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I propose that a set of guidelines, specific to each of the major groups, be posted so that new users have an idea of what to expect and what is expected of them (what to do, what not to do). These guidelines should be permanently placed by an appropriate mod or admin at the top of the questions list or directly above it, or by a link placed somewhere in the vicinity. That way, no one misses them and if need be, students can refer to them or be directed to them for extra guidance.
This is an excellent idea. Unfortunately, there's currently no mechanism for pinning anything to the top of a group, and that's going to take some time to develop. We'll put it in the pipe.
That's just a term that means 'in the queue' or 'in the works'.
Great idea! I also feel the guidelines would be relevant for OCW study groups. Glad it's in the pipe!
Hi @Hero, so when you say 'guidelines' are you referring to something specific to each group, or would these be constant across every group on OpenStudy?
Ideally, it should be specific to each group since I'm assuming each group has its own uniqueness. For example, OS Feedback operates much differently than the Math group in terms of what kinds of questions are posted and how the questions are responded to. The math group obviously has more restrictions. @ParthKohli, I meant something that's a little more supplemental and should also include links to things like the code of conduct. There just needs to be something a little more "visible" and "accessible" to newer users. Sometimes new users feel lost when they come here and also some of them don't know exactly what is expected of them. The guidance would be of great use for them. Many other sites that have forums usually include some kind of "user ettiquette" guidance at the introduction of the forum page to let users know what is or isn't acceptable behavior and what is considered "contributing" to a discussion in a forum and what is not. "At the top of the forum and specific to each forum". The Code of Conduct is more general and applies to all of OS. And it's also in a hidden spot, which is difficult for users to access. Additionally, the code of conduct is kinda a long read, so something like a list of commandments, i.e. "10 commandments" would be much more useful for summarizing "what to do" "what not to do" "what is expected of you the user" while in a particular group.
Hmm, I see your point. So, I would assume the guidelines would focus more on 'Best Practices' as opposed to 'Rules' per se, correct? As in your example, the best way to contribute to a forum. I definitely see the value of something like that, but I'm trying to think of where that would 'live' to be of the most effectiveness, while also being the least intrusive to users who don't need to see/read them. Thoughts?
@cshalvey, I have nothing more to add unfortunately. If you don't feel it useful, then you don't have to implement it. The users who don't need to see it can just ignore it. If anything, it would be useful for pointing new users to it in case they have any questions about what is expected of them on the site. Users who don't need to see it shouldn't be bothred by it. For example, I don't use twitter and I don't need to see the tweet link. So I just ignore it. I don't let its existence bother me. Also, some users don't need to see the chat, but is it intrusive to them? Some things are necessary and what I have suggested is one of them. Those who don't need to see it can just ignore it.
Gotcha, and understood. I'll see what we can do - ie, track it's progress in the 'pipe' ;) Thanks again for the suggestion!
I was the first to do that, copy-bike! @satellite73
yes, but mine says "this is not a pipe" and is a famous work of art
Perhaps. Maybe. Possibly.