What's Next? April 2nd, 2016 Back ↩

Now that The Beer Cellar v2.0 has finally launched, I thought I'd outline plans for what's next.

Data improvements are first on the list. The site is now more than three years old, and the largely user-generated database of beers and breweries could use some cleanup. The initial duplication is understandable in light of the previously strict matching algorithms, but the much improved fuzzy search for beer and brewery names introduced in version 2.0 should reduce the number of additional duplicate records created once we clean up the data that's there.

To that end, I've begun building a number of community reporting and moderation features to identify duplicate beer and brewery records, and to flesh out missing data on existing records. With the next release, users will be able to report duplicate or erroneous beers and breweries, and those reports will populate an administrative backend that will let me merge or correct records appropriately. In addition, missing data on beer and brewery records—e.g., URL, style, ABV—will trigger prompts for users to supply that data on existing records.

Trading upgrades will be next on the list (though part of a separate release—the data improvements take precedence). The new Messaging feature introduced in version 2.0 makes it possible to get in touch with other users, but trade discovery is still difficult. To address this, I plan to introduce a variety of features around trading to make discovery and trade proposals much easier and more visible.

In addition to the current searchable content under the Browse area, I'll be adding complex search options for beers listed For Trade or In Search Of. I also have plans to move ISO beers into their own area (i.e., not listed in your main cellar), as keeping empty records around for ISO purposes is less than ideal. This will let users maintain a list of the beers they're after, linkable to the external world, and powered by the same database as the rest of the site. Lastly, I want to implement a trade proposal interface that will allow users to manage a sort of "shopping cart" of beers when setting up trades with other users.

A mobile version overhaul is also planned, though the timeline here is less clear. I'd like to ditch jQuery Mobile and roll a customized, much nicer mobile interface, but as this will take a good deal of time I'm not sure when to expect it. I'll be sure to post updates as I have them.

And of course, I'll continue fixing bugs and remedying smaller issues as they come in. On that note, if you have any feedback, suggestions, or bugs to report, please hit me up via email, on Twitter, or with an in-site message. Cheers!