Publish0x Feature Requests and Ideas

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Today I am making a post about features I think should exist yet seem not to exist. These features pretty much would only affect authors on the platform. Most of them, in my mind, are fairly standard for any writing/blogging platform yet seemingly don't exist on publish0x, or if they do they don't seem to work for me.

Writing features

  • Auto-Save of Drafts
    This is the single most important feature that seems not to exist. I came to realize this doesn't exist a couple nights ago when I was typing a post and my electricity went out during a storm. All of my work was just gone. 

    Now i know there are ways to work around this such a typing up a post in google docs and then copy and pasting it here but that is just not as convenient as directly typing into the platform. I also know that browsers like chrome will attempt to store whatever you are typing into cache and you can just restore. However in my case I use a plugin that clears all cache, cookies, and browsing history whenever a tab is closed so there is no getting it back if my computer cashes, browser closes or electricity goes out. 

    A simple jquery ajax script that auto saves on key press and/or on a setInterval would solve this problem and is exactly what nearly all other platforms do automatically. 

    If there is no title entered to auto-save, simply save it with a title of "Draft".

  • Cover Art
    In my second post I had an image that was 650x365px that I wanted to use for my cover art. I added and clicked save, yet for some reason the site told me it was not the correct size when I tried to save the post. So I had to open up my image in an editing program and resize it. 

    Considering css can be used to contain or cover a specific area and positioning can be easily used to center an image, not to mention using clipping features of css - there is little need to have a specific size or even a specific scalability with html5. 

    Even a simple cropping tool on upload would help in this situation.

    I should make a note here that the image doesn't have to be the recommended size of 1300x720 but it seems sometimes different sized images just are not allowed to be saved even when they are scalable.

  • Floating Images


    This works perfectly inside the editor when using the alignment options on an image, however upon saving it seems all alignments of images are removed and they are centered instead of using float left or right. 

    There are times certain images used in posts don't make sense to be centered above the text. They are to small for such a thing yet they still make sense within the content of the text.

  • Numbered Lists
    It's great that their are 3 different options for bullet lists but in writing, numbered lists are just as important as bullet lists. It's a feature that seems to completely be lacking from the editor with no logical reason. 

Interface Enhancements

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I have two recommendations for interface enhancements. 

  • First, a separate notifications box for authors. What I mean is create a separate drop down element for notifications relating to new comments on posts and new followers instead of mixing them with new posts of authors you follow and replies to comments you have left on other posts. 

    To me is already somewhat cumbersome to separate the two. I can't even imagine how it will be if I am following a few hundred authors, making comments on posts, getting new followers, and receiving comments on my own posts.

    Obviously as an author the most important information to me is going to be who commented on my posts and that potentially getting lost in new articles by other authors and in follow ups to comments I have left on others posts will make this very challenging to maintain.

  • Second, when there are new notifications, add a counter to the bell so users and authors know they have new information to check out.

    On top of this I would make the bell swing back and forth when there is new information to be checked out (see code below). 

    <figure class="swing"><i class="fas fa-bell"></i></figure>

    <style>.swing { padding-bottom: 0;margin-top: 5px;margin-bottom: 5px; animation: swing ease-in-out 1s infinite alternate; transform-origin: center -20px; float:left; box-shadow: 5px 5px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);}.swing img { display: block;}.swing:after{position: absolute; width: 20px; height: 20px; border: 1px solid #999;left: 50%; z-index: 0; border-bottom: none; border-right: none; transform: rotate(45deg);}/* nail */.swing:before{ position: absolute; width: 5px; height: 5px; left: 54%; z-index: 5; border-radius: 50% 50%; background: #000;} @keyframes swing { 0% { transform: rotate(3deg); } 100% { transform: rotate(-3deg); }}</style>

Tipping Features

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I love the fact that at the moment all tipping to authors is done via a public pool. This eliminates a lot of problems with whales pumping specific articles as they see fit as I have seen on other networks even when articles were barely legible. 

What I would recommend and like to see is the ability for the author of an article to tip those who make comments on their posts. In this situation tipping directly from their account holdings makes more sense. It would encourage more people to engage with articles and obviously as tips would be up to the author, it would be a waste of ones energy to leave drive by comments like "nice post". 

If you have other thoughts, suggestions, or don't like my ideas let me know in the comments.



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