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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Alright I got three suggestions.

File listing order: This has come up a few times recently, so I figured I would throw it in so people can talk about if they agree. But I think files should be listed on the new files page in order of their approval, rather than by time of upload. Peoples files have been skipped, or held for various legitimate reasons, but when they are finally approved they sometimes get buried, and lose that first day, front page, benefit that all files get on their first day.

File updates: I think that some things need to be changed in regards to updating current files in the system. I think it can go one of two ways…if not both. I think if an author has the ability to see their buyers of each file, they have the ability to send out a notification email regarding the update. When files are updated, if the buyers dont come back to the files page to see if there is an updated description, they will never know. If staff does not want the authors to see a full list of buyers. I think a system should be worked in that keeps track of all buyers for each particular file. When an update is made to a file, a 1 time button becomes available to author. When they click this button it will send out a generic email to all previous buyers informing them that their file has an update that they can return and download.

Also in regards to file listings…I really think updated files should re-appear at the top of the new files list. Technically updates can change, or improve files. With this method it will give some motivation to the authors to keep improving their files. Old files will not be buried. If the author makes an update, it pops right back into circulation. And all is well. Also if the above suggestion for updating is not accepted, at least if the file re-appears in the new file list, then there is a chance that people will see it when browsing and visit to download. Upon re-adding it to the new file list, it will show that this is an updated file and not a brand new version.

File comments: I have said this multiple times, and I will say it again. I know how great the RSS feed is, and I know it would probably a huge task to create what I am suggesting. But if there were some type of mailbox system implemented, that would keep track of messages, and file comments. I think we can avoid all of the issues that come up with posting in the forum for questions regarding files. Thus eliminating debates on self-promotion. It seems as though authors complaints involve its hard not having everything in one place. The comments in the files can become huge lists, and the emails just get cluttered in the inbox of the authors real email. I think if we had a messages section added. Where there would be two inboxes, one inbox for new messages, and the other for new comments. In those inboxes the author can read, reply, and clear new comments and messages.

What does everyone think?

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LucidStudios says

good suggestions Mark. Specially 1st and 3rd.

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wickedpixel says

where do i sign this?

good post doze!

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Chuckanucka says
Also in regards to file listings…I really think updated files should re-appear at the top of the new files list.

not sure about this, if implemented expect endless small “updates” done to get more time at the top of the new files list.

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wickedpixel says
Also in regards to file listings…I really think updated files should re-appear at the top of the new files list.
not sure about this, if implemented expect endless small “updates” done to get more time at the top of the new files list.

not really… must be a date that can be set only once… on first approve.. then the scripts can check if that parameter is null or already set

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says
not sure about this, if implemented expect endless small “updates” done to get more time at the top of the new files list.

Well I think its still sort of helpful, even if that occurs. I think it will motivate sellers to keep producing the goods, and then keep the goods current after they are produced. It will surely keep the buyers of said files quite happy. And even if the updates are small, and just made as attempts to get back up to the top of the list…I feel like any update is better than no update. Also its always going to be up the reviewer. If someone updates their file to now have one word display in the color pink, when it was previously white…would not be an acceptable update. Ya know…I think us as reviewers should only accept updates that are functional, or if they fix issues.

Also lastly, if the page does begin to fill up with updated files in the new section…it might push buyers to really go searching for files they are looking for, or good quality files. I mean if someone uploads an AMAZING carousel that gets buried after 4 months, and a carousel gets uploaded today, that is a carousel but fails in comparison to the other one, I think many buyers will still buy the new one, rather than shopping around a bit. I think it will make for a better experience and cause buyers to buy what is nice, what is good, and what they need, rather than buying it because its the first one they see.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

It would help to take away the advantage of being a new file. Level the playing field, and have files sell based on their quality, not based on their age.

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bobocel says

Hoping staff will read this. Great ideas! :)

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JType says

Well, I guess you could have a little symbol next to the file name/thumbnail/whatever, denoting whether the file is, in fact, new, or has just been recently updated..

Maybe brand new files, could be displayed in a bold type-face, and the updated ones not appear on the front page..

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collis Envato team says

I’m reading! :-) Some really good ideas. Vahid’s out doing accounting training today (yuck!) but I’ll message him since he’s in charge of these things now!!

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