I’m following up on a couple related points that I"ve emailed with Vanessa about, and moving per her request to this medium! Since I’ve quoted past conversation for context, I’m bolding my new comments to make them stand out. -Pete
The badge looks good on her page, but there is one thing that I would not expect to see there, and another that is missing.
It shows a photo of Sara, and links to her page; but Sara simply created the badge, she did not award it in this case. So to the casual observer, I think it’s a little confusing – why is this person here, listed as the author? Author of what? (If the focus is on the work Kathy has authored, I think most people looking at this page wouldn’t be thinking much about who authored the badge.)
1.) We keep the author of the Badge as part of the info because we’d like to give authors a kind of status. It’s also a useful way for students to search for Badges they should apply for–they search for the name of the author.
I support the general notion of giving the badge creator credit! My critique is not of the goal, but of the details of the presentation. Two specifics:
- In this particular case, it’s a little weird since Sara’s creation was
almost entirely at my direction. It’s sort of like if the person who
took Stephen King’s dictation of a novel were listed as the author on
the book’s cover. This is absolutely not a problem for us, but I
think it’s worthwhile for you to bear in mind as a possible, if
unusual, use case. Perhaps during the badge creation, there could be
a possibility of somebody entering an author name other than their
- The more significant issue, to me, is that is confusing what
this “author” authored! I would expect the main thing the reader
would have in mind, would be what the badge holder has authored
(see issue #2 below). I think this part is really easy to remedy
though – in addition to making the link between the badge and the
project that earned it more prominent (as you mention below), I think
changing the label from “author” to “badge author” or "badge creator"
would make it a lot clearer what it means.
Maybe more importantly, there is no link to the project Kathy submitted for the badge, or the feedback she received on it. It’s of course possible to get there, but it takes a couple of clicks – first going to the badge page, and then clicking on her username. (And if the badge is very successful and is awarded to hundreds of people, even that will become pretty tricky!)
2.) You should be able to navigate to her project and feedback on the “Feedback” tab. You are absolutely right about projects not being as easy to get to, and that will change in our next sprint. More information on the project will be included in the submission, with a thumbnail of the Badge that project applied for/received. We’re also changing the dashboard to be more intuitive.
I see what you mean about the “feedback” tab, it’s not totally absent. It seems to me that the tie between the badge itself, and what earned it, is of pretty critical importance – the one thing I would expect to be able to click to within the badge itself would be the project details and feedback! General information about the badge is worthwhile too of course, but seem secondary to the specifics of what this person did. So one fix I think would make sense would be, simply replace the two links to the badge page with links to the feedback page. Those interested in the badge page can still get there, IMO intuitively, from the feedback page.