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Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:39:18 am »
So I am creating this thread to see if any of our current members have ideas that could improve CodeWalrus. What we are looking at are ideas that will keep people interested in contributing or even bring new members. Basically, we want you to tell us how much we have screwed up. :P Think of it as a mini-survey, but in the near future I might actually do multiple surveys that are actually more elaborate, like the one @happybobjr did a few years ago on Omni. I also want to make a demographics survey at some point.

1) Is the site missing something and is there something you don't like about it?
2) What convinced you to join CodeWalrus?
3) What makes you stick around and post?
4) Any suggestions?

Ideally, if it involves new additions, then it should not be restricted to just calculators and remember we cannot run too many contests either. All opinions welcome, negative included in case there are some things that we could improve.
« Last Edit: September 15, 2015, 07:43:20 am by DJ Omnimaga »


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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2015, 07:44:13 am »
I think that at least the subforum for DarkestEx' project should give us some traffic, so we should get that up and running soon ish
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2015, 07:52:46 am »
There is actually one :P , but as more different discussions starts we will need to create more sub-forums like at https://www.omnimaga.org/otcalc/ (remember that?)

But yeah, basically if we are doing something wrong (even moderation or staff-specific behavior, including myself) that makes people reluctant about contributing or if people think the site lacks specific kinds of promotion, then that is stuff we would like to know, even if we might not necessarily be able to fix 100% of the things. People tend to not talk when they have issues with something. I am giving them the incentive to do it. :)
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2015, 07:10:43 am »
Well, everything seems great to me, aside from the fact that there is more drama than I am used to, but I guess thats a given.

 Maybe we could have little contests that don't have rewards?
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2015, 11:11:34 am »
Maybe we could have little contests that don't have rewards?

Could be cool, but i reckon that'd get boring after a while.
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2015, 02:32:34 pm »
Maybe we could have little contests that don't have rewards?

Could be cool, but i reckon that'd get boring after a while.
Well, just avoid making one per week :P

But yeah, I agree about little contests. Maybe (idea kind of like the TI Concours) make a long contest consisting of short runs (but not too shorts either) and at the end, the one with the most points wins ? For example, I don't know, 10 little contests per year lasting one month each and at the end, there's one winner. And if you want to give prizes, you made 10 contests with only one prize :P

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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2015, 02:34:11 pm »
We can improve CW immensely (I think) by drastically shifting our focus from TI calc oriented to general stuff oriented. Eg, electronics projects, pc projects, etc. That would attract more people I guess.
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2015, 02:36:28 pm »
Maybe we could have little contests that don't have rewards?

Could be cool, but i reckon that'd get boring after a while.
Well, just avoid making one per week :P

But yeah, I agree about little contests. Maybe (idea kind of like the TI Concours) make a long contest consisting of short runs (but not too shorts either) and at the end, the one with the most points wins ? For example, I don't know, 10 little contests per year lasting one month each and at the end, there's one winner. And if you want to give prizes, you made 10 contests with only one prize :P

I really like this idea! +1
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2015, 03:23:32 pm »
Yeah it's a pretty good idea indeed. Also aeTIos we're already pretty open to things not related to calcs, it's just that there's less interest in it over here. :P
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2015, 05:50:49 pm »
Ah yeah, that idea is pretty cool. I myself considered making small events and giving points for them.
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2015, 06:02:28 pm »
Well code golf on omnimaga was sort of like that. (@JWinslow cross posted a challenge or two iirc). People eventually lost interest in it though. It could always be re-rebooted, however :P
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2015, 06:03:18 pm »
It could always be rebooted here.
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2015, 06:14:13 pm »
Thing is, every time code golf gets rebooted it eventually dies out because it gets boring quick. We'd need some more interesting and diverse contests and make sure that it doesn't pull people away from their other projects.
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2015, 06:16:37 pm »
Yeah, I'm planning something so it won't be boring and too hard after a few contests. It has incentives!
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Re: Ideas to improve CodeWalrus, short term 2015
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2015, 06:19:38 pm »
I think it would need to be either something else than Code Golf or at least a challenge that involves more interesting programs, such as games or optimizing a small game. The were just so many Code Golf contests that eventually people got bored of them, even last year when Omni had 50 posts a day.

I was more considering a contest like the 4x3 challenge we had a few months ago or something like cage matches. And like 4x3 contest, it would not be reserved for calcs. We should also avoid contests that drags on during half a year, like TI-Concours 2014 and 2015, as well as doing mini-contests every month, because that prevents any possible progress on larger-scale projects.

We can improve CW immensely (I think) by drastically shifting our focus from TI calc oriented to general stuff oriented. Eg, electronics projects, pc projects, etc. That would attract more people I guess.
Yeah, this is why there are non-calc games in the news articles pending queue right now. They haven't been posted yet because I just posted a program feature news a few days ago. This is also why we have so many non-calc sub-forums compared to calc ones. CodeWalrus was built with the possibility of branching out from calcs in mind. However, we will most likely stick to our focus on retro gaming and pixel art for the most part.
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