Bryon

Bryon Thur

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The Application Center is one of the most popular sections on our web site, generating many thousands of downloads each month from new and experienced users alike.  End-users use it to find content that they can incorporate into their work, while contributors use it as a vehicle to publish their work.  We have a few contributors, in fact, who use the Application Center as part of their CV.

We accept contributions from a very wide range of users, some who are new to Maple and MapleSim, and others who are experienced users going back many years.  And while we review each contribution before we post, we do so primarily to make sure that the content "works" in the stated version of Maple.  We do not test for compatibility with prior versions, nor to we test every algorithm and formula to ensure that they are mathematically correct.  If there are any obvious errors or issues with formatting that can be improved, we will work with the author to improve it prior to release.

So while there is absolutely variance in quality of the materials available, the Application Center has been designed so that the community can provide feedback to the author and the rest of the community about its quality.  The Application Center will then look at this feedback when determining where to include certain content.  The best stuff will bubble up to the top, while the content deemed of poorer quality will sink down.  We call this system 'popularity'.  If you're interested in learning more about how we calculate popularity (or even better -- if you have some suggestions to improve it), make sure to check out a blog post written by Will Spaetzel that describes how the popularity system works.

The ratings slider is the easiest way to contribute your quality score for an application, but you can also leave opinions, questions or suggestions by using the comment section.  Or if you'd prefer, you can even contact the author directly.

The Application Center also has an Editor's Choice section, which is content that has been handpicked by Maplesoft as the 'best of the best', and is usually a great place to start if you're looking for some good examples.

When it comes to comments, they are moderated, just as comments in our corporate blogs are.  This is to prevent inappropriate language or spam from being displayed.  We try to be as open as possible and have never, and would never, block comments that are legitimate opinions, corrections or questions regarding a particular application.

With regards to the Online Help System, there are no public comments available for that section and any comments that you provide, while greatly appreciated and read, are only used internally.

I hope this answers some of the questions/issues raised about the Application Center.

Regards,
Bryon

Thanks for the suggestion, but that was unlikely the cause.   The problems seem to be related to the server, and we were witnessing some very strange behaviour shortly after launch.

As a fan of the Maple Leafs, I am unable to find any joy whatsoever in the current run the Habs are on.

No Habs No!

 

I recall the scenario that Alec is describing, and I was the one that removed the message.  The specific message in question was posted as part of a thread that was going well off-topic for anything that could be considered a 'normal' Primes conversation, and was moving into inflammatory territory that I felt clearly violated our Community Guidelines.  As Alec mentioned, I sent him a message stating my specific reasons for the action.

Please note that this is the only time that I ever removed a message, and it is something that happens very rarely -- less than 5 times in the 4+ years (and over 20,000 messages) that Primes has been up and running. I also want to make it clear that we have never removed or changed messages that are critical of Maplesoft or our products.

Alec, we genuinely appreciate your contributions to MaplePrimes, and I hate to think that we are going to miss out on your input in the future. You are certainly always welcome here!

Bryon

We are not planning on having the old version of MaplePrimes stay as a pubicly available site.  However, it will be maintained internally as a reference site for our developers.

 

Nedeco is the company that we used to help set up the telecommunications systems of the new office, and they are coincidentally located in the same building as Scientific Computers in Aachen.

The address of the new Maplesoft office is:

Auf der Hüls 198
52068 Aachen, DE

The "track message" feature is indeed included in the new version.  And in addition to e-mail, you can also choose to track content via RSS feeds.  Somewhat related, we have also added features for sharing content via your Twitter or Facebook accounts.

The collaborative books feature did not make it across.  They do not get used a whole lot, but you raise a good point.  There is some really good information in them, so we will come up with a way to migrate the content to the new site.

Thanks for the suggestion. 

There are no specific mechanisms available to flag an individual account, and that is not something that has been built into the new version that we are working on.  However, in the new version you will be able to flag a message as 'spam' and that will then help us administrators make appropriate decisions at the account-level.  Hopefully that will provide you with the capabilities you are looking for.

You can also always feel free to directly contact a MaplePrimes administrator with any issue or concern you have.

Regards,

Bryon

The best place to ask for help to specific math, Maple or MapleSim questions is MaplePrimes, which is the community site for Maple & MapleSim users.

Prof. Ogilvie: Thank you for your comments.  I have forwarded your suggestions on to the Maplesoft  development team.

To redirect a message to a different category:

  1. Go to the message in question
  2. Click the "edit' option that appears beside the title
  3. Near the top of the edit page, there is a field that reads "MaplePrimes Forums" followed by a drop down box containing a list of all of the forum topics in MaplePrimes.   Select the appropriate forum.
  4. Click the "submit" option at the bottom of the edit screen.

To promote content to the front page:

  1. Go to the message in question
  2. Click the "edit' option that appears beside the title
  3. Just above the submit/delete buttons at the bottom of the page is a subheader labelled "publishing options".  Click that subheader to open up a group of options.
  4. Check the box that appears beside "promoted to front page".
  5. Click the "submit" option to accept the changes.

 

Let me know if you have further questions, or if these options aren't appearing in your edit page.

Bryon

Patrick -- I completely agree that editing someone's post can be a tricky situation, which is why we have typically avoided it.   The only times that we've ever considered it is when there is a spelling or grammatical error that we feel has a significant negative effect on the comprehension of what the poster is trying to communicate.  Regardless, always make sure to send the original poster a note indicating the change(s) that you made and offer to make further edits if that user requests it.  In the four+ years that we've been running Primes, we have edited only a small handful of messages, and most are for technical problems with formatting.

In terms of "correcting" cultural terms (like math to maths, or vice versa), I strongly discourage those types of edits.

The new version of MaplePrimes handles 'deletes' better than the current version.  Once the new version comes live, content will never actually get deleted.  Instead, it will get "deactivated".  What this means is that if you ever accidentally remove something, you can let us know and we can immediately reactivate it.  With Drupal, the content is completely removed once deleted.

In the meantime, I'd like to leave the current version as-is so that we can keep our resources forging ahead with the new site instead of updating this one.

Bryon

Not to worry... it takes two distinct clicks to actually remove content.  One click on the first "delete" and a second to confirm. 

Bryon

The best way to send millions of spam messages without getting caught is to have an army of people do it for you.  The "best" (i.e., the sneakiest) way to do this is to write a virus that gets installed onto someone's computer (usually via a trojan) and then it will work in the background to send the spam.  So while I don't have any specifics about this particular instance, I'm fairly confident about how the attack is being carried out.

As for changing the rules to prevent automatic registration or to prevent new users from posting a message, it's a good idea but I'm hesitant to roll that out, even if just for a few days.  If I were a new Maple user that was having trouble in a particular area, I'd find it very frustrating if I couldn't post a message to our help forum.

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