I have a lot of improvements of this nature to make. I didn't want to make too much of a fuss with the visuals just yet (and am hoping that I'll be able to find someone who can worry about that side of things for me), but yes, I do need to do something a bit more than I have at the moment.
I'm thinking about creating a quick screen cast video to explain the basics, and be somewhat selective about who I invite to use it, so I can control their exposure to it - until such time as I've made further refinements.
I have plans to add filtering, to let you slim down the list via things like genre, tags, etc.. but as genres and tags don't exist yet...
The stories I have currently were imported from an older version of the platform I built a few years ago. Back then each story only had a short description and a general background. For the new platform, I want each to have the five-elements of storytelling - but as I don't - yet - have that content I can't display it. Maybe I should hide the unpopulated fields.
Good call. I also have plans on letting people select their own settings, including choice of font (including the dyslexia font), text size, colours, etc.. Anything to make reading easier.
I was planning on making this an option for logged in users - they'll have the option to show which paths have child chapters - but do you think this is something which should be enabled by default for everyone?
I'll take a look at this, thanks.
This is a problem which I'm very welcome to ideas for solving, as I know the form for adding new stories is a bit of a clusterfuck. I think some type of wizard, or a staggered process, could well be the answer.
So it's this part which might not be explained properly just yet, but the concept is that of collaborative interactive fiction. Anyone can start a story, and write as much of it as they wish, and others can come along and fill in the other chapters. It's almost like an RPG.
But, having said that, I can see that some people might want to limit access to their stories to a smaller group of people, this isn't something that I'd thought of before,and is an idea I quite like. I think you're maybe right about when to show the 5 elements of storytelling.
This feedback has been really helpful, thank you - you've given me a whole other angle which I can explore for this. I am keen on having more people use the site to get more feedback, but I want to control this as much as possible while I find my way around.