Some ideas about version 2.0 of VMT - Fall 2007
Personas in VMT
- * Sarah, Tanja, and Damir, the original VMT personas
- * BiMS: "isolated user" interested in doing math
- * Ester?: "student required to find/create a team"
- * Aznx: Regular user, "now join-a-team"
- * TBryant?: Math Hobbyst
User Scenarios for a "writeboard"
- * Previous Scenarios: "Interactive help," "Finding a next room," "Forming a Group," and "Peeking into a Room"
- * Scenarios for "Seeded" and "Programm" types of activities.
- * "What is happening?" "What can I do now?" "Who is/comes here" (Profiles/Invitations?)
- * ["Anybody Interested"]? "I want to talk about/work on this, anybody interested? Want to work on it?"
- * ["I will be here on..."]? "I am going to be here [(at X)/(to do Y)] anybody interested?" (specific/general)
- * ["Join my team"]? "I want to create a team (to do X) (and meet on Y)" (I want to join!)
- * "Social Networking" scenario in VMT
- * How are users going to be "aware" of these "messages"
- e.g. e-mail, e-mail Digest, internal VMT message, calendar, wall
- * Where to put the "writeboard"
- Through the Wiki?
- In a Room? <- [+]You can chat, [+]you have a history [-]requires entering a room
- In a third-party app?
- A new component of the lobby?
- Can a team be the "author" of a message/invitation?
- Hierarchy? Teams? Communities? Networks?
- Pushing this information upfront?
- Incentives? e.g "Badges" given by # hours of "service"
Notes from Multiuser Environments
- Almost all multiplayer online gaming sites include a discussion board.
- It is mainly used for planning future activities.
- Some sites also offer calendars to provide a quick overview what is going to happen (e.g. AcesHigh? calendar where users advertise campaigns http://ahevents.org/events-calendar/index.php).
- Another interesting feature is the way some of the sites use digests to inform users/visitors about what recently happened and about the collective achievements of subgroups in the community in an organized way (e.g. http://www.battlegroundeurope.com/scripts/wwiionline/allies.jsp)
- Most sites usually have increased activity at certain periods (e.g. 10 pm EST for AcesHigh?), which may give the impression to the user that if he/she stops by at that period there will be some activity.
- Almost all the sites rely on real life situations/metaphors to manage the status of their users (e.g. military ranks)
- Usually based on experience/past success or reputation points assigned by other members
- Some sites rely on random matchmaking based on availability criteria (e.g. yahoo games)
- A relatively simple way to add a calendar to VMT is to install a calendar plugin for Media Wiki.
- We may also consider adding a simple discussion board
- Some of the scenarios highlighted above would benefit a lot from improved user profiles.
- Slightly improved version:
- An example profile from the site [Ziizoo]. This is a site that matches tutors to students (i.e. ebay for tutors). They offer chat with whiteboard as two separate applications. They have extensive profiles since that plays a key role in finding a tutor. You can check the functionality they offer at their [blog].