With the project “Blender – How can I …?” I would like to create a kind of database for interesting Blender functions. A central collection point for tips & tricks. A reference work based on the motto: “How did that work again?” or “Isn’t that easier or different?”
For English-speaking users, I also recommend Jan van den Hemel’s website – he has been developing his “ Blender Secrets “.
In addition to creating the database, I will also do appropriate Tutorials make to the subjects.
When I started with the topic “Blender – How can I …?” To keep busy, I of course looked at existing websites and concepts. It became clear to me that it is not easy to make the data available in such a way that you can access it effectively.
What use is a database to you if you don’t know the exact search term? In other words, in order to be able to evaluate data, I actually need a basic understanding of how this data is structured. I need to know what to look for. Above all, you need to be able to create a specific search matrix.
I don’t know about you – but I often have problems with the existing wikis. Douglas Adams’ novel series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” makes this clear in a humorous way. Aliens are programming a computer: “What is the answer to the question of all questions – life, the universe and the rest?” After the computer has calculated a few million years, it gives the answer: “42”.
He points out, however, that the answer is unsatisfactory and says: “To be honest, I have to say that you didn’t seem to be aware of what the question really was.”
So in order to support beginners and to provide highly experienced users with a reference work, the first thing I have to ask myself is: “How do I set up one?”
“Blender – How can I …?” should help you with the formulation of the question.
A strategy that is often used on websites is the FAQ – frequently asked questions – regularly asked questions.
In specialist books there is a table of contents and in very good specialist books there is also an index. In principle, however, these are only rudimentary approaches. I actually need a specialist who can grasp my question, classify it correctly and then work with me to find an answer. In other words, an intelligent, empathetic search engine that draws the right conclusions and intuitively finds a correct answer.
Uh – how is that supposed to work? That usually doesn’t even work with real people and a billion dollar company like Google usually only presents me with 1 million entries sorted according to a commercial algorithm. Who else is looking at the second page from you?