This one about federating multiple directories.
Here are some topics that could go under "discovery theory":
- Link hunting: In some ways this topic involves just surfing the web from place to place - but there is some strategy too, in the way of using tools like Pinboard and smaller search engines. And initiating conversations with people, asking them what they're into.
- Infoshaping: How do you present your link collection? This could involve tagging, a hierarchy of categories, descriptions, ranking, etc. And how much information is too much information? (Directories can become cluttered over time.)
- Link rot: What link checkers work for you? How do you mitigate links going down?
- Archiving: Do you do anything to mirror stuff you link to? Or to recreate it?
- Special projects: I'm doing a "Links of the Decade" branch of href.cool for the 2010s. I think curating the directory into smaller, specialized segments can act like a temporary exhibit at a museum - seems like there is the possibility to do events (such as link contests) in association with a directory...
- Interop: Since we're talking about lots of small directories in this niche, there is the possibility to interconnect them. Brad has started this with Indieseek Nodes directory - but I think Webmentions and syndication could be really sweet.
I think there is a lot more under this banner, but I have to take off right now. I think what would be useful is if we had a pinned "discovery theory" post under the "Directory Discussion" forum where you could compile a list of threads on these various topics. Something like that?
Used to think directories were lame - but the problem was that Yahoo! and DMOZ were just too big. (Which meant they got old too fast and had too many levels.) Since the rise of 'awesome' directories, I'm in love with small personal directories.
Brad and Joe have been a big help to me getting started. Still - there's a lot to do: better directory software, better link checkers, better discussion about what can make directories competitive with search... So this should be good.
Second: Focused resources for building a directory.
Third: The whole big list of resources.
Forth: Select Directory Building Articles
Title: Admin and Bottle Washer
My first directory was started back in about 1998. Most of my directories were in the science fiction/fantasy, horror fiction and espionage fiction niches.
I am not a programmer so I tend to adapt off the shelf software for my websites and directories.
After about a 15 year hiatus in 2018 I came back to the directory world launching:
Indieseek.xyz was launched because IMHO the web has gotten to commercial and personal blogs and websites have gotten shoved aside.
I hope I've got things set up right. If you find problems with the boards let me know.
Likewise let me know if you have suggestions or see glaring omissions.
Notes to self
Consider new board just for discovery theory ??
Resource thread: probably with links to directory script and webmastering categories in Indieseek or a category search in Joe's Webthing. Plus how to articles.
Feel free to make suggestions here though if you see the need for a split or some topic that needs it's own board.
who you are,
perhaps where you are,
and as much else about yourself as you are comfortable us knowing.
In a way this about a "guerrilla web discovery" movement, recognizing that, in English, we have become dependent upon two proprietary silo search engines: Google and Bing and that back in the day we surfed the Web and discovered new websites through hyperlinks and the recommendations of our peer webmasters. We need to bring some of that back.
- Encourage the building of web directories, linkblogs and other small web navigation aids.
Support those building or running said directories.
Provide a community where ideas can be discussed.
Build a knowledge base on the topics listed above so newcomers can learn.
I started this forum because I think more people will consider making their own web directories if they know there is a community where they can find support, ask questions, find answers and knock around ideas.
What We are NOT About
We are not about building directories as part of some "get rich quick scheme". We are not interested in link popularity or PR.