Rather than wait till I make time for a real mini-proposal, I'll just
throw some stuff out there.
BTW, thanks Taylor and Andrew for the welcome.
scratchList: A scheduled-entry list of notes to serve as a stub for a
legislative entry. CSPAN-watchers can take notes and create threads.
Pros: social networking features (moderating, +1/-1, tagging,
dupe-tagging) could bubble-up the research before the bill text hits
thomas. Could achieve largely by modifying bill overview UI and
extending the bill wiki.
Cons: data bloat, might need to find limitations to avoid evolving
into a flamewar venue
issueTrack: Extend the categories portal so that:
- It can serve as a widget
- Users can create tags that span categories
- Tags and categories have public and user wikis
- User wikis can be voted/rated and bubble-up
- Wiki owners can invite contributors and editors
- issueTrack main widget shows a user-chosen array ("track this issue"
& "track this issue-related group")
- issueTrack main widget looks like del.icio.us right-hand user pane
(with main site categories serving as bundles, and with user wikis,
tracked categories & tags, as a merged tagcloud (maybe some css to
- issueTrack main widget optionally resides on every page for that
user, probably need dhtml resizing here (max/restore/min like a window)
That's all that's flying out of me at the moment, back to other stuff.
Obviously it would be a big priority to avoid not only the digg effect
but also the indymedia effect (the former being a subculturally-
dominated blogs-of-hate venue, the latter being either a ghost town or a
feed that occasionally sees porn and hate speech on its front page).
The other priorities, as you can tell, are fewer clicks to get anywhere,
more social contribution, & the "for dummies" factor.