I really hope there are more Staff Picks this time around.
There are already some new ones in there... The old Democratic/Suggest method is gone. Any mod can go and pop one in there as long as enough effort was put in it and/or it's a very common method people want to learn
Yes, I know the feeling.
Making a quality standard is not hard at all. If it were up to me I'd press the delete button 100% of the time...
Applying "quality standards" is hard, and a bit subjective.
One challenge with things like this, is keeping consistent standards over time. As weariness sets in, the temptation is to take the easy path. This leads judges to accept contributions that may be lacking, just to avoid the hassle of dealing with disappointed contributors.
Periodically, I serve as a science fair judge. All the judges start out being very careful about rankings. But after 3 days of judging, hundreds of projects, and dozens of complaints from disappointed kids (and angry parents)... it easier to give a "good" rating, instead of being brutally honest.
I try to limit myself to 1 page a day. Yes after a while you start to want to be more lazy. But that is when I log off.
We don't judge much apart from checking if the tut does what it says. If it does, it's accepted. If it teaches well, it's staff pick. We hope people will be encouraged to teach more than just putting a few pieces together without any explanation and call it a tutorial. Those go into the general tutorial (currently misnamed as Tutorial and Example <same as parent forum>).
There are many tutorials that may go down the drain (too old)
There are many tutorials that may be rejected without a second look based on technicalities
- No dl links (Obviously)
- Not using zip for archives (because we have to go through all the gmks and rar files are too tedious to open-extract-find the folder-open the gmk and rar file need 3rd party extractor)
- Not using the new template (Which changes as we progress BTW)
The rejection rules also changes as we progress as we find things worthy of being more strict or less strict. In the end we'll have a good set of rules for new submissions
We do use some common sense for rejection, like I don't move all the tuts to the Rejected forum based on some loose criteria. Trying to balance the quality of the tutorial vs the infraction vs the number of same types of tuts vs many other factors vs the ability/availability of the user who made it.
This is a first pass; it is time consuming but we'll try to make sure we don't loose anything of value
Old tuts all fail but we will catch them later if the user did not fix it himself (which would help us a lot if he did) after the 30 day grace period is ended. I've sent some good tuts in the rejected forum I plan to personally save from annihilation.