At first, this was meant to be a comment on this thread but I decided that it’s better as a feature thread, and is also off-topic in that thread, so here we are
I wanna suggest something that I don’t know if Episode would want to implement but I would love to have- a filter option on the search bar, where we can choose which stories we want to be exposed to. For example, we can choose to view stories with a different number of gem choices per episode. Some stories have 5+ gem options per episode, some have 0-1. I think that the number of gem options says a lot about the reading experience, so it’s worth putting as a filter criterion.
Other criteria for this filter can be episode length, story length (n. of episodes), and we can even have the option as authors to tick boxes out of a list that applies to our story, like “male MC”, “LGBTQIA+” and other tags readers might be interested in. And then readers will be able to tick the tags they’re looking for and see results. The stories that will fit the criteria will be displayed according to their trending rank, in order to be fair to the trending feature we have on the app.
I truly think It’ll be easier for readers and authors alike to benefit from the app this way. As an author, it’ll help more people who might like my story find it. And to readers, it’ll be easier to find stories they like. Readers can find stories that are similar to the ones that they’ve read and liked this way. Overall, it will make the platform easier to navigate and will benefit readers and authors alike.