Thursday, April 26, 2007

Auckland intranet and portal conference

Michael Earley ( mike(at) ) over at Brightstar conferences is looking for input into the next Intranet and portal conference in Auckland (draft date 28th & 29th August).

It is the key event for this area in New Zealand so if you're interested in particpating or are interested in hearing about some specific events drop him an email.

I'll be posting more details of this as they come through.

If you want to read about last year's event check some live-blogging notes by Michael Sampson at last year's event which included some excellent presentations including one by myself :).

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blogging anti-code of conduct

Tim O'Reilly of web 2.0 phrase coinage (supposedly) and the animal tech books' fame together with the Inventor of wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, are promoting a blogger's code of conduct.

The idea has got plenty of media coverage this week.

Now having been called a style Nazi in the past and a promoter of good online content guidelines within organisations you may think that I'd support such a move.

However my main response to this is 'what a load of rubbish'.

Half of it seems to be legal issues. If I defame someone... sue me. I don't need a code to avoid that one. The other half is hippy nonsense.

The whole idea of having a code goes against the whole point of blogging and the fact that they are promoting a 'code of conduct' just goes to show that even people profiteering from open content are now trying to reign it in when it doesn't fit with their own frameworks.

If you have a code of conduct for internal blogs or blogs that stem from your organisation then that makes complete sense but simply following a code of conduct because a few wealthy blog geeks think its a good idea because few gutless bloggers can't take the heat if someone disagrees with them? It's laughable.

So on a lighter note here's an independent blogger's anti-code of conduct:

  1. I will criticise anyone, group of people or any organisation anyway I want until they get their lawyer to say otherwise (even then there better be a damn good reason)....
  2. If someone leaves a comment I don't like. Then I won't cry about it I'll just delete it or make them out to be a fool (if possible otherwise the first is taken and hope that noone else reads the comment...).
  3. I'll write whatever I want without any regard to whether I'll say it in person or even back it up if questioned.
  4. I reserve the right to not have any concern or regard about anyone else's beliefs, physical characteristics or hobbies etc etc (see point 1).
  5. Public slanging matches are preferred to private conversations as it makes life far more interesting and boosts google rankings.
  6. Anonymity is to be supported - 'On the Internet no one knows you're a dog' is a motto that should be promoted. The free exchange of ideas should not be tied to one's name (although I think you're pretty gutless doing this...).
  7. 'Trolls' are to be supported, encouraged and vilified where necessary (see point 5).

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Wisdom of crowds is ultimately flawed

Gerry McGovern has a new post on the wisdon of crowds and associated things.

To a degree I agree that the user generated web is pretty nifty thing at the moment and it fills a gap previously being ignored.

But it is limited by the taste or opinion of what the majority think is valuable or interesting or ultimately useful. I'd hazard anything of pushing too far and basing the future of the web on some percived notion that just because the majority says it's ok then it must me.

The Nazi party were voted in, Britney Spears sells more records than Joy Division and millions of people think that being a cartoon in their 'Second life' is preferable to improving and living in their first one ...

Personally as a moderate libertarian type I believe in the wisdom of the indvidual.

In an online context every indivdual user is important and the more we can let each and every user tailor their web (or intranet) experience, the better.

Even if the majority of the world can read 9pt fonts on a computer screen doesn't mean those that need 12pt should be cast aside because thwisdom of crowds dictates that only the majority ruloe the way forward.

Wisdom of crowds - wikipedia mentions the 'wisdon of crowds' but also where the so called wisdon of crowds fails.

Don't believe the hype people.

I like the very nifty 'blink' approach better. It suggests that generally it your gut instinct or first impression which is the best. No need to wait until something's been voted cool on You Tube or iTunes you either think its good straight away or it's rubbish.

Sure it not as considered as some things should be but for me it's a lot 'racier'.