I absolutely love this website, and I’m super excited that I get to poke around before it’s publicly released.
I do have one suggestion… I’ll admit it, the registration page stumped me for a solid minute.
This is partially on me because I should have known I needed a password, but I didn’t realize that I could scroll down inside the registration form box, and that there was a password field I needed to fill out.
Hey Dan, (and Stephen? I’m not sure who gets a notification when I reply here )
I have a few ideas after looking around a bit more and thinking about it some more:
The homepage (batcommunity. org) is beautiful, but I think maybe there should be something there for a completely new user—maybe something like the pinned post in the subreddit, with a card that says something like “Wondering what BAT is all about? Read the overview here.” Or a bar along the top instead of a card, maybe? Not sure what would be best, but I’m imagining this site as a place to send people who are curious about joining the community in some capacity, so I’d want the homepage to be as beginner-friendly as possible
(Sidenote: I see that there is a link to the intro post from r/BATproject under the /knowledge page, but I don’t know that I would think to look there as a new user.)
Right now the forum.batcommunity. org domain feels a bit disconnected from the batcommunity. org domain. But this might be a good thing… I’m not sure. I guess in terms of navigation it just felt a bit off that I couldn’t get back to the batcommunity. org page to click into the different tabs at the top (Knowledge, News, etc) without deleting “forum.” from the URL. But again, maybe the forum should feel separate.
The tabs on the homepage have inconsistent behaviours: News, Forum, Meetups, and Store all link to other domains/subdomains and open in a new tab, whereas Video feed and Knowledge link to other pages on the main batcommunity. org domain. There’s a good chance I’m just overthinking this, but I guess it makes navigation feel a little confusing for me (“What site am I on?”, “How do I get back to the page I was just looking at?”, etc.) when some things open in other domains/subdomains and some things are /pages. Maybe a little symbol next to the “new tab” links that would show the user it’ll open in another tab could help? Like this:
I’m probably writing much longer posts than the average new user will be, but I’ve found the “New users can only include 2 links per post” limitation a little annoying so far…(I’ve added spaces before the .org to meet the requirement with this post and I’m hoping that doesn’t auto-flag me as spam). I’m not sure if that number is something that could be loosened or not.
Anyway, those are the things I thought of for now.
Can we send private messages on here or no? I see on my own profile that there is a “Messages” page, but I can’t see any way to start a new conversation with someone else.
I’d love the ability to do that within the forum, but I can see good reasons for now allowing that as well (every admin would probably get hundreds of messages about airdrops and partnerships all day long).
I think the bar at the top is a great idea. I will implement this. I’d like to have a really beautiful or landing page linked to by this banner. This landing page include the content of the intro post, but ideally with more visual media, that explains BAT.
I don’t see how to start a new topic here. Yeah, I’m nnnneeeewww.
So, let me say that I very much like using the Brave browser, getting the BAT for enjoying good ads and suffering the bad. And it was easy to sign up to get into this BATcommunity forum. BUT –
I haven’t been able to finish the signup to be a Brave creator and use Uphold. Why? The “premiumSMS” method of confirming email and phone. Why not offer a choice of method? I have normal SMS but not premiumSMS, and for good reasons I am not going to pay for the privilege and be on one of those networks.
Again, the point is the need for a different, more universal method of confirming/authenticating.
Oops. Have I made a mistake? Is it the 2-Factor Auth that’s the problem for me here instead of premiumSMS? Ugh. I have tried to get into a few different things in recent days, and both of those have stopped me thus far. As you surely gathered, I don’t do “smart” phone, and I don’t like Google etc. But I very much do want to participate in the whole BAT eco and other crypto-currency activities. MUSIC With A Purpose is my main pursuit, and I have easily set-up other things, such as an archive.org account.
Final thought for now: There’s too much “KYC” in crypto. Notice the contradiction in terms? Signing up for crypto-related accounts is too much like signing up with the government. The whole original and true purpose of crypto is a reaction, aversion, to what our government(s) and fiat-bankers do against us!