Everyone, please stop masturbating and take a moment to consider the following -
I'm not sure how long you've been doing this, but I feel invocations are archaic and clunky. Not to mention they take up far too much space in the comments section - leading me to have to scroll a half a page down on some videos just to see a real comment. The worst part is that new members seem to be unsure of what they can and can't do around here.
So I got to the thinking after learning that some members can hobble other members by clicking a button on their profile, shouldn't it be that way for every sort of invocation?
I mean, you don't have to go to someone's page and type "Hobble" in their profile. You just hit the button. The latter is far superior.
So I propose that all commands are done in a similar manner. When you are viewing a video or a Sifttalk post, buttons should pop onto the page based on the following -
1.) What your relation to the post is. In other words, whether it's your sift or someone else's.
2. What your star power is.
Now, I suck at Photoshop (actually I used Paint. I suck at that too), but I still drew up a very
rough mock-up of what I'm talking about. Here is an example
of what it might look at when viewing your own video. Now, those colors are god-awful, and you would probably want to position them somewhere else on the page, but you get my point.
And when a starred member views another person's video, they might see something along the lines of a "Blocked" button, as well as a link to modify the video's details in order to add channels or call "brief."
For this to work, whenever a button that requires power points is hit, a pop up window would come up and announce "This invocation requires 1 power point. Do you wish to proceed?"
Also, I feel that whenever a new star with new privileges is reached, Siftbot should leave a message on the person's profile announcing their new status as well as their new privileges.