# Brilliant Changes!

Staffs and Moderators, please don't change brilliant, it is liked as it was. All following and followers are gone We can't even search problems on our favourite topics in the search bar as there is no Problems tab. Also like button is removed.

Note by Akshat Rai
2 years, 3 months ago

This discussion board is a place to discuss our Daily Challenges and the math and science related to those challenges. Explanations are more than just a solution — they should explain the steps and thinking strategies that you used to obtain the solution. Comments should further the discussion of math and science.

When posting on Brilliant:

• Use the emojis to react to an explanation, whether you're congratulating a job well done , or just really confused .
• Ask specific questions about the challenge or the steps in somebody's explanation. Well-posed questions can add a lot to the discussion, but posting "I don't understand!" doesn't help anyone.
• Try to contribute something new to the discussion, whether it is an extension, generalization or other idea related to the challenge.

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Why is the "Edit Wiki" option removed and also the wiki contributors are also not specified.

- 1 year, 1 month ago

Sir I exported my data but I can't find the content ofmy saved sets in them, which file do I have to open?

- 1 year, 2 months ago

It will be helpful too to know how to search problems by ID code

- 1 year, 2 months ago

I noticed a few bugs with the website.

First, there is the list of problems in the community tab: https://brilliant.org/community/home/

These problems used to have symbols which indicated their status (solved, missed, still working on the problem), but these symbols are now gone.

Second, for a problem, if you click on the link "n Solvers", the list of solvers should appear. Now, nothing appears.

- 1 year, 6 months ago

Both of these are on our list, and they are going to get fixed!

Staff - 1 year, 6 months ago

Is 5 months not enough to finish what was there on your list ? .

- 1 year, 1 month ago

Nope. Still working on it.

Staff - 1 year, 1 month ago

@Silas Hundt - Sir i am also suffering from the same problem as i opened brilliant after very long. Sir can you help me too..

- 1 year, 8 months ago

- 1 year, 8 months ago

- 1 year, 8 months ago

I cannot access my Sets. They seems to have disappeared completely from the website. Is anyone having the same problem?

- 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes. In his note from 5 months ago Silas indicated that Sets were going to be streamlined into one "Saved for Later" folder, but instead they went from still having multiple sets to eliminating them altogether in one fell swoop! :(

- 1 year, 10 months ago

Hello @Jon Haussmann @Brian Charlesworth @Aaghaz Mahajan – (1) you can download all saved folders from the "Export data" section of your account settings and (2) the "Saved" feature will be live in the next 24 hours across the site.

Again, I extend my deepest apologies for the disruption and the anxiety that change brings, and I thank you for your patience.

Staff - 1 year, 10 months ago

Ohhhh thank you Sir!!!! For a second there I was worried that all the problems had disappeared....But well, I guess we can all wait for a day or two if they come back!!! Thanks again.....:)

- 1 year, 10 months ago

@Silas Hundt - Sir i am also suffering from the same problem as i opened brilliant after very long. Sir can you help me too..

- 1 year, 8 months ago

Hey @Suryansh Shrivastava – you should be able to go to Account Settings > Export your data to export old sets.

Staff - 1 year, 8 months ago

You can see the discussions here

- 1 year, 10 months ago

@Jon Haussmann Yup Sir, Brillliant has taken yet another horrifying step..........They are removed!!!

- 1 year, 10 months ago

THE PROBLEM SEARCH IS BACK!!!!!!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Great!!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

The problem search is back!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

That's a good news. Ohh !!! what a relief.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I know right!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

The brilliant staff are really unfair. This discussion has more than 270 replies and yet it does not appear as ‘popular’ on the community page.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

TRUE!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Another update Home Page Removed The home page is merged with the community page. Now both problems of the week and community page are available at one place. But I think this change won't effect us much. Good decision by the staff otherwise a separate page has to be maintained only for POTW.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

If you want to know who saved your note I saved it in this set https://brilliant.org/profile/b-n8n5oq/sets/helpful-things/520714/brilliant-changes-2/ .

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Now I can't save anything.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Search for problems is now available in the app.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

How to you post a picture?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I took the screenshot and kept the link in one of my solutions. Then from there I have copied the link and pasted it here in the comment section. That's all it is simple.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Where? (In solution or what)

- 2 years, 2 months ago

- 2 years, 2 months ago

caption but if no caption than put blank []

- 2 years, 2 months ago

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- 2 years, 2 months ago

Tinge of good news: The search for problems is available in the app.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Is it

- 2 years, 2 months ago

iN MY PHONE IT STILL HAS SEARCH

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Before, when one creates any set there is an option "share" after which other members can see that set. But after the new changes were brought I cannot find any "share" option after creating a set. Yesterday, I created a new sett and added problems to it. But after that I realized that there is no share option so how others can see my set and solve the question. So, please tell me can anyone of you see my set Mathematics Done Right. Please tell me as fast as possible.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I solved some too.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I have changed everything now. I have changed the name from Calculus to Mathematics and included other chapters in it. I am trying to create such a set that everyone can be able to improve their mathematics from it. Hope my wish comes true. By the way howe are the problems in m set once check them.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I saw your nice calculus set. I've actually solved a couple of problems in it. Thanks.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Basically I am a physics student and I have many funda problems which are tough to solve. But what I observed is that people in brilliant are more capable in solving maths rather than in physics. That is the reason I post more maths problems although I am quite good in physics. Nevertheless I have posted and will post good physics problems whenever possible.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I eagerly anticipate your physics problems. I'm kinda good at math, but I'm not so good in physics. By the way, you might like to try my set 'For Later'. It consists basically of easy chemistry questions.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes I have solved some of them.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks a lot. I'll keep adding some more. BTW, can we become friends on Brilliant? I think it would be great. What do you say?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes. It's a great thing.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks a lot. You like chemistry too, don't you? Well, I just created a set 'More chemistry'. You may like to try that to. I'll add problems to it daily.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I am little weak in Chemistry. I am trying to cope up with it.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Practise actually makes perfect. I won't really say I'm a chemistry genius, but I think I know a little nitty gritty about it. Nevertheless, perhaps we could both complement our weak subject areas using anything on this site (as the followers option has been removed). Suggestions?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

That's good.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Since this place is basically meant to discuss the ugly brilliant changes, you (and any other brilliant member) can come over to my messageboard for more specific discussions. I'll be expecting you there!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I have saved the note in one my sets and will definitely participate in it.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice. Thanks!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I have posted some of my doubts in chemistry.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks. There are many more problems to come yet.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I do not understand but when I finish a community problem, and when I want to press 'solutions' the solution and continue bar goes down and it hides under a next question (off the 4 options) and it is glitching and it is hard to press the solutions and continue bar without going into another question. When I wanted to report a question, I clicked on the more button at the corner but nothing happened. I tried for the same to the share button but nothing happened. I need help. PLEASE!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

We're looking into it!

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm experiencing the same glitches. It's been going on for more than a day so it must be a tricky problem for staff to fix.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Sometimes when I press the solution and continue bar it does not do anything

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Did you notice: The home page has been merged with the community page?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Yep

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, more unnecessary changes.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

So,by now it is clear that that the moderates are not interested in bringing back the old features as they are not responding for a week's time. Now, we can't do anything more for bringing back the old changes. But we also have say in bringing these new changes as a very limited people use the "like" and "repost" feature and the same is the case with following and followers option. This led the moderators and staff to remove these features. If we acted on time and use these features as best as we can they would have not been removed. But now our main concern is not to stick to the past and to save the present features available. I think the next feature which the staff will attack if not used properly is the "Solutions" and "Upvotes" system. I see that many people won't like posting the solutions and also upvote the deserving solution. I suggest all the community members to discuss solution's as much as possible as there might be a threat to them if not used. But the good news is that many people started to discuss solutions from last 2 weeks after brilliant brought the new changes. Hope people will continue this.

Thanks !!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Did you read this yet? Hope it helps you.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes , I have done reading it but should keep it in practice.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Ram basically means, "Destruction means preservation"

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Just a little change :

"Present destruction means Future preservation"

- 2 years, 2 months ago

NICE!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Impact of new updates : $\large \boxed{\color{#20A900}25}$

$\text{The number of sets I have saved during the last 50 hours.}$

- 2 years, 2 months ago

It's pushing all of us to only save (one option) where before we had more and it was more better to be organized

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Check out this discussion(hope it helps)

- 2 years, 2 months ago

It does help. I putted in a set and upvoted.

- 2 years ago

Now I am fed up searching for problems. Can anyone keep links of some good calculus sets I will save them as I think the staff will not respond for some more days. It is better to save the sets. I have already saved 6 to 10 good physics sets and also saved some good problems in my set Physics is Physics !!!. If you want you can save it.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Have they taken away the contributions page away as well?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Not yet (and hope never)

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Can you see others?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes. You now have 4.6K people.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@X X K

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Here is the data everyone:

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the data!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Now, the problem is much more becoming serious. I am unable to solve any problem related to my subject in my academics. Last Friday I am solving physics problems of level 3 and 4. Just after I finished them I got a notification "See how close you are to level up". If I would solve 1 or 2 level 4 question I will definitely unlock level 4. But I stopped solving for that day and hoped to continue it later. But now I am finding it quite difficult to find a Level 4 question of my subject and as a result I didn't still leveled up. Before I used to type the topic name in the search option and would find questions related to that topic. But now that is quite a tough task. This is what is my condition.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Go to the community page, and choose "Classical Mechanics / New / Hard". There are many Level 4 and Level 5 problems.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

But I want questions which are related to a certain topic which are covered in my academics

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Good luck finding them.

P.S. You need good luck

- 2 years, 2 months ago

It'll be easier if you use the "tags" function to find.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Then it is harder now. Let's hope they will restore the searching function as soon as possible.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@Annie Li when will results of survey get announced

- 2 years, 3 months ago

When i get more replies

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Did any of you recieved the streak notification these two days?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I got

- 2 years, 3 months ago

These two days?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@X X I think it was 3 days ago or just yesterday but who cares

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe this is also a part of change. Who knows?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I haven’t.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

For these two days only, or never recieved one?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@X X Maybe never

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I didn't recieve it only these two days. Maybe it is also a change?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@X X Maybe that is,but I don’t care about it,that’s useless.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, but I was worried about it because I didn't want to break my streak.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I know, it just worried me for a short time and found it.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@X X I got the streak notification yesterday.

P.S. It was a new streak (after I broke mine)

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Great!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

@X X Maybe it appears for new streaks only?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

No. Actually, I wrote to Brilliant and ask them to solve the problem, so I think it is normal now.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

@X X OH!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

What streak

- 2 years, 3 months ago

If you get onto Brilliant everyday, you will get a streak notification

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Press here

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Here are all of the staff: https://brilliant.org/discussions/thread/experimenting-with-new-profile-blocks/?ref_id=1382156

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Let us all observe the staff's activities and when they post something we comment on that regarding this matter and then we can find out more

- 2 years, 3 months ago

What do we comment?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Why is this happening??????

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

At least ask them related questions

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I posted a new problem

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Ok

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Ok. Np

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Wait, we can;t search up members! Nooo!!

- 2 years, 3 months ago

When you spot them (ALTHOUGH IT IS HARDER!)

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Silas commented, so you can press on him

- 2 years, 3 months ago

An individual is no match but WE, THE BRILLIANTIANS TOGETHER CAN GET JUSTICE

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Sure

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yah

- 2 years, 3 months ago

When they say that they are removing notes they are MUTING US FROM COMPLAINING!

- 2 years, 3 months ago

IKR! They need to appreciate us more, cause without us, they become less popular

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I cannot believ it. I got 57 notifications (in lesser than 20 hours) and most of them are from here.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

for me 69 notifications in 3 hours

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I haven't "cleaned" the notifications for about a week. The first six days passed, and it finally got to 100. The seventh day(today), it got to 227.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

WHAT!

- 2 years, 3 months ago

228 now:p

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

HAHA IT has reached 230

- 2 years, 3 months ago

HAHA!

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@X X Think about me its been 24 in 2 hrs

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I got 221

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I just got 67,and it’s really difficult for me to translate them to Chinese

- 2 years, 3 months ago

How much English can you understand?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

A little,I think

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I can't believe, got 105 notifications.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

K

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Hahahah, i got 87

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Bru]illaint is also currently making ads on YouTube, y should people join?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Btw,what did you mean?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Chinese can’t open youtube,Facebook and Twitter.They are not allowed by our government.so I still don’t understand what happened,I am very sorry for it.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Oh that’s too sad. Are you in china?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

That’s sure.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I know that. government blocked it

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I just want to know what happened,that’s not the time for us to talk about what our government did.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

You won’t get it cause you can’t see youtube

- 2 years, 3 months ago

What did they do in YouTube?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Can't u use vpn or tor browser?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

VPN should work, but you will have to pay more

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Are we boycotting?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

This is not completely boycotting. It is just a type of demanding.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Please don't do this, or there will be no feedbacks, and the staffs won't know our thoughts.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Also, i currently have 18 people who participate din the survey! Thank you so much! Soon, i willl show the results here

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

This is probably a lot more popular than any other notes that are "popular".

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Lol

- 2 years, 3 months ago

It is extremely frustrating to see the new update. How are we supposed to search for problems?

Moreover, I personally used to use the followers' function to take a look at the problems, notes and sets; but after this update, it felt like a heart attack, no exaggeration.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

You can find the members you previous followed by typing https://brilliant.org/profile/syed-hamza-u7xl85/following/

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Truly, a HEART ATTACK

- 2 years, 2 months ago

$\large \boxed{\color{#3D99F6} \text{Community - Staff Act}}$ Brilliant is made for the community and supported by the community. Recently the staff had brought new changes which are worse and they are not responding to the community members. The staff has to agree with this act before it becomes serious.

Terms of the Act

$1.$ This is the first and the most important change which has to be brought. The search option facility should be immediately restored as the community members are finding it hard to search for problems and notes which they want to see.

$2.$ Also the like and repost options must be restored irrespective of whether a particular question has been liked or not.

$3.$ Coming to the following and followers features it must be judged by means of a voting system. But it is recommended to have this option because the members personally used to use the followers' function to take a look at the problems, notes and sets. But now they are unable to do it.

$4.$ Also, if brilliant want to bring any changes it must be first kept before the community members and should be debated.on that changes. In this way smooth functioning of brilliant can be achieved as the community can itself frame the changes they want.

$5.$ As a part of their duty the community members should like and save the problems, notes, sets which they feel are right to be rewarded and should participate in all the discussions. This must be done to prevent further any situations like this updates and should make use of these features to their best.

If you have any suggestions to this act please kindly put them so that I will add them in this act. Thank You. I request Akshat Rai to keep in this act in the main note so that every one will see it.

$\quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad - \color{#20A900}Ram \space Mohith$

- 2 years, 3 months ago

You should also add “Always be online to see what we are doing.”

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Actually that may not be a term as it is according to one's wish.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

The best possible result of proposing a list of demands like this is that the list of demands are ignored; otherwise, they can only derail reasonable discussion. I am waiting for a comprehensive response, but almost all of this discussion happened at the end of the week. It isn't unreasonable for the staff to be given a chance to talk before they decide what to do, and that may even mean waiting for a couple days.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

So you say that whatever we do the staff is not responding.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Silas responded about 36 hours ago, before a lot of this blew up right before the weekend.

I would expect some type of response in the next 24 hours, so keep watching this note, but I wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait until Monday for another official response. In the mean time, trying to foment discontent isn't going to help your case.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I will also post this in Calvin Lin's messageboard.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

A number of detailed points have been made by this discussion, and I will be interested to hear the official response some time after the weekend.There is, however, no good to be achieved by provocative actions which are not conducive to debate. I hope that Brilliant will reconsider some of their recent decisions, but I do not think your Act will help with this.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

So, what is your opinion. Do my idea doesn't work at least in fulfilling the first condition ???

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Your Act demands that Brilliant hands its operational decision-making over to an amorphous set of users. I cannot see any company agreeing to that.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Mark is right that companies cannot operate effectively if decision-making is left to consumers who don't have any responsibility in ensuring the company's survival.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Ok I have changed that sentence.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I have an excellent idea. Lets redirect as many as possible community members to this note and create awareness about this new updates and their effects so that everybody will come to know about this and can keep pressure on staff to bring back the old changes. For this post problems and notes regarding to these updates like this and this one. Also, under careful study I have made an Act. Let's fight until brilliant staff agrees with this act.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

OLD is GOLD. Let brilliant be in it's own natural way. Don't try to beatify it using make up creams (new updates). In future it will get side effects due to these creams (new updates).

- 2 years, 3 months ago

JUSTICE!!!

- 2 years, 3 months ago

WE DEMAND OUR MONEY BACK FROM BRILLIANT. WE DID NOT PAY FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes

- 2 years, 3 months ago

That’s just sad, complain to them

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah he did

- 2 years, 2 months ago

For an enthusiastic learner the old version of brilliant is the correct. Now, please don't corrupt the correct one by deep-rooting the old version of Brilliant. Please don't plunge Brilliant into darkness. Dear staff and moderators don't bring the ocean of Brilliant to just a mere pond by taking such a wrong step. This is on behalf from of all enthusiastic burning hearts.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

HELP US. WE NEED BACK BRILLIANT

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Survey is anonymous

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Everybody, take a survey to express how you feel: survey

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Why can’t I open the website?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Why not?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I opened it just now. Thanks.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

No problem. Thank you for participating in the survey

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Edited the note

- 2 years, 3 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

how to enlarge it

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Idk, but good enough 👍

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Now they are trying to get us to go onto premium by giving us 20% discounts. What a waste if the and money, they should be paying us to get off brilliant

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Please, myself and other Brilliantians request that you restore the previous version of this site. Truncated search options, inability to repost or like good problems etc. are not why we joined Brilliant. This is a downgrade to the previous version.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

The problem is becoming serious day by day. Now, I am not able to solve problems at-least I find difficult to find a problem to a certain topic.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Exactly, we can;t find the fun type of problems anymore

- 2 years, 3 months ago

A disastrous Effect on Brilliant

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Not Disastrous. Too bad to even express it in words

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes

- 2 years, 3 months ago

I really liked Brilliant previously...

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Dear @Michael Mendrin, @Mark Hennings, @Jon Haussmann, @Annie Li, @akshat rai, and others reading this –

First – let me thank you all for caring about Brilliant, and for speaking up about how some of the recent changes have worried you. We love that you care so much about making Brilliant what it is: a place where people can explore and discuss and stretch themselves to learn, and we appreciate that you care about maintaining this core goal on Brilliant.

Next, let me explain the background of these changes a bit. It never feels good to remove things that are used and loved, even by one person. However the original intention of these features – to create a shared experience around learning math and science – are central to our long term aims. You will see more and more work in this area. We’re so excited about what the community will become, and the features we’ll get to build now that we have more time.

I also want to add that I’m sorry that, in making these changes, we didn’t give you more notice or an explanation upfront. The explanation is fairly simple: (1) we’re a small team, and can only work on and maintain so many projects at once and, (2) while a few users do love these features, they don’t seem to be the right way to engage more than about 1% of users in a community. To give you a sense of the scale, less than 1% of our most active users engage with likes, following, user and problem search combined. And the Notes and Shared Saved Sets features unfortunately fall into the same category.

And if you’re interested in the details regarding each feature, here’s a quick summary:

• Problem search: the ability to search problems was removed because the results were so confusing that we were receiving questions about them. Instead of trying to fix it which would take on the order of months we decided to remove the feature. I will add that it’s very likely that a version of problem search will return at some point in the future, but for now we’re emphasizing the features that more people actually use which are wiki and quiz search.
• User search: this was the least used search option, and additionally, the one that we received the most complaints about. A lot of people have an expectation of privacy, and don’t want to be discovered, followed, or liked on a service when they’re there to learn.
• Liking: only 68 people liked a problem in the month of July, despite it being a record month for total people using Brilliant.
• Followers/following: for the dominant majority of people coming to Brilliant today, the goal is to learn about a topic by following another user was simply a confusing concept. “What does it mean that I can follow someone?” “What does it mean that someone on Brilliant has followed me who I don’t know?” Etc. When we combined this data with the work that we’re doing internally to simplify our codebase overall, we discovered that following, re-sharing, and liking were among the most complex but also least used parts of the product.
• Notes: we’re going to be removing the ability to create new notes, since it is such an uncommon content type on Brilliant. Sometime in the following few months, we’ll work out a migration path to preserve some of the most amazing contributed content as we also remove all existing notes.
• Saved sets: we’re going to be simplifying this feature into one “saved for later” folder, and removing the ability to have multiple sets, and the ability to see other people’s sets.

Finally – I’d like to say again that I’m sorry that this change was made abruptly, and that we didn’t warn everyone ahead of time. I personally would love to have versions of those features that have a wide fan base, but the fact is they're not widely used, and we’re sad to see them languish without active development. Furthermore, a surprisingly large amount of time behind the scenes had been going into maintaining these features and how they interacted with each new element of the site.

Still, there were parts of each feature that we will miss! And it is exciting to see how much you all care. It definitely inspires us to work harder to figure out a way to build the best version of Brilliant.

Yours faithfully, Silas

Staff - 2 years, 3 months ago

Dear @Silas Hundt . Why did brilliant.org remove the saved sets feature ? . I think when I started using brilliant.org at the beginning of 2018 it was perfect . And frankly speaking , the "features" which make brilliant.org so brilliant is the contribution by users with their problems and their notes and all other such stuff. I personally only come here for problem solving and maintaining my streak. So in conclusion , if even brilliant did not change one single thing I would love it even more. I want a system which gives me the option to search my preferred sort of problem in an easy and hassle free way. Brilliant.org should focus more on Math and Science instead of bogus website features or rather the removal of them. Recently the feature that 4 related problems used to show on the bottom of the screen when you opened some problems...that feature is gone too. It is my humble and earnest request that brilliant.org be returned to the state which it was in the beginning of 2018 when I started using it.

- 1 year, 6 months ago

We want the Following option back, because when we follow a member you get to know when he posts something.

- 2 years ago

Silas, I understand what you mentioned above but, following this line of thought, every user should be anonymous. Doesn't make much sense, right? It would be better to have a Privacy feature in which the user chooses whether he/she wants to be Followed/Liked/Found or not. There were some users whose the contributions I really like and now I struggle to find their problems. It is just like, you like some specific authors, but you can't find their book by their names. I also used to keep track of nice problems that I liked with the Like feature and now I cant find them. If some users don't want to be found, ok, it is their choice and I respect it, but what about the others? It is not exactly fair with the old users. I guess the Privacy feature I mentioned would make more users satisfied, what you think? Thanks for your attention.

However, as pointed out in my original comments, the issue with that approach is that it puts enormous strain on our engineering and product design teams, since now every single feature on the site has to be fed through a series of privacy controls. It increases the complexity of the overall system substantially (on top of the existing features not being used by very many people.)

Staff - 2 years ago

- 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm fine with removing followers, likes and repost functions, but kindly don't remove Notes, Sets and Problem/Note Search feature.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Respected Silas Hundt sir I don't know why people won't discuss physics problems. Basically I am a physics dependent student. Most of my problems and solutions are based on physics and also most of the questions which I solve are physics. But the problem is that people won't discuss them and hence I am left with a quite few upvotes. For instance, take the second problem of this week's POTW (Balancing Rod by Rohit Gupta). Number of people solved : 10.6 K , Number of people discussing solutions : 74 , Number of people upvoted my solution : 29. So, you can imagine how the situation. Not only for this time but from the time I started using brilliant the same thing is going on. Although at present I have 21 featured solutions my upvotes count is just 1.6K which is quite a low number. The reason being is that most of my solutions are physics based which will have at most 50 upvotes and that'a all (and also they are the highest upvoted solutions of their respective questions). I am mentioning this comment because I feel that the next feature to be endangered is "upvoting solutions" and also if condition is still worse the "solution writing" feature will also be endangered.

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Look forward to restoring some features with them taking up less space

- 2 years, 2 months ago

The search option is removed for notes then how am I supposed to learn LaTeX from Daniel Lu's note. How? You do not even create a proper wiki for LaTeX. Daniel stepped in and now you removed his effort to teach us LaTeX.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Hi @Mohmmad Farhan – We'll probably be converting the more popular notes into wikis. In the larger scope of things: Brilliant is not the best place on the internet to learn LaTeX – there are a ton of great resources out there.

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

Damn, all mine would be gone!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

If we decide to go forward with removing notes, you'll be able to export them forever – we won't simply delete the information of course.

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

What do you mean

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Cause i have a lot of notes

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh!

- 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you! Sorry if I was a little bit harsh

- 2 years, 2 months ago

https://brilliant.org/tags/latex

- 2 years, 2 months ago

- 2 years, 3 months ago

OK, so only 1% of people use all the features you mention. I hardly ever used the Member search feature - if I wanted to find information about someone, I would be reading a comment or a problem posted by them, and I could follow the link back. Of the features axed, it is (to my mind) the least useful, and I am not worried at seeing it go.

I do think that it would be interesting to find what are doubtless larger statistics about the usage of each of these features individually. Your argument is that since hardly anyone uses them all, then all should go. Hardly anyone uses both men's and women's changing rooms at the gym - does this mean that we should get rid of all changing rooms?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Hi @Mark Hennings – my summary statistic was the sum of the people that use all the features combined. That being said, we'll probably be bringing back problem search in some form sooner than later.

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

That's an interesting and funny analogy, "hardly anyone uses both men's and women's changing rooms at the gym - does this mean that we should get rid of all changing rooms?"

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Exactly, th toilets are still there right? Why aren’t they something else like a storeroom?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

For the record, I'm one of those who has never or rarely used most of those features you mentioned. However, even from my position of rarely having used them, it seems like a very strange decision to remove Notes and Saved sets.

In my experience, notes have served to resolve questions within the community and to help vet problems before they're posted. It's therefore reasonable to conclude that removing notes will both increase load on your support team in a manner that doesn't scale well for a growing business and stop some types of people from posting problems.

Similarly, I haven't personally made any saved sets other than the "For Later" set (and I would be happy if that set is made private). However, I have seen and used others' sets as community-curated lists of problems, and it seems to me that removing the ability for community members to curate their own lists of problems is removing a feature that could draw many others in.

On a slightly different note: While I'm sympathetic to the fact that this level of maintenance might be stifling to innovation in a small company, both your paying customers and your potential customers only see the removal of features with this update, so it's only natural that many would be upset. You can't possibly believe your customers would be happy with "just imagine how good Brilliant can be now!" when the only concrete fact you've given us is that the previous features were stretching the team too thin.

If you have a feature that will now have accelerated development, tell us why that particular feature is going to benefit the community. You need to at least tell your paying customers that in order for them to continue to justify their subscriptions with something more than trust that you'll make Brilliant worth it with future updates.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@Brian Moehring – thank you for your time and careful response.

Re: sets – a total of 150 people viewed someone else's set on average in a given week. To provide some perspective, that is less than the number of people who read solutions on problems of the week in a typical 15 minute period. This leads me to believe we ought to invest a lot more in solutions and comments!

Re: future development – I'm not going to provide a feature development roadmap, especially since we have plenty of competitors around. There are more related searching coming, especially related to search, weekly problems, and the practice area.

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the response. I certainly wasn't expecting an development roadmap in the sense of "we're using so-and-so neural network to improve this feature" which would be sharing development info with competitors and be useless to almost all your users. In the short run something like "we're improving search" is fine.

All that said (and I may be showing my naivete about your current policies), will we be seeing some sort of notice when a new feature is actually launched, or would it be launched silently?

- 2 years, 2 months ago

We almost always launch new features silently, so as to see how they get used by people organically. However, some features are highlighted a month or two later in the monthly newsletter.

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

it'l be launched from a sub

- 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree that it really does hurt the Brilliant experience for active users to not have means of finding, saving and organizing links, or to even have means of cross-communication via notes such as this one about Brilliant changes. I hope Brilliant does not end up plunging all of us into a blind silence, where we become passive, solitary users.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

"First – let me thank you all for caring about Brilliant, and for speaking up about how some of the recent changes have worried you. We love that you care so much about making Brilliant what it is" Silas is laughing on our affection for Brilliant. He isn't taking any action @Michael Mendrin,@Mark Hennings,@Jon Haussmann,@Chew-Seong Cheong,@Vilakshan Gupta,@Aaghaz Mahajan,@Annie Li

I think we should boycott brilliant

- 2 years, 3 months ago

@akshat rai – this is a completely reasonable response. In the meantime, we'll keep working hard to serve everyone on Brilliant and continue to asymptotically approach the (theoretical) best possible to learn math and science.

Staff - 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes that is a good one. I have an excellent idea.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

What’s boycott?

- 2 years, 3 months ago

It means to stop using brilliant for a while. Brilliant is popular because we have a fine community here. We("give you a sense of the scale, less than 1% of our most active users engage with likes, following, user and problem search combined" as said by Silas) solve each other's problems. and the also post new problems for the "the other 99% infrequent visitors". So if we boycott brilliant for few days it would get ruined and then the brilliant staff would definitely realise their mistake.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Brilliant has been evolving since its inception years ago, and I expect it will continue to evolve. I can remember the time it originalily targeted users involved in math competitions to polish their skills, without much sense of community. It's come a long ways from that in response to market realities. Right now, as Silas Hundt has tried to explain, this is about the best allocation of limited resources. Rather than restoring the features which means bringing back old coding, they'll probably do a coding reboot to reduce programming load. Give them some time to come with an improved version, while being aware of the needs of the active 1%. This cannot be done over the weekend.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Take a survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QYCTMPW

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Look up it in a dictionary,that’s about resist together,or “抵制”in Chinese,l am not good at English.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

Ok, btw, i am terrible at Chinese. It is much to hard for me.

- 2 years, 3 months ago

That was a little harsh, Akshat. I know Silas means well.

- 2 years, 3 months ago