Site rules survey results
July 1, 2023
Over 100 people voted in the site rules survey in June. There was a multiple-choice section about which rules people thought should be adopted, as well as some Yes/No questions.
First, here were the rules that had the most support:
Any content posted to the site (activities, comments, etc) must not be aggressive, insulting, or discriminatory towards anyone. (91%)
Activity descriptions should provide a clear description of how to perform the activity. (79%)
Activities need to match the academic capabilities of the students at the school level that they specify. (68%)
Activities must follow MEXT guidelines. (61%)
The rest of the rules didn’t have majority support, so they won’t be adopted:
Activities that cover social issues must only cover issues that appear in the textbook that a user’s school is using. (44%)
Activities should not discuss social or political issues. (27%)
Activities must reference a specific section of a textbook. (24%)
Activities should not have any material that infringes on copyrights. (18%)
In addition, the yes/no question results were:
Should ALTopedia continue to have comment sections on activities? – 91% Yes, 8% No
Should the new rules apply retroactively to content posted before the rules are adopted? – 46% Yes, 54% No
Should it require a paid Subscriber account to post any content to the site? – 5% Yes, 95% No
Finally, I asked how satisfied people were with the site, on a scale of 1 (unsatisfied) to 7 (very satisfied):
7 – 40%, 6 – 36%, 5 – 15%, 4 – 5%, 3 – 3%, 2 – 0%, 1 – 1%
With the survey and the other communication that’s come my way, it seems like the majority of users think that the site is functioning well and helping them out a lot. For these users, a site where anyone can comment and contribute is important for the breadth and variety of ideas.
There were certainly people who were dissatisfied with the site, and they’ve been rather aggressive in proportion to their numbers, from what I can tell. Some of them seemed to be trying to intimidate me by letting me know that they knew my full name, and I’ve gotten some more personal attacks in this survey and through the site Contact form that I wouldn’t wish on anyone else.
Still, I can’t escape the conclusion that the overwhelming majority of users are happy to use the site as I’ve built it and trust me to keep running it. Web traffic has held steady, and the site reached 3000 activities in June. I think there’s a lot of potential in the site yet. But it’s grown to the point where there will be a certain part of the userbase that can’t play well with others, and there needs to be systems and rules that address these situations.
One thing I should mention is that it was important to the respondents that activities follow MEXT rules, but I’m not quite sure what everyone was intending. Being a government agency, I’m sure that there’s a copious amount of guidance and documentation that they have, but I haven’t ever had cause to look for it myself. I’ll try to find whatever distillation exists of their rules and translate it into English, but it might take a while. If you can read Japanese and are interested in helping with this, please let me know.
I’ve been building the Community Moderation system in the background, and a lot of its systems are almost ready. I’ll do a formal rules post soon, put them into the site UI, and appoint the first group of Community Moderators from users who have expressed interest in helping out. I’m hoping for mid-to-late July but it will depend on how much time I have. See everyone later!