Stretching into the New Year! Ehn!

Streeeeeeeeetch

Happy New Year, Peeps!

2006 was the dawn of The Qte™, and we have so much more in store for you for 2007. We’ve come up with a lot of ideas, and I’d also like to ask you what you’d like to see on this site this year.

After all, without yous, this site would only entertain me, (And Theo) and I might not update it as often if it had an audience of one.

Which brings me to my question. What would you like to see more of on C.O.? I have some ideas to propose to yous. Here goes. How about:

1. Virtual Pets!
2. Seasonal changes to the background image!
3. More polls and/or voting
4. More T-Shirts! (duh)
5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even?
6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps
7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN
8. Less of anything?!
9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.)
10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one)
11. Celebrity pet stories

What do YOU think? Write back!

XO,
Meg

P.S. Thanks for the kitteh straaaaayche, Alana and Pat W. ;)

Comments

  1. OMG first post! Yay. I’m a fan of more posts more often! Yay for a new year!

  2. awww what a sweet baby!

  3. Meg,
    For the sake of the world econom,y don’t increase the posts no work would get done by us cuteologists. Avatars photos would be nice though . but above all let the cute flow.

    Big hugs and thanks
    Dewi

  4. More posts, more often. :-) Real animals, not virtual or stuffed animals. (though we will make an exception and include the butter duck….)

    Thanks for giving us a place to go and see something light and fun. Your commentary adds a lot. :-)

  5. 1. Like, what tamagotchi? That’d be AWESOME! XD
    2. I like the flying pants hamsters!
    3. I can take it or leave it.
    4. Sure :D
    5. Ooh, that’d be awesome. How about a full fledged forum?
    6. Cutecasts :D
    7. OMGZORZ! YES :D
    8. Less commentroversy! But I know you can’t really do that one T_T
    9. O_O;
    10. Yes, Yes!

  6. Sxual Hrssmnt Panda says:

    omg!Virtual pets! must have! muuust haaaaaveeee! *shakes you by the collar*

  7. bring on the qte merch! If I’m not going to waste time at work looking at cute stuff, I at least want to spend my hard-earned money on it! Give T-shirts and Magnets, not poor annual reviews to employees!

  8. We _def_ have merch plans this year—Glad to know you’re interested… Keep the ideas comin’!

  9. Dustbunny says:

    Ooh, virtual pets — does that include stuffed animals? ‘Cause I have some real cute but odd ones I got in Germany, like a stuffed warthog, that I could submit ;-)

  10. More posts, more often! We’re gonna click a zillion times a day anyway, might as well have more pics to see.

    LOTS more Qte merch! In all critter varieties. And all merch varieties too.

    More CuteCast, less CuteCaps, same amt. CuteTracker.

    NO VIRTUAL PETS. I cannot stress this enough.

    NO AVATARS OR FORUM-Y STUFF. This either. There are a gazillion such things on the web. I like the simplicity of the look here. And we have perfectly good names which we know each other by. Also feh to rich text and (shudder) attachments.

    (Both of my NO’s above aren’t just stylistic, they’re also in concern for bandwidth, which is already a problem sometimes.)

    2, 3, 8, 9, 10 — don’t care, esp. if they take Meg’s time away from Teh Qte (TM).

    Oh, and the number of posts should not be so large as to decrease the wittiness of Meg’s comments, which is what makes this the best site for Cuteness EVAR!!!

  11. A book!

  12. More product cuteness! heh heh… wink wink! http://www.designerwhite.ca/rosenpig

    Not much else I say, seems like it’s going very well!

  13. Yeahhh!!! Thanks Meg for asking us our opinion, I appreciate that a lot! ^^

    1. Hummmm, I remember I left a “web-baby” died somewhere on the net. So… no web-pets for me, thanks. :-D
    2. Mmm, no? That’s good to me. It’s nice having something that stays. Only thing is it’s not fitting totally on my screen. But it’s going okay.
    3. Yeahhhh! I like being able to give my opinion with just a click :-D. Lazy vote, wouhouu!
    4. Hoo yeahhh, humm think about the place from where the americans originated aka Europe. ;-p
    5. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Finally!!!!!! THANK YOU MEG!!!! I talked about it in a comment once but the bad Theo talked me out of it. *tongue* gnark. :p
    6. Mmm, Cutecast: why not. Cute tracker: don’t use it (ignorant on the subject) Cute caps: well I like voting for the “who’s cuter” thing.
    7. Hooo, it’s nice as it is. Don’t we all come here for what it is? Huh? Yeahhh, all claps for Meg!
    Also, this flying hamster has a ridiculously cute little tail, love it!
    8. Mmmm, dunno. Just the comments get heavy to load when there’s a lot. And finding your own comment is hard.
    9. What? :-D Hehe, pets are a good way to talk with someone, therefore Cute Overload might me already a dating service, only it’s undercover. And fine this way :-D.
    10. Hehe. Don’t really know. Flash can be heavy sometimes if you don’t have the utmost computer up to date, like mine who’s from 1998.

    Thanks Claire for hinting me on the way to answer this poll.

    To end: this kitten is cuuute. Would like to scratch the tummy or even tickle a little. Hehe. Nice stretching.

  14. More posts would be good. I’d like to see seasonal changes to the background. How about more cute products? I’d love to discover new cute things that I could buy for myself.

    Thanks for all the cute =oP

  15. 1. Virtual Pets! – SURE!
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! – SURE!
    3. More polls and/or voting – DOESN’T DO MUCH FOR ME
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) – SURE!
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? – SURE! (THEN I WOULDN’T HAVE HAD TO CAP THIS :-) )
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – DOESN’T DO MUCH FOR ME
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – HEY, IT’S *YOUR* TIME
    8. Less of anything?! – HMM….
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – SURE! (LOL)
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) WHATEVER YOU CAN DO
    11. Celebrity pet stories – NOOOOO!!!

  16. Just please no more “racks” pictures. People are tired of those, and those who aren’t just end up fighting with the ones who are. I come here to look at cute animals, not boobs.

  17. more kittens!!! and hammies. and pugs!!!!

  18. More posts would be nice, especially if they contain hammies. ;)

    More vids up on the CuteCast too. I love these.

  19. We think you should make a CO calendar. And also have more posts more often. :)

  20. jenni joon says:

    2, 4 and 11 fo’sho… ummm.. other than that nope. How does one really improve perfection, meg??!! :) Eggzellent job. Thanks for all the time and effort into this fantabulous page.

    :)

  21. NO VIRTUAL ANYTHING. NO CELEB ANYTHING. Please, oh please. I also don’t care about polls or voting and I think forums are annoying, but hey, I don’t hafta go there (singsong voice). All the rest a big yeah. Thank you for your efforts.

  22. MartiniFontaine says:

    Definitely more of #4 and #7. Also, it seems nearly impossible for me (using firefox) to link directly to a single pic. I’m always being directed directly to the front page. Which is fine for me, personally, but I could send hords of other virtual pet lovers your way with individual linkage. :)

    Also, perhaps we need a memorial page, RIP for those sweeties we have lost. Like Kuma:http://www.flickr.com/photos/seattle_roll/338808565/

    Thanks for all the cuties!! Keep ‘em comin’!! You make me smile every day. Thank you and may success bring you peace and contentment in the New Year.

  23. 1. Virtual Pets could be fun, but I like real ones so much better :P
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image are always fun :)
    3. Polls and/or voting are also fun, but I come for the pictures, ultimately
    4. More T-Shirts! Yes yes!
    5. I think rich text would be nice, but I don’t know that I’d use it or any of the other features…
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps!
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN!
    8. Less racks :P
    9. No. Just, no.
    10. Pagination is often annoying, but pages like LiveJournal has with more posts in order rather than by subject could be nice…
    11. PLEASE no celebrity pet stories!!! Please, I beg of you!

  24. Virtual Pets!!!

    More importantly: CO Merch!!! I’ve practically worn out my world peace hamster tee and I gotta represent!!!

  25. Avatars and more posts!!! Thank you for my daily cute fix. Happy 2007 :)

  26. obvi, we need more cute per square inch. this is cute _overload_ isn’t it?

    if i could make a suggestion, i’d like to see what meg’s inbox looks like. (not the personal stuff, all the cute submissions that is.) if we could perhaps vote on submissions, it would be more representative of what the community wants and less of what meg wants. (no offense meg, we all still love you – but if theres some way we could automate the process i think it’d work out better for everyone.) if i’m not making much sense, take a look at what collegehumor has done. they have basically the same setup, where people mail in pictures (instead of cute it’s more about beer and vomit.) at first there was someone picking out pictures, now anyone can add a picture to the site and what gets on the front page is based on how many people like the image.

    that’s just my little suggestion. i foresee great things for this site, i wish you all the best.

  27. More posts more often! I check here AT LEAST once a day!

  28. More strechy kittys!

  29. Definitely more posts!!! And how about forget the “celebrity” pet stories, how about real people stories? Happy or sad… Happy New Year hugs to Meg and Theo

  30. Cute kitty :P

    Heya, Meg, you know I love the site, but you did have some good ideas. Just my two cents:

    I think the pagination and a more complex community environment would be the two biggest things you could do with CO to make it even better.

    Virtual pets would be cool, but you’d have to be careful not to turn it into another Neopets clone. Still, it’d be a fun feature to have. :)

    The other stuff you mentioned all would be great to see, too, but you’re also not charging anything for this. So I’d feel pretty crappy trying to criticize a free website. All in all, CO is great the way it is, but if you wanted to start beefing it up, the pagination and community stuff would be the biggest ways of doing it. :)

    Thanks for CO!

  31. Ha! I think…almost all of the above!!!!!!!! 4 is especially prosh ( ; hope yous have a great 2007!! love ya! (Meg u rock my day every day…i always lose my voice from squealing..! thanks!!!!!)

  32. Anonymouse says:

    1. Virtual Pets! < -- Don't care
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! < -- don't care
    3. More polls and/or voting < -- don't care
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) < -- don't care
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? < -- don't care
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps < -- don't care
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN < -- YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES!! MORE OF TEH CUTE!
    8. Less of anything?! < -- not interested in kids or babies. Also, I hate to say it, but I think your background is kind of gilding the lily.
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) < -- I'm taken, but more power to you. That idea is kind of... cute, actually :-)
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) < -- I don't really understand what you mean by this? You mean break the posts up into smaller chunks? Could help the site load faster, I suppose.
    11. Celebrity pet stories < -- Only if one of Paris' pets finally kills her.

  33. Also, perhaps we need a memorial page, RIP for those sweeties we have lost. Like Kuma:http://www.flickr.com/photos/seattle_roll/338808565/

    Posted by: MartiniFontaine | Jan 06, 2007 at 01:48 PM

    I’m relatively new to this site (GREAT site, BTW! LOVES IT!) so I feel kinda funny making a suggestion, but re: the memorial page MartiniFontaine suggested (first, sorry for your loss :( – I think that’s a great idea, EXCEPT I BEG YOU to make it a category on the side, not a regular post, so we can click on it IF WE WANT TO – because I DO NOT want to cry when I come here, AND I WILL if I look at RIP pets LOLOLOLOL

    Again, WONDERFUL SITE – I’ve linked you and I’m telling pretty much everyone I know to come here LOL

  34. I don’t care about celebrities or their pets!

    But cute animals with stories attached (hero animals, animals being rescued, animals breaking records, animals doing anything interesting and newsworthy) are always welcome!

    I don’t think the site needs any changing. I come for the posts, not the templates.

  35. Ha! I think…almost all of the above!!!!!!!! 4 is especially prosh ( ; hope yous have a great 2007!! love ya! (Meg u rock my day every day…i always lose my voice from squealing..! thanks!!!!!)

  36. 1. maybe..
    2. awesome!
    3. nah. i want to see cute, not vote on cute.
    4. fantastic!
    5. nah. does that really matter?
    6. no. i like pictures the best.
    7. YES!!!!
    8. less hedgehogs. they’re not cute to me.
    9. CAN YOU HOOK UP MY KITTEH?
    10. nahh.
    11. NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. EW.

    There you go! <3

  37. More real animals. No virtual pets–ugh. More kittens and puppies. More, more, more! Thank you!

  38. Fish Eye no Miko says:

    > 1. Virtual Pets!

    Eh. I’m not a big fan of VP, but I’m ok with it if most other people want them.

    >2. Seasonal changes to
    > the background image!

    Yes! And maybe ones for special holidays like Christmas (I’m a big fan of Christmas decorating).

    > 3. More polls and/or
    > voting

    Eh.

    > 4. More T-Shirts! (duh)

    Ditto.

    > 5. More ways for the
    > community to
    > interact—like avatars,
    > rich text for comments,
    > attachments even?

    Please no avatars… ~_~ I actually like it the way it is.

    > 6. More CuteCasts,
    > CuteTracker and CuteCaps

    Eh.

    > 7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN

    Uh… Hmmm… No, I think the level is ok now.

    > 8. Less of anything?!

    Not really.

    > 9. A DATING SERVICE!
    >(kiddingk.)

    Drat.

    > 10. Pagination for easy
    > flipping thru pages…
    >(Don’t get me started on
    > this one)

    I’m not sure what this is.

    > 11. Celebrity pet stories

    Dear God, no.

    A few things:
    1. On your Categories Pages, you have all the old posts on one Page, meaning that you sometimes have, like, hundreds of images on one Page. They take a looong time to load. Any way you could make it like, 20 or so a Page? That way, if I just wanna look at kitties or hamsters, I don’t have wait for dozens of images to load…
    2. More unusual animals, please! I happen to like lizards and snakes, and whales and stuff…
    Thanks for the great Site! ^_^

  39. Please, for the love of Kitteh, no celebrity pet stories. Ick, ick ick…

    Also, I recommend not doing too much for comments, and especially no images or attachments. It will get abused, and I think links are just fine.

  40. I would love to see a million posts a day!!

  41. Fee Fi Fo Fummy I want a kitty cause kitty’s are yummy…..I wanna nibble on that widdle belly and paws…..Well at least snorgle it.

    Now to you question meg…..MORE MORE MORE…..Did i mention my addictive personallity?

  42. Please no celebrity pet stories. Blah.

    If you bring back the world peace hamster t I will buy one. Not that THAT is much incentive.

  43. Boofus McGoofus says:

    More cute more often, however that happens!

    (The only things on which I have strong opinions are more posts GOOD, celebrities BAD.)

  44. Fish Eye no Miko says:

    BTW, stretchy-kitty is SO cute! Awww…

  45. charlotte says:

    i would love more of a forum-like comment area. i think i would be more likely to comment. and when we can’t directly reply to other comments it becomes kind of a hassle :/ otherwise everything is perfecto! keep the cuteness alive.

  46. huh? sorry–I got distracted by stretchy kitteh.

    Here’s my two cents:
    1. meh. I prefer real.
    2, 3, 4. cool!

    5. Sounds good, but only if it doesn’t bog the page down.
    6, 7. Sure!
    8. Less of anything?! — Nuffinghams? Complainers?
    10. Sounds tricky.
    11. I second Anonymouse. Only if Paris’ finally kill her. I’m not a fan of “celeb gossip”. If it’s a CO-worthy pic, then maybe. But not just because it’s the pet of someone famous.

    How about a CO calendar?

    As far as modifying the site–only do what isn’t going to become a massive tech hassle for you! We appreciate all the cuteness brought our way every day!

  47. Love this PAGE, love the job you DO! Love all the adorable aminals! More of everything! I like all your ideas! I would adopt a little pet!

  48. Numbers 6 and 7! Oh yeah, and post some of the pictures I’ve sent you.

  49. Unless the celeb IS a cute pet, like Morris the Cat, or that puppy who sings “I got no bugs on me…” no celeb pets. The pets WITHOUT the celebs might be cute, though…

  50. More posts! Like… the pics I send!!

  51. 1. Virtual Pets! – sounds fun
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! – don’t mind
    3. More polls and/or voting – yep
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh)- most definitely
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? – cool
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – not fussed
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – you can never have too much cute!
    8. Less of anything?! – nope
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – snort
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – eh? what?
    11. Celebrity pet stories – lord no!

  52. AuntieMame says:

    For your own mental health, Meg, I would recommend that you post one photo a day rather than several. That hopefully would lighten your load a little bit. But post frequency is entirely up to you.

    I could go for a real forum! Or at least the ability to edit my posts. Attachements aren’t necessary, though. I think links are fine.

    NO CELEBRITIES!!!!!!

    And bring on the racks! We are NOT tired of them.

  53. AuntieMame says:

    And just to clarify (after reading lleachie’s post), if it is the pet that is the celebrity, post it by all means.

    It’s the human celebrities I have no interest in seeing.

  54. I’m voting for : more posts, more often (although actually I think the current rate is very impressive!), real animals rather than virtual pets, more non-pet animals and I like the ideas of avatars for the community. Thanks for a great year!

  55. Yeah; what Vickie in Michigan said; no stuffed or virtual (or cartoons).

    Maybe a catagory for Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY (wild animals) I like the idea of being able to put an icon or animation in my comments. I like seasonal and other background changes changes. New What’s Cuter more often. Hmmmmm I will get back with you cause you asked me and My Ideas are always Good Ideas.

  56. a few suggestions:

    -kitten mondays
    -kitten tuesdays
    -kitten wednesdays
    -kitten thurdays
    -kitten fridays
    -kitten saurdays
    -kitten sundays

    other cute stuff can be posted on remaining week days.

    just kidding! keep up the good work. i love CO!

  57. FYI, I love CO just the way it is – cats, racks and all.

  58. no more sad pictures!!!!! they make me cry!

  59. This maybe is not so popular an idea, but I’d really like to see a section on your site about spaying and neutering, animal welfare, or anything like that.

    It’s just that I work at this shelter, and I see cute kitties day in and day out, and some of them I have to hold in my arms as they’re euthanized.

    So if there could be anything, anywhere, even the tiniest link going to a place to learn about keeping Cute alive and happy and healthy, I would be grateful (and so would the kitties).

  60. More posts more often, and pagination.
    And NO celebrity pets, please.

  61. Eliminate nothing. Add whatever adds to the joy of an overload of cute.

  62. More posts, more often!! Definitely.

  63. Why is it that anyone who’s doing something successfully thinks they have to change what is working?

    Cute Overload is just fine as it is. Keep it simple. Keep the Cute coming.

    The one and only suggestion I would have – offer a web-based form for sending in photos. Something with a simple spot for submitter’s name (or nickname), e-mail address, URL if applicable, and a caption or description of the photo they’re sending. To make it perfect, have a way they can browse their computer for the photo to upload.

    I sent in several photos of my rats many months ago, and have never been sure if you got them or not. So I just gave up, and have never bothered trying to submit again. An improved submission system would encourage me to make another attempt.

  64. 777777 more posts more often thank you

    -no celeb pets
    -no virtual animals or toys… i come here for the *real* cuties

  65. I’m for numbers 5 & 7. But really, just keep doing what you’re doing, Meg. It works!

  66. I agree with AuntieMame and Sheri– we’re NOT sick of teh racks! I’m a girl and I love those pictures, so as far as I’m concerned, keep them coming along with all the other great cute you give us.

    Also, what Lizzie just posted about links to animal well-being sites/info is a wonderful idea. I’ve been thinking about getting myself a pocket pet (maybe a hammy or hedgie) but have no idea how to care for one, so links to info sites (maybe animal-type charities too?) would be very helpful.

    Keep up the good work, you’re doing great and thanks so much for brightening up all of our days! Have an awesome new year!

  67. I love some of these ideas!

    1. Virtual Pets – Please resist the urge to clutter up your wonderfully simple website with extra virtual ANYTHING. If you actually had the time to set this up, I’d rather that time went into posting more of C.O.’s bread-n-butter (i.e. teh cuteness with laugh-out-loud captions).

    2. Seasonal changes to the background image – I love the beknickered hamsters! Seasonal flying hamsters in knickers would be a happy thing indeed.

    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – Yes Pleeeeease!! (of course ;))

    8. Less of anything?! – Racks. It’s getting a little worn out.

    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – Would it be interspecies? ;P

    P.S. One of my favorite things about C.O. is how happy and upbeat it is. Even if I’m completely depressed, I can come here just for a minute and be smiling again. On that note, several people have suggested RIPs. But that might make C.O. a little sad sometimes. Imagine looking at a cute kitteh and then suddenly realizing that the caption said it had died last week/month. :( C.O. is a place we come to be happy! I’m all for remembering our pets (I’ve lost a few over the years as well, and I miss them so much), but maybe you could just have links in your “More! More! More!” section of where people could go to see (and post) RIPs if they feel emotionally up to it.

    P.P.S. Most of all, I would LURVE to see more exotic and unusual animals…for some reason, those are the cutest of all. Capybaras, baby sharks, etc. etc. These are ALWAYS my favorite posts! But I love ‘em all. Keep up the fahbulous work, darling.

  68. More puppies!!

  69. 7.
    10.
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  70. LOOOOVE the kitty stretch!!

    1. Virtual Pets! – No thanks.
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! – If you have the time.
    3. More polls and/or voting – Nah…
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) – Wouldn’t mind, although I don’t know when I’ll have money to buy them.
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? – Rich text is all I’d want, no need for the rest.
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – Is that the stuff on the side? I don’t pay attention, to be honest.
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – Well, DUH~! ;-)
    8. Less of anything?! – Nuffins?
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – LOL
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – Might not be a bad idea
    11. Celebrity pet stories – Only if the pet is very very cute and the celebrity is not annoying.

  71. No celebs, no virtual pets. Pagination would be nice. While a full-blown forum and community would be nice, I’m not too interested in avatars otherwise.

    Thank you for making this such an awesome website to visit! You don’t know how many times teh cuteness has cheered me up and brought me out of a funk. You’re the greatest!

  72. 1. hm…i suppose younger readers might enjoy that… seems like it might be too distracting though
    2. indifferent
    3. indifferent
    4. totally yes
    5. i think rich text might be good, but the others might be taking it over board (attachments mean people will try to post their own cute pictures that might be up to CO standards)
    6. indifferent
    7. yes, please!
    8. no way, you’re doing great
    9. lol
    10. indifferent
    11. umm… maybe

    happy new year to meg, theo, and all readers!

  73. Katherine says:

    virtual pets = eh. not nearly as cute as the real thing.
    PLEASE NO CELEB PETS!!! (tho I like the suggestion by Anonymouse “Only if one of Paris’ pets finally kills her.” – I’d be more comfortable with “maim” than “kill” because then that pet would be a hero…)
    Seriously tho, PLEASE NO CELEB PETS

    I like the memorials on a separate page idea.
    And I like info re: spaying & neutering.

    coo.
    Meg, you ROCK
    hny 2007!

  74. More posts more often! Very little interest in virtual pets… the real ones are SO MUCH CUTER! Keep up the wonderful work! It always brings a smile to my face and takes a little stress out of the work day.

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  76. I would really like virtual pets, more tshirts and celebrity pet stories. Thank you!

  77. Mebbe to Virtual Pets… depends on what you mean. I am indifferent to seasonal changes to the background image and more polls and/or voting, and would like more T-shirts. Say NO NO NO to more ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, and attachments. Say DEF DEF DEF MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN, especially with more of your particular style of language usage/spelling. And no celeb pet stories.

  78. more hedgehogs!!!

  79. Honestly, I would not change one single solitary thing. Why mess with perfection?

  80. Meg – You’ve got a superb site here and I really dig some of your new ideas. I love checking out the cuteness everyday.

    Perhaps you may clear your inbox and get some time back, if you implemented a user submission and vote area similar to our new site Petafoo.com – http://www.petafoo.com This way you would get a full representation of the whole community and they could vote up or down on individual posts. The great pics (cuties) would be promoted to the homepage while others would be filtered out.

    Hope this helps. Thanks again for this awesome site!
    —————————
    http://www.petafoo.com – We Love Animals

  81. Elizabeth says:

    More posts more often! (And more guinea pigs!! Love those piggie lips.)

  82. Mr. Snuggles says:

    Yes to:

    2. Seasonal changes to the background image!

    3. More polls and/or voting

    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN

    No to:

    1. Virtual Pets!

    9. A DATING SERVICE!

    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages…

  83. Virtual Pets, seasonal changes to the background image, more polls and/or voting, avatars, CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps and pet stories are annoying.

    T-Shirts are not.

    If it aint broke dont fix it.

  84. acelightning says:

    NO virtual pets. *Simplify* the background (a plain solid color or simple, low-key tile pattern) – in fact, simplify the whole site. If you do a memorial page, keep it separate from the Cute. Reference to animal rescue and related issues, definitely. More posts, more often, even more definitely! Improve the submission technique. Pagination is a good idea. More merchandise. Fewer ads, or smaller and simpler ads, to make the page load faster. NO celebrities! More Cute!

  85. SilvorMoon says:

    The only thing I have ever thought needed improving about this site is the way the archives are handled. If I want to browse through a large section – say, kittens – that has zillions of pictures, even on my super-fast connection it takes a long time. I can only imagine what someone like my kitten-loving but dailup-using aunt must go through. So if there’s a way to fix that, that’d be great.

  86. 1. Virtual Pets – No thanks.
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! – Sounds cute
    3. More polls and/or voting – No thanks.
    4. More T-Shirts! – Sure
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? – A lot of us are doing it on Vox already – I’d be worried that *too* much ability to interact would make some of the commentroversies get waaaaaay out of hand.
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – I don’t really look at these now.
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – If you have the time, dear Meg.
    8. Less of anything?! – less of having a new browser window open up every time I click to see a different post.
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – I’d so be there.
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… As someone said above, this would be helpful in the Archives
    11. Celebrity pet stories -No thanks. Celebrities have invaded our culture enough, thanks. I like that this is a celebrity-free zone (except for Meg herself, of course)

    Thank you, Meg, for CO. I have found new perspectives, humor, friends and support here. Have a fabulous 2007.

  87. More posts more often– just more of the same without any awful bells and whistles like avatars and smilies and polls and all that. I’m in the less-racks crowd– if I wanted to go to Fark.com, I’d, you know, go to Fark.com. Racks aren’t cute, except in a coy sexual “I dressed up as a kitten for the frat Halloween party” way, or in a-bumper-sticker-that-says “If this boat’s rockin'”-kind of way. I enjoy the cute animals, not so much the cute knitting and drink-holders and ice trays and racks. I like the new background, and change would be good but NOT “seasonal”. As if we haven’t all overdosed on holly and bells by January already.

  88. i do not more posts more often because i want them remain special and high grade. i also need to stay productive day to day and do not need more distractions.

    i love the new background. seasonal changes would be nice.

    t-shirts. yes.

  89. 1. Virtual Pets! Okay!!! They can be cute!
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! Maybe.. It’s always kind of fun.
    3. More polls and/or voting. Maybe
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) YESSS!!!
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? Please?!!!
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps. OOooOOoh. Okay!!!
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN!! YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!! OHPLEASEOHPLEEEAAASEEE!!
    8. Less of anything?! Less mean people…
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) Hum. Animal dating service? Cuz my kitteh could use a boyfriend.
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) Hm. Sounds easier.
    11. Celebrity pet stories. No, thank you.

  90. Hey, I never got the Tshirt we won for the caption contest… I’d like that. And it would be cool if you could reply to submissions so we know you get them. Even if it’s a form reject note, two words, “no thanks”. I’m just in total denial that nothing I’ve ever sent in has been up to snuff… surely my submissions were lost! hee ;)

  91. Ouuuhhhhh i know; if you ask us a question; don’t do it on a sender iners cute picture. Nobody is commenting on this cute widdle belly and paws.

  92. Nothing fake – only natural cuteness, please. It’s what we come here for.

    And more golden retrievers. ;^) Although Land of Pure Gold has that pretty well covered. ;^)

  93. Please, Theo or Meg, get that idiot off the tiny tiny hippo comments area – there’s a pottymouth idiot posting insults.

  94. smokeyJoe says:

    more hippos!

  95. chimera17 says:

    No celebrities, unless the celebrity is not human. More merchendise would be good, especially stuffed animals. I’m reasonably in favor of virtual pets – they could be fun, and it’s a good outlet for those of us who are unable to own real animals at the moment (like me, since I live in a dorm.)

    I’d like to see a dividing up of the “unusual animals” and “pocket pets” categories. Surely there are enough reptiles and amphibians to warrent their own category? Wild animals could have their own category, and I think ferrets should be separate from the other “pocket pets,” which are almost universally rodents.

  96. #7 all the way!!

  97. Fish Eye no Miko says:

    Tig mentioned: “…capybaras, baby sharks”

    Wai,wai! Baby sharks are so cute! I know that sounds weird, but I think they are. I’d love to see a few here.

    On the Cats ‘n’ Racks thing: It probably wouldn’t bug me nearly so much if there were, say, a “Pets ‘n’ Pecs” category, too or something (Cats ‘n’ Sacs?), where maybe guys hold their pets on on their bare chests. Something along those lines At least a hint of equity would be nice.

  98. 1. Virtual Pets! -Please, no.
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! -Yes, great. Odd celebration days too.
    3. More polls and/or voting. -Okay, doesn’t really light my fire.
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh)-Well, yes, but howzabout tanks? It’s hot & getting hotter…
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even?- if you have time to keep up with it, great- much potential for idiot abuse though.
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – okay
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – YES PLEASE!
    8. Less of anything?!- fewer racks please. Crotch shots not a good idea either, unless a kitten has gone to sleep and it just- well, then it’s okay.
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.)-don’t think you’d have much luck; too few men here.
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one)-yes, please.
    11. Celebrity pet stories – no, no, a thousand times NO!

  99. Stephanie C. says:

    Meg,
    Thanks so much for all your hard work!! This site is one of the first I look at every morning, and I’ve told SO many people about it. It brightens my days!

    As far as the new ideas go–I would love to see more t-shirts. I would be proud to promote CO!

  100. Kittehs! lots more kittehs!
    The above stretched out baby needs a belly rub!

  101. no virtual animals .. no celeb stories !!
    it’s purrfect the way it is !!!

  102. omg i HAVE to have a C.O. t-shirt! !!!!!

  103. I would love a cuteoverload dating service. I would love to meet a CO guy!

  104. 1. Virtual Pets! – NO, PLEASE, NO!!
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! Don’t care
    3. More polls and/or voting Don’t care
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh)- Don’t care
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? Nah, plenty of forums on the web
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – Sure
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – ABSOLUTELY!!!
    8. Less of anything?! – No
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – Sure, I think my kitty needs a girlfriend
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – Don’t care
    11. Celebrity pet stories – NO NO NO NO NO (unless, as someone pointed out, Paris’s pets kill & eat her!

    This site is THE BEST, though, you don’t really need to do anything!

  105. crazy sheep says:

    Thanks for offering the opportunity for feedback. I never posted before but I LOVE your site, it is the antidote to the daily news. :)

    1. Virtual Pets! > NO thanks,
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! > Not bothered, I’m not into holidays.
    3. More polls and/or voting. > Not bothered. Focus on the CUTE.
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) > Sorry, I dont buy off the net but for those that do, go for it!
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? > Nope, keep it focused on the CUTE.
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – > What are these?
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – > YES PLEASE!!
    8. Less of anything?! > Less “racks” please. Yawn.
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) > Blech, no thanks. (old married lady here)
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – > Don’t know what that means. I’m obviously doing fine without it. I think.
    11. Celebrity pet stories -> Heck, NO!! Real people and their real pets are fine though.

    More kitties and horses especially, please!

    Thanks again for all that you do, your website really is a bright spot in an often dark world.

  106. Yep, gotta say I agree with some of you, fewer racks, please.
    And I’m not a prude, I just don’t find that racks fit in with the rest of the overwhelmingly cutified cuteness.

  107. useta hada kitteh says:

    The only one I’d vote for is More Posts More Often! More More More, please! (specially bunnies and kitties)

    The other suggestions don’t appeal, but basically just keep doing what you’re doing — I love the site! And the peeps! And the puddins!

  108. more posts! more t-shirts!

  109. Just another thought about dressing up the comments area with avatars, rich text and suchlike:

    At the moment, once I’m scrolled down past the image into the comments area, the text is innocuous looking enough that at work, people glancing my way can’t tell I’m on a non-work website. The more avatars and rich text, etc. go on the page, the less those of us who spend a lot of time in the comments might be able to keep it under the radar at the office. Might be a concern for some Peeps.

  110. No celebrity anything please!

  111. LuHUUV the site just the way it is! Extra whistles and bells I could do without.
    More posts always welcome (tho the CO already posts more often than many of my faves on the internets)
    Yippee to some cute merch!
    Indifferent to rack pics, tho I have to force myself not to read the comments as I get miffed at mean-spirited and nasty comments from ~~BOTH~~ the “nuffers” AND the “regulars”
    BOO to celeb stories
    YAY to CO in 2007! Keep up the great work!

  112. useta hada kitteh says:

    May I just add one (well, make it two) things?

    First — can I have this kitteh? I would love it a lot, and would tickle it’s little tum-tum and everything.

    Second — Please tell me that Seth’s suggestion of us all seeing into Meg’s inbox and voting on what should be included on CO is a no-go, no-way… Does seth have any idea how many emails Meg must get in a day, and wade through, and decide on? I don’t wanna get in on that, I just wanna come here and snorgle the Cute!

    Oh, and third, no celebs. Please. Just more puddins.

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

  113. 1.More posts!

    2.a dictionary of your cute terms, so the unititiated (ie, my husband) can understand me when i talk

    3. More dogs! everyone roots for his/her dog breed to be on c.o., by posting more dogs there is a greater percentage of making our day (ahem, BOXERS!)

    4. you rule, thanks for all your work!

  114. 1. Virtual Pets! – sure!
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! – sure!
    3. More polls and/or voting – OK!
    4. More T-Shirts! – sure!
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? – I’m all for the “user images”, but not sure how you’ll keep people from uploading bad attachments. A “pet profile” would be cool so we could see each other’s cuties.
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – sure!
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – sure! And as many bunnies as possible!
    8. Less of anything?! – nope
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – ha
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – yep
    11. Celebrity pet stories – nah not really. The Dog Whisperer just isn’t the same when celebs are on, though it is cool to see them as normal people with dog problems, they have a lot of money so it’s like they paid to have Cesar come over so they could get on TV or something. Not as fun. I don’t want to see a bunch of rich dogs in Gucci purses.

  115. useta hada kitteh says:

    LillyG — check out the “Official C.O. Glossary” up there under “More!More!More!” It should explain enough of our language (which I have dubbed Snorglish) so that your husband can understand.

  116. How about Gravatars?

    http://www.gravatar.com/

  117. let me get this straight. you, meg, are already providing a life-saving free service, keeping ur peeps supplied with The Qte AND the awesome captions, AND you are married AND gainfully employed. and yet, bless you, you want to know how you can give us even MORE Qte??? (shakes head) is there an online application process for nobel peace prize nominations? because, seriously, a webby is NOT ENOUGH.

    meanwhile, since you asked:

    1. Virtual Pets! — um, i’m barely getting any work done now, just soaking up the Qte. but it might be fun, although i, too, think i have the blood of a neglected Tamagotchi on my hands.
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! — sure, esp. if that means more nekkid hammy ‘tocks!
    3. More polls and/or voting — honestly, i can’t even handle the CuteTracker. It starts out simple, and then with one or two clicks, i find myself in a “Sophie’s Choice”-like position (Why must I choose??? They BOTH anerable!!)
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) — yes, yes, yes! i’m still kicking myself for not ordering the world peace hammy T. will proudly declare my CO addiction to the world.
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? — sure
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps — yes, no (see #3), and yes
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN — you’re asking a bunch of CO addicts if we want MORE of the precious CO drug??? yes, of course, if you weren’t doing anything with your life anyway
    8. Less of anything?! — less commentroversy from the masses, less gratuitous racks shots
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) — um, desperate-in-brooklyn here says YES!
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) — sure
    11. Celebrity pet stories — no, with the possible exception of george clooney :)

    meg, and theo, you guys are bringing smiles and giggles and warm fuzzies to the world!!! rock on!!!

    oh, and cute kitty belleh!

  118. let me get this straight. you, meg, are already providing a life-saving free service, keeping ur peeps supplied with The Qte AND the awesome captions, AND you are married AND gainfully employed. and yet, bless you, you want to know how you can give us even MORE Qte??? (shakes head) is there an online application process for nobel peace prize nominations? because, seriously, a webby is NOT ENOUGH.

    meanwhile, since you asked:

    1. Virtual Pets! — um, i’m barely getting any work done now, just soaking up the Qte. but it might be fun, although i, too, think i have the blood of a neglected Tamagotchi on my hands.
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image! — sure, esp. if that means more nekkid hammy ‘tocks!
    3. More polls and/or voting — honestly, i can’t even handle the CuteTracker. It starts out simple, and then with one or two clicks, i find myself in a “Sophie’s Choice”-like position (Why must I choose??? They BOTH anerable!!)
    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) — yes, yes, yes! i’m still kicking myself for not ordering the world peace hammy T. will proudly declare my CO addiction to the world.
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? — sure
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps — yes, no (see #3), and yes
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN — you’re asking a bunch of CO addicts if we want MORE of the precious CO drug??? yes, of course, if you weren’t doing anything with your life anyway
    8. Less of anything?! — less commentroversy from the masses, less gratuitous racks shots
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) — um, desperate-in-brooklyn here says YES!
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) — sure
    11. Celebrity pet stories — no, with the possible exception of george clooney :)

    meg, and theo, you guys are bringing smiles and giggles and warm fuzzies to the world!!! rock on!!!

    oh, and cute kitty belleh!

  119. grrr. sorry for the double post. when i tried sending, it thought i was a commentbot or somesuch and demanded authentication. apologies.

  120. MORE RACKS!

    But keep them after cut tags, I have kids who love to read this site.

    CATS AND RACKS CALENDAR!

    Oh, and my wife has complained about the lingerie ad on the sidebar.

  121. I would like to see more discretion in what gets posted and maybe tips about caring for pets. I’d like this to be more of a community for people who love pets, and not just those who like to laugh at them. :)

  122. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN.

    The only way CO could be better.

  123. So like more posts more often to give us college girls something to soothe our spirits. Oh and totally virtual pets- Kaute with a Capital K.

    k thx
    <3,
    amanda

  124. Just keep doin’ the cute you do so well!

  125. RadiationSkankQ says:

    MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN!
    MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN!
    MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN!

    *aneurysm*

  126. Cathryn Bauer says:

    I have several times been curious about the animals that the CO posters belong to. Maybe we could feature our dear animals and tell their stories, maybe just a few a month?

  127. It's Perfect Just As it Is says:

    First, it’s perfect just the way it is.
    1. No
    2. No
    3. ok
    4. yes
    5 no
    6 yes
    7 if photos are available
    8 no
    9 NO
    10 no
    11 NO NO NO

  128. Warren Henning says:

    As a loyal reader, I think from a web design perspective that while acknowledgment of the seasons is appropriate for a blog such as this, displaying as it does a joie de vivre type celebration of the good things in life, but you shouldn’t change the identity too much. E.g, consider slight seasonal changes to the logo while keeping everything else the same.

    Also, I wish you’d tell us a little more about yourself and what you do. Don’t turn this in to a daily rant station (although you’d find plenty of sympathetic readers), but just little mentions now and then would be nice. Blogs are very much a cult of personality.

  129. luckycliff says:

    hi Meg! I vote for more puppies and kittens, more posts overall I guess! *singsong–More eye capsules!* I also want to thank you for being such a dazzling person who really turns on the clever factor when you put up your comments, Meg you’re brilliant! And Teho is cool too. I want a YinYang kitten tee shirt badly and I guess changing the background more often might be fun… anyway, bring on the beagle babies!!! http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2006/06/perfect_dogsvil.html

  130. i like the photos and meg’s conments. that’s it. that’s the f’n beauty of this site, which is one of the best in zee whole vorldt. i love your filters…don’t want to vote. this is *your* work of art, meg…i feel like i know you. you’re funny and you speak to the most human part of us. thank you for what you do.

  131. No fake stuff…stuffed animals, celebs, etc. Those are a dime a dozen (I have my own collection of cute stuffed animals, and I’m sure they’d bore other people to death).

    And since I’m not a fan of fame stuff…

    MORE RACKS! WIT’ KITTIES!

  132. CanadianChick says:

    no virtual pets, no stuffed animals PLEASE

    no avatars, no forum-y stuff. plenty of forums already. avatars just waste bandwidth. polls and voting? meh. I come here to look at cute photos, not to ‘interact’…as is obvious, since this is my first comment and I’ve been coming here forever.

    as many posts as you want to make when you want to make them

    not crazy about backgrounds – they can slow loading.

    would LOVE pagination in the archives…

    no celebrity pets. no heartwarming stories of pet rescues. Just more cute pics.

  133. More posts more often! I love Cute Overload and can’t wait to get more cute fixes!

  134. BenPanced says:

    Ugh. No virtual pets, please. I blasted Neopets when I got a lecture on “taking care of a Neopet is a huge responsibility” when I closed my account a couple years ago.

    Less pics of animals eating anything that would cause comment posts along the lines of OMFG IM CALLING ASPCA N PETA ON YUR AZZIZ.

    And the lingerie ads on the sidebars are enough for me to get odd looks from people and “friendly reminders” from my supervisor at work.

    More baby dolphins and baby whales!

  135. WHAT A SWEET LITTLE PEEPS, CAN I HUG AND SNUGS HIM HE IS TO CUTE, HOWEVER THAT MIGHT MAKE MY 20 YEAR OLD CAT JELYOUS YES I DID SAY SHE IS 20 YEARS OLD IN HUMAN YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. please, please NO virtual pets! I depend on CO for a dose of the real thing – no fakes!

  137. Lilly G., Thanks to Theo, your request has already been fufilled!

    Check it:

    http://www.squidgrid.com/cute/Glossary.htm

  138. I definetely think no more animals in racks. I HATE seeing that. If you’re gonna have that, I think at least none of the pictures should be posted on the main page/

  139. Dylan and Stina says:

    1. Yes, virtual pets! go to http://www.neopets.com–it‘s Gnorbu Shearing Day and all the little llama-y things are BALD!!
    2. I actually think the background now is scary, so I’m all for it changing.
    3. Yay opinions!
    4. And stuff’ed aminables!
    5. a Shoutbox would be fun…it’s a little embedded chat room thingy…
    6. I’m indifferent…
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN–Agreeeeed! :D
    8. Less of the scurry background. ;)
    9. Muahahaha
    10. I think the site is pretty easy to navigate, so don’t stress out over this one! :D
    11. Ewww. I don’t wanna even think about how Brittany Spears abuses her pets and/or children….what’s cute about that???

  140. Sarah Swope says:

    It is perfect the way it is. I do NOT want to see celebrities and their pets. Regular people’s pets are plenty cute. The only improvement I can imagine is more posts more often BUT I am worried I might go into Cute Overdose. Keep up the outstanding work, Meg. I cannot get through the day without you!

  141. I would love love love a CO calendar for next year!!!

  142. I would love love love a CO calendar for next year!!!

  143. 1. Change the name to CUTEOVERLORD. You rule my girlfriend’s life. That’s her above me.

  144. Uh, sorry Emily, I meant Sarah!

  145. ahwannabe says:

    I’d like to see more product cuteness, as well as tech/gadgety stuff, and more crafts. NO CELBRITIES PLEASE!

  146. HEAR,HEAR! No Celebs…Our pets are the celebs! Thank you very much.

  147. I don’t really know what a virtual pet is, but I am sure I prefer the real ones.

  148. Angus and Misha says:

    Don’t change a hair for us — Not if you care for us. Stay Cute Overload. Stay!

  149. Hey, if it’s not broke…

    Seriously, lots of us read through RSS, which gives the essential basics: Cute pic + hilarious commentary. All I need.

    More posts, sure, but only if the Cute Quality remains high.

  150. Lady Meg, Sir Theo,
    To you, a bottle each of Dom Perignon
    Thank you, for the Cute we look upon
    Before I answer all eleven what and how
    My lowest, sweeping, feathered-hat-off bow.

    I could almost type, “What Laurie C. said.” and leave it, except for a few details.

    1. Virtual Pets! – Real pets rule.
    2. Seasonal changes to the background image – Kept simple, like Google does it.
    3. More polls and/or voting – I’m too noncompetitive to care.
    4. More T-Shirts (duh) – I don’t wear t-shirts. How about a canvas bag?
    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even? – Same as Laurie C. said. The comments text is innocuous enough that I can enjoy CO at work.
    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – Fine as is.
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – 2, maybe 3 a day. Give Peeps a chance to comment while pic is topical.
    8. Less of anything?! – Racks always go negative.
    9. A DATING SERVICE! (kiddingk.) – I’ve been going on blind-dates with ya’ll for months already!!!
    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – Ooh big word.
    11. Celebrity pet stories – NO. But think of the pun fun, Brittany Spears, Kim Bansenji, MC Hamster, Will Ferret, Tiger Woods.

    Suggestions: Many more big dogs. Delete the offensive comments faster. Add pet care section/forum. Make this frakkin’ “Comments:” box BIGGER.

    ~~~”Don’t go changing, to try and please me,
    You never let me down before,
    Don’t imagine, you’re too familiar,
    And I don’t see you anymore.”~~~

    e^pii – I sincerely apologize for any of my comments that miffed you.

  151. NO celebrity pet stories.

  152. For me Cute O is perfect as it is. I like it how simple it is, so no pretentious, fast to load…

    If I could pick something would be for you to keep it simple, whatever you do keep that in mind pls.

    Aldana

  153. I’d like to be able to email the pictures to friends. (If there’s a way to do this, I don’t know about it)
    Oh, MORE hedgehog pictures.
    Don’t need celeb photos, regular is cute enough!
    But, other than that – if it ain’t broke…..

  154. I couldn’t think of what to say, but Pyrit nailed it on the head. So count her vote twice, please. Keep it clean, simple, quick to load. Personally, I would ask for less videos, because I am unable to view them, but I know I’m in the minority there.
    Thanks for letting us give our opinions!

  155. “NO” on Celebrity pets. I do not want to see this site turn into some sort of tabloid.
    #8, The site is great the way it is. My only comment is that I liked the old simple webpage. The flying hammies were funny and cute the first time, but now it just looks silly and is such as busy background. The focus should be on the pictures.

    I don’t mind virtual pets, or the occassional stuffed animal, but the focus should clearly be on live animals.

  156. I would love to see more posts. I would also like to have more merchandise available. As far as the animals featured, things like the butter duck are great, but drawings would not do much for me. In terms of everything else, I’m happy to go with the majority vote.

  157. *For me, maybe not necessarily more posts more often, but a handful of new ones each day would be nice. I go through withdrawal when we go (almost) 24 hrs with no new posts.
    *I’d LOVE to see a calendar, maybe the page a day type so we’d have 365 cute pics instead of just 12.
    *DEFINITELY cute gear…tshirts (girly kind too please), magnets, keyrings maybe? I would TOTALLY buy that stuff.
    *Personally, if I never see another “racks” or “sacks” photo that’ll be GREAT with me. Enough already of all the griping. I come here for cute, not bitching.
    *I say no to any technological “improvements” that become way too labor intensive for Meg, Theo, and whoever else you’d have to get to help keep things running. I’m more interested in cute posts each day than a bunch of fancy bells and whistles.
    *You know, alot of the C.O. community are also part of the Vox community. Is there any way to link that up somehow, so there’d be a C.O. neighborhood within Vox? Just an idea… Theo?
    * Can we keep the photos to REAL animals and not stuffed animals or butter ducks? No offense, but I was kind of annoyed that, with all the adorable submissions you must get, that the butter duck got space on here. *sigh*
    *I LOVE this place. Honestly Meg, with the deterioration of my health and my increasing disability, finding C.O., getting to know the regulars and connecting through Vox has really expanded my world. Maybe that sounds pathetic, but I was pretty isolated and felt very alone before I “met” all of you. God bless you all.

  158. Y’know, peeps… if Meg *did* choose to include any celeb pets [cough*princesspeanut*cough] I very much doubt any of Ms. Hilton’s acquaintance would be considered.

    I’d hesitate to discard anything celebrity-related out of hand, though. Say, oh just for example, if Snoop Dogg… http://www.geffen.com/snoopdogg

    …ever decided to start a line of pet products…
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=7&entry_id=11073

    …then a Cute Overload interview post might be all-around nifty. Plus it might do some good for his public image, which hasn’t exactly been stellar just lately…
    http://www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=114&sid=952423

    Think of it. Rappers, Mr. Broadus included, forge new words all the time to build the beat & write the rhyme. Don’t worry, I’ll stop now… but that concept *ought* to sound very familiar to y’all. http://www.squidgrid.com/cute/Glossary.htm

    I think it’d be a sublime meeting of the minds, and some good genuine laughs.

    Just f’rinstance.

  159. MC2 — I *loved* the butter duck post! CO’s as much about the funny as the cute.

    As far as a CO neighborhood in Vox, hmm — how do you mean? Vox is a pretty nice template for INDIVIDUALS…?

    (Vox, TypePad, and Moveable Type are all Six Apart product offerings, btw.)
    http://www.sixapart.com/

  160. more bellys says:

    More bellys and more tocks..tocks and bellys…and noses…. YOu ROCK THE HOUSE..

  161. Oh Meg you are amazing!!!

    1. Virtual Pets – If by “virtual” you mean “computer” pets, then NO! (I’m already saturated with the Microsoft Word office assistants!) Real ones are waaaaay better. However, soft toys or plush microbes/ bugs/ anything else that looks cute is great!

    2. Seasonal changes to the background image – YES!

    3. More polls and/or voting – sounds fun.

    4. More T-Shirts! (duh) – YES YES YES!

    5. More ways for the community to interact—like avatars, rich text for comments, attachments even – TEWTALLY.

    6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps – preferably more of Cutetracker, but OK either way.

    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN – Are you KIDDING? OF COURSE!!!

    8. Less of anything?! – Um, yes, the ads that are not related to cute stuff/ pets. But that’s really not an issue.

    10. Pagination for easy flipping thru pages… (Don’t get me started on this one) – YES please, if it’s possible.

    11. Celebrity pet stories – BIG, EMPHATIC NO. I think the wonderful folks who visit here (that means YOU, Meg – and Theo, Aubrey, YGRS, Mariser, Pyrit, BrownAmazon, NTMTOM, Sarcasta, Saska, MC2, TJ, Sabba, etc, etc … you get the drift) are way more deserving of mention than celebrities. So there.

    [walks away, singing] Can’t buy me loooooooove ….

  162. Virtual pets — not so cute or particularly interesting.
    Just a suggestion — less phonetic 5 year old spelling. Not sure if others like it, but I find it to be awfully irritating. Do we have to be immature to enjoy cute pictures of animals?

  163. Thanks for asking! I love this site – the pictures are what makes our day, but after that, here’s what I’d suggest you consider adding:

    * A place to download desktop backgrounds – with backgrounds designed by you or by visitors. It would be a nice creative outlet for fans of the Cute! (I’m sure we could come up with other things besides backgrounds)

    *A store. You could sell lots of CO merchandise including t-shirts to help support the site.

    *As another poster mentioned, ways we can help shelters, animal groups, links to adopting pets, etc. Those of us who love pets probably would love to support groups that help them.

    *Along those same lines…how about more advertisers who are relevant to animals…so buying something from them would support a group that helps the creatures we love. Can you target those folks?

    *Don’t have a new screen open up for each post/picture. That’s the one change that really annoys me. I want to scroll through having the new page replace the old page. It’s a pain to shut down each window that I no longer want to view.

    *What’s the update on the ying/yang kitten t-shirt? I wish there was a place were we could check on the status. I’m beginning to think it’s not going to happen since I haven’t seen an update about it for months and months.

    You are doing a great job. Never forget that we love what you are doing and even when we make suggestions, it’s still your call and we appreciate everything you do! Cheers to the Cute in 2007!

  164. I would *love* a virtual pet! It would be cute! I would get obsessed with it. I would visit it a million times a day. I will feed it and clean it and take it for walks all myself. I promise to look after it. PLEEEEEASE?

    And, thankyou for all the cuteness in ’06! ‘Tis much appreciated.

  165. TOTALLY!!! everything sounds PERFECT. you are a complete genius, you know.

  166. I kind of like the slick, professional photography “look” of petafoo.com, even though I’m really ticked at them for practically duplicating the C.O. format. Meg, I’m sure you have a copyright or something? Can these “posers” be stopped? Not like I want to ban ANYTHING cute online, but I’m jus’ sayin’….

  167. What would I change in C.O.? Ummm…..

    I wish the hand scritching the kitten above would be mine. That’s all.

  168. Maybe branch out on cute.. most of what gets posted here is animals and they’re not the only cute things in the world! There are tons of adorable crafts on etsy and flickr, for instance, that I think many people would love to be exposed to.

  169. Tracy Flick says:

    1. CuteOverload gatherings in bigger cities.
    2. SPCA/Animal Rescue related events/info on how CO enthusiasts can help/volunteer together either with their time/skills.

  170. 6. More CuteCasts, CuteTracker and CuteCaps
    7. MORE POSTS MORE OFTEN

    I find myself hopelessly addicted to this page, a friend of mine mentioned it on her blog. Now, I check it EVERY DAY!!!

  171. I want it all!

  172. more pictures of ducks

  173. 1. no – real animals are much cuter
    2. yes, yes, yes
    3. no
    4. yes
    5. no
    6. ? what are they?
    7. I think you post enough–you do have to have some time for yourself, don’t you?
    8. less racks – it adds an unnecessary creepiness factor to The Qte
    9. no
    10. yes, if it’s not too difficult to set up
    11. no – real people pet stories are much better than stupid celebrities

  174. Meg, Cute Overload is so close to perfect as is. None of those proposed ideas would increase its innate excellence to me. Real is much cuter than virtual almost every time. I’m not even so crazy about the recent background re-design, but hey, it is still pretty cute. The only one of those ideas I think would truly add value is perhaps more t-shirts. But honestly, this lily of your creation really doesn’t need any gilding! (I do have to say, love the ham-face bumpersticker! I will have one of those. Got to tell the world about CO, and in the cutest way possible.!)
    Thanks, Meg, for making the world’s day. Be satisfied just basking in that!

  175. Crazer — re: “*Don’t have a new screen open up for each post/picture. That’s the one change that really annoys me. I want to scroll through having the new page replace the old page. It’s a pain to shut down each window that I no longer want to view.”

    …huh?

    There’s always the main page (either http://www.cuteoverload.com/ or http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/ ) — or maybe you could set up an RSS reader & view it that way ( http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/rss.xml ). I’ve also heard you can get CO updates via a LiveJournal “feed” (similar/same as RSS?) but I’ve never seen that.

  176. I don’t have time to read all the posts just now but wanted to suggest that you take a look at Zazzle. All kinds of merch can be printed with sender-inners’ photos. Zazzle does all the work so Meg doesn’t have to!

  177. AuntieMame says:

    It’s an Explorer thing, I think, Theo. On Netscape at home, when I click to the next entry, it simply opens it in my existing window. But here on Explorer, each click open another window, so if you don’t go back and close them, you wind up with a half a dozen (or more) open windows.

    And has someone taken care of the troll in the hippo thread yet? He posted again after the last cleanup.

  178. There is a phenomenon, and it is called change. What propels change? Is it Mother Nature, the Human General Public or the Retail/Media (the Golden Ring)? I also wonder, is my favorite product no longer available because the manufacturer thinks it needs to change to keep up with public demand? Who is leading who? I think all 3; Mother Nature, People, The Golden Ring, like a swirling galaxy, pull the other in. And Change each other, lately faster and faster. It seems more frequent than ever.

    And in the unsolicited advice department:
    Meg, you don’t *need* to change CO. Go ahead, if that’s what *you* want, Hon. It will probably be beautiful. You sure don’t have to change CO. Go easy on yourself.

  179. General message boards would be huge on this site, I bet!

  180. AuntieM — aHA, yes, you’re right. It’s settings you can configure yourself, in your web browser. This is just an example, in Firefox, not even the most current version, but it may help you get the idea:
    http://aycu30.webshots.com/image/7149/2003784310399124313_rs.jpg

    Crazer — you’d probably prefer the options “the most recent tab/window” and “the same tab/window as the link”.

  181. More posts! Hard to say what I like best–the pics or Meg’s perfectly cute descriptions. And please NO celebrity animals. Celebrities–yuck!

  182. Well, more dog pictures cause guys like dogs!

  183. Not too much more razzle dazzle html/scripting on the front page, please! I love that this hit of cute loads so rapidly, and I’d hate to see you slashdotted inadvertantly :)

    You really have it already golden, although that doesn’t lead to as many suggestions to “improve.” Why gild the lily? Unless it’s a teeny, tiny, lizard-holding lily, I guess…

  184. Mousepads? Be nice to have a little kitty on my desk!

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