Sorry for writing late due to a long vacation, I’m merely trying to catch up. Anyway, I’d like to share what is in my mind. This also includes some UX suggestions.
I must say that I agree with @ftyers, @daniel.abzakh and the matrix post, on all points, perhaps except one: Limiting recording (if it means temporarily disabling). I said otherwise on the other thread but after some thought I changed my mind, at the end quality recordings are what counts. You may throttle new recordings of one person if he/she is recording too much (e.g. 100 sentences/day) and promote others like I try to explain below.
If we think this together with Recognition, Rewards and Contribution Pathways post, I would say “promote what is missing” on the dashboard, such as:
- Your language has xxx sentences waiting to be verified.
- Your language is out of new sentences, go find new ones, [link]here is how[/link].
- You are getting low on [or out of] recordings, go record some.
- There are xxx recordings waiting to be verified, go listen to them.
- There are very few people recording to much, please consider inviting others.
- There are very few female contributors recording, can you invite some?
A casual user only gets to the dashboard. No visible pointers to (sub-)Discourse, even the sentence collector is somewhere deep (and not multilingual). I only could found it after I read some Discourse posts (at the very beginning of my journey). When you click the Contribute link above in the dashboard it shows you the “speak” tab first, why not switch it to listen?
As mentioned in the above Recognition post, the parameters in recognition/reward calculations can be adaptive to what is needed. If each action is 1 point at the start, you may drop recording points to 0.5 and increase the listening points to 1.5 ( can be calculated from queue length ) if the listening queue is increasing. You may even give extra/promotion points (a multiplier perhaps) if a language reaches an increase of xx% between Corpus versions. Communities might decide to make a limited time campaign and give extra points to the missing part. Even, you can promote/demote people’s recording quality, every bad (rejected) recording drops some points, continuous good recordings adds more…
Very broad range of opportunities here. Marketing people would suggest many more…
If you give coins/points etc., you should probably remove the current leadership boards and give that information in their profiles. Perhaps giving “x recordings rejected” type info will mean a lot here. You might like to put the “contributors with top points” list back instead… People have tendency to become top of the best, perhaps such a calculation would mean more for the overall quality.
But please do not remove points gained from the four main tasks. Not everyone can can open a stand in a fair or organize a campaign with printed materials, or have good communication and/or organizational skills. The project needs everyone, and time is the most precious think one has and they are giving it. You may lose some. The emphasis should be on creating a good thing and doing it together.
In addition: Common Voice should provide some e-tools (like mass-mailing to language x contributors) for promoting languages/communities, cold-starting and expanding a community is tough. Adding the following to the dashboard should be easy enough:
- Your language has a sub-Discourt, you have xxx unread posts waiting for you.
Designs of promotional material are a good start thou, thank you for those.