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Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 09, '01 08:07:41PM

I and plenty of others too. I bet, would be willing to pay a small subscription fee (say 4.95/m or $14.85/quarter or $59/year ( [with 1,100 users, that's $5.4k/m, though you can count on 50% turn-over a year], that would still start you on a new career. :-)

Now the IF part:
If the postings weren't just a random assemblage of threads but were instead indexed into a taxonomy of categories just like the material at a public library is organized by:
- author (easy),
- title (easy,)
- subject (uh, 'interesting', as any single entry can be found to have possibly more than a single subject.)

That means that someone would have to go through all the threads, index all messages with content while not bothering to index the useless messages (those saying that somebody found something somewhere but not the who, what or where [these are basically just noise,]) while maintaining the taxonomy tree and putting it on a 'search' page where people would be able to search by more than just "key-words"

(Its a well known fact that people rarely use words in the way the dictionary defines them. "Sharp threads, dude!" is an utterrance reffering to nothing sharp, potentially without threads, nor a dandy in a Western movie.)

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Authored by: robg on Apr 09, '01 08:24:35PM

great thoughts, and we've discussed such things on the geeklog development list. at this time, though, i don't have the skills (lots of intense PHP and mySQL coding required) nor time (it takes all the free time i can muster just to review and post the stories) to make those sorts of changes -- and i still want some time left over to actually use the system i keep writing about ;-).

that's why i'm only asking for $10 per year, as i recognize the constraints on the structure. it's getting difficult to find things, and there's some noise (although i try to keep it down). i have some thoughts on making it a bit more useful, but they won't happen over night.

at $10 a year per reader, and assuming only a small percentage contribute, i'm just aiming to cover my costs. if there's enough left over to take my wife out to dinner for putting up with the hobby, that's a bonus :-).

thanks for the feedback;


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