accordingly, we have decided to let you know several weeks in advance what the next auctions will be:

    January 17th – 50 copies of Saga the game

    January 31st – 100 GeekGold Gift Packages of 50 GeekGold (for use on www.boardgamegeek.com)

    February 14th – 8 Vocal Fire Detectors

    February 28th – 50 copies of Lucky Loop (German) w/downloadable English rules

    Many of you have asked how you get Tanga Points. The following is a list of ways:

    Purchase a Tanga: 5 points
    Be the first to purchase a Tanga: 10 points
    Be the one to purchase the last Tanga available: 10 points
    Participate in Daily Fun: 1-4 points

    Thank you for your support of Tanga and we hope you enjoy the auctions!

    Click here to view the auction and bid!


  5. Posted on Jan 6, 2007

    Views: 2,198

    Puzzle Makers Discussion

    We’ll be using this blog to communicate about user-created puzzles.

    Our experiment in using user-submitted puzzles for the Daily Fun page is continuing.

    Puzzles must be 500 by 500 pixel images. The answer must be one word. Proper nouns are ok.

    We will award 20 Tanga Points to the creator for each puzzle that we use.

    Please note that the puzzle titles that you submit will not be displayed.

    NEWS FLASH!
    You can now view and edit your submitted puzzles on your account page. Thanks joe!

    Click here to submit a puzzle to Tanga!


  6. Posted on Jan 6, 2007

    Views: 2,999

    Updated Refund Policy

    Hello fellow Tanga visitors! We have updated the Return / Refund policy. It can be found on the “Who is Tanga” page. However, to save you the trouble of going there, here it is…

    Our business model is to offer the best prices on everything we sell, every night. We don’t make large profits, so we can’t offer returns for reasons other than defects or shipping damage. If your product is defective, or damaged in shipment, we will pay for return shipping and issue a prompt refund, or a replacement if one is available. Your choice!


  7. Posted on Jan 3, 2007

    Views: 902

    New and Improved Blog Page!

    How about that? The main blog page is no longer 1000 pages long…

    it’s the little things


  8. Posted on Jan 3, 2007

    Views: 1,051

    Tanga Point Auction #2

    Update: The auction has ended. Congratulate the winners!

    Hello all you Tangaites! Our next Tanga Point Auction starts this evening at 7:00 p.m. PST. Every person who has Tanga Points is eligible to participate in the auction. To bid, just go to the auction page, that will be linked off of the home page of Tanga.com, login to your account and make a bid. You will only be allowed to bid up to the amount of TP that you currently hold. You are only allowed to make ONE bid so please bid carefully. You will not be able to change your bid once you have entered the bid amount. You will also not be able to see the other competiting bids as this is a blind bidding auction.

    If you win, you will pay the amount of Tanga Points equal to the lowest winning bid plus any applicable shipping and handling charges. So if 30 people win, they all pay the lowest winning bid for the product! Ties will be broken by time of bid placement.

    Auctions run for only 24 hours and will start at the same Tanga time of 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. After the 24 hours is up, the winners will be posted and also notified by email. Auction winners will be required to pay shipping. If there are any other charges associated with winning an auction, it will be posted on the auction product page.

    In order for you to plan your auction strategies accordingly, we have decided to let you know several weeks in advance what the next auctions will be:

    January 3rd – 15 Linksys Wireless Music Systems WMLS11B
    January 17th – 50 copies of Saga the game
    January 31st – 100 GeekGold Gift Packages of 50 GeekGold (for use on www.boardgamegeek.com)
    February 14th – 8 Vocal Fire Detectors

    Many of you have asked how you get Tanga Points. The following is a list of ways:

    Purchase a Tanga: 5 points
    Be the first to purchase a Tanga: 10 points
    Be the one to purchase the last Tanga available: 10 points
    Participate in Daily Fun: 1-4 points

    Thank you for your support of Tanga and we hope you enjoy the auctions!


  9. Posted on Dec 19, 2006

    Views: 847

    Tanga Point Auctions Have Started!

    Hello all you Tangaites! We are pleased to announce our Tanga Point Auctions that we will be holding regularly throughout the year. We may mix up the auctions with other fun things in the future that you will be able to participate in by using our Tanga Points, but for now, we plan on having an auction every two weeks.

    Every person who has Tanga Points is eligible to participate in the auction. To bid, just go to the auction page, that will be linked off of the home page of Tanga.com, login to your account and make a bid. You will only be allowed to bid up to the amount of TP that you currently hold. If you win, you will pay the amount of Tanga Points equal to the lowest winning bid. So if 30 people win, they all pay the lowest winning bid for the product! Ties will be broken by time of bid placement.

    Auctions run for only 24 hours and will start at the same Tanga time of 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. After the 24 hours is up, the winners will be posted and also notified by email. Auction winners will be required to pay shipping. If there are any other charges associated with winning an auction, it will be posted on the auction product page.

    In order for you to plan your auction strategies accordingly, we have decided to let you know several weeks in advance what the next auctions will be.

    December 20th – 30 copies of The Bridges of Shangri-La
    January 3rd – 15 Linksys Wireless Music Systems WMLS11B
    January 17th – 50 copies of Saga the game

    As this is in beta and has not been used in a live environment, please excuse our dust as we make this system work for you!

    Many of you have asked how you get Tanga Points. The following is a list of ways:

    Purchase a Tanga: 5 points
    Be the first to purchase a Tanga: 10 points
    Be the one to purchase the last Tanga available: 10 points
    Participate in Daily Fun: 1-4 points

    Thank you for your support of Tanga and we hope you enjoy the auctions!


  10. Posted on Dec 19, 2006

    Views: 854

    Puzzle contest update

    EXTRA EXTRA! We have decided not to stop accepting puzzles. We were planning to do one month of user generated puzzles, but the quantity and quality of your submissions has exceeded our expectations, so we will be featuring your puzzles for longer.

    Here’s the link for submitting puzzles: CLICK THIS LINK

    As a reminder, puzzles must be 500 by 500 pixel jpeg files. The answer must be one word. Proper nouns are ok.

    We will award 20 Tanga Points to the creator for each puzzle that we use. It won’t happen right away because programmers take too many vacations to Paris.

    Please note that the puzzle titles that you submit will not be displayed. If you have submitted a puzzle and the title is needed as a solving aid, please incorporate the title into the jpeg and re-submit the puzzle. I doubt this is the case for many of the puzzles but it’s up to you. Sorry if this wasn’t clear.

    Some of the puzzles are (again, in my opinion) “one edit away”from being excellent. Since there are enough puzzles that don’t need editing, we’ll use those first. Some of you might get an email from me with edit suggestions. This won’t happen until after the new year.

    Thanks to everyone for chipping in to make Tanga even more vexing! aw


  11. Posted on Dec 14, 2006

    Views: 1,798

    Puzzle Solutions becoming available!

    Yay! The programmers gave us a new toy. The solutions to puzzles will now be available 24 hours after the release of the puzzle (after they no longer count for tanga points). We’re working on putting up answers for all of the past puzzles as well, starting with the earliest ones.


  12. Posted on Dec 12, 2006

    Views: 1,206

    Text Messaging, back by popular demand

    We are surprised and flattered by the number of folks that can’t live without their Tanga text messages! As a result we’ve turned text messaging back on! For those of you that are concerned about getting too many messages go to you My Account area and uncheck sms messaging.


  13. Posted on Dec 11, 2006

    Views: 1,377

    SMS during tangathon

    Because of the volume of messages that get sent out during the tangathon we’ve temporarily disabled sms messaging so your cell phone bills don’t go sky high. If you want to get notified of product releases we suggest signing up for email messaging. Be aware we also have RSS feeds but they will be a bit behind the normal messaging channels.


  14. Posted on Dec 7, 2006

    Views: 894

    Create Your Own Puzzle Contest!

    We’re having a puzzle making contest!

    Would you like to be the one people are cursing one of these nights at 7pm pacific? We’re ready to give you the chance!

    We will be accepting entries from December 7th until December 20th.

    We are hoping to get at least 30 puzzles that meet our exacting standards.

    Contest winners will receive valuable (soon) Tanga Points and incalculable glory.

    The puzzle must be a 500 by 500 pixel JPEG image in RGB mode.

    The puzzle must have a one word answer. It can be a proper noun.

    You must include a clear explanation of how the puzzle works.

    Puzzles are often harder than you think they will be. Try testing your puzzle with a few people before you submit it!

    You can submit your puzzle on our web site – CLICK THIS LINK


  15. Posted on Dec 7, 2006

    Views: 920

    Tanga Point Auctions Coming Soon!

    Coming soon in the following days will be our first Tanga Point Auction where you will be able to use your Tanga Points to win valuable prizes. More information will be posted soon including starting times/ending times of the auctions, how the auctions will work, and other information on how to secure more Tanga Points!


  16. Posted on Dec 2, 2006

    Views: 979

    Mea culpa culpa from puzzlemaster

    OK everyone. I need your help. I can’t find a log to hide under.

    There were TWO errors in the puzzle today. Both have been corrected.

    The box sizes in row three were wrong AND the wrong word was clued in the rightmost box in row 3. The clue “Hooter” was for owl, which is not a fitting answer.

    Use this blog to vent and to offer suggestions to my masters for methods of discipline.


  17. Posted on Nov 28, 2006

    Views: 1,061

    Disabled cell phone messaging

    Greetings.

    The bad news… Some of you may have received false product notification messages on your cell phone. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are rewriting the system that sends these messages to solve this problem. In the mean time, cell phone messages will not be sent.

    The good news… We saw a 20X increase in traffice due to yesterday’s Tangathon, and the Puzzlethon. Thank you to everyone that participated. We have upgraded our system to accomodate the additional traffic.

    Happy holidays to Everyone!


  18. Posted on Nov 28, 2006

    Views: 978

    Puzzlethon winners

    Here are the winners by first name and (user name).

    Congrats to you all and the others with perfect scores.

    Your prizes will be shipped soon.

    1 – Polaroid i1032 Digital Camera – Amanda (nanochica)
    2 – new iPod Shuffle – Alexis (Belle)
    3 – Ticket to Ride Marklin – Jarett (warbanner)
    4 – SimplyCatan – John (barneshome)
    5 – Ra – Spencer (blixa)
    6 – Cluzzle – Sharlah (french_pea)
    7 – Bridges of Shangri-la – Edward (edwardfong)
    8 – For Sale – Matthew (webdweller)
    9 – Double or Nothing – Lydia (Soprano)
    10 – Saga – Paul (gexi)


  19. Posted on Nov 28, 2006

    Views: 912

    11/27 puzzle corrected

    Thanks bloggers. There was a missing line in the 11/27 puzzle. Fixed now.


  20. Posted on Nov 27, 2006

    Views: 1,013

    Puzzlethon Prizes

    Puzzlethon prize winners will be announced at noon pst 11/28. Check to see if you are a winner!


  21. Posted on Nov 27, 2006

    Views: 898

    Puzzlethon extended!

    Ok puzzlers,

    Here’s the plan. We’re going to extend the puzzlethon until 7am pacific time. You can submit answers until that time. If you submitted an answer too late already, you will be credited with the point retroactively.


  22. Posted on Nov 27, 2006

    Views: 965

    Puzzle Blog 11-27-06

    Notice! There was a missing line in this puzzle. It has been replaced. Thanks bloggers for pointing this out.

    Discuss the first post puzzlethon puzzle here.


  23. Posted on Nov 27, 2006

    Views: 929

    Servers are getting pounded!

    We need to apologize to you, and thank you, for the amount of traffic we are receiving. We are now experiencing over 100Xs the typical amount of traffic that we usually receive. So that is why we are experiencing slow downs. We are going to be working tonight to get a few things optimized on the site and hope that it handles it. When we do our next Tangathon, we will definitely be more prepared for the server load with a lot more resources.

    Update: We ran out of disk space. How silly of us! Problem fixed, Tanga away!


  24. Posted on Nov 27, 2006

    Views: 2,006

    First Puzzlethon Blog 11/26/06 - Continued

    Please use this blog now for continuing your discusion regarding the Puzzlethon!


  25. Posted on Nov 26, 2006

    Views: 3,686

    First Puzzlethon Blog 11/26/06

    Discuss the first Tanga Puzzlethon here. Keep in mind that there are some pretty nice prizes. Feel free to share ideas but not answers.


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