New blog, new features

First off: a huge, huge thank you to all the beta testers! I've received a lot of thoughtful feedback and ideas, got bug reports, and got to see all your amazing MOCs!

So far, all communication has been through email, Flickr mail, Instagram or Twitter messages. I'm happy to keep all lines of communication open, but I think it will be more open and transparent to use this blog to gather feedback, discuss upcoming features, and announce new features as they're realeased. That said, I'm grateful for all feedback no matter what medium is used (so keep it coming using whatever platform is best for you!). I love hearing from you all and I hope to continue improving mocbuilder based on your input.

For anyone who signed up, but did not post any MOCs, I'd love to hear from you, too! Even if you think I don't want to hear it! Even negative feedback can be very helpful, so please don't be shy!

New features

🎉 Tags

mocbuilder.com MOC tag interface.

Tags were released about 3 weeks ago (on the 24th of July to be exact) so this is still a new-ish feature. MOCs can have up to 12 tags each.

🎉 Collections

mocbuilder.com user collections list.

Collections were just released! You can add a MOC to any number of collections. So you can organize MOCs into project-specific collections, theme-based collections, or anything that makes sense to you. For example, you might have a few pics of a microscale castle called “Queen G's Castle”. So you might add it to a project-specific “Queen G's Castle” collection, a “Microscale” theme collection and a “Castle” theme collection.

mocbuilder.com unpopulated collection input.
mocbuilder.com collection creation interface.
mocbuilder.com populated collection input.

I'm now working on allowing existing MOCs to be edited. So if you'd like to retroactively add tags or collections to your MOCs, you'll be able to do so.

I'll also be working on an interface which allows you to seamlessly navigate through all MOCs in a collection since this is a bit inconvenient at the moment.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback about tags or collections or anything else, please feel free to comment below or email me. I look forward to hearing from you!

5 Comments

@jmanbricks 1 year ago
Excited to see this community grow :D
Andy Ford 1 year ago
Looks like Tong Xin Jun is our first MOC builder to "break the ice" on collections =) mocbuilder.com/exesandbox/collections/1
Andy Ford 1 year ago
BTW I will also soon add auto-linking to any URLs in comments or MOC descriptions so you won't have to copy-paste them...
Tong Xin Jun 1 year ago
Wow, fantastic job on your website! Collections is definitely a step in the right direction! So far, I found the platform really pleasing to use and everything works as it should. I haven't spotted any bugs as well, so that's cool. I've got a couple suggestions too, so here's goes! I think some arrow buttons that allows viewers to go to the next/previous image from the same builder when viewing individual images would be a neat addition. I'm not sure how feasible this will be, but some kind of way to upload multiple images together would be really great, especially with the new collections feature. Also, this might just be me, but currently it does feel kind of awkward to upload multiple images of the same MOC (even if they're from different angles), as it would (sort of) flood the homepage. I suppose it might have to do with everyone only posting one image of their MOC. Just an observation. :D As always, I appreciate all the effort you've put in here! Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this website!
Andy Ford 1 year ago
Tong: thank you very much for the kind words of encouragement and the great feedback and ideas! I'll quote you below with my replies/thoughts: "some arrow buttons that allows viewers to go to the next/previous image from the same builder when viewing individual images" ... yes, this would be fantastic! I'm now working on this type of feature to navigate through collections so it should not take too much more effort to apply it to navigating through a given users' photos (or photos grouped by any criteria really, tags for example... but we don't have a whole lot of tags just yet) 👍🏽 "some kind of way to upload multiple images together would be really great, especially with the new collections feature" ... agreed. I will be addressing this in the next few weeks. This should also help with the other situation you mentioned: "it does feel kind of awkward to upload multiple images of the same MOC... as it would (sort of) flood the homepage"

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