It seems like I’ve been asking for this for years. Are there plans to revamp the explore and search functions? Explore lists the top 20 creators in each section, so if I want to find creators outside of the top 20, then I currently have four options: (1) the ‘suggested creators’ list that appears on the home page, (2) social media connect, (3) seeing who other people support, and (4) new and noteworthy/popular this week, and (5) the search function.
Taking these in order: (1) the suggested creators list is fine, but only seems to present the more popular creators; (2) social media connect just doesn’t work - at least, not for me; I’m only on Twitter, and some of the people it displays I don’t even follow; (3) seeing who other people support is fine, as a way of exploring, but is also fairly random; (4) new and noteworthy/popular this week are fine, as far as they go, but there are only 6 in each; (5) the search function is very basic.
Given the above, I would say that either or both of the explore and search functions need to be better. If you want to keep Explore for the top 20, then search needs to be better; if you want to keep search as basic, then explore needs to be better. As to why this problem has persisted for so long, I really can’t understand, and I haven’t been able to get a straight answer.
Regarding improving either the Explore and/or Search functions, these could include:
Categories that break down into sub-sections (e.g. comics by genre)
The ability to filter by tags (perhaps) - e.g. sci-fi, book reviews
Creators could be grouped according to various things: time on Patreon (e.g. most recent), most active, number of patrons, highest-earning, country/language, and so on - I’m sure others can think of more.
In summary, I think the discovery options that exist (which are mostly curated or algorithmic) don’t go far enough. If (for instance) I want to find the most popular table-top gaming review page based in the UK, then I should be able to do that without wading through unfiltered search results.
I would be interested to hear others’ thoughts on this, and of course Patreon’s - as to why such a facility (long-promised) still doesn’t exist.