have the discussion lists I have followed for years - SIGCHI and STC
Usability - been abandoned in favor of IxDA? I have all my professional
discussions filtered into one folder, to read when I have time, and notice a
dramatic drop in postings from the two I mention. The names of those who
post, however, has changed much less.
I assume most of us have limited time to read and write discussion posts, so
it make sense to focus on a forum that gives the most bang for the buck. But
I also sense some of what Jared suggests in a comment on Christina's
question about why the hate-on on UCD: we are in a profession that is
evolving and does not have a well-defined, institutionalized definition.
Therefore, we tend to redefine it regularly and the current favorite label
for what we do is "interaction design."
If we change the label, we start a new discussion list.
As someone who teaches skills for UCD, page and web design, usability
methods, and information architecture, I know this is all very confusing for
newcomers. But there are days when I am confused as well. How is IxDA
different from UPA or UPA different from SIGCHI or SIGCHI different from
AS&IS? Who speaks for the profession? Is there a profession? And how many
more hundreds of dollars a year do I need to spend on memberships to stay in
Manager, STC Usability and User Experience Community
Deaton Interactive Design