Curating Tribes/Communities: Show Me Your ________

in #curation2 years ago (edited)

It has to be simple. Once I load a tribe to curate, I'm only thinking one or two things at a time. One or two thoughts in my head to determine if the content is worth curating or not. This is sometimes referred to as "[intrinsic] cognitive load."

Intrinsic cognitive load is the effort associated with a specific topic, extraneous cognitive load refers to the way information or tasks are presented to a learner, and germane cognitive load refers to the work put into creating a permanent store of knowledge, or a schema.

See: wikipedia

There are always posts where I don't follow these exact rubrics. It's just a place I use to get started. One exception is the "meta" discussions, like this one. Also, on a general purpose tribe like palnet, this process isn't as focused which is both good and bad. But on focused tribes, here's my process ... - "Show me your theory." -or- "Show me your doodad."

Everything is science, right? So why isn't StemGeeks considered to be a general purpose tribe? Because, at least to me, it's really not science if there's no theory being explored. Or it's not technology if there's no doodad.

If you have an opinion about a scientific phenomenon, I honestly don't care that much. But if you have a theory about that scientific phenomenon, now that's interesting. Maybe your theory if completely off-base. Maybe it's not a widely accepted theory. There's risk involved in expressing your ideas that challenge presuppositions. Often, we learn to keep our theories to ourselves because it makes us uncomfortable to put them out there. Well, guess what? There's value in that.

The doodad version is probably more simple. It's usually just a favorite gadget. It really doesn't have to serve a purpose. If it does, maybe you can tag both StemGeeks and Build-it ...

If you're showing me a plate of food that you think is science, there's no chance I'm going to vote for it on StemGeeks if I don't see the an interesting theory or a doodad somewhere.

Edit: I just remembered another criteria I like to use on StemGeeks, which is outside the "Show Me Your" rubric. It's a post that asks questions. I should develop that one more. - "Show me your tools."

It's not a hard and fast rule. Often, people even think they can just skip to showing their doodad on Build-it and not how they use it. If it's just a doodad without application, you might be better off tagging it on StemGeeks. Or if you show the end result of your DIY build, but never mention the tools involved, maybe it's more of a creative post. Again, not really Build-it material. So just show me your tools.

Maybe your tool is a hammer or a drill. But it might also just be an app or even a spreadsheet that helps you solve a problem. I don't even need to know how to use your tool.

If you're showing me your DIY project, but there are no tools, I'm not sure you're really the one doing the work. For all I know, you went to your friend's house and took some pictures of his project. So seeing your tools helps.

If you're showing me a plate of food that you think is a DIY project, there's no chance I'm going to vote for it on Build-it if I don't see the tools. - "Show me your strategy."

Post about your latest quest? That's a paddlin'. I just don't care. There are always exceptions to this, but not very often. Got four out of five gold cards from your latest quest? That might be an interesting post. But I still don't think I'd actually care if it happened.

What I want to know is what your strategy is. Which monster combinations and why. How do you approach the market? Do you arbitrage? Why don't you burn cards for DEC? How do decide when you send referral links to who? Stuff like that. Strategy.

If you're showing me a plate of food that you think is Splinterlands-related, there's no chance I'm going to vote for it on SplinterTalk if I don't see how this plate of food relates to some kind of in-game strategy. Ok, that one is ridiculous, but I thought I'd try to shoehorn the same analogy in anyway.

If you think this is too hard on literary criticism, read the Wikipedia article on deconstruction.


@inertia Thanks for your active curation on Build-It. We believe that it is important to follow such guidelines. We are working towards the following in the near future:

  • Encouraging users to follow a template suitable for DIY projects.
  • Releasing curation guidelines for our community.

In the long-term, many changes to our frontend must be done including a default option for structured posts. It is an editor that encourages users to post in a standardized format. A format that is designed to make it easy for readers to learn and replicate DIY projects themselves. The idea is to make DIY projects as easy as putting together a product like that from IKEA. A standardized format brings a lot of benefits including:

  • Improved content discoverability inside and outside of STEEM.
  • Improved browsing and reading experience.
  • Knowing the necessary tools you need and where to buy them at a glance. Authors can embed affiliate links to help monetize their work further ( can be tied to steem's CTP community / @clicktrackprofit ).
  • Get estimate of the cost and time needed to accomplish a DIY project
  • Indicate the level of difficulty of a project. This would enable browsing of curated content according to the reader's experience.
We want to help users package their DIY projects as self-contained verifiable digital "starter packs".

I love this idea! Keep up the great work @build-it!

Not only the ideas presented in this comment are interesting and intriguing but the suggested guidelines for posting on build-it in future are well thought of as well.

Wish you a lovely day

you went to your friend's house and took some pictures of his project.


my hobbys:
gettin retaliation flagged. :D

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but that's okay.
I, unlike others, can stand it. and every flag on me is a flag less on somebody else. :)

Hold my beer.

may I take a sip?

I'm just trying to deconstruct your article here. So you prefer dull facts over dull opinions, but you prefer interesting opinions over interesting facts?

How did you come to that conclusion?

It's my hypothesis. I'll get there in a few years.
There is no disappointment like being told an interesting fact that is common knowledge (ice is lighter than water) or someone expressing an opinion or like (pollution is bad, I like clean air).

Hello @inertia, thank you for airing out the things you consider to be worthy for an upvote on the top tribes, most notably - for @build-it. I love reading and curating DIY/HOW-TO articles and I think the team at @build-it are putting in much effort to onboard more users to the steem platform.

I believe in this project and sooner or later, it will hit its target.

your post is nice
here is mine


ya, actually didn't read it.

Yeah. Your post is nice.

Everything is science. I agree.

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I agree, your post is nice.
Have a look at this !BEER

I hated English in highschool because when asked what you thought the author meant in this chapter, how do you get a question thats asking an opinion wrong other than just not answering it?

This is very exciting. I am glad you guys found my first post :)

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