My opinion about Ecency ! The mobile dApp

in #ecency2 months ago (edited)

Hello everyone !

As I said in the title, this post will be my opinion about the app Ecency which is a Hive platform.

No real need to present it because it's like most other frontends. With it's own specialities. You can see the posts in your feed, upvote, see users' profile, send Hive, follow etc..

Now what I want to do is start with showing you the great features of Ecency and continuing with the less great aspects of it.

Good points :

  • Ecency is an app !

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I don't know how it is for you but I like to use an app instead of a website. To be quicker there was always a Peakd tab open on my Brave browser on phone and that was sometimes some annoying. When I needed to open the browser to search something, i was always attracted by the Peakd tab and this was a trap as is doing any social media.

For sure I'll still need to use websites, Hive engine, any of the 2nd layer token's frontend like SportsTalkSocial off Finance.io but this is already a huge change.

  • The points.

Ecency decided to let all the users to earn points for using the app. The points allow you to ask to promote a post for some time. 150 points for one day. Or to use them to have a boosted upvote for a post, 150 is around a $0.17 upvote.

No need to say that this is really helpful and you earn those point pretty quickly. For exemple you earn :

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  • 15 points for a post

  • 5 points for a comment

  • 1 point for a reblog

  • 1 point for a 100% upvote (0.5 for a 50% vote, 0.2 for 20%... )

If you're really involved in the community, you can really earn those points at a huge speed. If you respond to your comments, do some on other's posts, you'll have 150 in less than 3 days.

  • Notifications

There is a lot of notifications and you can choose if you want and what kind of them you want to receive in your phone's notification tab.

You receive a notification everytime someone vote one of your post and you can see what's the percentage of the vote :

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There is a difference with Peakd that shows you upvotes only when the vote weight is above $0.02.
When you click on the upvoted on a post, you can see who upvoted, how many percents and how much time after the posting. As you can see on LeoFinance for exemple. I find this really great to have this feature and for me Peakd should be inspired by that.

  • The voting weight, the decimals.

While on Peakd or LeoFinance you can adjust your vote weight and only see three decimals, here you can see up to the fourth. This is some useless but it's really pleasant for people like me (who have a dust account) to see that your votes changes between 30 and 50% while peakd show me only $0.002 for the both percent values.

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Now I'll start to talk about the less good parts of the app. And we'll strat with something we already saw :

  • The voting weight is always the same.

While in some of the second layer tokens there is a linear reward curve like for LEO, this isn't the case for Hive.

You probably now it but if you upvote a post with low rewards, your vote will be weaker than if you upvote a hugely rewarded post :

1st post a $0.42, 2nd at $7.19

Here on Peakd, the two posts have different pending rewards, and I see difference if I want to upvote them.

There is a significant difference between the two votes.

I tried on Ecency and between those two posts, my announced reward is the same. I imagine that It's just for the vote weight's bar and the vote is actually changing according to the Hive's exponential curve but this is still a tiny problem that makes you see the wrong amount.

This one is not a real problem, some others would need to be fixed before :

  • The bugs.

I don't know what happens, there is not bugs everywhere, no worries, it's not like Cyberpunk ! But some problems happens sometimes.

Most of time is just endless loadings. I know that the problem is not my connexion because it's great and I just have to close the app and open it again and everything is ok. And hopefully it's really quick it shouldn't take you more than 10 seconds.

That remains a cut in your experience in the app and sometimes after closing the app to fix the loading i just don't want to open it again even if I wanted to do something because I don't want to have this bug again.

I hope this will be fixed quickly because this is really frustrating. And after reading some other review, I'm not the only one who experiences those bugs.

  • Your Manas.

WHY IS THIS SO LONG TO SEE YOUR REMAINING MANA ?

To see how much upvote Mana you have left you need to :

Click on "my profile"> wait the little loading > clock on more details > click on your Mana bar to see the percentage.

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That means that you can't see your remaining Mana without quittingthe page you're watching. And that is forking awful to be so long to just see how many upvoted you still have !

On peakd you just have to click on your profile's picture on mobile and you already have the bars on Pc, the same for Leofinance :
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  • The thumbnails are cropped.

I would like to have the same feature as you can see on peakd, the slider, which let you see every picture of the post without needing to open it. I don't want to have this, but I would really like Ecency to not crop images.

As on many Hive or 2nd token layer tokens websites, you see the first image of the post as a thumbnail of it before opening it. Usually you see the full picture, even if it has a huge ratio and is too long, it will just appear smaller.

If you are not on ecency look at what I'm talking about :

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  • The dark theme.

For me, the dark theme isn't dark enough. Once again I'll compare with LeoFinance and Peakd.

Both of them give us the choice between light or two different dark theme.

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Having a darker theme for ecency would be really great, i would like something without the blue tint even if it's the color of ecency.

  • Why are letters missing ?

I don't know why, but when you see a tog or a button, most of time the last letter disapread :

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That is also a strange bug. And that leads to a second problem. Most of time you have to click twice on the buttons to really click it. Sometimes it's because there's a bug but I think that the "hitbox" is really smaller than the button and you really have to click in the exact center of it.

  • You can't see the lastest post of a your community feed.

I think that's all I have to say, I'll probably discover new good and bad things during the next weeks.

The biggest problems are things that should be fixed and I hope as soon as possible. Everything es la is more about comfort. What doesn't mean it's not important.

The biggest problem about the comfort is the cropping of the thumbnails. Having all of them cut is really frustrating and makes me feel that ecency isn't finished.

But this is something new. This is the only app I know and this points system is really great and encourage people to participate in the communities.

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Been using ecency since it was esteem. They're real helpful on their discord server too. For a few weeks now, cover images aren't showing up in my feed until I click the article, probably just a bug. Nice write up.

You see your article is part of this authors review, @plantstoplanks? Those must be the new fancy pants you were telling me you got for Christmas.

You probably viewing data saver mode, avatars and images won't show if you clicked on that view change icon on top right of feed. Can you check if that helped?

And they make it really easy to point out how lame I've been the past few weeks

Avatars were showing up but not the cover images. That's gotta be the easiest fix to date.

Thank you @ecency. You, too @ykretz. You helped straighten out my issue without even knowing.

This is the icon btw, I attached screenshot
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How'd you know I operate best with pictures @good-karma? 😉

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Happy to be helping !!
I hope that now that it's solved you enjoying even more of the app 😉

I noticed in my activity stream here on ecency that all of the point values are not whole numbers like your post said.
I stopped with the buying of points awhile ago since none of the approximate values for boosts ever really came true.

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Approximate vote values calculated/come from all votes not only from @ecency but @good-karma, @esteemapp and couple other team accounts. It is hard to estimate them exactly that's why it is is approximate vote value, by the time you receive vote price of Hive might change or reward pool changes that affect the exact calculation and by the time payout happens that changes also, so we do our best to estimate as close as we can get.

On, interesting, i imagine that the approximately value is displayed higher that it's actually ?

That's why I think I'll mostly use them to promote my posts. For now it seems that the promoting tool is working though 😅

Here reply to thread above on how we estimate those values.

This great post need ESTM boosting. I'm on it. :)

Thanks a lot !!

They both have their advantages and disadvantages as well.
I think I was using something similar to Ecency in the past. An app called PARTIKO.
I used to love the app cause it was easy to navigate and makes the pages load with speed and they also had their rewards but it suddenly crashed and I moved to use Esteem but now I just stick to the web version of browsing and that is done with PeakD. All the same thanks for sharing this great information.

You can actually try https://ecency.com if you like browser experience, mobile app we are release major update next week and most suggestions from this post will be included. 😉

Oh, alright but I think I will rather try the app since I already have a working and functioning web already.

I know that when I first tried to make a steel account it was through esteem and it didn't work at all. After that I was really confused about the apps but here ecency seemed really great and after using it only some days, I'm now really convinced !!

Great feedback and bug reports. Some of them we didn’t know existed. Some of them we have fixed and release coming next week. Some of them, please tag @ecency next time so we notice and fix issues you experienced. Did you know you can use https://ecency.com as well from mobile browser? But we are continuously improving mobile app because it has much more benefits, stay tuned for next release with all these fixes. Please create another post when you test out new version. 🙏

No I didn't know about the web version !

Next time I'll have @ecency for sure !! Happy to see that it was already planned to fix the bugs !

I imagine that if you didn't knew about some of them it might be because, i don't know why but my phone is turning crazy so it may be causing some troubles more.

I'll do a post for the next update ! I'm sure it will be perfect !! 👌

Thank you, your feedback is valuable. 🙌

i don't use the app, as i am always on Leo. They can take an idea or 2 from it! Also i had no clue about most of the good and bad ones :P

Posted Using LeoFinance Beta

Yes exactly, we take feedback and suggestions seriously, and next update will include these improvements. By the way, give mobile app or https://ecency.com a try, I am sure you will find it pleasing experience.

when i use hive, i use the interface of ecency but i am rarely on hive as well :P

Also, i hope that by the end of the week i'll finish the greek translation as well!

Posted Using LeoFinance Beta

Yes ! The best things that they both can do is to continue to have good ideas and take time to do it ! :)

Yay! 🤗
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Good info ;)

I just 0.00 my ecency points on the 01.01.2021 to see how much I will earn for a week...

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Good idea ! Let me know how much you'll have in a week !
It can be easy to earn more than 50 in a day.

According to some people like hitmeasap for exemple who tried to make around 100 comments in a week, it would be 500 points only for the comments.

Ok stay in touch ;)

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