I'm not entirely sure if it's a glitch though. There are segments in the app that don't exist on the browser, and the reallocation might have been a result of that. At least from a Comics perspective, I do see some similarities to the Webtoons interface. That might be a reason because UI similarities do help migrate readers from one application to the other. Removing the inertia so to say.
Even as a novel creator, I do echo a lot of the sentiments you've conveyed here. Especially the part about Tapas being a part of my future ambitions. And as funny as it is, I have seen my work drop from the Action genre's top-2/3 under Popular to top-6/7 because of Tapas' recent acquisition of new titles. Though as someone who's been recently featured (last week of January), I did notice similar results to when I was first featured in terms of subscriber growth. There could be several factors to this, especially the part about Tapas being a business.
I still have a lot of faith in the way they do business though. They're setting themselves up for success, and in a way, to break into that and be a part of that - you're setting yourself up for more success as well then. The option to at least nominate yourself for Staff Picks is nice. There are things happening obviously, here and there. And I've experienced being fidgety about it before because a lot of those improvements aren't directly impacting you, at least not right now. It's a bit of a bummer when you're a novel creator, more so given the fact that maybe...maybe the allocation for that is about 10-18% of the homepage at best. Plus, you're competing with the premium titles. I still like the challenge
But as we fidget and grumble, I do think Tapas is steadying itself for something nice and good for us. I'm willing to give it a shot. Having been part of a SaaS company (I know it's a bit hard to compare this), I do understand how tight-lipped we have to be about things in the pipeline for development. I remember client conversations about feature requests which I couldn't answer despite their urgency for just a yes/no. Things may come to fruition or simply get shelved, and it's better to have not revealed it in the first place than promise something only for it to be shelved entirely or postponed. Maybe the best thing to do is to revisit this after giving them a fair shake. Let them show us what they have in store for us the way they want it done, and then maybe discuss this with sterner expressions if they fall short by a mile! ^^
Plus, now that I re-read this - I do feel like I may have written something indecisive. But I do relate a lot to your thoughts and concerns, @darthmongoose. And it feels good to know that I wasn't the only one concerned about this.
PS: Tapas Team, I am a little disappointed about the Community Picks turning into just Community Comics now. Just being honest here. Keep the good initiatives alive!