I’m fairly new to this system, but there is already a clear flaw driving me away: the refusal to provide posted answers to common problems.
I’ve noticed more than a few threads where people sought help, attempted to post solutions, and were met with redactions.
I got my first job at 15 driving boats and teaching at a watersports camp. I got second job tutoring one of those families, whose child had autism. The process taught me that teachers need to be responsive to their students.
I completely understand that everyone has their own process, and that students need to be ready to ask for help, but when a student comes to his teacher for help and is instead met with an attitude that can only be described by the consequences it inspires: a week long period in which the student stops working, it’s a problem. It’s about as self-evident as a problem can get: the teacher drove the student away for a week, and the student didn’t learn for that week. An educational company that recognizes that its actions cause learners to disengage for weeks at a time, and yet does nothing, has failed, categorically.
A person posts asking for help; 7 days later they come back and say, “Thanks for trying guys. I didn’t understand what you meant, and it would have been much easier if I could have just worked through it myself, but I figured it out after a week.”
I’ve now wasted my entire night: 6 hours, trying to figure out a simple line of code that is probably correct.
This is a huge flaw in your system. Maybe I’m too new to understand how coding works. People are trying to learn new lives: educations, jobs, etc. Forcing them to postpone that process for a week because mods refuse to leave posted solutions anywhere is counter productive. We’re not working through dissertations in which lifting code could be considered plagiarism; we’re trying to put letters together letters to make words that might one day be sentences to convey thoughts.
Call me whatever. Deliberately removing proofs that would help students teach themselves is a tragedy; it’s censorship for no articulable reason. Do you think the week long breaks that I’ve seen, when people clearly stop all progress, make for better coders? Do you think that when students stop working for a week they gain more knowledge and skills? Do you think taking people’s money and censoring the proofs they need, postposing their lives for weeks on end, is a fair business or educational practice?
Seriously mods, this precedent of censorship may not be hurting the community, but it’s hurting me. I came here to learn. Period. I was unable to work for the entire afternoon because of this nonsense. You could post a folder titled, “absolute last resort, could not figure it out, have already wasted 7 days and would rather not make it 8.” You could charge students 100,000 gems for access to the folder, creating costs and incentive structures to avoid relying on that system, and forcing students to earn the gems necessary to purchase the files they needed.
This. Is. Nonsense. And I have to continue writing about it because I can’t continue working.
I wouldn’t be so annoyed, but in the threads I’ve read thus far, I’ve seen countless examples of censorship, or mods removing peoples work and stopping them from helping others. This isn’t the first email you’ve received like this, I’m sure. It won’t be the last. You’re not helping people; you’re selecting for those people willing and able to spend 7 days staring at a piece of code that doesn’t work.
This is a great way to lose a customer, and to drive a student away from coding.
I’m happy to provide examples of people on this site that stated that they stopped working for a week straight because of the idealistically driven censorship. But even that would be dedicating more time and effort towards something other than learning.
What do I want? Solutions or people capable of helping me understand my mistakes.
I will continue using this product for as long as it remains an efficient use of my resources.