Current ways of discovering content:
- frontpage recommendation feed
- activity feed
- various tag feeds
Feeds and related questions have a level of randomness. And search requires knowing very specifically what you’re after. There’s no way to start at a high level and work your way down.
I think there needs to be some hierarchical way of navigating the site. And I think we can leverage our existing tag system to build one by defining hierarchical clusters as a combination of tags.
Main usecase: someone who only loosely knows what he’s after.
For example, someone looking to buy headphones might not know exactly what he’s after (in-ear, over-ear, etc), but could make a decision if presented with options.
So the user would see something like this. For example, somewhere in the sidebar:
- ► BPEL
- ► C
- ► C–
- ▼ C++
- ▼ Learning resources
"Question about beginner resources"
“Question about intermediate resources”
“Question about advanced resources”
“Question about style references”
- ▼ Tools
"What are the best C++ compilers?"
In this case “Question about beginner resources” would be #Programming + #C + #Learning Resources.
This would need:
- ability to combine tags (i.e. slant.co/topics?tag=development+learning-resources)
- mods to be able to add new tags (could even allow anyone to add tags)
- mods the ability to edit that hierachical nav
- display nav somewhere on the site
Allows loosely defining clusters since questions can be in multiple clusters and subclusters can be in multiple clusters.
Could be used to improve what the related questions are showing by showing question within the same clusters.
Could be used to customize the frontpage by the user selecting which clusters to follow and which one’s to exclude. For example, everything about c++ programming, except learning resources.
Would remove the need for creating broad questions.
Doubles as a breadcrumb.
Makes more sense to link to a cluster than a tag. I.e. “Here, check out these resources on C++”
Shows the amount of content and possibilities on the site. I would expect the site to be more often mentally noted as a resource.