Fanpop Suggestions and Ideas?

dave posted on Apr 09, 2007 at 10:57PM
Hey Everyone,

The guys and I thought it might be helpful to tap into the brilliant minds of our passionate community of users to make Fanpop a better place. Thank you all for all of your support so far, we really appreciate all the kind messages we've received and helpful feedback. Our goal is to make Fanpop the best place on the web to find content and community that you care about. I thought that maybe we could start a thread with ideas and suggestion on what you would like to see from Fanpop. I can't guarantee that we can implement all of them, but we always take our users suggestions very seriously. So feel free to post your thoughts here!

Dave

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over a year ago harold said…
OK, Dave! I'll bite. I like many of the changes that you guys made a few weeks ago, but some of the changes have raised new feature ideas for me.

For instance, I'd like to have a mouseover of the video links in a spot, similar to the mouseover that you get when you hover over a link in the list of links on the spot home. It would show who posted it, how long ago, their description, and a rating. Right now we don't have any of that information readily available without clicking on the video links one by one.
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over a year ago benji said…
I know it's not a suggestion, but could you explain how the top videos thing works? Seems totally random.
over a year ago harold said…
Here's a future feature suggestion (I know, I know - you have a pile of these from me already!): put a number on the top page of how many users are on the site. This is probably something that wouldn't be interesting before the top spots have 10,000 or more fans (remember when the Office spot had less than 50?), though...
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over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
Something like a fan of the moment, as well as the featured fans bit.

Other fans could submit nominations and then that fan would be up for a month, or so, and have a small write up done about them.

I think hiro should get one of these for all his contributions really, and it'd make people want to work harder at making Fanpop excellent, to try and become a 'Fan Of The Moment'.
over a year ago papa said…
benji, top videos is for videos that have been rated well in the recent past. at least that's the goal. is there some other criteria or arrangement that would make more sense for you? we've also considered a more editorialized list, but with top videos it's based on what the fans are into.
over a year ago benji said…
Well it just seems that recent videos just go up there after a few votes because not that many people are actually voting. No issues with it.

The featured fans thing seems a little pointless, I'd say perhaps do something like 'most active forum member in last 12 hours', 'most active video uploader in last 12 hours' etcetera might be a better idea.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
Having videos based on what the fans like works, but it needs to be done on a slightly bigger scale. As I was discussing with Benji over the phone, between us, we could have any recently uploaded video on the main page, as long as both of us rate it 5 stars. That's hardly fair to other people. I mean, it'll get more people to join our respective Pokemon and Tekken spots, but it's not really fair.
over a year ago Nav said…
What about seeing the rating on videos and links on the "Recent updates" or "Activity" pages in the member profile?
over a year ago Nav said…
And another suggestion (you asked!) is listing new forum or comment updates in the profile even if the person didn't start the thread or post the link.

Great job so far tho! :)
over a year ago harold said…
Just my opinion: I'm not in favor of a site-wide user recognition, since it would inevitably come down to which spots had the most fans. Even if, say, a spot of which I wasn't a fan had the most fans of all, it still wouldn't make me more interested in seeing the top poster in that spot. For me, I think that the medals that users receive in the spots are sufficient recognition for valuable contributions.

But here's another idea for a site enhancement I haven't mentioned before: implementing threads within the fora, so that conversations like this could be easily identified by users trying to read through the forum and either ignored or called out, depending on interest. Right now, a user has to read through pretty much everything, and it's hard to tell which posting a particular user is responding to. This has become an issue in several of the larger forum discussions, such as several in the Heroes spot, where the conversation has meandered several times way off the mark of the original post. Being able, as a reader, to identify which messages are responding to which other ones would be invaluable.
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over a year ago benji said…
Putting the sign-in box on the main page and/or allowing cookies to keep permanent sessions (so you don't have to keep signing in) would be nice.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
An optional e-mail notification for when you recieve a message on Fanpop too.
over a year ago dave said…
Keep em coming guys, this is good stuff.

Harold: We've talked some about having more video data in a mouseover and we just want to make sure if we do it we implement it properly so it doesn't cover up the title, or obstruct the link etc. It can be kinda tricky, but I agree, a little more information would be nice.

As for threading, we decided early on that it was easier and simpler to have linear discussions. I know a lot of people really like threading, and we could argue this one til the cows come home, but we talked to a lot of people and it seemed that it was less intimidating to them to have single threads like Flickr does. It definitely has it's drawbacks, but we had to go with one or the other and we decided to go with single. Feel free to complain to Michael though. :)

Benji: I know it might seem kinda useless to have featured fans, but our goal was to show diversity of people's interests and let someone who came for the first time see all the things a person could find here at Fanpop. It also gives different fans more of an opportunity to be in the spotlight. We didn't really want to make it a competitive thing. And heck if we did do it that way, you and PkmnTrainerJ would be there all day every day! ;)

Nav: Yeah, we thought about adding rating to the recent updates/activities pages, but we don't have much space to really work with and we didn't want it to get too cramped in there. Some link titles can get really long and we figured if it was recent, they'd all probably just be 5s from the original contributor.

As for the new forum/comment updates that you didn't start, do you mean for any new forum update in any of your spots? I'm worried that might flood your updates section!

PkmnTrainerJ: We've actually had e-mail alerts/notifications ready for a while now, but since we didn't want to spam our users, we're waiting until we do an official launch message just to let them know that they can opt out. We'd rather err on the side of not sending out a lot of mass e-mails like other sites who tend to be really obnoxious about it!
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over a year ago Nav said…
About the link ratings, I meant mostly for the activity tab - that way I could see what my links scored or those of other users (in their profile).

Forum updates would be nice even if it's simply a line saying that so-and-so forum was updated. Maybe it could appear only when you press the forum tab in the recent activity, or maybe just mention if there was an update in the last day or so...?
over a year ago harold said…
Another comment on the recent redesign: I can see that, for many of the spots, having the layout put videos at the top makes a lot of sense. But there are an awful lot of spots that will rarely-to-never have video links, such as any spot in the Books & Literature channel or, for a specific example, say the Parenting spot. So, some way of adjusting the layout of such spots would be nice - either automatically based on the number of video links present, or moderator/spot creator selectable between two templates (videos on top, videos on bottom). I can say that, for our example of the Parenting spot, the one video link there is just in the way of the content I (and I suspect most users) actually want to see.
over a year ago Nav said…
Another idea is an option to "bookmark" forum posts, to get updates on it specifically.
I know I'm kinda stuck to the subject, but if I post something, I'd like to know if someone replied etc.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
Something about the Featured Fans bit on the main page, what determines what spots show up next to the fan? I think it should sort it by most contributed, most popular or something, as seeing myself on there just now, they seemed rather random.
over a year ago tvman said…
We should have somthing that tells you what you won a medal for. I recently won a Dedication Medal for somthing in The Office section. I think I know what the medal is for but, I am not sure. It would be great to find out.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
I saw Hiro explaining how the medal system works. It is based on submitting content which gets highly rated, so the more content you submit and the more it is rated, the more it increases your chances of getting a medal. Also, writing highly rated soapbox articles works, as well as starting discussions that are popular i.e. when lots of fans reply.
over a year ago benji said…
I call for a quote box on the add reply button!

"Yes I agree!"
"Good call Benji!"
over a year ago papa said…
These are all great suggestions. Lest you worry that they are falling on deaf ears, don't despair, they aren't.

That being said, we're currently in a big push trying to get some exciting new features out for all of you. Once that's done, we *may* have a chance to work on various tweaks and enhancements of the sort you've been peppering this thread with.

I just don't want anyone to be disappointed if they don't see anything they've requested in the next day or two. Ultimately, we can't field all requests, though we have had a history of being fairly responsive in the past. Two recent examples of features inspired by direct user feedback are the "my updates" module and the "list|gallery" view toggle for your spots. So we do listen, but we've also got a huge pipeline of other stuff that we're itching to do too (some of which won't happen either).

In the meantime, keep on fanpopping :-)
over a year ago harold said…
Here's a couple more ideas, which may or may not be attractive:

* limit the featured fans to users who have uploaded images for their profiles. For myself, I keep seeing users with a fascinating list of spots of which they are fans, then I go to their profiles and find that they haven't actually had any activity, so they are essentially ciphers. While it's great that there are many users out there who watch for updates in their favorite subjects, I find it hard to connect to such people - I'm unlikely to send a message or to add a user to my fanlist if they haven't contributed even comments...my thinking here is that people who've bothered to upload an image are much more likely to actually comment and/or post other content (but of course that's flawed reasoning, though it would add to the visual appeal of the top page). Maybe my suggestion should just be to feature users with some activity...

* How about sending messages to more than one user at a time? I don't want a mass-spam function, but it would be cool to be able to write a message to a couple of people at a time, if, say, I want to comment on a forum discussion without posting to the forum, or if I want to connect two users of whom I am a fan that I think would get along...

OK, now I have an issue that I'd like to present, which people may or may not agree would be nice to have addressed somehow: if I'm browsing the site and load the top page (which happens multiple times a day) I see the list of updated spots. But I have no easy way of knowing what has been updated in those spots when I look at them. Sure, I can subscribe to the RSS feed for the spot, and if I'm a fan of that spot I can look in the updates section of my profile, but just browsing the site and the spot itself, I can't tell if the recent update was a video or link addition without listing each of them in turn, then sorting by 'Most Recent'. My idea is that it would be nice if there was a quicker way to see this (maybe a mouseover on the top page?)...
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over a year ago tarobb1 said…
Got one!

Flash sites!

These update all the time, new features, news, etc. We need a way to share these updates. Any way will do, but I've tried to post about new features, and as I'm sure you know, flash sites don't have individual URLs. How can we update if we can't share that url again?
over a year ago benji said…
The ability to stab people in the eye when they don't use correct spelling or grammar. I dislike when my favourite websites get infested with text-speaking imbeciles :(
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over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
In the 'My Updates' part on your profile, when people post a comment or make a response to your video/topic, it would be great if you could see who it was before checking, as if it were Benji posting on one of my videos I'd read it, however were it a new user called 'IHatePkmnTrainerJ', I may not want to read it.

There are actual good reasons for this, but it's 00:56 and I'm sleepy.

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Oh! I know! Similar to forums, that tell you if other users are reading the same topic as you are. It would be nice if we could have this kind of feature site-wide, as this would allow you to see if people who haven't joined up to that spot might be worth making friends with based on what they're reading/watching. :)
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over a year ago benji said…
I had an idea, basically, if it were up to me, Spider-Man would be in my die-hard spots (not that I have any yet), but with it not being a regularly active spot, it's a bit hard for me to advertise it easilly as a favourite of mine. So I was thinking, would it be possible to just choose like, your Favourite 10 Spots just above the mosaic of the other spots on your profile?
over a year ago harold said…
Great work! Sometimes I fear that we lose track of all the good in this topic, for all of our suggestions...

That said...I know that this isn't the direction you've been going with the recent site redesigns, but I really miss having the old granularity for links (being able to specify the type of link). Here's two reasons (being the first that popped into my head):

1) Videos. There are many, many video sites out there. You will never be able to set it up so that all links to videos on other sites are set up as embedded players which users can play on fanpop. This means that any links to sites that aren't (identified as) embeddable on fanpop are listed as plain links. Those are then displayed in the wrong section in a given spot (links, rather than videos), which will eventually lead to users gravitating more and more to a small number of video sites that are supported as embeddable. This will have some effect on the diversity of videos that are posted. For example, I see this in the animal humor spot already. Having a tag that sorts the link as a video would help this.

2) Events. You may recall how much praise I lavished on you when you implemented the events function, complete with expiration date. There is still a need for this. Even though most links don't expire, having events that have come and gone remain in the links list just becomes filler for spots, noise through which users shouldn't have to sift, ideally.
over a year ago Temptasia said…
It would be nice if when someone setup a site that they their pic would be posted so people know who set it up!
over a year ago cressida said…
1) With the new addition of images (which is fantastic, by the way) on top of the videos, picks, comments, etc., perhaps there should be a way for users to personally modify one's update news feed so (for example) I might get updates for recently added videos and comments to my picks but not for recently added pictures. Otherwise there might be more "clutter" than highly-active members might desire, as well as missing information that they might view as more important. Papa did alert me that you can currently look at your updates by category but I think my suggestion is still reasonable.

2) Also with photos, I would love to have a kind-of slideshow feature that would group together similar subjects. So if I added several pictures of Marilyn Monroe in the Classic Movie spot, I could have one link titled Marilyn Monroe and viewers could just click their way through the pictures (the way it is done with multi-part videos - moving from clip 1 to clip 2 to clip 3, etc).

3) Finally, I am noticing that when someone makes a comment on my photo and I click on the update to be redirected to said photo, instead I arrive back at the Fanpop mainpage. Perhaps a html error?
over a year ago harold said…
Cressida's ideas are good about customization, which in general is something I've been agitating to have for quite a while.
Further, I have to agree that the pictures implementation leaves something to be desired. Right now, photos are not indexed by user, so if I look at an user's profile, I can't see the photos they've uploaded. This particularly hurts someone like Cressida, who has been awesomely going to town with the pictures - looking at her profile, there's no record of it. In addition, the pictures are essentially noise in any search I perform, since the search results don't have a thumbnail version of the picture when there is a picture result, and the search results seem to be listing matches not by accuracy but in order of posting, which is really quite broken from my point of view.

That said, I must say that the two newer features (questions and the return of pictures) have done *wonders* for promoting active use of the site - the amount of new users I see who joined in May is phenomenal, and I see them because they are posting questions and pictures both. Good work!

But with the new features, I notice that the "recently updated spots" module has completely disappeared from the top page of the site. Oh no! While I know that I use the site very differently from most users, I have to say that the two most useful modules on the top page are the user profiles and the recently updated spots (with recently updated fora following close behind). Each of these allow me to see activity in spots I might not find otherwise, and while I am a fanatic in many, many things, I am also always interested in finding out about new things, too. Discovery of such is a primary delight of fanpop.
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over a year ago cressida said…
Aw shucks Harold, now I'm blushing like a virgin Southern Belle from all of this attention!


About Temptasia's idea of having the pic of a spot's creator on the spot, at first thought I agreed but then immediately disagreed. Spots are for everyone to contribute to and are not the babies of one particular user, which adding the picture of the creator might make newbies think...and thus second-guess their additions. But then, as a person who has created a fair few, I would (admittedly) like some recognition. Perhaps maybe on my 'recent activity' there could be a "spots created" like the "picks created"?
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over a year ago harold said…
I think we know how to see who created a spot with fair accuracy, but checking the age of the links/other content (assuming that there are more than a few fans for that spot). Since the rule about content creators applies here just like everywhere else (10% of users are active participants, and 1% of the users actually actively create the majority of content), that makes it even easier to figure who has created a particular spot. I've used this method to add people to my fan list, actually, since I most admire the people who are adding lots of quality content to the site. (I'm still kicking myself that tweakpotter had to create a pizza spot because no one else had).

But, back to the topic: that is, another suggestion or two.

* please, please allow us to edit questions/picks after we create them! Others have said more eloquently how irritating this is, to find that you've submitted a typographical error, only to realize that you can't change it. We're also forever stuck with my silly pictures for the Michael Bay: good or bad pick, which I would dearly love to be able to change.

We're able to edit pretty much anything else we've submitted; why not picks? You can limit the editing (much as you do the editing of a spot title after it's submitted) to changing text, and not allow deleting picks. This also could allow people to check the box that allows others to add picks to the question, which I suspect some users have missed in their questions, and so we're stuck with choosing between two options when there should be a dozen. Even if the question's creator wants to fix it, he can't.
over a year ago dave said…
Yeah this was a very tricky one Harold. We allow users to change their Pick choices for about 10 minutes after they edit and we're assuming that the preview allows them to see their errors or mistakes before they publish. Unfortunately, we can't allow a user to change an answer because it can impact the nature of their answer. You could potentially be changing a lot of people's choices by just editing an existing answer. You can actually only edit the spot name as long as it's pending, but once it becomes official, you can't change it anymore because again this would impact what people have subscribed to and shows up. We wouldn't want people to abuse this for spots or picks by changing the spot name or pick to something offensive. As for opening the question up to additional answers, I didn't realize that they couldn't change that. We'll look into that.
over a year ago goalstopper said…
i don't know if you heard, dave. but facebook has this new applications thing. it wowuld be cool if Fanpop had it's own application. it would deffintly get new users. just look into it for me :)
over a year ago papa said…
Goalstopper, we've got our eyes on the Facebook Platform and are spending some time thinking about this one and how we want to approach it. If you have any ideas on what you might like to see in a fanpop facebook application, I'm all ears.
over a year ago goalstopper said…
maybe you guys could do something on how many spots the people have joined that would be cool. or some game those are really popular with my friends.i am not sure how you could do that. i will keep thinking.
over a year ago harold said…
I understand the problem with "bait and switch", Dave - thanks for pointing it out. Maybe as users calm down with the picks feature a little bit, they'll start checking their work a bit more. But right now I think it's still a mad dash to get as many questions up as possible.

But some more suggestions:
* ratings for picks? Probably that doesn't appeal to you, but for me, I'd love to provide some feedback on the quality of the question/answers, other than writing comments.

* I'd still like to be able to edit/change pictures on picks, if possible. I am filled with admiration for Cressida and others' ability to crank them out so fast, but for me, I'd put up more questions if I could add pictures over time. It's time-consuming enough for me to get the logo and banner prepared for a new spot before I create it. Then, to have to generate/capture five or so more pictures to represent the different picks before I put up a question? The child-rearing pick I did took me just about as long as writing a soapbox article. But perhaps that's just me.
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over a year ago goalstopper said…
i don't know if harold already said this but it would be cool if fanpop save all the images for picks, so we wouldn't have to look for new images everytime.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
I have a picks folder, on my computer, where I store all the images that I have ever used.

Just keeping something like that, and cleaning it up once a month or whatever, makes doing picks a lot easier in my opinion.

Although, instead of having to use images I have saved on my computer, how about being able to add images by putting in the image url? Would be rather handy.
over a year ago harold said…
Those are interesting ideas. I was surprised when I first uploaded images to a spot that it wanted to get it from my local machine, but then I realize that, if it didn't do that, it would just be a link, and we already have those.

Like you, PkmnTrainerJ, I have a big folder for fanpop (actually, separate ones on each of my systems...<sigh>) with images I've used. Even though I don't make many questions, I do make a lot of spots, so I have to save images for logos and banners...

A different suggestion, of a different refinement to an existing feature...specifically, enhancing the forum feature. More and more often I want to return to a forum comment that I've read before, but I have no good way of figuring out which forum topic has the comment. Two things could ameliorate this:

* a forum search function (for the specific spot's forum, please - I don't think having a site-wide forum search is useful or even desirable, given that it would diminish the value of the existing site search)
* the ability to save a forum topic to your favorites. This seems like a no-brainer (as an aside, I would recommend being able to save any kind of link in a spot to your favorites: an image, a question, a soapbox, a link, or a video).
That way, I'd be able to flag (for instance) the one topic in a TV show spot that I want to respond to once I catch up on viewing the episodes...

OK, a completely different suggestion: make the text formatting tags work anyplace we enter text! I realize that the different widgets have been built at different times by different people, and this would require some retooling, but that's my suggestion. I'd love to be able to have a consistent user experience of putting bold or italics or underlining in my link descriptions, titles, picks, questions, et cetera (and, by the way, all three should work consistently anyplace they're implemented - none of this "you can bold and italicize, but not underline" jazz). Take it as a compliment: I love the text formatting you've supplied!
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over a year ago kathiria82 said…
How do we know who created a specific spot? Also it would be cool to be able to just search for a person by name instead of having to find their picture. Also why can't we change our names?
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over a year ago benji said…
Since we have favourite movie, musician and book, just a tiny addition but favourite TV show would seem a bit missing right there ¬_¬
over a year ago emilee24 said…
I understand that this is a fan site, but I still think it would be great if there was a section in our info where we could post personal blogs, I love blogging. Oh and one more thing, it would be awesome if we could use html in the forums...
over a year ago chunkyrice13 said…
I'd like having a little space in my profile like facebook's status sentence. I'm about to be out of touch for like three weeks, and there's no good way to say that on my profile.

It'd make the profile a touch more current and personal (but unlike facebook, I probably wouldn't want to get updates on other people's status- that twittering gets annoying).
over a year ago cressida said…
Harold, I do believe that you can add images to a pick you've created after it's been published. Just choose the little pencil/edit button. It won't allow you to change the name, but the image upload is still available.

And picks & their pictures do take me a fair amount of time. I usually spend 15-25 minutes on each, between choosing & re-sizing the pictures and making sure there are no spelling or grammar errors. I am starting to try and add my pictures that I've used for picks into the image gallary for any future-pick makers. But all I use is the basic Paint program.
over a year ago tubby2002 said…
I was thinking that we can save things like videos and links and stuff as our favorites but we should be able to do that with forum posts too. There are a lot of games that I like to play in different spots and it would be easier to remember them all if there was a place on my profile for my favorite forums. I think it would be good for everyone because i notices quite a few people play the games too...just a thought
over a year ago goalstopper said…
it would be cool if we could rate the questions on fanpicks. Also, make so that when an images or a pick is added the spot is updated from the profile screen.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
Nah, we can't become MySpace aleciane, we have a fan of the fortnight pick every two weeks, that's enough.

Here's what I was thinking about at work anyways.

I know that I already get told when someone comments on a pick I make, but how about being informed when a user adds a choice to a pick I have made? I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to implement.
over a year ago megloveskyle said…
I don't know if this has been suggested or not but I think it would be great if we could rate picks. And maybe like an alert or number counter when someone saves a video you post to their favorites. Also, there is a an error on my profile. It lists that I am a dedicated fan of 7 spots. when I believe it is only 6. Or at least only six are in green on my profile. Anyways, I love fapop!
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over a year ago rookyboy said…
A wall of fame where on each spot the pic of the fan who has added the most to the spot in a month is showen and could give people more of a reason to keep adding.
over a year ago harold said…
A number of people have suggested rating picks. Right now you can rate picks...but only as a moderator when reviewing picks that have been reported - they show up as links, and therefore you can rate them, since all links have ratings. But of course the ratings don't appear anywhere else. I'm not sure how I feel about rating picks - they are opinion polls, after all, and you can't really judge opinions - but you might want to either fix this (so ratings aren't available in this edge case) or just implement them for picks like everything else.
over a year ago megloveskyle said…
It wasn't so much that I mean to rate the answers or opinions more the question. Some of the picks that are asked are ridiculous and garbage. And some are really great. :)
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
Maybe being able to flag them as poor?
over a year ago mophead said…
What about a top 8 spots? So you could have your favorite spots on your profile all the time. Kinda like a top 8 friends on myspace but with Spots?
over a year ago rookyboy said…
How about where the little pic for the spot is displayed instead there is the lastest video from the spot playing (muted) or some sort of intro to the spot ending with the logo of the spot.
over a year ago yellowmonkey said…
When I go to my profile, sometimes 'My Updates' are filled with videos and picks from only ONE spot, like Harry Potter, and this can get annoying when I have to go way down to the list to check if any other spots have been updated. I'd prefer it if instead of that long list thingy, it was just a list of 'My Recently Updated Spots' or something. That way, if I wanted to see my Smallville updates instead of Harry Potter, I could just click for a list of those.
over a year ago Sasuto23 said…
it would b nice 4 a few online games
over a year ago harold said…
OK, here's something I can't believe I didn't comment on before:

When you're in a spot and you list the fans, you have three choices for sort order: alphabetical by username, by number of contributions, and by popularity.

Now, who knows how the "popularity" is calculated (could be number of fans, could be an aggregate of ratings their content has received, et cetera), but I would expect that the number of contributions would sort just on the contributions to that spot, and right now it doesn't. It sorts by all contributions to fanpop. In a way, that's kind of interesting information if you were going to be competitive about posting more content than anybody else, but I don't think it belongs in each spot. My expectation, clicking a link to sort fans of a particular spot by the number of their contributions is that it would show me who has contributed the most to that spot...
over a year ago tinydancer said…
I dunno if anyone has mentioned this before, but some spots have an awful lot of images, and its quite hard to look through them all easily. It would be really helpful if when you clicked to a view an image there was something that let you move to the next image or the previous image without having to go back to the main listing of the images, kind of like a slideshow type thing?
over a year ago benji said…
Something I completely missed, but is there any chance of the ability to do multiple choice picks? For example, in Final Fantasy VI, there are a lot of 'hidden' characters, if I wanted to make a pick about who people found the first time aound, then it'd be much easier to make a multiple choice for each hidden character than do seperate answers for every combination.
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I love tinydancer's idea! It would be amazing if we could just click to the next picture without having to go all the way back. That just takes too much time especially if there are hundreds of images to look at.
over a year ago caintil31 said…
i think we should be able to add music or audio clips to the spots. Especially in spots that have to do with bands or singers
over a year ago dave said…
Keep the ideas coming everyone! We're always reading this thread and it's super helpful for giving us ideas on things to do next. Thanks for being patient as the four of us are working really hard to incorporate a lot of your ideas but at the same time trying to make sure everything is running smoothly.
over a year ago benji said…
And you do a damn fine job too, Fanpop is never down, there's almost always a reply to our questions within a few hours and the constant new features keep us on our toes, thanks again guys :)
over a year ago Sazza said…
i totatly agree with tinydancer and caintil31.
Having an audio clip section on the spots would allow us to add music that doesn't have a video to it, i think it's a great idea.
over a year ago benji said…
How about a 'recently viewed' bar on videos and the such, just so we can see who has recently rated/viewed the items in question?
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
Here is what you should do. Make a banner and picture on every bodies profile so they can put their own banner and picture...
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I love that idea Jonapello23, it would make our profile pages a little more personal.
over a year ago michael said…
By popular demand, "previous" and "next" links have been added to the image viewer. (It will flip through whatever image type you're currently looking at (e.g. wallpapers or icons) for that Spot.) Enjoy!
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over a year ago harold said…
Thanks, Michael.

Hmmm...about the banner on the profile page - I wouldn't know what to do with a banner in addition to my picture. I have a hard enough time making banners for all of my spots!

I can see that it would be desirable to spruce up your profile for other people viewing it, but I use my profile far too much for myself (getting at my article drafts, seeing recent updates, quickly finding other users of whom I'm a fan) that I would begrudge all the lost space that a banner would take.
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over a year ago megloveskyle said…
Thanks so much for the improvements in the image gallery. I actually am enjoying uploading pictures now. Like I say everytime..you guys rock. :)
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Yes megloveskyle, I love adding images, DUH! but this has changed my life! *tear* LOL
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
I still think that there should be a banner in peoples profile. It woulnd't take much space
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I still want to know how you can find out who started a spot. I know it's obvious when there is only one fan but after a lot of people join the spot, it's hard to tell. I know this might be irrelevant but I'm just interested.
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
good idea
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
I still think that the banner in the pro would be a good idea
over a year ago benji said…
We get the idea, you like the idea of a banner in your profile, the more you say it doesn't necesarilly mean it's any more likely to happen :P
over a year ago Sazza said…
you already can.
over a year ago benji said…
You can only add an icon, not a banner to your own profile.
over a year ago DrDevience said…
Are we glitching again? I can't upload images at the moment...
over a year ago Sazza said…
benji i wasn't talking about the banner, there was a comment before that has been deleted now saying you should be able to prop comments and that was me replying to say that you already could.


i have had a thought, what about a blog that is on our profiles.
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over a year ago kathiria82 said…
It would be cool if we could chat with each other on here, instead of messaging.
over a year ago DrDevience said…
Can we please combine a few groups? Like all the zillion final Fantasy groups really should just be one over-all group instead of one for each version. there are many like that.

Gimme tools and I can help ;)
over a year ago DrDevience said…
Also... We need to combine Holland and The Netherlands. That is redundant. Keep the name Netherlands, and the pictures and stuff from the Holland group ;)

(am I annoying you yet?)
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Yeah like for The Office, there's a spot for almost every character. I understand if you're gonna make one for the actor, but if it's just for the character they portray then that can go in The Office spot. This is just my opinion people. Also I hate it when people try to make duplicate spots of the same thing by changing the title or spelling. That's so redundant like DrDevience said.
over a year ago DrDevience said…
Yeah! What Kat said! HA!
over a year ago benji said…
How about in the "My Updates" spot you get updates on anything you've commented on/rated/voted on. It's annoying going back through my old comments just to see if anyone has replied ¬_¬
over a year ago dave said…
to alecia:
to mass delete messages just click on the check all link/button at the bottom of the list of messages then click delete checked! see, we sometimes think of stuff. :)
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I still think people should know who made what spot, like put their icon with the name under the banner or something. Some of us work hard on our spots and deserve recognition. I'm not dropping this one, LOL!
over a year ago Temptasia said…
I was thinking about what I said earlier about having the picture of the person who created each spot on there, if we can't do that (which is a shame) I think there should be a section under activity that says spots created. That would be cool because people could see it and it would help us keep track of the spots we created. I was also thinking that there should be a little trophy at the top of your profile ( like the ones for invites and ratings) for when you write a soapbox that becomes a featured soapbox. Let me know what you think.
over a year ago dave said…
The reason why we don't show who created a spot is because then it would give people incentive to just create spots and cause a land grab. People will just create spots for the sake of creating spots. It will encourage the wrong behavior and users could start spots and abandon them. We would hate to see a bunch of spots created with no work and then other users doing all the work to build it up while that person gets undue credit. I hope you guys understand why we like spots to be owned by the community as a whole. Also, the way the medals work, a person who started a spot and adds good content from the very beginning is much more likely to get higher medals just because they're the first to add the best content. We really do appreciate all the work that people like kathiria and others put into making great new spots, but not everyone is as responsible and committed as kathiria. Everyone knows how awesome kathiria is because she has so many medals and ads great content. We would hate to see a bunch of lame spots being made just because they want to take credit for them. The trophy for featured soapbox is an interesting idea though!
over a year ago Temptasia said…
Yeah, I guess that does make sense. That is something I hadn't thought about. Now I understand :)
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Well thanks Dave but since I have confidence in my spots I put that I created them in the headlines, if you think that's a problem feel free to remove it because it won't let me since most of my spots have become official. I completely understand now and I will drop it.
over a year ago dave said…
Thanks for being so understanding guys! I'll fix those Myra. :)
over a year ago doonis said…
I don't know if there already is or not, but there should be a way to search for user by their names.
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Is there any way to get more strict about who is allowed on the site. Lately I have noticed that there are more and more users joining. Most of them are awesome but there is always someone out there to ruin the fun. I've seen users join just to start arguments and say horrible things to other users on picks or forums and for God know what other reasons. I don't want Fanpop to turn into the horror that MySpace did!
over a year ago goalstopper said…
this has been said before but what about Audio Clips to put songs on music spots. but it could also be a time to record what you feel about a certain spot. sort of like a Voice soapbox.
over a year ago cliff said…
Hey goalstopper!

Actually, you can do that right now by using our recording feature. In a spot, go to "Add Video" and choose "Upload or Record a Video". If you have a webcam, you can record some live soapbox clips for all to see and hear. If you're shy, I guess you could cover up the camera when you're recording :)
over a year ago goalstopper said…
oh really. i don't have a video camera though. or do you not need that? Iam just thinking of a new thing to add. it would have a play,pause,Stop,Fast-forward,Rewind etc.
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over a year ago caintil31 said…
On the homepage there should be a box that lists all the users that are logged on to fanpop.
over a year ago knifewrench said…
There's a grammer error on spots with only one fan. at the top of the page it says 1 fans instead of 1 fan.
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
ok, there should be a total fan counter on the home page, showing how many people have a fanpop account.
over a year ago Sazza said…
Not sure if this has already been said, so soory if it has but what about being able to save forumns into your favourites, because this would mean i wouldn't have to go searching for them.
over a year ago Sunflower said…
This forum makes for very interesting reading. So many bright minds in one place and so much fervor!

I would like an option to expand lists: A link or button on the bottom of each list (updates, picks, forums...) that shows the entire list instead of just 10. Or, if this proves unpractical, at least the option to choos of 10, 30 or 50 list items should be displayed.
over a year ago harold said…
Here's a suggestion and a few of my responses to others.

Suggestion: now that we can't rate our own links, please change the ratings graphic for links that the current user has created. Right now, it looks too much like I haven't rated, and I always want to rate what I haven't rated yet. My recommendation would be to remove the stars completely and move the averaged rating and number of fans rating over to fill the blank space, or to replace it with something like "Thanks for this link!"

On who created a spot: I agree with what Dave said - spots should belong to the users, not to their creators. That said, you can find out who created most spots. I've explained it before, but not here. The only spots that you can't tell who created it are ones where the creator didn't add links when it was created. You can always list links by "most recent" (which is the default), go to the last page, and see who added the first link. In virtually every spot, that's the creator!

goalstopper: audio clips can be made as videos pretty easily, depending on which OS you use, as long as you are able to record your audio. Without a camcorder to record visuals, you should be able to make the video blank, or as a slidehow of images, as you prefer. With Mac, you'd use iMovie, and with Windows you'd use Windows Movie Maker.

aleciane: I took a stab at explaining pending spots here: link (search for 'pending'). In brief, spots are pending until enough users join and/or rate the content. A spot could have one link and become promoted, if that link had enough ratings. Remember, ratings drive almost everything! Rate, rate, rate!
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over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Even though we've already moved past the whole who created the spots issue I want to address something you always mention Harold. You say, "You can always list links by "most recent" (which is the default), go to the last page, and see who added the first link. In virtually every spot, that's the creator!" Well I have created several spots that within minutes of me submitting other people come and add the first link without giving me a chance to. That is fine by me but then by you saying to look for the first link, your theory isn't always correct. So it is not really the way to find out who created a spot because I find spots with no content whatsoever. For example I found the Abigail Breslin spot completely empty, and I added all the content so if they go by your theory then people will think I made that spot and that is what I was trying to avoid. But what I got from what Dave said above is that the person who puts the most work into a spot is the one who deserves recognition more than the person who just pushed a few buttons to submit it and left it empty, and I completely agree. :)
over a year ago harold said…
You're right, it doesn't work with all spots. I still think it works with most...or maybe only many. True, you can't know for sure. Either way, you're seeing the earliest contributor to the spot, and they're the people who can get the recognition for contributing. It's all we've got. Certainly the emphasis should be on the content, not the creator.
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over a year ago Laura90 said…
Wow! There are so many amazing ideas here. Here are some of my views:

Firstly, I love the idea of rating picks. However I only think this will work if fanpoppers rate the pick based on creativity & not whether they agree with the pick & the comments being made.

I also think that fanpoppers being able to choose a skin for their profile is a great idea as it will make the profiles feel more personal. I also think that being able to choose your top 8/10 spots would also personalise our profiles. I really love these ideas.

I agree with Dave about the showing who created the spot issue. I don't think that would work. I also dislike the banner idea. At first i thought that would be great if everyone decided to put pictures in their banner of themselves but you can't guarantee everybody would do that. I also think it would take up too much room, & for this reason Im also personally against the blog idea.

I've got just one idea of my own which I don't think has been mentioned:

1. Quizzes- I thought it would be fun if fanpoppers could make quizzes on spots & users could comment on them, rate them etc. & scores be shown.


I just want to say that Fanpop is truly amazing & Thank you soo much to Cliff, Dave, Michael & Papa for your very much appreciated hard work. I'm completley addicted :D

SORRY IF I REPEATED ANYTHING!

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over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
You can already favourite images. Simply click the image you want to favourite and choose save.
over a year ago DrDevience said…
As far as profiles, I would like to see a few small additions:

Those silly mood faces. I know, but I have grown to love them...

A place for a short personal blurb which is easily changeable... like 'on vacation, see ya next week' or something.

Also, if possible, I think the image program should force a credit.

over a year ago benji said…
The ability to look through unanswered and unrated items on someone's profile.
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
Dr.Devience, Great idea about the short "blurb" thing. That sounds really cool!
over a year ago Laura90 said…
Ooo I like benji's idea!
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
You should be able to make your motto in your profile longer, or you should be able to have your own personal paragraph in your profile where you can say whatever ever you want about yourself!
over a year ago goalstopper said…
yeah, harold i think i will do that. i just need to find a topic to talk about.
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Dave, I don't know if it's a bug but sometimes I am able to add the same link twice in a spot.
over a year ago HillbilleeChick said…
i would love to see a chat room. could be easy to make, just like this, you can just refresh every few seconds to see the replies.. i think fan pop need to be a lot more personal. there is no way to really chat with ppl, yeah you leave props, or a message, but it just lacks the closeness you feel like on other sites.

another thing i would like is to be able to have a spot for more pictures, or atleast see your main picture bigger, its hard to see what ppl look like on here.

i just wish it was more, real you know? i love fan pop dont get me wrong. but you just feel coldness from it sometimes. you dont get a sence of WHO the fan really is. ya know?
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
I do not think a chat room would be a good idea. It wouldn't make Fanpop as unique from other sides.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
No, a chat room is a bad idea.
over a year ago Laura90 said…
Yeah, I'm not really sure about a chat room...
over a year ago alinazeer said…
No chat room please
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I agree, I wanted to be able to chat before but after thinking about it, I'm completely against the idea! I feel like being able to start forum discussions and send each other emails is enough.
over a year ago benji said…
Any chance we could be able to susbscribe and unsubscribe to certain picks/videos/images etcetera, there are certain posts I made a while back that I'm not bothered about getting update notification on and I'd love to subscribe to comments on certain picks that I haven't made.
over a year ago benji said…
Since we already have medals, how about giving medals for stuff like rating a certain amount of content, or adding over a certain amount of videos/images/links/picks overall (not just in a single spot, thus encouraging people to spread their added content a bit more), a new kind of prop for 'assistance' (since I noticed you guys hinted at new kinds of props).

Just a few ideas.
over a year ago Laura90 said…
I'm loving benji's ideas!!
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
On our profile, why can't we see the comments we make on videos or go back to the pictures we comment on? I think we should be able to.
over a year ago benji said…
We can, it's in the activities panel :) If you mean why can't we see it in the updates section, that's one thing I've been pining for in here for a while ¬_¬
over a year ago rookyboy said…
I think it would be good if you could see ,the fans section, under each picture it saying online or offline that way we know whos on. I think i will make a pic on that now :)
over a year ago benji said…
Yeah that's a nice idea, or at least a 'Last login' feature so we know if someone's dissapeared :P
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I mean like when you look at your activity and you go to the comments and you are able to go back to previous comments by just clicking on the comment you made. Well for images if you click on it it doesn't take you to the image again and it doesn't show the comments that you have made on videos either.
over a year ago dave said…
Whoa, great catch kathiria82. It should definitely show your comments on videos and the link for the image should go to the image! We'll get that fixed. Thanks!
over a year ago benji said…
On the "My Spots" section, would there be any chance of being able to sort by the amount of content in the spot? I'd like to know which spots don't have a lot of content so I can add to them :)
over a year ago rookyboy said…
link heres the pick for my idea so far only 2 people have said no
over a year ago Laura90 said…
Can we please have some sort of system which would encourage users to rate the content they view. I think rating props have been mentioned...I like that idea. Or...don't let users leave the page they're viewing if they haven't rated the content with a message saying "Ooops you forgot to rate!" or something???
I'm honestly getting more and more upset at how little users rate :(

EDIT:

After reading my comment over it does sound a bit harsh to not let viewers leave the page... :)
But I really do think something needs to be done about the ratings issue.
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over a year ago benji said…
A thought occurs, we have each other on Fanlists, but it means nothing, it's just like an internet handshake, how about that got expanded on? Like anything that someone does who is your friend would be included on your updates list even if you personally are not involved in the spot, or maybe even just so we know who we ARE fans of, some kind of different colour border around the icons of people who are on our friend lists? It really begs to be expanded on :)
over a year ago benji said…
In actvity, when you go into peoples comments and try to click on the thread they put their comment in, the link just goes back to the comments page :)
over a year ago harold said…
I know that this probably wouldn't be desirable from an advertising standpoint, but I would love to be able to put anchor tags in my articles, so that my longer articles could have a set of quick links at the top, helping people jump down to the part they want to review, and/or enable me to link to a specific point in another article of mine. Pie in the sky stuff, I know.

While I'm at it - I may have mentioned this in passing before - I would do a lot more questions if I could save drafts like I do with articles. It takes me forever to find good pictures for my picks, so most of the time I don't do questions (and sometimes when I do, I use substandard pictures).

Finally, to benji's point about updates: what about the option to enable an RSS feed for your activity? That way, if someone you were a rabid fan of enabled it, you could get a feed of just those updates. I dunno how I feel about that entirely, as it wouldn't require users to be on the actual site (which is a big negative), but I think it could work, especially if the default is OFF/no feed.
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Dave, can any of the Fanpop four please address the issue about repeat images. I know I asked you about it when I first joined and if I remember correctly you said that it is fine to add the same picture because some are of higher resolution and some people don't notice that they are adding the same image. The reason why I am asking you to address the issue is because someone continues to flag my images and I am assuming that it is because they are repeated. Well I feel like I add images that I like and will continue to do so. I don't have time to sit there and look through all those pictures just to see if I am adding a repeated one and besides everyone should be able to add what they want. I don't get how some people would actually find the time to notice that me or any other users have added repeated images and them flag them as broken! How is a repeated image broken anyhow? They need to stop flagging just to flag because I don't need my inbox full of spam.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
I'll expand more of what benji said about making the 'fan' thing bigger. How about if once you become their fan, you can see a limited version of their recent page? For example my updates page is located at: link

(Please note that will just take you back to the Fanpop home page)

So when my fans looked at they could then see when comments have been made to questions I have asked, and when responses have been made to forum posts or soapbox articles of mine. Of course there is no point in showing the links, images and such that have been added to spots I'm subscribed to as they may be subscribed to the same spots.

So if I looked at harold's page - link

I would be able to see comments made to his soapbox articles, picks, forum posts, links, images and comments that he had made and comments that had been made to things he had added, but only because I am his fan and he is my fan. If you weren't both a fan of each other, neither one could see the limited updates page. Anyways, opinions?
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over a year ago Storn said…
I think there should be a list on the front page over people who has birthday and then you could give them a kinda bithday-prop, but you could only give the "birthday-prop" on the persons birthday. That could be funny.
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
I think there should be a button for reporting picks that are repeated. I know new users are innocent for adding the same pick but others just do it to be annoying and it is getting out of hand in some spots. In my opinion repeat picks are unnecessary and hide all the good picks.
over a year ago Dominator said…
Moderator Functions for the people who create a spot...

IE - Clean up..cut the dead links, delete the finished forum & picks...
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over a year ago megloveskyle said…
How come if you block someone they can still comment on things you've posted? I think we should be able to block them from our profile..I know this sounds crazy but I have a "fanpop stalker".
over a year ago Dominator said…
Fanpop is so big now I think that people need to be more specific about what they have posted via 'Key Words' otherwise it is hard to know if you are copying anyones work...

As for the above comment from 'Megloveskyle' you would think that the person in question would look at the name and know that you already love someone so they should back off :P

Aleciane: Let me know who is yelling at you and I will have a quiet word ;K
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over a year ago Laura90 said…
I agree with aleciane about the repeated images!
That happenes a lot. I know it's difficult when there are a lot of images to check but it is annoying seeing an image you've already posted.

over a year ago greekthegeek said…
okay i'm getting really pissed off because everytime I make a pick the images aren't showing up and it takes me forever to get pictures.
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
Group E-mails
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
About the repeat images. I have posted images in many spots and months later people will post the same ones again (more than once). Do I stress it...no. Why you ask...because I have done it and so have many other people on here. If there are hundreds of images in a spot who is going to go through all the pages just to see if an image is repeated. People are going to post what they want and the more images in a spot the merrier. I feel like there are way more things to worry about on here than seeing the same image more than once. It happens everyday.
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
when a new image is added and on your upragrades you cant see just that image, you have to see the whole image gallery.
over a year ago Jonapello23 said…
i love the new spoiler thing, but if you are on someones profile, and a spoiler pick shows up under picks, it doesn't show up as a spoiler.
over a year ago Laura90 said…
I agree with everything that aleciane has said about repeated images. I have been noticing images that other users or myself have already posted. I'm sure that I'm guilty of doing this myself, but I do try and check the images first, unless there is a HUGE amount to look through.
It would be much easier for everyone if there was a way to solve this.

EDIT:

I forgot to mention that I have considered to say to the user who has posted the image (politely!) that it has already been posted but always decide against it because I don't want others to think I'm being rude and take offence ( as aleciane example shows)
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over a year ago maybeastarbucks said…
I'd like to suggest the thought of a new prop! I've noticed lately several props being given just for being a great user. Most of them go into comments but some end up falling under soapbox or video and some people who have those never even wrote a soapbox or posted a video. Maybe a prop for coolness or greatness or something... I dunno... just a suggestion...
over a year ago alinazeer said…
Is it possible to get "my updates" box refreshes automatically like we see at nfl scores where we dont need to refresh and it updates automatically because its a hassle of refreshing all the time almost every two mins just to see if someone has updated any pick question or have uploaded any videos etc.
over a year ago maybeastarbucks said…
I don't know if anything can be done about this, but it seems a lot of my posted YouTube videos are breaking. Is there anything that can be done, or not?
over a year ago alinazeer said…
In my activity box i am viewing the comments that i have posted earlier and when i click on them it takes me to that particular pick or link where i have posted these comments but that feature doesnt work for the comments that i have posted on photos. Is that just me or it happens with everyone?
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
No it's not just you alinazeer. You also can't see the comments you make on videos. If you read a few comments up I already mentioned this and Dave said he would fix it.
over a year ago patrickf220 said…
videos cant become no longer available
over a year ago slytherin360 said…
here are some of my suggestions :)

When you create a spot, there should be more design options, like backgrounds, layouts, and font

Comments that are added to a pick should show up on the activity box

There should be general comment box in each spot, to say general things about the person/movie/etc. (instead of just a forum)

Beside a user's name, it should say whether they are online or not, this makes it easier to chat.

It would be nice if you didn't have to refresh your update box

Maybe there should be more prop selections

Quizes and trivia would be very cool

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over a year ago megloveskyle said…
I am getting really upset at the fact that there are so many perverts on Fanpop. They post disgusting videos and images. It seems that nothing ever happens when I report the videos, images or person. It's disgusting.
over a year ago harold said…
May I suggest a reworking of the invite a friend e-mail template? I finally tried using this feature, only to discover that the e-mail invitation reads exactly like spam: "Someone is a fan of you! Click here to find out who: <link>" Nobody in their right mind is going to click on that, and many e-mail clients will go so far as to flag mail from fanpop as spam.

My recommendation is that you allow the user sending the invite to add some personalized text, much in the way we can when "sharing a link". If the invitation says "Hey, this is harold and I think you'd really like this, especially the Animal Humor spot" (for example), I think there would be a lot more invitations that work all around.

I feel silly that I didn't see this sooner.
over a year ago alinazeer said…
I am totally agree with Harold and i think you guys should change it to something else or it really looks a spam email.
over a year ago HouseFreak said…
I completely agree! I myself got 3 of them and deleted them with out a thought. I didnt even realize they were from Fanpop, or someone I might know.
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
It would be cool to see a view count on videos like the way YouTube does.
over a year ago maybeastarbucks said…
I think it would be helpful to be able to view images and videos and links as Rated and Unrated the way we can view picks as Answered and Unanswered.
over a year ago knifewrench said…
OH MY GOSH! I finally read the whole page in one night! Wow I'm tired. Anyway here's some stuff....

Different types of media, e.g. online games (woo! miniclip.com)

Please, I know it keeps popping up but I'd really like a "reply to comment" or "keep me updated on this content" button.

occasionally my updates box dissapears and it tells me I have (at the moment 90-something) messages and the number has been increasing since I started.

more stuff in the morning, as you can tell from the message i'm VERY VERY tired and getting irratable

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Good morning Fanpop! Right, back to ideas and suggestions:

I have had a crazy idea; I know there is a problem with not being allowed to edit picks, e.g. spelling mistakes etc. Anyway, I thought that each spot could have spot president!!!! when a total of 200 fans (who have joined the spot) have voted for ONE candidate, the spot president is decided, it will be like a pick because you can change your vote at anytime and if at any point the current spot president is losing then his or her position as president must be removed. If it is a tie then the spot has no president until someone is winning. Since the president will be have 200 or more votes for him/her, he/she will be trusted by the other fans and therefore allowed to decide other things, such as removing repeat picks, (and other things; I'm a bit rushed this morning); you can also vote to NOT have a president and if that choice wins then the spot will be like they are now. So what does everyone think?
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over a year ago Snerkie said…
just because a spot has 200 people all of them wouldn't vote on the pick. I think some people might get a bit upset over it like if they don't win and others could get power to the head D: no one likes an ego trip, lol.
over a year ago PkmnTrainerJ said…
You can always just message on the Fanpop four to change a pick, I don't think the presidency idea would be good for certain people's egos.
over a year ago Snerkie said…
umm...the ads up the top are just random arn't they? because i just noticed one for impotence, lol, though may be funny most likely not the best for children to learn about just yet.
over a year ago Saphira333 said…
I like to be able to keep the spot i made and it not to be takenover by someone else when i don't go on it for a while.

also can there plez be compition for the best sopt then we could vote on our favorite spots...plez
over a year ago knifewrench said…
There is a pick for favorite spot: link

Also: Dave, PLEASE don't ever sell Fanpop! When and IF you and the other three are no longer able to keep the site please give it to PkmnTrainerJ and Kathiria82, they are the best at voicing the Fanpop community's opinions; selling it some random billionare would make us sad :(
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over a year ago lindsey2182 said…
Hey Dave,
What I would really love to be able to delete some of the older updates on my personal account. Maybe if there was a 'X' next to them to possibly delete. It just gets annoying having several pages of old updates to my account when they were from like when i started on fanpop.

Just a idea, otherwise I like it!
over a year ago knifewrench said…
When I veiw my own pictures it is counted in the total amount of views. This can be a little annoying when I'm waiting for someone to notice my pictures.
over a year ago michael said…
Lindsey,

Your updates pages should only show updates from the last month. If this isn't the case, message me with a few examples of older updates and I'll see if I can get to the bottom of this.

Michael
over a year ago maybeastarbucks said…
Guys, I'm loving the new pick feature where it automatically adds an image in the space with the text in it. Nice work, whichever one of you geniuses thought of it!
over a year ago Priscilita22 said…
wow i've been reading through this forum and there are so many good ideas!
I think this site looks great so far so good job!! I love it

I do like kathiria82's idea about flagging picks.. i had thought about it before because there are some spots that have the same pick at least 5 times..

Oh I have another question, I don't know if this is an option or not, or even possible doing because I'm not a tech person haha but I always try searching things before I add content to see if it's already on. I'll try searching by using key words but sometimes there is a LOT of content for that specific word, especially images.. so something that would be helpful would be to be able to search specifically for a specific thing. For example, I'll write a key word and then only search for picks with the word or videos or images, etc... I don't know if this can actually be done with technology haha but i've always wondered!

Anyway, thanks so much for the great website I'ts amazing!
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over a year ago Snerkie said…
Could there be something on Images/Videos for the keywords like suggesting other keywords. I know i'm not the best at putting heaps of keywords in but i look at some stuff and it's an image of a celebrity and someone else and they'll put the celebrity's name in and that's it and do that for a huge batch of images. Not even put the name of the movie or tv show the image is from or event or other people in the image. Just quite frustrating if i want to find something specific.
over a year ago germany123 said…
it has been said before but i, too, agree that it would be nice to be informed( "recent comments"-feed on the profile page like the "updates"-feed ) when someone has added sth on a thread that you havent started youself. also I think youtubes reply function is cool- that way you can connect better with other users. you now just randomly answer to peoples questions..and never know if they read your answer or not, and since we are all so active here its hard to keep track of your own activity on all the spots. Keep up the good work :)regards from germany
over a year ago knifewrench said…
I've recentley thought up of a nice new feature (for once I'm not complaining about silly little bugs!). How about um.... you know the bit at the top of a spot page it says "XYZ fans". Well, maybe we could decide what the "fans" bit is, e.g.:

- The Super Smash Bros Brawl Spot: 102 Brawlers
- The Medical TV Show Spot: 53 Patients
- The Being Nice Spot: 177 Nice People
- The Shaun of The Dead Spot: 174 Thick Funkers (reference to censcored scene "Funky Pete")
- The Zombie Spot: 50 Brains!
- The Christianity Spot: 334 Christians (although some non-Christians use this spot, so maybe something else)
- The Wii Spot: 249 Miis


The problem is, who gets to decide this?

Also, just wondering... what category does "repeat pick" come under when reporting a pick?
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over a year ago meeee said…
I think that since you can post images videos and stuff like that you should be able to post fanfics but have to put a diclaimer or something at the top e.g for a Harry Potter fanfic "I do not own Harry Potter or this fanfic Harry Potter belongs to J.K Rowling and the fanfic belongs to ______ from ______"
That was kinda long the second _______ was for the website the fanfic is from.Just a thought...


I like knifewrench's idea maybe whoever creates the spot gets to pick what it says.
over a year ago knifewrench said…
We can't rely on spot creaters to be good decision makers. Some spot creators just create spots for the heck of it and don't have a clue about the spot subject or the opinions of the other fans.
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over a year ago ThinkPink20 said…
I was wondering if you've made it available to get updates to our profiles even if it wasn't US who contributed the content? (Am I making any sense?)
There are some forums/picks that I'd like to get in on, but I usually forget about them because I jsut happened upon them in the first place.
Anyways, I love Fanpop and anything you do to it is fine by me!
over a year ago kathiria82 said…
Knifewrench, I have the same problem with people just creating spots and then leaving them in pending so you know what I do? I just go in there and post anything I want. That is why I hate it when people try to claim spots and don't even add anything to the ones they make. Another thing that bothers me is when people try to claim the spots they create after others add everything to them to make them great.
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over a year ago Snerkie said…
Maybe for picks if we could decide with the spots we're fans of if we could turn the picks on/off. Because i've just gotten into watching the office but i don't want to join the spot because i know the picks will in some way spoil where i'm up to, and this is the same with other shows too.
over a year ago knifewrench said…
Oh, and as for the whole "spot colour scheme/background" subject I'd have to say that Fanpop isn't ready for it yet. There are way too many idiots who spaz up their pages on MySpace by abusing the ability to colour and change their pages. Allowing any old numbnutted spot creator to choose the colours and background spot might result in this: random vibrant colours which do not suit the spot and backgrounds which have a picture of the user and says "created by <username>" in silly MS-Painted writing.

Random, yes; but I'd like people to know my opinion on this matter.
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over a year ago aholic said…
We should be able to rate picks as tough or easy. It could be funny. Like when you rate videos, just picks.
over a year ago aholic said…
We should be able to write our own diary. It could be really cool, and a great remember if I wanted to know the date I got my first prop or something. That could be nice.

EDIT - Se changed to We
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over a year ago Snerkie said…
ooo...aholic nice idea, so like a "firsts" kinda page (reminds me of in Sims 2 it records when you do stuff like that)
over a year ago aholic said…
We should also be able to comment the icons the users uploaded in their profiles.
over a year ago nikkiniccole said…
I think the new edits are great, but I want some way to be notified if my profile gets a hit...I want to know...that is...er...I'm still new...how to check the profile hits
over a year ago blisslikethis said…
i agree about being updated when others reply to comments you've made, not just content you've uploaded. something like, "so and so has also commented on such and such pick in the Fanpop spot". or else a function where you can choose which things you'd like to be updated on. for example, if you make a pick on say, the Debate spot, and you want to know when others comment on it, you could click on a link that would send updates to your profile.
over a year ago DrDevience said…
What Bliss said ;)
over a year ago fakeemailwps said…
I think that you should be able to rate picks.
over a year ago aholic said…
We should be able to give a medal for a special thing. Like "give a prop for this video" like a rating, so it would be easier to ern a medal.
over a year ago pip_ku said…
I'd really like it if you could link to your profile pic aswell as uploading it so the quality wouldnt be reduced and it wouldn't take as much space on fanpop
over a year ago emirc2363 said…
aholic, a lot of your ideas are good, but i think if someone would be able to help earn a medal by giving a prop, then EVERYONE would start giving random props just to earn medals. the concept was good, but sadly it would just be taken advantage of on fanpop.
over a year ago thegame998 said…
There should be a space at the bottom of every spot or under the person's username telling if they are logged on to Fanpop at the moment.
over a year ago aholic said…
No not like that, but so you know what people had given you a prop for, and then the one who got the prop, would earn a medal faster...No personal gain there :P

It could also be cool if there was a blue medal for spot owners, so you could see who owns the spot. Then it could just be on the other site of the spot icon, so you could still see if you got any contribution medal there.
over a year ago tessajanuary said…
I'm not sure if this has already been mentioned (I didn't really wanna read through 8 pages of comments to find out), but I would really like a search feature where we could search for certain types of content (i.e. search just for picks or images, etc.) or within a certain spot (like only search in The Office spot, etc.). Also, a search for users would be nice.

And I agree with thegame above. It would be nice to see who's on Fanpop at the moment.
over a year ago aholic said…
It could also be nice to see who had contributed most to each spot.
over a year ago Laura90 said…
Sorry if this has already been mentioned. I would really like to know how many props that I've given, and also other users. Maybe have a 'props given' aswll as our 'props recieved' in our profile.