I think that the suggestion gallery should be re-organised, and redesigned to be a little more like the deviantWEAR Design Battle
galleries.What I think should happen
New submissions should be allowed into the 'New' gallery. At this point, they should appear like the deviation above with an 'I Support This!" button so that other deviants can show their support for a particular idea.
On a weekly basis, a staff member should go through everything in the 'New' gallery, and either scrap it if it's a miscat, or record it somewhere in an internal dA database and move it into the Reviewed section. Here it should stay, until it's coded, at which point it can be moved, finally, into the 'Adopted' gallery.
Multiple suggestions for the same feature should be allowed into the Review gallery. because people might bring their own nuances/better images to a particular idea. Internally, the first time an idea is suggested it should be added to the database, and if a second submission is made, it should be tied to the first one.
Suggestions could also be failed for the review gallery if they're repeats of suggestions that really don't add anything, or that are definitely not going to happen, although there should be a clear list somewhere and an explanation in the note when the suggestion is rejected. Also the criteria for failing should be very narrow - for example, a suggestion that seems difficult/not technically possible may prove to be wildly popular or even profitable, so even if it's not likely to happen, it shouldn't be rejected. Only things that are really impossible or go against some dA core principal should be outright rejected.What's wrong with the current situation
I think the current split of the suggestion gallery into visual and written suggestions is pointless because the aim of all the deviations is the same: to be discussed by the community and hopefully adopted if it's deemed to be a good idea. I don't think there's any reason that different people would be interested in a suggestion just because of the way it's presented, and once in the reviewed gallery, different types of suggestions would be easy to distinguish anyway.
It appears from the status updates that sometimes suggestions in the gallery have been massively popular, even receiving Daily Deviations, but staff are not fully aware of them.
I think the Suggestion Forum should be closed, because it's difficult to find out if someone's made a similar suggestion to yours, it's impossible to know whether anyone that matters ever reads them, and even if you do find a suggestion that you just want to comment on, if it's been dormant for too long the thread will be locked and you'll need to start a new one.Advantages
When a suggestion is put in the reviewed gallery, the suggester knows that it's been looked at, even if nothing happens with it.
This provides a clear way for dA to make sure they're aware of every suggestion that comes in, so they can act on the good ones.
There will be one primary place to make suggestions, so no wondering if more people will see it if it's in one place or another.
It will be easier to find and comment on suggestions, and show support for the ones you want to make happen.
At least some of the underlying coding could be lifted from the Design Battle gallery.Disadvantages
points out that people might not be comfortable with suggestions turning up as art in their galleries and having watchers notified. The existing suggestion forum removes that risk (although now watchers are notified of forum posts).Other thoughts
Suggestions to the status updates should stay, however, if a deviant wants to be sure that their suggestion will be considered, they should put it in the gallery.
The other advantage of the status update forum is that bugs and suggestions can be submitted in the same place. It might be even better to make a unified suggestion/bug reporting tool of some kind, but it would probably be more work.Credits: Lightbulb brush