The conversion of Furry Network site URL (currently beta.furrynetwork.com) from Character Feed to a Homepage or Front Page.
Replace the Furry Network site URL destination with a proper homepage, and move user feed to another URL (user.furrynetwork.com for example [please excuse my lack of technical knowledge]).
To me, Furry Network feels a bit disorganized, which is I think brought about by the fact that there is no clear frontpage to say:
'Hey! Welcome to our website! Wow, look at the 10 newest submissions, here's some site info and the latest update and details about the upcoming update!'
A front page, in my opinion, would be a huge benefit for everyone.
- It could tell people what the site is all about, and persuade non-members to become members.
- Obviously this would be more helpful after the site is more public
- It would help artists get noticed.
- I honestly don't see any way of gaining followers besides having friends and word of mouth, and I think it's a healthy way to make sure that the site is more of a community than just the most well-known artists that people would think to look up.
- It would unify the site by bringing you a page that everyone sees, with minor user-personal modifications to it to provide a better experience.
I think that having a place that is semi familiar to many people would go far in having more people adopt this site rather than sticking to an alternative simply because the site brings so many new ideas along with an alien layout and just isn't your average artist site.
While I'm not advocating to become just like other sites, there are reasons why dA, Weasyl, FA, InkBunny, and SoFurry have certain similarities, and that's because I think finding something that works and that people understand and tweaking it to perfection is how we get great things.
The front page of Weasyl, for example, being able to request critique and have a Tweet sent with your submission's link from the WeasylCritique account, along with having a submission on the front of the page until it got bumped by newer submissions was probably the single best thing a site could have done for exposure.
I know I talk a lot about exposure, and sure it's something I think everyone needs, it's a great way for me to explore the fandom I love so much and just find really amazing creations by really amazing people.
A better part of discovery comes from when I already have a goal in mind... I have to upload a submission or something, but something on a front page catches my eye and I go on a huge spree of checking out different artists just based on the art that sidetracked me in the first place.
Hopefully this is taken into consideration. I'm all in on this site and genuinely think, once things are a bit more smoothed out, that this could actually be the downfall of FA, especially by making things like Commissions easier and even having a fun system for that purpose.
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