Ive been thinking about the “Device integration Request Process” as it stands there is just several threads with hundreds of responses all about different products people want integrated, all of them non related to one another and its very confusing for others to find things of interest to them, which is resulting in a lot of repeat posts/topics… its also hard to see if its worth integrating a product as a developer, not knowing if it will only help you and one other person or if it will be viable solution for a large audience (useful information if monetizing of smartapps / device types etc was to come available later on)
So my new approach idea is very simple, and to be honest not a new idea at all:
A POLL / VOTE SYSTEM . . . Just like the old “FACEBOOK QUESTIONS” post type.
It would be laid out in such a way that under the category “DEVICES & INTEGRATION” they would be a topic for each DEVICE TYPE (Example: CCTV CAMERAS - INTEGRATION POLL // OPEN/CLOSE SENSOR - INTEGRATION POLL // DOOR LOCKS - INTEGRATION POLL // ETC ETC) to which all users of the community can vote on or add an option too. . . within each topic would be several option (to which other users can add there own) and everyone else who has an interest in can vote on, so both SmartThings & Community Developers can see which is the most common and requested integration in that field.
Example of this:
CCTV CAMERAS - Integration Poll
Please vote for the product you feel is most required on our platform in this device type or please add your own product option if you do not see yours listed below…
- Tenvis example 01 (Click To Vote)
- Foscam example 02 (Click To Vote)
- Dropcam example 03 (Click To Vote)
- D-Link example 04 (Click To Vote)
- Add An Answer (Click To Add Option)
Post content would look something like this:
Referenced Facebook Feature:
this way one initial post can hold all the information required to make a judgement on what device withiin each Device Type is the most in need of an integration to please a mass audience of users . . . that would usually take up a whole thread and a lot of time deciphering each persons inputs over hundreds of posts . . .
***What are peoples thought on that?***… it is a nice way to get a fast growing communities needs visualized and gives all users an equal voice, im fairly sure its the same way other tech company’s work with similar situation, if there is a great demand for something, then that becomes a priority.