Bryon

Bryon Thur

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14 years, 121 days
Maplesoft
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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@PatrickT

The old file manager was replaced with a new file uploader which is available directly from the message editor.

To add a file to any post or question, click on the 'green up arrow' icon in the editor to launch the file uploader.  Within that dialog, you will have the ability to add one or more files, and then add them directly to your message by clicking the "add links or content" button.

I hope this helps.

Bryon

We published a change to the Application Center that corrected the problems with Advanced Search, as well as a couple of other issues.

Christopher -- thanks for letting us know.

Bryon

Just a note that we are aware of these problems and we are certainly not ignoring your comments. We are currently working to address them, and the updates will be applied in the coming weeks.

Thanks,

Bryon

An update: tag-related-pages have now been filtered out of the MaplePrimes search.  Thanks again for the suggestion -- the search results are definitely improved as a result.

Bryon

That's a good suggestion.  We will add that filter to our search results sometime within the next week.

Bryon

To be clear, Maplesoft does not share any MaplePrimes member information with third party companies such as the organizations mentioned by Axel in the post above.  The calls to 2o7.net, offermatica (2o7.net & offermatica are both operated by a company called Omniture) and google are for site tracking and statistics.  The call to Facebook is for embedded Facebook functionality that is available on each page that allows someone to "like" one of our posts with their Facebook account.

As for site performance, that is something that is very important to us and have been working at improving since launch.  In fact, Will recently posted an announcement about some recent improvements, and we have others planned.

Bryon

Running two versions of MaplePrimes in order to run a comparison test is simply not feasible, not to mention the confusion it would cause for users.  And while I agree that comparing year over year numbers is not a perfect benchmark, it is the best we have and in general works very well. As I mentioned previously, the traffic numbers thus far not only show increased usage with new Primes, but also increased content engagement.  Content engagement rates tends to stay consistent regardless of traffic, so seeing an increase there is significant.

Regardless, we have noted all of the suggestions/complaints we have received and we will continue to work at improving MaplePrimes, which is easier for us now that the switch from our old architecture has been made.

As for the question about polls, that feature was removed as it wasn't popular on the last site.

Finally, if there is data that you were trying to back-up from the old site, please let me know what you'd like and we will try to help you out.  All of the data for old Primes still exists, so we should be able to get anything that you're missing.

Bryon

Good question, Christopher.  Thus far, the numbers we are seeing are quite positive.

So far in June, visits to MaplePrimes are up 25% when compared to the same period last year.  Even more encouraging, the number of "single access" visits (i.e., sessions where a user visits only one page and then leaves) has dropped 38%.  The way we interpret these numbers is that people are visiting the site more often than last year (visits up 25%), and are engaging with the content at a greater level (single access down 38%).

One note that these numbers filter out the new blog section as well as traffic from anyone inside Maplesoft.

Regards,
Bryon

The main reason for renaming 'blogs' to 'posts' had nothing to do with us integrating the Maplesoft blog into MaplePrimes.  The renaming was done to (hopefully) encourage more people to write about things that interest them. The word 'blog' is a loaded term for some people, and they feel that every blog post needs to be well thought out, original and updated regularly.  So while the functionality of the posts is almost identical to how the blogs worked on old Primes, we thought we would try rebranding it a little more casually in order to generate more submissions.  Time will tell as to whether this rebranding effort works, but so far we are quite happy with what we've seen.

Also, you can view all the posts for a particular member, making it work exactly as the blog section did in old Primes.  So, for example, if you want to see all of the posts submitted by me, you can do so by clicking on the 'posts' tab on my profile page.

@hirnyk Good point.  I converted it to a question.

I would hope that there are no differences between how Maplesoft & non-Maplesoft employees use MaplePrimes.  If you see something you like, vote it up.  If you see something you don't like, or think is inaccurate, vote it down.  It's also a good idea to provide some clarification as to why you voted a certain way.  For example, if you voted down someone's post, let them know why.  However, this is not required, nor do I think it should be.

As for rules of behaviour (again, regardless of whether you are a Maplesoft employee or not), I suggest that everyone take a look at the MaplePrimes Community Guidelines as it covers off many of the things that Alec mentioned in his post above.

Bryon

A 'reputation' system is important for any social media site, and I strongly believe that the new concept is a significant upgrade to what we were doing with MaplePoints.  As the new site is only about a week old, it's safe to say that we are still in 'learning' mode, but from what we've seen so far, it does appear to be working as we hoped.  That said, it can always be tweaked to make it better going forward -- as can anything else on the site for that matter. For example, OptimusPrime had some interesting ideas about other metrics that can be used for calculating someone's reputation on a site.

When it comes to the calculations for back-reputation, we had three choices:

  1. Start everyone off at zero
  2. Start everyone with a value taken directly from MaplePrimes v1
  3. Start everyone with a calculated value based on some good guesses about past content.

Obviously, we chose option 3.  Starting people at 0 made no sense because it ignored the last 5 years of history.  And we decided not to start people with their MaplePoints value because it didn't take into account the reputation 'rules' of new Primes.  To calculate the new values, we went through multiple cycles of calculating and then tweaking before we came to the values that you saw on launch day.

In retrospect, perhaps our decision to calculate reputation based on historical behaviour was too ambitious and we should have started everyone off at their MaplePoints value.  Not to mention that I think we underestimated how everyone valued their rankings on the old MaplePrimes.

There is nothing preventing us from re-calculating the historical portion of your reputation scores.  If this is something that the community would like us to do, we will do so.  Please note that a change like this would significantly alter reputation scores, so it is something that we can only do once.

Regards,

Bryon

@acer That is correct.  We have been adding tags and/or otherwise re-categorizing old posts as we find them.  And when edited, they get seen by the system as having had some recent activity. This is primarily "launch noise" and quiet down soon.

Bryon

Thanks for reporting that, Alec.  We will take care of the issue shortly.

Bryon

Those are excellent suggestions.  I will record all three for a future update to the Application Center.

Thanks!

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