BoingBoing Wannabes

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:01
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It's been ages since I've written about LISNews (actually, now that I think about it, It's been ages since I've written about anything). I spent a little time last night getting caught up on what I missed last week while I was gone and saw a troll complaining about a post. A post I thought appropriate and important. I gave up caring what anonymous trolls write quickly after I started LISNews. It's just not worth it. It's not that I don't care what anyone says, I still care about what "real" people have to say about the site, there's just no point in feeding the trolls. I always have welcomed comments and criticisms of the site. But, it's been years since I've seen someone complain about the post being off topic, and it caught me off guard:

BoingBoing Wannabes
Yet another instance of LISNews posting items that really have nothing to do with libraries, librarians or information science. If you're going to stretch and assume the whole world is in the "information" part, why not also include items about Brad and Angelina or how to microwave vegetables?

We've had this debate several times, but it hasn't come up in so long I forget that many LISNews readers are new and missed out on the debates and writing from the days of yore. I've written extensively, and there have been extensive comments on what content is appropriate for LISNews (If I wasn't so lazy I'd dig those up right now, but you're probably a librarian, so you can find them)

If you look at our "About" page you'll see sentence #2 is this:

New Topic: Information Science

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 22:42

We have a new story topic here at LISNews I wanted to make folks aware of, both authors and gentle readers alike!

Strangely enough, even though the site is Librarian and Information Science News, there wasn't actually a topic dedicated to the information science portion of things. So after filling out the requisite forms (I e-mailed Blake.) and filing them with the LISNews Administrative Office (Blake) and paying the processing fee ($20, Romanian), a new topic heading was born!

Stuff To Do @ Your LISNews Part 3: "Customizing"

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 07:50

This is part 3 of an occasional series I've been writing to showoff all the new features @LISNews. In Stuff To Do @ Your LISNews, Part 1: Reading I covered the feeds and other pages that can give you views of the LISNews content you won't see on the homepage. In Part 2: Writing I covered how you can help us create interesting content by writing comments, on your blog and suggesting stories.

Making This List Gives Me Stress

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 14:58
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So how does this "Blogs To Read" list happen, you ask?

Once again this year I started by looking back at last year's choices to see how our choices looked. The good news is I think we did pretty good. They're mostly still active, and they're all still writing some interesting stuff. In '06 I was happy with 9 out of 10, and last year I'll call it at 9 out of 10 again. I hope if you followed those blogs for the year you were happy with what you read. If you weren't, I'd love to hear from you. First, a bit about the votes.

It felt like I got a million suggestions. In reality, I got about 30 from the comments on the site, and about another 60 via email. Getting feedback from 2 people on something is above average, getting feed back from almost 100 is just overwhelming. I had grand plans of listing all the nominated sites and adding those links to this post. The best laid plans... I will finish that list at some point, let's just say it's loooooong. The total number of links was well over 100 and I looked at every single site I wasn't already following.

I put the top 2 vote getters on the final list. The Annoyed Librarian and Library Stuff received far more votes than the next bunch of nominees put together, so they were the easy choices. Nothing about the final 8 was easy. The next top 10(ish) in the top 10(ish) voter getters (assuming that's a word) were separated by only a few votes. That is to say, there were 2 sites that were very popular, another 8 or 9 that were popular, and then another large group.

Can You Comment On This Story?

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 12:35

Apparently LISNews is having some Captcha issues. I changed the Captchas to image, but since I was unable to reproduce the errors with the math Captchas I'd like to Hear From Anyone who can't comment still. What's a Captcha you ask?
Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. A test that is designed to be easy for a human to do, but be difficult to automate. It's that little image down near the comment form.