While not as big of a priority as fixing the bugs and restoring lost features and bringing ratebeer into 2021, it must be said that the aspect where RB’s sorely lagging behind other sites is the social one. Of course, the forums are there and RB has always had a strong, dedicated community, though it’s been deteriorating more and more rapidly.
Let’s maybe discuss small things that might help with that. I will gladly edit the top post with more suggestions so that they are listed there, let’s just think of what could be done.
making likes actually useful. Not unsurprisingly, the concept that is currently in place has basically failed. It might work on immensely popular sites where anonymity is the key or wanted, and user numbers are vast not a site that thrives on communication and cooperation, like Ratebeer has so far. Other sites guessed correctly that (named) likes/toasts/one ups just work. They are just better from a psychological and social perspective.
"Ratebeerians I have met" option on profiles. In addition to the “Following” aspects we have so far. It’s great to remember exactly whom we’ve met at some points. (idea by @SHIG I think).
Rating comments. Potentially useful in the long run, might be very low priority as they are something that should be added only when everything else’s fixed