The new explore feature seems to be pretty much the same as the old one used to be. There are a handful of featured creators, and then each category lists a further 20 or so of the top creators within it (some in two categories - I thought this wasn’t allowed?!). Am I using it right/missing something?
My frustration with the old/original explore feature was that there was no way of simply browsing through a category. I know that you use the search function, but surely the point of having categories is that it takes away some of the randomness of searching? A creator may or may not come up in a search depending on the search term and how they’ve described what they do, but will definitely be listed under their category.
Ideally (for me) this is how it should work:
You choose a category, and all creators in that category are listed, and then you simply go through them, page by page.
If you want to refine this, then you could (maybe) list creators within a category by popularity (number of patrons or income), by how regularly they post, by location, etc, or some combination of all of these.
Perhaps HQ are working on something like this, or in refining the search function to achieve something similar, but I honestly don’t understand how the new feature is meant to be an improvement. The bottom line is: if people already support someone on Patreon, and they’re looking for others to support, then a decently functioning browse/search function is vital to doing that. Patreon is the best place to discover creators - a short list of suggested people to follow/support is not enough.