[LW Team] Request for User-Interviews about Tagging/Search/Wikis

post by Ruby · 2019-11-14T22:16:35.840Z · score: 14 (4 votes) · LW · GW · 1 comments

Contents

  How to Sign Up
  A Little Preview
  Details
    Who I Want to Talk To
    The Kinds of Questions I Want to Ask You
    Sample of Design Questions We're Trying to Answer
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How to Sign Up

If you're up for talking to me about your experience with or thoughts about tagging, please schedule a call: https://calendly.com/ruby_lesswrong 

You don't have to have super sophisticated UI design thoughts to help out here. I'm interested into talking to any one who uses sites to intentionally find content via tagging and search. Let me understand how you use these systems and why. Do you use subreddits? Google Scholar? StackExchange? Tumblr? Whatever. Experience with any of those will be informative to hear about.

I'm available throughout the week. My default is 60-minute calls, but I can do both more and less. If none of the listed times work, feel free to message me via Private Message, Intercom, or ruby@lesswrong.com and we can find something.

Also free to simply comment on this post with any thoughts if that's easiest.

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Ben Pace and I are also both happy to talk generally about the site. Ben does 45-minute calls on Thursday mornings and you can book with him here.

A Little Preview

Design prototype of tags at the bottom of the post page

Very early version of the tags page

Details

The LessWrong team is currently in the thick of designing new information organization systems for the site. We're focused primarily on the tagging system right now, however it is intimately connected with search/wiki/filtering and other systems that will interact closely with it.

To help us get the design right, I'm interested in chatting with a wide variety of people how about how they'd relate to these systems and how they access content on the site in general. 

Who I Want to Talk To

To give a few examples, I'm interested in talking to people of the following types (but others too):

That's a short list of the top of my head, but probably if you're interested in these systems then you can help us out with your thoughts.

Also it doesn't matter if you're a new user or infrequent user. If you have thoughts on these topics, it'd be helpful to hear from you.

The Kinds of Questions I Want to Ask You

Also happy to generally chat about people's experience with LessWrong and what they'd like from the site.

Sample of Design Questions We're Trying to Answer

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comment by pixx · 2019-11-15T00:18:40.306Z · score: 22 (7 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

i'm a tag wrangler for the archiveofourown, so if you're interested in learning more about human-assisted organizational structures, feel free to slide into my dms (although I might take a while to respond).

here's an explainer put out by wired on what i and other volunteers do: https://www.wired.com/story/archive-of-our-own-fans-better-than-tech-organizing-information/

i don't think it's a stretch to say that ao3 has the best tagging system on the internet from a user perspective, but you don't get a system that good unless you pay the price, and take the tradeoffs. but yeah, just putting this on your radar if it wasn't :)


eta: I don't expect this to be a feasible solution for lw, this is more to broaden your scope on what's out there so you can make a better informed decision at the end.