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EasyBlend's 2nd Video: Contributing


tommy writes:

The first week of opening up for preview to the Blender community was certainly exciting! We had some ups and downs with the system, but for the most part things have gone pretty well. We had over fifty users sign up for free accounts and immediately started to see new Blender resources being added into EasyBlend’s pipeline. Its amazing to see this process in action so quickly as our documentation for adding and modifying items up until now, has been mostly non-existent.

The week also saw us activate our first Blenducator account. Congrats to BlendMaster for being the first to submit his application, receive his Blenducator token, and confirm the account, quickly followed by a few others. We also saw our first Blenducator Marquee added to the rotation, provided by Noelia Díaz with Ihman 3D School of Málaga Spain. Congrats to Noelia for being the first Blenducator to submit artwork and links to take advantage of this free promotion! Again, this is available to all Blenducators, even if you choose not to contribute resources or review other user’s submissions!


The best news of all for us however is that we’re getting close to the stage that I would call “fully automated”, meaning that the EasyBlend pipeline is becoming self-sufficient. This means that our users can now add new Blender-related resources and modify classifications to existing ones without any help or intervention from staff. The Blenducators are able to review resources submitted by other users and make those submissions permanent fixtures in the database. And although staff is available and happy to review resources, we feel the integrity is best maintained by the Blenducators.

As for the hiccups, some users may have noticed that email confirmations were not working properly early on. This is getting better and is an ongoing issue we’re working on. Most of the confirmation functions are working properly now and should continue to improve as time goes on. Also of note, the additional filters section which displays filters for things like standard metadata as well as resource authors, are not all functional at this time. We will be turning our attention to this shortly. However, our most critical priority is to make sure that the originating submitter and reviewing Blenducator get credit as a team for their efforts and so far, this part of the system has been performing well. New users submitting resources will likely see some initial delay in their classifications being reviewed and accepted/rejected. This will improve as we continue to activate Blenducator accounts.

Finally, our first video “Intro to EasyBlend” provides a good overview of what the site is about, but we have just published a second video, “Contributing to EasyBlend”, to our YouTube channel which will provide some much needed documentation to those who want to get involved. Again, we’ve tried to make things as simple as possible but our UI is very raw at this point. We felt a “walk-thru” of the contributing process from both the standard user’s, and the Blenducator’s perspectives was in order. Again, just want to say thanks to all users who have taken the time to check out the site, especially those doing early contributing. We appreciate everyone’s patience and hope to deliver a full featured system to our users soon, so keep providing us your valued feedback!

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