General comments and feedback

  • Nash
  • about 4 years ago

If you have any thoughts or comments that you have no desire to start your own thread for, feel free to post it here!

-Elliot

    • Sam
    • about 4 years ago

    For me, I would rather not see the average ratings of a film while I'm rating it. I think it'd be better to compare my own with the average ratings after.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I agree 100% with this, the challenge we're trying to find a solution to, is when do we know the rating is really done? We used to have a timer that would wait 3 seconds after a user stopped clicking - but that felt annoyingly long... What would feel good to you?

    • Sam
    • about 4 years ago

    I wouldn't mind another button along with the ones below the graph that shows average rating. Either that or having the average score show up whenever your mouse moves off of the graph after you have started plotting.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    That is what we'll do (having the score only show when the mouse isn't there). Thanks for the feedback Sam, much appreciated!

  • How about not showing the average rating on movies until all 5 have been moved?

    I feel like it kind of influences where I place the 5 dots at times.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    This is a tough one, because what if a user never touches one of the dots (because they think it was bad for that dimension)? We wouldn't know its done

  • It would be good to have an endless stream of movies to rate, like when you first join the site. It's a lot more intuitive than having to search for a find specific movies. Random movie generator works best!

    Also, when I just logged in, I was being asked to rate movies I've already rated... but the ratings didn't appear to have been saved. For example, Gone Girl.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Sorry about the repeat ratings, we had to roll back the database for a brief period last night and some ratings needed be re-saved

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Also, isn't the carousel on the homepage an endless stream of movies?

  • There seems to be an issue when trying to rate movies directly from the icon on the top left of their posters (in the 'browse movies' section). Whenever I click and try do drag the dot, the whole graph gets selected (with a blue background) and it sometimes drops the dot on its own. It's really irritating after a few ratings. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Sorry about this!! I've just removed drag to select across much of the site, let me know if that fixes things for you :)

  • Sorry for the delay. Didn't have time to rate anything during the past two days. I'm back it and it seems to be working fine. Thanks!

  • I don't know if anybody else is experiencing this, but I've been rating movies for 10 straight minutes and I feel a bit dizzy and nauseated from looking at the swipe effect, going from one movie to the next.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I'm sorry thats happening! Is it moving too quickly?

  • I don't really know the exact reason why but it seems to be the opposite - it is too slow and sluggish and have this weird hypnotic effect.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I've just doubled the speed of the swipe effect, is that any better?

  • It is better now! Though, I hope I am not the only one having that problem. Wouldn't seem right changing it just for one person.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    If its bad for one person, its probably bad for more than one person :)

    • neii
    • about 4 years ago

    How do you decide what movies are in the database? For example, when I go to Stanley Kubrick's page, I only see two of his films, The Shining and The Killing.

    I'm really into foreign and independent cinema, do you think this is the place for me if I want to rate those types of movies? Or should I wait until the database is bigger, if it ever will be?

    Thanks.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    We're adding movies as quickly as we can from TMDB's database - but if you have genre specific requests, we can most definitely focus on those for awhile. Hopefully within the next day or so we'll have a LOT more

    • neii
    • about 4 years ago

    Thanks, sounds good.

  • I think the rating pentagon should be just a tad bigger, and the lines should definitely be a touch darker, it can be hard to see sometimes against the white background if I've been looking at a screen for too long.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Hmm, so the lines are meant to be more a visual helper - we really want the shape to be "abstract" rather than the user trying to figure out the values they're creating. Any detail regarding making it bigger? (i.e. all areas, just the hover charts, etc.)

    Thanks for the feedback!! :)

  • Have you considered any color coding for the corners of the pentagon? Enjoyment is sort of universal, so it could affect brightness while the other four control hue? This is really great! I'm already getting recommendations for movies I've been meaning to see, but forgot about!

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I think I understand what you're saying, and I f'ing love it. I don't think this is going to be easy to do, but I am 100% adding it to the list.

  • I feel uneasy when rating a movie that it saves. It would make me feel better if there was a "Save" button or something I could press before moving on to the next movie that let's me know my rating has been recorded. I'm sure it is recording, but it just makes the process feel incomplete.

    Also it'd be neat if the left sidebar that records my action was clickable. Like I could click on a recent action or movie I rated and see the rating. It wouldn't help the site function any but maybe it'd be neat if there was a spot for personal memos when rating movies that we could see later. They could even be private to you. Just a little note you could leave yourself about the movie.

    Having fun so far though. Really neat site.

    • neii
    • about 4 years ago

    Agreed with the save ratings. It's odd when I rate something, it registers, I alter it slightly, and it registers as a rating again. I think you should set your ratings and then be able to save it with a nice button underneath or something.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I've updated this - a pink heart with "saved" message appears - any thoughts on that?

  • It saves very quickly and clogs up my feed saying I've reviewed the same movie several times. Maybe if there was a longer timer. Or the button for next movie could say something like, "Save and see Next Movie" so you know it's doing both.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I see where you guys are coming from - what if something notified you it saved (like a little saved message or something), rather than clicking a save button? That way you know its saved, but you don't have to do any additional work?

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    (just responded below re: the saving)

    Thats a great idea about notes! Do you have any examples just so I can be sure I'm understanding correctly? Would it be something like, "this movie was fun, but the pacing was slow - and Joe kept talking, so I missed part of it"?

  • If anything, a space to write a few thoughts on the movie would be great.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Private thoughts right?

  • Yeah for when you look back on a rating;the pentagon rating should be the public part since it is mostly the main point I think.

  • Yeah, like just whatever you want to note. Like something to let me know that I'm definitely looking at my pentagon, even if it stays private to me and others can't see it. Like, I can see how good I thought a movie was by seeing that pentagon, but if there was just a place I could also type, "Rewatch, much better the second time around" or "This scene really stood out to me but the rest of the movie fell flat." Just because sometimes any rating system isn't enough and the possibility to add notes would really up the ability to personalize ratings.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Thats a great point. Do you think you'd ever have more than one note for a movie? Or generally just a 1 liner? (I'm thinking about sizing and placement)

  • Maybe enough for a short paragraph in case there's a lot to say. Not big enough that one could mistake it for a place to put a full review, but enough to add notes. Maybe like tweet length or twice that.

  • It would also be cool if you could easily sort your movies rated already, movies others have rated or the top 100.. by genre or rating etc.. especially if you could see say the top rated Tom Cruise movies etc.. I'm sure that would be a pain to build but people love ranking stuff. It's interesting to see that kinda thing.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Technically you can do part of this in browse movies - when you use the "shape" search, it'll only look at movies users have rated, so if you make a really nice shape, and "Tom Cruise" filter, thats exactly what you'll get :) Did you mean more on a personal basis?

  • Actually that was what I was looking for, just hadn't used the shape thing. but a cool addition would be a toggle to go off your ratings versus the consensus ones. also, maybe a simple sort function, so you can put to sort by highest overall score, enjoyable score, most rated etc.. how does it sort now? or the default i should say.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Right now the movies aren't sorted at all in browse - its random once the filters are set. But we agree adding sorts, and toggling on/off movies you've rated is the next step. (as well as filtering by date) - hopefully we'll have this done in the next week :)

  • Oh and just encountered this, was trying to recommend a movie but I couldn't just type it in, had to scroll through the ones that I had seen and he hadn't to pick it out. Which took me a while to find it lol.

    Also.. feel like I am making WAY too many suggestions haha. The site is terrific!

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Just added this feature :)

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    This was something we had thought about before - part of it is that we're only showing the movies you can recommend (i.e. can't recommend something they've seen). I'll add this ASAP.

  • Oh ya, one more.. the recommended movies for me, I have 7 listed but I can only see 5, would be nice to be able to scroll through them and see the others.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Hmm, so right now you should only be able to see 6 at a time (if you take an action on it - add it to a list / ignore / or rate it) it'll be removed from your recommendations, and you'll see the other ones

  • Ahh, I hadn't used the lists yet to store stuff for later. That works better now, thx

  • When I type a movie in the search, I find sometimes even though I type say "Goon" it doesn't show up, I see things with Good in the title.. also the more i type the slower it gets, found typing "The Dark Knight" make it time out and show me "Walking Among Tombstones" as the top result.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Hopefully this is improved now

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Some movies are just still not in the DB (we'll be releasing a feature soon for users to add movies from IMDB with a click) but in general the search definitely need improvement

  • I love this site. It's like everything i wanted flickchart to be.

    I have to agree however, that having the average rating pop up while i'm rating a movie is really distracting.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    This was actually easier than anticipated - just pushed a fix that should be live in the next hour! :)

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words! I'm still trying to get the rating experience down - I'll move that up in priority though :)

  • There should be a way to filter out movies you've already rated when you're in "Browse Movies".

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    Agreed! This is on the way :)

  • I'd like to steps on the scales instead of you just freely dragging the dots.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    We used to actually have steps on the scales - but we reduced it to just the 2, so it should be a more "abstract" shape. The middle boundary is the good/bad crossing point in my mind, but in general we don't want people to be thinking in numbers when creating a shape

  • I think the categories should change when you are rating a documentary.. story / characters / rewatchable don't really ring out as important things for that kind of film. Not really sure what categories to use though.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    While we have thought about this, I think it would really hurt the "search by shape" feature, as dimensions wouldn't be cross-genre :\

  • ya true. hard to get something that works for every category.

  • I like the idea of this site, but I don't think the categories are the right ones. Directing/Editing, Acting/Characters, Writing, Cinematography, Experience maybe? I guess I don't see the value in the categories selected.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    We picked the categories based on what we felt was applicable across genres in terms of determining what about watching that movie made it a good experience. I.e. some dumb movies can be rewatched again and again, whereas a serious movie might only be able to be consumed one time.

    When I think about why I might want to watch a movie - its because the characters are amazing (for me, this example might be "Warrior" - I felt for the characters they created in a major way), the story is enthralling (like "Arlington road" I loved this story - super well thought out and interesting), maybe I can watch it again and again (like independence day, or wild wild west - not the best movie, but I don't always need the best movie), and lastly originality because sometimes we all want our minds to be blown.

    Enjoyment is the "pinnacle dimension" - but largely we chose these as we feel they'll help people decide what to watch, rather than classifying how the movie was made - we're concerned with the experience of watching.

  • I like the categories chosen for rating the films and I agree with what you are saying in that a movie like Independence Day isn't an amazing story or the most original, but is very rewatchable and entertaining for me. I think adding categories like cinematography and directing would make this much more of a niche site, but the categories currently chosen appeal to a wider audience. Is the idea for this site to attempt to expand for a wider audience or cater to a niche audience? I haven't read every thread so I apologize if that question has already been answered.

  • Also, I obviously did not enter this three times.

    • Nash
    • about 4 years ago

    I think we want to find a large audience of movie lovers, but probably without going completely main stream. Our main concern at the moment is creating value through the shape ratings + discovery + recommendations + analytics, and then we'll focus more on growth. But we definitely recognize that we'll need a wider audience if we want the discussions and site to flourish.

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