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I have heard some discussion of leaderboards for each group and am for it, mainly because I am tired of being asked to assist with, erm, computer science problems and some way of showing that *I know nothing* about computer science would discourage that.
I would think something like this would be a cool idea, the only problem i see is the award should be in the level of math or whatever subject is most answered. Not just an award for math. Because if someone is given an award for math and doesn't know all math than that could be misleading. Just my thoughts..
You're right @godorovg. It is a cool idea but it can be misleading, for example I am not very good in maths but I have more that 550 medals in maths.
How do you segment math without busting up the core of the site?
I like a tagging system, whereby each question is sorted into a few general groups - "algebra", "calculus", "prealgebra", etc. in the math group, for example - and the user given the choice of seeing the unfiltered groups (i.e., all questions), or just a subset of the questions. I think it would also be a good idea for individuals to be able to create their own tags - for example, "Elliott's studygroup" - so then a circle of friends could make their own study group without necessarily having to create an entirely new forum. Of course the trade off is the ease with which OpenStudy can be used and learned by new users. Possibly the intro material to the site like the little blue floating bubbles would have to be augmented. And there might be issues involving implementation and how easily it can be programmed about which I know nothing.
study groups being on this site, have two issues now that I have thought about this. First students that do study groups will try to use this as a chat room. Second study groups may not work due to everyone lives in different time zones . If and I say a Big IF, that even if study groups are allowed to form the only way to do it, would be they would sign up for the board and min of people 5 people would be required and than someone would watch over the group to see if math or studying is happening and chatting. Lastly, this is why with so posters on this board there won't be enough people to watch the study groups and make sure he board rules are followed here at the same time.
I with with godorovg. Most people who want to make their own groups just want a private chat room for themselves and their friends. Which is why I am against giving them the privilege. The ability to post their questions in the ordinary groups, tag them with their group name - like "Mrs. Jones's 8th grade algebra tutoring group" or whatever - and then filter out all other questions on their display would be a nice alternative. The discussion has got away from what the original poster intended.
I think for any of these ideas to work here, first the board must have the different math boards, Chem and Physics. The reason for the different levels of subject matter would allow the awards and study groups to be formed and medals to rewarded in such a manner that would not be misleading. The Combo of the both ideas would most likely drive traffic up on the boards, again how to control the chatting is still the biggest issue for study groups. Although, having awards for the different subjects would be easier to do, plus it gives the other posters what type of math you really know and don't know. Thoughts on this??
now I have the answer to both problems here. Let's see what you think about this idea, first how to solve study groups how about we have what is called a helper, this person would be a tutor and can form study groups under certain areas of study. The Helper would also be given rewards for study groups formed and maintained, there would also be a smybol that would be a like a smart score it would have a math, chem or something that would tell students that are looking for help see that person. Now if a helper is good with all subjects than a shield would be placed. The ratings would be different in that helpers would get awards not points, these awards than would lead to medals. What are your thoughts?