LOVE x10 Forum Titles, I'm a pretty big fan of Achievements so anything that uses this feature I'm on board for! smile
The Mini Shops revamp looks great, It's hard to find artists and know exactly what they're offering and this seems like a step up.
The Contracts also seems really convenient for Artists as well as safe for Costumers.
Forum Wars seems a little lackluster to me, There's only so many things people could debate and it doesn't seem to really tie into the whole Community vibe I get from Gaia, What I like about Gaia is that if you don't agree with someone, there's plenty of places to go, lots of things to do, etc - but it seems like something that's Forum-based PvP would be taken to the extreme by some sad little people and maybe even flaming would ensue. I just don't think we "need" it, whereas the other features would bring more to the Gaia experience.
I like the forum titles idea, I doubt the usefullness of the contract idea, though I guess the rating system would fix the problem I have with it*, and, I'm sorry to say, but I think forum wars would fail miserably, let's keep that as an event only thing.. wink
*The problem I would have is that the contracter would be able to send in the most crappy art that doesn't meet the buyers standards and still get the gold. But then the rating system would even it out eventually. I'm just not sure about it.
I think the contract mockup looks like it could be a good thing to have. I'm going to assume the rating the artist gets is from a feedback given by those who have contracted her so it would eliminate outside sources and give a more accurate rating. I say that in thinking of the recent <3</3 system threads where people talked about art shops closing because of so many </3s. Of course some measure would have to be taken place to make sure someone couldn't just contract and uprate themselves with mules and such.
The other two ideas I feel are wastes of time. Causing unnecessary drama between forums and creating potentially more work for your stretched-thin volunteer mods would not be a good idea IMO.
Of course some measure would have to be taken place to make sure someone couldn't just contract and uprate themselves with mules and such.
Oh ho ho!! That's true!
One way to stop manipulation like that is to take away anonymity. Such as, being able to view a shop's past orders (who ordered what) to ensure that the ordering activity doesn't look mule-ish.
Viewing who votes is one way people suggest for the avatar arena's problem with mule downvoting, and thread <3/</3 mule downvoting. So getting rid of anonymity is a possible solution to that problem? Some people might still try it, but at least you'd be able to determine for yourself if orders look mule-ish or not.
Another way to restrict % being affected by mule activity, is to limit it by IP. So if it seems like the order came from the same IP, it doesn't count towards your %. That's probably an easier option.
I love the second idea, it would be great for those of us with shops. The other ones I don't have any strong feelings towards, but the first one seems more interesting to me if I had to choose. I don't know how I'd feel about Forum Wars..