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Affiliates

PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 10:28 pm
by Troll
Not sure if this was suggested before.
I'm suggesting an Affiliates box on the right side (or wherever) on a comic profile.

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Most often, "similar comics" links back comics that aren't really similar with yours. I think it only works better when you have a certain amount of fans... those non-popular ones are linked with random comics. With this you have the chance to put what you think is similar with yours.

-> If you affiliate a comic, then the "similar comic" shouldn't duplicate a comic that's already affiliated.
-> Entering the comic ID# in your settings - Banner should appear on the Affiliates Box.
It's up to the user though if they'll affiliate a random comic, their other comic, their friend's comic and whatnot.

Further suggestions, negative reactions, love messages, spam, death threats etc are welcome.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: December 31st, 2010, 11:37 am
by SuperBiasedMan
I like this idea, some people do have affiliates lists on their main site but this would be good to encourage people to get more involved with cross promoting their comic in the community.
And quite a few people have complained about the similar comics feature, it particularly seems to have problems with comics that have lower numbers of fans.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: December 31st, 2010, 11:52 am
by eishiya
Agreed with SBM. And to put a slightly different perspective on the Similar Comics feature:
I have a BL comic. Naturally, with this being SJ, it has more than a few fans, but the Similar Comics list is still not that useful. Half of it is comics I pimped or those that pimped me, so we share a lot of fans - not really a measure of similarity, just a meta connection. The other half is just other BLs that happen to be plot-heavy and thus we share a lot of fans - SJ's "plotty BL" fanbase. There aren't really plot similarities. Aside from the comics that are marked as similar because of the pimping, I'm not at all interested in the comics listed as similar, because, well, they're not that similar. They're just more plotty BL. I'd consider some non-BL comics to be way more similar to my comic, but that's not what fancounts say, because it's the BL that matters, not the details of the plot.

Given that SJ tries to encourage people to branch out into reading lots of different comics rather than all the same stuff, I don't really see why we even need a "similar comics" feature like that. I'd love to see it replaced with an affiliates feature, or perhaps a non-mutual "Authors' Pick" sort of thing, giving users a little bit of the power of the Comic Spotlight. If there are more than six, it can randomly rotate through them (but I think there should be a limit of perhaps 8-12 so that the system doesn't become clogged with pointless affiliations). And if a comic doesn't have enough, then the remaining spots can be filled with "Similar" comics like now. People who choose not to participate in the affiliates system would therefore experience no change at all.

Affiliates feature: yes, please. But don't make it out to be some permanent commitment, make it clear that there's no obligation to remain affiliates, encourage rotation.

Edit: But just to note, on my non-BL comic with 300-ish fans, the similar comics feature actually works quite well.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: January 1st, 2011, 3:22 pm
by MermaidUnderSea
Oh, this would be great if it were implemented, but I think that would be more of a "You Might Like" kind of thing. If it were an Affiliates list, I think the author should be sent a message saying that someone wants to be affiliated with their comic or the author should be notified if their comic was put up on another person's list.

SuperBiasedMan wrote:And quite a few people have complained about the similar comics feature, it particularly seems to have problems with comics that have lower numbers of fans.

At first I was completely confused as to why one of my non-BL comic had BL on the Similar list, but yeah, the comics on my Similar lists are nothing like my comics.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: January 1st, 2011, 3:29 pm
by Amante
MermaidUnderSea wrote:At first I was completely confused as to why one of my non-BL comic had BL on the Similar list, but yeah, the comics on my Similar lists are nothing like my comics.


Well it seems to work off of a "Fans who like this comic also like..." basis. So I think it fits more of that routine than similar comics, since it doesn't compare genre or anything.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: January 1st, 2011, 3:42 pm
by MermaidUnderSea
Yes, I know that. It's just that (no offense) I don't want people to think my "clean" comic is similar to a BL.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: January 19th, 2011, 1:51 am
by BreakerLOLZ
Am I late to the party? This is a brilliant idea if it can be implemented successfully.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: January 21st, 2011, 4:27 pm
by pwii
I second this.

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: February 4th, 2011, 6:22 am
by Guest
What happen? I did to put a comment here yesterday. But you erase it? Why?! Did I tell something is wrong about your threads?

Re: Affiliates

PostPosted: May 10th, 2012, 12:28 pm
by Alexis_Royce
This is an excellent idea. There are several comics on Smackjeeves that I think readers of mine might like, but not know about. And while I'm not sure, I had the feeling that "similar" comics were chosen by having a group of readers favorite both, in which case the box ends up kind of preaching to the choir.