Wow, look at you all go...!

15 Oct 2007 - 10:02am
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jayeffvee
2007

466 IxDA emails in my box, waiting for me over my vacation, last week.

I can't exactly recall, but I think I got about that many when I was off
for TWO weeks vacation in August.

Is anyone tracking our discussion list traffic? How are we doing, for
active participation?

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15 Oct 2007 - 10:48am
.pauric
2006

As one of the more active posters (I suffer from verbal diarrhea and
no one to talk to at work) I HIGHLY recommend the
http://gamma.ixda.org/discuss.php site for tracking the discussions.
http://www.howardesign.com has done a phenomenal job at bending the
archaic mail server in to a very usable discussion front end.

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15 Oct 2007 - 11:00am
Chauncey Wilson
2007

In the role of devil's advocate, the number of items is one metric, but the
other metric is the quality of the items. It would be interesting to
conduct a brief survey regarding the overall quality of the discussions.
Then you could periodically, say once a quarter, ask the same question to
see if the perceived quality is changing.

Chauncey

On 10/15/07, Vermette, Joan <Joan.Vermette at fmr.com> wrote:
>
> 466 IxDA emails in my box, waiting for me over my vacation, last week.
>
> I can't exactly recall, but I think I got about that many when I was off
> for TWO weeks vacation in August.
>
> Is anyone tracking our discussion list traffic? How are we doing, for
> active participation?
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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15 Oct 2007 - 11:22am
SemanticWill
2007

I for one am psyched that we haven't had many semantic debates recently.

will evans
user experience architect
wkevans4 at gmail.com
617.281.1281

On Oct 15, 2007, at 12:00 PM, "Chauncey Wilson" <chauncey.wilson at gmail.com
> wrote:

> In the role of devil's advocate, the number of items is one metric,
> but the
> other metric is the quality of the items. It would be interesting to
> conduct a brief survey regarding the overall quality of the
> discussions.
> Then you could periodically, say once a quarter, ask the same
> question to
> see if the perceived quality is changing.
>
> Chauncey
>
>
> On 10/15/07, Vermette, Joan <Joan.Vermette at fmr.com> wrote:
>>
>> 466 IxDA emails in my box, waiting for me over my vacation, last
>> week.
>>
>> I can't exactly recall, but I think I got about that many when I
>> was off
>> for TWO weeks vacation in August.
>>
>> Is anyone tracking our discussion list traffic? How are we doing,
>> for
>> active participation?
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://gamma.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://gamma.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://gamma.ixda.org/help
>>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://gamma.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://gamma.ixda.org/guidelines
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15 Oct 2007 - 11:34am
.pauric
2006

Chauncey: "It would be interesting to conduct a brief survey
regarding the overall quality of the discussions"

If you or anyone else wants to respond with questions that would suit
such a quarterly review. I'll happily put the survey together and
conduct it.

Lets crowdsource a solution to measuring quality (o;

thanks - pauric

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15 Oct 2007 - 12:06pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

We would need to understand the attributes that make up a "quality"
discussion. For example, a design forum should be both inviting and
provocative. What other attributes make for quality in a listserv?

Chauncey

On Mon, 15 Oct 2007 09:34:30, pauric <radiorental at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Chauncey: "It would be interesting to conduct a brief survey
> regarding the overall quality of the discussions"
>
> If you or anyone else wants to respond with questions that would suit
> such a quarterly review. I'll happily put the survey together and
> conduct it.
>
> Lets crowdsource a solution to measuring quality (o;
>
> thanks - pauric
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://gamma.ixda.org/discuss?post=21519
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://gamma.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://gamma.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://gamma.ixda.org/help
>

15 Oct 2007 - 1:52pm
Jeffrey D. Gimzek
2007

troll to expert ratio ?

On Oct 15, 2007, at 10:06 AM, Chauncey Wilson wrote:

> We would need to understand the attributes that make up a "quality"
> discussion. For example, a design forum should be both inviting and
> provocative. What other attributes make for quality in a listserv?
>
> Chauncey
>
>
> On Mon, 15 Oct 2007 09:34:30, pauric <radiorental at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Chauncey: "It would be interesting to conduct a brief survey
>> regarding the overall quality of the discussions"
>>
>> If you or anyone else wants to respond with questions that would suit
>> such a quarterly review. I'll happily put the survey together and
>> conduct it.
>>
>> Lets crowdsource a solution to measuring quality (o;
>>
>> thanks - pauric
>>
>>
>> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>> Posted from the new ixda.org
>> http://gamma.ixda.org/discuss?post=21519
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://gamma.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://gamma.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://gamma.ixda.org/help
>>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://gamma.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://gamma.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://gamma.ixda.org/help

15 Oct 2007 - 2:02pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Hi Joan,

The discussion list has grown substantially in traffic over the last
four years. When the ixda.org site originally launched it advertised
40 e-mails per week for the list. The gamma site now estimates 40
e-mails per DAY. A little more than 1000 posts per month in overall
activity. If you look back through the archives it's rare to find an
individual thread that has more than a dozen or so participants. Now
we easily exceed 50 posts per thread a few times a month. And those
threads can go on for weeks.

The IxDA RSS feeds provide a way to manage that volume. The IxDA
Popular feed for instance leverages participation as an indication of
quality, and only shows those threads that have five or more
contributions. There's also a feed that only lists new threads
(20-30/week) without all the followup posts. Both options reduce the
traffic substantially.

RSS also provides a way to selectively subscribe to topics of
interest or to the posts of individual members whose opinion you
value.

Another way to help determine quality is to use the favorite marking
system on the gamma site. Whenever you come across a post that's
particularly good, flag it. It'll be highlighted for other members
to find.

// jeff

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16 Oct 2007 - 10:12am
Dan Saffer
2003

On Oct 15, 2007, at 10:06 AM, Chauncey Wilson wrote:

> What other attributes make for quality in a listserv?

A plurality of voices is important. That's why it is included in the
list guidelines ( <http://gamma.ixda.org/about_guidelines.php> ).
Single voices speaking incessantly are tiresome. If you find yourself
at the top of the most active members list ( <http://gamma.ixda.org/
members.php> ) frequently, you might be guilty of this.

Don't respond to every thread.
Let threads drop occasionally.
Listen.
Write well and choose your words carefully.
Trim the message you are responding to.
Suggest new threads occasionally--on new topics.
Read archives to see if the topic has been extensively discussed
before. Ask, is there anything more to say on this topic?

And yes, I know I break these guidelines too. :)

Dan

16 Oct 2007 - 6:05pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

This list is getting bigger in traffic.
I enjoy some of the discussions, they're quite useful...
but I'm used to forums, in which it's possible to edit and delete
posts (...I will like to delete a pair of my posts).
IMO, if this was available it can clean up the archives...
I also have noticed that this list is mirrored a lot... and that
there's many possible e-mails that can send posts to the lists;
which make filtering, labeling and searching the posts (in a webmail
client) less easier... I remember having 2 or 3 e-mails in ixd
filters.

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