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Brandon Flade
Brandon Flade
2,769 Points

Some ideas for Treehouse features (profile and job board improvements)

Hello TeamTreehouse Staff! First off, I'd like to say you are providing some well crafted training. I have picked up a lot of useful information and have been entertained the whole way through.

Your Job board is a great addition and provides some interesting opportunities for Treehouse students and employers alike. However, the opportunities you provide can be improved in the following ways:

  1. Add an area to store a resume / CV in a standard, submit-able format.
  2. Make it easy to submit the stored resumé to the posted job.
  3. Allow teamtreehouse users to see who is looking at their profile.
  4. Add the ability to privately message people from their profiles.
  5. Have some transparency on the job board; show us how many connections are being made.

I hope you give my ideas some consideration. If you would like me to expand on any of my thoughts here, please respond and I'll be happy to do so. Thank you again for all of your hard work!

-Brandon Flade

2 Answers

Brandon Flade, this is all excellent feedback. We really appreciate students like yourself that give their time to help make the site better.

I like all of your suggestions. I think #1 could be made even better when coupled with Matthew Campbell's suggestions made here.

I especially like number 5. Transparency is a core value at Treehouse. That extends to students as well as evidenced by our content roadmap.

I'm going to loop in our head of UX, Jeremy Jantz and our Developer Team leader, Tommy Morgan .

Thanks again!

Brandon Flade
Brandon Flade
2,769 Points

Christopher Peters, I agree with you regarding Matthew Campbell's comments. I think Matthew and I are both looking for a standardized way to submit resumés to prospective employers.That is not to say the current methods are bad, but they do come up a bit short because they are not consistent across the board. I look forward to seeing how your team iterates on this feature in the future.

James Page
James Page
9,621 Points

A 'further reading' section on the tutorial videos would be great. I've started the CSS Foundations lessons and the narrator is just churning words out. Being able to follow up the video contents with something that can be read at pace, or illustrated more clearly, would be really useful. Obviously, I can find this stuff myself (eg, W3Schools), but to have a recommended source to quickly click through to would be very useful.

I hear you on the speaking pace of the CSS Foundation videos. Guil speaks pretty fast in the earlier CSS Foundation videos. I pause/rewind often and take lots of notes personally. He speaking pace does seem to slow in later CSS Foundation videos. There is an option to download video transcripts, but I've never used it.

Oh, I've heard nothing good about W3Schools. See here. I make it a habit to append ** -w3schools** to all Google searches related to web coding. Best bet to learn from the source: W3C.

James Page
James Page
9,621 Points

I guess that points to why a 'further reading' section might be useful. Admittedly, I tend to avoid official documentation because, when you're just looking for a quick answer, it can sometimes be overkill. Reading RFCs and BS/ISO standards documentation can be soul-destroying - they've fed my aversion! I'll keep W3C in mind for future reference - the wiki looks friendlier than the last time I looked at a W3C document almost a decade ago.

Re Guil - for me, it sounds like he's reading from a textbook. The videos so far are densely packed with technical terms, some of which aren't introduced in the earlier courses. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a definite difference in how concepts are presented, compared to the HTML course. Hopefully it gets easier to keep up with him in future videos, like you suggest.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

James Page - For your documentation needs you should consult htmldog.com if you need more details then dochub.io should have all the details you'll ever need.

It's extremely rare for it to be actually productive to reference the spec itself as a CSS author, the spec isn't written for us but instead it's written for the devs writing browsers (e.g. the Chrome team)

Guil Hernandez
Guil Hernandez
Treehouse Teacher

Hi James Page and Richard Watkins,

Thanks for the valuable feedback, guys.

We've been discussing adding those "further reading" links for a lot of the selectors, properties, and values covered in each video. They should be posted soon.

You'll also be happy to hear that we're re-shooting the 1st stage of CSS Foundations for many of the reasons mentioned –– we hear ya. :) I'm excited about this because we've slowed down the pace, simplified the content, and added slick new graphics to make the intro a lot more digestible.

James Page
James Page
9,621 Points

Hi Guil,

That's good news (well, for future learners, anyway!) - I've found the Foundation CSS course to be a bit hard to follow. I was thinking about this last night and I think the presence of a project - like the one in Build a Simple Website - makes a difference, along with reversing examples (eg, showing the example, then talking about what it is and how it's done).

I look forward to the 'further reading' sections - always useful for at-a-glance reference or deeper reading.