Site organization


Site organization

There are many sections to this site, and there is much more content that meets the eye at first.

This wiki page is a placeholder, where we'll document the different ways to browse this web site.

Basically, you can browse:
- by polls, starting at your polling station.
- by topic, following any taxonomy tag you are interested in.
- by project. See the project list in the help section.
- by book: see user contributed books in this site.
- by user: follow a user blog, etc.
- using the tracker pages, your personal one and the global one.

How to get started with my Personal Book?

See this article first:

Some trusted members have the opportunity to post Personal book pages. Such pages carry the author information, but are not dated. The system will assume that the content of those pages will remain relevant forever, and represent the best thoughts that a person has on the topic addressed within the page.

See this blog entry about Personal Books:

How to make massive changes to my book?

Making massive changes

The short answer is: "Don't. Ask first!" The reason is simple: there is often an easier way to achieve your purpose. Also, massive changes to any content may have unintended consequences.

Changing the outline

If you want to change the outline of your Personal Book, moving one page from one place to another, do not attempt to delete the page to recreate it in the new place. It won't work. Check the following page, and ask for help:

Redesigning the introduction to minguo

Fred recently made some pertinent comments regarding the content of the front page:

The very top of the front page links to the following article, which is indeed very un-inspiring:

The measure of success

This web site is still a very long way away from where I would like it to be. As the host, obviously I wish for this site to be a success. Here, I would like to simply define success, both in terms of shallow success, and meaningful success.

Features to implement

Here is a random list of features I would like to implement.
Their implementation depends on their complexity and the time I have available to develop them.

- Automated list of polls per project. Some polls are specifically created for a particular project, and are tagged appropriately. I'd like to find the most appropriate way to display the list of polls on the project's home page related to it.

Web site goals


- Increase the signal/noise ratio: favour high-quality content over chit-chat.
- Allow users to find the best content available on any topic they might be interested in.

In order to achieve the above, the community shall encourage members to contribute accordingly:
- respect the tagging policies:
- Provide titles to their book pages and blog entries that properly reflect the content. It means avoid surprising the readers, click-bait.
- As far as possible, have each discussion thread focussed on the given topic.

The Round Table

Can we have a Round Table for Democracy?

The display, when I enter the site, would be something like this:

                          /               \
                         /                 \
                        /                   \
   Sir William Rickards/                     \
                      /                       \Sir Jameson Quinn (3
                     /                         \

Users' Personal Books

I like a lot what Fred has done with his own personal book:
I would like to extend the concept to all trusted users.

I will make incremental changes so that each regular member can have its own personal book.
The personal books are single-author: each member can have its own.
The personal books are not dated: they can be updated by their author at any time to represent the best that it has to offer.
The personal books are not the place for discussion. Use blog entries for that.

Taxonomy and tagging of content: preparatory work

Taxonomy = tagging of content

This blog entry is a status report regarding the use of taxonomy and content tagging in this site.

Although currently a work in progress, the site taxonomy, i.e. the way different pages are content are tagged according to topics, is an important way content is categorized.
The aims are:
- to allow users to find the most relevant content on any topic.
- find the most compelling content, whenever it was posted, newer content not necessarily being more interesting than older one.

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