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awarded  Nice Question
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@Lord_Farin: But it's precisely your last sentence that doesn't work when the queue is more inactive, like the Reopen queue. At the moment, because the more experienced reviewers appear to be hammering that queue, you'd have to obsessively refresh in order to get any reviews. The daily limits aren't being reached by the more experienced reviewers. There simply aren't enough reviews to go around.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@BillDubuque: Good call - done.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
Well, I think you're both reading into this post your previous experiences; I don't object to removing the badge language, and I've done so. We'll have to agree to disagree as to whether these particular badges have a bad effect or not.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@AsafKaragila: I don't see why what I'm asking here (which is by no means a new feature), which is to allow more experienced reviewers to let other people learn how to review well, in any way increases the gamification of the site.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
One thing that has certainly helped Math Help Boards is a distribution of power. There are four admins (of which I am one) that can basically do anything that needs to be done to the site. It helps prevent burnout. That's what I'm after, here. I don't see that what I'm asking for in any way increases the "gamification" of the site. I'm simply asking experienced reviewers in some of the less active queues to give others a chance to learn how to review well in those queues.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@AsafKaragila: So I've been a forum administrator for awhile, now. I've seen Math Help Forum go down because of a lack of power distribution: there was one, mainly absent, admin. He didn't want to let go of the reins, and the site basically died because of him. It's still around, but the quality is non-existent. I've been at Math Help Boards now for a number of years, and it has avoided that problem. Indeed, we have very active moderation and administration. For some unknown reason, it has not flourished like I think it should.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@BillDubuque: You may be right. But then, let me ask these questions: 1. Are those sites still active? (Or how big did they get?) 2. You're drawing an analogy between the badges I'm talking about, which are review badges, and posting-type badges or rep seekers. Are those comparable, or is it an apples-to-oranges comparison? I don't know, I'm just asking the question. 3. I like to provide free math help, or I wouldn't be here (and on Math Help Forum before, and Math Help Boards now, as an admin). But as a helper, you have to go where people want help. Why is M.SE so successful at this?
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@BillDubuque: I can certainly agree that un-tamed gamification can be a temptation to shoddy work. But I think the reverse can be true as well: tamed gamification (if you want to call it that - I've never felt like M.SE is a game in any way - maybe a better term is "incentivized"?) can lead to better results, and more buy-in from users.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@BillDubuque: I don't agree that gamification is the root of all evil on this platform. The root of all evil is inside people (like me), not primarily in their environments.
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@BillDubuque: Like it or not, people are sometimes motivated by little goals like that. (Otherwise, why would M.SE even have them? By your argument we should just get rid of them. Psychologists spend an awful lot of time thinking about stuff like that!) If we can leverage little goals like gold badges for the good of the site, why not do it?
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comment Request: Review Queue Activity Differences
@Bill Dubuque: Excuse me, but I made it clear that it's far more important to have new reviewers able to review in the queues than to worry about the badges; clearly that is good for M.SE. The badge is just a mile-marker: you've probably learned how to do good reviews in a queue if you have the gold badge in that queue.
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revised Wolfram Releases the Wolfram Engine for Developers!!
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comment Wolfram Releases the Wolfram Engine for Developers!!
@TheoBendit: Good suggestion, thanks! Done.
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revised Wolfram Releases the Wolfram Engine for Developers!!
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awarded  Good Question
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comment Wolfram Releases the Wolfram Engine for Developers!!
There probably aren't Wolfram|Alpha calls, various distribution/production options, and a few other goodies. Probably can't create CDF's - not even sure you can do notebooks.