What features should I keep on QLCrew.com?

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Poll What features should I keep on QLCrew.com? (679 votes)

Interactive timestamps (You click on them and the video appears) 68%
Chat archives (Simulated /chat page with video and a recorded chat in sync) 46%
Downloadable playlists (in m3u format, based on filters/search results) 20%
Video player with a playlist (again, based on selected filters/search results) 44%
Mobile support (direct links to videos) 41%

How do you use QLCrew?

With the upcoming changes to the API I will have to rebuild most of the unique features on QLCrew. I want to know what should I focus on, what's not used and what needs to be better.

You can pick multiple answers. Please pick what you actually use.

Thanks!

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I usually look up specific games from live streams that aren't always attached properly on the wiki. Or I'll browse for specific moments or people who've been on before.

Occasionally I'll just browse until I find something random and entertaining to watch.

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Hey man I know this is somewhat off topic and probably asking too much but if you could add a "random premium video" button like the random quick look button I would be eternally grateful. Thanks for all the hard work, the site is fucking rad.

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gotta be mobile support for me. the web player on giantbomb.com has gotten worse and worse on iOS, and it was a godsend that yours used, you know, the native video player.

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#4  Edited By dudeglove

I'm not big on playlists or mobile support, so I didn't check those. The timestamp stuff is great, though.

Edit: Scratch that, mobile support is actually a big deal.

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@baconbm: There is a random video button in the Live/Premium section and it picks a random video from the results.

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Dave Snider needs to be back on the main crew select!!!!!!!

Perhaps do 2 columns if the list is getting long.

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@doe3879: Ahhhh fine, damn it. It's too long anyway so why not.

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#8  Edited By szlifier

@mikewhy said:

gotta be mobile support for me. the web player on giantbomb.com has gotten worse and worse on iOS, and it was a godsend that yours used, you know, the native video player.

This will be the hardest thing to pull off. It's likely that I won't be able to provide videos this way anymore due to changes in their policy. I'll try my best to keep it as I use it all the time.
EDIT: We might be good on this front.

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Just wanted to say thanks for the hard work. When I'm looking specifically for videos on giantbomb (as opposed to just browsing around), I usually just head straight to your site instead. It's an integral part of my GB experience.

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First off, you should know I use qlcrew nearly every day. I think it's completly nuts it hasn't been officially integrated with the site. Such an amazing tool. Can't thank you enough duder!

Here's my hierarchy of wants:

  • Video player with a playlist
  • Chat archives
  • Interactive timestamps
  • Downloadable playlists
  • Mobile support

@mikewhy: It doesn't have the same suite of filtering tools, but the GB Video Buddy is the best way to go for GB on iOS I would say. Maybe give it a shot if you haven't!

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@geraltitude: @stealydan: Thanks! All those things should survive the transition, just not everything will work day one.
Top Men are on the case and directly in contact with me and other devs to make sure we get through this as smoothly as possible.

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Hey, just wanted to chime in and say good job. It's a really cool thing, been using it for a while now and it makes it way easier to look for specific things, especially non-Quick Looks. Thanks a bunch for your work.

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I use QLCrew all the time and it is great but the main things I use are to randomize video lists and to search for specific games in live shows. That being said, of the features above I prefer of those mentioned above are mobile support and maybe the timestamps. I would like a search function on the mobile version (I don't think there is one unless I'm just missing it).

Anyway, keep up the great work, it really is a useful thing you've made.

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The chat archives are cool, but I used qlcrew a ton in the past before they were added, so I might not miss them that much.

The interactive timestamps are my n1. It's the best way for me to pinpoint GB content.

Thanks for everything you do duder!

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Love the site. But for some reason, it's totally white for me instead of black.

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I also use it daily, really awesome thing you made. I usually use it before I sleep to find a random old quick look to watch. Picking two people in the video and scrolling through the pages till I find something good.

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@tekzero: Wierd. Either you picked the white version when it was still an option or visited the site while something was broken. I think you should be fine now.

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I use the downloadable playlist option occasionally to get a bunch of content to watch in my local player, but I imagine that's going to be one of the harder things to implement with the new API since it's just a text file of video URLs.

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Stupid question, but didn't the HTML5 player on GB proper have its own theater mode with some sort of playlist function and "resume viewing from this point at a later time" type thing in the past? Was that my imagination or was that discontinued in some way (mostly because it seemed that it didn't seem to work too well for whatever reason, like playlists didn't really save, and the resume function kinda didn't work too well either)?

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@dudeglove: Yes they had that. I remember the HTML5 support was fairly new at the time and there were always some issues with Chrome. Firefox didn't even support h.264 at all. I remember playlists for Endurance Runs.

Remember the video queue feature? But that wasn't great so whatever.

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The chat archives are not essential, the rest is great.

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Chat archives would great! I'd love to see the chat react to many things in the past, like Johnny V tweeting Lang Zone's number lol

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@hypnotoadbrwowrowrow: I mean, you can already do that. I will be making changes to the archives next week. It's definitely a feature I want to keep.

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Timestamps for sure, and love your site so great work my man

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The chat archives are the main reason I visit QLcrew. Let's me catch up on the zeitgeist.

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The chat archives are the main reason I visit QLcrew. Let's me catch up on the zeitgeist.

I agree. The chat archives are an amazing idea.

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Bombcast and other Premium Podcasts would be great to have a random and seach function for.

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I would like an option to watch any random video between premium and non-premium.

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The time stamps is the only thing I use from that list. Great work duder.

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The time stamps is the only thing I use from that list. Great work duder.

Same! Otherwise I just love the basic functionality.

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I know the downloadable playlists are the least selected feature in the poll, so I understand that they are low priority, but they are literally my favourite feature of your site.

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Chat archives are a fantastic feature, so I hope they'll stay.

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Just like to say thank you for all the works you've done.

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@m1k3 said:

I would like an option to watch any random video between premium and non-premium.

This should be easy. I just need to figure out where to put the link. For now it's here.

@cyborgx7 said:

I know the downloadable playlists are the least selected feature in the poll, so I understand that they are low priority, but they are literally my favourite feature of your site.

It won't be able to exist in it's current form. I hope to have a solution for this, but I will work on it after rewriting timestamps and chat archives. Unlike the other features, I have no idea how to do this one yet.

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That is amazing thing YOu are doing sir.

I voted for timestamps... but chat is pretty neat too

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I like being able to see the chat.

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I absolutely love being able to see the chat archived alongside the video - I don't really ever watch the streams before they are archived, so being able to go back and see how chat reacted during a hilarious moment is pretty awesome.

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I am a huge fan of the chat archives. I have been a member of this site since day 1 and I love being involved with the community. If I miss a stream your chat archives help me relive the moments that I missed and feel like I was there with everyone else.

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The chat archives are absolutely amazing, adds a lot to watching VODs.

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@dsi1: Is there one for last nights UPF? I missed it live and I would have loved to see all the chat reaction to the brad stuff.

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@demoskinos: Yes, I've been archiving them for every livestream for months. They are available under Revisit the chat buttons.

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@szlifier: Nice! I'll have to check that out!

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Please keep the chat archives!

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Pretty bummed to see downloadable playlists so far behind everything else. That's the most important thing to me by a landslide. Having a playlist of every Quick Look is an awesome thing to fall asleep to, and I do it practically every night, updating the playlist every few days as needed. It's such a fantastic feature of the site and the number one reason I use it.

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@cheebahh: It's already being tested on the new setup and needs only a few more tweaks.

@sansjason: I want to keep it and I will try to find a solution.

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Just pull in everything from http://qlcrew.com

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I just want top be able to watch stuff that Ryan was in easily. I miss the dude.

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I feel like a loss of mobile/MP4 support would be a sad day. I do understand that a lot of people are looking for more archival items- but I enjoy having a easier to use mobile interface than stock Giant Bomb.

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I think the chat archives is a really cool feature. Sometimes i'd want to see the chat reactions to specific jokes or something. I barely make it for the live events so the archives are my go to. You get the live experience even if you missed the event. Anyways, you do awesome work bud Cheers!