Saturday, October 21, 2006

'Buried Stories Bin' + Alternative Sources

I posted a little while back on the still missing 'Buried Stories Bin' feature. After the successfulness of my alternative sources post, there was some really good feedback, so I spent some time brainstorming how to make it better. What I came up with combines both of these features so that they work together. Let me explain.

First, create the 'Buried Stories Bin' so that users can sift through these stories and find good information that may have been buried. The bin could just be a tab next to the upcoming stories or something:

Second, within the buried stories bin, stories have a couple new features. It would be necessary to list the reason the story was buried, as well as the new options available. This could look something like this:

Lastly, the key element of this is the options dropdown. Since the story is already buried as a duplicate, the question remains, "What should we as diggers do with this submitted link?" This is where the idea of alternative sources come in. Perhaps have the ability to suggest a buried story as an alternative source, because currently dupes are just wasted information. They can/should be utilized to supplement the original article...unless of course, it is the same exact source.

In the end, the 'Buried Stories Bin' would have more options than the one I suggested like the ability to revote it back to the front page if it was buried falsely. Maybe some peopel can suggest some good ideas here?

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