So after nearly a half of a year to use the deck myself, I have found some inconsistencies between the database, some features that I rarely use, and some others that I wish I have added. I realize that I can improve the deck. I want to improve it. This itch named perfectionism is killing me so bad. After all, the zeal of making quality product is the only reason I devoted one full month just to make this deck. Shortly after I released the deck, my site has been pushed to the front page of Google in the most generic keywords: ‘gre anki’. This is the concrete evidence that my effort is useful for everyone. I am so proud of this.
Honestly I have never felt that the hardness of the GRE test hindering my road to grad school (although it does slow me down a little bit). Instead, it’s a great opportunity for me to enhance my English vocabulary. Every time I meet a word that I have learned from the deck when I am reading an article, I have a gentle joy in my heart. And when your heart gets pumped with that feeling, you know that you have just reached the beauty of English, hidden in these rare words.
I know that my English is getting better everyday, and I want to share it with you, dear random person on the internet. I want to improve the deck, and I have a lot of idea to make it better. However I have reached my limit. I cannot spend another month to do nothing. I need a secure, and my intention is to sell the new version for $10. I don’t think this is a high price. Don’t you forget the real cost you will have to pay: $190, the cost to take the GRE test. I know talking about this is silly, since this is my product, but spending $10 more to secure a $190 investment is something I definitely consider. After all, isn’t the real cost of the test is $200, but they price it at $190 to make you feel that it is much cheaper? And hey, at least I don’t price it at $9.99.
You may ask, what am I going to do with that money? I will use most of it to support voluntary or open source projects. How many times you visit Wikipedia to read an article that is crucial for your research, getting elucidated by an idea, then leaving without acknowledging that there must be someone behind the stage? Those people devoting their time to make the world the better place, yet when they start asking for donation, what you see is only a disrupting ad.
And Wikipedia is just one of millions examples. In the book The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman lists those effort as one of ten things that “leveling the global playing field”.
And I’m not going to repudiate, that was me either. After I was aware of that, I started to donate, but only spending about 1 or 2 dollars for each project, mostly just to avoid the guilty feeling for not helping them back, with the excuse that I didn’t have a lot of money. However, only after making the deck, I realized that spending parsimoniously like that doesn’t help much. Even a simple program costs months to finish it. Actually, if you consider yourself as a customer, you will see that $10 is maybe a low price. Despite that, my first and foremost objection when creating the deck is to make a quality product for learners like me, who is (1) a future PhD candidate and needs to have a high score of the GRE test to apply to their dream school; and (2) living in a country where $1 can buy a good meal.
So what do you think? Should I spend another month to make a better version of it? Also, do you have any suggestion for the next one, or any feedback for the current one? Please say, I’m eager to know.