I like it very much. Very clean and well organized website. Seems like you're striving to make the discussions a bit more intellectual than what we have on other sites. Not an easy goal, but I wish you luck. I hope to see more and more new users coming to OpiWiki. I'll keep my eye on it and I'll try to contribute as I'm available. Good luck!
Today (March 27, 2015) OpiWiki went online for the first time, starting the early beta phase with no promotion yet. What are your first impressions of the site?
The "You don't have to respect other people's opinions" might be controversial (aka good) for philosophy purposes but dunno, i guess it's there in all the other websites for a reason.
For a first day impression, i feel like this webpage will end up unused and forgotten unless some things change. For starters, the whole "comment on anything, and we mean ANYTHING" can only go two ways. One, this place becomes the new reddit/wikipedia, with tons of "good" info and remains "the next big thing" for a while. Two, most if not all but a few pages end up empty or vandalized, with harmful opinions, wrong facts or simply trolling rampages.
Then there's also the fact that the interface might feel interactive, but it really, really is not. The "category" tool feels too much like Wikipedia's, and the Front Page feels too much like Reddit's. Wikipedia has needed to take several actions to make sure their categories don't fall into stagnation, like WikiProjects, integration with several communities (art, science and philosophy-wise) and the whole "featured article" schema. Reddit is famous enough to make such a front page sustainable, but other, less famous reddit-like websites haven't had much success.
Also, following the previous point, most options and uses of the page are hidden in plain view, so to speak. The default font usage and color combination feel dull and old, the editing is confusing (though understandable, and let me be clear on something here, i'm speaking for others, not for myself, because i can see where you guys in charge are coming from. If the moderators or admins feel like i'm criticizing too much and not doing enough, well, feel free to give me some power) and the ranking's not really optimized. Most if not all pages feel crowded with words and not enough "shiny things" to attract people's attention, though i expect that to change in the future.
Ultimately, keep in mind that this is only a first day impression. I literally stumbled upon this website hours ago, and have been this comment since. Sorry if i'm too harsh, it's just that i know that you guys can just ignore my words if you want, so i'm trying to give some actual feedback, which is more than most people do.
Anyways, it's a great concept! The execution might be lackluster, but it's only one month old!* Best of lucks with this new endeavor.
*or so you say
Hi guys, I recently discovered this website and decided to give it a try as an active user today. I must say I see a definitive potential in it, but I also see it needs a lot of hard work - from all of us - so it can become what it could become.
Here are my first impressions!
Visually, it looks very effective, easy to read and to access, but also somewhat empty. It clearly looks like a beta phase website and from what I understand it is still in a beta phase, so it's alright for now. Personally, I have no issues with how it looks, but I know some viewers might not find it appealing to the eyes at first, which could lead some people to give up on it on day 1. Of course, it doesn't need to turn into a 3D CGI website, heh, but there are a few things which I believe could be a deterrent for many could-be contributors, most importantly what is shown on the main page ( I'll talk about it on the main page discussion ) and the categories on the right - there are many categories which are missing, and it "looks" like the website simply doesn't "want" them, if you know what I mean. For example, there are a few sports being listed, but so many other sports could be there as well. I know it's just because no one has created them for the website yet, but the first time visitor is not aware of this.
As for the current user base, it's relatively small, but I also like the overall quality of the users. Most people know how to type and take the time to read others, which is great. A lot of people will bring different opinions, and I haven't seen discussions turning into arguments so far, which is even better. But we all know, if the website becomes famous, that there will be rotten apples at some point. You guys have better be ready for this. Not only will you need a bunch of moderators, you will also need bots who will be able to deal with bigger, systematic issues such as mass spam or 4chan raids!
I believe this website needs some sort of mentorship program like Wikipedia has with its newbies. Or, perhaps, a discussion forum similar to topic discussions could be made. Creating topics was somewhat scary to me even with the explanations given. It would be good to have "featured articles" to be given as examples of what to do. Screenshots of existing, almost perfectly made topics, for example.
Financially, I'm not quite sure how you could make the website truly profitable. This website pretty much has the potential to be a free survey database. There are many companies who conduct surveys and sell the collected data to other companies so they can understand the market. Your website has the potential of doing the same thing, but since it is public and for all to see, you give away the data to the companies without gaining any money.
Of course, ads could always be a solution, but you will have to be careful with the ads you choose since this website is about opinions and that it must remain as neutral as possible. If one day there is a doubt as to whether or not your website is being paid to spread certain ideas, opinions, etc. it would probably die instantly.
I don't think you should give up on this website any time soon, but I also believe you will need help from programmers and investors to take it to the level you want to take it. In the meantime, I'll probably be active around here from now on. I wish you the best of luck!
I just found this site today and it feels great so far. Customizing categories - great option, I have never seen something like this anywhere else. Maybe some categories are too broad tho? I'd like to see some of them (for example "Health") narrowed a little. Anyway, it seems like a great idea and site. I'll dig deeper into it and let you know if i have any other suggestions.
Just a quick first impression -- how is this an 'encyclopedia', when most of the questions can only capture an ephemoral snapshot of the users. For instance, a question like "are you a vegan" can only answered in a moment in time, since it is entirely possible for people to change their status. There is a danger to assume a poll can represent a truth.