December 16, 2005
Battyani's Lisp Directory
Marc Battyani is trying to organize a new directory of Lisp resources, built on his Linkit engine, which is a Lisp copy of Reddit.
By the way, this URL scheme isn't just ugly, it blows:
Linkit front page: http://linkit.fractalconcept.com/asp/sCst/sdata/sdataQuEY-NQ=
Linkit lisp directory: http://linkit.fractalconcept.com/asp/sCst/sdata/wCstsdataQo5Y-1Mh9urk
Linkit hot links: http://linkit.fractalconcept.com/asp/sCst/sdata/uBstsdataQuEYnB==
I didn't click on anything that had side effects, I didn't even login. Might as well emit GUIDs.
Posted by jjwiseman at December 16, 2005 03:42 PM
WTF? The Lisp Directory at linkit may have some issues to be worked out, but a) it was written *very* quickly and has never attempted to advertise otherwise, and b) appears receptive to suggestions.
I think that what has transpired with the whole Reddit debacle is a bit of a shibboleth for the Lisp-using community. I really feel that the community hasn't had enough of a reason to band together, an issue that has led to stagnation, duplicated effort, and a perception among outsiders that Lisp doesn't have the same sort of user-base and resources available with other languages. On the other hand, what is happening as a response to Reddit has the potential to be a boon for the community, providing a common purpose and high-profile material for discussion.
I could be wrong, but I think that collective *positive* effort is what is called for here.
I have to agree with John here. The ugly URLs will like as not be near useless, as you cannot point people to "take a look at this" with them. (I'm assuming they're akin to continuation IDs in UCW or Seaside.) Even if you can, a meaningful URL would be a lot nicer.
I also don't think I see the benefit of integrating it with LinkIt at all. A rating system like that seems a little nonsensical for a Lisp directory, and I feel it's there just because it's there. It just confuses things more than necessary.
But on the other hand, movement is good. I hope it doesn't die down once Reddit/Lisp related posts stop appearing on Reddit, and the "scandal" falls by the wayside.
Consider my criticism of the URL scheme a suggestion, then.
Feedback about the system should be helpful whether or not it was written quickly.
I don't understand the problem with the URL encoding. It's not intended for human use after all. ;-)
In my Framework URL are just encoded plists:
(encode-session-url nil '(:page "cat" :object *root-category* :lang "en"))
Suggestions are always welcome.
(BTW you have to register to use the rating system)
You've done great work Marc, and it's appreciated at least by me and probably by many, however the URL scheme is very very ugly and, and I agree with the above AC poster.
Just a late comment to inform you that Marc has been so fed up with the requests for a human readable url scheme that he finally implemented it :)