Welcome to 2020
It’s been an amazing year for us here at Royal Road, and we’ve had a lot of improvements over the past twelve months. Some new features were introduced, and a lot more new fictions were posted. According to our statistics, more than 650,000,000 words were published on this platform as of today, and it seems like there is no slowing down.
In our quest to be the best, we are proud to announce a new change in how we see ourselves. With an upcoming new look to our user interface, we are proud to present our shiny new logo:
UPDATE: keep in mind that the new logo comes with a LOT of different texture and color scheme options! While we have a different color scheme in mind for the redesign, we decided to use the above for the current theme.
The new Royal Road logo will be displayed prominently where the old one used to sit, a sign of change into the new era.
With the new logo, we’ll be updating the new default cover image:
We hope you like it. The new logo was done because our older one doesn't fit the new design we are working on.
Is the redesign done?
Not yet! As this is our brand recognition, we wanted to roll out the logo slightly earlier. The full redesign is expected in the upcoming months.
However, you don't have to worry, as we are frequently rolling out the new features of the redesign into the live site - from the new follow list, to the chapter tracking, to new achievements and logo...
- Reviews are now sorted by a more intricate algorithm by default (named "top", it returns a weighted average rather than just the average of votes), and users now have the ability to change the sorting to Top, Oldest, Newest or Most Upvoted.
- The new Follow List page is out for everyone after over a month of beta with the Premium subscribers. For now, users can still access the old lists under "Grouping" and "List", but we intend to deprecate these over time.
- The Reading Tracker (pointing you to the last chapter read), stopped backtracking automatically, instead, the site now asks if it should backtrack the reading progress. The exact behavior can be configured under https://www.royalroad.com/account/options to either use the Legacy behavior, never show the backtrack box or never show it on your own fictions.
- The text editor has been improved to allow for smoother writing, especially on mobile.
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Since this is our first post of the year, here is
Some honorable mentions:
- Highest level user- Exterminatus, with level 29
- Highest reputation level - Andur, with level 35
- Highest number of achievements - Lone, with 24 achievements
- J0nn0 coming in second with 20 achievements
- Top comment count by Killashard for more than 30,000 comments
- FlexiArts, for the logo.
- RykyArt, for the background image used in the new cover art / all the new blog posts header images.
- Seyumei for the achievements, borders and commissioned contest rewards.
- Noah Bradley for the site's background image.
- AdsterHappy for the emojis used in the forum.
Will you be the one to break some of these records? Good luck to everyone in 2020!