After seeing the 99% of the “New Users Stories” is trash thread, I started thinking about how I never really seen or heard about that shelf all that much for some time. I completely forgot about its existence until yesterday when I checked under the Stories We Love category. I scrolled down, and I saw the section. Needless to say, I didn’t click on any of the stories because they didn’t really attract me, and I noticed at least one of the stories had “Don’t Read” in its description. Today, @TheTalkingLlamma made this awesome feature suggestions thread involving the User Stories tab in the app.
I found the suggestion to be quite refreshing because it help build more recognition for stories. The thing that I realized though was the description of the shelf. For the most part, it sounds pretty nice with talking about how you can discover the next big hit in brand new stories from the community. It sounds great showcasing new stories and new authors to the broad view of the Episode community. Maybe a story could get recognition for its awesome work and the amount of time the author put in.
The problem, at least for me, is the last sentence of “Episode has not reviewed the content or quality of these stories.”. This spells red flags for me, and it gives off bad vibes. Stories that haven’t even been checked to make sure they follow the guidelines and have decent quality are being showcased through this shelf, effectively covering other new stories that have been reviewed.
I’ll list my main issues with how the shelf is organized. Keep in mind this is just my opinion.
I think they should be showing new stories that have been reviewed by the Episode team under this shelf. It would lead people to stories that have been checked and approved by the staff, helping to boost their recognition. Having stories that haven’t been touched wastes the potential of giving other writers who deserve just as much attention for their stories that Episode deemed to be following guidelines.
It doesn’t look all that organized. Every time I look at this shelf, I notice how often the stories shift around. They change often, and the number of stories shown aren’t consistent.
Llama’s suggestion is pretty good. Imagine being able to nominate a story for being the week’s best in your opinion. It encourages more interactivity towards new stories, and it displays the stories that are most loved by the community that week.
I think there should be an easier way to access genres, but that’s something that’s more broad than just the shelf.
I’m curious about everyone’s opinion about the shelf, and I would love to see if anybody has any suggestions on how the shelf could be improved more.