It is exciting to join a platform in its infancy.

I always hear about friends who have gotten in on content creation platforms soon after their launch. They see the entire evolution and they can have all the fun bragging rights of “I joined this before it was cool”. Not gonna lie, I’ve always been a little bit jealous. Sure, call me a hipster wannabe. I won’t take offense.
So, here I am on Yours. I inadvertently stumbled into this platform thanks to Isaac Morehouse, a kindly donated dollar, and a challenge he made to the Praxis community. I’ve been told by a number of acquaintances that this platform is in “beta beta”. I believe it. It’s definitely still a little clunky. But I also believe in it enough to stick around. I think Yours is going to go big, and I’m excited to be a part of it!

I am confident Yours will continue to improve. Here are the top 5 improvements that I hope to see:

1.) A search bar

Being able to do keyword searches for specific content and users would make it easier and more efficient to access content that matters to me. This would enable me to spend less time scrolling and more time tipping creators!

2.) The option to “follow” creators

I appreciate that the main page features posts from everyone. That is an awesome way to enable everyone to have a fair chance at getting seen! There are certain creators who I enjoy reading from more than others, however. It would be great to have a tab where I could scroll through the latest posts from my favorite users. Similarly, it would be neat to see a list of users that my favorites follow displayed on their profiles.

3.) Post tags

The ability to tag posts in addition to posting to the specific branches of Yours would open it up for more specialized browsing.

4.) The ability to upload photos directly into your posts

Having to upload pictures to a separate host site and then copy links over is really time consuming. I would love to feature images in my posts more often and a direct upload button would make that possible.

5.) A “save as draft” option

Currently I write all of my posts on Google Docs and transfer them over. I don’t really mind, but it would be cool if I could save and schedule drafts like I do on other major blogging platforms.

That said, my experience with Yours so far has been great!

This platform is brilliant. I like the way the “pay to play” style makes me think harder about what I write and read. I like the way everyone gets a fair chance at being front-page featured. I like that it gives an easy and direct way to monetize my content. I like that it allows me to get an accurate feel for what my readers enjoy.

If I was a techie, I would hop on your team in an instant and begin crafting the improvements I mentioned.

I, unfortunately, am not a brilliant coder. But guess what? I am connected with an amazing community of young professionals of all talents. If any of you visionaries behind Yours are reading this and want someone to craft some new features for your site, hit me up. I’ll gladly reach out to my crew to see if anyone is up for the challenge and put you in contact!
 

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Add to the list the need to know when someone replies to a post of mine as well as a reply even to a comment notification as well.
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Hi, yes I agree and I would add that the category nsfw is a bit weird to me honestly, not that I don't like naked girls, but it is just too raw, it makes the site looks bad. There should be some message that notice the viewer their are accessing a 18 old section, something like checking your age... but if I was the site creator I would just take off that, I don't like to see people selling their body image for 1 $. Looks sad to me. Another reason is that in some country this site could be easily banned for that, and it would be such pity. That's just my concern.. maybe I am wrong.. what do you think about it ?
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Hi Sarah, welcome to Yours! Tipped you $25 to help get you started in the Yours Economy.
Good news: All of the issues you mentioned are already on our issues list :) We're getting there as quickly as we can. Some specific responses:
  1. The general "beta beta"ness of the site: We are aware of this and this week are prioritizing all the "minor, but infuriating" issues. We have fixed many but still have quite a few to go.
  2. Following: This will be incredibly useful both to get better curation but also to start tracking trust and decreasing the scammers on the platform. If your friends follow someone that's a good sign they're not a scammer. But if someone is only followed by other scammy people then maybe they're a scammer.
  3. Post tags: We're going to let people type in whatever they want for categories. Eventually this will transform into moderated subcommunities like reddit.
  4. Direct image upload: This is also very important to make the editor more user-friendly.
  5. Save as draft: Absolutely. It's hard to right in-depth, quality content if your post might accidentally be wiped by refreshing the page.
  6. Search: This will come in two stages. First, we need to make the app indexable by Google - right now we have terrible SEO. Then you will be able to use Google to search for stuff on Yours. Then some time later we can build our own in-app search feature.
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This is awesome to hear, Ryan! I love seeing your plans for the site. Thanks a bunch for the tip! I am really looking forward to seeing where this platform goes. Y'all are going to rock this thing.
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Great to read of the upcoming changes.
As an aside, I miss the comment voting so hope that might be able to return in some form in future.

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This is the best feature request I have ever read.
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Search bar added today!
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