The Noisy Channel


Two Changes

January 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments · General

I just wanted to let regular readers know that I’ve made two changes to this blog.

The first is that I’ve eliminated the use of categories on posts. I found that I was categorizing almost all posts as “general”, and that there was almost no value in maintaining such a low-entropy field. Yes, I’m well aware of the irony that, despite being an advocate of faceted search, I’m not providing any meta-data to annotate my posts. But I take what I believe to be a user-driven approach, and I can see from my logs that readers primarily visit to read my most recent posts. For those who like to browse, I encourage you to take advantage of the related posts feature, which is powered by the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

The second is that I’ve retired The Noisy Community. Two years ago, I created this directory of regular readers and commenters in order to foster a sense of community. I believe it was a success, but that it has outlived its usefulness. Again based on my logs, I can see that it has been neglected for a while. So, rather than continuing to invest in maintaining it manually, I have given it an honorable discharge.

My apologies to any readers whom I’ve offended with these changes. As always, I encourage you to make suggestions — especially if you’re willing to help implement them!

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bharath // Jan 6, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Daniel, consider using our widget to let your readers discover related content. We’ve improved our offering a lot, in terms of concepts, quality and interaction.

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    With our widget installed, your readers can also mark points of interest on your articles and get instant recommendations for them. Some snapshots and info are at our product page

  • 2 Louisa // Jan 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I read you through GoogleReader so loss of categories isn’t a prob! 🙂

  • 3 Daniel Tunkelang // Jan 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Louisa: indeed, I suspect that many folks read this blog through RSS (I don’t get accurate counts), so I don’t want to over-invest in features they’ll never see.

    Bharath: I’d like to give this a whirl. Please let me know how I can install your widget using the WordPress dashboard, and I’ll see how readers like it.

  • 4 Daniel Tunkelang // Jan 7, 2011 at 2:03 am

    OK, I’ve swapped it in for the related posts plug-in. Here goes!

  • 5 Bharath // Jan 7, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Awesome. We’ll monitor this. Welcome feedback from you and your readers.

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