Ever since I started using the IxDA website, I've been curious why the discussions are shown in a linear feed vs a more traditional category or sub-forum organizational structure. I have a terrible time trying to find anything here because the only search tools are keyword based (search box at the top of the page and word cloud on the side) which generally ignore the secondary information heirarchy of time, and thus seem to return extremely old, and generally no longer relevant posts.
I have been noticing a trend on many ecommerce sites recently away from providing category pages - that is, instead of providing top-level categories, a number of subcategories, some subsequent categories, and finally listing pages, sites are skipping some levels of category pages and going straight from top-level or subcategory pages to listing pages with hundreds of items.
Example: Men -> Shirts -> Polos (Listing 20 items) vs. Men -> Shirts (Listing 300 items)
We're including a tag cloud in a web tool we're building. I've done a
bit of tooling about the net to see what convention says about how a tag
cloud is best defined but still no real answer as it seems to vary from
place to place.
My understanding of a tag cloud is as follows:
-Holds the top x occurring tags occurring within the system (x being the
number of tags we want to be in out tag cloud).
-Is shown in alpha order or from most recurring to least recurring (but
this style to me doesn't seem to serve the aesthetic whimsy of using the
tag cloud in the first place.