Hmm, mjs certified me as an
apprentice, thanks. In
attempt to prove that he's over-rated me, i thought i'd put
some musings here. i don't think these are worthy of an
article, but hopefully they're not too foolish ...
what i do:
well, i'm pretty pathetic as a coder. although i'm
starting to do things that approach real work in perl.
mostly, i'm a unix/network admin. i've been preaching the
Free Software gospel for a while, and even seen it pay off a
time or two.
my thoughts for today:
1) why does everyone who writes an intro to using sh
derived shells (esp bash) avoid talking about functions? i
got hit with another intro article yesterday, and in a fit
of insanity put this together.
2) Within a community, it should be possible to build
not just a trust
metric , but an interest metric as well. I'm not talking
content filter, rather a method
bringing people, articles, and perhaps external links
of personal interest to a higher level of visibility to the
user. I'm not sure of the exact method, but would like to
for a bit and see if I spark any ideas with the rest of you.
At the root, my thought is that several (perhaps 20) key
be identified, each having potentially several synonyms.
page a user visits, creates, or links to would be scored
their use of those terms. A page being visited would be
worth a low
value to the reader for any terms it contains, a page that
wrote would be worth more, and a page the user linked to
worth still more (perhaps values of .01, .25, and .35
This attempts to reflect the increased interest in a field
by the effort to write about it, or create a link to it.
Some mechanism for aging probably makes sense, maybe
persons 'interest matrix' on a daily basis and determining
current interest with a moving average. Again, I'm not
The net result of this is that each person would have an
matrix, which could be used to weight objects for
presentation to them
when they've logged into the site. As a person sees more
contributions in areas s/he is most interested in, they are
identify the people involved in creating them and responding
... hopefully encouraging more communication within the
Good places to look for implementation ideas would
the news weighting system in Emacs (GNUS?), and the scoring
used by ht:\dig or other search engines.