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I want to do some fairly heavy editing of this page in the next day or two:

  • Making GBC modules is hard, and there is no "simple guide" you can follow to make you "a pro in no time".
  • The categorisation of modules (as Continuous or Batch-based) really belongs in a page about modules. In any case, I claim that there's a third type - (Preserving [ok, the name could use some work]) a module that dispenses balls in a batch if it receives them in a batch, and dispenses them continuously if it receives them continuously. Example: a wide conveyor belt.
  • Way, way too many exclamation marks! Every other sentence shouldn't end in an exclamation mark! Otherwise it looks silly!

Captainowie (talk) 10:45, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Regarding "preserving": maybe "agnostic"? Other categorisations: by lift type, by compliance to the standard, by whether they can turn a corner in a layout, whether they can recirculate, whether they "buffer" (receive at greater than 1 bps but dispense at 1 bps) or maintain (dispense at same rate as they receive) flow (which may be the same as the preserver).
  • Thanks, Cye604 for getting this page started! ALITTLESlow: t/c 12:33, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

ME prerequisite[edit]

* Basic mechanical engineering: You should have an understanding of how gears work, leverage principles, force, torque, etc.

I'm a little uncomfortable with this. In fact I think often it occurs in the opposite order: GBC leads to this understanding. One of the reasons, maybe the main reason, I do GBC is because of its potential for science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) education. If this education is a prerequisite, I'm afraid we will dissuade some potential learners.

It's more a prerequisite for designing novel mechanisms.

I propose

* Basic mechanics: You should be willing to learn the basic physics of gears, levers, force, torque, etc.

ALITTLESlow: t/c 21:45, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps "prerequisite" is too harsh a word - none of those things are strictly necessary a priori (though if you succeed you'll likely have them all by the end anyway), but if you have them already you'll have a much easier time of it. I wouldn't object to a substitution of "be willing to learn" for "have an understanding of" for the whole list. Captainowie (talk) 09:27, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Building Tips[edit]

Would this page be a good spot for the information in Great ball contraption#Building_Tips? Some of it is there already (albeit in slightly different words), but some is not really the sorts of things I'd put on a 'getting started' page. Captainowie (talk) 13:43, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

I might include those tips that are important for getting started. I would also want to link to the main article, e.g.
Main article: Bulding Tips., as soon as that becomes its own page. ALITTLESlow: t/c 15:23, 10 July 2015 (UTC)