+“niche markets…”“micro-transactions…”“a site where financialand social economiesco-exist…”(Humphreys 2009) “The best social network you’ve (probably) never heard of…” –Slate.com http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/07/a_tightknit_com munity.html
+ Bias in the System [And some self-identified leanings…] EN and USA-centric “Fiber Arts” vs. knitting and crochet? Broader category includes spinning, weaving, etc. Inconsistent message throughout Affects search functionality, etc.
+ But what does it do? Hint: it’s an information system first!
+ “Hover” Helps! [fake hover, real text] components or elements that are worked separately and either joined as they are worked or seamed together after completion; does not apply to color-work design motifs.
+ Is this the perfect information system? It seems like you really like it, so …
+ Well, no. Duplicate entries exist! Errors happen! Worst of all? PATTERNS GO MISSING. Lots of information! Social network fatigue? Restricted to registered users.
+ Say Again? What? Ravelry.com organizes yarns and patterns into a giant database. Domain experts and beginners alike use this very popular social network. How? Tons of user-generated data. Associative relationships and controlled-vocabulary metadata + tags. Dynamic usage information enhances user engagement. Why? Leverage an awesome information system for a better social experience and less frustrated knitters fiber artists.