[squeakland] Re: the reasons for ranking

Timothy Falconer timothy at squeakland.org
Tue Oct 6 05:27:38 EDT 2009

Thanks for your comments and your use of the showcase.   Be sure to  
have a look at the pending showcase tasks:


I'll reference existing tickets below.

On Oct 5, 2009, at 11:57 PM, mrsteve wrote:

> To paraphrase a fellow named Alan I heard give a talk a long time ago:
> "If I can do it in one click, I'll do it
> If it takes me two click's I might do it
> If it takes me three or more click's forget about it"
> Perhaps radio buttons instead of arrows would be a better interface  
> design.


> In regards to the method of ranking/tags et al, not sure what works  
> best, but the goals should be as stated before:
> 1) Encouraging kids to post their projects
> 2) Encouraging participation of the community in providing  
> constructive criticism and encouragement
> 3)
> Quote:
> to bring the best educational examples and those illustrative of  
> etoys' strengths to the attention of the community.

These are great goals.   We're also hoping to encourage many adults  
(teachers, etc) to post projects, which speaks to #3.

> One additional idea would be to allow people to have their own  
> "page" like it is done at Scratch (ex: http://scratch.mit.edu/users/sanda427 
>  )
> where in one spot you can see all of a person's projects (preferably  
> ordered by date, so one could look and see how they have improved  
> and perhaps what they learned) along with a list of friends (to  
> encourage a sense of community) and Galleries.

http://tracker.squeakland.org/browse/SQ-408  (account page)

http://tracker.squeakland.org/browse/SQ-417  (friends)

http://tracker.squeakland.org/browse/SQ-366  (groups, aka galleries)

> Galleries could be useful for example for teachers who post projects  
> or better yet lesson plans they found useful.

We appreciate your thoughts, and ask for a little more patience as we  
add these features.    Feel free to add any new requests to the  
tracker directly.

Take care,

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