So, our new website is still progressing with our current goal to add a few new features while also keeping existing features available. But some of those existing features need to be fixed up properly, and for this we are seeking your help - in the form of feedback.
First topic: Search function
Our questions: What is wrong with the current searching function? What do you expect it to search through? Descriptions, journals, comments, everything?
-But keep in mind that things such as tags and view/likes counts will be handled within their own, separate, filtering system. Mostly the same as they are now.
Second topic: Rankings
Our questions: What all should contribute to improve the outcome for a set of ranked videos? How long should a video be ranked for?
-This would be separate from the current listings that only sort by a total number of one thing, such as views and likes. The intention of this listing would be for finding the popular uploads more easily, increasing exposure.
Third topic: Featured content
Our questions: How should these be selected? How long should they stay for?
-Some of you might recall how we used to have "featured" videos display on the home page. The problems we had with these were the fact that they were always hand picked by us admins, and therefore were not only biased, but also subject to our (my) laziness on selecting new ones.
Fourth topic: Mascot character.
-Not actually a question. We need one.
-It should be of original design, and able to represent Iwara. If you are a professional artist and would like to have a shot at having your design selected, then please feel free to submit them to this thread. We have long term goals that would be associated with such a character and will need to work along with our chosen artist to accomplish these ideas. For now, we want to start with one character, and see where it leads us.
--While I do have my own ideas about what I'd like to see, I think it best to leave that up to each artist to come up with your own. The only thing I will ask right now is that she must look like she can pass as 18 years of age. I'm not looking to settle for a character that doesn't steal my attention, so do your best!
We might have more topics to add later, but these will do for now. You can also leave any additional ideas in here for us to consider and keep track of better.