'k. Thanks! I'm going to add it to the other issue I made about your TOC improvement suggestions.
so I don't really see it's value (personally)
Yeah. I'm not sure if bookmarks will be the final implementation, but that was something that was suggested. To me, that solves a lot, but things like allowing a user to refresh their progress in-course only, for example, were discussed.
More complex bookmarks, hmmm, maybe. I don't think we were thinking about pulling data from their use, but that is interesting. Never thought of that. Probably some data scientists here already have . I feel that's down the road a bit more, after some improvements to the TOC are made.
Not going to include this bit, but as I'll link to this post and this is public, other devs can notice and decide. Good ideas!
I would like to ask you how many active users you have in each course versus the number of users who actually post messages in the forum
Sorry, I don't know, and probably would not be able to provide that information.
I think around 3-4 million accounts, but uncertain how many active. I think about 30k forum users. (As this is public, if any devs or others notice, they may be able to provide a better answer! Not going to ask them, but will let them notice and decide.)
That's really, really low, indicating very, very few have issues , but I don't think those high-level stats in this case can properly be used. It is a good idea, though, and your idea is significantly different and needs more precise, nuanced data, but I think we'd need to get a lot more info. in place, and have the forum better integrated into the courses. Which we may do. We have tried better integration before, and it didn't work out well, where 90% of the questions were solved by the user within a minute or two, it increased traffic 10-fold, and it just ended up wasting everyone's time. Some tweaking for sure, and maybe useful for data collection of some sort by using temporarily. Not clear on that.
My gut feel is there are two groups of users: those who find things incredibly frustrating, and those who breeze through things.
Most in the 2nd never post, and those who do will post once or twice. The majority of our users are those with experience in coding (I believe not a huge majority, so something like 60%), and they are probably coming more for a nice, hands-on introduction to some new technology, but have a firm understanding of the basics.
Those in the first group I feel have some, a significant non-trivially sized "some", who post once, much fewer who post a lot, and still the majority who post never but I would say still do have a lot of frustration. I hope it is answered by reading or other means, but don't know.
most people are quiet
Yeah, agreed. Again, we don't have a good enough set-up, as our views are huge, but way too high it seems. Approaching like 1mil per year, or so, definitely in the 10s to 100s of thousands per quarter. It's public, and includes those who can make an account solely to access the forum for example. It may even include non-logged in views, although I doubt it.
Pulling data, which isn't my thing, is something to consider for sure. I hope in the future we have a set up where 1) we can better obtain the data you mentioned 2) someone like me (e.g., not a data scientist) can use it to get useful information easily. Like GA basically can do for simpler systems (doesn't work as easily cross domains, with iframes, and with SSO logins where user data isn't transferred ... we'd need a base system that was better set up for that, so hopefully down the road!)
update: Oh, and I'm from and am still in