There's some interesting discussion going on here about a few members' feeling that RIA may be going through "feature creep" - the state of adding so many features that the overall usability of the site goes down.
Please sound off on this... I want to hear what you think.
There's a delicate balance between providing folks with cool features, and cluttering things up. The goal would be to provide those users who like the bells & whistles with enough things to keep them occupied, without losing track of our core focus of being a ratings community.
Kamylienne, a long time member, writes that:
"I think what it all boils down to is identity: What direction does RIA want to take? Does it want to focus more on the "ratings" aspect of it, or the "online community" aspect?"
I actually don't think that this is the choice. I don't think that RIA would be nearly as fun without the pure community type features - user profiles, messaging, testimonials, etc. But I do think that identity IS the question. But I see the fork as being: "Does RateItAll want to be a useful site first, that can be fun, or a fun site first, that can be useful."
I've been putting a lot of thought into this recently, and I think it's something that may need to be addressed.
As I mentioned earlier, there are no more major features on the docket for a while... just about everything from here on out will be focused on tightening things up.
But if we need to remove some features, we're prepared to do so.