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Gallery being sorted by "Popular Now" by default is a problem

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    pinneduphairpinneduphair Posts: 918 Member
    edited August 2018
    hi! just a quick question? is the issue updated? because im still getting the same issue here. I usually get 150-500 downloads when I share my builds but after the patch I would consider myself lucky if I get 1 download a day now. I dont have a huge follower and I just recently joined the gallery to share my creations, but seeing fewer downloads on my creations kind of discourage me to share my builds because I think they are less appreciated now. I just felt it is not fair that only those with huge following get their creations appreciated. Hope they just bring back the old gallery! :/

    It is not fixed yet, but it will be in a future patch.
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    JoAnne65JoAnne65 Posts: 22,959 Member
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?
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    LiELFLiELF Posts: 6,538 Member
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    This would be awesome. I'd love my default page to be set to show the newest creations of the people I've chosen to follow.
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    pinneduphairpinneduphair Posts: 918 Member
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    That could be cool, but I think it might bring up the same issues that the Popular Now vs Newest did. The creations of "unpopular" players not being seen due to players already having their select favorite creators whose uploads they see upon starting the gallery, and therefore being less likely to bother going to Newest.
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    TheHarbinger_51TheHarbinger_51 Posts: 1,702 Member
    I dont understand why someone who doesnt build and doesnt care about it, has such strong views on the matter. I think it's only fair to return the setting back to newest first.

    And I think hardly anybody would want to see builds from only the same few uploaders over and over.

    I think its darn right silly what they did . And they just do the darnedest nonsense with this game sometimes
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    Artemisa02Artemisa02 Posts: 258 Member
    edited August 2018
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    That's even worst than "popular now" ... if your idea is just about to see the people that you follow, that's means that other people will have less chances to get known on gallery, means lower downloads than now. I am always looking for new people with cool ideas and great build skills, that's why newest have to appears at first, in gallery.
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    TheHarbinger_51TheHarbinger_51 Posts: 1,702 Member
    Artemisa02 wrote: »
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    That's even worst than "popular now" ... if your idea is just about to see the people that you follow, that's means that other people will have less chances to get known on gallery, means lower downloads than now. I am always looking for new people with cool ideas and great build skills, that's why newest have to appears at first, in gallery.

    The sims team made this an issue. This is so annoying. Before their change, I was faved many times and my upload received a lot of downloads. Of course faved uploads fair even better. Now, my uploads just arent being viewed. And the uploads under "newest" hardly have any attention/downloads at all. So a lot of people have been affected by it. All because of their silly mindset to make unneeded changes
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    pinneduphairpinneduphair Posts: 918 Member
    edited August 2018
    Artemisa02 wrote: »
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    That's even worst than "popular now" ... if your idea is just about to see the people that you follow, that's means that other people will have less chances to get known on gallery, means lower downloads than now. I am always looking for new people with cool ideas and great build skills, that's why newest have to appears at first, in gallery.

    The sims team made this an issue. This is so annoying. Before their change, I was faved many times and my upload received a lot of downloads. Of course faved uploads fair even better. Now, my uploads just arent being viewed. And the uploads under "newest" hardly have any attention/downloads at all. So a lot of people have been affected by it. All because of their silly mindset to make unneeded changes

    Thankfully they've listened to us, and the default will be changed back to Newest in a future update. :)
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    wormstache999wormstache999 Posts: 477 Member
    hyrulerose wrote: »
    Artemisa02 wrote: »
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    That's even worst than "popular now" ... if your idea is just about to see the people that you follow, that's means that other people will have less chances to get known on gallery, means lower downloads than now. I am always looking for new people with cool ideas and great build skills, that's why newest have to appears at first, in gallery.

    The sims team made this an issue. This is so annoying. Before their change, I was faved many times and my upload received a lot of downloads. Of course faved uploads fair even better. Now, my uploads just arent being viewed. And the uploads under "newest" hardly have any attention/downloads at all. So a lot of people have been affected by it. All because of their silly mindset to make unneeded changes

    Thankfully they've listened to us, and the default will be changed back to Newest in a future update. :)
    Unfortunately God knows when that will happen
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    jimmysnanjimmysnan Posts: 8,303 Member
    It is unfortunate that some are not getting the downloads and favorites they deserve. When I download something from someone I go in and favorite all their work. Just seems fair. I hope that counts towards points. However when I was doing a post about something else relating to offensive (to me) hashtags I was informed that you can cheat somehow to get more download points so you will be on top of the ratings. I hope this is not the case as it seems so unfair and so much like points are all that matters and that you truly do not want to share.
    However. I will go in and look at the posts of the creators on here that have posted they have put things on the gallery I will favorite your creations as long as the hashtag does not have "stop stealing" Then I do not even bother to download I pass it by and no favorites from me.
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    lsnishilsnishi Posts: 2,714 Member
    I hope they go back to newest first shortly because I think it helps us find wonderful creations by lesser known simmers. Quite often when I go on the gallery and see new content I see something amazing from a creator I've never heard of or followed. I comment on the lot, fave the lot and end up following the creator. I've also often posted a link and a nomination to the Best Lot Ever thread so others and Maxis could see the lot and judge for themselves if it really is as wonderful as I found it.

    I'd really love to see the gallery used to promote amazing work by any creator, not just ones with large social media followings.
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    stilljustme2stilljustme2 Posts: 25,082 Member
    I wish they'd have an "All" option -- I've been trying to find older builds with just base game content so I can remodel them as a personal challenge while still keeping them within a specific budget. But when I select Base Game only I only get a few builds on the Newest page when I know there are builds still on the Gallery from when the game released. I'm not a great builder but I do enjoy remodeling for my personal use (such as adding basements, redecorating, etc.).
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    lsnishilsnishi Posts: 2,714 Member
    @stilljustme2, maybe if you haven't tried yet, set your search to "most popular" and try either #basegame hashtag or just the basegame option from the pull down menu for packs. That might get a different result, I hope.
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    JoAnne65JoAnne65 Posts: 22,959 Member
    edited August 2018
    I dont understand why someone who doesnt build and doesnt care about it, has such strong views on the matter. I think it's only fair to return the setting back to newest first.

    And I think hardly anybody would want to see builds from only the same few uploaders over and over.

    I think its darn right silly what they did . And they just do the darnedest nonsense with this game sometimes
    I don’t build in Sims 4 (can’t be bothered without CASt, it’s just not fun for me), which means I actually depend on the gallery. While I never ever used the Exchange for that because I’ve always built myself in Sims 3. So for me the gallery (and the way it’s presented) actually is important because I don’t build.
    Artemisa02 wrote: »
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    That's even worst than "popular now" ... if your idea is just about to see the people that you follow, that's means that other people will have less chances to get known on gallery, means lower downloads than now. I am always looking for new people with cool ideas and great build skills, that's why newest have to appears at first, in gallery.
    I just meant when you open the gallery. There must always be the option to also see all of course (newest). Aren’t Tumblr and the forums an important source for simmers to find builders by the way? I always google to find suitable houses because scrolling through the gallery with some search term is looking for a needle in a haystack.
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    GatochwegGatochweg Posts: 22 Member
    In news you already get all the new uploads from people you follow and the things they favor,so there isn't really any need for a specific page for that. For the big change this was the default setting.( my game is in dutch so I don't know the correct terms in english)

    I can't find a thing in the gallery when searching for something specific that I have seen before. Changing setting from pop now to new makes a bit of a difference but I still feel like a lot of stuff isn't shown. Sometimes when I want to favor something that I downloaded to my library a while ago I can't find it in the creators page, not even when searching on name of the download. very irritating!
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    JoAnne65JoAnne65 Posts: 22,959 Member
    Gatochweg wrote: »
    In news you already get all the new uploads from people you follow and the things they favor,so there isn't really any need for a specific page for that. For the big change this was the default setting.( my game is in dutch so I don't know the correct terms in english)

    I can't find a thing in the gallery when searching for something specific that I have seen before. Changing setting from pop now to new makes a bit of a difference but I still feel like a lot of stuff isn't shown. Sometimes when I want to favor something that I downloaded to my library a while ago I can't find it in the creators page, not even when searching on name of the download. very irritating!
    Thanks, I’ll check that out, didn’t know.
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    kreatorakreatora Posts: 557 Member
    Consideration how pages should be set in the Gallery for today is not relevant,. The Gallery breaks down all the time and instead of being better it gets worse. I will be happy if ANYTHING will be visible there, and the page will be turned on - it does not matter - whether the latest or weekly download and all will be show up correctly after switching on,
    Not to mention the most popular downloads in which there is a total mess and nothing shows up correctly,. It would seem that for computer specialist, setting up such a counting machine properly should be easy. But the task seems to have outgrown their skills. I would be ashamed in their place
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    brenleedeebrenleedee Posts: 427 Member
    kreatora wrote: »
    I would be ashamed in their place

    I agree, but it pretty evident by their lack of assistance that they couldn't careless...it is Holiday weekend here in the States, they just got paid (hehe, maybe) but regardless they get a paycheck whether the gallery or game is fixed or not...little incentive to help their customers...google them their customer satisfaction rate is at an all time low. Small gaming companies on google play store react quicker than they do, and that is because they back their product, they believe with their name on line they want things fixed, not EA they've gotten by with mediocre to poor service for years.

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    SchnuckSchnuck Posts: 20 Member
    Since it's being said that the perpetual breaking of the gallery is a server issue, I'm going to keep saying this: give creators an option to disallow re-uploads - free up a TON space and solve a bunch of issues all at once. Enough is enough.
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    kreatorakreatora Posts: 557 Member
    @Schnuck :)
    Admittedly, it would be Augias work for some creators, but I think that many would like to do it with pleasure. A great idea, not mentioning that the EA people, in addition to setting such an option, would have nothing more to do.
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    loutredorloutredor Posts: 404 Member
    Thank you for creating this thread, I was so lost as to what was happening on there. Even my worst builds used to have a few dozens downloads, but ever since the update, everything I shared hasn't been seen once. They all remained at a perfect zero.
    I used to love sharing stuff on the gallery, discover what types of builds were the most popular and sometimes get a few nice comments. Now it just feels like an empty desert, there is litteraly no difference between saving to the library or posting on the gallery.
    I guess I will stop using that useless feature from now on until it is fixed, there is no use bothering.
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    CinebarCinebar Posts: 33,618 Member
    JoAnne65 wrote: »
    Maybe this is a silly idea (in terms of not possible or containing disadvantages I overlook), but wouldn’t it be nice if the gallery could open with a set of creators we choose ourselves?

    If that's how the little cliques want it. :# But I would rather have better filters. Such as size of lots, how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms etc. And a No cc filter, instead of expanding it like it is now. The biggest problem I saw (but haven't been on there for a year) was there weren't enough filters to sort by size of lots, Especially number of bedrooms, and bathrooms such as in the past exchanges. Newest first was the only reason I ever went on there other than to share a lot now and then. I almost always forgot to look at my so called Origin friends' stuff. My bad.
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    Snosrap522Snosrap522 Posts: 754 Member
    edited September 2018
    Sorry if this is slightly off topic but it is related to the gallery and downloads and I haven't been able to find much related to what i'm getting. I've recently got into building for the first time since Sims 4 came and have been uploading to the gallery, since the update however I keep running into a strange issue with my lots disappearing from the popular now list.
    Two of my builds were doing quite well, one with 500+ dl's and one with over 1000. Then suddenly downloads for those lots just stopped and I realised they were no longer showing in the list whatsoever. They just disappeared.
    It's happened with my other lots as well, other than my latest 2, which, i'm sure in a few days will have it happen to them too.
    In my profile they show as shared content but no longer show as being saved to my library, which they all are. The lots that do still appear in the list show in my profile as being saved. If I search for my lots using my ID they appear, as well as using any hashtags I used but the frustration is that as someone with very few followers, this is really bad way to find my uploads, not to mention being slightly annoying that it's affected lots that were doing well, at least for me.
    Again, sorry if this is off topic but it's been happening for a few weeks with no solution found by me and is getting rather annoying. If anyone has any ideas for me it would be hugely appreciated :)

    eta: I should add that in my library, all but the latest 2 that appear in the list show without the upload to gallery symbol. They all had it until the point that they randomly disappear from the list. The same will happen with these latest 2 as well at some point.
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    brenleedeebrenleedee Posts: 427 Member
    edited September 2018
    @Snosrap522 The builds only stay in the line-up on the gallery for about 7 days then they completely fall off the charts, but will still be available on your profile page for downloading. The only builds that stay on the gallery indefinitely is the most popular category. When I first started building and my lots totally disappeared from queue, I finally figured out that they stay about 7 days. Hope this helps.
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    Snosrap522Snosrap522 Posts: 754 Member
    brenleedee wrote: »
    @Snosrap522 The builds only stay in the line-up on the gallery for about 7 days then they completely fall off the charts, but will still be available on your profile page for downloading. The only builds that stay on the gallery indefinitely is the most popular category. When I first started building and my lots totally disappeared from queue, I finally figured out that they stay about 7 days. Hope this helps.

    Yeah, I just found that out. Not sure but I think each time it's happened it's been in the week I uploaded. I'll
    watch the next time and see if it happens after the 7 days. Thanks for your help :)
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