We're proud to announce a major update to Concept Feedback. In addition to a fresh new look, we've added a number of important and exciting features. Here's a quick summary of the big ones:
1. A Visual Upgrade
What changed? Almost everything. The concept grid is the biggest change - we pulled the sidebar, dedicating more space to concepts and making navigation quick, clean and simple (we hope!). We also revamped the profile pages and cleaned things up a little. Hopefully you find the new look easy on the eyes and easy to use.
2. Cash for the Best Reviews
When a premium concept is posted, you now have the opportunity to earn money for your expert advice. Once all of the reviews are in, the host has the ability to award the users whose reviews he or she found most helpful. Look for the Premium Concept seal in the upper-left corner, along with the Remaining Credits in the upper-right (if credits remain, you still have a chance to earn some).
We're offering this incentive to encourage insightful, well-educated reviews (an earlier post on giving better feedback). Each credit is worth $1, which you can you can cash out with a PayPal account (once you've earned $20 or more), or use to purchase premium concepts. Track your balance on your profile page and extract money with the "Withdraw" button. To make sure you have a chance to participate, sign up for our new concept feed or follow us on Twitter. May the best feedback win!
3. New Reputation Algorithm
Since we launched Concept Feedback almost a year ago, you've been able to add points to your Reputation Score by giving reviews, posting concepts, voting and the like. However, points alone aren't the best indicator of a members reputation. Often, points merely reflect how long, or how active, a user has been on the site.
The new formula exchanges quantity of contributions for quality, using a combination of reputation score, quality of concepts (including "likes" and "favorites"), percentage of reviews voted up and so on. Each member now has a title, ranging from Elite to Newbie, which, in addition to your reputation score, let's others know where you stand. While we realize that the system isn't perfect and we'll probably get some angry responses, we think, and hope you agree, that this new combination provides a more accurate reflection of user's reputation.
To all of you who made suggestions, gave us criticism and provided input during this process - thank you, we couldn't have done it without you! As you continue to use the site and inevitably come across bugs, usability issues and things that just don't make sense, please let us know - a feedback site needs feedback too! You can email me direct (andrew [at] conceptfeedback [dot] com) or use the contact form.
A variety of additional features, tweaks and fixes will be implemented over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more updates!