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Reviews of Downloadable Items

It has been suggested that people should be able to add comments about individual hatches, symbols, textures, and plug-ins. This way, other people can read the comments and get a better idea of what the item is all about, independent of what the author had to say. It has also been suggested that there be some sort of "star rating" system, where people could rank items.

Adding the ability to enter comments would be easy. The "star rating" system would be more difficult to do in an automated way.

- Charles 15:14, 18 April 2007 (EDT)


It has been suggested that there be some sort of way for people to donate money to help support VectorWiki. My personal thought on this is that asking for donations is tacky, especially in the sense that it's not just the sysops who are investing time and effort into this thing, but rather, it's (potentially at least) the whole community. Therefore it would be wrong for the sysops to get paid, where (potentially at least) a good deal of value was coming from others. But I guess if some people want to donate money instead of content, there's nothing wrong with that.

If VectorWiki starts accepting donations, it will show a list of operating expenses (domain name registration and web hosting costs), as well as a current record of who has donated what. I do not think that it would be appropriate to accept donations in excess of the base operating expenses of the site.

- Charles 15:14, 18 April 2007 (EDT)


It has been suggested that VectorWiki provide a way for people to purchase items that are listed for sale. Currently VectorWiki does not do e-commerce, and any item offered for sale has to provide a link back to the vendor's website, where the actual sale will occur.

While e-commerce could be set up fairly easily, this raises a lot of issues:

  • Who would administer the e-commerce system?
  • Would the e-commerce administrator get paid?
  • If not, why not?
  • If so, how much money would be left for the original vendor after the administrator took out a commission? If the administrator's billable rate is $60/hr, and it takes 20 minutes to process a $20 sale, the administrator gets all $20, and the vendor gets nothing. How many vendors would be interested in selling products under these terms?
  • How frequently would sales be processed? It's important to vendors to get rapid feedback on how many units are getting purchased, and by whom (so updates can be sent out). The more frequently the sales are processed, with the funds and customer lists getting distributed to the vendors, the smaller the amounts will be, hence the greater the overhead costs, and the less money the vendor will make.

But the most fundamental issue is that "publicly-editable" and "secure e-commerce" would seem to be oil-and-water concepts. A totally secure e-commerce system could be set up; I'm just not sure that anybody would believe that it's actually totally secure. Hence I don't think that people would be comfortable buying from such a site. And if that's true, then nobody would use the e-commerce system, and the effort expended to set it up would be wasted.

For the time being, vendors who want to sell products have two options:

  • Do the e-commerce themselves. Purchasable items on VectorWiki should provide links to the vendor's website where the transactions will occur.
  • Sell their products through one of the existing sites that offer e-commerce to outside vendors, such as NNA or VectorDepot.

- Charles 15:15, 18 April 2007 (EDT)

Combine VectorWiki and VCOR

It has been suggested that VectorWiki and VCOR ( be combined into one site, since they both serve the same purpose — to provide a mechanism for the community to add information for the benefit of others. Nevertheless, these sites are organized differently, to satisfy different requirements. So we're going to leave both sites up, and where appropriate, link between them. This will preserve the benefits of each site, while effectively combining the content.

- Charles 17:13, 18 April 2007 (EDT)

VectorWiki Logo

Pretty much everyboby is in agreement that we could do a better job of the logo. The existing logo works, just in the sense that it certainly is the graphical expression of words "Vector..." + "Wiki". But it would be nice if we could come up with something that was more unique. If anybody wants to take a stab at this, you can upload your image (using the "Upload file" link at left), and then reference it here so all can see, like this:


- Charles 14:39, 19 April 2007 (EDT)

Default Skin

One suggestion has been to make VectorWiki look less like a wiki, and more like a "normal" website. Of course, every logged-in user can select from a variety of skins, in their preferences. But there aren't really that many choices. If somebody can develop a custom skin that has all of the features of the existing default skin, but looks cooler, please take a screen shot of the sample site and post it here for all to see.

For some examples of what can be done with custom skins, check out:

- Charles 14:39, 19 April 2007 (EDT)

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