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18 Nov 2022
@_slack_hotosm_U04ANMB8Z27:matrix.orgzenith Usually you get what you measure, it's a known phenomenon in game design. That's why measuring competitive performance should most likely be avoided in this context because then people would start acting counterproductively (in this context). Solving problems like this is daily work for game designers. Here's a direct (albeit short) take on the topic: https://www.projecthorseshoe.com/reports/featured/ph13r4.htm More in-depth article about using prosocial game design: https://www.projecthorseshoe.com/reports/featured/ph19r7.htm About the concept of "coziness" in game design: https://www.projecthorseshoe.com/reports/featured/ph17r3.htm There's tons of material in the internet freely available when it comes to the topic, but the above site is a pretty good resource in my opinion. I believe that there's a large number of people who would join HOT if they just knew that such thing exists. The problem is that nowadays there are so many entities fighting of people's attention that you basically must spend some effort in marketing (at least) to even make people aware of your product or such thing. E.g. I spend most of my time browsing Internet, often looking for things like HOT and even as a such person I discovered HOT only recently (and by accident) after spending large amount of time on the topic. While being definitely not the only option, a gamified experience embracing collaboration and quality over quantity could bring lots of enthusiastic humanitarian mappers in the community in my opinion πŸ™‚ 04:01:52
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19 Nov 2022
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20 Nov 2022
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21 Nov 2022
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22 Nov 2022
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@_slack_hotosm_U02SDC0EVL5:matrix.orgKristen Tonga Hey zenith - I'm the current Android Engineer at HOT, and am interested in your idea and experience, both because I have been tasked with figuring out ways to make mapping more accessible, and because I can see gaps in existing mobile applications regarding "gamification" - where I do suspect that well-placed game-like motivation would be useful to increase and maintain participation, even in something that requires the level of detail that mapping requires. I'm currently working on a project on the campaign-mapping side (more surrounding coordinating large number of field mappers), but believe there will also come a time, hopefully before too long, when I, or someone else at HOT, will start to focus on the ground mapper experience. Your knowledge and expertise would be greatly appreciated in that effort. I'm not sure this (some additions to existing tools) is exactly what you're imagining, and am curious if you had a specific design in mind. 21:11:49
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23 Nov 2022
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@_slack_hotosm_U02U2505SM8:matrix.orgPetya Kangalova Hi Kristen Tonga and zenith, just back from leave. I also messaged zenith separately so can try and find time that works for all of us to speak. 09:34:44
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25 Nov 2022
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@_slack_hotosm_U04ANMB8Z27:matrix.orgzenith Hey! I'm sorry for the delayed reply, my PC died but I'll have a new one soon thanks to warranty πŸ˜… Kristen Tonga Thanks for your message, I greatly appreciate it! What you're describing is actually not that far from what I've been thinking, and it's important skill to be flexible in this context anyways πŸ™‚ Petya Kangalova Thanks! I'll use our private chat from now on πŸ‘ 08:52:36
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@_slack_hotosm_U04C8UX8V46:matrix.orgJames Bedient Hello, I’m Jim, just started last night. I’ve been practicing on Open Street Map refining the rural area where I live; this morning I started with HOT and I’ve been working on the Uganda Ebola project. I settled on HOT because I can make meaningful contributions from home, and I love maps and imagery! I’m looking forward to contributing as best I can. 16:57:52
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26 Nov 2022
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28 Nov 2022
@_slack_hotosm_U015AQNM77F:matrix.orgarnalie Welcome, James! Great to have you here! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the #openmapping-humanitarian-mappersupport:matrix.org channel πŸ™‚ The Learn page also has some resources you can refer to to start mapping. πŸ—ΊοΈ 01:29:44
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