I’m impressed how much has been fixed in the last 24 hours! I’ve only worked with it for a short time, but I haven’t seen some of the reported issues I found before. And I realized the back button actually does work!
I don’t understand the queue. In 3.04 I had about 400 items in my queue. This morning, after updating to 3.05, I’m now over 1000. This brings me back to a central complaint about Skritter: I cannot see my queue. When I click how well I know something, I don’t know what that means in terms of when the word will show up again. The spaced repetition element is a vital part of the learning process, and I simply don’t understand why you insist on keeping that secret. I truly believe you do this because you don’t trust your own algorithms and making it transparent would make the flaw obvious to all. No matter how good-looking, smooth, and efficient the program will become, if I can’t be confident that the program is helping me to retain what I’m learning, I’ll never fully benefit from the money I’ve spent on it.
A small request: Is there anyway I can manually control when to move to the next item? I have auto advance off, but if I change the automatic answer of how well I know the answer, the program leaps forward whether I want it to or not. Sometimes when I’m drawing a character, I happen to make some good guesses, and the programs says I know it. But I really don’t, so I change to “Forgot.” And then I want to study it a bit. But by then I’ve been whisked off to the next item. It’s just frustrating when even with autoadvance off, I still can’t predict exactly when it’s going to advance and when it isn’t. I just want some way of making it advance only when I tap the right side of the keyboard. Or I want an advance arrow up by the back arrow. Something to give me control. (I guess this is a smaller issue of the struggle between Skritter wanting to be in control and me wanting to be in control. Mostly Skritter wants to tell me what words I should do, when I should move forward, etc., when I actually want to have more control over all these elements.)