Front Page - Automated/Manual/Scheduled Streamer Picks
Featuring on the Front Page is a joy and a privilege. It should definitely feel that way! But, those given that honor should also be responsible for representing Beam.Pro in a positive way.
I propose an opt-in system where users must read, understand, and accept certain quality content standards in order to be elgible for representation on the front page. Once accepted their channel is placed into an automated rotation. Streamers should be notified in someway of their being highlighted so they can be sure to abide by the agreement they submitted themselves to for that honor.
Manual over-ride. On occasion a special event/guest may choose to use the Beam platform. Staff should have the ability to (and responsibility) to honor such streams by giving them place on the Front Page as is appropriate. (Side note: Maybe a tag could coincide with this pick. "Staff Highlight")
Scheduled Streamer Picks. For certain qualifying streamers or events, they should have the opportunity to request a slot in the rotator on a specific date at a specific time. This could be for charity casts, LARGE giveaways, Sponsored broadcasts, etc.
These three types of Front-Page picking methods (rolls off the tongue doesn't it?) could be placed in some back-end scheduler program similar to radio/tv automation.
-The playlist is populated automatically at random from a pool of streamers that have elected to be placed in that pool.
-Every 15 minutes (or more or less) the automated picker check for a recently selected manual input from staff (with or without special Staff Pick tag) that stream plays for however long Staff has chosen to highlight.
-Then for scheduled streams, these would be basically a well planned manual over-ride. These could potentially come with special (pre-approved) graphics highlighting the event to make it stand out more on the front page. The system will then check at the specified time for the stream to go live at a set interval. If the stream goes live in that window of time they had previously scheduled they get front-page. If for any (not previously addressed) reason they don't make their appointment they lose that guaranteed slot and pray for Beam Staff mercy :-P.
To Spruce up the automated picker. You could schedule blocks where it checks for special tags such as interactive (let's play style), sound board, MCinteractive/Hypixel, High viewer count only, High CHATTER count only, Most active CHAT... Indie games... New releases... Oddly emote intensive streams :-P. Could make it really fun and give people very creative goals in striving for the front-page.
+1 Sounds like a really good system! It'd also positively improve the beam community as a whole