How are you attaching the stories to each other? Conceptually, I mean, not what relational data structure. How does your site "know" that two stories are discussing the same thing? By comparing the external links each site is supposedly discussing?
Yes, we look for the external links on a site, and the date/time they first appeared there. We aren't even using RSS backends - some weblogs don't have them, and others link to more than just what is in the RSS file.
Our page is sort of an intersection of "who is linking to what today".
You don't have any independent discussion areas (or I didn't see them). For that matter, I didn't actually see links to those individual stories--you link to the site home page and rely on the reader to find it himself. Did you make these decisions simply for practicality (less overhead), or was there some other reasoning involved?
That is correct. We haven't done any kind of independant discussion areas, as of yet anyways. Once the site is up and running, it is something that could be added. As for linking to the "stories" on other weblogs - only some of the weblogs that we check even have this concept. Many of them just have a front page with links out. Even those with discussion areas don't neccissarily relate them to a story (e.g. ArsTechnica).
The idea is sort of "what are people linking to today" and not "what are people discussing today". We have been running and tweaking the program, for a few weeks, and the links that float to the top are usually pretty interesting.
That looks like a good start, anyway, although I was thinking about having a linkage moderation (not unlike story moderation here at K5), to let interested visitors decide which stories belong together, and how closely related they are.
Yeah, we were thinking of adding this too. We actually have some admin functions that allow an administrator to comment on a link, delete a link or add a link to the list of ones that are searched.
We were also considering allowing links to be asscoiated, as you suggest.
I guess the next step for us is to add a couple of more features and move this out into the open.
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