PC Gamer Article - Reporting mechanism for products on steam and the shift away from green light
I came across this pc-gamer article indicating that Steam will allow the consumer to report a product on its store page. http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/03/13/steam-will-allow-you-to-report-a-product-for-malware-pornography-other-reasons/
I agree with evolving greenlight into something that better serves both developers and consumers... yes it is onerous.
However, this reporting mechanism in of itself is concerning as it implies that there's a good possibility these sorts of problems especially malware may end up in your product listings.
I'll probably catch a lot of flak for saying this, but part of the reason I use steam to buy indie games is because I trust steam has adequately vetted the product before offering it on their site. I don't have to worry much about whether the game I purchased or tried out has malware or not.
Having this reporting mechanism as is, with said options "harmful" or "hate speech" does not give me confidence that indie products will be properly screened.
And if and when malware spreads through steam marketplace ... that may have a chilling effect on the purchase of indie games or games by not-well-known developers.
If I'm reading this development the wrong way, please tell me. And if that is the case, you may want to consider just building in the modality of "report this product" WITHOUT the options of why the consumer is reporting it, so explicitly outlined... because this generates the impression that whatever comes after greenlight is less safe for download... regardless of whether its true or not... that is the impression I have formed from the way this table is currently presented.