We love getting letters for our most active users and it really helps us push our community in the right direction and we build out more features for developers. Recently we received a letter from Chris who has been working his way up the leaderboard and offered some feedback on some of the things he loves about CodeEval as well as some of the things he wanted to see on CodeEval. Since his feedback hit some points we’re working on we asked if we could share it to our community and talk about some of the things we’ll be rolling out.
Thanks for your message Chris, it’s super helpful to hear some of the things you want to see and it helps move us forward. As you may have noticed, we’re making a lot of big changes here and you touched on many of the things at the top of our list. We started out a few years ago by building a screening tool for employers and focusing on helping developers find jobs. We quickly realized that building a community was much more valuable and more fun! Our new direction has been to eliminate the focus on jobs and work on allowing developers to build up their credibility with elegant profiles and a ranking system to let them know where they stand in the world. We’re building a community to attract the world’s best developers as well as those who strive to be one day and there’s a whole list of things in our pipeline to facilitate this transitions.
Firstly, more robust team and company pages are coming! Currently, companies have to create a company page to add you to a team. It’s actually been a huge hit among our existing companies since it allows them to showcase their companies and give developers a better idea of what’s it like to work there as an engineer. Things like tech stack and languages are helpful but having team members is key.
With teams, you can see how proficient their developers are and see how they compare other companies. It’s important to know you’ll be working with smart people and for the company, having actual developers become a recruiting tool for your company just makes sense. Developers can connect with each other and share what’s it’s really like working there etc. Companies can build up their ranking and establish credibility as well as gain valuable insight into what kind of people they are attracting. It’s definitely something we’re pushing companies to build out and we’ve made it free so talk to someone at your company to build one out!
Another things your touched on is privacy. We’ve gone through great lengths to ensure we’re not just another linkedin where you will get bombarded with recruiter emails. We’ve made it optional to turn on and off public profiles and will be introducing a new messaging system to allow you to communicate with recruiters through or other developers.
Gamification has also been at the top of our list. With the introduction of badges and things like offers. In the last few weeks we rolled out many more offers including credit at Firebase, and Kloudless as well as Giveaways on iPads and Oculus Rifts. Stay tuned for more exciting offers and rewards!
Something we’re doing that’s pretty unique is plagiarism. It’s something that few companies have bothered to resolve but because we want to maintain a sense of credibility in our community, we’ve invested heavily in our new plagiarism detection algorithm. More in this blog post: http://blog.codeeval.com/codeevalblog/2014/7/2/code-plagiarism-detection
Thanks for your feedback Chris! If you ever have feedback on our product or features you want to see, drop us a line anytime at email@example.com. We read every email.