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The future of Codewalrus

Started by DJ Omnimaga, December 05, 2015, 09:49:35 am

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Juju

Eh, I'm not calling it dead anytime soon. Ghost town status is pretty much a worst-case scenario, but I'm definitely not sure we're going to fall in there. As we said, we're one of the most popular graph calc forums out there, with TI-Planet in French. So as long as there's people posting here, I'm happy and I'm not closing CW down.
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DJ Omnimaga

Except that while we are calculator-related, I wish that the more causal users would figure out that we are not just about calculators. Cumred and Brentmaas originally joined without much calculator programming intentions.

Unicorn

Just gonna say, it would suck to close down.
I haven't been as active because of school and studying for finals anyhow.



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DJ Omnimaga

December 06, 2015, 12:50:33 am #18 Last Edit: December 06, 2015, 12:53:00 am by DJ Omnimaga
Judging by the responses, I guess CW is there to stay in the medium terms at least, but I still hope we don't reach Omnimaga/UTI levels of inactivity this Winter x.x

We had a contest beginning tomorrow lasting a month, but I'm starting to feel the deadline should be longer, because it seems like many people will be away until holidays, then most likely be busy with Christmas. That would leave them only 5 days after new year to work on their entry. Or should the contest just wait? One issue is prizes are worth $100 total in Canadian dollars, which is like 3 times what we gave last time, and it would suck if only two entries came out just because too many peopld want nothing to do with CW for the rest of the holidays.

DarkestEx

As Streetwalrus already agreed to on IRC, calculator development will die out at some point.
Many schools are switching to none or not programmable ones and not many schools care if it is programmable at all.
The good thing is that CW has many off topic, pixel-art, hardware and other programming languages to talk about.
If not, I would see CW dying pretty quickly as it would be so niece with such a big competition that it wont survive.

DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: DarkestEx on December 06, 2015, 01:00:46 am
As Streetwalrus already agreed to on IRC, calculator development will die out at some point.
Many schools are switching to none or not programmable ones and not many schools care if it is programmable at all.
The good thing is that CW has many off topic, pixel-art, hardware and other programming languages to talk about.
If not, I would see CW dying pretty quickly as it would be so niece with such a big competition that it wont survive.
I noticed in Germany most schools ditched graphing calcs altogether.

In France, there are rumors that they will be abandoned entirely in 2016, and if those rumors are false, then there comes the problem about the 2018 changes which requires all calcs to have an exam mode and an exam light.

In USA, some schools only allows the TI-Nspire, which is severely limited.

Calcs are there to stay in some areas, but we decided to not just focus on calcs on CW. Noticed how CW only had 2 calculator sub-forums until recently? That is why.

But many people still have the wrong mindset that CW is entirely a calculator website. I think what would help is if members and staff did an extra effort to give feedback or just encouragement to people's projects. Hayleia once mentioned that even if encouragement contains no criticism at times (eg "Awesome, keep it up!"), it still motivates people to continue and make them know that people care. So that is something people might want to work on. The constructive (positive/negative) project criticism will get posted at one point or another by people who have extra free time, so that would not be lost.

Adriweb

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 06, 2015, 03:58:18 amIn France, there are rumors that they will be abandoned entirely in 2016, and if those rumors are false, then there comes the problem about the 2018 changes which requires all calcs to have an exam mode and an exam light.

Obviously false rumors, since contradictory with the several-years-in-the-making plan from the government to have special calcs for the 2018+ exams, with, as you said, a PTT mode with LED.
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DJ Omnimaga

Yeah that's what I figured, although we never know with governments. It could definitively something they plan to instate past 2018, such as in 2021 or something.


I'm curious about how schools that replaced calcs with smartphones/tablets will cope with 10 phone calls every class by troublesome students and iPad theft. For countries with crippled school budgets, disaster will just be awaiting to happen.

Snektron

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 05, 2015, 10:37:09 pm
Except that while we are calculator-related, I wish that the more causal users would figure out that we are not just about calculators. Cumred and Brentmaas originally joined without much calculator programming intentions.

Well, thats not really true. I was fully aware this was intended for calculators. I did release some calculator projects too, didn't i? :P
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Unicorn

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 06, 2015, 12:50:33 am
We had a contest beginning tomorrow lasting a month, but I'm starting to feel the deadline should be longer, because it seems like many people will be away until holidays, then most likely be busy with Christmas. That would leave them only 5 days after new year to work on their entry. Or should the contest just wait? One issue is prizes are worth $100 total in Canadian dollars, which is like 3 times what we gave last time, and it would suck if only two entries came out just because too many peopld want nothing to do with CW for the rest of the holidays.

I would totally enter, I haven't been active, as I stated before, because of school. Anyways, in my opinion, a contest would get more site traffic, and boost project related posts. And I'll be more active this winter than recently. :)



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DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: Cumred_Snektron on December 06, 2015, 10:04:06 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 05, 2015, 10:37:09 pm
Except that while we are calculator-related, I wish that the more causal users would figure out that we are not just about calculators. Cumred and Brentmaas originally joined without much calculator programming intentions.

Well, thats not really true. I was fully aware this was intended for calculators. I did release some calculator projects too, didn't i? :P
I guess that exacerbates the problem about CW being entirely seen as a calc site then. X.x I think we'll have to do massive restructure of the forum layout

123outerme

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 06, 2015, 08:26:59 pm
Quote from: Cumred_Snektron on December 06, 2015, 10:04:06 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 05, 2015, 10:37:09 pm
Except that while we are calculator-related, I wish that the more causal users would figure out that we are not just about calculators. Cumred and Brentmaas originally joined without much calculator programming intentions.

Well, thats not really true. I was fully aware this was intended for calculators. I did release some calculator projects too, didn't i? :P
I guess that exacerbates the problem about CW being entirely seen as a calc site then. X.x I think we'll have to do massive restructure of the forum layout

I would only describe it as what I use it as, which is indeed a calc forum. Maybe if the gaming and other categories were more active, I'd post more on them and change my thought of CW. This doesn't need a restructuring, but if you feel inclined to do so, make sure calculator and non-calculator sections are equally easy to access.

Streetwalrus

This is indeed a problem currently, while calcs aren't the only topic here, a strong emphasis is put on the calculator sections on the forum index. This needs to be changed.

DJ Omnimaga

@123outerme you can still share your creations and start new topics in the PC/art sections as you wish. I'm sure some people will reply eventually, dependjng of the activity

123outerme

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on December 06, 2015, 11:09:13 pm
@123outerme you can still share your creations and start new topics in the PC/art sections as you wish. I'm sure some people will reply eventually, dependjng of the activity

Ok. I'll see if I have anything relevant to post :P

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