SmartCampus - a social network for solving the community's problems

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Lajtha András Balázs
Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics

Building close relationships with fellow students besides studies is not as simple as it used to be due to the nature of social networks nowadays. Despite the overall inflow of information is higher, the individual attention one receives has decreased. This makes studies more difficult for those who cannot extract information effectively and would require individual help. SmartCampus was created in the hope of alleviating this phenomenon. Being a special form of social network, SmartCampus is centered on the enhancement of student relationships, enabling users to share their problems, solutions or ideas via a simple user interface having the unconcealed goal of bringing them eventually closer, so they can continue their knowledge-share later in real life.

In the system the users have the possibility to share their problems with the community, as well as answering the questions of others. Should the problem require detailed explanation, a personal meeting can be arranged. As main features, when registered, a user can post an issue, help solve an issue, list issues or see the profile of other users. There is also a possibility to block other users (this is to prevent spamming and other types of harassment). As motivation, a reputation system was developed, where users can rate answers, thereby improving the score of other active users. However, if a previously arranged meeting is not attended by either party, the scenario may lead to a negative rating. In order to further improve user experience, a generic notification system was added enabling the user to receive immediate feedback, when a new answer has been added to her issue, or one of her suggested solution has been accepted. Moreover a search engine was added, where one can search within issues. Similarly a clickable Word Cloud interface makes it easier to browse within problems of different topics.


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