This is a follow-up post from a thread I started in the User Interface section ( http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1316921
). Unfortunately pictures aren't able to be posted there, so I am cross-posting here to show the graphics.
Currently we have a very nice starting point for the Foundry when the 'Content/Hail' button is pressed on the mini-map. Shown here:
Sadly, it becomes a mess after that. You are dumped right onto the "Spotlight" missions list with a small "Browse all" button hidden along the side of the window to get to other missions. If you find this button, you are then taken to a extremely limited list of only the top 50 rated missions out of 1000's that are available.
This is my solution to the problem. After pressing the "More" button in the above window, you would be taken here:
This would allow a player to easily select any category they wished. Or even do a custom search right from the start (with out the need to find this 'hidden' menu feature).
Cryptic programmers could very simply automate the entire 'category' process for each mission using existing code. 'Spotlight' and 'New' are super easy - they would use what code they have now. 'Story' and 'Combat' would be auto-categorized by simple majority using the existing 'category' system. In the case below, the mission would fall under the 'Story' category (it has more entries in the 'Story' category than in the 'Combat' category).