I'm part of a small team of developers without a single graphic/ux/ui designer, and we're trying our hands at building a small website.
We want to get end users input on what's happening in the environment, even if the site already exists, we thought it'd be a good learning experience to (re)create.
Our problem right out the gate is deciding whether or not a single textfield grabbing user comments can reach the largest audience possible,
or, whether it was to build a single textfield with about 5-7 adjacent buttons that contain ways to categorize information to lure a specific demographic in.
We are worried if we choose the latter option, it will scare off the larger user-base (everyone*), and technically be harder to architect off the bat wasting valuable collaborative time.