I've noticed that some features of the site have been changed or removed, but no explanation was given. I thought that having features such as recent comments, recent reviews, recent votes, recent downloads, featured releases, and updates all on the front page really helped people navigate the website easier. This screenshot deQer took was the only surviving example of what ..::LvL's best layout was: bport.ca/temp/lvlworld-voting.png
I also think that voting maps 1 out of 10 instead of 1 out of 5 was also better. Some cosmetic things like the option to have no avatar (as opposed to the lack of an avatar being represented by a whited-out picture of crash), the characters appearing next to the front page's logo, and different symbols for the voting score were nice. I really do miss the old website layout because I felt that it was set up almost perfectly, however I do think that the addition of the reputation system and map search engine was needed. Every now and then I'll attribute a theme to a map so it's easier to find.
08 Aug 2018, 18:02 AEST
Thanks heaps for the awesome feedback!
As far as items being removed, that is not exactly true. The current home page has a Featured release, 3 of the most recent reviews, 4 recent downloads, 4 recent votes and 4 recent comments (on a desktop PC anyway). The icon in the top left corner is the key to each section except the comments where a sample of the comment is shown over the screenshot. While the numbers are smaller, the content areas are the same.
That said, if I needed to explain that, then maybe the new layout is not as clear as I thought it was. Very open to suggestions.
There is also the "latest" page - lvlworld.com/latest
- which is pretty much only used with the ..::LvL App, but can be used my anyone.
The vote system is something that has always rubbed me the wrong way. Never liked it, always felt it was open for exploitation and abuse - and that is what happens. No need to go in to details, but the system is abused by some. A few maps have even had voting disabled. The system I wanted was a "Good" vs "Bad" or Thumbs up and Thumbs down one.
I like the idea of bringing back a randomised icon on the home page. I will look in to that.
On a side note, the page load speed should be a lot faster, the code is a lot cleaner and scales seamlessly from phone to desktop. These are a few of the improvements over the old design.
I think, it would be better to make all the pics a bit smaller and insert the comment strings back (recent reviews/downloads, featured, etc) instead of the signs. As for me, everything was simple and clear before.
Generally design is now good. :)
I wasn't aware of the "latest" page. It seems like one would have had the link to have found it, wheras the "Home" page is more likely to be seen.
I think the Main page could be improved by shrinking the size of the map images and listing them into categories that are further apart to make it more clear that they are in different categories. For example with the old layout "Recent Downloads" and "Recent Reviews" were easier to distinguish because they were under separate lines that were labeled. The new layout has icons on the top-left of the images, but I noticed the "Featured Release" is mixed in with them instead of separated to the side and enlarged like the old layout.
I like the idea that the recent comments only show one comment by the commenter as opposed to all of them, so comments of other people can be found as well. However the old main page categorized them better by not having the image of the map with them to conserve space. The old "news" page at the top was helpful to show what recent site changes there were so forum posts about them didn't need to be posted instead. All of this I believe will make the site much easier to use.
While its unfortunate that there are trolls out there who abuse whatever rating system is in place, but I don't really see how a like/dislike system for voting would fix that any better than the 1/5 or 0/10 system did. YouTube changed thier system of rating videos from 1/5 stars to like/dislike, and I don't consider that to have been an improvement. The number rating system gave people the chance to rate maps according to a scale as opposed to a Borderline-esque "loved or hated it".
I mentioned "removed" because I recall being able to search for maps based on their theme, gametype, etc. in the map search, and now cannot.
10 Aug 2018, 22:20 AEST
Home page has been modified and updated. Thanks for the feedback!
The "latest" page was designed to be used with the App and that is where it is linked from. The previous version of the latest page was almost useless on the desktop PC, but now it is desktop friendly.
As to the tag search (search by theme, textures, game mode, etc), I did not know people where using it. I'll work out a way to bring it back.
Tig, mm, that's much better! =D
P.S. try to find time to post submitted/reviewed maps too, please! ;D
11 Sep 2018, 21:26 AEST
Tig, something new with website again? =)
29 Oct 2018, 22:22 AEDT
Yep, a good chunk of the individual map pages have been updated. The media sections have had the most work. All videos are now HTML5 format too. Some look rough, but still better than requiring QuickTime :)
Notice any errors, please let me know!
Notice any errors, please let me know!
, yep, for example "Corrosion" (lvlworld.com/votes/id:2131
) has all the media sections, but my "The Killing Machine" (lvlworld.com/review/id:2372
) has no any :'( :D
But if all this is being updated, I guess, there's nothing to worry about! =)
30 Oct 2018, 09:50 AEDT
@Obsessed : The "votes" page has not been updated and still uses the old "text menu" sections. The "review" page has been updated and now use the "button menu" system in the bottom right.
Is this what you mean? The change in navigation is not clear enough?
the "button menu" system in the bottom right.
Tig, Yes, this is the style you've applied before, but returned back the old "text menu" sections. This is not a real problem. I'm just used to the old design. :-)