Saturday, July 22, 2006

Labeled Threads

[Update: 05 April 2008, by Patrick]

I have done a presumptuous thing.

In select areas, I have made revisions to Armen's good work. The "permananet threads" idea, while a good one, failed to take into account the fact that N&B readers are track-pad adverse. Asking them to scroll over to the sidebar to follow multiple threads was simply too much.

I have tabbed the archived posts with various labels, and put what I suppose you could call a list of "master links" in the sidebar. For example, the following topics are indexed:

0L/1L Advice
Bar Exams
Boalt Briefs
Classes and Professors
CLR Discussion
Deep Space
Grammar Snarks
Greetings from the BHSA
Honor Code
Law Student Life
Legal Culture
Legal Education Costs
Moot Court and Trial Team
Moving Out (Graduation)
Nancy Grace
OCIP and Employment
Only in Berkeley
Professor Quotes
Professor Ratings
Prop. 8
Rabid Conservatives
Rabid Liberals
Shiny Gold Stars
Technology Rants
The Others
The Red Menace
The Resident Evil
The Simpsons

I don't know if this will be easier to use, or not.  I don't even know if the demand is there.  But I do know that I learned a lot about the last three years at Boalt as I went through the threads. And wow . . . talk about a bunch of nut-jobs!

Anyway, Armen's original (now somewhat outdated) post follows. 


Below, I have created several permanent threads. They will be linked on the sidebar. I did this because discussions tend to be recurring, while at the same time the initial posts inspiring the discussions fade into oblivion. This way, I hope to change that. But I have a few suggestions for this to work.

1. Comments may die down in a particular thread when it's not in season (in the Spring there will not be any OCIP posts). So be prepared.

2. If readers are interested in the topics, they should check them frequently.

3. From now on, I expect civility in comments. Posting your ruminations anonymously is a privilege. Don't abuse it by doing something stupid like revealing a blogger's employer when said blogger uses his name to every online post he makes. Same goes for anyone else. Use your judgment and hold back that urge to anonymously bully someone.

4. If you wish to see all the perment threads together, then just scroll down from here. Or find July 22, 2006 in the archives.

5. If you have any suggestions to this whole experiment, please offer them in the comments to this post. I expect a lot of changes early on until this settles down. Essentially, the discussion board idea was no workable. So this gives people a criagslist sort of way to communicate with the rest of the law school community.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suggestion: for the links on the sidebar, is there a way to indicate if something new has been written? Like, any thread that has had a new comment in the past twenty four hours can be in bold, or there can be a little number next to each link for all the new posts?

7/22/2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or perhaps the date of the most recent post could follow each thread name on the sidebar?

7/24/2006 1:40 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

These suggestions are great. And I want to do something to indicate either number of comments or date of most recent comment. But blogger is a bit of a pain in the ass. If anyone has anyway of coding that in the template, please e-mail me.

7/24/2006 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good work, armen. thanks for doing this before the fall employment season too.

7/25/2006 1:04 PM  

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