My biggest concern with the move towards visualizing rewards vs. leaving it in the hands of creators to do their tier descriptions effectively is that unless out of the gate we’re given control to fully customize the way these visual representations work, a lot of people are going to be left with very ugly landing pages.
A key example would be being able to upload a specific thumbnail for the reward image rather than having it auto update in the way that Featured Tags currently do. This has been a critical piece of feedback in general for Featured Tags for a while now as well, the autocropping of whatever image is attached to a post using that tag (or in the case of this new system, the post type itself) often looks unappealing. I use the same album art for a lot of my audio posts, and just about all of my posts are audio posts but my tags overlap…so everything usually looks like the same album art by default, and that’s boring as well as unhelpful.
If this new system operates the same way, things may end up looking absolutely ridiculous. I’d feel a lot better about this if we could get any sort of confirmation that there is a significant level of control over the way the rewards are presented, image upload, title & description text, etc.
This might seem like a luxury, but this is critical for all sorts of users. I’m thinking of creators who primarily create text posts, for example. Not everyone is a visual creator, so they’d absolutely need a way to directly choose what image gets used. I’m uneasy not knowing what level of control we’re going to have.
Also, seeing the way that video posts have their thumbnails auto cropped is so concerning. The text in those thumbnails is cropped silly, it looks…not great. That’s the sort of thing I’m hoping we can combat by being able to set one specific image.