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AndyDent-Touchgram · 26m ago

I will never star generic encouragement feedback.
I save ALL my Pioneer feedback I give people and what I receive. So the people who copy and paste the same generic answer multiple times are obvious. I have a Pioneer notebook in Evernote with 250 notes of feedback given or received.

I try to give useful feedback ahead of trying to get starred. Some weeks I only get 1 point out of doing 6 pairs, 12 comments provided. I think that's often because I am critical when I think it's needed.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 22h ago

being a systems designer and prioritising the functionality

I'm an aspiring designer, always trying to improve my skills, but dev of 40 years experience so that's obviously my comfort zone.

I too am mired in prioritising functionality. I also have a unique product (proven by my international patents as well as many conversations). So I get you.

If you want some help with how you talk to people to get feedback, very highly recommend

AndyDent-Touchgram · 1d ago

One week I get 7 up votes and 1 down, next week, after taking on the feedback and making improvements, I will get 1 up and 6 down. Kind of broken, no?

The thing to remember is that the votes are based simply on who you are compared against that week so unless you are consistently getting voted down, don't worry about it and ignore any dips.

Not being mean, but the audience here on Pioneer is often very naive and will repeat generic advice they have got from other sites or books.

So, take actionable advice from Pioneers seriously if it seems well thought. Take criticism lightly and if it contradicts what's apparently working with real users, ignore it.

On the topic of students loving it but others ignoring, try just publishing some video of them talking about it. Make real people the first thing seen on the site.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 1d ago

It used to be that being in the top 100 was something to aspire to because you got weekly calls with other founders in that category. Since they dropped them & there is a flood of new people, I'm getting less value & sadly also delivering a bit less as I'm only putting in about 1hr/week on reviews. There are other reasons for me being behind & less engaged but would contribute more and more ideas if I thought Pioneer was likely to change much.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 36d ago

I will confess to being utterly lost as to what value this provides and how it can work.

But I'm used to meeting people smarter than me, especially scientists.

Good luck, will be fascinated to see what I've misunderstood when this comes to light.

No thanks, I don't need any of your tech unless it gives me optimised storage. Touchgram's internal layout engine is pretty good after the last year's work. A single byte often defines a position or rotation. I don't think I need to get it any better than that for now.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 36d ago

Why any given units?

1. Performance/storage of digital overhead
2. Original values are only to a given precision (I did 2 years of civil/mech engineering before falling in love with coding & have worked for 15+ years with assorted engineers & scientists as a tech programmer).
3. Manufacturing can only physically work to a given precision.

Amongst many other things, I've worked on 3D CAD used for large scale mining operations (eg: designing an entire open-cut mine, including the roads spiralling down into it). I worked with scientists literally modeling the planet Earth - some of them running code on the "Earth Simulator" super computer in Japan.

Asserting that there's a general need for ridiculously high resolution as a standard math type seems disconnected from everything I've ever encountered (being polite). You need to justify it a lot more to avoid seeming like another metaverse/web3 ummm, "site".

AndyDent-Touchgram · 45d ago

Not a fan

and then there's the amount of theft of art by the NFT world.

Touchgram's art linking and sales system was designed by interviewing artists about their needs.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 48d ago

"With NFTs, you can set up the smart contracts so that a small percentage of the secondary sales go back to the original artist."

That greed, right there, explains the entire NFT bubble.

In the Touchgram asset marketplace (still working on) 50% of the sales go to the original artist. Every single time a message with their work is sent, by the person who originally downloaded from the store or mixed and reused.

The reason it's only 50% is because payments have to be via a digital currency that Apple have already taken 30% out of.

To be clear, there's no crypto anywhere near it and I was working on the concept well before NFT took off. I started reading about NFT because people assumed I was doing them, when I talked about artist rights and payments.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 49d ago

There does seem to be a lot of crypto entered recently. I've never tried - can you give both sides a low-effort tick? I've handed a few out on one side previously.

AndyDent-Touchgram · 51d ago

I don't get much benefit from it but it gives me a "personal home page" to link to from a couple of sites.