[etoys-dev] showcase fixes

Timothy Falconer timothy at squeakland.org
Sun Nov 8 23:03:31 EST 2009

Hi everyone,

We had a real backlog of projects waiting to go live on the site.   
This weekend I tweaked several things and fixed a few bugs, and as a  
result, a slew of new ballots went out.

Now every public project has at least one vote, which means they're  
all visible.

We're up to 102 projects!     Quite a selection.  Lots of great stuff.


On a more technical note, I changed the "re-ballot" priority to make  
things more fair.   As ballots expire, projects are picked to get new  
ballots.   Before tonight I favored projects that were the oldest.   
I've switched to favor projects with the fewest votes.   Why?    
Because there's a real imbalance in the rank list . . . many with  
lower average points are at the top of the rankings because they're  
old (such as the Waveplace ones), simply because they have almost 10  
voters apiece.   Other, better, projects are still down the list  
because they haven't gotten as many voters yet, mostly because of the  
earlier priority.

This switch in ballot priority should even the playing field a bit.

Keep in mind, this system was designed for a bigger pool of rankers.    
We're a bit saturated now, so there's a bit of a logjam.

Please consider helping us rank projects . . . it's quick, fun, and  
really helps.   You *don't* need to be an educator, just someone who  
likes Etoys.

Visit http://squeakland.org/action/signup

and click "Yes, I'd like to help rank projects!"

Take care,

Timothy Falconer
Squeakland Foundation
"Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do."  ...  

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