The Roadmap & Community section
Just wondering what thoughts are on what’s coming from the roadmap and where the community sees priority needs? I think a lot of people have dropped off the community section (?) but I’d like to see them back and see see it really thrive and grow here (aside the courses and challenges which are already great). My thoughts on what is missing at the moment: - to be notified when someone you follow posts work to their album, possibly by also setting up dedicated published vs WIP albums - Commenting on albums/personal walls - Sketchbooks/journals, for members to track their progress through the courses, general art progress and thoughts, again with notifications - a dedicated critique section (like the ‘ask for help’ checkbox but it’s allowed in community/personal wall posts) - News - particularly Proko site/course news, but also somewhere for members to post Art related news/content for discussion, like a bulletin board - Personal messages and/or group chat - Maybe a few sub-categories in the Community section, though I’m not sure how deep or wide to go depending on how active it is. Could even add tags or something to allow searching/pseudo-categorisation. Keep up the great work, the content here is fantastic and I look forward to the future developments and growth.
Chat is the most important thing for me, and something that would likely keep me coming back for longer. I have no artsy real life friends with whom I can talk to about progress, or just art in general so as I'm working on assignments, eventually I feel the need for social interaction and that takes me away from doing art. Forums are very structured so it doesn't fulfill the need for like-minded company when doing art. Group chats could do that.
Wanted to also echo @Katey Jensma and say thanks for the valuable feedback. The Proko news is a great idea and we're trying to figure out a section of the site to put our press releases. When it comes to notifications I also get where you're coming from. I've talked with Stan about making the Proko app a priority. I know that it would be great if you could get notified on your phone when someone leaves a comment.
Hi there Dan! Yeah I would think commenting on the album of each other can be a great thing... OR... let's just make every update into a community thread, just like twitter but more "threaded", like if you post a gallery image, it's automatically represented as a thread in the community. And then you can have various filters and so on. It makes implementation easy because it's basically the same type underneath. My own website (ChengduLittleA.com) is coded in that way and it's super simple and flexible. And actually I think the problem is not really about the platform feature. Recently I've realized more that artists are simply too different from one another. It's quite hard to get excited about another people's art if you just don't have the same feeling of this subject matter and so on. That's why deviant art has such a huge user base but you still struggle to only find a handful of artists whose work you really like. Another reason is maybe we don't like to be like on a mass platform? I mean artists are more likely to be somewhat "alternative". To have a defined way to gather those people is probably not preferred. Thus I think what could beneficial artists greatly is we could really have a web-ring or to put it in another way, a centralized index/directory, where artists write down or categorize their "type" with some demo images, and simply it links to their own website/blog/social. Better yet to make it a protocol where people can choose what they view and connect with, or maybe just a enhanced rss thing. This could be a new "source book" thing?