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Graham Perrin

In Diigo forums that are public: introduce a 'Discuss' or 'Annotate' button (scrap, or obscure, the 'Reply' button) - 341 views

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started by Graham Perrin on 18 Nov 08
  • Graham Perrin
    Diigo fans, let's eat our own dog food!

    For Diigo forums that are public: improvement suggestions.


    1. Instead of sometimes unnecessarily long threads, with excessive use of quoting: use Diigo highlights, sticky notes and comments.

    Implementation: in lieu of the 'Reply' button, on the first (only the first) message in a topic we should find a new button:

    * 'Discuss'

    ('Annotate' might be the more proper, Diigo-esque expression but the word 'Annotate' is somewhat robotic. At least for newcomers, 'Discuss' sounds more human ;)


    2. Alongside (secondary to) the 'Discuss' button:

    * 'Extend'


    3. If the 'Extend' button is pressed: do not default to quoting the preceding text.


    4. If for a topic there exists an annotated link (in other words: if anyone has pressed the 'Discuss' button):

    * any visit to the topic should redirect to the annotated URL†

    † For users of Diigolet, should be no problem.

    † for users of Diigo toolbar, extra programming might prevent the annotated URL from redirecting to its target (I imagine a loop situation).


    5. Start build/improve the tag dictionary for this group.


    Ultimately, the results should be enormously positive.

    All encouragement to use Diigo annotations will naturally lead users to:

    * suggest ways in which the interfaces to annotations should be improved.
  • Graham Perrin
    /me clicks the 'Extend' button ;)

    For Diigo forums that are _not_ public, the suggestion should be approached with caution, for at least one reason:

    * production of an annotated URL may default to _showing_ not only the producer's annotations, but also _other users' annotations_.

    - there's potential for Diigo users to misunderstand the implications of producing URLs in this way.

    Still, I should love to see greater and more productive use of Diigo annotations. I suspect that too few users realise the benefits.
  • Graham Perrin
    Maggie wrote:

    > … the whole purpose of in-situ "social annotation"
    > Just "add comment" to follow on a sticky note conversation. Please
    > give that a try and let us know if you have any question.

    An unexpected side-effect of annotating topics within Diigo Groups fora is that sometimes (often?) there's a dominoes effect.

    People who opt to receive notifications via e-mail may receive both:

    a) notification, sometimes multiple notifications, for highlights and other annotations that are added to a topic

    b) notification of a non-annotation addition to the topic (example: I sometimes highlighted, the topic, then replied to the topic to offer the annnotated link thereof).

    Hmm. Complicated!

    If the excess traffic has bothered anyone: sorry! I'm restraining my use of annotations in this context until after I 'get' what's going on…

    (The risk of increased traffic may be greater for those people who opt for immediate notifications.)

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