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Frank Schnittger wrote (in the previous diary):

Obviously we don't want to make the whole thing too complicated, but another idea would be to allow members to tag themselves (under user info or settings) under a number of headings - e.g. EU, Politics, Energy, Sociology, Management.  This would create special interest groups of members interested in - e.g. EU - who would could have their own discussion area/debate area/ collaborative writing space, and who would be notified if a diary/story with that tag is published.

I find that there is a lot of stuff going through ET (and other sites) and to avoid info overload you have to be selective in what you look at. Titles are sometimes misleading and you can miss stuff you would really have been interested in.  Obviously your tags wouldn't preclude you from having access to other stuff as well - it would just be a way of selectively channeling content your way and building specialist sub-communities - important as the user base gets bigger.

Caveat:  I don't know much about the innards of Scoop.

Giving the writer the ability to 'keyword' their diary is a good idea.  I suggest we also give any Trusted User the ability as well.  

This will give the Information Base a much larger number of retrieval paths to the specific bit of information.  Which will help 'solve' the problems inherent in the 'keyword' centric retrieval methodology.  [See for comment]

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 02:59:45 PM EST
Just to note that there is some "tags" capability in the modern scoop codebase, although it may not do everything we need, we may not have to start from scratch.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 03:05:09 PM EST
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At this point I should point out that Colman has been thinking about 1) reimplementing (cloning) ET; 2) developing ET 2.0

Both projects would likely take place on a Ruby on Rails platform. Any people out there who would be willing and able to work on those projects?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 03:11:42 PM EST
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FYI:  the development team for the NLUS will be in the same state (hurrah!) in a couple of weeks and we plan to start programming beginning of March.  My intention is to get permission to use ET as the Real World testbed for  QC, QA, and Functionality verification when we have something more than vapourware.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 03:22:29 PM EST
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I am out of procrastination and probably about to start working on this, I think.

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 03:42:38 PM EST
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Sounds interesting. Let me know how I may be of service. I know something about how to hack together crappy code, if this should be of any use.
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 04:23:12 PM EST
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Supervised by someone, I may be able to add some value.  I would have to learn Ruby/on Rails first, but that is something I have wanted to do for a while, and this would be a great project to get started on it.

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by marco on Sun Dec 30th, 2007 at 11:29:40 PM EST
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