• List from v.s. page form
The daily hot topics page is still in the list form as opposed to the personal recommended debates home page, which is in swipeable cards form. We want to provide users the option to see more topics when they try to see what is popular for other users, but this is not yet validated to support our quality > quantity approach yet. We need to test if users do choose to stay on the swipeable card form more or do they switch to the list form more instead. We need to validate if it is helpful for them to have both formats.
• Relationship with the debate
Do users have a long term relationship with their debates? Right now the design is targeted towards a short term relationship where users stay engaged in a topic for the first them and abandon them. They may go back to it from time to time from their "Past Debates" page. It would be interesting to experiment on what a long term engagement would look like and if it's what the users want. (e.g. Perhaps sending users increased updates on a debate they joined)
• Surface Level Design Iteration
Do we have clear visual definitions?
• Comment & interaction focused platform
The swipeable debate card format lets users focus on the content of the topic more than the number of topics. The reduction of actions needed to go from topics to comments and comment treads encourages user engagement in the conversations
• Encourages comment treads instead of a mass input of opinions
Color-coding the debate teams, showing comment treads and their corresponding team colors, encourage interactions that build on teams' previous comments
• A fun, care-free environment
The customizable, colorful, and simple debate cards set the tone for fun and easy-going debate topics rather than heavy ones.