SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] Re: Dual-Audience Sites
[Sigia-l] Re: Dual-Audience Sites
Apologies for the absence of the tell-tale :-) that would have better
communicated how far my tongue was embedded in my cheek when I said
"world-class information architecture."
Let's just say this: I rejoice in the (seeming) simplicity of that page.
From: sigia-l-bounces_at_asis.org [mailto:sigia-l-bounces_at_asis.org] On
Behalf Of Dmitry Nekrasovski
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 7:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Sigia-l] Re: Dual-Audience Sites
No disrespect intended, but I am not exactly sure how this page can be
considered to have "world-class information architecture". Apart from
the issue pointed out by Elizabeth, there is no indication as to
whether a given state actually has any listings. Thus clicking on Have
Hay >> Maine gives you listings in New Mexico and Arizona, not to
mention a page entitled Have Hay Available in Maine - not exactly the
clearest way to word this. But I think the major issue here is that
grouping listings by state is a crude means of expressing geographical
proximity. A visualization or distance metric-based display might work
a lot better.
On Fri, 01 Oct 2004 16:20:11 -0700, Elizabeth Fuller
> Steve Mulder wrote:
> > Current favorite home page, with world-class information
> > http://www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet/
> Just one nitpicky problem with this one. As a user presented with the
> choice "Need Hay" or "Have Hay" on the front page, I'd click whichever
> category I fit into (e.g. if I needed hay, I'd click on "Need Hay").
> that takes me to a list of ads posted by others just like me...instead
> of ads posted *for* people like me (in other words, I might need hay,
> but I get sent to a page of ads from others who also need hay, not
> people who have hay, which is what I was really looking for).
> Since there are only two choices, I can easily back out and pick the
> other one once I've realized "my" mistake (though was it really
> If a site were built for a more fractured audience, however -- say
> choices instead of two -- that kind of labeling problem could be
> annoying. So how would you overcome it - label the categories in a
> that more clearly specifies content instead of audience, such as "Need
> Hay Ads" and "Have Hay Ads"?
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