“Also, it’s a lot of scrolling in general. There’s just a ton of STUFF on the main page as it stands, and it feels really disorganized to me.”
This paragraph hits the nail on the head for me.
Rewinding a few years, I used to frequently read stories both here on GSS as well as over at mcstories.com. These days, I’m still writing stories and still reading them on mcstories - so it’s not like I’ve grown uninterested in the scene as a whole - I just stopped reading them on here for some reason. In fact I can’t actually remember the last time I read a new story on GSS.
There’s just too much visual noise. I don’t really need profile pics or these shiny ratings icons or the big picture of the guy at the top. I dunno, none of these additions were individually a big problem but add it all together and I’m overwhelmed.
I also don’t need tags, I think they add to the clutter and do more harm than good. The only thing a tag can do, IMO, is make someone not click on the story. At least that’s how it is for me. When I visit mcstories (which in lieu of unlimited tags has just a few basic categories) and I see an interesting title/description I think “hmm, that looks interesting” and so long as it’s not in the incest category I’ll check it out. Often times there are elements to the story that typically aren’t what I go for, like magical muscle growth or something, but if the mind control/hypnosis is well written I can still enjoy it. Whereas here if there are several tags with things that don’t interest me, I don’t even bother to click on it.
I’d like a permanent option in the settings that reverts the site to a more basic state. Just words, no pictures, and ideally no endless scrolling, which was basically the final nail in the coffin for me as a reader here.
Of course, this is just MY OPINION and I realize I might be in the minority. And I truly hope none of this feedback is discouraging.
Martin, has the overall number of people visiting and engaging with the site increased since the implementation of these changes? If so, then I will happily shut the fuck up and acknowledge that I’m the problem.