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prealgebra
 4 years ago
i caught him.
prealgebra
 4 years ago
i caught him.

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prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1who is this guy? i see him everywhere.

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1he disappears quickly, too.

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0He is a cofounder of OpenStudy. Here is his website. www.parc.com/ashwinram

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1oh, okay. but why does he appear everywhere and disappear all of a sudden?

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2lol its name of the picture is ghost

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2and watch him dissapear!

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0hi ashwinram :) nice to meet you

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1nice meeting you too, sir. what you have done here is splendid.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi sasogeek  i've been reading about you

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2but you have scared our dear pre algebra b/c he calles you a ghost

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1there are other "ghosts" out there, too. i sometimes see phantom threads appear and disappear. i will see if i can get a snapshot of them whenever i can.

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0awesome! good to know I heard about you too. Great we finally emeet :D

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi prealgebra  i'm real but maybe you're seeing my artificial intelligence avatar off and on :)

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi karatechopper  nice to emeet you  101 fans? wow!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2yea i guess so! u 2~

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2just one more medal!!!!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2anyway how is life?

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2thank u!! i am level 52 now!

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12gosh. i better start leveling up so i can catch up with all of you! :P

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0it's been a while since you were active

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12imranmeah91  illini, eh? i spent two years at u of i

imranmeah91
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0yeah, my first year there

across
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I have read about you, too, Mr. Ashwin Ram, and I agree with what prealgebra said: what you guys have done here is superb. Keep up the good work!

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12thanks, across  what're you doing at mit?

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0doesn't it feel great to be with the founders of such a great place? everything is great! the people are great, the website is great, the resources are great, and it's all for a greater course! I hope this gets even better! :D

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12i think what's great about openstudy is all of you  it's a great community!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2more like a family!

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0KC got that one right there

across
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I just began my graduate studies in mathematics  specializing on applied analysis.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i have started calling many people brother and sister in hindi like ishaan, GT, Diya...

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0So glad you are here for our more advanced college level users!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i call preetha., preetha ji now

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I know KC, I am so impressed. You are a real OpenStudy Ambassador!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2thank u! i have been an ambassador for school. btu whats an ambassador for OpenStudy?

waheguru
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0amazing site it has helped me ALOT

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Hi, ashwinram I just read about you, nice to meet you :)

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12thanks waheguru  in what ways has the site helped you? everyone's experience is different, what's been yours?

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0This post has been flagged as a suspected medal party. Ashwin  we're going to have to take a look at your levels after this =)

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Its a Founders party here today!

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Great to meet the founder  good find prealgebra! This has been the first online community that I have found that has really met my needs. I work as a software engineer and follow maths as a hobby. I also like to learn, teach and help whenever possible and its great that this site makes all these things possible for me in one place.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi foolformath  good to emeet you. which school are you from?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3whats also great here is that the people running the site actually do /listen/ to their users.

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks asnaseer, we do take pride our community taking coownership of the site. You all are so helpful in both A. being our biggest asset B. Helping the team evolve the product.

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0On that note  any feedback burning at the top of your minds today? Suggestions/gripes?

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12yes, it's not just us running the site, it's you running the site. users like you who make the place what it is. thanks!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2have you guys heard the song "We Are Family!" < thts OpenStudy

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3LOL! karatechopper! :D

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@Karatechopper  Owlfred and Preetha are putting together a turntable.fm back to school party for you all  we'll be sure to put that on the playlist =)

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I like this site as I enjoy thinking about math, and solving assorted mathematical problems. I also enjoy talking about and explaining mathematical ideas, OS gives me opportunity to do all of this. :)

JamesJ
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Wait, where's the bar at this party?

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Owlfred is going to post a few messages about our Back to School party in OpenStudy feedback.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@JamesJ  let look on the barchart to find it! ;)

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Online Bar of course. Cant leave out our friends worldwide.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i wont drink but i will dance!

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@karatechooper @everyone http://turntable.fm/study_break < I'm playing "We are family" right now in the OpenStudy turntable room

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Yup, only good fun, music, prizes, contests, polls etc

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12karatechopper  we're discussing an openstudy ambassador program. would love your ideas on how you (and others in this thread) can help the cause.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@chris  that seems to be restricted to just US users :(

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i cant hear the music chris

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2whats and ambassador for openstudy to you?

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12question to all: have you told your friends and classmates to join openstudy? why or why not?

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2well i do tell some friends. but not all, because i know many of them r very inapropriate. and i just like being the only one who dicovered it

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3I have told EVERYONE and ANYONE I meet to join  that includes all at work, all my family and friends. And the feedback I got from all who did join was that they found it fantastic.

across
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Chris, aside from the few, alreadyknown tidbits regarding site behavior (LaTeX tags and such), everything else works magnificent; you guys are really good at what you do!

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12asnaseer  we're going to have to make you an openstudy ambassador!

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks across =). Do you mean LaTex tags from the reply box (or missing ones like fractions), or tags for categorizing questions?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3I would consider it an honour to be an ambassador of such an auspicious organisation sir!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i have been opening up a bit tho. i have told all the students i my math class akthough no none is interested and in language arts

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Interesting karatechopper  why do you think they're not interested?

imranmeah91
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I sometime send kids I tutor here

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0also very interested in how you describe OpenStudy to your friends  what do you all tell friends when you're trying to get them on the site? @everyone

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3I have asked this before in the feedback group, but I will repeat it here: why don't you create a "donate" button on the site to allow people to donate to the running of this site?

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i dont know! i think that they think they have better things to do than be on here. and sometimes i think they think its not safe

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0An Ambassador spreads goodwill and information and represents their country in a foreign land. So asnaseer is an Ambassador of OpenStudy, when s/he spreads good will about OpenStudy to others. An OpenStudy host/Welcomer is someone who greets and helps people adjust to OpenStudy, tells them how to do things, and helps by setting up expectations. KC plays that role well.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12karatechopper  an ambassador is (a) a greeter, someone who welcomes noobs and makes them feel at home, (b) an evangelist, someone who spreads the word to everyone and engages them to want to join, (c) you tell me...

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Safe how karatechopper? As in cheating? Or working with strangers?

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Asnaseer, "donate" is something we may have to start to do. Thanks for the suggestion.

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@karatechopper  both cheating and working with strangers?

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2more like strangers

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2and im not supposed to tell people in school about it. my teachers wont allow. so i have to tell off of school campus

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2well i think they wont allow

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@karatechopper  I think if you show this site in use to your teachers then they will more than welcome the idea of other students joining as well.

waheguru
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0people need andwers and all the answerers are here!!!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2but some sites are blocked on their computer

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Ok, thanks for that @karatechopper. How does everyone explain OpenStudy to their friends?

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2well when i was telling one of my friends about it i said it was free safe and like a family. its a safe community all subjects are available to help. and you can get live help! when they were frustrated they could get all the help they needed and that they could always count on the people there. the people are nice and friendly. they didnt have to give any personal info if they didnt want to.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2well i gtg catch yall later! nice talking to all of you

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks Karatechopper et al! It's been great speaking with you  we appreciate your awesome work on OpenStudy.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi aroub  where are you at?

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi hero  where's mafia u?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3The way I /generally/ describe this site to others is along the lines of: 1. If you have kids, then OS is the perfect place for them to pose their questions as there are many many people who are more than willing to not only answer the questions but also spend time in explaining the concepts around it. 2. If you like to help, then OS is also the perfect place as it has a wide range of abilities so you can always find a range of questions here to which you can make a positive contribution towards.

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Got it asnaseer  what are the usual reactions for 1 and/or 2?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3to 1. I usually get the standard "but is it safe"  and I try my best to reassure them that it is by logging in and showing them various questions and how they were addressed. One thing I will say though is that I do not personally approve of the "chat" windows on the site as I have seen a lot of inappropriate conversations taking place there. to 2. I usually get a very favourable response.

aroub
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0hi ashwinram, well I just read about you...wow! really nice to meet you & chris :D

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks asnaseer. What is the typical age of the children for the parents you tell? Also re:chat  we're going to be relaunching our code of conduct with some clearer guidelines. This will allow moderators to police anything inappropriate more effectively.

across
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I am mostly, if not only, here for asnaseer’s second reason; I have a teacher’s heart, and OS has proved to be a good place to practice one’s skills at explaining, and above all, at knowing how to be patient. ;) Oh, my.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3age range is from 8 years old all the way up to 18 year olds

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0And hello aroub  I've seen you around plenty, but nice to formally meet you =)

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Haha, being patient how across? With different learning styles/paces, prior knowledge, attitudes, or both? Anything you think we can do to encourage others to be more patient or as engaged?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@across  I totally empathise with you there  this site is a "jewel" when it comes to teaching you how to be patient while teaching :)

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I hear ya! Its because we have such a range of ages.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@chirs  I /think/ what @across was getting at is because the site has such a wide range of abilities, you sometimes end up in a question where you start answering at a certain level and then realise you need to down shift several gears and explain in more detail. It is very easy to just the question at this stage out of frustration  but I tend to stick on and persevere as I always keep in mind that I was also at that stage at some point in my life.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12good to emeet you aroub  which school are you in?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3*just leave the question

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks asnaseer  would love to have more patient helpers like you and across. I burned hours on here once on a basic fractions question  the longest but also most rewarding help I've given. Can you think of any way to encourage more answerers to be as patient or thorough? Either product or community wise?

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12personally, i like the range of ages. if you segment people by age and subject and course, it becomes more like a classroom or a structured help session, which you can get at school. the diversity now makes it more like a community  people of all ages, experiences, interests, countries coming together to help each other study and learn. as they say, "it takes a village..." —interested if you folks feel that way too or would you like more structure.

across
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Oh, you got it, Chris! The array of learning styles here is so vast that no specific teaching approach will suffice, in my opinion; you have to learn how to mold/adapt yourself to each guy that decides to come in here and ask a question. Regarding the encouragement of others to be more patient, I believe nothing else but a “try to engage the student in conversation” will suffice; very often, when a question is posed, several people will lunge into it and, within seconds, blurt out a number – the answer – to then proceed with their hunt for more; that is not a bad style, in fact, a student may prefer it that way, but it discourages me from helping that person further, as they all leave the thread (and often elicits me to erase the elaborate answer I was typing)! I guess I am an advocate for eloquence. ;)

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@ashwinram  I totally agree  the "village" feel is far better

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@across  I have also suffered the pains of medal hunters :)

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@chris  I think it is a difficult "art" to master and comes with experience. and getting the reward system correct is also a very difficult thing to do (in terms of discouraging medal hunters)

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks across  we're revising our code of conduct now and will be sure to put something in there encouraging answerers to engage askers. Anything we can do product wise to encourage answerers  maybe a special reward for outstanding explanations?

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12hi hoblos  where's LU?

hoblos
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0hi ashwinram LU is the Lebanese University

across
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Chris, I have a few thoughts in mind regarding this matter, but I’ll post them later on Yammer as I have to bid adieu for now. It was a pleasure chatting and getting to know you guys!

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12i notice many users have not filled out their profile with their name or school info. why? isn't it nice to know who you're helping or getting help from?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3sorry :(  I guess I'm just lazy

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Really look forward to that feedback.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12not picking on you in particular :) just thinking out loud, how to encourage more people to tell us something about themselves

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@ashwinram  It really was just laziness  I have put something in there now that you have scolded me ;)

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3I don't know how you could encourage people to fill in their profiles though

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12cool  london is one of my favorite cities :)

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3yes  I like it a lot as it is central to many other places.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3although I miss the hot sun from when I was a child in Uganda in East Africa

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3must dash now  it was great meeting all of you! and I never knew that the founder of such a large organisation could be so humble  good to see :)

imranmeah91
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0you should get Sal Khan here

JamesJ
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@chris, I think the idea of giving some sort of points/recognition for a wellexplained answer is good one. The issue is how do you execute that and avoid 'recognition inflation'. It seems to me it's very hard to get away from the idea that you should have some limited subset of users who are recognized explainers who would be the ones to give that recognition. I'd also suggest that for each question/answerer pair it would be a binary attribute: recognized, not recognized.

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12yes  sal is doing great work creating personalized educational content  we're focusing on building a community who can help each other understand the content

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@JamesJ  First, thanks. Here are a few possible solutions: 1. The question asker can give a special medal for the "best" explanation for a particular question. Under this view "best' is subjective, but the idea is that over time askers can especially award askers that meet their needs (could be a long explanation, could be just the answer). 2. Users can give X special medals a day depending on their own reputation. Levels 09 can give 1 per day, 1120 can give 2 per day, etc.. 3. Moderators/community managers/appointed experts are the only ones that can officially recognize a great answer.

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0any thoughts on those? By special medal I mean something like a "gold medal", or a virtual "lifesaver".

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Worth more, but limited in supply.

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0also, why there is no medal for question? Sometime this site do get few very interesting ones :)

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0#3 will be (probably) difficult to manage (if implemented).

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0And one more thing, can we have tags?

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@FoolForMath  "good question" medals are coming  next week in fact =) Also  you mean tags within a study group? e.g. "calculus" or "algebra" tags within this group?

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Tagging would help us to archive like questions properly and thus limiting exact and abstract duplicates.

JamesJ
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I think option 1 would be a mistake. There are a number of users who come here quite regularly and they are clearly using OS to finish their homework quickly. Some of them even resist efforts to explain to them the problem. Having them able to reward those who only give them answers would encourage the wrong sort of behavior. (For the record I'm not saying that every question requires an explanation; "How do you write 1^2 + 2^2 + ... + 9^2 in summation notation" is an example of a question that doesn't require a long explanation. But if a user has asked five questions in a row about the surface area of a sphere and don't even know the formula for it, then that person is clearly trying to shortcircuit learning.) Option 2 isn't bad. The only problem I see is there are quite a number of high level users who are not good explainers and are probably not the best judges. Option 3 is my preferred solution. Audit the last 10 questions answered by the top 20 high level active users and you'll quickly see who are good explainers. Ultimately the choice has to be comes down to what you want the site to achieve. I have strong bias towards teaching and people walking away haven't learnt something and hence a bias against facilitating the serial h/w shortcircuiters. My niece is a high school student and the main reason I haven't told her about this site is I don't think she has enough selfdiscipline not to use this site to shortcircuit her homework, and I don't think she's unusual in that regard.

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0That's a nice expatiated answer James, btw what's your opinion on duplicates?

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1have you guys tried programming a question parser that identifies the most asked subjects/questions?

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0could there be some sort of a search engine such that I can search for a question or when I ask a question, I can be referred to a certain related topic that explains how to solve that type of question and my question can be added as a worked example to that topic after it is answered? so that say if search for "compound interest" I can be referred to a topic that explains how to solve compound interest questions and beneath the explanation on how to solve compound interest questions, I can ask my question and when it is solved, it is added to a "worked examples" sort of thing. when other people search on that, look through the worked examples, they can get a fair idea how to solve their question aside the explanation, given that there are some questions solved on that topic. in the long run, the questions would be in a sorted manner instead of just being under the broad math group.... just an idea i want to put out there... any thoughts?

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@James good points. I naturally lean towards your preferences, however I wonder if the best ways to help with shortcircuiters is to get them engaged in a community that evinces solid values first, and hope to transition them to more and more engaged over time.

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0The most asked would IMO is factor the polynomial; only the degree of the polynomial changes from time to time...

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@sasogeek  I do like the suggestion  makes sense, and search/recommendations are a highly requested feature.

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@sasogeek: That's exactly what tagging would do for you.

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1chris, just out of curiosity, we know os is basically a huge math database. do you guys run data mining algorithms on it?

chris
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0So regarding tagging  do you think anyone can create any tag or does the system decide on available tags by study group? e.g. in Math you can only choose from "calculus", "algebra" etc...

prealgebra
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1the most common ones and perhaps an "other" option would be a good start

sasogeek
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0if the system should decide the tags based on groups, there is some sort of limitation here as you may not know exactly what someone may be searching for... you never know but if people should also create their own tags, you can only imagine what some people will put out there... especially the people who need "fast help" it's a bit of a gamble

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I really liked James point: "Ultimately the choice has to be comes down to what you want the site to achieve."

FoolForMath
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@sasogeek: Taggs could be moderated.

JamesJ
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I think you let people make their own tags. The site that was just used for the (somewhat famous) Stanford Artificial Intelligence course allowed usergenerated tags, with some guidance given. www.aiqus.com It worked well, but the user base was more sophisticated than here. aiqus did a ver y good job of layering permissions based on your karma, their equivalent of medals. On the question of tagging, perhaps the best thing to do here is let users of say level 20+ create and edit tags but those below use existing tags.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2and im back! whats new?!

Preetha
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Breezing through, saw this. Hero, you are a good citizen!

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2see! preetha ji is here!

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3could you guys come up with a "googlelike" system were users could create their own tags and OS would list possible "close matches"? e.g. lets say the user creates a tag called "angles" OS could then reply with: Did you mean: "geometry", "triangles", etc or do you want to use the tag you entered "angles"? based on past matches? (not a clear explanation but I hope you get the idea)

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2o i get it! tht would be cool! but do you mean that they could look up questions that have been asked before? and get some help from there?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3both  asking new questions and trying to look up previously asked questions related to some tag(s). there must be some way of building up a knowledge base of tags and use this with some AI engine to get related tags offered to the user.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2that would be good!

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3while we are at it  the ability to "edit" the question you've just asked would be invaluable. especially if you start introducing tags. it seems to be a common occurance that users make a small mistake in their question and they tend to raise it agin and delete the original one. with tags this problem could be exacerbated.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2i dont understand that concept... can you explain that a little better?

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@chris  is what I suggested even possible or am I living in the clouds? :)

ashwinram
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.12looking up old questions/answers is useful, especially if there's a particularly good explanation you want to review. but it does have a downside: it's better to ask your question in your own way and have someone explain it to you, versus looking up a canned answer. how to balance—preserve the live interaction while highlighting good content.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3I think allowing the user to look up previous answers would solve both issues @ashwinram. they can review the "precanned" answers and, if they are still unsure, can raise a new question with a link to the "precanned" answers saying they need more help.

karatechopper
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2when they post their question, some box can pop up saying, "need more help? Try referring to...."

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3an alternative might be to allow each user to easily "call up" one of their previous answers to use as an example when helping someone else. this would require a good UI to be able to look up the previous answer easily.

asnaseer
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3@EarthCitizen  good point  maybe this should move into the feedback group?

EarthCitizen
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0YH, it's fine..AWESOMMEE! ACTUALLY

Tomas.A
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0you may also make if someone answers to question it goes to the up aka BUMP so you could even ask to clarify things in the same question

pratu043
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0126 medals  that's quite a lot!!! Anyway I want to thank ashwinram for such a great website. Thanks a lot!!!

mathslover
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Its great to see such talks on OS. I miss @chris and other admins :(

ParthKohli
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@mathslover Stalkin', eh? :P

mathslover
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0:P Parth, no dude :)

ParthKohli
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@mathslover It's such a coincidence that I was stalking this as well.

PixieDust1
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Its funny to see what all the mods were like before they became moderators :P
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