Forums/Community: Helping Each Other Out

How do you experience the huge number of contributions on OI?

Arjan Tupan
posted this on June 28, 2011 10:35

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Sometimes, even for the more seasoned users, the amount of great contributions can be quite intimidating.
This may prevent people from contributing.
How do you experience that – and what might OpenIDEO do to make it easy to join in the conversation?

 

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Meena Kadri

OpenIDEATOR Johan Löfström comments:

Maybe making the primary choice of browsing the Visual Collaboration Map. Or the "Mission Inspiration Popup-screen" that has a shortlist of inspirations below it, to start to choose from. Like a candystore... So I think that the pages that a beginner would find most easily are the ones that are well connected with and built upon several other inspirations. So that it possibly are articles of higher relevance that the beginner finds at a first visit. 

I do not wish to complicate things, but it is difficult to go the other way around: to tell contributors to not do so awesome work and post so much marvellous info and facts and ideas!
 

June 28, 2011 11:23
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James McBennett

I don't understand how SuperMeena and others manage to leave great comments throughout the entire of OpenIDEO. I comment on 10-20 other projects and find that quite a workload.

 

I haven't started using the visual collaboration map, but will give it a go and post feedback in a week or two.

June 28, 2011 13:11
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Arjan Tupan

James, I guess it's about focus. I notice that when I focus on other things, my participation in OpenIDEO drops.

June 28, 2011 13:22
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Avi Solomon

We need to identify cross-challenge "Meta" inspirations/concepts and supply them to every new user upon signup as a OI "starter kit" PDF

June 28, 2011 21:44
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Sina Mossayeb

some ui/ux geekery about to drop: so i've been thinking about this for  a while. the simplest and gut reaction to NOT participating is the feeling of being overwhelmed by sheer volume (and not so much quality). For example, when I saw the number of inspirations posted when I first came back to OI after  a hiatus I experienced a sort of shutdown in terms of *will* to participate. Then, when I revisited during concept phase, I immediate saw the number as MUCH less threatening and thought, "I better get going with participating". My second inclination was sorting by applauds (which perhaps intuitively implied that i was now looking at what "quality" i was facing. So my suggestion would be experimenting with a simple ui change to get a different ux experience: drop the total number label on the various phases. Alternatively, perhaps just have the number of participants on the label (not number of ideas), or just a percentage number. Something to take off the edge. Just an idea ;)

July 06, 2011 11:47
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James McBennett

It's been said multiple times now. 'merge'

July 19, 2011 08:31
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Sebastian Sastre

Some kind of intro clarifying what not to do and what would nice to see [new guy here] doing.

The ideal thing would be a short video with cases (again, don't use the big cases for that otherwise you reinforce intimidation, prioritize the simple solutions, so [new guy here]  can feel that she/he also can contribute)

PD: I'm a new guy here =)

July 25, 2011 13:50
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Meena Kadri

Hey Sebastian – we love new guys! We also thought the helpful video that OpenIDEATOR Arjan made was rocking. It explained to new folk how to connect Inspirations & Concepts. Perhaps there's more scope for other high-end users to help newcomers with tips, tools and videos? As the community grows it'd love to see more great examples like this in the Community: Helping Each Out forum. Because we're all in it together ;^)

July 26, 2011 16:56
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Sebastian Sastre

Nice! it's a start. Turns out youtube itself shows you some other related videos.

July 28, 2011 14:26