Joined about 9 years ago. Zach helps out by being a moderator at Good-Tutorials.
Good points, tsdesigns. I did notice the Photoshop slant; I added some code to compensate and get some more diversity in there, but I might need to sprinkle a little bit more forced diversity on it as well. Besides, even though I have plenty of topics listed, our bread and butter is still Photoshop... people comment, view, rate, and participate more with Photoshop tutorials than others, which slants the "interestingness" factor. But that's okay; I've planned on evolving the algorithm as I continue to improve upon it in the future.
As for multiple accounts... tentative no. The idea's cool and all, but I think I want to try the "end all, be all" approach for now. Just seems straightforward and easy to comprehend, which is the main thrust of the idea to move to twitter in the first place. I could easily have reposted every tutorial there, but I want it to just be a clear-cut way of not being bothered and only seeing the one choice tutorial a day. But I'll definitely keep that and other ideas in mind as the concept moves and adapts.
To be fair, you're not even halfway into the moderation process for your newly submitted tutorials, so a lot can change by the time we actually make a decision on whether to list your tutorials or not.
Depends on how many tutorials have come after it. If it's a slow weekend, for example, some times some tutorials will tend to stay on the front page longer. I'm not sold on making a front page a la reddit right now.
Yes; I do monitor tutorials to check that there's nothing funky going on in the ratings. (You'd be surprised; there's a lot less "I'm going to rate down everybody" compared to the whole "I'm going to make a lot of accounts and rate mine up". Besides, rating down other people has no bearing on whether your own tutorial will be rated up). The only thing I noticed about your last tutorial submitted was that you seem to have given it a number of 5's.
But yes, overall it is something that I look out for, and I've been adding to those lines of defense more and more to hopefully move closer to a more robust system.
Pepper- try it again now; you had a bad bit of data that was mucking things up.
Haven't looked into it specifically or anything, but I'd suspect your inclination is correct: the majority are novices. What's more than that, there's probably a decent amount who have no real plan to substantially learn about a topic; they might be the type who come to learn about a specific effect, for example. So it's definitely a varied audience who come to the site.
The mention regarding beginner tutorials is a good one, Pegaweb. Again, it's also something I've had to "battle" for years. If you make things too beginner-focused, the advanced users cry foul and say that the quality of accepted tutorials goes down since, from their perspective, they're seeing less and less tutorials directly applicable to them. Same goes for beginners: a walkthrough that deals with broader, more advanced topics rather than mundane step-by-step basic instructions is way over their head and it can become a point of frustration. Trying to maintain a fine balance between those two extremes is difficult, and nearly exclusively means making someone unhappy: either the advanced visitors, the basic visitors, or the tutorial authors themselves.
I was speaking more towards the sudden influx of ratings for this tutorial with a clear pattern of ratings.
Oh, and that specific problem of "tutorial x got in but y didn't" is a problem I've literally had to deal with for seven years, even when I manually approved each and every one. It'll never get solved, really; just have to do our best to minimize it as much as possible.
Ironically enough, this might've made it to the front page had you legitimately gone through the submission process.
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