SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Exposing rated content
Re: SIGIA-L: Exposing rated content
From: stephen gilson (stephengilson_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 12:12:48 EST
You're right of course on the need for editorial oversight. But even if I
were to build the list by hand, I'd have to exercise some judgement about
relevancy. Now, a good deal of relevancy information should be available by
knowing who my customer is, right? I'd know what products of mine they have
and what their technical profile might be, so I could expose content
Without knowledge of the customer however, I'm not sure how to express the
value of a piece of content. Without that context (the customer) attributing
value is somewhat pointless. Funny how this is beginning to sound just like
the reader-response theory I studied in grad school. Hmm. That could mean
Deconstruction might have some insights to offer IAs (whoa, watch out now).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Avi Rappoport" <analyst_at_searchtools.com>
To: "stephen gilson" <stephengilson_at_yahoo.com>; <sigia-l_at_asis.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: SIGIA-L: Exposing rated content
> This is very much like trying to run an automatic categorization
> system or tweak search engine results so the best pages come up first
> -- you can only get so far with algorithms.
> If your readers are tolerant, you can just go with the flow, for
> example, Moreover's search engine feed told me about the death of a
> cartoonist, because he drew the cartoon 'Barney Google'. Didn't
> bother me in email, though it would have been awkward if I'd
> published the news on my web site.
> To keep from making dumb mistakes, you need human editorial control.
> Just a glance by an expert before you publish will avoid most
> Hope that helps,
> At 9:24 AM -0500 10/30/01, stephen gilson wrote:
> >I'm interested in how a "top rated article" list might be populated
> >on a page that is dynamically built. Here are the factors: The
> >articles are technical pieces written to support a range of software
> >products that the hosting company offers for sale. The 'top rated'
> >list shows only five article titles. <snip>
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