DiscussionatorThere should be a category tag/filter option.
      – Thelevellers, 2009-03-02 at 21:12:35   (28 comments)

On 2009-03-02 at 21:15:39, Thelevellers wrote...
I like the fact you don't have to click through the different topics like soapboxxer, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a specific subject... So could we have tags that can be used to filter the topics? Or similar? This could help getting new people in, as I have discovered (as I suspected) that the random Rory that posted recently was a friend who said he is sticking to yahoo answers for this kind of thing as it has the different subject categories (the extra activity helps too :P)
On 2009-03-02 at 21:24:11, Baslisks wrote...
I think we require more people before tagging becomes a problem.
On 2009-03-02 at 21:31:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
We do have enough history that tagging would be useful, for searching at least. Tags were on my original list of ideas when thinking about the site, but it's tough to make them useful and 'visible'.
On 2009-03-03 at 00:16:15, Thelevellers wrote...
I was looking at the filter option there is already, and thinking it could be like that. You only see it if you need it, so to speak...? And I agree that at the current traffic volume it's not (much) of an issue, but with the huge history, and the fact that it puts some (ok, one!) people off, it could be cool... Though I guess it would not cover the history, unless you made it user taggable - that is that users can tag any topic, as well as the original creator, so they get multiple tags..?
On 2009-03-03 at 09:51:05, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I guess there could be a single line with the most popular tags, at the top of the topics list. I don't think user tags would be worthwhile, but maybe some sort of retro-update by me would... in which case I could allow certain users to change tags. It's clear that some categories like religion/atheism would be very overused (in spite of being missing from SoapBoxxer), whereas something like medicine would be semi-useful but only used once or twice.
On 2009-03-03 at 16:47:12, Thelevellers wrote...
*looks hopeful* ;-)
On 2009-03-03 at 16:54:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm working on another big project at the moment, so tags are still up in the air. I do feel as though the layout of DNR has failed to attract people, but I'm not at all capable of quick prototyping and putting a new look on the existing database would take too much effort at present.
On 2009-03-03 at 23:46:39, Thelevellers wrote...
Personally I like it, except for the lack of tags... BUt maybe I'm the odd one out?! :s
On 2009-03-03 at 23:53:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Maybe - there were a lot of people signing up initially but they mostly left quickly, and there were complaints about the design (rather annoyingly after I'd finished implementing everything, not during the early versions). Perhaps one day I'll feel the need to change things, but again it's a lot of work for perhaps little gain.
On 2009-03-04 at 11:55:58, Thelevellers wrote...
Yeah, I understand, I wouldn't be that fussed about changing stuff with the level of use here... Tis a shame, especially that people left instead of helping you make the design better, silly fools! :-)
On 2009-03-04 at 15:34:12, Baslisks wrote...
Ahhh, well maybe in the future. Though I do suggest if you make any format changes, you leave some room to ad some ads. Hate to think all this toil would go unrewarded.
On 2009-03-08 at 01:08:32, BorgClown wrote...
DNr's layout is a strange combination of simplicity and complexity. I think the cause of many (relatively) people staying at SB was the extremely basic layout, and nearly no advanced functionalities. Personally I like DNr a lot, but all the cool little engineering tidbits bias me. Maybe first-time users see the learning curve too steep. On second thought, SodaHead is hugely popular, and it's interface is a packed mishmash of features and flash applets. I tried it after SB went RIP, and didn't like it at all.
On 2009-03-08 at 09:41:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's less of a design and more of an attempt to address all the things that were wrong with SoapBoxxer. I guess the main problem is not having the recent activity showing all the time (but maybe with the option to hide it) and I don't see how I can change that too easily... but I do think tags are overdue. Using the most popular title words doesn't work well... the a to of you is and in be I have on it for are if your would should this that an will than like with not do site my Discussionator as one more how at what when so can someone but about was people from who make know by out new me Internet has had get been which topic they there some or all
On 2009-03-08 at 10:21:07, BorgClown wrote...
Of course. Word frequency analysis doesn't reflect knowledge. Definitely you need people to tag, and some way for them to preferably use the same tags.
On 2009-03-08 at 19:14:25, Baslisks wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I started reading the second paragraph before the first.... Thought you had a stroke for a second...
On 2009-03-08 at 22:30:25, BorgClown wrote...
LOL, I did read the second paragraph first too,, and worst of it, it made sense at some parts.
On 2009-03-08 at 23:12:07, Baslisks wrote...
Well, it makes sense on some level but communicates no information hence the stroke. Aphasia and such.
On 2009-03-08 at 23:22:51, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Baslisks: Did you get that word from DS9, out of interest?
On 2009-03-09 at 02:35:46, Baslisks wrote...
interface by neal stephenson
On 2009-03-09 at 22:39:49, Thelevellers wrote...
I nearly choked tea up when I read your post Basilisks! (#15) I read them in the right order, but obviously wasn't paying enough attention as I re-read it a couple of times to try and work out what Lee was trying to say... I probably shouldn't admit that, should I?!
On 2009-03-09 at 23:47:37, Baslisks wrote...
meh, we all did anyways.
On 2009-03-10 at 03:08:59, BorgClown wrote...
Wonderful how we people can find meaning in a string of semi-random words.
On 2009-03-10 at 11:07:06, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The words were ordered from most frequent to least - reading them out loud, it's hard to imagine what you were all thinking... I guess that shows the importance of using mark-up to highlight strange stuff, which I always forget to do.
On 2009-03-10 at 19:26:22, Baslisks wrote...
meh, no need. Maybe our brains would of done the same thing still. was just an interesting thing.
On 2009-03-11 at 02:34:10, BorgClown wrote...
It hurts my head that it still makes kinda sense, if you add a few key words, for example: <tt>the a to zof you is and inwill be...
On 2009-03-11 at 02:35:21, BorgClown wrote...
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On 2009-03-11 at 05:24:54, Baslisks wrote...
you did it again! argh my brain went sideways...
On 2009-03-11 at 13:26:13, Thelevellers wrote...
I'm with you there Baslisks... Blargh!