ByTerence Awolola, writer at Creators.co
Terence Awolola

I've been using the Moviepilot website for a little over a week, and due to the rapid inclusion of certain features (the spoiler function in the Post Editor, sharing to WhatsApp...), it is clear that this website is still pretty much in development. So I wanted to point out a few things, but run them by the community... yes, that's you. So vote for your favourite future feature and you never know, it just might happen.

1. Follow/Like Articles

Well you can't....yet
Well you can't....yet

These features are kinda lifted from Facebook, but is good. I don't know how many times I've seen an amazing article here on Moviepilot and wanted to show a friend, yet struggled to find exactly where I saw it, in just the short week (and a bit) I've been on this site for. Of course, this isn't a serious issue, but it would be nice for readers to be able to like posts. Much like the comments, it shows an appreciation for what someone has wrote, since the only real indication is the view count. Then to reinforce the feature, have an area that you can view your liked articles.

Another possible chance right here is the ability to follow posts. Similar to the notifications you get when someone replies to your comments (or for contributors, comments on your article), you can get notifications on updates of the post and comments. This one you can take with a pinch of salt: following loads of post may not be feasible because no one wants to be overrun with notification. Besides, the popular contributors probably have loads of notifications already. However, it's just an idea.

2. Accolades

One day, this could be yours... maybe
One day, this could be yours... maybe

Now this is article motivation. Whether it's for creating your first post, or getting 1,000 views, accolades are a good way to encourage users to write articles, something Moviepilot prides itself on. Now all that needs to be done is motivate posts based on quality using accolades as empowerment. Then feature these on a users profile page, possibly even on the card that shows recent posts too.

3. Improved TV/Movie Landing Pages

Additions to get everyone pumped for the release...
Additions to get everyone pumped for the release...

Now this isn't such an improvement, more of an addition. Much like IMDB, it would be better if Moviepilot added additional information instead of the synopsis and cast or at least, a more extensive version of it. A film landing page, for instance could include a scroll bar with images, much like the homepage and the top posts, instead of just one image and a video icon.

Taking cues from the front page
Taking cues from the front page

But keep it simple: no unnecessary trivia and such. Moviepilot is about the community. Having said that, maybe the landing page should have a hype meter out of 5? Who knows. This is something that the ODEON Cinema website has in the UK with a feature called Buzz.

22 Jump Street has a 4/5 Buzz rating
22 Jump Street has a 4/5 Buzz rating

It might be worth letting Moviepilot users vote for a film with personalised reviews. I mean, we can't all be as bad as Rotten Tomatoes collectively, surely?

4. Calendar with release & air dates

That's right. Anticipation *drools for Avengers*
That's right. Anticipation *drools for Avengers*

This might be the easiest to program (sorry if my ideas are a bit far fetched, by the way) possibly. A calendar that puts release dates for films (maybe with a little icon showing the Moviepilot hype meter?) and the next episode air date. Keeping it simple is the best part of it all but there's nothing too complex here I hope. This means the community can look at the release date in real time.

But I've said enough. These are a few quick ideas. If you like any of these Future Features, vote below. If enough agree, then maybe it will happen. Additionally, could we have a 'Suggestion' tag too staff?

Poll

What is your favourite Future Feature?

Don't like any of my suggestions? Do you have other ideas or improvements? Comment below:


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