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Sections are a different issue, and I still think manual tag filtering rather than fixed categorisation is the way to go there. You could add a few simple buttons and the mechanism would be intuitive and obvious. (I'm not sure about the Scoop side, obviously.)

Otherwise, the rec process seems to work. It reflects community sentiment about the value and readability of diaries. In practice most diaries at the moment end up rec'd, even if it's only for a while, so it's not obviously restrictive.

Author assigned tags are a good way for a prolific author to categorize their work so diaries in the archive may be more easily found. And they would certainly make it easier to index diaries. So they are useful.

They don't work very well for generating common sections, though, without the overhead of a committee of worker bees that go through the tags and clean them up.

The sectional reclists is a version of sectioning that leverages what already works.

This doesn't guarantee that outsiders will like a diary. But how would it possible to make diaries more appealing to outsiders, without knowing who those outsiders are?

I hadn't been aware that was the goal, so I hadn't thought about how to achieve it.

The system even works on dKos, more or less, in that diaries on the rec list do usually seem to be worth reading - although they've taken to propping it up with their rescue ranger system to give more exposure to worthwhile diaries that fall off the list.

There's a lot of aggressive behavior on dKos involved with the fight for the position on the reclist that ensures hundreds of comments and hundreds of recs and comments and lots of "mojo".

Power law distributions being what they are, its not likely that the European Tribune will expand to that size, but if it did, that would turn sectional reclists from a nice feature into an essential one.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 10:00:34 AM EST
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You don't need worker bees. You just tell people there are six or eight (say) broad tags, and they click one or more buttons to autotag their diary when they're done.

Section views display only the selected tag category/ies. Problem solved. It's not a perfect solution, but it's relatively simple, and it's easy to understand.

I can't see the point of infinitely granular tagging, except possibly as a not so effective way to speed up searches.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 11:14:06 AM EST
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This does the same thing ... though fewer categories ... except without the strategic dimension of the author picking the category.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 12:52:08 PM EST
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