Just a Response

Voice Card  -  Volume 4  -  John Card Number 15  -  Thu, Jan 26, 1989 3:15 PM

This is a response to volume 4, Holly Card Number 16 ("Just a Note")...


You managed to pack quite a bit into your note. I'll tackle your questions one at a time.

1. You have convinced me that a Pelago notebook is a good idea. My vision is that each member would have his or her own private notebook stack with unlimited pages to jot down notes between sessions. When a new session begins, the notes could be appended to a new voice card or used to create a new voice card at the touch of a button.

The stack would also contain button links to the member list and all the permanent collection stacks (just in case the member gets a sudden urge to contribute a book review).

I don't quite understand what you meant by storing past voice cards in the notebook. Tell me more. It might help if you described your habits under the current system. For example, do you ever browse through old voice volumes between sessions?

Everyone: please tell me what features you would like to see in a personal pelago organizer/notebook. This project is now officially on my TO DO list!

2. Your wish is granted! One of the files you should have already transferred into your Archipelago folder is an updated version of Paul's Quotationist stack. If you push the new "Browse Last Entry" button, you will skip directly to the most recent set of cards!

3. Yes, I have considered the possibility of allowing one card to serve as a response to multiple cards, and there are times when that would be quite useful. But it's a nightmare to implement. When creating such a card, how would you indicate the set of cards you wish to link to? And how would you handle the downward arrow on the new cards? Would it lead to the first card in the set or would there be multiple down arrows? What clues would you provide on the card to help readers grasp the linking structure?

The current scheme is limited but simple and simplicity is usually worth a few limitations. It's a good question, though, and as always I am open to suggestions.

4. Finally you ask, "Can we handle all that we contribute?" That is one of the questions this experiment will eventually determine!