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Presenting the new and improved Community page

Just pushed a major redesign of the community pages and we think you're going to love it. You can check out the page at http://trakt.tv/community

The first change is in the order of the page. The top users are listed first on the page because the goal of this page is to feature what is going on with the trakt community. There are several filters available to see the top scrobblers and largest collectors on the site. All time numbers have also been re-enabled! The first place user is more prominently featured and behind them is an interactive poster wall that contains things they've actually watched or collected. Note: drag it around!



Next on the page is a list of users who are most recently watching something. Each user has a new design that calls out the media center they are using a bit more. If they have a location icon, hover over it to see the details. This section also more clearly indicates how many people are watching right now. Click the see more link for more watching info (I'll get to that in a sec).



The next section is the most recent shouts just organized more concisely. You can cycle through them by dragging or clicking the dots. If you're on a touch device (ipad works really well) you can drag with your finger on the shouts and on the top poster wall too.



Now back to the real time watchers (http://trakt.tv/community/watching) you can filter by shows, movies, or the specific media centers people are using plus get a user count for each filter.



Check it all out at http://trakt.tv/community and let us know what you think. There were also a few minor style updates on the calendar, tv, and movies headers to all use the same link style.
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  • The top users list and what people are currently watching look great! I was hoping for a bigger list, than i would have been on it too :'(

    However i kinda liked the old overview of recent shouts more. With the new one since it shows only one shout at the time you don't have an overview anymore. That makes it harder to see if someone reacted to your own shout you posted somewhere.
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  • BTW: i just saw that more than 400(!) people are using trakt today. Maybe today is the day the site finally goes over the 8640 total watched movies and episodes? That would mean 1 item watched every 10 seconds :D
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  • Great work!

    Although there is no way to "unfilter" the real time watchers. So you can't go back from filtering to MediaPortal and then going back without having to use the browsers back button.
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  • Here is a mockup of how you could display the Shouts:



    So you can see your still conserving space, but you can see shouts of potential interest at a glance. If you hover over the poster you see shouts like the old style.

    What do you think?
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  • That looks good, and with the small dots you can still go back but even further than before. Maybe it would be even better if instead of just 6 you had 12 posters, to give you a better overview. To be honest i think there is more than enough space left to fill the community page. It does not look crowded at all to me.

    If you want ipad to work with trakt than maybe its an idea to make a seperate website specially designed for the ipad. There must be ways to figure out if someone is using an ipad or not. Besides, something that works great on the ipad may not work that good in a normal browser in a pc.
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  • The new community page is dumb. It's going to be the same old names over and over... people who play episodes on their TV and don't even watch the show, just like to see their name on the list. I liked the old one because honestly, I don't care who watches the most TV shows, I want to see when someone comments about a good movie or show. Please reconsider this change. Shouts and discussions, finding new shows and movies to watch, that's what makes Trakt great. Not a race to see how many episodes I can play and get credit for.
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    • I'm pretty sure the horse is way past dead at this point and will be making an appearance in walking dead season 2 as a zombie :) I hear ya though, there are some other shout todos on the list too like rating them, replying to a shout vs. just a single list, hotlinking things like youtube & user @ callouts, that sort of stuff. Hoping to have some time this weekend to experiment more with the community page and come up with something.
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  • The new look is mutch better! Is this how it is gonna look from now on or are you still experimenting?
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  • With the new shouts system being rolled out, the community page needs to be redesigned to highlight quality contributions, over quantity. It would be good if it could showcase the most recent, popular (i.e. the most 'likes') shouts and reviews.

    It would also be good if there was a way to directly 'like' the latest shouts from the Community page itself.

    Also, I don't really see how a 'top member' is a person with the most plays or has collected the most episodes. Frankly, when I see these users highlighted I just think they should get out more! Top community members are people who benefit the community. Rating movies/shows and writing good shouts & reviews benefits everyone, not just watching lots of shows & movies.

    In my opinion the default view for 'top members' should highlight those users who are producing the most quality content, by writing good quality shouts and reviews, and rating lots of movies/shows/episodes. Top viewers should still be shown but they just shouldn't be the default view.

    Lastly, I think it would be good to have a "Movers & Shakers" section which would showcase movies and shows (or possible seasons) which have suddenly seen a big change (increase or decrease) in the numbers of viewers and/or shouts. For example, it would be interesting to see a list of the top movies / shows that have suddenly become popular with the community. Conversely, it would be good to see which shows/movies that were previously popular have suddenly fallen out of favour.
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