There is no doubt about it: Hopscotch has changed. Over the years, the platform has been modified to accommodate more users with different interests, and has grown into much more than a place to create code.
Now, hopscotch is not just for code, but also to express creativity. Although it is primarily meant for code, users can share their creativity through literature (RPs), art (trail art/drawings) and many other ways. However, putting all of this into perspective, change can be both positive and negative.
I have been hopscotching since 2014, so I have been here to see all of the changes Hopscotch has been through. I will share 3 positive points and 3 negative points. At the end of the topic, I will have a poll: please share your thoughts on the poll. I would also love to see any additional comments in the reply section!
People on the app have grown a closer bond. I know that. We all have the forum to fall back on for support, and virtual friends and communicators. I don’t know many people who enjoy or understand code or programming, but I can always count on my fellow forumers for that.
The visual aspect of the app has gotten a lot better to. I remember the 2014 version of the app looked extremely traditional and basic. Now, I can see that the whole look of the app has modernized and looks very finished and sleek now. The visual changes also help for better coding and effectiveness.
There has been so many changes to the actual editor on Hopscotch. There have been additions to accommodate more blocks, and subtractions to take out the insufficient ones. I think a year or two ago, shapes and more icons were added to make for more creative freedom. A few blocks and categories in the editor have been changed or joined together for a cleaner look.
Hopscotch is accommodating a lot of people with different interests. A lot of the times, I find those people almost at war with one another. All of the 100% code people are really angry at the artists, and vice-versa. Hopscotch sort of promoted that, by creating just-for-art categories. Both art and code are equally as important on Hopscotch, and over the years I feel that it has just gotten worse.
A lot of people argue that all of the “good” hopscotchers have left. I am not saying they are not good, they are. But the community of hopscotch has failed to realize the concept of age. People grow up, grow out of interests, grow out of hobbies, and more. You can’t except a 8 year old coder on Hopscotch to still be on Hopscotch when they are 45. Hopscotch has only been promoting this. I can tell project quality has gone down since these people left, and Hopscotch should try and fix this by having MORE official contests other then HHC18, and more official clubs.
I think a lot of people have very differing issues about the “for cost” packages on Hopscotch. It is understandable that it is needed for THT to make money, but does it unmotivate users that are using the free package? The premium package has a lot of unique and interesting characters, features, and tutorials that satisfy all skill levels. But the free package is sometimes left in the dust, with only like 2 tutorials and the very basic blocks and features. I am not saying that there shouldn’t be a premium package, but I think BOTH packages should steadily increase at their own paces, rather then one getting better and the other not improving.
I hope all of my responses made sense. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about my responses. The reason the Negatives were a lot longer is because I also mentioned ways for this to be fixed.
Please read all of the responses and information above before filling this poll out! Thanks!
- I think that the changes on Hopscotch have been for the better. (POSITIVE)
- I think that the changes on Hopscotch have been for the worse. (NEGATIVE)
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