December 29, 2004 4:46 AM   Subscribe

FutureFeature. What should the future bring? [via magnetbox]
posted by soundofsuburbia (11 comments total)
I love the idea, and the design is kind of interesting, but I find three big issues with how it could be "Best of the Web":

1) Most of the entries are still empty, so it's still more of a concept than a real site right now. It kind of feels like we're being asked to help populate it.

2) The suggestions that _are_ there are all pretty prosaic. (For "IE 7.0" -> "CSS2 Support", "Dynamic Classes" and "Tabbed Browsing". For "Indiana Jones 4" -> "Guest appearance by Sean Connery".)

3) Most of the entries are actually by the guy who created the site, so at the moment, it's more of a personal blog than the community site it purports to be.

I don't mean to just dump on this, because I do really like the idea--I've thought of doing something like this myself, and I was excited at the possibility that someone else might have run with it. At the moment, though, I think this one's got a ways to go before it really fulfills its potential.
posted by LairBob at 5:08 AM on December 29, 2004

I agree. Kinda lame and will need a better interface.
posted by crazy finger at 6:57 AM on December 29, 2004

LairBob, yes you are right about your points. First of all, great to hear your compliments. I'm the creator of the site, designed and programmed it, and went live with it this Sunday. All of what you describe is correct: these are the growing pains of a young site.

And yes, I do ask everybody to help populate it. I did write most of the initial postings, for several reasons, one of them because I believe someone has to start so others understand what is happening, what kind of posts are possible, and to be inspired to post on their own. But there's no lock-in, neither is this commercial yet, neither do I want to ask for emails, or make anyone pay. I just want to see how this evolves and maintain the structure, program necessary features as I see their need, approve pending items, advertise the site and make it become known, and similar tasks.

Yes, I understand the design is different. My focus with the was on the greatest possible usability and a lean, task-oriented and "navigation-free" design, to help solve the issue of sharing future predictions & wishes.

I appreciate all comments here and will continue to read along and reflect on what is said, and how it can help improve FutureFeature.
posted by philipp at 7:20 AM on December 29, 2004

The interface is rather ugly - I don't mean color-wise but the fonts and spacing. Please use sans-serif, at the very least.

I don't mind contributing but the given entries so far are pretty trite.
posted by aerify at 7:28 AM on December 29, 2004

It could maybe use some moderation. I mean, c'mon, how many "Please please don't suck" comments need there be for HHGTG, the movie?
posted by codger at 8:01 AM on December 29, 2004

Also, will somebody be going through and removing or archiving things once they happen/cannot happen? Say IE7.0 is released without CSS2.0 support or whatever. Will the whole IE7.0 go into "PastFeature" or some such?
posted by codger at 8:03 AM on December 29, 2004

Codger, several comments have been removed already, but naturally "behind the scenes." And some words have been depleted. I will leave the Hitchhiker's Guide comments for now, sort of because it was a mindlessly funny community effort. But you are right and I will not let a second thread be evolving like this.

The "PastFeature" is great stuff. Now that you mention it, I will definitely create this, and the name makes sense too. I will create this section once it's needed, and possibly lock threads which are in it.
posted by philipp at 8:12 AM on December 29, 2004

Shouldn't the future bring love?
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:07 PM on December 29, 2004

I'll go out on a ledge and be the only one to say: I liked it. it was fun for a couple minutes.
posted by menace303 at 3:36 PM on December 29, 2004

It could maybe use some moderation. I mean, c'mon, how many "Please please don't suck" comments need there be for HHGTG, the movie?

Really now. I was the first one and I think I expressed the sentiment adequately. Actually, that comment works for any upcoming movie listed there. But looking at what's been listed, there are plenty of opportunities for massive suckage.
posted by friarjohn at 4:28 PM on December 29, 2004

I like it too, but it needs more comments, and maybe an intro sentence for each topic?
posted by amberglow at 4:35 PM on December 29, 2004

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