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LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

Posted Jan 2, 2014 19:30 UTC (Thu) by johannbg (subscriber, #65743)
In reply to: LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions by foom
Parent article: LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

I was thinking a bit more dash of 21 century with ratings...


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LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

Posted Jan 2, 2014 19:34 UTC (Thu) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

Project-leader subscribers get a better view, with unread comments highlighted. Ratings/voting would be nice, but I don't think I can even begin to promise that. There would be some hacking involved, which wouldn't be that hard, but we'd also certainly need a stronger server to manage that kind of activity. It's on the list.

Better layout for small screens, instead, will almost certainly happen.

LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

Posted Jan 2, 2014 19:58 UTC (Thu) by johannbg (subscriber, #65743) [Link]

I dont know what the underlying magic is to this site but to me it essentially follows the mailinglist laws ( more text few pictures ) which means if we ever deploy hyperkitty [1] ( I predict it will be done this year ) in Fedoraland the hyperkitty crew might be able to help putting it's cat's-paw on lwn although I have no idea how mobile/tablet ready hyperkitty is

1. http://mm3test.fedoraproject.org/hyperkitty/list/devel@mm...

LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

Posted Jan 3, 2014 0:24 UTC (Fri) by dirtyepic (subscriber, #30178) [Link]

I'd be nice to be able to subscribe to an article and have any later comments emailed to you. Basically exactly what it does for responses but for the whole article.

Thanks for another great year!

LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

Posted Jan 3, 2014 0:25 UTC (Fri) by dirtyepic (subscriber, #30178) [Link]

And of course just now I see the button that does just that... How have I missed it all this time?

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 3, 2014 22:51 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

I can't find any such button today, so I guess it's not hard to miss.

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 3, 2014 22:56 UTC (Fri) by jake (editor, #205) [Link]

> I can't find any such button today, so I guess it's not hard to miss.

Should be at the bottom of the article (and before the comments) between the "Send a free link" and "Post a comment" buttons.

jake

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 3, 2014 22:57 UTC (Fri) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

It's a "project leader" subscriber feature. So you can have it, just insert money :)

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 4, 2014 0:39 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

This feels a lot like those programs where options don't appear on the menu unless you're in the mode where they would work, e.g. logged in or with something in a list checked. These have raised much ire in me as I've scouted around saying, "Where did it go? I'm sure it was right _here_" and asking for help and hearing, "Are you blind? just go the to XYZ menu."

That's what "grayed out" was invented for.

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 4, 2014 4:24 UTC (Sat) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

Understood, but I also get irritable with web sites that tease you with things they won't let you do. So I've tried to avoid that.

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 4, 2014 5:03 UTC (Sat) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

In this case I think it's reasonable to have a subtle hint at the capabilities available for the project leader subscription level. You have to go digging to find what it provides. A little subtle advertisement may be helpful.

subscribing to LWN article comments

Posted Jan 9, 2014 8:02 UTC (Thu) by farnz (subscriber, #17727) [Link]

It might be sensible to provide links to screenshots or full descriptions showing the extras you get at each level on the subscription page (linked from the descriptions). That way, people using the site every day don't get teased by things they can't do, but people who've already started down the route of giving you money know what they'll get for it.

LWN's unreliable 2014 predictions

Posted Jan 3, 2014 3:34 UTC (Fri) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106) [Link]

Ratings are overrated (-;

The present system on LWN requires that a reply be posted which is convincing enough that an impressionable reader will believe the replier to be correct and not the original poster. This is far more useful in terms of education than simply decrementing a number and it does not risk that an unpopular view might go unseen. It's slow and time-consuming, but it's terribly fair.


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