Blockdeals Front-End Improvements Update - 7th May 2018
Blockdeals is a deals and bargain hunting community who value a dollar and enjoy the chase of finding a great deal. And best of all it's 'Powered by Steem'
Bargains, Coupons and Deals are all over the web, and retailers have never been so generous with their discounts, so why not share the bargains you find with the Blockdeals community.
However, unlike other deals sharing communities, Blockdeals.org rewards user actions with upvotes on the Steem Blockchain. These upvotes allow the users to earn small rewards paid out in Steem.
And if the community likes the deal, they can upvote too, earning even more rewards for savvy bargain hunters and deal spotters.
As you can see the front-end is starting to take shape, and we had to include expired deals as the 'Trending', 'New' and 'Hot' tabs are directly from the blockchain and should be familiar to Steemit users.
And as we all know the 'Trending' tab isn't particularly useful, so we'll probably just be using the 'New' and 'Hot' tabs for our purposes. It you visit the site you'll also see an original tab which is our old format.
So these are a few of the important commits since our last update, for the full list of changes visit our Github: blockdeals/blockdeals
- Fix: Hide broken images on details page (Just ensuring user error doesn't muck up the layout)
Add vote buttons to detail page (Now you can vote for your favourite deal directly using the on-site details page)
Add author information (This has now been added to the front summary page and looks like it's always been there)
Initial support for trending, new and hot (As mentioned above the api allows us to grab this data directly from the blockchain, although only 'New' and 'Hot' might be relevant to our community)
First attempt at edits updating blockchain (Small steps and proving to be difficult with the python library)
Initial support for a sitemap.xml (This is to improve Search Engine navigation. The bulk of traffic is expected to come via organic search so getting the SEO right is important to our future growth))
Deals expire at the end of the day (Just a quick fix to ensure the deal expires on the right day in relation to the person who posted the deal and location the deal is for)
Layout improvements around voting, payout, comments (Improved this area and removed payout from the front page as upvote quantity is more relevant to our community. Payouts will be available on the details page for transparency)
Re-implement expires soon badge (Change code so it works with 'Trending', 'New' and 'Hot' tabs)
Update: comment threading and voting (This is the first step to building the community within Blockdeals)
Beginnings of a Community
There has been plenty talked about regarding Steem Communities however, while we continue to wait we wanted to get a head start on building our own community on Blockdeals.org.
So I'm happy to announce 'live' commenting and upvoting of those comments will be coming soon, which as we all know will be more ways to get rewarded for interacting within the community.
But we still need more people posting deals so we can ensure any bugs are captured before a Beta Release.
So go ahead and share a deal you love and leave your feedback/comments below or post any bugs you find via Utopian.io and get rewarded for that too.
Features still to be Implemented before Beta Release
- Ability to comment and reply on-site and upvote comments (testing phase)
- Ability to write, publish and edit a post (proposed communities tab)
- User Profile Page (basic information about user and links to any deals they have posted)
- Ability to see wallet amounts, claim and transfer funds (shown in user profile page)
For more information on the project, you'll find us @blockdeals
This is some really great stuff. As an Australian I was very happy to see some deals in my country, the little flags make a big difference and it looks really good - definitely going to bookmark this on my desktop!
Just a question, this will battle against spam yes? A lot of coupon sites I go to are bombarded with referrals especially Uber referrals.
We are Australian so you'll see plenty more in the weeks to come. :-) Although, the site was designed with a global audience in mind.
And you can select the world icon at the top, to filter by your country. Hopefully, we can make this a default setting based on the user's country going forward.
As for the Spam we will use the down votes more actively than what you see on Steemit and hopefully, our account will be able to push them to the back of the list.
Spam is always a problem, especially when there's an opportunity to make some money via referral links. This community will only be as good as the people who actively monitor it.
And overtime people will likely make more money posting good links rather than the Spammy ones.
This sounds so great, I can't wait to actually use the platform and get an opportunity to use it - I should order some Dominos tonight ahah
We look forward to seeing your deals up on the site!
Sounds great! Well done
This is awesome thank you for keeping us informed
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