We’ve been doing some design work around making the overall app store story more appealing, and one thing we keep coming back to is the importance of curation, and the potential for Flathub to be the place where that curation happens. This issue has more context: https://gitlab.gnome.org/Teams/Design/software-mockups/-/issues/6
We’ve been discussing a number of ideas that would involve Flathub:
- The notion of a “primary” repo the local app store uses as the single source of truth for all curation. App banners, editor’s choice, etc. in Software would come from the primary repo (as opposed to Software itself, or some distro thing), and would be exactly the same as the lists on the website.
- A metadata flag that distinguishes apps we deem “good” from everything else. We’d use this flag to filter out apps with bad icons, bad screenshots, ugly UIs, etc. and not show them in prominent places (such as the Flathub front page or the Software Explore view). This could be a simple list of IDs, similar to the current editor’s choice list.
- New types of editorial content, such as app banners, curated lists of apps, and articles featuring apps. Obviously this is highly speculative unless we have the resources to actually write, illustrate, and localize that content, but it’s worth discussing how we’d do this if we did, and think about low-hanging fruit in this area.
It’s early days for this initiative, and a lot more thought and discussion is needed at all levels, but I’d be interested in any thoughts on the general direction from the Flathub angle.