I have never created a topic requesting a change to the IFC itself; all feedback is appreciated.
So let’s start off with the categories
I think it would be great if there were a lot more tags added, so if you wanted to look for a specific kind of post, you could find it with ease.
Voting for Features
I think that you can spend your votes very easily and a bit too quickly, so I was thinking, maybe we could have a few votes dedicated to just liveries! This will also help a lot of people who just want their hometown airline, and won’t get hit with the “sorry, I don’t have any votes left”.
VA’s and VO’s
VA’s and VO’s are an incredible experience for everyone. However, if a VA or VO shuts down, there should be a mark beside it, maybe like a red lock icon. And if there’s an active VA or VO thread, there will be some sort of indicator that it’s active, perhaps a “verified check mark”. This will also be the first result when you search for a VA/VO in that category.
The beauty of the IFC, is that there are so many different people with different nationalities, however, this can lead to a lot of confusion, due to people being in different timezones. What my idea is this: where all the quick information is about the user (last seen, when joined etc.), you can also see the current time for them. Also, when shooting someone a DM, it would be great if it displayed something like “the current time for … is 1:00 AM”.
Creating a Thread
For a lot of beginners, starting a thread might be very difficult. It would be great if the first few times a beginner created a thread, that there will be labels beside each button, explaining it’s function.
For Created Threads
This feature would be for users with TL2 or higher. Basically, the author of the thread can pin a message within the thread. This can be especially helpful with very busy threads, like an event thread, or a development thread, to help avoid people seeing incorrect information, and see the verified information of what the author confirmed. This will be displayed at the bottom of the thread, beside the bookmark icon.
Another feature I would like to see in a thread, is the ability to search a word, phrase or user in a thread; this will, once again, be very helpful in a busy thread
New Users, Anniversaries and Birthdays
We all know Discobot, the good old bot from IFC, but I feel he’s in need of a refresh. When a new member joins the IFC, Discobot will send them an automated message, explaining all the basics, and linking a few threads to make it clearer. I feel that this will help the new members a lot and will definitely reduce the moderators’ workload.
Anniversaries and Birthdays
Everyone feels great when it’s their anniversary or birthday, one feels even better when he/she gets congratulated. My idea was for a new category or thread to be made, and where a bot is present. Everyday the bot will announce the anniversaries and birthdays, this message will be pinned within the thread as mentioned above. Everyone will then congratulate each other and have new opportunities to meet some new people!
For this, you’ll be able to head into preferences, and there will be an option to choose your refresh rate. This will determine how frequently IFC will refresh your page, where new or updated threads and other notifications will be displayed. This may be useful for people with a poor internet connection, or have limited mobile data.
Thread Search Filter
My experience with searching a closed topic has been rather frustrating. If I search “how to use the IFC”, I won’t find the amazing thread, but I will just find threads with only the one word like “IFC username”. This can perhaps be fixed where you can turn on an option that the search results HAS to be the phrase with the exact spelling, and all of the words in the search term in the correct order.
So that was my idea to make this community an even better place as I believe that there’s always room for improvement.
If you’ve any more suggestions, feel free to share them in this thread.
Thanks for your time, this probably is quite weird reading something focused on the IFC only.
Feel free to DM me about anything :)
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