Pretty awesome new update today. I’ve been really frustrated since launching KameSame with the fact that the top of my navigation bar would tell me I had 7000 lessons available. It’s such a big number that it’s not motivating. Additionally, if I add the ability to study words outside WaniKani’s corpus, then what would that number even be?
So I decided to create a new system to incentivize continuous learning rather than completionism: Stars
Starting tonight, KameSame will challenge you to learn 50 new words each week. If you hit that mark, you’ll earn that week’s star. Each week resets at midnight Sunday, Japan time.
Additionally, I’ve changed the navigation from text to visualizations for your progress:
- Progress wheel: outer loop is level (to 100); inner loop is the amount of XP you need for the next level
- Star: each 10 words you learn gets you a point of the star, and when you hit 50, it’ll fill completely
- Inbox: the inbox icon will start piling up as your review queue does! 1-25 is 1 bar, 25-50 is 2 bars, 50-100 is 3 bars, 100-200 is 4 bars, 200-300 is 5 bars, and if you’ve got over 300 reviews due, it’ll render 6 bars.
To give these visualizations a bit more space to breathe and to show off how many stars you’ve earned and how many inbox zeroes you’ve gotten, the top of the home page repeats the three visualizations with a bit more context about the data that drives them.
Here’s what an example looks like:
By the way, we’re almost halfway to our goal of funding KameSame’s ~$70 server fees on our Patreon. It’d be a huge encouragement if you contributed!