Are you excited? Because we sure are!
In today’s blog post we’d like to introduce a couple of fresh features we’ve been working on for a while and believe are a step in a right direction towards improving the community of Royal Road.
We’ve received plenty of feedback from you, our dedicated user base, on improving user communication, and especially on fictions and the forums — something we think has not been given a proper priority until now. That is about to change.
Reputation of a Royal
To start off, we’re reintroducing and repurposing the old Reputation feature. Once present on the old Royal Road Forums, the feature has been reintroduced a few months ago, left to gather up some strength and dust, and now has been improved with, you guessed it, levels.
But, let’s start from the basics.
How to get Reputable
Users can give each other reputation on comments and forum posts (look for the small +Rep button in the corners).
Now, where have I dug these up from?
The amount a user can give to another will vary but will depend on their reputation level, which they increase by getting reputation. So, get more reputation to give more reputation in return. Simple stuff, really.
Authors can give more reputation to users that comment on their chapters. We feel this should encourage more productive conversations in the comment sections of fictions and allow authors to get more valuable feedback from their readers, which was one of the primary goals of the features.
You will notice that authors can't receive reputation on their own fictions. This is to encourage authors to communicate with each other and the rest of the community, as we don't want them sticking to just their own comment sections and getting scores of reputation from it.
Your previous reputation score (all the way back from obscurity) has been saved and will be factored into the new reputation as a way to jumpstart your climb through the new systems.
Shine bright like a… gem
Your reputation level will be now displayed on your profile avatar, encrusted in a magnificent gem that levels up as you do!
There’s a lot more where these came from!
Along with the Reputation system comes our new Experience system! That’s right, you can now level up in Royal Road!
Each level has a corresponding border for your avatar picture to nestle in while you show it off across Royal Road. Note that comments do not get the full border due to room constraints.
A display of all borders, from level 1 to 30. Shiny!
There are multitudes of ways to get experience (in no particular order):
- Gaining new achievements
- Logging in (or just visiting if you are always logged in) daily to Royal Road
- Gaining Reputation levels
- Giving Reputation to users
- Commenting on fictions
- Making reviews, and voting on reviews
- Referring new users to Royal Road
We will be ironing out details, rewards, and ways to get more Experience in the future, but we feel this is a comfortable starting point.
So, go on, Level Up, get Reputable, and we will see you on the Royal Road!
If you want to hide your border
If you don't feel up to showing your border to the world, you can disable it on the Settings page under General settings.
PLEASE NOTE: The experience system is currently in its infancy; numbers have been tweaked in the last couple days, and may be further tweaked down the line. All such changes are retroactive; we re-calculate experience and level thresholds all over again. Your achievements/contributions are not lost, but your total experience and level may increase or decrease depending on how we re-balance things, as it has today. Apologies about this; the community is too diverse for us to be able to easily figure out the numbers we should use even after days and weeks of calculations and estimations.
Let’s Loop back to Feedback
We’re also rolling out a new user feedback portal. After logging in via Single Sign-On with a Royal Road account, you can use the new feature to provide us with valuable feedback and directly communicate your wishes and requests to the site crew, with improved UI, communicability, visibility, and response time.
Note: Due to this platform being a completely different one from the previously used feedback portal, we manually copied the most upvoted suggestions from the old one, losing all comments and upvotes they had in the process. While we apologize for any issues this might cause and some data loss that occurred, as we couldn’t do any better in the transfer, we believe that the new system should work significantly better long term.
Sorry for the Blinding Light mode
Summer 2019 Feature Break
We will be taking a break from new features for awhile while we transfer to a new platform. We will be tweaking the existing features only if a major issue occurs that needs fixing, but nothing is expected until the transfer is complete. After the transfer, we expect smoother updates, fewer downtimes, better-streamlined releases, and more flexibility on our end, allowing us to make swifter and better changes to the system.
Royal Road App When?
Unfortunately, while mobile app designs are ready, we still need some time to start development on it.