We will soon be upgrading the forum software. This upgrade will bring many new features and functionality, but I need some community feedback on some particular features. The upgrade will affect some of these features, so I'd like your opinions on whether we want this functionality or not. Functionality affected by the upgrade Reputation System The new software doesn't have a classic reputation system. This means, unless I find a solution, you'll lose rep points, rep bars, and rep comments. The new system instead users a "Likes" system. You'll be able to like content, but you don't build a direct reputation and can't comment. It's possible I can come up with a solution that will allow us to keep a similar reputation system, though it's possible I won't be able to save existing reputation. My question is: is the lose of the existing reputation system a big deal? Is it a must have/keep, or are we better off without it? Photo Albums Currently we have a limited album system that allows you to create photo albums and upload photos. While the albums aren't directly upgraded into the new system, I can add a separate but integrated album system and import existing albums. If I don't do this, all photos and photo albums will be lost (not many people use them, so it's not that big of a deal). My question is this: do we want a photo album system? Taking a look at the potential new album system, it's very nice as far as photo albums go (demo). You'd be able to create albums, tag people, control privacy, set photos as avatars, like and comment on photos, share with other social networks, along with more features. My concern is that, though nice, it will be just another distraction from the focus of the site: writing. Additionally, I don't want to go through the trouble of setting up this system if no one will use it. Thoughts? Tagging System We might lose some or all of post tags with the upgrade. I see this as a virtual non-issue. However, I'm wondering if anyone actually uses tags, either to tag threads or to search. New possible functionality & features Writing Workshop Improvements - Thread prefixes/ratings: In the past this was discussed, but never implemented. I'll now easily have the ability to set up thread prefixes that could be used as a content rating system. For example, you could list your Writing Workshop entry as [All Ages], [13+], [17+], or something like [Sexual Content], [Explicit Language], [Violent Content]. This would allow those who wish to avoid such content to do so easily, without even opening the thread. It's possible I can even set up a system where you can adjust your preferences and hide specific types through your settings. Thoughts on such a system? I'm not sure if it's even needed, as I haven't seen an email or thread about such concerns in a long time. - Erotica/Adult short stories section: This, too, was discussed in the past. We decided against it. However, new functionality will allow us to address the concerns of those opposed. The new system will allow me to completely hide a forum based on age; this would stop those under 17/18 from even knowing the forum was there at all. This section is something I'm not keen on adding, but I'm not strongly opposed either - so I'm wondering if there's a community consensus either way. I'm also open to adding new Writing Workshop forums if there's an obvious gap - feel free to mention it. For example, maybe a YA section? Marketplace This is something I'm sure opinions will be split on heavily. I understand those who are opposed to adding a marketplace. However, I am considering adding a marketplace section where businesses and individuals can list products and services such as editing services, design services, writing software, writers needed, publishing calls, contest announcements, etc. If implemented, spam and deceptive advertising would be prevented (and act as a revenue source for the site) by requiring a fee to list a thread and by only allowing established members to do so. There would, of course, be other features and restrictions. Is this something the community wants? Publisher Discussion The new upgrade will add a writing resource section of the site, where you can submit writing resources such as agents, publishers, writing websites, common grammar issues, etc. All submissions will be moderated. With the publisher resource section, the new software would allow a thread to be automatically created with each new publisher resource. We could potentially have a dedicated forum or Publishing subforum for the purpose of discussing specific publishers. Whenever a publisher was approved in the publishing directory, a new discussion thread would be created, which would act as the location for ongoing discussion about that specific publisher. There would only be one thread per publisher allowed, and it would only be approved/moderated publishers. I added a poll, but I would absolutely love some thoughts and comments on these features. The reputation and albums systems are my main concerns - the others are just ideas. Let me know your thoughts!