ScriptAxis is Live!
ScriptAxis is an open-source, free-to-use website that makes it easy to browse scripts that have been created by the community. It features a powerful system of advanced filters, search functions and preview image galleries
- Find scripts that are up your alley without having to browse through hundreds of forum topics
- Keep up-to-date with the most recent scripts
- Find hidden gems and great older scripts that have been buried on EroScripts / RTS
- Hundreds of scripts lovingly added manually by me
- Preview images for all scripts for easy browsing
- Search scripts by title
- Powerful filters - filter by category, include any number of tags, exclude any number of tags, filter by min/max duration, filter by talent, studio, ensure scripts have a streaming link, and more to come!
- Save your favorite sets of filters for quick revisiting later
- Sort scripts by popularity, duration or release date
- Embedded video players for a number of popular streaming sites for quick video preview
- Anyone can add scripts
- Funscript file hosting, metadata and playback (see discussions in this thread to see how I’m going about making sure that this feature isn’t abused and ensures creators retain control over their scripts)
- Community-tagging of scripts
- Image galleries per-script, for more-than-one preview image
- Optional donation integration for creators
- Potential EroScripts account integration
The huge number of scripts available in this incredible community is starting to present a few problems:
- There are too many to choose by script names alone
- The EroScripts site layout is optimized for discussion, not content-consumption
- EroScripts doesn’t have a monopoly on all scripts, so people that don’t know about other forums (or don’t know about EroScripts) just miss out on part of what people have created
- Forum-style websites are laid out to emphasize recent discussion, so old scripts get buried by new scripts and there’s not much to indicate popularity, quality or script content without actually opening the forum post
So I’ve been thinking about making a website where it’s easier to browse the free and paid scripts created by members of this community (and perhaps others). Here’s a mockup!
(Yes, I stole PornHub’s UI design, I’m a programmer not a UI designer what can I say?)
My initial thought was just that each script would include a preview image, tags, categories, etc, and a link to the relevant EroScripts / RealTouchScripts / etc. page, so that my site would just be a nicer way to browse through what people have created.
However thinking about it a little more, it would really be better to host the .funscript files directly:
- It makes everything smoother and simpler from a user perspective
- If the forum post should be deleted, or if the forum itself (touch wood) should vanish, all the scripts aren’t lost forever - this is already a problem with older RealTouchScripts forum posts, and I expect in the near future RealTouchScripts may go away altogether, taking thousands of scripts with it
- It presents the possibility in the future of making the site work as a player, allowing people to connect their toy to the site and watch script-synchronized videos directly in their browser.
Obviously, I can imagine some script creators might take issue with people taking their scripts and re-uploading them on a separate website that they don’t have any control over. So I wanted to make this post and ask script creators: What do you think about this idea, what could I do to make it better for you?
I’ve had some thoughts about how I’d go about it to make the whole thing as fair as possible:
- Anyone can upload any script, so long as they provide a link to where they found it from and credit the creator
- Otherwise it’ll take forever to spread the word about the site and so it’ll have no content)
- There won’t be any ads or monetization on the site - I consider paying the hosting fees to be my donation to the community, similar to how so many people donate tens or hundreds of hours of their time making free scripts for us!
- Paid scripts will not be stored on the site, and I’ll actively moderate the site to ensure that any that are posted are taken down
- I’ll include a ‘report script’ button so that if for any reason anyone thinks that a script should be taken down, they can notify me
I’m super keen to have a discussion about all of this. If it turns out that there’s no way of adding .funscript file downloads without upsetting a bunch of people, I’ll just make it links-only. Most of what I’m going to be building works whether the site hosts funscript files or not, so I’m going to go ahead and build it either way. But in general I’m keen to get script creators involved in the design process to make sure that I can do a good job of helping people discover great scripts!