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[OT] SketchSwap

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, May 4, 2008
12 years ago3,020 views

garyc.mooo.com:3232/sketch/
I saw this on Digg (digg.com/playable_web_games/Dr ...) and was like, "sounds like a rip off of Philipp's SketchSwap", and it is.

>> This is based on (or a complete rip-off of) sketchswap.com, but with the following differences ... <<

Pretty cool actually. Philipp you know about this right?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I would say its based upon rather than a rip-off. I prefer this since you get to see real stuff.

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, like genitals drawn with a mouse.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I saw this on Digg and Reddit today, too. It was a nice surprise that he mentioned SketchSwap.com, I think that's cool.

Also in 2006, someone made a Japanese SketchSwap like site. He emailed the pointer to us but we thought it was nice. rakugake.ninja-x.jp

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I can imagine that it's "fairly" easy to replicate Sketch Swap nowadays, due to ActionScript 3's Drawing API. In no way am I saying that I could do it, though.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Besides the technology we also approved over 25,000 sketches by now :)

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

25,000! wow, that's good.

what's your criteria on approving sketches? do you just choose really good ones, or just any that don't include profanity?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Mambo, we tried to strike a balance to bring certain quality to the site. We were kinda bumping from one end to the other, in some phases people complained "I drew a terrific sketch and got back just a smiley!" and then sometimes people complained "Everybody here seems to be a greater artist than me, which is depressing to me!" Now we hope to have a good mix, a varied set. (For instance, we let a couple of "random noise cross hatch" sketches through because many people sketched this – we just don't let those through everytime because then it would become repetitive and boring.) But as rule of thumb it's not about artistic quality but whether or not we believe someone tried, and put their heart in it or had a funny idea or something, so that everyone has a chance of getting their sketch through. We still have many pics to approve though which are being stored right now, perhaps some day we need to hire Mechanical Turk :)

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

A Mechanical Turk! lol. But yeah, that sounds fair.

Or, perhaps one day, using Google's image recognition technology, you'll be able to automatically filter out which ones include "indecent" things.... but also, make it so the better the sketch the person creates, the better the swap!

Although, I guess art will always need a human touch...

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You could already try swap sketches for sketches that took similar amount of time/have similar number of elements (lines). Maybe no in 100% of cases, but as a general rule.

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