The In-Game Feedback System with Votes:
In order to organize all the bugs, comments, questions and feature requests in one place, I've long been wanting to use a forum of some sort where players can post such things. One solution had been to use an existing forum that's on some website, but there are forums just about everywhere: There is a forum on steam, indiedb, tigsource etc. And players have submitted bugs on all those platforms before, which leaves me with the problem that bugs are scattered around the web making it difficult for me to track them.
As a result I'm releasing a new experimental system where players can send me feedback from within the game.This system can be accessed from the Main Menu (see 'Feedback' button), but you have to be a registered user in order to send me something. Demo users do not have access to this.
The following screenshot is the Feedback List page. It shows all of the currently open bugs, suggestions, questions and feedback:
Any feedback that is submitted will not be shown immediately on the list page. I will first review it to make sure it is relevant and not spammy.
Vote Count, Up-votes, and Yes/No Votes:Every player who as purchased an account gains access to the voting system. There are 4 categories of requests:
On the other hand, votes for Questions and Feedback are unlimited and help reveal the more interesting questions or feedback submissions.
Bugs, questions and feedback can only be up-voted, which causes the most voted item to appear at the top of the list. Suggestions on the other-hand have a YES or NO vote. This should help me determine the sentiment of the community over each feature request and whether I will end up creating it or not. Suggestions are merely for smaller feature requests and I will generally not take any larger game design requests.
The above screenshot shows how a request is submitted.