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Note that your suggested list obviates redundancy of display of RECENT DIARIES and RECOMMENDED DIARIES currently listed in the sidebar.

{Wait a minute while I look that word up} ... No, it doesn't, not at all. Indeed, it relies on the display of RECENT DIARIES and RECOMMENDED DIARIES sidebars. The recommended and recent diary list is what prevents the borders between the sections from becoming ossified.

Aside all that, I hafta object to the overweening attention you give to rewarding writers with recommendations (another form of automatic "rating" incentive)

That's the present institutional state of play you are objecting to ... I'm not proposing to change that, except to leverage it into getting the work of sectioning done.

and your assumption that diaries "languish" if the publishing platform provides no rating mechanism.

I didn't say any such thing. Diaries languish in sections that get no company, because when there is no new content, the audience dwindles, and when the audience dwindles, the contributions dwindle.

A few, broad, categories are better than a larger number of precisely defined categories, since it is easier for the commentariat of the site to evolve the distinctions between the sections for itself.


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 Sun May 31st, 2009 at 05:23:13 PM EST
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hmm, I'll tackle just one of my misinterpretations.

it relies on the display of RECENT DIARIES and RECOMMENDED DIARIES sidebars.

I had imagined the DIARIES option menu of SECTIONS included RECOMMENDED and RECENT DIARIES --AND-- RECOMMENDED and RECENT DIARIES displayed in the sidebar. One of these sets is redundant.

Thanks for clearing up my misunderstanding: RECOMMENDED and RECENT DIARIES lists in the sidebar only.

"Occasional Reader" (OR1,to you) double-clicks a title in RECENT DIARIES. As usual full text of story appears in new window with sidebar navigation elements REC and SECTION enabled (disabled? if OR1 has ever elected an option, making assignment irreversible). Perhaps too a list of SECTIONS currently assigned to the title appears in the story sidebar.

OR1 elects REC (t) and elects SECTION [VATICAN] from option list.

(Meanwhile, OR2 comes along to elect REC (f) and elects SECTION [HUMOR]. OR3 elects REC (t) and elects SECTION [PUBLIC POLICY]. OR4 selects DIARIES menu OPTION [VATICAN], run-time opens new window to display all VATICAN titles. Alrighty then.)

The need for RECOMMENDED DIARIES in the sidebar is not yet obvious to me, given the DIARIES new functionality: display [SECTION] RECOMMENDED and RECENT DIARIES.

So which RECOMMENDED DIARIES appear on the home (index) page, if at all?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 07:36:42 PM EST
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No, they are not redundant.

A page view of the most recent diaries, and a page view of the top of the reclist, is not identical to the reclist, or the recent diary list. One contains more information about the diaries about the top of each list ... that is, the above the fold section of each diary ... while the other contains a longer list of titles alone.

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 Sun May 31st, 2009 at 10:58:49 PM EST
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