Crowdsourcing? Let me just cop
to the fact that “crowdsourcing” is a stupid buzzword. But like “blog” before it, sometimes it’s the stupid term that sticks. For my purposes, it means collaborating with the people who used to be the silent audience to make something better than you could make alone. - Derek Powazek http://powazek.com/posts/2443
Goals Find stuff our journalists
cared about Less boring data entry Data coming out again from the start Visible rewards for contributors More digestible tasks Better sense of activity by other people
Lessons learned Use Redis for
random selections, not MySQL Assignments made a huge improvement The most important logic in a crowdsourcing system is the next thing to review button “Oldest ﬁrst” pagination is critical
Lessons learned Be ﬂexible: your
users may not share your precise goals Optimise for the fat head of your user base Expose recent activity to site staff Users will do almost anything for a medal!
Final thoughts Don’t be afraid:
even ﬂawed crowdsourcing systems produce fascinating results Think hard about the questions you ask Have a minimal barrier to entry Get the next task logic right. Seriously.