Thanks @Linlay, all comments/opinions welcome, for or against (motivation preferred); this what this forum is for.
My main motivation behind this suggestion is to get more obvious value out of the existing ‘like’ feature (at present it just sends notification to the designer to give him/her a warm fuzzy feeling; although I guess Facer does keep a total somewhere and might be using it for something).
My secondary motivation is to assist users with wading through the thousands of faces available on the platform to find the ‘good’ ones, present and past. Having more filter and/or sort options available for searching the Facer vault could help.
As said in my other (related, but slightly different and now amended) feature request thread regarding ratings, I do appreciate that there is a large element of art to a watch face, which makes any form of ‘rating’ subjective, but we do need something and it will be good if that something can be visible.
You warn against creating competition as if competition is bad.
IMHO the competition is already there.
To quote Orwell’s Animal Farm, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.
I am not saying that there is anything wrong with the way Facer is structured, just stating the fact that there is a hierarchical structure. Given that there is a structure, there will be aspirations to move ‘up’ the structure, creating competition. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Facer has several ‘types’ or ‘levels’ of designers (invited partners, subscribed to pro, enthusiasts using only free features, etc.). Some publish often others only once. Most are competing to get featured, followed, trend, be invited as partner, or just to stay visible on the newly created list.
However the criteria for most of this is hidden from view and cannot be used directly by users to find faces that they like.
I am sure there are many excellent faces that received several likes and/or syncs on Facer shortly after being published in the past (equal to a face trending at present), but then got buried and forgotten deep down in the Facer vault.
Being able to search or filter based on ‘likes’ and/or syncs, could perhaps help to surface those.
Open to suggestions.