Prevent users from flooding the "Fresh" page

BabyPandora 8 years ago updated by Digby (Community Manager) 7 years ago 1

I *love* the idea of being able to upload several drawings at once, but there's a point where it becomes a hindrance to other artists. I just uploaded a drawing, but it was immediately washed away by someone using this feature to upload random photographs/images. This is a problem for artists like me who are trying to get started on this site.

I have some screenshots to show what I'm talking about. All of these images (except for the one I drew an arrow to, which is mine) are from the same guy. I blacked out his username to avoid calling him out, because that's not the point of this post.

Like I said, I love the idea of uploaded multiple drawings at once, but is there a way to keep a multi-upload contained in like a "folder" of sorts on the homepage? Like if someone clicks on it, they'll be taken to a page with all of the uploads, instead of all of them flooding the homepage?

Am I making sense? I don't know if I'm making sense here or not, I have a tendency to explain my thoughts/ideas poorly. Let me know if you're confused, I'll try to elaborate.



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Thank you for sending this suggestion in. I'm thinking this is a problem that can't really be solved, unfortunately, especially as the site grows. Let's say, for example, that we have 1 submission every 5 submissions. Based on your top image, your picture would stay on the front of the gallery for an average of 1.5 minutes before it got moved below. As submissions increased, your average time there would decrease.

The thing is, it really starts to get risky if we start moderating how fast people can upload. If we do set restrictions, there could potentially be a pretty large backlog, and some users will stop using the site due to these delays. 

There are, however, multiple things you can do as an individual to counteract this:

  • Diversity where you post content. Generally, it's good to have a few different locations when you're starting so that you can start grabbing people's attention. Once you start getting a group, you can decide if it'd be best to stay diversified or funnel down to one location.
  • Stay active. When you are working on getting an audience, having posts on a regular basis helps.
  • Think about timing. You may consider having specific days/times that you upload, especially during early afternoon hours when users are more likely to be online.
  • Use tags. It's super helpful for people who are searching the site. We're hopefully going to make improvements to the tagging system on FN.
  • Look around to see if there are any groups that create content similar to yours. There are many groups, especially on Telegram or Discord, that are welcoming to new people. Furry Network is planning group support in the future, so hopefully we'll be able to help with this.

Hopefully this helps with a few ideas for how to work around the flood that happens with main galleries. We'll continue thinking of other ways to help new artists - it can definitely be difficult to get an audience, but it's important to find one.