Next iteration of List Reorderer in Announcements posted...

John Norman john at
Sat Oct 25 11:27:39 UTC 2008

I have just taken a look at these and am very impressed.

However, I can't help wondering if this is a case of a solution  
looking for a problem. In particular, the (only?) mentioned use  
scenario is "instructor wants to ensure an important announcement(s)  
are prominent" (paraphrased). I would like to suggest that this would  
be more simply and more intuitively achieved with a 'favourites' star  
or an 'important' flag. The nice thing about this is that it is  
familiar and requires very little development. It also has the benefit  
that a student could also decide an announcement is important (to  
them) and keep it near the top of their own list. I would imagine  
starring or flagging (we use starring to select sites to appear in our  
drop down equivalent of the site tabs) would need some sort of  
priority. Perhaps the very latest announcement first (to ensure it  
doesn't get missed entirely), followed by any announcements flagged by  
the instructor, followed by any announcements flagged by the student.  
More adventurously I imagine it would be OK if anything flagged could  
be unflagged by the student (perhaps with the event recorded in case  
they said they hadn't seen the announcement). In this scenario, if I  
have something I really want to keep prominent to remind me, I can do  
so - but I will have been forced to acknowledge the announcement the  
instructor wants to be sure I see. Hmnnn... now that has set me  
thinking about allowing announcements to require acknowledgement.

Have we got other cases that suggest re-ordering to an arbitrary order  
is in fact what users really need?


On 25 Oct 2008, at 00:59, Daphne Ogle wrote:

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