13 Apr 2012
The resources section of the Toolbox is something I put quite a bit of effort into trying to "get it right" and make it really easy to submit articles to as I think this can be a very useful part of the Toolbox.
Unfortunately, there's very few people submitting resources so far. Except for the odd blog/project author, only a few people keep the stuff pouring in most of the time (I'm looking at you Ezekiel and Daniel...)
I'd love to know why that is! If you think the process can be improved, please leave a comment! If you haven't tried it yet, it really is easy: Either click the "Submit a Resource" thing in the sidebar of the Resources page, or even simpler add the Bookmarklet to your, eh, Bookmarks... It will directly lead you to the submit page for any blog post, screencast etc. you're currently viewing and also tries it's best to automatically guess the referenced projects.
I'm also aware of the fact that while submitting resources is quite simple, the accessibility of available resources needs to be improved, lowering the incentive to submit your latest and greatest blog post (or article you stumbled upon). There are three major things I've had planned for ages but have not got around to implement yet that should improve this:
- A weekly mail newsletter for users containing all resources for their "Loved" projects (also available as a feed)
- Incorporating votes into the ordering (currently strictly by submission date) - though this one is tricky, since it would need some age vs. votes ratio - ideas welcome here as well!
- Most importantly, resources will soon be added to the site-wide search, so you'll be able to search for any available content on adding Presenter-based gravatar widgets to your Devise-backed Rails application, not only depending on project author's gem descriptions being correct.
All of these things still need a good foundation of available content linked up, so it would be really great if more people would get into the habit of submitting anything they read or saw and found useful.
I'd love to hear from you whether you think this stuff is worthwhile at all, or whether I should focus on other parts of the site. If you like the overall idea of the thing, but would like to suggest something else that needs to be improved, I'm also eager to hear your thoughts! As I mentioned I think this can become an awesome, well, resource to learn.