Goose Grade, seriously?

What is Goose Grade?

Paraphrased from the video and my reading. Crowd-sourced (do people still say crowd-sourced?) review/editing of blog content. I have added the goose grade chicklet to my blog. It seems as if it has potential, particularly given my generally bad grammar/punctuation and spelling.

Suggestions for improvement

  • excerpt post title in goosegrade.com feed
  • excerpt feed needs to link to individual article not top level site
  • excerpt feed needs to ignore non-primary content feeds
    • alternately allow users to specify/override for the appropriate feed
  • excerpt feed needs to not post errors such as 403 or javascript problems
  • excerpt feed per-article images should be part of the article, not the first/only image on the page
  • excerpt feed I feel no desire to comment on the goosegrade.com site, it doesn't foster or enhance the conversation around a particular post
  • excerpt feed I am unable to see the value in the link to the goosegrade excerpt
  • console sliding animation is attractive but I am unsure that it enhances use
  • console drop downs truncate long site names
  • console/excerpt "Name of site" isn't especially useful as the target of the excerpt link
  • most pages would benefit from a more results/next page link
  • console I would expect website name to link to the user provided URL e.g. "blogs.sun.com/yakshaving" not blogs.sun.com as above, If I had used Yakshaving as the name instead would I have been presented with a broken link?
  • search shawn ferry (no quotes) seems likely to have matched shawnferry, but it doesn't
  • search does not seem to search inside user profile content
  • generated html should include alt and title text to help explain what goosegrade is and why someone might want to click (I made some up)

Please feel free to give it a shot by clicking on the goosegrade chicklet in the side bar (or the one I included specifically in this post).

Comments:

It's my understanding that gooseGrade is still totally new & in beta. I also think it has a lot of potential, so I'm going to keep using it & making suggestions until they work out all the kinks.

Posted by MJ on October 03, 2008 at 09:25 AM EST #

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