I don’t want to bother you and I remember I already posted about this a couple or a few times but I feel now would be the time to revive the topic.
We continue to accumulate permalinks that are used in searches (i.e. from the API>Examples) and overall we are exponentially increasing the number of ‘tests, non-working, intermediate steps’ links without any distinction between what is a test or a WIP and what is eventually either a published (in the forum) or deemed as ‘final’ version.
I can’t speak for the other users but I can tell you about how I make use of the tools that are offered to us. When creating a GUI with the editor or creating an NME mat, I make heavy use of the save to snippet to sketch and create. I sometimes end-up with 200 or more iterations where only a couple or a few of them are a real ‘step-up’, a ‘final’ or by any means worth to keep and show to others version.
But then, since they are anonymous and permanent, I cannot manage or delete them. I feel you should really think about implementing a strategy to at least tag and somewhat classify/manage all of these. And then, the sooner the better because the more we wait the more the situation will become unmanageable (of course, my opinion only).
So, I was thinking… what if:
- On the side of the user, we would add a select in the ‘save’ to choose from say ‘Test’, ‘Intermediate’, ‘Published’ or ‘Final/Distributed’. By default, the select would be on ‘Test’ and next the user would decide to change it to one of the other ‘states’
- On the side of the platform management, what if any link that has been posted in the forum or can somehow be recognized as a link that has been ‘distributed’ would be tagged as such.
Next, we could use this in searches and if necessary in the future - for any reason - we could sort the links that absolutely need to be kept from those who eventually could be put to a lower level access, archived or what do I know…
As a user, and I believe a responsible user, I really sometimes feel bad saving all these links without distinction knowing that they will simply accumulate. On the other hand, if I want to continue taking full advantage of this (AND I DO WANT), I have to save my work and be able to compare and make sure of my progress.
Thanks for taking the time to read and consider this (once again) and of course if there would be a will to work this part and if I can be of any help for it, don’t hesitate to ask.
Meanwhile, have a great day