Apologies for any repetition. These are just things I'm hoping are already ready to be rolled out come April 20th, or whenever the new website will be rolled out.
- let us gain experience points from voting for audio releases.
I'll leave the details up to you. But the way I envisage this working is that our votes for audio entries are tallied along with flash entries. So after 5 votes for ANYTHING, folk would be able to deposit 10 points.
Just now, stuff in the audio portal doesn't get enough votes. This may help with that, giving folk a 'reason' to listen to and vote to the audio releases.
- give votes different weights for audio releases
This may be a problem if implemented in the current AP. (low # votes meaning any user has an overly high power over the vote at the best of times).
Maybe you could discount the % increase by blam points in the audio portal, maybe half the maximum voting power for the top user (to reflect the fewer number of votes audio entries get)? It could work...
- when we vote on audio entries, tell us that we only get one vote, ever
It's a good system to hinder mass-voting, but at the moment, some folk may not realise the gravity their vote has. Maybe an intermediate screen, just noting that we only get one vote would help establish this fact and also help remind folk to consider that score carefully.
Took me a wee while to realise the 'one vote' system under the current design.
- in our account menu, let us view 'audio portal review (137) ..... with responses (23)'
Basically, I see no reason to not have easy access to these things via that screen, just like flash portal review stuff.
- allow audio auhors to mark whether a tune loops or not
Just to make it easier to search for loops - so then we could have a little checkbox which said something like 'show loops', another saying 'show non-loops' and when searching, we'd be shown only those we asked for. Great for authors looking for short game loops or whatever!
- forum search within a single forum
I think you weren't having advanced searches for a while because of the load on the servers. Well, what about if we were allowed to search for just within one single forum? Could be useful for folk looking for specific info or threads. Seems like it'd need less computing...
- in the flash portal, show most helpful reviews first
It makes sense - rather than just showing the most recent review (which could be a load of tosh), show the review wih the highest % of 'yes' votes.
Also, you should have the line: 'was this review helpful? yes/no/abusive' just under the review and above the 'read all reviews' link. This would encourage more folk to click one of those buttons. I know I'd be more likely to vote if it were one click and one page-load easier to do so.
Then, you'd have enough votes to make the system of showing most helpful reviews first, itself, helpful.
- show aggregate of all review scores
I just think that if we're deciding on whether to play a game or not, or maybe just interested to know the general opinion of it, it'd be helpful to have the aggregate of the various scores for graphics, style, sound, violence, interactivity and humour shown.
This is less desired than the other requests. More just an 'it'd be nice'. But then most of the site is just an 'it's nice'. It is after all mainly just entertainment...