MaplePrimes Suggestions

Have a problem with MaplePrimes? Want to suggest a possible improvement to the site? Please post it here.

It would be useful if there was a category (or subcategory) of scientific domain (e.g. physics, methematics, economics...)  in which Maple is applied. Thus it would become very convinient for someone who have a question on a specific topic to find a possible answer. 

I like how the Julia community has been organised in https://discourse.julialang.org, so I would suggest to implement something similar in Maple Primes

I have recently taken some questions about MaplePrimes reputation scores, and coincidentally, there was a discussion about it within MaplePrimes yesterday. I wanted to address these issues, and thought that doing so as a separate post made sense.

Reputation was added back in 2010 as a mechanism to track how fellow users value your contributions, and I believe it has largely worked. It's become a great way to acknowledge the time and effort our members put into the community, and I know that many of you greatly value the scores that you have earned. I also know that it is never fun to see it drop, even by just a few points.

To be clear, there are only two ways to lose reputation:

  • If someone upvoted your answer/reply and then later rescinded the upvote
  • If someone marked your answer as the "best" answer, and then later changed their vote to another answer

This means you can only lose reputation points if someone undoes an action that gave you points in the first place. This is going to happen occasionally. For example, the user may have voted your answer “best”, but as the discussion continued, someone else posted a different solution that the user felt was even better. So you can expect to see small fluctuations from day to day, but the overall trend will be upward. 

That said, members get understandably concerned when their reputation drops, and want to know why. We have always been able to track when reputation changed, but “why it changed” was obscured. Starting today, we have added enhanced logging for reputation shifts. This will allow us to better diagnose the causes when a member is concerned about a change to their reputation points. As well, in the very unlikely event that there is malicious behavior on MaplePrimes, this will give also us the data we need to take action to protect the community.  

We need a check-off box for Maple Companion in the Products category of Question and Post headers.

While you're looking at that, there's also a bug that the Product indication gets stripped off when converting a Post to a Question, which is a common Moderator action.

We are currently in the process of updating the support FAQs at https://faq.maplesoft.com. We’ve been working on updating the existing content for clarity, and have added several new articles already.

 

The majority of our FAQs are from questions people ask us in Technical Support at support@maplesoft.com, but we’d also like to like to add content from other sources.

Since we have such a great community here at MaplePrimes, we wanted to reach out and ask if there are any articles or questions that you'd like to see added to our FAQ.

 

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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We added a small new feature to MaplePrimes that will make it easier to tag other members in your questions, posts and comments.

To use the feature, type "@" in a message. If you wait a moment, a list of names will be populated, starting with members who are participating in the current thread, followed by other members ordered by reputation. You can also begin to type after the "@" to search for a particular member. Similar to the above, members who match your search who are in the current thread will appear first, followed by others.

If you are tagged in this way, an indication will appear in your notifications pane.

We hope you find this new feature useful!

 

There is a problem with mapleprimes favorites. 

Looking at my list of favorites it cites I have 6 pages, however when I get to page 3 it shows a list of only six items and no more page listings after clicking the back button and going again to page 3 even less appear.  I was looking for specific questions and posts I have favorited which seem to be abscent from the listing. 

Can mapleprimes administrators please address the problem?

Earlier today, we published an update that improves the way MaplePrimes handles tags.

New features include: 

  • There are now tags for Maple Commands and Maple Packages. These tags are denoted with special icons, and cannot be edited. The hope is that these special tags will be useful to anyone looking for assistance with a particular command or package, and will provide another centralized location to find support. For example, a command tag for the plot command will look as follows:.  A package tag looks like:
  • The tags page has been completely updated to show tag use over time, and also provides information about specific tags. Users with moderator privileges can also edit tags directly from this page.
     
  • Hundreds of inappropriate or 'garbage' tags have been removed.

 

In addition to the changes to our tagging, we made a few other improvements and updates, including:

  • New academically- and techically-focused social networks have been added to user profiles
  • Updates to the message editor to improve WYSIWYG consistency
  • A variety of smaller fixes and improvements

I hope you find these improvements valuable, and look forward to your comments and suggestions for future improvements.

 

I noticed Mapleprime have entries of users who clearly create an account just to put a bad website URL in there and they are just spam.

Why do not the moderators of Mapleprime purge these out? Mapleprime is full of these spam marketing users.   Here are just few I found in few clicks

http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/Frenettees8d
http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/Ingegneriaq7r
http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/Inabinetaq6s
http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/Bruggemanse5l
http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/vito5854
http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/deblogepa
http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/organicjunk80

There are hundereds of these spam URLS in there. They make an account, only to add their infected web site URL there so if someone clicks on it they get virus.

Moderators of mapleprime should do better job and remove these cleary spam entries from Mapleprime.

Hi. Wanting a procedure, but not wanting to reinvent the wheel, I did a search on mapleprimes for "Shoelace" (formula). I got the response below indicating a hit. But clicking on the hypertext, i get to page 41 of Kitonums replies, but not the actual thing i wanted. I go to "find on this page" in my browser firefox and input "Shoelace"...nothing. enter "thU"...nothing. Do I really have to go through all of his replies on the page?

 
Kitonum - Replies
... ThU. You are right. Shoelace's formula is a wonderful formula! It ... ThU. You
are right. Shoelace's formula is a wonderful formula! It ...

The copy paste and snip tool used to work.  I can no longer use either to paste in mapleprimes.

As mentioned a few weeks back, we have been working on an update to MaplePrimes designed to dramatically curtail the amount of spam we have been receiving. I'm happy to say that we implemented these features earlier today, and in the hour or so since publication, they have already helped prevent multiple messages from being posted.

Using content posted to MaplePrimes over the past few months as a baseline, this new feature is successfully able to detect 90% of spam, while maintaining a false positive (i.e., incorrectly identifying a legitimate question or post) rate of 1%.

If a message is detected as spam, it is immediately quarantined and not publicly posted. Importantly, any user who posts a message seen as spam is immediately informed, and is provided with a simple mechanism to let us know so that their post can be reinstated (if it is in fact legimate.)

We will be closely monitoring these services to ensure that they are working as intended. In the meantime, I am very hopeful that they help improve the experience for our members, and require much less effort from our dedicated group of spam fighters.

The content in all comments posted on any Blog posts are missing.  What happened to them?

Below I have pasted the recent post of a spammer who's title was http:// 

First of all, I thought those spam filters had taken care of those. 
Secondly why isn't there an http:// with a zero rating user poster filter on this forum yet?

 

 

When I made the suggestions about new ways to delete spam, I specifically requested that there be no confirmation dialogs. I even emphasized it. But I see that there is such a dialog. Was the author of the spam asked to confirm whether they wanted to make the post? So you're saying that my time is worth less than the spammer's. Every time that I need to answer that dialog, it's an insult, a slap in the face direct from Maplesoft.

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