Hello feedback.minecraft.net! Allow me to introduce myself.
I am a moderator of the Minecraft Abnormals community, which was formed as a branch off the main subreddit, r/minecraftsuggestions in an effort to prioritise brainstorming and creativity over instant gratification; due to the nature of Reddit, r/minecraftsuggestions evolved to push short, minor suggestions, with users giving little to no constructive feedback, while well-thought-out, detailed concepts went unnoticed. And even though the moderators and I have tried extremely hard to counteract this, we’ve come to the conclusion that Reddit as a platform is an inefficient way to suggest ideas.
Now that HelenAngel (Community Manager for Minecraft) has told us she is planning to spruce up this website, we’ve come up with some ideas on how to optimise this place for brainstorming!
Obviously, we don’t want this process to be convoluted or inconvenient.
Social media accounts can be linked to a Mojang account so that they all display the same username.
- Mojang Account
- Email, through host’s servers (wouldn’t publicise the email - you’d be able to attach a display name and username which would be shown)
Obviously we don’t need all of these, but it’s good to have as many options as possible.
Currently, all you can do is type and link pictures, perhaps using third party tools to create recipes.
Media Embed - Having to link to imgur to make a sort of visual suggestion is cumbersome. Direct image uploading and free placement! Also the same with videos, forms, iframes (add more here), and they can be externally linked or locally hosted.
MC-Specific Embed - this allows you to, using some kind of file format (but with an intuitive editor for that is both built in and downloadable), that I’ll call .mcsnpt, make these sort of ‘snippets’ of test Minecraft gameplay to demonstrate your idea. There would be a GUI editor, where you can use or change any of the game’s interfaces, so recipes, inventories etc. (also manual file uploading for them), rename and relore vanilla and custom textured (for which there’d both be an integrated image editor and file uploading) items, change their behaviour in the gui, etc. This’d allow you to hover over the items as they’d appear ingame, and a toggle would enable or disable the user being able to move the items around, which would be useful for testing a new crafting method. In short, the .mcsnpt files can allow showcasing a menu
without having to open the game. Additionally, there could be a simple 3D viewer for blocks, items, mobs and structures.
Polls - similar to the ones from Minecraft Forums. Great for a quick survey when choosing the best name from a couple of options or other minor behaviours.
Before the user submits a suggestion, they will have to do the following:
- Perform a search on whether their idea has been suggested. To ensure they do, the website will first ask for a Suggestion Title. Once entered, it will redirect to a search window with the title as the keywords. The search results will include Rejected and Frequently Posted Suggestions.
I’ve already talked about Reddit’s system. It’s far from ideal.
Posts can only be upvoted. Period. Downvotes are not constructive in any way possible. People won’t understand why they’re getting downvoted. Therefore, the closest thing to a downvote would be a poor rating, which brings me to my next idea.
Star Rating: Either:
- The first comment by a user on a post can contain a rating from 1 star to 5 stars. If people disagree with the rating, they can reply to the comment or downvote it.
- Only Quality Critiquers can rate and the method to become one of these is hard (to prevent spam)
Although Option 2 may be harder to manage, if there is a solid system for allowing people to become Quality Critiquers, it would work much more effectively than Option 1, to prevent 1-star ratings being treated as downvotes. But both of them is definitely superior to downvotes, as posts must be commented on to rate them.
Comments pop up in real time, so that brainstorming is easier. (perhaps only on Discussion threads if this is too resource intensive)
Editing a suggestion
Editing a suggestion according to someone’s feedback can sometimes not credit them or leave others confused at comments that were replying to an earlier version.
Public Upvotes - If the original poster upvotes a comment offering constructive criticism, it signifies they have decided to change their suggestion partially or fully on the comment’s recommendations. The comment is given an icon showing this and the edit history is updated with a link to the comment. The critiquer then can reply with a new rating which will be tied to the updated post.
Critiquer rates 4 stars, but tells the poster it would be 5 stars if something was changed.
Poster upvotes it and edits their suggestion
Critiquer is notified, and replies to the post with a 5 star rating.
Developer Upvotes - if a commenter has explained a developer’s previous response to a similar suggestion, a dev can publicly upvote it to confirm.
The Minecraft Suggestions Subreddit has gone a long time without frequent developer presence. And this is understandable, given that virtually every comment starts an argument. Additionally, since this website is extremely different from reddit, I propose any current Reddit moderators must re-apply to moderate FMC, with a description of their moderation qualities and history of what they have done for the subreddit.
Frequently Posted Suggestions - mainly ported from r/minecraftsuggestions, except that the list focuses on developer-rejected posts, seeing as the later mentioned refreshing replaces it in a better way. Ideally all the items will include a developer reason why they are not planned for implementation (which would then be easily found in perhaps a sidebar, along with any comments made by devs on reddit). Any suggestions in the same theme that are repeatedly Rejected by the developers, are added to the FPS. If FPS are suggested, in most cases they are deleted, with the possible exception of a post mainly arguing as to why the rejected feature should be added.
Refreshing Posts - this behaviour would replace the 1-month reposting rule currently on r/minecraftsuggestions. A post is automatically re-submitted with a link to the original post (or last time it was refreshed) and the comments are imported into the new post (with a divisor or label showing which refresh they were from). If a duplicate post is made and found by the mods, its content (as a comment) and comments will be transferred to the main refresh.
Reddit Features - suggestions can be sorted by newest, highest upvoted/rated, and by hot (which is a combination of new and top, but may need to be tweaked to encourage brainstorming); Clearer rules than the “Subreddit Commandments”; Not archiving threads after 6 months; extend the character limit on posts (this is why I had to put this as a link); and add the ability to sort comments, reply to comments and make linking easier. Comments could be editable but have a public edit history. Additionally, each user is given their own profile page, where their post and comment history can be seen. These could be customizable with preset themes.
This would be a great way to quickly mark or categorise suggestions. There are two types:
Implementation Flairs - if a post is flaired as Vanilla, it indicated that it fits Mojang’s design principles (which would also need to be added as a sidebar link) and suggested for implementation into the game, rather than a mod idea. Developers can flair Vanilla posts as Implemented and Rejected, if the dev leaves an explanatory comment.
Suggestion Type - Change (to an existing feature), Mob, Boss, Item, Block, Armour, Weapon, Tool, Liquid, Food, Biome, Structure, Dimension, Potion Effect, Enchantment, Revision, Mechanic, Command, Customization
Whether Tweak suggestions (which include Advancements, name changes and Easter Eggs) should be permitted is debatable. The main problem with these suggestions is that they’re short and usually have something that won’t affect gameplay in a very big way, so people upvote them and move on, drowning out useful suggestions. We have a couple of options here.
- Forbid the posting of Tweak suggestions. This sounds rather harsh, but perhaps they could be permitted on the bug tracker?
- Separate them from other suggestions. Don’t allow rating (because with such a small thing, you either like it or not), and allow them to be filtered out.
Post Type - Meta, Brainstorm, Discussion or Suggestion. The Discussion post could be for talking about Minecraft’s mechanics, as becoming better informed about them increases the quality of posts.
This would be an easy way to search for ideas of a specific type.
Vanilla: contains Implemented and Rejected suggestions.
Abnormal: filters out Tweak suggestions
Custom filters (for things like Mobs, Blocks etc)
Currently Brainstorming is done on discord servers, due to their ease of use with instant messaging features. Adding a similar feature to feedback.minecraft.net would truly make this website an all-in-one.
- Brainstorming pages can be started by anyone but only if there are a sufficient amount of users/moderators online. This would prevent brainstorms going off topic or fizzling out.
- Active users are notified and invited to brainstorms as they are created.
This is one thing that the current Minecraft subreddits do well.
The appearance could be similar to Minecraft.net, and the r/minecraft and r/minecraftsuggestions subreddit pages. Observe this image which compares the current subreddit to feedback.minecraft.net:
The Background should be relatively simple, with a light and dark theme available. And of course the iconic Minecraft-related trim at the top.
- Posts should be displayed in a more compact way (there’s about 5 on reddit including the large header. But only two are displayed on FMC). Perhaps if a post is clicked on, it will expand to show its text and a few comments, but to view the full range, you have to open it in another page.When posts are not expanded only the title will be shown.
- More compact vote icon.
- Less ugly icons in general! E.g. voting, make it all flat design
- Use a more subtle texturing for the sidebar and header, like the background in the redesign (which is a light grey dirt texture):
Additionally, there should be emojis of all common textures, including
- All in-game ores, not just Lapis (Iron, Redstone, Quartz, etc)
- All Buckets (Water, Mik, Fish Bucket, Empty Bucket, etc)
- Classic Blocks and Recognizable Blocks (Grass, Cobblestone, Stone, Obsidian, TNT, etc)
- Flowers (Tall Grass, Poppy, Sunflower, etc)
- All Pickaxes (Iron, Gold, Diamond, etc)
- Extra (Trident, Enderpearl, Eye of Ender, etc)
- Dust! (glowstone Dust, Gunpowder, etc)
Thank you for reading everyone! I look forward to the future of Minecraft and its community. Hopefully we can create a more productive relationship with the developers and improve the game together. If you have anything to add, feel free to comment below.
Suggestion by u/Camcamcam753, u/ValiantVole ,u/nox-cgt, u/EagerMeager, u/ImagineUniverse, u/dernachtistsonntag, u/CivetKitty and u/Axoladdy.
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