It’s a good idea and since you asked for it ; I’ll give you my piece of advice as a Web Developer 😉
First but most importantly, start small with scalability in mind from the very beginning and release often. It’s best to have a living project that add new features regularly than a project too big for one person which end up dead before release.
Basically it’s a small local custom search engine. So user experience (ease of use) is paramount and the criteria that come to mind are :
- Free/Paid (toggle)
- Author (not site)
- Creation Date (JQuery Calendar)
- Text : w/ Screenshot or not
- Video : Duration, w/ Subtitles, Downloadable (ease of …)
Because those should be flags in your DB, you can even make some sort of tag cloud (www.jasondavies.com/wordcloud/) or whatever.
I would do something like this :
Only you can create the tags available.
Only registered users can create a new fiche (Fill a form). It’s a reason for new users to subscribe.
You will most likely add a lot yourself to create a starting pool.
You validate pending new fiches (start with NL/FR/EN and if it grow steadily, look for new peoples to help you)
Everyone can report a dead link or flag erroneous information.
As an internet service is bound to be misuse with time (author pushing false good reviews to increase traffic toward his site for example…) maybe it’s simply best just to rate objective criteria like sound quality if any…
Finally, you should (hard work) try to add a way for you ONLY to contact the author so if the resource goes missing you could try to upload on BE with the author permission and gradually build additional value for your website.
What do you think ? Does it help you in any way ?
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- I intended to leave the blender version open. Is it no so that there are also tutorials aimed for branches not yet in trunk?
- I was intending to leave the tags open so anyone could add tags, but I did intend a suggestion JS system to try to streamline the tags.
- I have already in place an internal messageing system where people can send each other private messages. Users can then choose to forward them to their mail accounts. I, of course, have all mail addresses.
- Yes to the starting pool
- and also yes to the registration.
Some practicalities. How would you solve this?
- Most video’s have a youtube page AND a page on the website of the author. List both? only YT or only site? I think site is best, but it will be difficult to avoid doubles.
- How would you go about changing the information? Do it all yourself? Allow users? And who to allow? Let them change, or review all changes?
In the same order as your bullet list :
Mm, an experimental feature will either merge into the trunk eventually or disappear into nothingness.
So an ‘experimental’ tag means that you will always soon or later need to update old fiche which is bad in my opinion.
As you wish but personally I’m against ; two very similar tags will both pollute your database and reduce greatly the pertinence of your search results…
– Nothing to say
– Nothing to say
For content creators to be interested into your service, it must provide them with something useful for them. Meaning, point toward the online resource that generated them revenues. So I would say both YT/Vimeo and their personal website if any. It will also reduce the risk of an obsolete fiche.
At first, only you and the original creator of the fiche (even if more is already coded) to ensure quality content at launch. After, you may grant extra right to peoples willing to invest in your nascent community (Cherish them, they are as rare as diamonds… 😉 )
Live & Learn
Some guys from Bengal or something just launched a new website: Blenderhub.com
And of course it implements most of the ideas that I was working on. So, that means that I will probably have to give up on Blender Education. I can’t compete with a team and it probably is not good for the Blender community if two such websites exist.
Glad to hear that.
While none of the ideas we had were astonishingly revolutionary.
I was shocked at how much it was a carbon copy of what we discussed here.
And that you were in the listed ‘resources’…
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I decided to change my strategy on Blender Education: Instead of going at it alone, I now want to set up a team of people who can create this website, based on the ideas I had in mind.
So, I am looking for people who know a thing or two about webdesign (html, css, js, drupal, php, …) and are willing to invest their time into this project. This will be a long term project and I don’t expect anyone to put in a lot of effort every week. It is on a ‘work when you want’ basis. But of course I am looking for people inspired to create a wonderfull website.
Currently I am gathering a team on the dutch Blender community site, so a lot will be in Dutch. However, if someone here is interested in this and knows his way around Drupal, then I am willing to change the common language to English (no problem for me there).
If anyone has any questions about this, feel free to post something here. If you want to join the team, send a mail to info (at) blendereducation (dot) com and I will get back to you shortly.
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