Saturday, November 3, 2012

Miniature Discussion post #14

For this discussion post I will explain an idea I've been brainstorming and ask you to evaluate it. For now it's purely hypothetical, since I'm a terrible coder. But I plan to make use of the college resources and learn, so it could be put into practice one day.

Ok, so what if a page could be added to this site that includes a list of links to all brony sites on the interwebs, with a brief description of each site associated with the link, and a system for autonomously flagging sites that have updated recently. The list could be searched with a search engine, and organized not only alphabetically, but in terms of update frequency or time since last update, or perhaps other things which can be suggested in the comments

With such a webpage, it could be possible to keep track of recent occurrences in a large percentage of the online community. And then we could increase the quality of posts that we post to the blog while ensuring that all else that occurs in the fandom is not left out because of our selection bias. In fact because stuff would be flagged automatically, news about updates/activities going on that we don't make posts about could actually be more punctual than our actual posts.

So what do you think? What are the strengths and weaknesses of such an application? What improvements would you suggest? How else might you go about creating a "bird's-eye-view" of the online community as a whole?