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    Prove and showcase your programming knowledge -- site review

    Hey all,

    Recently launched a new company called MetaBright and would love some feedback. People use MetaBright to prove and showcase their knowledge, especially around programming related skills. We're trying to address what we see as the failings of the resume. Resumes do a really poor job communicating how talented someone is. This is especially true if you happened to be self-taught, or don't have a stellar work experience or professional background. With MetaBright you can prove your knowledge, show off your creativity, and point to real-world examples of your mastery.

    I'd love for your feedback wherever you feel inspired to give it, but I'm specifically interested in what you think of our sign-up flow. We don't prompt people to sign up until we're really sure they like MetaBright, but we realize we may be losing a few people because of this strategy. Once you take a few Challenges, you should get prompted to sign up. Hopefully you'll find the whole thing a lot of fun.

    Our homepage: http://www.metabright.com

    If you're a Ruby programmer: http://www.metabright.com/challenges/rubyonrails
    If you're a CSS developer: http://www.metabright.com/challenges/css
    If you're a jQuery hero: http://www.metabright.com/challenges/jquery

    Thanks!

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    I don't think it will hurt to put a sign up button next to the sign in at the top - if it has same appearance (color, etc) like sign in button it's good to use.
    Maybe you want to award them for taking challenges so homepage will be more interesting, giving them a reason to take the challenge:

    You can give them badges and tell them to link to them from their site, post them to fb, etc good way to get traffic. They will love to share a badge that says they're experts.

    It's very neat your site you know it's good... you just have to come up with other features to make it better such as
    live chat between members, there are toolbars you can put at bottom for instance, <snip> uses this become a member to see it in action. <snip> is a traffic exchange but owners are mega successful with that site!
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    Thanks for the feedback! I especially like the badge suggestion -- it's something we're working on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsdub View Post
    I'm specifically interested in what you think of our sign-up flow. We don't prompt people to sign up until we're really sure they like MetaBright, but we realize we may be losing a few people because of this strategy.
    I like it. The guiding principle of usability is to make it easy for the user to accomplish their task. For new users, that task is likely to be to find out "What is MetaBright?" and "How does it work?" Forcing the user to sign-up from the start would add an unnecessary hurdle to that task. On other sites, if I'm forced to sign-up just to see what it's about and how it works, then I'll either straight-up leave, or I'll type random junk into the sign-up form. So I'm very glad that you don't force that on your users.

    I'd love for your feedback wherever you feel inspired to give it ... We're trying to address what we see as the failings of the resume. ... With MetaBright you can prove your knowledge
    The primary issue I see is that a certification is valuable only if the certifier is known and respected. If I go into an interview and say, "MetaBright says I know xyz," then the interviewer is going to think, "Meta-who?" I think you need to get some well known developers to contribute to the curriculum and to lend their name to the certification. For example, if I could walk into an interview and say, "Doug Crockford certifies I know advanced JavaScript," then that could be useful.
    "First make it work. Then make it better."

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    Hi Jeff, thanks for your feedback, this is good stuff. If I told you instead MetaBright was a platform to showcase as opposed to certify, would that change things for you? Certifying skills is tricky for exactly the reason you cite. This is why we are particularly focused on visual demonstrations of skill sets, as a way of validating someone's abilities. I'll give you two examples that I think are really awesome displays of talent (for both of these, if you're signed out you'll have to scroll down on the page to see the response):

    -- http://www.metabright.com/paths/css/submission/3385
    -- http://www.metabright.com/paths/jquery/submission/1668

    When a user submits a code snippet in their answer, we run it inline right on the page. We think this is way more useful than just pointing someone to your GitHub profile and having them wander aimlessly. Your answers to MetaBright questions are captured right on your profile.

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    Super site, just tried the css test question very well done.
    1. Logo should be a bit bigger and outside the menu-bar.
    2. The rest looks suuper.

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    Nice website , Work on thumbnail to make more attractive


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