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Let's put any REAL suggestions for improving QBN here. Ideas to better encourage the design community around us.
Per prophetone: More PSBattles.
My addition: Have them mod directed and run on a schedule. Expect a new one every second Friday or something.
Fixing the "https://" problem
End-user controls content
Ability to edit.
Update the search feature
More curated content.
Promote Public Choice in the UX of the site.I have a lot to say on this topic but this seems like a more rapid fire thread so I'll leave it at that.
"Content is King"
A big NO to post editing, what you say stays. Think before posting.
Sure more design content, better features, etc. but I think what keeps us coming back are the members. The QBN community.
If there was a way to get the older folks to come back and be more involved be it guest posts or inviting industry leaders to contribute that would go a long way in making QBN better.
^^^ ALL OF THE ABOVE ^^^
EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE
QBN was always and still is about the people here. Including the COTD thread. It doesn't bother me. By banning new registrations a few years back QBN got rid of enormous quantities of spam and I was happy about that. Introducing MODS is a bit like a gated community, I am really not sure if that's the way to go. Things can be improved here a lot from a technical point of view and that is a lot work, I'm sure about that, but does that justify "monetizing" this place even further, I'm not sure. I don't know what QBN gods are after, but it sure smells like money to me. MODS to me is targeted content by ways of controlling people. That I don't like. I know most of the people here are designers, developers or similar, but we have a life too and this place became "somewhere" we can all vent our problems and frustrations in a funny and carefree way. The introduction of MODS will end that.
I want to talk about design, don't get me wrong, that's why I joined in the first place. What I don't want is control or being monetized. One FB and one G+ are enough.
Will be improved once hipster culture dies.
QBN poking feature.
I think jtb26 makes a good point. The Public Choice seems like an underutilized aspect when really it could bring the focus back to what it was supposed to be about - news for the design industry.
As far as COTD goes, I think it's fine to have a few NSFW threads, but unfortunately people had to go and abuse the privilege by creating Ass of the Day, Butt of the Day, Tits of the Day, Chick of the Day GIF, Porn of the Day, Bukkake of the Day, and probably a few more I'm not thinking of. At some point we should decide whether this is a site about design, technology and futurism, or whether it is a place to wank with other designers to soft pron.
Better organization. I think we were on to something in the Responsive QBN thread when we debated how QBN isn't organized. Look at http://archinect.com/forum. I've been going on there for a long time, probably back to 1999. When they added categories/filters, it made the whole experience much better. It's the one thing Newstoday/QBN has lacked most all this time.
A bookmarking feature would also be hugely valuable. There are so many threads I'd like to have kept better track of over the years. I'd love to be filtering by a specific category, then see the threads within that I've pinned/saved/bookmarked.
^ yes and a personal filter, so you could choose to ignore certain threads. so if you're offended by COTD then click ignore and you never see it again. i don't care about all the dumbass threads as i never look at them. it'd be handy not to have to wade thru tons of shite to get at the nuggets i want.
mods should only be able to delete/ban spammers - otherwise just let people post whatever crap they want - it's what makes the place interesting. if you hate something, click 'ignore', never see it again.
Can't see the last few posts. Got you on ignore.
A choice of grids for those that prefer, for eg. larger Public Voice, reduced Public Choice or bigger (and more) Editor's Choice. Agree with sort/filtering of posts by user, date etc.