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