Making Slaw Better

We’ve been running Slaw for over 9 months now, and it’s time to ask the Slaw community – how are we doing?

We’ve designed a three minute web survey for you to let us know what you like – and don’t like – about Slaw.

Please give us 3 minutes to make Slaw better.

You can start the survey here, or cut and paste this URL into your browser:

Thank you



  1. Will it be a good idea to have a taxonomy for organizing the content of Slaw so that it becomes easier to navigate the website with specific interests? Such a taxnomy requires extensive work to create and to maintain. It could be easier to start with expanding the right column “catagories”. Authors of each posting can assign one or two terms as the subject term for their postings or they can decide which category their postings belong to.
    With the expanding of Slaw, having a taxonomy helps to focus Slaw’s postings on a list of topics and it also improves the access to older postings.

  2. Thanks for the idea, Sharon. We started out worrying about taxonomy and categories — see the july posting containing our exchange of emails — and decided to go with a fairly laconic one. It might be time to change to a more elaborate system, though as I’m sure you know it’ll be almost impossible to get agreement on topical categories. I have to say that I’m not too keen on a folksonomy, even (especially?) at the hands of expert Slawyers; we have been using keywords for our posts so that the search engine can come up with relevant posts even when critical terms aren’t included in the text of the post.