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Increasing Visibility of Reviews and Tutorials

by cjf (Parson)
on Jun 13, 2002 at 12:48 UTC ( #174169=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

In my opinion, the Reviews and Tutorials sections of this the site are two of its best resources. Currently they are not very noticeable. New reviews and tutorials are shown near the bottom of Newest Nodes below even Perl Poetry. They also cannot (to the best of my knowledge) be frontpaged.

This results in good reviews, such as the recently posted EZDBI to only be seen by a few people. I'd like to see reviews and tutorials displayed more prominently on the site. This would be done easiest by automatically posting to them to meditations first, and then having them moved to reviews or tutorials a day or two later.

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Re: Increasing Visibility of Reviews and Tutorials
by footpad (Monsignor) on Jun 13, 2002 at 14:02 UTC

    Both Tutorials and Reviews are different node types than the average node, which mean it's a little harder to move them between sections and so forth. Not impossible, of course, but certainly non-trivial.

    I am in the middle of redesigning the layout of the Tutorials1 and will be updating the list at that time. Once that's done, I will be submitting a couple of ideas for Reviews to TPTB in an effort to make that interface a little more accessible.

    Hopefully, that will help us figure out ways to help folks locate useful information more quickly.

    Sorry for the delay...


    1 - I had planned to do it a few weeks ago, but I ended up getting distracted by my RL taking an unexpected (and severe) left turn. Probably shouldn't have had an effect, but it did. Sorry.

Re: Increasing Visibility of Reviews and Tutorials
by Dog and Pony (Priest) on Jun 13, 2002 at 13:07 UTC
    I have heard that it is currently not possible to move stuff from Meditations to Tutorials. I don't know about reviews, but that is probably the same? Case in point being when I posted this meditation that got considered for moving.

    Later, ignatz, who also was the "considerer", posted this follow-up, stating (according to tye) that this was the case, and asked for a repost, which was done.

    Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to that... I guess it got rejected. :)

    Anyhow, I am fully for this, if there is a good way to implement it. Actually, I would like tutorials/reviews to be able to be frontpaged in their own right, if I get to choose, but the backup plan with meditations is good enough, if the moving mechanism is put into place.

    You have moved into a dark place.
    It is pitch black. You are likely to be silly walked by a grue.
Re: Increasing Visibility of Reviews and Tutorials
by emcs (Scribe) on Jun 13, 2002 at 20:08 UTC
    I would like to add my support to this suggestion as I spend much of my time at the tutorial node of PM.

    A lot of the code that is posted to Monastry Gates and SOPW is over my head, so I tend to search for code that is on par to my current level of understanding.

    Some of the tutorial nodes have a very high reputation and are of high quality, many are still gathering ++ votes when more than a year has passed since their first inception.

    So dare I suggest that some special award, or category is created for these gems.

    Or that they automatically be 'bumped up' to a higher level, when they attain a high reputation.

    I would like to thank all who contribute to this code category.

    Many new initiates join the Monastry every day; high prominence for the tutorial node would verify that the Monastry is not just a place for 'experts' but a place for everyone whatever their level of understanding to participate and enjoy this high quality web site.


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