Feedback Learning Center Cleanup?

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Pyxis, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

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    I was just having a discussion with someone in another thread and it prompted me to post this. Before the conversion to the new website, the Learning Center was a place that articles containing good, correct information about keeping chickens were found. Staff would select the articles that they found worthy of being in there and move them over, and new members with questions could be directed there to read and learn.

    All new articles had to be posted as member pages. If the articles were well-written, factually correct, and good quality, a staff member could move them into the Learning Center so that they were easy to find by people looking for information.

    Since the conversion, this is no longer the case. Anyone can post in the Learning Center at any time. I took a look through just the Hatching Eggs and Raising Chickens section, and it's a little cluttered in there. For instance, in just a quick browse, I found that information regarding how to incubate or raise chicks has been buried by tons of posts about how to build various brooders and incubators. There are also a lot of articles in there that have nothing to do with the topic of that section - I found a Coop page that someone had written up about building their coop, a guide to training chickens to do tricks, an article on sexing chickens which might fit better in another section, and even what appears to be someone's personal journal about breeding. It's very hard to dig through all of that to find the info that you are looking for, and it might be overwhelming for a newbie who's just looking for some quick information.

    Plus, since anyone can post anything they want in there, articles aren't getting fact checked before they are posted in the Learning Center. That means that incorrect info could be added and no one would catch it - so the Learning Center might not be a good tool for learning, because people could get bad information from it.

    So would there be a way to go back to the system where all new articles are posted as member pages, and staff can move the ones they feel are a good fit into the Learning Center? And would it be possible to maybe clean it up a little and remove the things that are already in there that don't really belong?

    @Nifty-Chicken
     
  2. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Flock Master

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    I agree...And being a bit new here, I have been hesitant to link articles from the learning center because I have to read through so many to find something factual. Takes a bit more time than I have more often than not.
    Unless I find an article by someone I know here, I end up having to ask someone I know if they can recommend one. It's frustrating.
     
  3. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand Premium Member

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    AGREE! :D

    I too find it frustrating, hardly use it. :/
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Anyone have links to these?
     
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    A few of us on Staff had been working on that right after the conversion, but got sidetracked with other stuff. If you report things like articles that should be threads, advertising and such, we can move those.
     
  7. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Flock Master

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    I don't, sorry, gave up looking...:(
    It was just to daunting.
     
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  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

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    Great! I can do that. Also, would it be possible to get a separate section for all the incubator and brooder DIYs? There are just so many in there that's it's pretty daunting to try to comb through to get info about incubating, etc. Of all the 12 pages in there, I would say at least 2/3rds is all homemade brooders and incubators, and it's hard to look through all that to get to the info about other things.
     
  9. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Please read more Premium Member Project Manager

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    There is a separate category under the "Hatching" section for the Incubators already....right?
     
  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

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    Unfortunately if you go into the Learning Center they still all show up with all the other articles. The subcategory for them is there, but clicking on it just takes out all the articles about incubating, etc. There's no way to click something to take out all the incubators and brooders and just show the other articles, at least that I can find. So you can weed out all the other articles to look at just incubators and brooders, but you can't do the reverse.
     

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