While we're working on a moderation solution for the spam on the list, the problem seems to be getting worse.
As a temporary solution we have disabled discussion thread creation for new users.
As of now all new users who have not been approved by a moderator cannot start new discussion threads. New users can still comment/respond to existing threads, and those comments will go into the moderation queue until that user has been approved.
As I'm sure you've all noticed, there has been a recent outbreak of spam in the discussions. We're working on implementing an updated moderation system that will let us catch that.. in the meantime these users are being blocked as fast as possible and their messages deleted.
I'll post another update when the new moderation system is in place. Until then, we apologize for the annoyance and thank you all for your patience.
Today, the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) announced the launch of the IxDA Interaction Awards, a first-of-its-kind awards program dedicated to celebrating global excellence in the discipline of Interaction Design.
This is a notice to let you all know that there will be 15 - 30 minutes of downtime today in order to run some system updates. These updates will hopefully help the threading issues on the discussions, but we're not totally sure.
The site will be down from approximately 10AM MNT (12PM EST) to 10:30AM MNT.
I am a professional in the field looking for current, up-to-date, interaction design blog recommendations. I am an avid reader of ixd and user experience research, but some of the blogs in our field are out of date.
What some current, great, IXD blogs?
Current IXD health care focused blogs?
Lastly, many of my fellow IXDAer's get valuable user experience information from other types of technology blogs written with a user focused perspective. Know of anything like this?
I can appreciate many of the views shared here. My last post about Engineering IS Design IS Engineering was meant to prompt discussion. It did a little bit. My overall take on this subject is that we are in need of some serious stepping back and re-evaluation of all the disciplines. Take the Stanford site is an interesting case study. They don't help the world by having a design program named, of all things Design. What kind? What department? Graphic, Industrial, Product, ME.
I wanted to point out a feature that I think can really help people out and hopefully will get more people to explore the Web-interface as a better primary interface for writing and exploring the digital community.
When you "Create a Thread" from http://ixda.org/discussion and go to http://ixda.org/node/add/discussion you get a form to fill out w/ the usual fields of title, tags and body. you can even add attachments, make your text a bit richer using HTML or the WYSIWYG editor. But there is also another feature that I think might help limit a lot of the redundant traffic.