Thursday, December 4, 2008

Blog levels

Software programs often have features for describing what they're doing. The usual term is log. Log messages are generally categorized by what part of the program is writing them. Usually there will also be a time and date. One of the key parts of a logging system is the idea of a log level. That's an indicator of how important the message is. Common log levels might include DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, ERROR, and FATAL. You can tell the program to tell you everything, or to just tell you stuff that's really important. You set a minimum threshold of importance, and then it just reports stuff that's at least that important.

I'm starting to think I want blog levels. Maybe the levels I'd have would be TRIVIAL, SMALL, MEDIUM, BIG, and HUGE. This post would probably be a SMALL. A mildly amusing picture, like the Amazon oops, that would be TRIVIAL. Changing jobs? BIG. New baby? HUGE. And so forth.

You are apparently interested in me. I don't question that; I'm kind of afraid of the answer. Nevertheless, you're probably not interested in every stray thought that crosses my head. You probably don't want to run this weblog on TRIVIAL. I've already got categories. Those aren't quite right, though. You can select the posts in a category, or you can see everything. But there's no way to say "only show things more important than MEDIUM." It's nothing or one or all. So yeah. Blog levels. I want them.

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Blogger Rich said...

Many blog software package allow to you create custom RSS feeds by tag. So this would be a relative simple problem to solve if one were to create separate feeds for each of the levels you stated, and always remember to categorize a post as one of them. You could even make the low level feeds implicitly pick up the higher level tags.

December 8, 2008 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Ketan said...

I know it's an easy problem to solve. Give me some credit.

You could even make the low level feeds implicitly pick up the higher level tags.

That's the whole point.

December 8, 2008 at 9:32 PM  

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