Small Features

Ben Yoskovitz – Small Features:

“The first instinct is to build a configuration option to let people decide how they want it to work. That's more code, more complexity, more risk and potential points of failure. It also means more UI has to be designed, and once you go down that road it's hard to pull back. Suddenly, every feature needs configuration options.”

(Via Jason Cohen.)

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 20:45:00 +0000

Taxonomies don’t matter anymore

Stijn Debrouwere – Taxonomies don’t matter anymore:

“Automated recommendation engines are mainly useful as cute but non-essential pageview drivers and if your journalists are too lazy to add links.

[…] We don't come to topic pages for automatically aggregated sort-of-relevant content with no editorial guidance as to what's important and what's not. Sometimes, you just have to do things by hand, in prose.

[…] There is really no way to sidestep curation unless we don't care that we're annoying our users.

[…] Stepping away from mediocrity, for me, means putting power back in the hands of the newsroom. To make that happen, I'll be building prosthetics, not machines.”

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:26:35 +0000

Tools vs insight

Seth Godin – Tools vs insight:

“Knowing about a tool is one thing. Having the guts to use it in a way that brings art to the world is another. Perhaps we need to spend less time learning new tools and more time using them.”

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 10:45:18 +0000