Maybe it's just because this is where my interest lies, but reading a few takes on how to Fix The Web yesterday I really think a major issue are the discovery hueristics we use. Their incomprehensibility and shallowness promotes the bad and buries the good.

There's PLENTY of good links! Otherwise I'd be wanting to tear The Web down rather than just JS...

I created Odysseus to explore some partial solutions, but I'm keen to see others address the problem from a different angle! Links? Advice?


So has anyone found good strategies for finding good links, etc? Personally I've got my best results asking you guys for them! This space badly needs innovation.

And please don't be shy about self-promotion, just make sure it's relevant to your audience.

@alcinnz My two strategies are 1) to use DuckDuckGo and then dig through layers of intermediate sites and 2) to ask fedi. Sometimes asking fedi devolves into just guessing wildly until people get irritated and send me links.

@alexbuzzbee @alcinnz apropos to this, back in the days of Mosaic, I ran a workshop for faculty and students on using the Web for research.

At the time, I recommended that a great way to get information on a topic of interest was to set up a Web page devoted to the topic, and invite contributions. Others interested in the subject find you, and share what they know that you don't already have curated.

It may sound too long game to a contemporary ear, but it is a strategy I'd still recommend.

@alexbuzzbee @alcinnz Per @68km, one could imagine a federated network of such curated subject pages, assembled along the idioms of something like gopher, where each curation of information on a topic would also provide links to pages on related subjects, curated by those interested in learning through contributions from others more about their own, adjacent, questions.

@alexbuzzbee @alcinnz @68km Indeed, I'm now imagining a peer-to-peer content managemet system that maintains a collective internal search mechanism.

On adding or editing a page with newly contributed links and other source materials on your own instance of the system, it would find similar pages across the peer network and auto-populate a sidebar of apropos in-network links for that page.

@alexbuzzbee @alcinnz @68km Someone build this please thank you so I don't have to add it to my todo list.

@alcinnz honestly, I've been thinking lately about how nice it would be to have a search directory like Yahoo again. Not at all a practical solution, and a modern implementation would basically be

but still, I wanna at least have a personal multi-layered directory with brief abstracts for the pages that I note down, and if enough people did that and federated it? idk, it'd be a neat project at least

@68km Yeah, it would be neat!

Maybe one way to start is to find people publishing collections of links on a particular topic (like I'm, slowly, reviewing DRM-free shows!) and create page(s) linking to them?

At the very least that should get your idea started...

@alcinnz I focus on finding topic-centric content collations adjacent to forums or online communities. The best example of this would be the Arch linux wiki - it's fantastic, not because it's a topical wiki, but because it's a constellation of continually updated knowledge from a very active specialist community. In my own field I would highlight which has far more navigable mathematical knowledge than because of its active (if 'biased' toward category theory) underlying community.

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