mhek Mar 20, 2014 @ 9:42am
cyclable default and custom friend grouping (organize your friends list however you want, dynamically)
some of the examples for features of friends list grouping are obviously not possible without further recording of certain data, and most would be under good examples for dynamic grouping by personal preference. i'm posting to see how popular this idea could be, and pass it on to steam, as thus far among friends everyone so far has said they'd love it.

the basic idea is for cyclable friends grouping or drop down default gorouping of friends, with dynamic custom options such as;

custom group examples being sorting friends by custom groups such as date friended (new friends (descend by added), noob friends (grouped by game hours descending to easily discern skilled players versus new players, a secondary grouping option for grouping by most played game, easy to implement multiple grouping option (sort by most played game, descended by hours inside each game group)), sort by game you met the player in (sorted by what game you met them in and added them while playing), custom groups (multiple group adds for each friend would be required) for friends such as groups of friends you regularly play with in certain games, pools of friends you rely on to start friends only games, reliable players to easily use in game invite features so you can quickly invite those who commonly join on invite, etc

so after the obvious choices like most played game, most played game genre (grouping by the new game tagging feature), most hours played with, hours played in each game group when grouped by most played game, win/loss ratio grouping (again a secondary grouping option to most played game or custom grouping options), etc. there is the clear and obvious options provided by allowing custom dynamic grouping.

i realize there is already a 'group' tag on the friends list, but it's currently just steam server groups. i truly think dynamic custom friend groups could easily put the group list into the number one position of ways to sort/invite friends.

clearly the room for examples and suggestions is massive, i'd be happy to read ideas for this feature, and get feedback on interest in it becoming a real possibility for the steam application, as myself and every friend i've asked would absolutely love it, besides it'd be extremely useful.
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Luffy5225 Mar 20, 2014 @ 10:08am 
Your idea is great, and to be able to custom design it is awesome. If this becomes a thing, my god, id be happy.
Scutterman Mar 20, 2014 @ 10:09am 
I think this is far too complicated. If Valve adds in the ability to add friend groups then the individual users can sort their list how they want.

Of course, if they do this I hope they bear in mind some of the suggested improvements for the library categories, otherwise we'll end up with another feature that is less user friendly than it could be.
Entil Mar 20, 2014 @ 10:39am 
Great idea! Well thought out, and would be highly useful in organization of the current overly simplistic friend's list.

Only feedback I would offer is maybe some sort of manual option to move up or down listings; move a friend in the friend's list, or within a group... or move group lists higher or lower to further aid in organization.
Termy Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:45am 
Genius!
MissCataz Mar 20, 2014 @ 12:13pm 
+1 - I can't believe steam doesn't offer any sort of friend grouping options.
Bob Dole Mar 20, 2014 @ 12:43pm 
I would love to see this implemented!
mhek Mar 20, 2014 @ 1:51pm 
Originally posted by Scutterman:
I think this is far too complicated. If Valve adds in the ability to add friend groups then the individual users can sort their list how they want.

Of course, if they do this I hope they bear in mind some of the suggested improvements for the library categories, otherwise we'll end up with another feature that is less user friendly than it could be.

the main point of my complicated examples were to establish a necessity for at least grouping with sub grouping, meaning a two layered dynamic grouping system. i wasn't suggesting all that for default use, but to illustrate how a dynamic system could be used. actually i completely agree with you, the idea is entirely about letting users create their own grouping.
Scutterman Mar 20, 2014 @ 1:57pm 
Originally posted by mhek:
the main point of my complicated examples were to establish a necessity for at least grouping with sub grouping, meaning a two layered dynamic grouping system. i wasn't suggesting all that for default use, but to illustrate how a dynamic system could be used. actually i completely agree with you, the idea is entirely about letting users create their own grouping.
In that case, I think it's a great idea.
GST_Domono Mar 20, 2014 @ 3:09pm 
Thats actually something that would be useful
Lemondrop Mar 20, 2014 @ 3:43pm 
this is a good plan
thisfalsereality Mar 20, 2014 @ 5:48pm 
Brilliant Idea! I've had some very similar ideas myself, and am still wondering why they dont make the friends list functionality more convenient. It think it would expand the userbase by a considerable amount were they to upgrade with these features. Perhaps they needed you to make the suggestion ;)
Ega Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:34pm 
Would be an interesting addition. There are always the friends you play with the most, probably you would search for them a lot of times to check if they were online.
shishhh Mar 21, 2014 @ 9:20am 
cool idea, always good to keep things more organized
jakE_# Mar 21, 2014 @ 9:35am 
Awesome idea, would make it easier for finding friends in huge lists.
R*O*C*K*E*R*M*I*K*E Mar 21, 2014 @ 10:39am 
awesome idea!
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