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I've signed up about two weeks ago on Tentacl, I like it because its different than Gaia. I go on there when I get bored of Gaia. xd
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      I signed up for it a while ago and I stayed for about a day.

      This is all I got out of it and I never touched it again. But now, you know, it keeps sending me emails about "things I would like" and to be honest I did nothing on that site so I don't know how it thinks it knows what my preferences are.
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Generous Giver

I signed up, stayed for about five minuets and left for good.

Site is ugly, avatars are hideous. Just trying to navigate that mess hurts my brain, its like they're trying to cater to the people who aren't smart enough to actually enjoy a forum, its like every lame social media site got blended up and had a deformed, hideous baby. Then add porn, that's the Internets finest in a nutshell. Ugh.

Pretty much. Whoever is in charge of their UX/UI should be fired. It's so bad. It reminds me of something MySpace would do. There is no reason, no draw, to Tentacl. If I want porn I can just go to Reddit or one of the countless chans.
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Generous Giver


      I signed up for it a while ago and I stayed for about a day.

      This is all I got out of it and I never touched it again. But now, you know, it keeps sending me emails about "things I would like" and to be honest I did nothing on that site so I don't know how it thinks it knows what my preferences are.

You know what... I've been getting a lot of spam from Tentacl, too, and I can't find anywhere to opt-out.

Oh, I found it. You have to access the page through your email.


Your email has been unsubscribed. Please allow up to 10 days for this change to be processed. Thank you.

******** you it should be instant.
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I checked out a few months ago, was fairly underwhelmed. I decided to take a look again for this thread, and really poke and prod around the site.

Tentacl has some SERIOUS issues.

Let's focus on the UI, because everyone talks about the content, not so much how you get to it.

You have to click and acknowledge every time you want gold granted, rather than it being granted automatically. Because, you know, it's really important to know that gold was granted because this user hearted that post or this user failed that post, one by one by one by one by one by one by one...

Before you get there, though, you have to post in the forums. Organization of the forums is pretty much non-existent. They're not just "not in categories", they're not even in any particular order. You pick out one that looks right out of the big heap, helpfully guided by a catchy name, no description, an icon more relevant to the catchy name than the actual subject material, and a big, space-hogging thumbnail of the background used in that forum. Because that TOTALLY helps you figure out what the forum is about.

Once you're in the forum, the tumblr-esque layout proves why tumblr's success is in spite of its UI, not because of it -- rather than giving you a list of topic titles and letting you pick which ones you're interested in, Tentacl makes a nice big stream of the first posts of each of those threads, which are sorted by popularity rather than recent activity. It loads all pictures in the first posts, too, so... y'know. Don't look at the NSFW forum if you're just curious; the NSFW content is up-front and center from click 1.

Search is 'dumb': it searches everything with no options to limit the scope, and then dumps everything into one big list. Like, seriously, it loads an entire list of results of everything relevant inside one popup bubble. If what you're looking for isn't at the top, too bad, because the bubble drops down past the bottom of the screen and it's anchored to the part of the layout that never scrolls down.

Equipping is just a nightmare. This site combines shops and dress-up into one, which I'm sure looked great on paper. You know... new content shows up first for free advertising, and you can dress-up using items you don't have then buy them after. The problem is when it first loads: It loads up every item one by one, with a second or two for each. For every item in the store. Because they had to have their Flash-y effects, which is obviously more important than letting the user quickly add and remove items. There's also no "you don't have enough coins for this" notice until the moment that you try to check out. And it's trying to charge me for socks I don't have equipped. At some point, I guess they dropped into my Shopping Bag, and never left. Huh?

I'm trying to focus on the UI here, but I would like to take a moment to say 'realism' does not equal better art. rofl I guess no one stopped to think that "hey, with giant avatars, problems with the art will be extra obvious!" But I digress.

The only significant improvements I've seen since I checked a few months ago, in terms of UI? They brought in a "planned" feature that was incorporated into the UI before it actually functioned: A "flair" system, which rewards your activity around the site by rating you as "Nasty", "Social", "Creative", "Wealthy" or "Stylish". And then giving out achievements for it, kinda. You get a different icon thing on your profile for it. You don't get to pick which one is displayed, and this doesn't appear to serve any greater purpose. Yay?

Getting away from the UI again -- this feature kind of screams "adult site in name only" to me. Seriously? You shouldn't need a little meter to tell you what kind of person you are. The categories only reinforce the immaturity -- where's the "generous", "informative", or... idk, "inspiring"?

Unravel is no better. More than that, it's such a dumb game. Can you figure out what my favorite color, Pokémon, and sex position is? If you do, I'll reward you with a photo of my hands! emotion_awesome You win when you realize you should stop playing, because this self-absorbed bullshit is sending out information that should only matter to real friends and family, and yours are over on Facebook. (Hopefully you figure it out fast, because you can only change your information by swapping it out for other information. No "remove stage" option. And you have to cycle through randomly selected questions to find one that you're comfortable with answering, it doesn't just let you pick one...)

Long story short, it's Gaia's economy meets Facebook's oversharing, packaged in a poor adaptation of Tumblr's already lackluster format, with a whole bunch of unnecessary Flash-y effects that, at this early stage of development, only interfere with the user experience.

The only good thing I can say about the site is that the Gold Shop hairstyles aren't restricted in palette the way Gaia's are. And even that has a "but..." attached to it, because some of the hairs really aren't in enough colors, and the ones that have the best coloring jobs literally only come in one color.

And honestly, I probably wouldn't even have noticed if I didn't hate the shade of purple that Gaia's Gold Shop hairs have been stuck with for years now.

Thank you so much putting into words everything I find wrong with the site.
Even with questionable content aside, the interface is just downright inexcusable. It's just plain awful all around.

If the average person has trouble just navigating and equiping on the site, that's a clear sign of something awful.
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Didn't care for it.
Maybe if they give us something other to do than buy items and answer sex questions I might be interested. (I'm asexual, I don't have a sex life)

But since staff hasn't yet figured out what the hell a hook is and how that could be beneficial to both sites, I might as well stick around here.
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Personally? Was not interested or impressed after signing up. The NSFW content isn't exactly what bothers me, I just find nothing appealing about the avatars and the style. So I stayed here.

There are many people that like it though, and I'm glad they were able to find a community that appealed to them!
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Questionable Shapeshifter

It's not a rip-off but a spin-off. A chaotic, oversexed one at that. Not gonna touch that site again.
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I think when I go to the Gencon Gaia Online Panel I will ask them why on earth they waist their time and money creating that site and not fixing Gaia.
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I think when I go to the Gencon Gaia Online Panel I will ask them why on earth they waist their time and money creating that site and not fixing Gaia.
should ask them why they would put ads for it on gaia as well.

I don't think it's right to have ads for a 18+ site on a 13+ site.... The main thing the ad showed was how weird the avatars look though. XD
[Philosophy In A Teacup]
I just wish they'd stop emailing me. I signed up back when it first became available, because hey why not? I'll give it a try. Looked around for five minutes and got bored with how little there was to do and annoyed with how terrible the navigation was. But I noped the ******** out when I looked at the avatar store and discovered that most items could only be purchased with their real cash currency while giving only a few sub-par items for the fake money currency (which was damn difficult to earn).

Now this past week, they've taken to emailing me every single day with "alerts" as to what's going on and ~what's hot~, and so forth. emotion_eyebrow
Okay, so I wasn't imagining things. I signed onto my email and there was a massive spamgasm from the site. I instantly hit the unsubscribe button. I gave up on the site shortly after it opened.
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Fuzzy Wolf

I signed up when it opened. It was fun at first like any other new thing. Then it got bored and you would need to buy gold and those gems with real money if you wanted some cool items just like on gaia. So yeaa I stopped going there.
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Magic Senshi

Never touched the site. I still believe it's a waste of time, money and resources that could have been better spent here to, y'know, improve this site.
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Magic Worshipper

I lurked on it as a guest, and honestly the avatars being so... in my opinion, freakin' ugly... is enough to make me not wanna bother joining.
Also the site's layout is extremely confusing. But I hate stuff like tumblr.

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