Make sub tiers modulable
So right now with the Emote system, there's a couple of problems that are rising from time to time :
To change an emote from a tier into another tier (say, Tier 2 into Tier 1 after unlocking the slot), you pretty much have to wait for the approval to pass through, then have the emote at the ready. This can take between a week and a month (absolutely not first-hand experience ahem).
Currently, for a smaller streamer, between 2/3rds to 2/7ths of their emotes are locked behind an impossibly large wall : the tier wall. 2nd and 3rd tier emotes are unfortunately not enough value to warrant a purchase of those Tier 2s and Tier 3s as a smaller streamer. (And no, the current tier system was NOT fixed with the flairs and other nerfs & changes, but that is another story.)
Giving more emotes to an affiliate would further decrease the difference between a partner and affiliate. This is a big no when it comes to "adding" emotes to smaller channels.
So here's why modulable tiers come into play.
Imagine being able to choose the emote tiers you want for your emote straight away. You submit your emote, you select a tier, you submit it. After it's approved, if you want to switch it, you select the tier, and choose "Tier 1", "Tier 2" or "Tier 3" in a small menu, not limited to any number!
So what would this entail?
Removing the Tier limitation for smaller streamers, letting have access to the 3 Tier 1 sub emotes straight away if they wished so, or have their emotes in the Tier 2 to 3 categories only! This would let them have more "value" in the tiers they wish to go for!
Removing the work to "reapprove" the same emote in tiers, removing the need to work on approving already existing emotes for newer streamers/affiliates even more than the current system we have! (Which was a great step in the right direction, don't get me wrong <3)
Not increasing the gap between Affiliates and Partners, but giving more control to the both of them. Rather than have affiliates hold "more" emotes, decreasing the value of Partner as a whole, the two can have their tiers customized to their will. If a partner wants to have all 20 emotes as Tier 3, they're able to do so. If they want to have all of them Tier 1, they can do so as well. They will be able to have the tier emotes be whatever they need to on the click of a button.
Hopefully this gets at least some eyes onto it, because this could benefit literally everyone.
Viewers could have more emotes to choose from in their Tier 1 subs for smaller streamers, or even more on Tier 2 and 3, which could get a little more value into them than the measly ones we currently have.
Affiliates and Partners, for the reasons aforementioned.
Twitch, by removing the need for constant emote approval on Tier changes and by having more "eyes" into smaller streamers for their emotes at tier 1, as well as having more value into Tier 2 and Tier 3 altogether for better "revenue" from their Partners.