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I'm not in favor of saying in absolute terms that either flat or threaded is better, I think it really depends. Instead, I wish we'd focus on a problem that overarches both approaches: scale. Discussions on the web don't scale, not flat and not threaded. Above a few dozen comments it is virtually impossible to absorb what is being said, who is talking to who and who is talking to you. I appreciate both flat and nested systems, but my all-time favorite implementation is used on this dutch tech site: http://tweakers.net/ They're using nesting, but with quite a sophisticated moderation system that somehow keeps discussions manageable.
Commented Dec 17, 2012 on
Web Discussions: Flat by Design
Web Discussions: Flat by Design
It's been six years since I wrote Discussions: Flat or Threaded? and, despite a bunch of evolution on the web since then, my opinion on this has not fundamentally changed. If anything, my opinion has strengthened based on the observed data: precious few threaded discussion models survive on t...
I guess the mileage varies from person to person, so although I agree with Jeff's observations, they are not absolute truths. I do use simple todo lists for the simple reason that I don't have the best memory. Working on several projects at once, I need to know what to do when. There simply is no other way for me. So I plot tasks and time blocks in my calendar and block them. It works. That's for work. Privately, I don't maintain anything. As for productivity porn, I also have major philosophical issues with most advise, as that advise usually covers one's entire life, not just work. The so-called consensus is that one's productivity is to be maximized, so that you can get "the most out of life". Whilst I agree that spending your productive time efficiently is solid advise, the whole thought behind that idea is broken in several ways: - It suggests spilling productive time into personal time is a good thing. For example, in the bath tub? Why not prepare for tomorrow's meeting, to maximize your productivity? - It suggests non-productive time, doing nothing, is bad. - It suggest that one cannot (partially) fail in one or more aspects of life. The day I will wake up with the rest of my week planned from the early morning to the late night into merciless detail will be the day I arrive in hell. Do important things, things that are meaningful to you or meaningless but you must do them anyway. For all the other stuff, use your gut and live.
Commented Oct 8, 2012 on
What do you need to do today? Other than read this blog entry, I mean. Have you ever noticed that a huge percentage of Lifehacker-like productivity porn site content is a breathless description of the details of Yet Another To-Do Application? There are dozens upon dozens of the things to choo...
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