Snapzu has a lovely community - small though it may be. In a sense I'm glad, because I get to be a part of its growth at an earlier stage and perhaps become a bit more active around here than I ever was upon Reddit. A downside (which is merely an aesthetic thing, really) is I can't just hover over a thumbnail or link to see an image with Imagus* - Reddit has indeed made me lazy, what with my RES, nightmode, and hover-zooming.
Another fine point about Snapzu is the website interface, which is easy to understand and also a bit more engaging. Skinnyboy makes a great point about censorship, but we'll see how that turns out in time! I also concur wholeheartedly with their point on profiles, as I somewhat forgot how nice it is to set up a profile image and what not.
Forgot I use Imagus instead of HoverZoom now because Hoverzoom is ridden with all sorts of nasty stuff!
Yeah, I completely agree about the annoyances with the lack of RES features but thinking about it now those should have probably been implemented into reddit itself! Also with how active these developers are we may be able to get those changes implemented into the actual website. I agree completely with your point of watching the site grow, that's something I missed out on, on reddit.
- Beautifully designed website
- Invite-only for now meaning the influx of users coming from reddit isn't overwhelming (yet)
- What seems to be a better system for rating content than there was with reddit
- More personalized profiles
- Less hateful subreddits (tribes)
- Community still small and many tribes still not started or active
- Seems there will be more censorship then reddit, this can be good or bad depending on how it's enforced
Personally with the current situation in reddit and the pros of this website I think I'll probably be sticking around for a while. ;)
Edit: Also users are limited in their use of the website through the XP system which can be seen as both a pro and con, it seems time will tell.
Yeah, I definitely agree with the XP system being both pros and cons. I do like how they limit features, but I can see new users down the line making spammy comments and whatnot in order to get XP quickly.
Exactly what I was thinking, also many people may feel cheated by the fact that they are unable to access the features of the website off the bat.
Yeah like the "You can only join x amount of tribes at this level." I can see how that may deter people who are interested in a lot of things, but would rather lurk. However, I also like that because it requires users to participate on the site in order to belong to more communities.
The site is very nice looking with a clean layout. I also really like the experience system, it provides more incentive to be a part of the community.
What I would like to see improved:
- Night Mode
- Plans for keeping the site operating long term. I'd like to know what kind of funding strategy is in the works, whether it be advertisements, a reddit gold type system, donations, etc.
I love the site so far. I only have two thing that are negative so far.
1. Mobile support is lacking. There isn't an app, which is fine. But the mobile version of the site is also missing the side bar, and viewing in desktop mode doesn't solve that.
2. Some tribes I used on reddit don't exist yet. I might make one, but I don't think I can support more than that.
Mobile support would be great. There are several instances where I'm out and just need to kill a few minutes.
Yeah, right now I'm out for the fourth, and while I am waiting for fireworks to start I want to read some news.
- The default/official tribes seem to contain higher-quality content and look like tribes I'd actually like to stay subscribed to, unlike default reddit subs.
- The design, which I found slightly off-putting at first but I'm quickly learning to love.
- Stricter rules. I'm all for voicing opinions but stuff like /r/fatpeoplehate is (majorly) crossing the line in my opinion.
- Lack of unlimited subscriptions, which hampers activity.
- Significantly smaller userbase, leading to few equivalents of the smaller reddit subs and lack of activity in many. Hopefully that will change with time.
- A few quirks such as seemingly no way of accessing a complete list of activity aside from the notifications area. I'd prefer a dedicated page to view my snaps and comments.
To me the smaller user base makes the site seem more approachable. It's kind of nice to be here in the early stages of the site
I agree, I'm really enjoying the site so far. I really didn't intend to leave reddit behind and I still do check the smaller subs, but I've spent at least five times the amount of time on Snapzu than on reddit ever since I found this place.
See my comment below on how to see your own activity on the site. You can also just go to your profile where there are a bunch of links next to your avatar which let you see your snaps, followers, subscribed tribes, ect..
Ah, that works pretty well, then, and I like that I can filter it by specific types. Thanks! Now if only I could find a way to search for text posts and within specific tribes, I'd be set.
Since you seem to know your way around the site, do you happen to know how to change the tribes featured in the shortcut bar at the top of the page? I know I read directions on how to do this, but since I can't figure out how to search for a text post I can't find my way back to them.
There have been many posts requesting the ability to customize that top bar, which is currently not customizable. From the responses by the Snapzu admins/devs, it's on their radar, but I'm not sure of any timetable.
You should follow the /t/blog tribe to get updates on coming changes, their last one covers improvments to the snap overview among other things.
Ah, I must have misunderstood when I thought someone explained how to customize it. Thanks for the information!
Only 3 things I miss about reddit. Above all I need a dang mobile app, but other than that I miss the larger community, which will come here with time, and a night theme thanks to RES. Other than that, the community that is here is great, the web designers did a crazy good job with the interface and such, and I can't wait to see what Snapzu has in store for the future.
Edit: And oh my god the whole xp idea. Love it. So much. Making social networking strategic. The biggest question I have though, is what downvoting does for the xp system? Does it slow your xp gain for a certain amount of time? Does it take away a certain amount of xp? Or is there no penalty for being downvoted?
So far I am really liking it here although there are a few things I could stand to see improved.
Pros:- Beautiful interface- Nice community- Easy to understand and get used to everything- The invite system helps keep out trolls and spammers
Cons:- Slow response time to servers (although this could just be due to the fact that the servers have been overloaded lately)- It is hard to navigate back to things you have viewed or upvoted (in reddit there were tabs in your profile to make it easy to navigate back to things you have viewed)- No save feature for posts or comments- No way to mass consume non-image content ( I used RES and liked that I didn't have to navigate away from the page to view most content, it would be nice to see those features implemented into the actual website)- No mobile support
As to your second con, there is a way to do this, just not as easy as Reddit had. Click on the home icon, select Following Feed, then click on the Me filter. This will show all your activity, including comments, snaps, text posts, ect...
Here's a tutorial gif showing the above action.
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This is my only concern really as well... That and the "no pedantry" rule which, although I agree with in general, might be poorly enforced. I mean pedantry is important in quite a few instances (perhaps science, law, philosophy, etc.) to ensure complete understanding/correctness.
I can mostly get behind no blatant hate speech. So long as it's not abused. I'm pro gay marriage for example, but I still would want to hear even poorly reasoned arguments against it if someone wants to voice them [not just insults - actual reasoning] and if there are any studies that might not be politically correct but are done decently I would really prefer they don't get banned.
- You can post images, links, videos, etc. all together as one single thread.
- Post something in more than one tribe at the same time.
- Beautiful layout.
- There are some features - RES features, actually - that I don't find here (nightmode, never ending pages, hover-zooming, etc).
- Mobile support.
- Smaller userbase.
I'm not sure yet if the XP system limiting actions is better or worse.
I like getting in on the ground floor of something I think will be the next big thing. It's going to be fun to watch the community grow, the same as it was at Reddit. I think the site design keeps all the best features of Reddit and adds even more snaz to make for a better UI overall.
The only con isn't yet and might not ever be, but I'm kind of worried about whether the huge influx of traffic that is sure to come will crush the site. I was pretty optimistic about Voat but it looks like they're not going to be able to keep up with demand. Snapzu seems to have been better positioned to deal with this to begin with, but it's still got to be a big strain on the site.
One thing I'm liking much more is the manners about upvoting and downvoting on Snapzu. It's more appropriate to just not upvote in a situation as opposed to just downvoting something, i.e. you would upvote something firstly, neither upvote nor downvote secondly, then lastly downvote if you felt it was needed. Also, I like that the profile gets a picture and there is experience to gather with leveling up. It makes commenting and posting more rewarding than karma, I feel, because you can clearly see your progress as it grows.
The interface and website is just gurgeous. I like also that you have a customizable user profile which is still in the background. Also the community seems to be more friendly and mature though that's maybe something related to it's small size.
As of what's worse - I'm still getting used to snapzu and can't say much yet other that posting a submission seems more complicated and takes a while (site is slow because of the new users).
I think it would be interesting to see your upvoted comments in some sort of Comment History. Upvote/downvotes totals don't need to be shown (that is reputation right?), but it would be interesting to see how my comments are doing.
Unless there already is a comment history section and I just haven't found it yet.
EDIT: also I think it would be cool to have a trending tribes or maybe a way to discover tribes easier.
I love the fact that I can share a link and still add some introductory text to it. On Reddit you had to do this via comment which more often than not got lost somewhere in the discussion. I also love the design and the fact that there are some "house rules" here, hoping they will keep the worst scumbags out. I really don't think we need things like coontown here. I also really like the community. Most people here seem to enjoy a good discussion and interesting threads don't get flooded by dank may-mays and puns ... at least not yet.
What I'm missing as of now is mobile support. Even on my 9-inch tablet the site is hard to navigate.
I dont like the UI at all. Too many distractions. I would like a theme for just list of titles with links to comments small unobtrusive. Also comments thread could use less avatars.
I dont mean to use this theme for the majority of users, just the ones whod like simplicity.
maybe an API and I make it myself, or an Android App.