Unofficial IxDA Reader

23 Apr 2006 - 11:25pm
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Jeff Howard
2004

I've been experimenting with a few new tools for reading the IxDA list. They've helped me get
more out of these discussions lately, so I thought I'd invite the other long-suffering digest
readers to try them out.

http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/

The main page gathers the IxDA discussion archives (from dreamhost.com) into a blog-like
interface. You'll see the entire month's posts in a sidebar organized by conversation (ala
Gmail or Outlook) as well as the comments in a thread all stitched back together onto one
page. Link to any thread or jump to the most recent comment in a post. You can even reply
directly from the page.

There's an RSS feed for new topics if you'd rather watch the list from your newsreader. You
can also search the past two years of archives by topic or by author and view the results over
time. Find everything we've ever written about usability or ethnography, watch questions
about the mac menu surface every couple of months or search for "listera" in the fall of 2004.

Any suggestions or critiques are welcome.

// jeff

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24 Apr 2006 - 1:26am
Håkan Reis
2006

This is great news! I have been using Thunderbird with thread view to be
able to follow threads in the discussion, but it's not ideal. Sometimes
the threading fails and finding a discussion thread thats older means I
have to search it manually (they still have some work to do in the
interaction here I think).

The web view is great. Easy to find the interesting discussions and the
responses. And being able to use my blog reader is what I have been
looking for, here I can add flags of importance, add personal notations
and such.

However, there are a problem with the RSS feed as I see it, the
responses should be viewed as comments to a post, and the question is
how comments from the feed reader are handled. I have the same issue
with other tools like confluence wiki that can produce an RSS feed but
are not able to handle comments.

/ Håkan
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Håkan Reis
MCAD
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Jeff Howard wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> I've been experimenting with a few new tools for reading the IxDA list. They've helped me get
> more out of these discussions lately, so I thought I'd invite the other long-suffering digest
> readers to try them out.

24 Apr 2006 - 10:56am
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

Is it really necessary to show email addresses? I'd really prefer to have
mine removed. Thanks.

-r-

On 4/23/06, Jeff Howard <id at howardesign.com> wrote:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> I've been experimenting with a few new tools for reading the IxDA list.
> They've helped me get
> more out of these discussions lately, so I thought I'd invite the other
> long-suffering digest
> readers to try them out.
>
> http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/
>
> The main page gathers the IxDA discussion archives (from dreamhost.com)
> into a blog-like
> interface. You'll see the entire month's posts in a sidebar organized by
> conversation (ala
> Gmail or Outlook) as well as the comments in a thread all stitched back
> together onto one
> page. Link to any thread or jump to the most recent comment in a post. You
> can even reply
> directly from the page.
>
> There's an RSS feed for new topics if you'd rather watch the list from
> your newsreader. You
> can also search the past two years of archives by topic or by author and
> view the results over
> time. Find everything we've ever written about usability or ethnography,
> watch questions
> about the mac menu surface every couple of months or search for "listera"
> in the fall of 2004.
>
> Any suggestions or critiques are welcome.
>
> // jeff
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/
> List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/
> (Un)Subscription Options ... http://subscription-options.ixda.org/
> Announcements List ......... http://subscribe-announce.ixda.org/
> Questions .................. lists at ixda.org
> Home ....................... http://ixda.org/
> Resource Library ........... http://resources.ixda.org
>

24 Apr 2006 - 11:01am
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

Hmmm. Apparently they're listed on the IxDA site as well, so I guess the
damage is already done. Must be why I keep getting more and more spam
through this "unkown" email address.

-r-

On 4/24/06, Robert Hoekman, Jr. <mmbeta at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Is it really necessary to show email addresses? I'd really prefer to have
> mine removed. Thanks.
>
> -r-
>
>
>
> On 4/23/06, Jeff Howard < id at howardesign.com> wrote:
> >
> > [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> > material.]
> >
> > I've been experimenting with a few new tools for reading the IxDA list.
> > They've helped me get
> > more out of these discussions lately, so I thought I'd invite the other
> > long-suffering digest
> > readers to try them out.
> >
> > http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/
> >
> > The main page gathers the IxDA discussion archives (from dreamhost.com)
> > into a blog-like
> > interface. You'll see the entire month's posts in a sidebar organized by
> > conversation (ala
> > Gmail or Outlook) as well as the comments in a thread all stitched back
> > together onto one
> > page. Link to any thread or jump to the most recent comment in a post.
> > You can even reply
> > directly from the page.
> >
> > There's an RSS feed for new topics if you'd rather watch the list from
> > your newsreader. You
> > can also search the past two years of archives by topic or by author and
> > view the results over
> > time. Find everything we've ever written about usability or ethnography,
> > watch questions
> > about the mac menu surface every couple of months or search for
> > "listera" in the fall of 2004.
> >
> > Any suggestions or critiques are welcome.
> >
> > // jeff
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/
> > List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/
> > (Un)Subscription Options ... http://subscription-options.ixda.org/
> > Announcements List ......... http://subscribe-announce.ixda.org/
> > Questions .................. lists at ixda.org
> > Home ....................... http://ixda.org/
> > Resource Library ........... http://resources.ixda.org
> >
>
>

24 Apr 2006 - 11:37am
Manu Sharma
2003

> Jeff Howard:
> http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/

This is a terrific tool, Jeff. Thanks a lot!!

If I had to make one quick feature request, it'd be Gmail style "Hide quoted
text" functionality. This wouldn't be necessary if people trimmed their
posts but since most don't, it would be most useful for reading long
threads.

Thanks

Manu
http://orangehues.com/blog

24 Apr 2006 - 12:32pm
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

Discussion threading is nice.

Several suggestions:

Majority of users have lukewarm attitude toward combination of vertical and
horizontal scrolling (http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/archives.php).
Several pages navigated via Month-by-month side navigation or perhaps via 4
month long top navigation tabs could be more user friendly. You would have
to reformat search results as well.

Search functionality on top of this page:
http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/ .
"Browse Archives" link next to the Search on top of the same page (leave
duplicate where it is now). Better yet put entire Browse Archives navigation
at this page (and make it persistent throughout).

There is no visual separation of quoted reply within quoted reply (usually
done with nesting of multiple ">" signs in plain text readers).

Search indexes only titles and authors?

--
Oleh Kovalchuke
Interaction Design is Design of Time
http://www.tangospring.com/IxDtopicWhatIsInteractionDesign.htm

On 4/23/06, Jeff Howard <id at howardesign.com> wrote:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> I've been experimenting with a few new tools for reading the IxDA list.
> They've helped me get
> more out of these discussions lately, so I thought I'd invite the other
> long-suffering digest
> readers to try them out.
>
> http://www.howardesign.com/exp/ixd/
>
> The main page gathers the IxDA discussion archives (from dreamhost.com)
> into a blog-like
> interface. You'll see the entire month's posts in a sidebar organized by
> conversation (ala
> Gmail or Outlook) as well as the comments in a thread all stitched back
> together onto one
> page. Link to any thread or jump to the most recent comment in a post. You
> can even reply
> directly from the page.
>
> There's an RSS feed for new topics if you'd rather watch the list from
> your newsreader. You
> can also search the past two years of archives by topic or by author and
> view the results over
> time. Find everything we've ever written about usability or ethnography,
> watch questions
> about the mac menu surface every couple of months or search for "listera"
> in the fall of 2004.
>
> Any suggestions or critiques are welcome.
>
>
>

24 Apr 2006 - 10:45pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Thanks for the feedback everyone. The RSS feed is pretty basic; I've been looking for good
examples of RSS comment feeds that don't seem too schizophrenic. Any ideas? As for the
search, it only indexes post titles and authors right now. Full text search would be better. I
hadn't noticed the quoted text problem but I'll look into it.

// jeff

25 Apr 2006 - 3:34am
Håkan Reis
2006

Well I don't know about any feed creation tools but you may look into
how DasBlog handle feeds, comments and replies, it works quite well. The
reader I'm using (omea reader) is great at displaying and handling
comments for feed when its there.

/ Håkan

--

Håkan Reis
MCAD
Dotway AB

Mob : +46 40 6023210
SMS : +46 768 510033
Web : http://www.dotway.se
Blog: http://blog.reis.se

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