#44 Story marking mechanism for later reference.

open-accepted
nobody
None
1
2003-02-04
2003-02-01
No

Like many other user of the slash system under it's
incantation of Slashdot, I have participated in many
"slashdotting" of numerous sites. While this have deep
impacts for the administrators of the unfortunate
servers, it also have a secondary effect: information
unreached by an interested party. While my idea covers
little for the first part, I beleive it would at least
allow later browsing of said sites when the trafic is
down at a more reasonnable level.

My idea is the following, have a mechanism to
"bookmark" stories into one's Slashdot account, so that
the user can do a later browsing. Already, just by
seeing word such as "Lego Mindstorm", "Rockect", "reach
the moon" and "video included" in the short
description, or after facing a server with the "no
picture or videos as we are slashdotted", a user could
delay volontary his/her browsing and opt to lay the
story in his account in some sort of bookmark.

Why not just use bookmarks?
While I dont beleive I am in the majority group, many
users may be in a similar situation: Accessing Slashdot
from many systems/computers. School, Work, Home,
Laptops, Life partner's computer... To everyone their
own combinaison!

Such a system also have new application, such as acting
as a bookmark holder of favorites Slashdot stories.

Possible new problems:
- User keep lots of stories in her/his queue, possibly
consuming valuable space ressources on Slashdot servers.
- Possiblitity of a second wave of Slashdotting. User
volontary delaying their visit may come back all together.
- Page not found during later reference, and
accompagning frustration to have delayed the viewing of
the site.

While this proposition does not come close to fix the
original problem of Slashdotted sites, it offers a
convenient way for the user to come back at later time
when the situation could be fixed. While it opens to a
list of favorite stories, this may not be a direction
desired by the founder of Slash or the manager of Slashdot.

Thanks

no muon, no quark
Philipmuonpe Villequarkneuve

Discussion

  • Rob Malda
    Rob Malda
    2003-02-04

    • priority: 5 --> 1
    • status: open --> open-accepted
     
  • Rob Malda
    Rob Malda
    2003-02-04

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    A well thought out case for a debatable feature. I'll throw
    this in the newly created low priority features bin. We
    won't implement it, but someone else can.