At 12/9/09 04:50 PM, TomFulp wrote:
What if your aura represented the dominant content type you contribute to the site, such as movies, games, music, art, etc.
Browsing a list of users or a thread, you could quickly determine specialties by the color of the aura.
Would you enjoy that or be bothered by that?
I would definitely be bothered by that. I think the Aura is more about expressing the general mood you are in, rather than how you vote or what you submit. It's also a big part of the overall feel of the forums. Customization is key, and if you controlled the thing that EVERYONE sees when you post, that takes away from the experience.
And, it may be unfair, because some people started out with really bad flash submissions, then progressively got better, got into programming, art, music, etc. If they have 20 bad movies before 2009, then let's say in 2009 they start submitting art and music, but maybe they only have 3 or 4 of each. The Flash movies the user submitted at the start would decide the user's aura for quite a while.
I agree, it would be nice to have some way of showing what type of user someone is, but I don't think changing the aura would be the best way to represent that. Perhaps BELOW the user icon/aura, like pictured below.
It would display the Batting Average of the user, and their specialty. Some options for specialty could be:
- AS2 Programmer
- AS3 Programmer
- AS2/AS3 Programmer
- Artist (3D)
- Artist (Insert Drawing Style Here)
- Common Joe
There could also be a system that shows the quality of posts, based on other users' votes, sort of like a combination of the helpful review marking system and art portal scouting. For example, only people with generally helpful posts can vote on other peoples' forum posts. Speaking of voting on posts, there should be a POST FLAGGING SYSTEM so normal users, with generally helpful posting habits, can mark abusive posts so mods can see them more easily. Either that, or hire more mods, because I have to PM mods at least 4 times a day about spam threads.
If you wanted to go even further, there could be some way of showing if the user is a regular or not, and what forums they frequent. It could say "Flash Forum Regular" or something.
I hope I inspired you to put some of these ideas into action.