This is what we have the Test Exchange for. If people conduct personal test swaps then everyone will lose out on a valuable resource. We can’t stop you from exchanging tests via private message, but we do urge you to upload tests to the test exchange so that all students can learn from them. We wouldn’t have a test exchange if people weren’t willing to upload tests, and you should continue that generosity by uploading tests of your own.Maybe a direct document transfer? Maybe like PMing a whole page, or even a PDF.
Just an idea..
Encouraging the uploading of tests is a great idea, but I don't think we should have to have an incentive in order for people to upload their tests onto the test exchange. I understand the competitive aspect of not uploading them, but seriously, the more tests that are uploaded, the more likely people will want to upload their private tests, resulting in more tests for everyone. Advertising a private exchange like in your signature just makes it a lot worse, and promotes the stagnation of the free test exchange that really benefits the community overall.Continuing my train of thought from the test swap topic, tests written for practice purposes seem to be the best candidates for the Test Exchange. Although I think I brought this up before, I am going to bring it up once more. For next season, perhaps a site initiative could be to populate the Test Exchange as opposed to the Wiki. In other words, you assign 'scioly.org event supervisors', if you will, who are tasked with writing a test or some tests for the Test Exchange on the current rules (2014 season). If enough folks volunteer, there will be at least one test for everything (or as much as is humanly possible, anyways) before or shortly after the season starts which will be sufficient for any passers-by there may be. They come online, download and print a test, and leave satisfied that they do not have to do the work themselves. I would be more than happy to write multiple if there would be interest in this sort of thing from both the administration and the community.
I dont know how other people feel, but I think some peoples coaches wouldnt want them to give away their secrets if they are close to being able to make it to nationals.I believe that we could implement some sort of requirement for becoming a member, such as requiring the potential user to make an at least 300 (or another number) word edit to the wiki, or an upload to the test exchange, or 3 (arbitrariry number) uploads to the image gallery.
These edits would have to be approved by a moderator (or some other trustworthy user(s)), so as to avoid random meaningless edits made just to get in. There are not that many users on SciOly, so sifting through these edits would not be very difficult.
There are a few positives I think this would bring. First of all, it would ensure that new members are productive, and know, to some extent, what they are doing. Of course, there is the argument that this might deter new members - however, I believe this would be a catalyst for them to go out and do some research on some events they are interested in. This would also have the benefit of detering spammers, as the edits would have to be approved.
Additionally, this obviously would increase the volume of content on the website, and this content might be more accurate, as it would have to be approved.
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