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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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