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Moving forward in EVOKE Season 2

First of all, let me state that EVOKE Season 1 was a great experience. I learned a lot, thank you all so much! :-)

Large Missing Theme: Climate Change
I was actually very surprised this one wasn't covered, as it was quite present in media. We could learn about what are the reasons for climate change, proof that it is happening and what the implications will be. Finally, what we can do to prevent it.
It's probably the No1 most lethal thread to humanity.

Scope: The World
Also Evoke's scope already was the world (also in the Comics), a lot of the missions and material actually focussed on Africa. It would be nice to try to cover global problems (like climate change) but also learn about more local problems (like was the episode about food security, which certainly does not apply to the same degree everywhere). Learning about local problems could be combined with learning things about the country, culture, geography, ... things I would call "general education". I think this makes a lot of sense, as you are only able to tackle a local problem or even think about it, if you know a thing or two about the environment. In addition, more general education would help us to become a truly global community.

Stronger integration with other social media
There is already integration with facebook and twitter. It makes sense to think about ways to integrate EVOKE even stronger into these social processes. Especially facebook is constantly producing new innovations for example Facebook Open Graph API. This will especially help in reaching a larger community.

Better possibility to give feedback to the creators
The developers and makers behind EVOKE need to become more responsive to community feedback. Posting to the forum will usually not get you anywhere. There are only 55 posts in the feedback Forum, these should be really easy to follow!

Better Tools, better Automation

Surfacing interesting Content
With scale (say 1 Million users) it will be impossible to find interesting posts given the current user interface. Said but true, most content is just not interesting and users should not have to read that (too often). So what would be needed are better facilities to surface interesting posts (classical Information Retrieval: Search, Ranking things like that).

In addition, Friend lists and a possibility to see all my friends posts (also per list) in chronological (and different) order would be needed. This way you can find out whats new quite fast. This could also be implemented as a kind of friends-feed (like on facebook).

Better, more intuitive navigation.

More game incentives
Make EVOKE even more like a game, making it more fun will attract more people. Make or out of the point system and the missions. More Leaderboards and Clouds.

Allow negative Feedback (in the Game)
If a post is s***, it should be possible to express this in a game-relevant way. Only positive enforcement (as in Season 1) created a very positive and encouraging atmosphere which was very good. On the other hand, a lot of the posts had a bad quality, both in wording and just plain bad text layout, no punctuation etc. There should be more ways to discourage bad quality.

Why would I want to come back for Season 2?
Seriously "playing" EVOKE takes up a lot of time. I think it has to be a lot of fun to make people play it. In addition, keeping people at the right pace is a hard thing, especially with not all people joining the game at the same time.

I am looking forward to Season 2! :-)

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Comment by A.V.Koshy on May 9, 2010 at 2:58pm
good, well thought out , i like it....
Comment by Christian Brumm on May 9, 2010 at 3:15pm
Thanks Agent Koshy!

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