Something New on Commaful
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commaverifiedThe Commaful Team
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Something New on Commaful

If you haven't noticed already....

There have been some HUGE changes to Commaful. We are excited to share some of these with you!

Please share your feedback in the comments!

1. Tapping instead of Scrolling!

People found tapping to be much easier and faster (and more people finished stories). So now...tap to move forward!

2. Daily Prompts!

On the computer version, you will now see a daily prompt in blue. Top posts will get featured in the side bar every day!

3. Contests page!

Some of you may have seen this already: https://commaful.com/contests

4. Download and share stories as video!

On any story you made yourself, click on the share icon and you will see some video options!

5. Redesigned last page

Bigger buttons and more recommended stories to get you more reads!

6. Fun loading screens

Ever get bored waiting for commaful to load? We tried making it more pleasant

Let us know your thoughts!!

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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
@carlafischer great advice. There are indeed people who like it, but if it prevents people, even a small group, from reading it, it's a good reason to at least tone it down. Looking forward to chatting! Thanks again for the feedback

carlafischerAuthoress · System Programmer
a year agoReply
@sydney Good goodness! Not thus fast! :) Sydney, you might be right on removing the feature but, well---maybe others like it? You introduced it, for sure not without reason so, it indeed has a right to exist. Why not simply make it an option? You made the auto-play feature optional. You can do so with the zoom-in feature, too. This would give control to the reader. Or, alternatively and maybe better in this very case, give it to the authors whether or not their stories should have that feature or not. Generally: Once as feature has been implemented, leave it. Removing is all or nothing. You might need the feature, or a derivation of it, later, be it for internal use. Just make it an option. This is a much milder form of change. Sorry, I must leave for now. I will definitely send you an e-mail with more details. ## Gee, I love that stuff. :D

sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
Hey @bernardtwindwil @carlafischer ! You guys are awesome!! Thanks for the feedback. We will remove the zoom on the images later today to start. Looking forward chatting more about the other changes

carlafischerAuthoress · System Programmer
a year agoReply
@sydney I'm currently not free, just for a few mos now and then. Changes soon, anyway. Sure, I'll send you an e-mail asap, then we schedule a time. I'll be back! ;) Thank you!

bernardtwindwilGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
I ran into the changes after the last page. I didn't know what was going on until I read this. Like @carlafischer, I get distracted by the new background motion. I ran into the formatting problems but I figured out a workaround that I would rather not use. I will play around and tell you more later.

sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
@carlafischer email me and we can schedule a time! Sydney @ commaful.com

sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
@carlafischer hey Carla! Just saw this. Are you free for a call? Would love to discuss these changes more in depth. We are open to many changes, including reverting back if necessary but want to understand the problems the best way we can so we know what changes to make. Really appreciate the details here

carlafischerAuthoress · System Programmer
a year agoReply
Oh, this---makes me very sad. :( Sorry but, I cannot share your enthusiasm about your new style. The style---not the features. The contest features I noticed. This is very well done. Congrats! Also, some minor flaws have been fixed. Good! But you unfortunately destroyed almost all of the good feeling of _reading_ here on comma. I do not use a cell to view the site. For me, it is of no difference whether I press or scroll. But the expanding background distracts the eye! It stresses while reading. Put differently: I cannot read without being disturbed by a moving background. It's like a paper that moves. Even worse: The supportive text now shows up separated from the main text. This way, all published stories that depend on the two texts appearing together now must be realigned or reformatted---or even rewritten. You cannot simply apply such drastic changes without disrupting poetry. In general: What is it all about here? Stories and content, writing and thought, clad in some decent visual form of presentation---or nice and colourful features, bells and whistles in style, and gilding the lily? There are many ways to make the best of both worlds, content, principles of use, and presentation. Sorry, but here, imho, this goal was not attained. I have not reviewed all of my stories or my favs of others. But what I have seen so far was a mess. :( I cannot call for a backout but, sometimes this is the best one can do in programming, at least partially. But I can probably call for options so that the appearance of the site can be configured on a per-account basis. This does _not_ remove the burden laid on the shoulders of the authors to design their stories according to probably two possible formats, one of which (the new) simply does not fit the written word. But it would at least bring some relief to the readers. :'(