Monday, June 18, 2012

The Art of Seeing the Invisible

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         I had intended to go into depth about my proposal presented in last week's post, but have since decided to put this on hold.  There were so many wildly varying interpretations in the comments and from input I received elsewhere that I came to some realizations that I won't explain at this time.   I thank all of you who provided input in last week's comment section and a special thanks to those who answered my request for some evaluation of what they thought was going on in last week's post and the ensuing comments.

        As I mentioned in one of my comment replies, I will present a simplified outline of my proposal to see if that offers any clarification.

Here is the process as I envision it:

  • Simple registration for screening and classification purposes.
  • Registrants are collected into one master list through which all screened links can be accessed.
  • Sub-lists that are derived from master list and divided into categories will appear in separate locations for those who prefer more definition in what blogs are.
  • Due to the better organization, list can be accessed according to alphabetical, topical, audience rating, and other methods of approach.
        Some of you felt that my suggested method would create too much work for the administrators.  There were also mentions related to the complexity of maintaining multiple lists.   The point of my proposal is to address these concerns.   The primary work would be programming the system that would automatically administer the list.   Once the system were in place the list, the categorization, the screening, and the cleaning would mostly manage itself if done correctly, with minimal overseeing by administrators.  My goal is more efficiency, greater ease of use, and less maintenance.

        That's my vision at least.   I think some of you saw what I was seeing or something near to it.   It's something that will require more thought.   I continue to be open to questions and suggestions.  Ideas?

"Create your future from your future, not your past.”

— Werner Erhard

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Interested in what you ha to say,

Loved the quotation at the end,


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It won't be through Linky Tools as they don't have anything so complex. That doesn't mean it's not out there though.

Marta Szemik said...

That's a mighty undertaking. I don't know enough about such programs to make a suggestion, but it would be interesting to see.

Lynn Proctor said...

i am sure this is a good idea--it is just too complicated for me :)

Francene Stanley said...

I'm all for automated systems. Good thinking and planning will save you all a lot of work.

Jarm Del Boccio said...

This is a well organized plan...sounds like a winner!

Arlee Bird said...

Yvonne -- New ideas may be built upon old ones, but radically new ideas are called "new" for a reason.

Alex -- I already corresponded with Brad last year about the idea and he had no plans to do anything like it, but he was receptive to some of the ideas I proposed. But things could change.

Marta-- It would be a mighty undertaking for someone like me, but kid's play to someone who had that kind of knowledge.

Lynn -- Me too. I can conceive of the idea, but I'm not sure how to implement it.

Francene -- The whole point of automation is to make things easier and more efficient.

Jarm -- I think it's a definite winner, but I don't know that everyone understands what I'm talking about.


Andrew Leon said...

I think it's a great place to start. A main list and sub-lists is a great way to do it.

Nicole said...

When I read last week's post, the plan sounded very thorough and it seemed to address many needs all at once, which I thought was great. The implementation of this plan is something that I was concerned with because it seems very involved on the backend and could potentially be complicated to manage.

However, I do think that having one master list, with additional category lists would make it easier for some bloggers to get through the blogs that they want to read. It sounds like a workable plan and I think it may even help to weed out the inactive blogs and spam blogs much faster because they may be detected quicker with this plan in place :)

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Graciewilde said...

I will be delighted with whatever comes out of the discussion.

Mina Lobo said...

I think, "Yes!" If I may be so bold, Arlee, I'd even say, "HECK, YES!" :-)
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