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Stephanie Handsteiner • Edited

Perhaps that needs to be more aggressive and maybe automatically detecting content experience level.

It's not automatic, but community mods can actually set that for newly written articles, as well flagging them high quality or low quality, both of which are functions which I use regularly, trying to make the experience better for everyone. :)

I don't know the internal's about the algorithm in that sense, but yeah, maybe that needs to be more aggressive, maybe push up/down articles further, if community mods are in the same boat about the skill level and/or the overall quality of the article.

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James Turner

Yeah, I've seen the option when I've moderated a post. Unfortunately I don't think it is something that can scale very well - community moderators would need to effectively read every article to appropriately mark its experience level.

I think some basic automation could tackle some low hanging fruit like if the beginner tag is on an article, the experience level can be determined. Even some basic phrases like "101", phrases typically used to describe certain levels of difficulty.

Beyond automation, maybe the author could actually set the experience level themselves (not sure if they can already)? If the experience level ties into what content people see, the author has an intrinsic need to set the appropriate value to maximise the audience enjoyment. Setting it wrong could mean the wrong people see it and thus might get less views/reactions/shares etc.

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Beyond automation, maybe the author could actually set the experience level themselves (not sure if they can already)?

They can! Append /manage to the end of any of your posts to set the experience level.

We would love to see more authors make use of this additional feature. As you say, it really is in their best interests to target their audience the best they can:

If the experience level ties into what content people see, the author has an intrinsic need to set the appropriate value to maximise the audience enjoyment. Setting it wrong could mean the wrong people see it and thus might get less views/reactions/shares etc.

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James Turner

Awesome that it is possible though how obvious is that to users? I know there is a "manage" link once a post is created but it seems like it would be worth having on the actual post creation page.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

This is good feedback for sure.

I think that this is pretty hidden in the UI as well as the ability to anti-follow tags that you mentioned previously.

In future UI updates, we should consider making these features more easily discoverable.

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Shalvah

Just want to add: checked out the /manage functionality, and a scale of 1-10 is wayyy too intimidating. A simple scale of "beginner, mid-level, advanced, expert" would probably be fine. I spent a couple minutes trying to decide, hmmm, is this post better suited for level 6 or level 7? Am I sacrificing views if I choose a higher level?

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Oooo I like this idea. Simplifying the scale here makes a lotta sense.

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Michael R.

Agreed. I've literally sat for a minute trying to decide 4? or 5?... or 4?