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forums for each question

It would be great if there were forums tied to each challenge…

2 Answers

J.T. Gralka
J.T. Gralka
20,126 Points

Hey Matt,

The only potential issue with that forum feature is that it might encourage community members to "cheat" their way through code challenges. It's true that different people have different issues when it comes to teasing out their blunders in practical exercises, but the current forum encourages open and constructive learning.

In response to your suggestion, I would actually propose that Treehouse adds a prompt during the creation of a new forum thread recommending that users link their readers to the relevant Treehouse videos and practical exercises; I think it would be great to see more students make a habit of linking code challenges to their forum posts, rather than just writing a post like:

Hey everyone,

I'm having trouble with the jQuery code challenge! Help!

(Obviously this post is an asinine attempt at dramatization, but I think it get's the point across...) A better approach might go something like this:

Hey everyone,

I'm really stuck on this one jQuery code challenge called jQuery Utility Methods! The question asks me to "Call 'map' on the inputs with the class 'required' and return each of their values and store it in a variable named 'values'." and everything I tried doesn't seem to work... Here's what I've tried: $(".required").map($(this).val(), function(){ });

etc.

Linking to videos and code challenges is a good habit to get into, especially when stuck on a code challenge. Not to mention, it helps other community members understand the code challenge with which the student is struggling.

Those are just my two cents!

– J.

Hey J.T. thanks for the thoughtful response. As far as "cheating" goes I think the internet kind of make the whole thing "open-book" but, I get the point.

If I'm not getting something it helps me to sometimes see the solution and be explained the why and how. It would also be great to have dialog with other users that have struggled with the same problems. Seems like it would help build community a bit.

Hopefully something will be implemented.

Best, Matt