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  •  How about a retention time variable (none)
    24 hours for recommended diaries
    48 hours for celeb diaries

    Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    by TerraByte on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 08:49:08 AM PST

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    •  Or, to be more flexible (none)
      the length of time a diary stays on the list could vary depending on how many previous recommended diaries that diarist has had.

      I'm not sure, though, whether the diarist is arguing that celebrity diaries are getting too little attention, or too much...

      •  Too Much (none)
        My understanding of the diary is that it's hard for some writers to make the recommended list because:
        • Diaries by Celebs and Popular writers (those who have built up a readership by writing well and being here a long time) automatically get recommended

        • Breaking diaries, rant-type diaries, and simple-minded diaries clog the recent list so longer analysis-type diaries move off the recent list too fast to be recommended.

        So, keeping diaries by popular writers on the recent list longer exacerbates the problem. The proposal was to have separate categories for these types diaries so that writers in the general pool of diarists have a better chance to be read and recommended.

        Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

        by TerraByte on Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 11:53:11 AM PST

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      •  Neither, really... (none)
        ...I don't think it's as either-or as that.  I'm just looking for a way to distinguish interests in diaries that seem to arise for different fundamental reasons.  Not trying to counter them, but rather to accept them and work with them.
        •  Are you just suggesting visual segregation, then? (none)
          Or actually changing the mechanics of how easily these diaries get listed, and how long they stay listed for?
          •  Well, again... (none)
            ...there are aspects of both.  I think we have some broad agreement that in SOME form, the growth of the site simply warrants a bit more space in the Recommended List.  But the mechanics of how to actually implement that are certainly a topic for debate.  Some like the simple expansion (just a longer list), some like categories (as I do), etc.  I personally WOULD like to see some visual segregation.  I was going to put that into my diary, but I haven't gotten the table thing down yet.  But you'd see perhaps four columns, one with "Blah Blah Blah" by Jerome a Paris; "Blah Blah Blah" by Sharon Jumper, etc. - the Featured Authors.  Then the other three columns would be politicians, news, and general.

            I don't know if it would be best to have a link that takes you to a layout like this or to try to get it all onto the front page, maybe by decreasing the font size or something.

            •  What about icons instead of sections? (none)
              What if diaries had icons indicating if the diarist was an elected official, a candidate, a popular diarist, etc., and if the diary was breaking news, analysis, or humor? (This could all be determined by the diary's tags.)

              An advantage would be that diaries could be easily recognized as such while still in the recent list, before they reached the recommended list(s). And we wouldn't have to have slots reserved for diaries that may not exist on any given day -- or have visual space used up by the title bars of four or more sections...

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