A suggestion to this mailing list

20 Aug 2009 - 4:27am
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Fredrik Matheson
2005

I'm glad to see that you're interested in improving the IXDA list. I
believe there a project underway to improve some sections of IXDA.

Tagging topics certainly seems like a good idea, but good subject titles
are important, too.

I think it's important to remember that the simplicity of this mailing
list (which is what this is, a plain ol' listserv) has been a key
success factor for growing IXDA.

I think services such as GetSatisfaction do a very good job of managing
discussions. Are you thinking along these lines?

How would you make tags this work with an e-mail interface?

- Fredrik

Andreas Hesse wrote:
> Dear IXDA
> I must say I think this list is not up to standards. If we're talking
> IxD and UX here then I wonder why the emailings are not categorized in
> any way.
> There should be a bunch of checkboxes upon signing up, where you
> decide what topics you'd like to recieve thread-openings about.
> There are numerous options...
>
> Thanks
>
> Andreas Hesse
> Student
>
> Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
> mobile: +45 5058 4466
> email: anhes at ciid.dkds.dk
>
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20 Aug 2009 - 4:50am
Fredrik Matheson
2005

Hi Andreas,

if you want a digest, you can update your preferences at
http://www.ixda.org/profile.php which offers

- Switch to daily thread digests
- Switch to new thread notification

The Scientific American example is very nice. What could we do to make
this community-driven mailing list like this work better?

BTW, which interface are you using to read your e-mails? I've found that
Gmail is a great way to consume IXDA content. It provides a glanceable
overview where I simply ignore discussions that don't interest me.
Threads are a must for easy reading.

That being said, I am finding the GetSatisfaction model of discussion to
be of increasing interest. Search tools reduce repetition, thread
tagging enables finding, explicit categorization into idea, bug,
question etc makes it easier to navigate as well. However, it uses a web
browser for creating and consuming threads, rather than an e-mail
client. I think that the interoperability that a listserv provides is a
key success factor in maintaining the rate and pace of new discussions
at IXDA.

So, what should be done? Fire away!

- Fredrik

20 Aug 2009 - 9:30am
Victor Lombardi
2003

To illustrate what Fredrik said, here's the mobile "category":
http://www.ixda.org/search.php?tag=mobile

And here's the mobile category RSS feed:
http://www.ixda.org/rss/search/?tag=mobile

You can access these using the search box at http://www.ixda.org/

Victor
http://victorlombardi.com/

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20 Aug 2009 - 3:20pm
Andrew Boyd
2008

On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 8:27 PM, Fredrik
Matheson<fredrik.matheson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm glad to see that you're interested in improving the IXDA list. I believe
> there a project underway to improve some sections of IXDA.
>
> Tagging topics certainly seems like a good idea, but good subject titles are
> important, too.
>
> I think it's important to remember that the simplicity of this mailing list
> (which is what this is, a plain ol' listserv) has been a key success factor
> for growing IXDA.
>
> I think services such as GetSatisfaction do a very good job of managing
> discussions. Are you thinking along these lines?
>
> How would you make tags this work with an e-mail interface?
>
> - Fredrik

Fredrik, Andreas,

I find it interesting that it's nearly 100 years after Ranganathan,
and we're still talking about the desirability of absolute
categorisation.

If you're talking about "I tag my messages so that I can find them
again", please be my guest. This works for everyone. But if you're
talking about "these are the tags, writ in stone, that thou shalt use
on this mailing list so that everyone can track individual topics"
then I would ask you to forget it. It won't work.

I know that this is an Ix/UX list and not an IA list, but think about
how usable and useful such a system might be. My absolute category is
not your absolute category, topics are rarely atomic, topics mutate
into other topics. Tags themselves change over time. Holy wars erupt
over the misuse of tags, the central tag librarian is accused of
fascism, showers of molten lava descend from the heavens, cats start
sleeping with dogs, you get the picture.

All that said... I'm willing to be proven wrong. I'll participate in a
compulsory 100% tagging experiment on this list if others will. My bet
is that it will fall down in less than a week, but I'd like to see it
for myself. If only to confirm/shatter my own prejudices.

Best regards, Andrew
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