Luke Wroblewski, has posted some interesting entries on his blog, Functioning Form discussing the idea of Continuums. Ultimately the idea comes down to providing the user a way to track a single topic or discussion as it continues to evolve, no matter what page they entered it from. This idea is simple in concept, but not necessarily easy to implement and maintain in a way that is immediately understandable and usable by the average user. I’ve struggled with the same need myself, as I have many entries that cross the categories I use on this site, but may well be related to, or a direct descendant of an earlier post. I am still searching for the best way to implement the idea within WordPress, the content management system I use for this site. The hard part is finding a way to create the bi-directional links easily, or even better, automatically.
Well, once I figure it out, I’ll be sure to post about it, and I’ll be sure that this entry links to that post. ;)
Three plugins for WordPress that convert simple shorthand into a visual representation of the cards or hand being discussed:
I haven’t installed any of them yet, but I really like the idea!
Threaded Comments – For WordPress
Burningbird's WordPress Modifications
Burningbird has posted a detailed article discussing the modifications she made to WordPress. It is an impressive read, and a great example of someone contributing their knowledge to the community as a whole. I really hope that some of these ideas filter into future product releases.