Funny thing, Rich has a draft in WP called “Time to Give Jake a Break”. You’ll notice it hasn’t been published yet. We are really buried preparing for OpenWorld, so keeping this blog going has been tough.
The title put me in mind of the trucking term Jake Brake. Signs like this one have puzzled me all my life. It’s Saturday, and I still have writer’s block.
Anyway, Eddie weighed in with some other readers against the (more…) tag that we use in our posts. So, I’ve decided to put it to a vote. In case you’re wondering, Google Reader interprets the WordPress “Read More” tag as (more…). I’m not sure what it looks like in other feed readers, but the issue at hand here is whether we should publish the full post on the main page or not.
The reason we use the (more…) tag is to keep the main page fresh, i.e. a long post tends to dominate the page, extending well below the fold. The Read More tag allows us to show more content for those who actually come to oracleappslab.com to read our material. Generally, people who want to drive traffic to their domains use this practice to draw readers into clicking through and moving around their sites. Oddly, a vote for (more…) is a vote for less.
I don’t care, but Rich said a long time ago that he preferred this method. I like Rich, and it’s important to keep him happy. So, a vote for the (more….) tag is a vote for Rich. Luz. I should put the (more…) right here to make you anti-types click through to read the rest.
Obviously, a lot of our readership uses Google Reader (and other feed readers) to consume AppsLab goodness. For these people, the (more…) tag means they have to click through to finish reading a post, which defeats the purpose of a feed reader to some extent. As Eddie mentions, “I do not bother with partial feeds unless I have to, and usually I do not have to.” He stopped syndicating partial feeds a year ago. Again, oddly, a vote against (more…) is a vote for more, content that is.
So, do we keep the (more…) or not? There are already at least 3 votes against it, so right now, I call it 3-0 against.
Vote in comments, and save the complaints about better content. I know it’s thin lately. Think of it as weeding out the readership that doesn’t care. We’ll have more to say soon.