Posts Tagged ‘favorites’

Favorites Portal Design Updated

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

We have launched a new version of the Literotica Favorites Portal.

The new design matches up more closely with the rest of the Literotica site. We’ve also moved the stories to the left side of the page and the authors to the right side of the page and made a few other minor changes.

Some recent projects, like the new Literotica Tags portal and Search, are intended to improve the functions of the page/feature. In this case, with the Favorites Portal, the changes are more about making it look like a part of Literotica.com. There are so many different pages and features on the site, each designed at various times over the last 10 years. One of our goals for 2008 is to try to bring everything together to give the site more of a unified look and feel. In theory, the site should be easier to use if all of the pages are similar. We’ll see! :-)

As always, please let me know your thoughts on the changes and more updates coming soon.

Update on Voting + Favorites Features

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Hi Everyone! I appreciate all of the suggestions that you have been sending in and posting, both here and on the Lit forum.

This will just be another quick update on the recent changes to the Literotica story page Voting Element and Add To Favorites buttons. So far, everything seems to be working fine. It’s still early, but voting seems to have increased slightly after the changes were launched on the site.

Since the launch, we have made the following additions changes, based on user feedback:

Voting Element:

1. The stars now have numbers on them, to link them more closely to the previous system where each vote was a number between one and five.

2. The text on a few of the votes has been changed. The current text for each vote is:

  • 1. I Hated It!
  • 2. I Didn’t Like It Much.
  • 3. Liked It – Keep On Writing.
  • 4. Really Liked It – Good Read!
  • 5. Loved It – One Of The Best!!

Add To Favorites Button:

1. With the launch of the easy to use buttons, we’ve seen an increase in the number of registered users adding items to their Favorites List. Because of this, and based on current and previous user feedback, we have increased the number of “Favorites” that each user can have from 10 to 25 – for both Stories and Authors.

Additionally:

1. There has been some concern that the new voting system may result in a slight drop in the overall vote scores because readers may only give a “5″ to stories that they think are truly exceptional. I don’t know yet if the voting scores will go down at all based on the new system, but even if the middle did change slightly, it may not be a bad thing if the stories that score close to perfect are ones that readers felt were above and beyond the average.

2. We have had some questions asking about changing the voting system from a 1-5 system to a 1-10 system. That is something that we may consider for the future, but we don’t have immediate plans to do it.

3. Some members have been asking about the Public Comment Element (the system where you leave a public comment on a story) voting versus the new on-page voting element. We are already working on standardizing those two systems and, once the Public Comment Element is updated, readers will be able to leave a comment with or without voting.

I think that’s all I have for now. Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been working on and what’s concerns I’ve been hearing. Thanks for the ongoing feedback and another update should be coming soon! :)

Literotica Upgrades: Voting Element + Add To Favorites

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

It’s time for another Literotica upgrade update!

Within the last 24 hours, we have rolled out two changes to the Literotica Story/Poem pages. Neither change is huge, but we hope that both of them will encourage Lit visitors to interact a little more with the stories and poems that they read.

The changes are:

1. We have changed the Lit voting element from a two click system to a one click system using more modern web technology. The old voting element, which has been used on the site since just about the beginning, required a reader to click on a radio button near the score that they want to give a submission, and then click on the “vote” form button. They would then be taken away from the submission to a confirmation page.

Using the new system, readers simply click on one to five animated stars and the vote is saved. They do not leave the story page, so they can easily click on “post comment”, “send feedback”, “add to favorites”, “author profile”, or other story or author related links. We are hoping that the ease of one click voting will encourage more voting. We have also increased the size of the voting element to bring more attention to it.

Several authors have kindly given their feedback on the new voting element on the Lit forum. One of the main concerns seems to be about making sure that existing users understand the new “star system” versus the old “number system”. We used the stars because they seem to be internet standard voting icons. More of the biggest sites that allow voting (You Tube, Yahoo, IMDB, etc.) seem to use stars when they ask people to rate their submissions, articles, movies, etc. Our thinking is that web users can easily understand these icons as voting icons because they see and use similar systems on many websites. However, we are definitely listening to feedback. If readers seem confused. we may add numbers to the stars to make it clear that one star equals one vote, five stars equal five stars, etc. We are watching the voting results closely right now to try to determine if there is in fact more, less, or the same amount of voting going on.

You can see an example of the new voting element on this story, or on any of the recently submitted Literotica stories. The new voting element should appear on all stories in the next few days.

2. We have added two buttons to the end of the Story/Poem pages on Literotica. One button says “Add Story To Favorites” and the other says “Add Author To Favorites”. If a logged in user clicks on one of the buttons, a box will appear allowing them to confirm their request, and the item will be added to their Favorites List. Just like that. They will not need to leave the page or do anything tricky. Just click, confirm, and keep on reading. If the user is not logged in, they can login directly inside of the new “Add To Favorites” buttons. If the user is not yet a registered member of Literotica, they must signup for the site before they can add anything to their Favorites List, of course.

So far, I don’t think that we have had any suggestions in regards to improving the Add To Favorites buttons. I think they are pretty simple to use and easy to understand. If you do have suggestions for improving them, please post them here. I was thinking maybe we should add a “Join Literotica Now” link on the element, for unregistered users who want to save the story they are reading to their Favorites.

If you have a moment, please test out both of these new features and let me know if you find any bugs or have any suggestions for improving them. You can also let me know if you just generally hate them or love them or anything in between. These are not huge changes, obviously, but small movement towards a more modern and interactive Literotica. Our goal with these changes, and many more to come in 2008, is to make sure that the great Literotica authors (who put so much work into writing their stories) get as much feedback and support from their readers as possible.

Thank you for reading this long update and please feel free to post feedback, suggestions, or anything else in the comments!

“Add To Favorites” Feature Launch

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Today on Literotica, you should start seeing the appearance of the “Add To Favorites” feature. It isn’t actually a feature on its own, but a small improvement (we hope) of the already existing Literotica Favorites feature. It may take a few days for this upgrade to appear on all story and member pages.

The already existing Literotica Favorites feature allows registered users to add Stories, Poems, and Authors to their favorites list. This allows users to share their favorite parts of Literotica with others, and also allows users to keep track of their favorite items for later reference. We then use the data from everyone’s combined Favorites to create the Literotica Favorites Portal, which will soon be re-launched with a new and improved design.

The new part of the Favorites feature which is being launched today is a simple modification of the Story and Poem pages and the Member pages that allows you to simply click a link to add a user, story, or poem to your Favorites list. In the past, you would have to go into your member admin and manually add items to your Favorites list. Now, with the new feature, you can just click on a “Add To Favorites” link directly on the item which you are interested in.

Here are two examples: An updated story page and an updated author page.

On the updated Story page, you can see the Add To Favorites link in two places: at the top of the page to add the author to your favorites and at the bottom of the page to add the story to your favorites.

On the updated Member/Author page, the Add To Favorites link appears at the top right of each tab.

Once you click on the “Add To Favorites” link, a box pops up and you are able to add the item to your Favorites without leaving the page.

Please take a look at the new upgrade and let me know what you think.

One issue I was thinking about is whether we should put the Add to Favorites option for the author at the top of each story or just on the author page? If a reader is reading a story, how would they know if they wanted to add the author to their favorites at the top of a page (seemingly before reading the story)? On the other hand, if we add it to the bottom, where we already have the option to add the Story to Favorites, will that cause confusion? For now, we’ve included the option to add the Story to your Favorites at the bottom of the page and the Author to your Favorites at the top of the page, as well as adding the Add To Favorites to every Author/Member page.

Again, please take a look and let me know your thoughts on the upgrade. Thank you! :)