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    Introducing Tinkercad Reactions and Goodbye to Comments

    Team Tinkercad
    Published on - July 21, 2021 by Team Tinkercad

    Teachers & Parents, Features

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    Our community is the lifeblood of Tinkercad. We want to ensure that all the incredible designers, educators, and students who design and make on Tinkercad are getting the support, tools, and resources they need to create their best designs—and have their efforts recognized.

    Starting today, all public designs will include a selection of reaction icons that you can use to show your admiration or support for your fellow tinkerers.

    How to use Reactions

    To leave your reaction , open the detailed view of any public design (including any of your own). In the top right corner of the window you’ll notice a button labeled React. By clicking this button you’ll be shown a list of the five available reactions you can choose from.

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    After leaving a reaction, you’re still free to change to other reactions as often as you’d like. You can’t leave multiple reactions, however. A reaction can also be undone by selecting the same reaction icon again.

    In the context of the classroom, we hope that these new reactions provide educators with an easy way to leave encouraging feedback on student designs. In particular, the “A+” and “Keep Going!” reactions were made with you in mind.

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    For the purpose of design challenges, reactions should help everyone quickly tally votes, while discouraging negative feedback.

    Goodbye to Comments

    Over the years, we’ve loved the active and supportive community reflected in Tinkercad’s design comments. They’ve been a useful way for our community to see each other, participate in design challenges, and celebrate the achievements of fellow tinkerers.

    Our decision to remove all comments from Tinkercad is bittersweet, but necessary. At their best, comments have helped us connect with one another. Unfortunately, comments have also become a source of bullying, which we find unacceptable (and we know you do too).

    It’s our hope that by providing you with the new reactions feature described above, we can preserve the encouraging spirit of what comments offered while preventing the possibility of bullying.

    For educators who’ve come to rely on comments for providing feedback on student work, we encourage you to leave these comments in your classroom management software instead (Google Classroom, for example). Alternatively, our 3D notes tool allows you to leave feedback directly within a student design.

    For everyone else, if you’re looking for other ways to showcase and receive feedback on your Tinkercad designs, we suggest engaging with design groups on your preferred social media platforms. Facebook in particular, has several popular groups dedicated to Tinkercad and 3D design.

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    Towards an Even Better Experience

    Over the next few months, we plan to launch additional features and functionalities that enable an even better experience for everyone in the Tinkercad community. In the meantime, we’re excited for the launch of Tinkercad reactions so that clever creators and inventors can be recognized for their designs through community-sourced feedback.

    To all the designers, innovators, tinkerers, students, and educators on Tinkercad, we say: Tinker on!

    -Team Tinkercad