@Neicudi: reviving this thread because I’ve now seen several other people across the forums mentioning this, plus at least one other person over on the WaniKani thread.
As for community decks, those cards are made by the author, so they kinda dictate the learning style.
I don’t believe that authors should dictate learning style. Authors do us a great service creating decks, but everyone learns differently. Do we really want everyone who believes that recall and recognition are two different aspects to have to make their own multi-thousand card decks instead of using a perfectly good community deck?
I agree with you on the thought that recall and recognition are two different aspects, and I personally split those into separate cards or filter out one of the layouts.
Filtering out a layout reduces reviews, but you lose the learning you would get from completing that layout. We agree that recall and recognition are two different aspects: why deny yourself the practice on one of those critical skills?
Another option for community decks might be to filter one layout first, and then redo the deck with just that layout unfiltered after you are done with the deck the first time, but that kinda seems like a hassle.
That definitely is a hassle! For one, it doubles the amount of time it would take to “complete” a deck. God help you if you’re doing something like Core 10k with that method…you’ve effectively turned it into the Core 20k!
I believe this is one of the key features Kitsun needs to be able to go head-to-head with its competitors. If you’re dealing with multi-thousand card decks – or multiple multi-thousand card decks, as many of us are – efficiency is key, and indeed, that’s the entire appeal of SRS systems. Per Kitsun’s own Knowledge Base:
The way SRS works is that you will get reviews whenever the item you are learning is almost gone from your memory. The brain gets a reminder which strengthens the memory of the item and kind of tells them that the information you are learning is important. This has been proven to be a very efficient way of studying and retaining the learned information in the long run.
By not ranking siblings independently, the whole system is handicapped. There are now two times as many reviews in the pool (for power users, that could equate to hundreds of reviews), and as many as half of those reviews are potentially showing up long before the user “is about to forget them.”
Not only is this inefficient from a reviewing/academic perspective, it greatly increases the likelihood of user burnout. Take it from me: I burned out a few days into my free trial because of this, and only just came back for another go. I love Kitsun, but thanks to the current system, I have to go 50% slower then I did on Anki to keep my reviews to a manageable level (i.e. the same amount I had per day while using Anki). This is clearly a flaw.
Is it possible to implement independent sibling ranking as a per-deck user option at least? That way people who want the feature can use it and people who don’t aren’t forced to.