New Interactive Collaboration Page & UI (Instructabook - social ible) Answered
bricobart has proposed a collaboration contest, read more: here. I guess it would be great to introduce the less-noticed collaboration feature of instructables.
I think one of the main reasons why the collaboration feature is ignored is because it's difficult to use. Difficult in a way that two or more ible members are having a hard time exchanging ideas through email. Emails are are slow and bulky compared to social networking. Also one of the problem with collabs is that the people who contributed to the write-up doesn't show-up on the credits.
My former classmate and I had the same problem. We both did the same thing, e-mailing. It also took us hours to finish a write-up. Months after my first collab another friend of mine encouraged me to do another collab, this time with the help of Facebook. The chat and group feature of FB blended perfectly with instructable's collab feature.
I think that it would be good to have a new social collaboration feature in ibles without using Facebook as a seperate medium for planning and for discussing ideas.
The concept includes a designated page for social ible collaboration. The page has six main parts, the six main parts are the following.
1st.) Proposal Page:
Imagine this as the forum page, it's divided into all the possible channel categories. People can post ideas of their dream project (like starting a new thread in forums).
2nd.) Find Partners:
The project proposal threads are now being viewed by fellow ible members (members willing to discuss and build the project). The project proposal thread should have a "COUNT ME IN" button. Those who wants to join the project should press the "COUNT ME IN" button.
3rd.) Discussion Page:
Now that you have found fellow ible members who are willing to build the proposed project, it's now time to close the thread. The thread's status is switched to "In Progress", the "COUNT ME IN" button is now greyed-out.
During the discussion, collab members are redirected to a new page, the private discussion page. This page should look like a private group of Facebook. In this page, you can share photos, videos, ideas with one another. You can post on the group's wall and comment on the posts. Notifications shall be sent automatically to the "you page" once a member posts something on the group page.
We need to know if everyone is ready to build the project. Once everyone has checked the "I'm Ready" check box, the project advances to the next step. *The discussion page can be accessed by fellow collab members anytime.
4th.) Write-up/ Editing Stage:
This is where the traditional instructable text-editor comes in. This time with the presence of a live chatbox, similar to FB. The chat box should also have a "upload/ attach an image" feature.
5th.) Add Contest:
bricobart's idea comes in here. Collab members can join regular and special contests (collab contests).
The collab members can now publish the guide! Credits should be given to the collab members.
Ex. Designer:_____, Builder:_____ , Programmer:_____, etc.....
I hope this helps. If the idea is too blurry, just tell me. I'll make a HTML-PHP dummy page of how it looks like.