Note: if there is a better category for this thread to be in (maybe Site Feedback?) please relocate this thread. Thank you in advance.
There have been a number of users requesting assistance finding new games (or even other content) that fit their desires (recent examples 1, 2, and 3). While throwing out the help line may be effective, I wonder if there is a more efficient way to connect people to games they may be interested in. This forum already has some features to assist, including a search function and tags. This subject of creating a one-stop-shop has been partially addressed by @kilif (via Google Sheet), @dingotush (via Wiki thread post), and others (via simple thread). Pinning these threads to the top of the projects category was certainly a clever idea. According to @grotlover2, a similar topic has already been deliberated upon extensively, and there were perhaps even plans to have a full Weight Gaming website host what could be the precursor of a search engine.
In theory, having a search engine with filters could be quite beneficial to both community newcomers (not sure what game to start playing first) and established members (hungry to start a new game) alike. Filters on the gender(s) of the weight gain, platform (i.e. device played on), medium (i.e. type of game–what software it is programmed on), development status, length/depth, additional fetish content, etc. would hopefully save users time they might have otherwise wasted exploring threads of games they may ultimately not be interested in. [Imagine even getting custom recommendations based on the games you favorite-d.] Most of the game developers that I have witnessed posting their games on this forum have clear descriptions of the game story overview, fetish content featured (and not), and more.
However, I can imagine the moderators have already weighed the pros and cons of developing and maintaining a search engine. Heck, Weight Gaming’s current “Advanced Search” function already performs much of the same actions. I remember being informed about the copyright front by the forum owners, so I know that any searchable list would only include games either hosted by this website or with the explicit permission of the respective game developer(s). Nevertheless, I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this concept, and particularly the thoughts from leaders of this forum.
P.S. On an unrelated note, where is this “interactive new user tutorial”?