Play Perl is more popular than rt.cpan.org!
Sorry for the eye-catchy title, but seriously, number of Play Perl quests created in 1 week since its launch:
$ curl -s 'http://play-perl.org/api/quest' | jq length
rt.cpan.org tickets created after 2013-02-07: 128 (no idea how to add a permanent link to its search results).
Some other stats:
- 282 players
- 200 comments
- 309 likes
- 1,349 unique visitors
- 28,222 page views (half of them are probably mine)
New features since my last post:
- Email notifications (if you have registered in the first few days, go to your settings and set your email!)
- New Explore tab
- Players list is now the leaderboard
- Comments preview with client-side markdown engine
- Comments and quests editing
- Auto-highlighting CPAN module names in comments
- "Like" button in quest lists
Several people wrote some really nice posts about Play Perl. Go read them if you haven't already, they explain better why Play Perl is important than I do, with my non-native crude English writing skills :)
So, what's next?
I think most important features to add next are:
- the ability to add a quest directly to some kind of a quest pool (without taking on them personally and immediately);
- the ability to join someone on a quest;
- the ability to abandon a quest, to pick up an abandoned quest, and generally move them between different states.
After all that, I'd love to finally get to the fun part: pre-scripted quests, especially for newbies (Example: "Pass a tutorial at perltuts.com"; another example: "Solve 10 new Project Euler problems in Perl and publish them online"). I want to get at least one example of such pre-scripted quest implemented and see how it will work out in practice.
And then after that, achievements.
Summing up: you guys are awesome, I didn't expect it to be so popular.
Now go and play some more :)
And don't forget that the final objective is to complete your quests and not just add them!
PS: I need help with desigining a small Perl Raptor icon. Anyone?