Bugs, Feature Requests, Wishlists
This project was created on 01/20/2014 and last updated 2 months ago.
Bug Report: Project logs/descriptions do not update correctly when typing normal text. If the post already had text, it stays as-is, and if it is a new post, it is posted blank. However, using the editor to add a 'divider line' causes it to update correctly somehow.
Hey! I'm a dev kumar from india ! I had a question, I'm looking to take a snes rom or other roms and making them work on an android device without an emulator. Also I have a few ideas that I would like to run by you if you have the time
Hi dev kumar, this page is for feedback regarding the Hackaday Projects site itself. Did you mean to post your comment here or on another project?
If anyone has any advice for dev kumar, please post it in the comments on his profile.
Hey David, we're going to have another couple of rounds of community voting. It will finish sometime before August 20th, which is when you need to have met all the requirements (including a video) to advance to the next stage.
We modified the rules slightly and extend the deadline. You can see last week's post for more details - http://hackaday.com/2014/07/18/the-hackaday-prize-rules-change-and-entry-date-extension/
Good luck with 0x05ECure. Give us a shout if you have any more questions,
Vote engine is broken. Though probably not the way everyone else means, but I wouldn't be surprised it they're related. This project is always showing as the first entry for me regardless of the computer I use: http://hackaday.io/project/2025
Hello Digital Corpus, we did add a little weighting which does mean new entries are shown more until they've been seen as much as the others. Essentially, so they can catchup. We may need to tweak this. I've raised it with our Devs.
You should also know, that once you have positively voted for a project, you will not be shown that project again in the same round.
Thanks for highlighting this. Jasmine
Good try, but there is already such a project with beter implementation/documentation/features see here http://www.jcwolfram.de/projekte/avr/chipbasic2/ I have made this 16 color computer and it works great. No need to type anything, no prompt. embedded editor, terminal program, games, chip-8 emulator and many more features in a single chip. External rams can be left out. The single chip version stores up to 8 programs. with an external eeprom id can store up to 255 programs.
Hello Sammy, for this round of voting once you have voted for a project, it is removed from the choices. If you are shown a project, but you do not choose it, it can be displayed to you again. If you keep on refreshing the page rather than voting, you have a random chance of being shown any project you haven't voted on yet.
Hello Zakqwy, If you have notifications turned on (see http://hackaday.io/settings ), then you will get notifications. However, there is a limit so we only send out one email an hour. If more than one person comments or follows you in an hour, we'll only email you about the first. We intend to make it easier to see notifications when we improve the feed, and look at notification alerts then. Hope that explains.
Lately, when I click on a project picture that is displayed big, it will give me a cropped and resized small image, but when I click on the small picture version I will get an uncropped, right sized picture. Wild guess, you made "thumbnails" for a better page load for lists of projects and somehow the picture links are mixed up?
And while I'm still here, my sonic screwdriver is marked as featured on the start page, which makes me wonder - wouldn't that mean it was on the hackaday.com page? Would be cool but it's not in a state where I would want to present it ;)
Hey davedarko, I'll put in a ticket for the image bug. Regarding the featured - these are picked by the Hackaday Team, so could be any project complete or in progress. At the moment because of The Hackaday Prize, we have been featuring one THP entry and one non-THP project. I can change it from your project to another if you would like?
I've got 13 external links on my project site, and will probably gain many more between now and changing over to 'complete project' status; I'm using it as a 'works cited' section to store interesting ideas. However, I'd also like the links to my Dropbox repo and various Google sheets to be at the top to make 'em easier for folks to find. Can you make the External Links section drag-and-drop reorder-able?
First off: Excellent project site, and nice integration into Hackaday. I do have a minor nitpick though. When I click on my feed, I see when anyone does anything for a project I follow. I would just like the feed to show actual updates to the projects. Even people commenting would be fine, as I find that feature useful occasionally. But seeing who gave what a skull or started following what is kind of annoying to me, as I follow quite a bit of projects.. I would like my feed to include only things I would take action on, like seeing what the update is, or what some random commenter said.
I understand that I may be in the minority on this one, so perhaps just an option/preference for each person to set themselves is a good answer. Perhaps it's not a problem at all, and I should just suck it up
Hello j0z0r pwn4tr0n, you are not alone with your thoughts about the feed. We are starting to improve this incrementally. Please be patient. Thanks for taking the time to explain how you think Projects could be better. We really appreciate it.
How about a page load timestamp, small and innocuous and contextualized to my location, on all the pages that have time references like "2 hours ago"? Right now it really means "2 hours since this page was loaded" but I may not remember when that was.... this would be especially useful on mobile, when connectivity might be often interrupted.
It looks like it happens when I copy and paste something into the post field. Even when I type just a test comment without any weird characters and copy and paste that, it ignores the entire post change. Copy and pasting works fine for the comments section.
If I am following a project and maybe even trying to recreate the steps or make my own version of it, is there any way I can ADD to the project LOG, or like git somehow FORK it and put my changes in the new version or do I make a completely NEW project...???
How do I share my work with a project..?
'Made one' or forking would be a great feature, but it is unlikely we can do it soon.
At the moment you would have to make your own new project. Reference the original in the description, and add a link to it in the side links. As davedarko said, you can leave a comment on the original project to let them know.
Thanks for piping up. It's great to hear what future features are desirable.
I'm not certain if I am the only one to notice this..or what... But I noticed an inconsistency in emails I received regarding receiving skulls and the number of skulls I actually have... The number of emails is roughly half compared to what the website shows I actually have. Just to check, I looked through my feed history and it shows more than the website shows I have..by about 8 currently.. but shouldn't they be the same? I first noticed this because I'd receive an email stating I had a new follower...so I'd take a look and I also had a skull..but no email for the skull.. Any idea about the inconsistency?
I have only received one email ever, so that tells me I'm properly registered in the system. Until I had received that one I thought it just wasn't working at all. When I received that one, I thoroughly checked my spam filter to make sure, nothing. Never got even a second email, despite more skulls and follows.
Hello fl@C@, davedarko, and Kenji.
If you have notifications turned on (see http://hackaday.io/settings ), then you will get notifications. However, there is a limit so we only send out one email an hour. If more than one person skulls or follows you in an hour, we'll only email you about the first. We hope to make it easier to see who has followed, skulled, etc when we improve the feed. Hope that explains the situation at the moment.
Hi Jasmine.. Thank you. That does explain the email portion.. But what about the discrepancy with the feed showing more people giving skulls and following than the website reflects? At current count I show over a hundred followers and nearly eighty skulls at current count...The website shows much less..?
Hi Jasmine. That doesn't explain my situation. I have had notifications turned on since I registered, but have only ever received one email. I'm not saying they aren't being sent - just saying I'm not receiving them (except for that one). Is there a way for you to tell if they are bouncing?
Hey Everyone, don't forget that people can un-follow or un-skull you.
Also, people that follow your profile don't show up as followers to your project or vice versa, but your profile page shows total skulls from all your projects. These may be reasons why the feed doesn't look like it tallies.
Kenji - Looking at the database, it is not showing any settings for your notifications. Can you check what you have on http://hackaday.io/settings ?
Hi Jasmine, Interesting. When I go there, all items are checked. On the email address page, the address is correct. And I did get the one email...
I could try un-checking and saving, then re-checking, but I'll hold off on trying that if you want to check something prior - happy to help you debug. Let me know!
On project logs, when you are editing a new log, Ctrl-Z undoes some typing you've just done, but Ctrl-Y does not re-do it. (This comment box works as expected, however. ) So if you hit Ctrl-Z one too many times, you may lose a paragraph, and have to rely on your memory and having time to re-type, to get it back. Yep, just happened. Sigh...
One thing I would like is an auto-generated table of contents for project logs. Just take the titles of every log and make a list. Put that list of links wherever, on the left side, or at the top of the logs section.
I've been contemplating how to arrange my info and it seems that my hack on this one would be to just link to my individual logs and put them in a list in the details section, so that readers can just jump to where they want to go. But if you had an auto-generated list happening, I would not have to do this. I'm going to do this on projects Reactron Overdrive where I anticipate a lot of different kinds of logs, and also on interpreting LCD signals, where I want to make a guide so I really do need a table of contents kind of structure. My thoughts about that structure are discussed in the details of that project.
I think the build instructions could also benefit from a structure like that as well, though as each does not have a distinct title, that may be harder - but you could require the instruction steps to have a summary or title...
Anyway, just a thought - obviously there is a workaround for now.
That is a great idea! Maybe it could work like tags where you could add the status of your choice. Much better than just "ongoing" or "complete". Maybe a "percent complete" estimate could be associated with it too, or entirely separate, to allow sorting on that parameter.
I'm having an issue with bullets in my logs bleeding over onto the main project display:
'Safety first, kids!' is another log update; it shouldn't be bulleted (nor should the paragraphs below it). Is this because the 'read more' link is in the middle of a bulleted list, so the disappears?
It would be great if on Profile and Projects pages, there was a way to add hierarchical categories.
I mean, tags are a top-level way, but you can not search projects by tags within a profile or Project page. I am thinking of something other than tags though, something like folders. For instance I have a bunch of projects that really could be all under one umbrella, distinct from other projects. But some of my hacks are purely mechanical, no electronics at all, but still hacks. I could see those being in a category of their own. (I could further see sub-categories...) I could get by with tags now if only there was a user-specific tag search with pre-populated tag-dropdown with tags used by that user.
Maybe I am just missing something, and there is a way to do this, or similar?
I'm really excited for the hackerspaces feature! I know its just getting started but I think it would be awesome if there were an easy way to associate my profile with the hackerspace as a user/member, and to associate my projects with the space so I could go to spaces page and see what projects were made there. Finally, I think it could be useful to add a feature to the whole website where skills and tools could be associated with my profile, so I could have a bit of a hacker resumes/skill-set. This could potentially be correlated with available tools/processes in hackerspaces, so I could be a resource to that community as a person skilled in ______. This could also lead me to projects that I'm interested in or to projects that might want my help. I know tags are available, but they are too loosely defined in their usage.
Hello lasllamasvuelan, we're glad you like the Hackerspaces feature. You are right, we are just getting started, and do plan to add many of the things you have suggested regarding projects/skills/tools swap etc.
At the moment, the person who created the hackerspace page can add you or others to the page, either as Crew or a Member. When that's done, you should see a badge from that Hackerspace on your profile. You should contact the creator to be added. If you are not sure who it is, you can leave a comment on the hackerspace page.
Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I have a question about the Hackaday prize entry... in the details it says "Upload the video to YouTube ... and post the video to Hackaday’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/hackaday ...". How do we post a video to someone else's channel? (It may be obvious, but I am not a prolific Youtuber... sorry!)
In my feed, some projects appear under multiple names in different feed entries, and a project that has been deleted still appears.
The first image following is of my feed; the second is of the HTML. (The entries that are closed in the HTML are ones I've hidden from my feed using a userstyle because I'm not interested in those types of story.)
For the first issue, notice that project 1538 has stories that call it either "PortableSDR" or "PSDR", and the URL slugs linked also vary correspondingly. For the second issue, the entries for project 1536 ("Small machine automatic stripe encoder") appear, but if I try to follow any of the links, I see that the project has been deleted.
I'll second wanderingmetalhead, most of the header menu is nonresponsive in the latest Firefox. Aha, also in the latest Chrome. Add project, feed, and everything in the "my" menu work fine, all the other links do nothing. Search expands and works as expected.
Also, and apologies if I've simply missed it, I'd like to see an RSS feed for individual project's logs. I intend to keep a page in my own webspace about my project (for the noncohesive notes and mind-dump-ey cruft that I won't put here), but I'd love to have a list-o-headlines or something I can display.
Curious... A comment ( http://hackaday.com/2014/07/04/the-hacklet-6-lasers/#comment-1615879 ) was made about my project page... I had noticed the more I added the slower it responded, and there are things like unordered lists that I can't seem to remove... Do I have to rip out my whole description, or is there something I've done wrong? Too much content? Would it be possible to have a tab system, or a way to have multiple pages or something for the description? Something like a composition book would be awesome, where tabs could separate topics... Just a thought.. Maybe I'm just too long winded.. :)
It seems to be the sheer size of page that is killing the Firefox on slower systems. We're working on two things to address this systematically: (a) auto-resize of images on home page; (b) better pagination. These will make the page 'lighter' and result in less problems when loading (large) pages.
In the meantime, one thing you can do is simply edit details/buildlogs for your project and add "Read More" tags where appropriate. That way you can reduce the amount of content that's shown on main project page, which should hopefully mitigate the issue.
Thanks Aleksandar.. It sounds like you guys have it... I was under the impression that more is better for the documentation, I'll try adding some read more tags.. Until those changes go in, I'll try reducing my images a little more before uploading them too..
Is there a way to fix the formatting problems I'm having? It seems the entire details got included in the unordered list and I can't remove that formatting...so when I try to add another, it indents the entire block of text....
Can we have an undo button for the voting page? I accidentally voted for a project (clicking the vote button when I meant to click the more info link). I hope there are enough votes for each project that one stray vote won't matter, but I'd hate to sway the contest the wrong way.
After I update my project, on the main page, it shows my project as "just updated". But, on that page it shows the number of skulls, follows, and comments. For comments, it shows 4. But, when I go to the project page, I only have two comments. Any other page, (like the hackaday entries page) show the right number of comments, just not the main page.
Generally good. Had two problems so far:
1) Build instructions go all out of order when editing and saving, going back in and fixing it (manual, tedious) will restore it (Project Ice Station Thuban). I dare not touch it now...! I saw that others had this problem.
2) Project details: if an image is at or near the "Read more" break, it shows up full size and clicking on the read more link just shows the image, does not take you to the read more text. Moving the image around helps in some ways. The see all details link continues to work properly, however. (This happened on Project Cicadidae vitula)
Is anyone else unable to vote? When I click a vote button it gets stuck on "Voting for [project]…". I would suspect something's weird with my browser configuration, but I did successfully vote once using the same browser configuration the other day.
Hello Everyone, if you can't vote for some reason let us know. Info about browser config would be useful.
[notexactly] - Are you still unable to vote? If so, let me know the details.
It does look like you've voted once, so at least you are in with a chance for the next voter's lottery - http://hackaday.com/2014/06/27/astronaut-or-astronot-nobody-won-this-week-anyway/
When i follow a hacker, i follow all his projects automatically. Would it make sence to increment the follower count on the projects as well? I don't see why i should click all projects when i get the same messages but it would be great to know for the hacker, or not?
Hey bremenpl, it's great that you want to hear about new projects by email. We are working on improving notifications. Initially this is likely to be via the on-site feed, rather than email. In the mean time, you can check http://hackaday.io/projects/sort/date for the latest projects.
Thanks for your feedback
- I can't seem to use the context menu for text editing. As I understand it, I have to highlight text to make the menu appear, but nothing does. I'm using Chromium on Archlinux, tools such as ghostery and adblock are disabled on this site.
- I find it difficult to distinguish between a top level comment and a reply to another comment, such as on this page when there are many comments. I feel that a vertical bar running down the left side of the comments or a similar visual indicator would be helpful.
- I would really like for the short project description to be alt text or something that I can pull up while browsing projects. Otherwise it's hard to tell that my 'slodac' project is about a laptop, and not the desk or keyboard also shown in the picture.
With the context menu, when you select the text does your cursor end up outside of the editing window when you release the mouse button? I had this issue and the menu was not showing up (I was selecting from right to left so I went off the left side of the area).
The issue with comments has been reported and is waiting for a fix.
Good idea about the hover text. I've submitted an issue to see if this can be improved soon.
Mike, thank you for the response, I'm excited to see this site provide a much needed service.
Even when selecting text and keeping the cursor inside the editing area, the context menu doesn't appear. Time permitting, I'm going to look into redactor and see if I'm doing something to break it.
I'm sorry but I strongly dislike the voting process. By pairing things up and asking people to vote for one or the other I alternate between being forced to chose between two projects I think are very good and giving a vote for the better of two projects, neither one Of which I like. My guess is this was the easiest to code. What is wrong with a summary page where you vote and submit the final decision? That would also be easy to code.
I think this site faces the same challenges seen by other sites that aggregate content around the web; you want topics to stay fresh, but you also want to improve visibility of items people like. Sites like Reddit use up/downvotes combined with a time-based decay algorithm to sort posts, and also give you different options for viewing content ("hot", "top" from a given time period, "new", "rising", etc).
My feeling is that the HaD.io team used the current voting system as a way to bypass the self-reinforcing 'most skulled' default sorting mechanism. They want projects that haven't gotten as much visibility to have a fair shot in the vote; if they gather enough data, this method should remove a lot of the bias. I'm definitely curious to see how it turns out.
On this project: http://hackaday.io/project/1507 the "Read more »" link in the Details section is incorrectly generated. See here (note that the mouse-pointer is hovering over the link and the target is displayed at the bottom): http://i.imgur.com/Q4MZYep.png
The actual HTML returned is here: https://gist.github.com/makestuff/e5df6de4e04c2e08f28b
Hello again Chris,
Thanks for reporting the bug. Each entry is displayed in full unless it is more than 4156 chars long. As a work around so you don't get the broken link, you can insert the 'Read More' tag earlier on. To do that, go to edit the details/description/log and select the point where you want to insert the tag. When you select something, a little menu appears. The last button on the menu inserts the Read More tag. Only the content before the tag will be displayed on the main project page.
Hope that helps. If not, let me know. We'll fix the bug soon too.
Hey Sammy. We do randomization & limited number of votes in order to ensure everyone gets a fair chance and that the system can't be easily abused. That said - this is only a first voting cycle ("best idea"), and we'll make sure we incorporate this feedback for next ones. At very minimum, we'll make sure to increase the limit on number of votes. Thanks!
This is likely to have already been mentioned, but just a random suggestion for the parts list is a CSV upload option. Provided the required layout has been met, I'm confident it will make adding everything that little bit easier. Although at the same time, that does not help you folk with the mountain of work you're doing at the moment. Great job so far though. I've not found anything awkward yet.
Hello VP, we made a change a little while ago so that more of the project logs are displayed.
If you don't want all of a log to be displayed, you can insert the Read More tag. You do this you go to edit the log and select the point where you want to insert the tag. When you select something, a little menu appears. The last button on the menu inserts the Read More tag. Only the content before the tag will be displayed on the main project page.
Hope that helps,
Since the site is basically a two column vertical scrolling site, it is often difficult to find the boundaries between two sections. For example: When I want to post a project update, the latest update is on top. However, I have to scroll down through my older updates to click "Add Project Log". I can't hit END on my keyboard either, because that would go to the bottom of the page where comments are. It would be more convenient if frequently used commands are always on top of the page (maybe there should be a non-scrolling navbar?).
Just an idea for the new feed, but if you're cutting down on the amount of "x is now following y" it might make more sense, since the list will be shorter, to do it dropdown style a la facebook instead of an entire page, meaning that I can stay where I am on the site but keep an eye on the feed
Could you log your updates on http://hackaday.io/project/46-Hackaday-Projects so everybody can see what is possible since the new update? I've seen a new sorting option "recently updated" for the project feed which is great, but wondered what else was achieved since the last update.
Hey Dave. That was the original plan, but we kinda dropped the ball on it a bit :) As of next week we'll get into a regular schedule of pushing CHANGELOG-style updates on "Hackaday Projects" project so that everyone is aware of all the things that have been updated (and give feedback). Thanks!
I think my project page is broken!
All content between my new build log entry's youtube video and the youtube video on my previous build log entry is not displayed. Seems like a bug to me.
I sort of did a workaround by typing enough stuff so that the second youtube video didn't make the front page of my project. But I'm pretty sure it would still do it again if I added another youtube embedded video to the beginning of another log entry.
Here is feedback on the personal "Feed" link. I don't think "[Name] is now following [project you are also following]" should be in my personal feed, or at least let me turn it off.
I have stopped using the Feed entirely for some time now because it is swamped with "[Name] has started following [popular project]!" That doesn't interest me but it is the vast majority of the entries. The things that interest me are lost in that noise.
What I care about is: Project I am following has been updated, Someone has started following one of your projects, A comment has been added to one of your projects, or someone has replied to one of your comments/posts.
On parts list: it would be nice to be able to include links: to where that part could be purchased from, datasheets, reference material, etc.
Under "feed": Although I would be interested in people following me, I find a new line for every time someone follows a project that I follow to be superfluous.
A quicker way for me to hit my current in-progress project(s) would be nice. Currently, I have to click Projects first.
Hello Hari, MED, and Niftylight,
- URLs in component descriptions now show as links when you include http://.
- We have a new feed in the pipeline. Watch this space.
- There is a link to 'Your projects' in your personal menu which appears when you hover over your image top right of every page. I'll make a note regarding this as we may be able to include it on the feed page or a personal dashboard in the future.
Thanks for your feedback.
Hello Hari. Thanks for the lovely message on my profile. We are glad that you found us and are really happy to see your projects.
Regarding reply - We need to put the reply under all comments, but for the time being you can use the reply under the original message (in this case your original message). We will fix this soon.
On the project home page for my project it says "This project was created on 03/11/2014 and last updated 3 months ago.", but I have updated the project log multiple times. Shouldn't the project log update the "updated" time? If you just look at the created line it looks like my project is stale.
It would be nice to upload more pictures for the projects we post. I have quiet a few screenshots and images of hardware and software I would like to show and im sure viewers would be more inclined to see pictures rather than read a tonne of text. Currently I can only show 6 images but at least 10 should be available in my opinion
The featured image are is limited. But you can put as many images in the project details, build logs, and instructions as you wish. When you're in the editor window look for an icon on the left border. Click it and you can upload a picture and it to your post.
Some formatting was removed in project log, if you select a text block, press tab it nicely indents, though only in some edit boxes (not this one for instance, TAB goes to Post Comment box here) But then when it is posted , tabs go away. Also that problem of cut and paste double spacing.
Is there a code tag/markup?
I'd rather have the buttons for adding project logs, components, comments, etc all in one place, either at the top or the bottom basically a toolbar, or even just an additional quick edit toolbar. It's tiresome scrolling around looking for them if you have a lot of entries.
Number for parts of components should be float, not integer! We used Ikea table legs for our projects. We needed 7 peaces, each ~40cm. So we cut them in half. But I am not able to enter "3.5 Ikea table legs"! ;)
Other feature request "would be nice":
- resorting links
- adding team mates not registered at hackaday.io
- edit vimeo video embed code
I'm having an issue uploading pictures to a build log; when I try to insert them via upload, nothing appears and a red bar shows up at the top of the screen that says "[object OBJECT]". Linking to externally hosted images shows a broken link icon. I double-checked, pictures are *.jpg format and well under 2MB. Any ideas?
It would be great if we could choose what notifications we get in our feed. My feed has become useless because any interesting logs or other notifications get lost in the hordes of notifications about new people following projects that I am following.
I just took another look at my project at http://hackaday.io/project/1112-Pressure-Cooker-Vacuum-Chamber (thanks for tweeting it, BTW) and I noticed that the text in step 3 is huge. I went to fix it and the editor seems to think that it's already normal sized text. I tried reformatting it to force it to be normal text, but nothing changed. What am I doing wrong?
I searched below and didn't see this. Allowing contributors on a project to modify any and all aspects of a project. I am marked as a contributor on a few projects but can modify links etc. I believe the only thing I could do was add a project log.
Maybe it's just me, but the front page is somehow boring, There is always Raspberry Eye project, or 68000 computer, or Mooltipass, or Roboartist or PCB mill for under $10, often two or three of them. Though those are really great projects, the new projects do have short living in front page.
Honestly, I have no idea how to implement different algorithm to select projects on front page.
current algo: select displayed item per category/filter based on caption
the only way to do this "fair" is rand() selecting a project, then creating the caption based on project properties. rand() result could be biased a bit to exclude "empty" projects.
Adding properties of the viewing profile to the selection algo ("people you follow, follow the following projects", "the following projects got a good markov-chain-fit with your projects/projects you follow" [ see http://pyevolve.sourceforge.net/wordpress/?p=1319 ], ...
I love the layout, it's simple yet powerful (kinda like that dude from the goonies except if he looked like brad pit). I have a bit of trouble replacing a selected item with paste, and the project pic seems like it could use the ability to select the project within the picture. If it's already there my mistake. Thanks!!!
Love your analogy for the design.
Regarding the project picture - I'm not quite sure what you mean. Do you mean that you want to be able to choose the main picture for the project or something else?
I'll have a look in to the cut and paste issue, but let me know what platform/browser you are using?
Firefox Iceweasel fork, seems like chrome on the windows box isn't having that issue.. I'm not sure how do reply to a reply, hopefully this is the way. Whoa i guess i'm answeing your questions all topsy turby(like me); the uploading situation.. Well, i uploaded a picture (Didn't trim it or work with the picture, so it's all me and lazy) kept the focus on an aspect of the picture that well didn't allow a focus zone for other users browsing my gallery. So it's really nothing, just a simple edit in gimp removed the focus from the wall, and on the actually project(in my case it should have been the wall*Oh burned myself hehe*).
I may be alone here, but I think the front project page layout is too terse and text-centric. A lot of the cool images get buried in the project logs and the "details" section which leaves the main page just a bunch of blocks of text with six pictures on the left-hand side.
What I think the project pages need is more of a way to draw people in to look at the build log content (and to do that, we need images and embedded video). A lot of people will just skim text until they find some cool stuff to look at.
A few quick suggestions:
#1: Give the option to embed a Youtube video to each project's main page. Especially for the HackadayPrize folks, that are required to have one anyway as part of the rules. I think this would give us a more meaningful way to convey our projects to the judges and hackaday users. It would be very similar to the way Kickstarter does it, where each campaign has an intro video... except they would be kept optional for people that don't want to go through the trouble.
#2: The project log entry summaries on the main project page currently strip away any images and just post the first couple of sentences. I think being able to have a picture or thumbnail from each project log summary would give people more of a reason to click the links. I don't think this is a lot of work for you, just stop stripping out the images that would normally make it into the summary. Or, you could add a summary text field and a summary image to each build log entry, that would show up on the main project page.
Thanks, other than that, I'm really liking Hackaday Projects. It gave me motivation to actually document my project(s), and for that, I'm grateful.
Hello Neil, Good idea about the video embeds.
Project logs have been updated so the whole post is displayed. If you want to just show part of the log, you can insert the 'more' tag.
Glad you like the site. You have done a great job on the write up for your pick and place 3D printer. Keep up the good work.
Feedback: As a noob, I think this is great! The future of open collaboration, despite embedded video link problems (hopefully temporary).
Personal problem: I'm the weirdo who uses Geany also as a word processor, so I'm into indenting to separate subjects and ideas. I see evidence of others having indenting problems on this site also. Is there a workaround that I'm missing, is this a Wordpress thing, or should I give up my old school habits and give in to the interweb masses?
The Ada Initiative has great resources about creating one, including this article which discusses exactly the HaD sort of community: http://adainitiative.org/2014/02/howto-design-a-code-of-conduct-for-your-community/
You have raised some good points and a code of conduct is something we will develop. Thank you for providing the link to the Ada Initiative, it is very useful.
At the moment the only way for hackers to contact one another on the site is through public comments on people's profiles and projects by people who are logged in. Obviously we do not want anyone to feel harassed while using Hackaday Projects, and if anyone does they can let us know by emailing
email@example.com. We will look in to the situation.
Thanks again for your feedback. I'll get the legal docs updated.
Youtube embeds in project logs don't work anymore. They show up in the editor, but there is a blank space in the page after saving (and if I edit the page again).
Inserted URL, hit return:
(afaik this was first mentioned by emerica on IRC)
1. I would love to have that "made one" feature from thingiverse where you can show your own derivate of a project
2. comparable to the gist on github where you just throw in a draft which is not "git-worthy" it would be awesome to have an idea feature or a "quick hack" or trick section, which is not a long term project or big rescource monster or what ever
3. something like a "show related projects" would be cool, so you may find similar projects and hackers to collaborate with.
4. if there already is a view counter in the works, it would be great to show projects you haven't seen yet
5. and please integrate the feedback button in the "more" menu - i've seen enough project comments on this comment stream. it's just confusing.
Are there any known issues with viewing the site in Chrome? It looks like I'm getting a mobile version (everything is in a single long linear layout), despite being on my laptop. The Menu button in particular looks like it doesn't reflow the layout properly after clicking it.
Also, I'll second someone else's comment about moving the "Give Feedback" button. I only just now realized that it's for site-level feedback, and not for whatever project I'm currently viewing.
Hello bfoz, we are not aware of an issue in chrome. Most people use it to view Projects. It does sound like you are seeing the mobile version if there is a menu button. What OS are you using?
Moving the 'Give feedback' button is on our list of things to do.
Can you move the feedback button to somewhere else? Or put it in the menu above? Because guess which button I pushed when I commented on my samsung tablet...
We are working on project status (ongoing, completed, need help, etc.) and an API, but they are not ready yet. For the time being you can add an 'in progress' tag or let people know in the description. Versioning is an interesting idea.
Thanks for bringing these points up.
This is the first computer game I played back at university. We had entire walls devoted to dungeon maps as one player would take over from another. Back when there was only a command line and you had to know what you wanted to do, not expect the machine to tell you what to do.
THANK YOU SO MUCH... This is how I am going to spend my 50th birthday.
I would love for the project general description field to allow for a bit more text. Like maybe, twice as many characters as it is now? My project is hard to describe to beginners, let alone explain the differences to uber hackers that know what it is but want to know why it is different from others. And since the other sections are buried by default, I'm unable to make a good pitch on my front page :-/ Otherwise I'm extremely happy with how well this site turned out... great job!
I don't know if this is relevant or I'm just whining. If it's the latter please send me a PM and I'll drop it.
But in the sci fi contest we have a similar project as the tampa bay team, we're both working on bluetooth communicators. Now to be fair we did not post ours first, and we did'nt know of the other project when we posted.
That being said, we are getting very few followers or skulls in comparisson. I've noted that we've only seen our project make the front of the results only once, while up until yesterday or the day before, we actually had more content than the other team. With all due respect to the other team and their efforts.
Now our project has only been posted about 5 days.
Hello Bart, lot of this is to do with them getting their project in earlier. We did a Sci-fi contest Star Trek roundup (http://hackaday.com/2014/04/24/sci-fi-contest-roundup-star-trek) on April 24. They would have had a lot of attention from that. If yours had been up then, it would have too.
On our Home page, the main Projects page, and in feeds - Your project would have been promoted to the top when it was new, and also when you make updates.
Thanks for entering the contest. We look forward to seeing more of your projects. Good luck.
I just noticed the upvoting feature of these comments, cool!
I have a few other ideas.
-my previous comment about sending private message, it's about trying to network with people in my area. I like that you can search out other people in the same area, but the only way to contact them is a public comment? The prospect of this being a very social tool is exciting to me, I would love to see people collaborating on things. I think for the random questions and contact info sort of emails people would prefer private msg. But hopefully most project related questions and discussion remains open. :)
-small nitpick, if there is no more text to see, can you hide the "see more" link? And if someone leaves something such as the instructions totally blank, why not just hide the whole table?
-If someone replies to your comment does it show in your feed even if you aren't following the project? Because it should. And I'm 3rding the notion that people adding skulls to a project you are following is just noise. Kind of the same with more people following it? Maybe the best would be one line per project, 6 people started following this and 10 skulls"
Yes, we have private messaging in the pipeline. We really do want to encourage collaboration so people can work on projects together, or offer advice, or share tools. Also, we want to make it easier for people to find and get involved with local Hackerspaces.
Noted about the see more hiding blank areas.
We are also working on the feed. At the moment, I think only comments on projects you are following show up.
Thanks for the feedback.
Just curious - are the changes requests nad feedback from users here somehow translated into reality? Some "changelog" / "what's new on this site" would be nice. It may happen there is some new great feature and users are not aware of it.
Hello. Yes we are listening to you. I've just been taken on as Community Manager, so I will find a way to update you all on what's happening. Pretty likely it will be on http://hackaday.io/project/46-Hackaday-Projects. Thanks for the feedback.
[Bug?] In global feed just saw this: http://image-upload.de/image/MWwV4x/bbf55f7ed0.jpg class=newundefinedpage which shows up as timestamp only, but without something in the feed-activity div
This website is sorely needed. I was working on a similar project and happy you guys are behind the product I wish I had delivered. Please expose an API. I'm also interested in using the stack a sort of del.icio.us complete with folksonomy for makery/hackery links and resources.
Couple quick quirks;
1) Color scheme is nice but the grey on black on blacker black is really difficult to read. Could use borders in places to improve readability.
2) Lots of wasted space, sections could be grouped better.
Super professional MSPaint mock-up; http://static.projects.hackaday.com/images/5682331398706842315.png
3) Link to the original Hackaday is hidden under the "About Us" link in the page footer.
4) Some sort of donation link to verified projects?
5) Just made a project page for the mock-up, difficult to read instructions due to the color scheme.
6) "Give Feedback" bubble covers part of this comment box as well as input fields in the project publishing page.
7) Adding details to a project page brings me to a page with a poorly labeled input field.
8) Same gripe about the colors with on the adding component page.
9) Viewing my project page directly I have the options to Edit/add parts, instructions, etc. but I can't add images? Why can somethings be done directly while others I need to use the project editing page?
10) The button to delete components from the list blends into the background.
11) Dedicated fields for component URL/part number/cost might be nice. Makes for an easy bill of materials.
Well that turned into more than a couple, but going from zero to a full on project page was incredibly easy and just needs some fine tuning.
Hello James, thanks for your detailed feedback. It is much appreciated and really useful. I think some points we already have on our list, but I'll go through it with the team to see what we can add or improve.
Glad you like the site overall. Jasmine
I am not sure if I am in the right palce as I am new to your group, but I see you remove gold from plastic parts. Does anyone in this group have a new, automated and innovative way to remove plain old sand from gold tailings other than panning..??
It's weird to read the process from the first log witch is at the bottom of the page, to the last log, witch is at the top.. It's backward . I know somebody already commented it, but wanted to say I agree. Also, maybe there should be an option for placing "steps" of the project?
Thanks for the work you've done. I have a few things on my wish list:
1. Reduce the size of font used in code blocks. I had to reformat my code extensively to prevent wrapping.
2. A page view count would be great. My project has no followers, comments, or skulls. Did I publish a crap project or has no one seen it? I currently have no way of knowing.
3. Have a separate 'save' button in addition to publish. I don't want to lose an hour of work just because it's not ready to publish yet.
4. Editing around code blocks and images is difficult. If I add either at the end of a detail section, I can't get the cursor past it to add more text.
And, finally, a respectful question. Why didn't you just use wiki formatting for the details section? It seems you've put a lot of effort into recreating something that already has many highly polished implementations.
In the "Feed" section, I don't care if people start following or give a skull to a project that I'm also following. I WOULD like to know when that project gets updated. There are so many 'following' and 'skull' feeds that I feel I will miss an important 'update' message. At a minimum, please make an option to select what type of messages are received. Or, just don't notify the followers of other followers doing stuff.
Love the site however t would be great for the hackerspaces list at http://hackaday.io/hackerspaces if the city or location was visible in the list. (i.e. where the user is?) That way I don't have to click into all of them to see where they are!
[Bug?] For tag search, a hacker shows up multiple times if search matches multiple tag entries of that hacker: e.g. http://hackaday.io/hackers/sort/followers?tag=web http://hackaday.io/hacker/513 shows up 4 times (because there are 4 tags with "web" in it). Does it makes sense to add a sort-by-count-of-searchterm-descending sorting option?
I was just thinking, I'd sure like to find other high altitude balloon projects or robotics projects on HaD projects.. but there is no real section/organization other than tagging. Thought some sort of an "explore" feature would be neat so you can go browsing through projects by category or something. Just a thought.
I noticed that project logs (including the "View all") display in most-recent-first order. This is appropriate if you want to know what has happened lately.
But in cases where you want to read the process by which the project came to life, the decisions made, etc then you want to read logs in chronological order. However there is no current way to do this - they are always "backwards" (most recent first) from that perspective.
Proof-of-concept going on here:
It just occurred to me that this might be notifying my followers every 30 seconds? If so, I don't apologize: that's hilarious!
1. The "ranking" algorithm is currently not very sophisticated so it's kinda easy to game it. That's OK, we all love creative abuse here ! That said, your proof of concept does show that we need to get better :)
2. As far as notifications are concerned - we currently "collapse" identical events that occur within 30 min as a single notification in the feed, so you won't spam your followers timeline by doing this. However, your event will almost always show on top, since you're generating it every 30 sec.
Depending on all the people that people end up doing, we might have to move to a more "algorithmically curated" view of the feed, where events like this would be excluded, but for now we kinda like the "raw" feel of the feed.
In the following article it says there is an api, how can we get to this api? http://hackaday.com/2014/02/18/hackaday-launches-our-own-hosting-site/
When logged in: If you move your mouse from your pic to the then-unfolded menu entry "My Profile" you are leaving the hover-area, that unfolded the menu and you'll never reach "My profile"
You have to move the mouse down and then to the left.
Maybe you can add a slight timeout to the collapsing of the menu or (invisibly) increase the active area to the left.
Commenting auto-scrolls the text box into view, however if the text box gets too big (mine was about as big if not bigger than my entire screen's vertical[1080p]), it becomes a hindrance.
I was trying to write a long reply and every keystroke would cause the page to jitter because of the auto-scroll feature, which became very annoying.
Everything 101 seems to be about projects that are already created. Also the difference between Details and Project Logs seems to be minimal (maybe just update e-mails to followers on the later). Consider merging the two and have e-mail filters for what you want to be notified about. New post, edited/updated post, everything, etc.
Wish there was a way to see who was following my project. I know who they are when they start following(through the e-mail) but I wish I could hover over the number and see their profile pic and name, and then click that to get to their profile.
Give Feedback button should also have an Edit button right next to it, since sometimes I don't want to edit until I am a few scrolls down and then have to scroll all the way back up or all the way down to hit the ^ Going Up? ^ button.
I wish I could change the font size of certain text (I don't mind a few presets [H1-H6 in HTML] ) and I wish I could just tab the first line of a paragraph instead of using spaces or tabbing the entire paragraph over.
Other than that, this is great. Simple, easy to use, and allows me and everyone else to keep track of my progress on a project.
Great stuff HackADay, great stuff.
I think you should have to confirm something before someone adds you as a contributor to their project. I found out by surprise today that I am a contributor to another project, haha.
I also think there should be a way to remove yourself from being a contributor to other projects.
i'm using hot water too , gotten the idea from reading american stories that described washingmachines hooked up to the boiler as whell as to the cold water
my solution is a bit more basic : i used a thermotap unit basicly a showertap you can set at a certain watertemperature
, all i had to do was put an brass tread adapter on it to be able to fit the washingmachine hose directly on it , no adaptions where made to the washingmachine
i set it at 30 degrees celcius and when the machine needs to be hotter it adds to it electricly , the machine has a thermostat that thells the machine when the correct watertemp has been reached and continues the washingcycle
Interesting. So do you think followers of a project shouldn't be notified if the update is a small change?
We're going to improve the feed by the way. We'll probably give more details about the updates (like added 1 component, edited text on project log, etc.).
HTML style editing would be a huge plus. Also, many fields (such as the description field when adding components to a project) automatically fill with a long string of suggestions. That can be kind of annoying to delete over and over again for all of your components
What do you mean by HTML style editing? As in being able to write HTML codes? Or just styling? If it's styling, we do have that :)
Component descriptions: We are using a service to check parts and bring their category descriptions to help readers (ie. BAV99 is a Diode Array; mentioning this is good for people who don't have much knowledge about parts). Yes, this can be annoying if you are typing your own description and/or a link to the component, I understand but it's also good to have :) I'll discuss this more with the team. Thanks!
Two quickies. 1) Why does THIS page have a "Give feedback" link? and 2) some kind of error catch will be nice when you user info can't be found. Try for instance the obvious first user: http://projects.hackaday.com/hacker/0 that page just ends in an ugly white screen. Also, (okay, a third one) when you go to a project page that does not exist yet, lets say http://projects.hackaday.com/project/1000 then the message says the project does not exist anymore (but it never did). Maybe catch these and ask the user if they want to submit an awesome idea to fill the gap.
Nice work guys! But 2 thing:
- why are you switching to a mobile layout at such wide window-widths? I use a screen width of 1280 and if I shrink the browser just a bit, it switches to the mobile layout.
- please don't send HTML mails. Plaintext mails should be enough for anybody ;)
Plaintext emails: Let me kindly object ;) While HTML email users can read plaintext mails, lots of plaintext email users can't read HTML mails. Also HTML mails impose another attack vector, which is why lots of hackers don't use it. An opt-out to turn off HTML mails would be nice, but an opt-in would be even nicer.
Some items I'm missing (seen many of these already mentioned):
- Navigation to own projects is awkward - Would like to see some kind of dashboard with my own projects easily accessible.
- Italicize, Bold, Underline and other text attributes would be great to add emphasis and increase readability.
- More lines in the preview. Preview of journal items is truncated after 2 or 3 lines. Would be nice to have some more.
- "Sticky" top menu. When I want to navigate away from this page i need to scroll all the way up. This is partially fixed by the Going up? button.
But a great place to write about projects!
Hello, thanks for the feedback!
- Navigation: How do you navigate to your projects right now? We have a shortcut under the user menu. A dashboard could be interesting, we'll think about this.
- We do have italics, bold and other text styling options in many places. Please check out http://projects.hackaday.com/project/46/log/460 to learn more.
- We are working on making the excerpts smarter. Right now it's only the first paragraph of full text.
- Sticky menu: Not sure if this is really needed, considering small screen sizes and making it easy to focus on content (a menu that's always visible creates more clutter on the page).
Clutter is true, I like the clean layout now.
- Although my projects are a part of my personal profile, it does feel a bit awkward that they do not get a separate navigation item like "My Projects".
- I am struggling with returning to my main page. Many of the navigation is implicit, and it would help me to be more explicit.
- Text styles, I will look into that.
Thanks for the reply!
Is this something you think would be valuable? Our assumption was that people would want to use Github for this, but we can definitely add support in Projects too. We'll play around with this idea. If you have any ideas on how you would want design files represented, let us know. Thanks !
The Give Feedback link points to projects.hackaday.com instead of whatever domain I'm currently on.
The comment input box is WAYY down on the feedback page with the number of comments. Perchance it could be above the comments or have on show up where needed, like when clicking a reply link?
Could a text or archive (dare I say zip?) be made into a 'component' for source files/schematics? (hey, your schematic should be posted in every device you build! :) This could be limited to 2Meg or s, keep things under control.
-- everywun hats me cuz i cannu spel
hmm not entirely what I was thinking, but its plausable for code libraries I shuffle between projects.
As much as hardware components are parts of a project, so is software/firmware.
My idea was to find a way of rolling these and schematics into the usecase HaDProjects seems to be operating with.
is the idea behind the components section to also compile a list of every component used in every project? hmm
How about some way to privately correspond with another hacker? I'm thinking about the sci-fi contest and how I could connect with potential collaborators without posting my email address on this public site.
Of course, only registered users could write messages and activity that looks like spam would be disciplined.
Sorry if this is an unreasonably large amount of work to implement. Just a thought.
Hey, thanks for the feedback!
Yes, indeed it's a little bit too much work at the moment. For now, you can use the bits section on profiles and write your email address like:
e // at \\ supplyframe.com
(this is how I share my email address with others on public places). Of course, you can delete your comment after exchanging emails.
Granted I am a woodworker and not an EE, I understand this, yet some of the projects on the site are so over the top they are more just to showcase builds and not meant to be duplicated or replicated except for top level engineers with professionally equipped electronics labs....who aren't going to learn anything from completing it anyway! My opinion is the complexity of electronics projects has done the hobby a disservice in many ways and has alienated the demographic that would push hobby electronics over the top of the mainstream: hobbyists.
What Makes An Ideal Project?
An ideal project in my opinion:
Doesn't take that long, but provides enough learning and challenge so that I can be proud of the result.
Uses standard parts. I don't want to wait for a week to get my parts. (Plus two weeks after I find out that something didn't work, or I forgot something.) After months go by, I can't remember what's in that dark corner of my bench. Eventually, I just load the parts into a bin. (If the parts are standard, I lose nothing.)
Has utility, so that I can use it frequently. That's bang for the buck. Besides, I don't need another $200 novelty (white elephant).
Is easy to modify. (The original fun of ham building, and the basis of learning!)
Makes sense. If I can't follow the theory, how do I know a malfunction from normal operation? Published circuits that look as though they don't work usually don't. Flaws usually hide in backward, upside-down or colored schematics.
Never substitutes grandiose circuitry for the simplest possible circuit. If a transistor will do, then several op amps are at best inefficient. I don't care if I can squeeze one percent more performance out of the elaborate circuit. My concern is the necessity of 90 percent more gates. (Usually the performance statement is hyperbole anyway.)
Is serviceable, both now and in 10 years.
Contains reusable parts and construction.
Doesn't require special tools. You should be able to build it with basic tools...
– Needlenose pliers – Cutting dykes – Screwdrivers – Soldering iron
– Hacksaw – Nibbler – File – DVM
Includes some sort of backup for the user. Test points, a troubleshooting table, and an email address are good examples. If the project requires a programmed microcontroller, then the author must source this part. If the project involves ICs, particularly LSIs, a PC board source is a must.
Comes at a reasonable price, even considering builder errors that destroy parts.
Again, I understand I am not an electrical engineer, and perhaps my dismay with overly complicated and pricey "projects" reflects this fact, yet if the majority of projects are focused on builds that only professional engineers can pull off what's the point of the site?
Signed....Hobby Electronics Enthusiast.
Hey - I had an idea today, while not fully formed, might be built to be usable. What about a way to ask for help with a project? Kind of like a HAD beacon on the clouds (that was just too easy)
In all seriousness, it would be cool to either flag a project section with "ummm... anybody know how this is really supposed to be done?" or maybe a section to ask the hackers that do . ( A Guidance Welcome button? )
Also, maybe a Wiki style area where Noobs can RTFM *ahem... I mean do basic research. If they wanted to learn stuff that's either emerging tech, or topics that could be referenced when discussing projects.
This site seems like it has sooo much potential to make really, really, really, cool things by bringing inventive people from different disciplines come together. Keep up the good work!
And on this note, currently if you "share" the url via Facebook, it shows a huge photo of you (or your avatar) and pick a log file for the description. When you do implement the share function, maybe it can be handy to make the HaD logo or the project image available as thumbnail with the description accompanying it. (unless you share a log, then the log should be used)
Just an idea, no biggie
Did a search for "poll" and found nothing...
As an open source project (RoPi) I'm looking for feedback on specific design decisions. I'm not sure that the comment is the best mechanism for this (There aren't any comments on log updates) and I'm just plain used to polls. (Open ended and multiple-choice).
Any plans for polls in the future?
When looking through the list of hackers, If I look at a profile, it doesn't remember where I was. Were I to take that personally, I'd think it's making fun of me because I do that a lot these days... ; )
All narcissisms aside, It should probably remember where other people were too.
Wow, lots of feedback.
I just feel like, the best way for me to show a project is in a chronological format, mainly with pictures and then descriptions below each picture. I actually think the imgur albums are one of the best ways to show off projects, and show how they were put together. Just having a few (limited) random pictures at the side of the project doesn't work for me. It would be brilliant if you could team up with imgur and have embedded imgur galleries.
Imgur are quite a progressive company I'm sure they'd be interested in this.
I don't see a way to edit my comments and bits, only delete them, which leaves a "comment deleted" entry, for people to speculate on what Orwellian censorship has been applied to a anti-establishment commentary, instead of just a spelling edit.
Can we get rid of those?
And also add new comment edit field to the top of the comments instead of the bottom.
It was a long way down this page to find it :-/
for reference, it is a 5000x3000px 5MB jpg which appears to be too large. Please let us know image restrictions. Also it is not a square image. Please use the larger dimension instead of the smaller when cropping/sizing. The sides of my image are cut off.
A couple of quick items :
When viewing other people's projects, I can only get to select projects by tags by clicking on projects at the top. It's not there by default.
When choosing a tag, It's a static list
I can't type a tag in I want to look for
Not all tags show up.
(Chrome Version 33.0.1750.146 m on XP)
My very important and meaningful project:
is hamstrung by your strict adherence to postmodernist school of thought re: horizontal aspect ratio photos.
Free your minds, dudes! There are many paths to enlightenment, and Portrait Orientation is one of them!
I have to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to post a new comment, there is a lot of information here and I'm not going to check it all to see if other people have mentioned something similar.
I'm not sure how or where to post a video of my project in action.
While keeping a build log I like to post pictures of EVERYTHING, but it looks like we're limited to only 6 pictures per project, is there any way to increase this, or add images into the build log itself? Do the build logs support html tags in them?
Hey, yes projects will have only 6 images for now. And yes you are right, you can add more images to project logs. Or details section.
Details, project logs and pages (on profiles) use an editor that generates the HTML for you. And there is drag on drop image upload support. But if you try to add your own HTML code, it will be removed.
Hope this helps.
Perhaps make it an option under user profile settings to switch between a Light/Dark mode, personally late at night when my computer monitor is the main source of light I find the Dark style easier to read; that may just be me though.
"X started following Mooltipass" dominates my feed by a large margin. I'm not sure how important it is for me to be notified that someone (particularly someone I don't know) is now following a project (particularly a popular project) that I follow. It might be different if I were a lead or participant of the project, but as a mere follower these messages seem to lower the S/N of my feed. Could they perhaps be made optional?
First, I would like to see separate work-in-progress vs. completed projects sections, or in the least, some sort of indication which shows this (as others here have suggested).
Second, having on site file hosting for source code and other project documentation would be wonderful.
Other than that, I've been a follower of HaD for a handful of years now and it's great to see the efforts you guys are putting in to really bring together a community that can, at times, seem scattered. I'm very excited to see Projects develop. Keep up the great work!
Work in progress: This is one of the most requested features and it makes sense. We'll see what's the best way to solve this.
Source code hosting: It'd be nice to have of course but a lot of people already use & love services like GitHub (so do we), so right now we don't have plans of adding this feature.
Thank you for your feedback and kind words!
1) Goddamn it was annoying to need to scroll all the way to bottom of the page in order to post a comment/leave feedback.
2) Please, please, add a Drafts section to projects. I would LOVE to be able to keep my work documented on here before I publish the final project, or even to be able to go back and edit the project before publishing.
3) A Preview button for projects and comments.
4) Additional text formatting options.
1. We hear you :) This will be improved.
2. We'll be doing something like this.
3. Good idea!
4. What other formatting options do you need? We are open to suggestions.
5. Yes, image uploading should be improved. We're on it.
6. Makes sense.
Thank you for the feedback!
In regards to the text formatting I would like to be able to bold/italicize/underline text, have blocked quotes, line-numbered/formatted/colored computer code (meaning C++/Java/etc) text, and typefaces. While these do get abused sometimes and can make text incredibly painful they are also an amazing resource when the community respects them and help to break up long project write ups.
Also, 7) The ability to reply to a comment's reply rather than only the top level comment. As comment threads reach a certain length it becomes difficult to keep track of in-depth conversations and who said what to who. This would also help with Notifications, showing Hacker X replied to Comment Y on Thread Z.
e, I am also curious how site/project moderation and content curation will work. Perhaps I missed a post somewhere, if so a link would be appreciated. I realize this may not have even been considered thoroughly yet.
Will there be hackaday.com employee moderators or will they be chosen from the user base?
What about new project updates? Will you guys be putting together any kind of regular mailing list of cool new projects posted to the site? Or perhaps a Featured Projects section?
Bold, italics and blockquotes; we do have these :) Colored code: this is always good to have, I'll share with the team.
Replies to replies: Yes, we'll have this too.
Moderation: Right now, it's only us. As we grow, we'll have to think about this. But we'll have newsletters featuring cool projects. Right now we have a featured projects section on the homepage and it features only 2 projects.
So what's the policy on a project that's half baked? How can I indicate that? How can I filter out projects that are tagged as half baked when I search? How can I put out a call for others to help me?
Also, how can the comments get better? Reading this long thread was a little painful. Any chance the voting mechanisms will actually allow us to sort? Would be particularly interested in filtering for "top question". I use reddit too much to not favor that method of comments.
Finally, in the event that I missed all of this info somewhere, can we have a "getting started" (with video!) or a FAQ?
Half baked projects; we are planning on doing something about this. Right now project owners can use tags or summary/description sections to mention if the project is still in progress.
How can I put out a call for others to help me: Not sure if we'll have a section for this but I think summary/description sections are the best way to call for help.
Comment sorting: Great idea. I added this to the list.
Getting started: I'm on this (should be published soon)! :)
Thanks for the feedback.
Adding more fields to the component lists, ability to import a BOM would be nice too, make it the nice type that allows you to upload just about any CSV and then it lets you map the columns to whats expected ( as well as being able to ignore columns) even though only one or two of the worlds component suppliers seemed to have figured that one out, avnet's is good, and arrow's is a decent example. For what not to do, look at how digikey handles it.
though both still need some work.
It'd be great if you there was a unified supplier list drop down, that you can add too, maybe even make it so that people can add their own supplies and build a db ( though of course it'd have to be open only to people that wouldn't spam it ) having a big xref database would be awesome, but maybe outside scope
OEM Part number/ supplier part number and alternate part number would be the sort of thing. (hoping supplyframe will tie in somewhere, someplace)
Links to datasheets, searchable components.
I'd like to be able to embed WebCL objects as well as pictures and videos.
I've checked again and it does not work. I do not have to scroll the page and I do not get any feedback when clicking the Change button. Also the password does not get changed. I'm on Mac OS X 10.9.2.
In addition I see that it's not possible to reply to posts in this forum that aren't on the first level. I wanted to reply to your post directly, but I could not find a reply link.
I'm using this on Chrome which seems to exhibit a couple of oddities when trawling through the projects... If I'm a few pages down, and I choose to look at a project, it reverts to the top of the list. It would be great if it remembered where I was. Also, It seems after about 6 or 8 pages down when perusing other projects, Chrome crashes. Probably just my machine being a bit off, but still... ; )
I'd like to suggest a compact view of projects, where just the title and abstract are shown, or thumbnail, title, blurb. Perhaps with tags as a trailer...
Also, I'd like to suggest the ability to categorize my projects - this would come in handy for tiny projects like jigs, svelte fixes, elegant tiny solutions, and the "cool ways to..." type of thing.
Thanks for the feedback!
List remembering you: We're on this.
Compact list view: This could be interesting. I'll discuss it with my team.
Categorization: Not the same thing but you can add tags to group projects. I'll see what the team thinks about actual categories.
Hello, we do have a small tag cloud (of the most popular tags) on the homepage. Alternatively, when you search; we show results from all fields: projects, users and tags.
We are still improving ways of discovering new projects and thanks for the feedback!
I now have 5 project logs, each as important as each other, but from the main page only 3 are shown, and on viewing all project logs, they are one massive top to bottom article. So you don't get to choose from all 5 ( or maybe all 20 ) from a top level menu and decide what to read next.
I need to have these various aspect package in consumable portions and hosted with equal visibility, until I realized that it was only the top 3, those top level titles and first line of test in the main page were perfect.
Could you consider having all project log title / first lines on the main page, or can I achieve what I am after in some other way? I am more than willing to rejig all my content in the hope of getting a digestible landing page with equal access to a lot of rabbit holes...
Just looking at this again, and it does seem odd. There is no middle ground, it seems to be either a nice clean summary, but only the top three, or everything in one big stream. Help...really dont want to lose the other entries...
Markdown workaround: Post the Markdown source to the Web Dingus (http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/dingus), then copy and paste the HTML preview it produces.
Perhaps someone who's feeling more industrious than me could make a bookmarklet or user script to automate the process.
Projects is completely open (public API coming soon too) and there are no restrictions on the type of content you can post. As a general rule of thumb, if it's something that might be of interest to the community here - go for it ! If it has already been published elsewhere, including the link to the original source is usually a good idea.
Correct. Description field is now size-limited and does not feature a full editor, primary because it was meant to be used for a short project description. Details, on the other hand, have full editor and arbitrary length, but we only show first paragraph on the project page, which doesn't always look great. We will be definitely making improvements to this as we move forward and learn how it's being used. Thanks !
Might be worth putting that context a guide to the user when they are in edit mode. Such as...
"you are now editing the project description, it is intended to be a short...blah blah blah blah"
Saves guessing, such usage hints in general would be good.
deleted my comment on project logs needing inline photos, as I read the comments below I saw they did, so I went in and experimented.
Good stuff, I can tell a story with this in multiple installments which I think is key for capturing existing or ongoing efforts. Smiling now. time for a fly.
How are components intended to work, I added a link against a test component, but it doesn't seem to resolve. Will also see if pictures can be added to component descriptions.
Seems odd to expand the instructions on the main page, which is what I am presently seeing. I expect instructions to be deep, long, with many pictures, almost like an archive of the log entries with the timeline aspect removed.
i added test entries in instructions and the pictures are displayed in the main page instead of just the first line of text, is this intentional?
Where as log entries are displayed with just titles and you can drill down.
Unfortunately, 6 is the limit now but I think we'll bump that up to 9. We need to have a limited number of images on the project page to keep the presentation, but we're also working on adding gallery support, which will allow you to upload arbitrary number of images.
Still can't seem to reply to your reply? :-/
Now I understand you can embed images in other texts I can see those top six are more a summary.
Being able to control the order would be good.
A gallery would be great, particularly if it supports at least optionally one level of heirachy.
Will try the instructions image resize if you just turned that on.
Sorry for the spam just quite excited that there may be somewhere reasonable to host something, and that it is hackaday.
sounds good on having the auto image resizing, that is best solution. I would love drag and drop.
The order of images displayed was not that present when I created the project, so wrong main image is default.
Cant see how to change the image order.
Cant see a "reply" option to your reply to me, so having to reply to myself here in the comments.
Need to remove the image limit, cant go through all my images working out if they are < 2 Meg, at that point I would abandon.
Expect to want a lot of images, need to support drag and drop, navigation picking is slow.
Will keep commenting as I try to drag something together, but that image size limit almost stopped me in my tracks.
Issue: when writing (a "project log"), I added a table at the end. Then I "published", then clicked to "edit", then I could not write anything below the table (it would always go into the bottom-right cell of the table). Also, Ctrl-Z seems somewhat problematic (at least when editing with tables). Also, sorely missing Ctrl-Y (redo) after Ctrl-Z.
Also, I'd personally like if I could type Markdown; I could then edit in some external editor, slowly drafting various versions and saving them safely, and without need to publish immediately. Hm; but now I remember that there was some mention of copy&paste working, then maybe I'll try this.
Hey, first issue: yes that part can be a little bit awkward sometimes. I'll discuss this with my team to see how we can solve this.
Ctrl+Z & Y: We are using an editor called Redactor. So we are not actually developing the editor. But that's for the feedback, we'll see if there is something we can do.
And yes, copy paste (so far) works smoothly. We don't have plans of supporting Markdown yet.
This site is a great idea! I'm interested to see where it goes. Here are a couple things that I think could be improved:
(1) Image upload is a little clunky. There's no UI indicator to show that the image upload is in progress, so I didn't know right away if my image was being uploaded. Also, the images are cropped but the dimensions aren't published, so maybe an interface to drag my uploaded photo around the viewport would be nice.
(2) It took me a while to find this comment box. Maybe put it on the top of the thread, or collapse the feed if there are a ton of comments?
Overall, I like the site and I'm looking forward to publishing my next project!
Hi Zach, thanks for the feedback.
1- Yes, image upload definitely needs improvement. We are still on alpha, so there are bunch of other things we are working on but we'll work on this.
2- This was suggested by a few other users as well. It's also on our list.
It seems there's no way to differentiate text as code with more than two lines. When selecting multiple lines and converting to code, there are breaks in between each line. Two lines can be brought together, but trying to bring a third in splits the first two.
Forgive me if this has been stated, but I have problem getting the edit menu to come up in Build Instruction steps. It seems as though I have to triple click to get the menu to come up, but often that selects all of the text too and upon adding a picture will delete all of the text.
I though adding a table might help avoid that problem, but then it become a problem of being able to select a cell in the table. For instance I was able to place a picture in a cell, then tried clicking the adjacent cell and it wouldn't select, but I was able to select the next one and add a picture, but it wouldn't let me go back and select the skipped cell. Probably because I am using Chrome, which I am really beginning to hate.
Hello! The editor pops up when you select a text or double click on a word. Obviously, this should be improved (we are working on it) for adding photos (since you are not adding photos on selected text) but we do have another way of adding photos.
You can simply drag and drop any photo you have on your computer to instruction add page (or details/logs). Hope this helps.
Just an FYI. The grey wording on grey/black boxes is unreadable (can't see it at all) on my XP machine (IE8 w/all updates). it's on DVI connection from DELL notebook in docking station. I have a KVM and can switch to a Linux machine running Firefox latest rev on the same monitor and it works fine. Not sure it this is my problem, Windoz or web page but it's a problem you should be aware of.
Also the comment above mine says "this comment has been deleted" because I made an accidental double-post, how about a time delay such that deleting a comment within 30 seconds just makes it disappear, while waiting longer replaces with the "has been deleted" message
Agreed. I want multiple levels of comment depth. I also want comment voting, sorting, and a unified comment page for viewing all threads related to one project.
Are we asking too much? Certainly not... I know the devs are working on all this stuff!
Thanks for your suggestion.
You can embed YouTube in a few different ways (the implementation does have a couple bugs but they're working on them):
1. Just paste the link as text in an edit window and press enter
2. Paste the "embed" code from YouTube (this is an iframe)
You can also use the link as an external link on the main project sidebar (this doesn't embed it but links to it).
Obviously we want this to get better as the site progresses.
There's a whole lot of improvements, great and small, that I see could be done, but out of all of them, the one I think would be most useful will be versioning.
I've had the concept in my head for about an hour and it's come down to a "progress step" design, with arrows pointing to the right, which are really tabs that you can see versions of the project in. In real-life terms, a major version is a completely new rendition of the same thing, so the whole thing could look different; different images, different descriptions and most importantly a minor version display (list or tab browser), so you could store changelogs under the major revisions.
When I sent you that feedback mail, about the site design and offering to work along, I'd definitely make a mock-up of that function in there, as well as a couple other neat features for you to consider adding.. mostly having to do with making the site more alive and responsive, but also easier to use in some places.
You could also add a few CSS transitions/animations here and there (which don't break other browsers that don't support it) to make the whole thing more fluid and align things a little nicer, with space breaking and overlapping elements where needed. (such as versioning, etc.)
Thanks for the feedback Jenna!
Versioning was brought up before and we are definitely considering it. It could be great but we'd have to find the right implementation.
Other small details; Yes, small CSS transitions (and other little details) add a lot to the experience! We're on it.
Another bug, one I actually find annoying, is that, when a comment was just added, it says "[...] wrote in a few seconds", instead of "[...] wrote a few seconds ago" or "[...] wrote in a few seconds ago".
Could be something you overlooked, I think?
I've reported this bug. This is especially a problem if you try to upload an image more than 3mb because the upload fails with zero feedback. Even though I know about it, it takes me a couple of seconds to figure out what happened.
Thanks of reporting, this one is on the high-priority list.
More URL options please! Besides GitHub and Dropbox, I want SourceForge and Google Code.
Also: maybe comment box should be at the top of discussions instead of the bottom? It was unclear that I had to scroll all the way down to leave feedback.
Oh! And a way to make an external link MAJORLY IMPORTANT, i.e. featured at the very top of the details page. I posted a code project which is hosted by SourceForge, and what I really want is for users to be presented with a giant blink marquee CLICK ME to take them to my "real" external project page (which has complete documentation, license info etc)
Hello Greg, thanks for the feedback!
URL options: Right now you can add any URL you want with custom titles. Just select "other" when you are adding links. We are thinking about adding more options.
Making external links more important: This is a little bit complex issue because this feature is designed for links to support your project. That could be some source code on Github, Twitter/Facebook links for your project, Kickstarter page, etc. So far, it's being used multiple times on many projects. So if we were to highlight this more, then which link we are going to highlight? Or if everyone adds links to project documentation, how does that help to our readers or why Hackaday Project exists? :)
Your own activity and the email: Yes, you are right. We are working on improving this and this will be fixed soon.
I think the idea, for the comment box to be at the bottom of the page, is that you scroll down and read the other comments, before posting your own.. a lot of people don't do that and then the page gets double feature requests/feedback, which just slows down development.
Tried a bit more this morning. I think I probably misunderstood how the "details" and "project logs" text works. What I intuitively expected was the separate page was meant just for editing the text, which would then appear on my project page. But it seems the site is designed to show only a short, no-formatting summary. That effectively makes the project a hierarchy pages. I guess that structure wasn't clear to me until now...
You guys have done a great job on this site. It's not my intention to complain, because this really is working. But what I'm hoping you'll do on a future rev is allow much more editorial control over how the text appears when displayed on the project page.
For example, on www.dorkbotpdx.org (where I often write blog entries about my projects), the site's home page shows summaries of blog articles with formatting, links, photos. When you create a blog entry, there's an option on the toolbar to place the location where the break happens between the summary and full article. That's really important, because sometimes the automatic placement will cut off something important that really wants to be on the main page.
For many of the smaller projects (or older ones) I've uploaded, my preference would be to have all the text appear on the project page. Sure, it can still be a hierarchy, but it just doesn't feel natural (at least for me) to present a small project in that format. I really want to just show everything on the same page. But the hierarchy could be really nice for a larger project, or one that grows larger over time.
So I guess the two "take away" bits of feedback here are that the hierarchical nature of the project page was apparent to me. As you can see from my own website, I'm not much of a web designer, so I have no useful input on how the structure might be made more apparent.
Of course the other bit of feedback is my desire for the formatting, links, images to appear on the project page instead of just a no-formatting summary, with an option to set where the break happens, so I can control what portion is the summary, or even set the break at the end so the entire thing appears on the project page.
Hello Paul, thank you again for your feedback. We made some changes on how we show excerpts. In the past, it was the first N characters of the details or logs. Which created problems like formatting, paragraphs etc.
We changed it to show only the first paragraph (first real paragraph, not titles etc.). It still doesn't show bolds, italics or links; only pure text to give a preview about the project details/logs and if members are interested, then everything else is showed behind the read more link.
Thanks. That's nice improvement.
Having used this site a bit more over the last few days, I can see now how you're trying to build something that, in the long term, could be way more awesome than just traditional blogging.
Of course, when I got the invite a few days ago, I didn't actually *read* any instructions (if there were any). I just instinctively applied my blog publishing paradigm to this site, because, well, that's the only way I've ever shared my projects. I then saw everything here though my blog-colored glasses.
Most of the 30-some projects I've uploaded so far do have extensive writeups. But they're all in a blog article or single web page format. Maybe next week I'll try copying more of my writings over, or write new stuff. But to be honest, the way this site is designed now, where content about a single project can't all appear together on the same project page with basic but controllable formatting.... well.... it just feels a bit limiting.
I'm not saying you should redesign the project page. Who knows, maybe this way really is better once you get used to it? Then again, in traditional software, usually a successful path involves maintaining "legacy" compatibility with a path forward towards more powerful features. There certainly are a lot of projects already with blog-style writeups, which don't cleanly translate to uploading here.
But if I actually knew much about designing websites, my own site wouldn't look so bad. I think you guys really are onto something great here. Until today, I didn't even really realize I was trying to fit everything about my projects' pages into a single-page blog article formatting paradigm. I just want to share with you my thought process.
Keep up the good work!
Is there some way to select which image is the main project image? Well, some way other than uploading the images again?
Also, looks like GIF images can't be used. Most of my images are JPEG or PNG, but some are in GIF format. Guess I can convert them if I really want to upload those...
Just uploaded a couple more projects.
Check out the photo it chose to use for my light table project, just a closeup of a single LED. The first photo I uploaded was the main photo showing whole thing. It was showing in the first spot and as the large image when I published the project, so every indication was the whole-project photo would be the main one. But somehow the (relatively lame) single LED proto ended up in the 1st spot and gets used to represent the whole project. Hardly what I'd intended.
I know you guys are still working on the site, and with the announcement on the main site you're probably crazy busy. But I do hope you'll eventually work on a way to choose which photo represents the project.
Also, is it possible to upload more than 6 pictures? Some of my projects have many dozens of photos. I'm guessing other people will too, especially for big awesome projects like Burning Man stuff.
After I upload 6 images, no more empty slots appear to add more. Maybe there's some other way I'm missing?
Most of the projects I've uploaded do have blog articles or other writeup. So far, I've just been using the external links. I'll try copying more of that stuff over.
The one I tried adding text ended up putting all several paragraphs into a big "wall of text" when viewed on the project's page, which isn't very appealing to read. Yeah, I know this is all alpha and I don't expect everything to be perfect. But at least some basic text formatting is needed if you want me and others to compose narratives about our projects.
Hello again Paul,
Yes, that's correct. Project can have only 6 photos but you can add more photos in Project Details section. You can drag and drop images and they'll be uploaded to the project.
We also do have basic formatting which can be accessed by selecting the text you would like to format on Details or Project Logs sections. Right now we have titles, bold, italic, lists, quote and code. Linking can also be done in the same way. Let me know if this helps.
Finally, I added selecting the main project photo feature to our list. Thank you!
"The one I tried adding text ended up putting all several paragraphs into a big "wall of text" when viewed on the project's page, which isn't very appealing to read."
Ah, sorry I misunderstood. Yes, you are right. There has to be some kind of formatting. I am adding to our list as well.
Thanks. I'll give the details stuff another try, probably tomorrow morning.
I have no idea why it all ended up as a big wall of text on the project page. I probably did something wrong. But I'll confess now, I'm mostly approaching this site like most casual users probably would (eg, not actually reading any instructions, just trying obvious stuff).
I have a LOT of projects, sadly many without photos or much info anymore, but many with a lot I've written. It's going to take me quite a while to get it all onto here.....
If I'm logged in and go to my projects list, http://projects.hackaday.com/projects/hacker/228 everything looks great.
But if I'm not logged in, it's "500 Something Went Wrong". Maybe you guys already know about this issue, but thought I'd mention it, just in case.
Hey Paul. Currently we're only showing last 5 projects in "My Projects" section on the profile, but we're working on redesign which will show all of them (should be live next week). In the meantime you can still see all of your projects by clicking on the number next to the project count on your profile : http://projects.hackaday.com/projects/hacker/228 . Thanks for the feedback !
Even just a "more projects..." link at the bottom of the 5 displayed would be really nice. But I'm sure you're working on something way more awesome....
I'll keep uploading more projects over the next several days, so you'll have an account for testing how things look with a longer list of projects. ;-)
Can we fix the editor so that when I do right-to-left text selection I get the formatting options come up? Right now I only get the formatting popup if I select text left-to-right, which for some reason my brain just can't get used to doing!
Creating Projects is great, but sometimes I would just like to create a "note", not related to a particular project. For example, I would like to illustrate a technical point and I need a full page editor to say what I want. Once I do that, I can link to it in discussion thread etc.
So... how about "create a page" feature ? :)
Ok I just added my first project. Some things I ... um ... learned.
First You have to publish before you can add details.
Second I was only able to upload one picture at a time.
Third (just now) hit the "submit" button not the "Give feedback" one.
It would be nice to have a save but don't publish yet button. (as I don't have a lot of time at one sitting.)
Thanks for the feedback factor! Here is what we are thinking:
Details being after creating project; we are still improving the project creation flow. Right now we decided to ask some basic questions about the project first, then get more details about the project after you create it.
Multi photo upload; I think this is a great feature to have. I'll talk to the team.
"Draft projects" is something we've been thinking about. We haven't decided if it's really useful for our users nor figured out what's the best way to implement it.
If there are more than 3 "Steps" in the project, it isn't obvious that there are more steps unless you click the button. Would be good to have some visual indication that there are indeed additional steps. See FPGA Arduino Project. Even a "..." or "more..." would be a nice addition.
I started receiving emails for +1 skulls, but all those emails call me "Hardcore", what the...?
Jovan Stojanovic just gave your project Tannin MIDI controller a skull.
Say thank you
Ivan Lazarevic just gave your project Tannin MIDI controller a skull.
Say thank you
Sorry for the confusion! We are still working on notification emails and the term hardcore was put there as an expression; "hardcore (awesome, rad), you got a skull" . But I see how this could create more confusions, so we changed the copy.
We wanted to make it easy to access to things you may edit frequently (like logs) and put everything else behind Edit Project to remove clutter. Since external links won't change often, it's also behind Edit Project. Of course we are open to improving Hackaday Projects, so I'll discuss this with my team members. Thank you!
Cool. I think links are something that grows alongside the project. So as I'm deciding on components or finding documents or reading articles on HaD and learning about the think I'm building, I may embed more links.
Because this project that I'm doing is not something that existed *before* HaD projects, I may run into all sorts of interesting links. I could put them in git, but I thought I may add them here if I'm using this to replace some of what I am doing there.
Any chance of being able to embed links in build logs? The current editing flow feels more like a comment system then an editor. This is cool, but I already have a comment system. Links to part details or datasheets or such could be cool to have in the build logs.
I think you nailed it. Thinking hrefs:
http://www.datasheet.com">Awesome Datasheet Site
Of course the ideal UX wouldn't require the user to enter the href at all. Just an "Add Link" perhaps. Not sure if others would use it but I would like to add URLs sometimes to any place I would enter normal text and have them shortened as clickable text.
The components in my parts list show the categorization however I would like it very much if I could jump the part number on findchips or the like. I would like to be able to bounce between here and the pricing / avail. It'd also be nice to have a link to the datasheets there. :)
I would like to see "wiki sytle" edit history. The project history itself should be versioned so that if an accidental edit is made it can be reverted, diffed, etc.. There are three use cases for this; the first being accidental edits -- doing some edits this evening from my mobile made a mess when my phone decided that I hit the back button. The second use case is more in the spirit of the overall idea and goal old hack-a-day projects, as it would make it possible to add project contributors on a selective or even completely open basis without the project owner having too much concern about being able to retrieve previous revisions. The third use case is to be able to see the evolution of a project, in a 'timeline' (facebook-like) format.
I think the maximum scaled size of the picture should be limited to the full size of the original file, so it does not get blown up and become pixelated. Also I am experiencing problems where I submitted this comment once and it did not show, so I resubmitted it until it was shown.
Hey Christopher, the resize issue: it's because we use responsive design. We aim to show HaD Projects content on all devices & screen sizes beautifully. You can read more about it here if you are interested: http://alistapart.com/article/responsive-web-design/
We're still working on this and will be improving it.
Edit comments: We'll think about this too. Thanks for the feedback.
Right now only a project owner can add contributors so you should reach out to them directly. In the future we'll try to add something along the lines of 'request to join a project' which would simplify this process. Thanks !
The picture interface is confusing. Apparently the pictures need to be an exact square or they automatically get cropped, as I found from trial and error. It would be great if the "Completed Projects" pictures were thumbnails that opened to a larger picture or group of pictures rather than just the tiny square that it has now.
Hello scubabear, sorry for the late reply.
Yes, we do crop the images (but we keep the originals) in order to fit them into the project pages, search results, etc.
As for the Completed Projects; we wanted to keep that section as simple as possible. If it's a past project and you don't want to document it, that's the right section. If you would like to add more details, photos and other things, we think those belong to "Add a project" section. Hope this helps.
Ps. I'll look into the things I've built section to see how we can improve it.
It would be nice if the top nav had a "My Projects," or "Followed Projects" link. For the latter, it would mean that projects one originally submits should be automatically followed. The issue I am having is after submitting a couple projects, its not a single click away to get back to either of them to add more details.
"Description" and "Details" are a bit confusing. Especially because when you click "Edit Project" you can only alter the Description and not the Details. I don't have a solution to this yet. Sure we could put instructions up about it but it would be better if it was somewhat obvious.
We should have some little preview images from the posts in the build log in the build log list. It would be more attractive that way. Right now its just a wall of text and I can't quickly at a glance tell if there's new content there I want to look at.