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Old 10-22-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
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Lightbulb MobileRead Wiki: Use cases needed

Ive been working with some of the staff to try and restructure the MobileRead Wiki to make it more usable. One of the things that I need to know to make a good set of recommendations is what people use MobileRead for. I'm looking for all reasonable use cases for a person who has interacted with this site for less than 30 days. It is understood that people will create new content, and find tools that can meet their needs (or even alter tools to meet their unmet needs) given enough time, but that expands "reasonable" to much... and I just don't want "Time Travel" to be a reasonable use case!

What I have come up with so far:
  • I'm into books and reading
    • I'm into electronic books
      • I'm looking for resources to download books
      • I'm looking for ebook software
      • I want to learn about ebook related stuff
      • I want information to help make a buying descision (reader or software)
      • I want information to make a format descition(software, purchase, archival)
  • I want to talk to other people
  • I want to share something
  • I want to help out
  • I want to know what mobile read is
    • I dont know, I followed a link here

Missing anything?
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:12 PM   #2
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Does "I'm looking for ebook software" include the software not related to ebooks that we share for the iLiad, or would you like to break that out separately?

On a humorous note, "I'm looking for an argument about DRM/Copyright Law/The future of e ink/..."

More seriously, "I'm interested in industry rumors or early release information about ebook reading technology" might count as a separate item.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:06 AM   #3
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:40 AM   #4
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:07 AM   #5
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The only generic advice I'd give is ... don't make too many categories. Don't spread everyone out too thin.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:01 AM   #6
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More seriously, "I'm interested in industry rumors or early release information about ebook reading technology" might count as a separate item.
Up to date tech news / insider secrets for "special" stock market transactions... hadn't thought of that one...

I think that illiad apps are covered in part by 1-2 of those use cases...

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The only generic advice I'd give is ... don't make too many categories. Don't spread everyone out too thin.
Before going off on some crazy rant about wiki structure, and the design intent of MediaWiki when designing their content coupling scheme... I'll make a clarification on the use of the word categories in the context of MediaWiki wiki software...

In this context a category would be a grouping mechanism, that is non-exclusive (a page can belong to more than one) and allows for automatic linking, tracking, and traversal between the pages in said category.

However if what you mean is keep the front page un-cluttered, and easy to find what most people are actually looking for... I'm right there with you!


now ... MORE FEEDBACK... I must have more feedback!
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:02 AM   #7
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Unfortunately, one is likely to be "I'm looking for free [pirated] ebooks, converters to remove DRM, and anything else free I can get my hands on."
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:52 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, one is likely to be "I'm looking for free [pirated] ebooks, converters to remove DRM, and anything else free I can get my hands on."
Heh... yeah... no.
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:26 AM   #9
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Up to date tech news / insider secrets for "special" stock market transactions... hadn't thought of that one...
I meant from a geek/futurist point of view, not a stock trading pov, but whatever.

I still think a number of people seem to be coming looking for an argument.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:14 AM   #10
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Unfortunately, one is likely to be "I'm looking for free [pirated] ebooks, converters to remove DRM, and anything else free I can get my hands on."
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Heh... yeah... no.
Actually, that might be a good section to have -- it would give us a place to put MobileRead's Official Policy on the matter. I'm thinking a somewhat more ... detailed version of Alex's comments here.
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:12 PM   #11
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Actually, that might be a good section to have -- it would give us a place to put MobileRead's Official Policy on the matter. I'm thinking a somewhat more ... detailed version of Alex's comments here.
I think that the official policies for the site would be a good item as well as submission guidelines for submitted books. There could be links to specific topics in the forum for ongoing discussion.

I am a bit confused about the original list of topics. Some of those are not appropriate for a wiki but are for a forum such as talking to other people about a topic (except that the wiki could be used to discuss the needs for content in a page). It could be that links from the wiki could be into the forums when discussion is expected to be likely.

The wiki should have topics to answer questions about technology and terms that come up when a user is first interested in ebooks. From time to time it becomes clear that a forum discussion has made some key clarifications in this regard and, at this point, it would be good for someone to distill the points and create or amplify the wiki page.

I have spent quite a bit of time looking at the wiki and many topics still need flushing out, more cross references are needed. The data in the wiki is beginning to get to be very valuable although some is difficult to find. The forums need to point to the wiki when appropriate.

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The use cases are not to outline the structure of the wiki directly, they are so that we can get into the mindset of a new user... One of the problems with becoming a specialist is that you forget what is actually common knowledge. One of the problems with "hanging out" in a social network like this for too long is it starts to serve new and strange purposes... that can only evolve with time...
(yes, I'm guilty of using mobileRead as a mild stimulant while sleep deprived, and as an antidepressant when I'm feeling lonely... )

Forums are a good way to document a dialog, and have everyone get a chance to speak up... but they are harder to get that immediate satisfaction a first time browser might want/need to get hooked... and Its all about sharing the addiction!

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The use case of "looking for materials we have problems with" is a perfect example of the sort of thing I need to realize but overlooked... If we can address this request, change their expectations in a friendly and prompt manner, we might yield a more pleasant encounter with those miscreants.

In fact, it has been my experience that when expectations are not met, that is what causes distress... not the experience itself.
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Same here. Tell us, please!
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