关于链接列表内容的放置

当我首次亮相时链接列表back in June, I described it thusly:

The Linked List is a daily list of interesting links and brief commentary, updated frequently but not frenetically. Call it a “link log”, or “linkblog”, or just “a good way to dick around on the Internet for a few minutes a day”.

Six months later, that’s still as good a description as I can think of. The endeavor has proven quite successful: I enjoy posting items to the list, and feedback from readers has been tremendously positive.

The original idea was to make live access to the Linked List available only to paying members of 万博manbetx贴吧, by way of a members-only RSS feedMonthly web page archives have been available all along, for posterity and for search engines, but the only way to follow along via a daily index of new items was via the members-only feed.

The Linked List has worked out well enough that I’ve decided to make it available to everyoneStarting now, the most recent Linked List posts are现在可在网上找到Effectively, it’s a second weblog. (The RSS feed is still available only to members, however.)

我还考虑在本网站的首页上发布它The most obvious and common design solution would be to put the Linked List items to the side of the main contentMany very well-designed web sites do this with link-log content:

列表可以继续下去A sidebar is the de facto standard placement for link-log content on the front page of a web siteAnd on all of the above sites, such placement works well.

但是,侧边栏放置不适用于万博manbetx贴吧For one thing, most of the link logs at the above sites are只是links, and easily fit within a narrow columnMy Linked List, however, consists of links plus brief commentary — “brief” compared to the length of a regular article, but not so brief as to fit comfortably in a narrow sidebar(另一种常见的技术是将链接评论放入标题attribute of the link, which reveals itself in a tooltip when the reader mouses over the link.)

一年前,Jason Kottke发起了一次非常聪明的重新设计他的网站的主页Kottke’s innovation was to move his “Remaindered Links” out of the sidebar and into the main content column, interspersed with his full articles in a single chronological list.

A significant part of the (intended) appeal of 万博manbetx贴吧’s layout is that there is just a single column of contentThere is a sidebar, but it contains just a short navigation menu, my byline, and one sponsorship adThe idea is that there’s only one place where you need to look for new stuff to read, and there’s little else to distract you.

半插补:It’s for this reason that I’ve never seen the appeal of so-called “blogrolls”, long (sometimes exceedingly long) lists of other recommended weblogs格伦雷诺兹的Instapunditlists 296 weblogs in the sidebar blogroll — how in the world would anyone notice a new entry in a list that long? If you want to know which weblogs I recommend, just pay attention to the sites I link toEnd interpolation.)

And so I shamelessly copied Kottke’s idea, and applied it here at Daring FireballDuring a test run over the past three days, the front page of this site contained the three most recent full articles, interspersed with Linked List items, ordered chronologically.

可以肯定的是,这涉及到一定的不可估量的权衡Gained was a bit of vibrancy, a home page which could remain current even during periods when I don’t have time to write full articlesLost, however was a certain element of virtuous simplicity, a quietness of presentation.

The evaluation of trade-offs is the hardest part of design; in this case, I’ve decided it wasn’t worth itOr perhaps better put, while I feel the idea is good, something feels not quite right about it when applied here at 万博manbetx贴吧At Kottke.org, the intertwining of links and articles made the site even more Kottke-ishHere, however, it made the site less Fireball-ish.

So, I’ve decided to leave the Linked List as a separate, sibling weblog. If you want to try the Kottke-style home page, however, it’s available as an option via the喜好页Some of you, I suspect, will like it但是默认情况下,它可能会继续关闭。