Thursday, October 3, 2013

Challenge Creation 101

We’ve tried to make the process for creating a challenge as simple and intuitive as possible, while still providing robust options for customizing the challenge to suit your unique needs/preferences.  Hopefully it is pretty straightforward, but we thought a quick tutorial on how it works would be helpful as a reference.

To get started creating your own challenge, click the Create Challenges tab at the top.

There are 3 options available:
  1. Create from Template – To jump-start the process, start from one of our templates we’ve created.  You can still customize everything about the challenge, this just pre-populates many of the details for you.
  2. Clone Challenge – Select this option if you want to create a similar challenge to one you’ve previously created.  For instance, if you have a weekly challenge to predict the score for your favorite football team.  Once again, you can still edit/customize everything, this just pre-populates the details based on your previous challenge.
  3. Start From Scratch – Select this option to simply start from a blank slate.
Once you’ve decided on this option, give your challenge a name and description to get started.

Now that you’ve started the process, you have several tabs where you can set the options for your challenge:

  1. Challenge Summary – You can edit the Name and Description for the challenge here.  You can also Delete the challenge if you no longer want it or want to start over.
  2. Challenge Settings – This tab has several general options for your challenge:
    • Category – This option lets users more easily find Public challenges on the Join Challenge page, which includes a category filter
    • Privacy – Private (“Only those I invite”) challenges have a unique URL that can be given out to anyone you want to join the challenge.  This is the only way to access your challenge.  Public (“Everyone and their Mom”) challenges will show up to anyone on the site via the Join Challenge tab.
    • Deadline – This option can be used to automatically close the challenge to new participants and lock all of the entries so that they can no longer be edited.  If no deadline is selected, the challenge can be closed manually whenever you wish.
  3. Challenge Questions – Use this tab to build the content of your challenge.  Just select from the question types on the left and drag/drop to the preview area on the right.  Then click on any question to customize the content/settings for that particular question.
  4. Launch – Once your challenge is ready, use this tab to launch it.  Once launched, the challenge status changes from Under Development to Open, and participants can access and take the challenge.
Once your challenge is launched, you will see options at the top to View or Edit.

The Edit page is only available to you, as the challenge creator.  The View page is what all participants will see, and this is the URL you should give out to anybody to let them join your challenge.  Simply copy and paste this URL to share with others, or use our social plugin to send it out via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

When your challenge has reached the deadline you set, it will automatically change from Open to Closed status, and no new participants can join or edit their picks.  If you didn’t set a deadline, simply go back to the Edit page and manually change the status to Closed.

Once the challenge is closed, you will see a new option at the top to Score the challenge.

When you are ready to score it, select this option and enter the correct answers as if you were taking the challenge.  The challenge will be automatically scored, and will now display the correct answers and standings for all participants.  These are visible from the same View Challenge URL used to join the challenge.  Participants should also receive an automated email telling them the challenge is scored and providing a link back to that challenge to view the results.

Make a mistake scoring the challenge?  Don’t worry, you can fix it.  Just go back to the Edit view, and change the status from Scored to Closed.  Hit Save.  You will then have the Score page available again, and can repeat the same process, fixing whatever mistake you made.

Can’t remember the URL for a challenge you created?  Don’t worry, you can easily find it by clicking on the My Challenges tab.  Every challenge you create or join can be found here.

And that’s pretty much it!  Go forth and create challenges!

- The Challenge Builder Team

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Explaining the Login Options for Challenge Builder

Some have asked about our options to Sign In to Challenge Builder, so we wanted to share a little more background on how this works and why we've chosen our current approach.

The first question we received from quite a few of you was – “Why is Facebook the only option, can’t I use something else?”  Yes, there are over 1 Billion Facebook users (at least if you count the fake ones).  But we realize not everyone has a Facebook account, and some people are very opposed to creating an account.

Well, we heard you loud and clear.  And we just added an option to login using a Google account.  For those who don’t have either account, hopefully most are less resistant to creating a Google account (it’s free and easy, and you won’t have to deal with all those people from high school you haven’t talked to in years).  And if you have a Gmail account, or use the Google Play app store for an Android-based phone, you already have one.

The other question we’ve heard is – “Why do I have to use one of these accounts, can’t I just use my email and create a password?”  We’ve actually made a conscious decision not to provide this option.  And that decision was made with our end-users in mind – we actually think it’s a better experience for you.  For one, you don’t have yet another password to remember.  The other benefit is security – you don’t have to worry about us getting hacked and your password getting compromised.  That’s because we never actually even see, let alone store your password.  (If you’re interested in the technical details of how this works, just Google “OAuth” and you’ll get more information than you ever wanted.  Of course, if this sort of thing is interesting to you, you probably already know how OAuth works.)

We hope this clears up any confusion.  If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know on our Forums.

-The Challenge Builder Team