This is a compiled list of the great ideas from everyone in the community on how to improve the Steemit website and user experience! Thanks to everyone that has contributed!!
New Look and Feel
- Create a new sexy dashboard for the homepage (see example from @etherdesign)
-Allow the user to customize what is shown on their homepage
-Trending Posts by Category (see post from @cloh76)
-Trending Categories (see post from @stealthtrader)
- Allow users to use avatars in their comments
- Allow the user to customize the look of their account page into a personalized profile (see post from @acidyo)
- Create a slick new menu with well a organized hierarchy
-Second tier menu for viewing content in different ways
- Allow users to customize the "skin" (color scheme) of the website
More Ways to Discover Content
- Advanced Search (number of votes, posted time, author reputation, etc.)
- See posts that were upvoted by people you are following
- Be able to follow categories (see post from @neurosploit)
- Be able to hide posts with unwanted topics (see post from @mctiller)
- Show suggested posts based on what you are currently reading (see post from @avarice, and another from @luminousvisions)
- Add the ability to mark trending posts as ‘ignored’ so they get hidden, allowing lower paying trending posts to be shown higher in the user's trending list
- Be able to view content by rankings such as Momentum and Liftoff (see post from @furion)
- Give users the ability to subscribe to RSS feeds (currently offered via streemian.com - see post from @xeroc)
- Add a tab where users can view posts sorted by reputation (see post from @profitgenerator)
- Give users tools to find undervalued content (see post from @alexgr)
- Add similar notifications to what is there on steemstats.com (developed by @jesta)
- Include notifications when your articles are linked to (see post from @ontofractal)
- Setting to configure sound alerts for each type of notification
- Collect notifications that occur while the user is offline, and provide a summary of new notifications when they log in
- Include the ability to acknowledge notifications
- Be able to configure which notifications are on/off
Note: Comments from @dantheman and others indicate that notifications is a high priority feature, and something along these lines is currently being worked on.
More Ways to Interact
- Integrate Steemit.Chat into the main website
- Secure Private Messaging (see post from @ibnu)
- Add a tip button to comments and posts
- Be able to see who your newly added followers are
- Add more sharing features (Example: RESTEEMIT from @condra)
- Give users the ability to completely "disconnect" a user that is harassing them, preventing them from being able to see the user's content, comment on their posts, or interact with them in any way (see post from @dana-edwards) This is a high priority feature for several users.
Enhance the Posting Interface
- Add buttons to the editor interface for all supported markdown options (headers, etc.)
- Add the ability to upload an image, rather than having to link
-Possible integration with https://www.steemimg.com/
- Add the ability to upload a video, rather than having to link
- Be able to upload a word document with content, and have it auto-format
-An alternative would be to more directly integrate with a markdown editing site like https://stackedit.io/editor
- Be able to save content and come back later (see post from @cryptobarry)
- Be able to schedule a time for a post to be submitted (see post from @sauravrungta)
- Add the ability to do surveys/polls within a post (see post from @sauravrungta)
- Be able to select emojis via the editor (list of emojis from @blueorgy)
Official Wiki / FAQ
- Many users including @ned are currently working on this here.
- We do need to pull everything together and have one 'official' wiki though. Having 10 different users each creating their own independent unofficial versions would not be good. (see post from @samupaha)
Displays with Statistics
- View users based on followings
- View users based on earnings
- View users based on reputation
- See the highest paid posts
- Possible integration with SteemWhales.com (developed by @heimindanger)
Referral / Affiliate Program
- Having an incentive for users to recruit others to the site and make them successful is good for growth
- Getting friends to sign up and be successful on the site takes time and mentoring
- Recruiters should be rewarded based on how successful their recruits are
- As a possible solution to reward long-term (30+ day) content: If a new user lands on a content page and joins, the author who's post they landed on will get 50-100% of the user's affiliate revenue.
-100% if the new user discovered the site/post on their own
-50% if the new user was referred to the post by someone's affiliate link
- The affiliate reward does not need to be much. A very small lifetime earning percentage would provide a huge incentive.
Make Buying Steem / Steem Power More User Friendly
- In the “Buy Steem” page, move the “Deposit using Bitcoin” section above the “Estimate using Bitcoin” section.
- In the “Buy Steem” page, make the instructions clearer. As a non-crypto user, it is not very clear that I need to send Bitcoins to the wallet address shown in order to buy Steem/SP.
- In the “Wallet” change the “Buy or Sell” options in the dropdowns to be “Exchange Steem for SBD” and “Exchange SBD for Steem”. As a non-crypto user, when I see “Buy/Sell” I think this is where I would go to use my fiat currency.
- Update curation rewards to encourage more 'minnows' content to be voted on
- Redesign the way downvotes / flags work
-Allow the user to downvote without affecting a person's reputation score
-Allow the user to select a reason when flagging (see post from @bendjmiller222)
- Allow multiple authors to create a post together (see post from @disillusioned)
- Create a developer API, so that users can interface with sites like https://streemian.com/ through Steemit without having to supply their private keys to a third-party site
- Give users more things (like 'promoting') that they can spend their Steem/SP/SDB on via the UI (see post from @intelliguy)
- Allow users to specify languages when creating posts
- Have a default language selected in the user's settings
- Allow users to be able to exclude posts that are not in their language
- Allow the user to hide NSFW content in their settings (see post from @thovre)
- Require a user to acknowledge that they are 18+ when opening a NSFW post, before displaying content (see post from @wisehammer)
- Users have reported that when viewing Steemit on their cell phone, it uses up a lot of data. (see post from @dennygalindo)
Other Miscellaneous UI/UX Updates
- Be able to filter for 'new activity' only in the account page tabs (Blog, Comments, etc.)
- Ability to toggle to a ‘simple view’ to show title only with no picture or preview text
- Bookmarks / Favorites (see post from @theprophet0, and post from @royaltiffany)
- Ability to create posts with no payout (see post from @r0achtheunsavory)
- Sticky Posts for mods/admins
- Ability to scroll back further than 20 posts in your account history
- Rename “Submit a Story” to “Create a Post”
- When you click on a link in a post, have it open it as a pop-up instead of redirecting to that page.
- Increase the comment nesting limit beyond 6 (see post from @neoxian)
- Allow users to sign up if they don't have a Facebook or Reddit account
-Possible integration with ANONSTEEM from @someguy123
Single Site Integration
- Users are going to expect a single site (like Facebook) that has everything they need.
- Eventually the useful tools from SteemTools.com will need to get integrated into the site.
- There may be off-shoots that use Steem for completely different purposes than Steemit (like Squeek.io by @picokernel for example), which is something that will need to be considered as things evolve.
- Users are not going to want to go to (or trust) 15 different websites that all do different things.
- There are a few UI glitches when users are browsing the site via their phone reported in the comments of this post by @anduweb.
If you missed the first edition (which has the background and info about the project), you can read it here. Thanks @ned for taking the time to check it out! I will continue posting new editions as the site evolves and users continue to suggest more great ideas. GitHub Issue 195 is also open to communicate the list to the Steemit development team.
There are a lot of developers working on stand-alone projects for Steemit. It would be great if more developers would work on changes to the actual Steemit website (at least the ones that don't require a hard-fork). Steemit is an open source project that allows pull requests. This means that anyone who is a developer can download the Steemit source code (here) and work on changes to the Steemit website themselves! There are people in the Steemit.Chat dev channel that can help you out with this if you are interested.
I will continue searching through the posts for good ideas, and incorporate them into the list. If you have any ideas that you think should be added, please reply in the comments or message me in Steemit chat!