Ben Davis

Creator | Engineer at @YPlan Joined over 5 years ago

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  • Posted to Show DN: Papermark - A Better Way to Track What You're Reading, in reply to Connor Tomas O'Brien , Jun 25, 2015

    Hi Connor, thanks a lot for your comment!

    It's great that you have a desire to move away from Goodreads (that's one of my hopes if I'm honest) and interesting that the network effects are one of your main reasons to stay. So I'm presuming the social aspect of Goodreads - what your friends have read, what they recommend - is particularly useful to you? What frustrates you about it that would make you want to move?

    Being independent is quite a nice differentiator, hadn't considered that.

    Perhaps the most compelling thing that sets Papermark apart is that it doesn't have the noise and complexity of Goodreads. One of the things that always frustrated me with Goodreads is there's a lot of peripheral stuff that gets in the way of what you'r trying to do and seems to be the result of a product team not really knowing where they're going. Although it sounds clichéd, Papermark is about simplicity. Currently that simplicity comes from a small feature set, but as it grows I want to make sure that everything about the experience remains simple, always focusing on helping you decide what to read next.

    Hadn't considered the male-dominated list of books at all, and it certainly wasn't intentional, but thank you for bringing it up; it's not the impression I want give at all, so I will be changing it.

    Thanks again!

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  • Posted to Show DN: Papermark - A Better Way to Track What You're Reading, in reply to Emily Campbell , Jun 25, 2015

    Completely understand, thanks for your comment. Building out a much wider, diverse, and easier to discover set of collections is my focus now, so hopefully once that starts to happen you'll find it easier to find new things to read. And don't worry I'll make the home page reflect what collections are actually available!

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  • Posted to Interoperable CSS, in reply to Andrew Nater , Jun 22, 2015

    Because as the requirements of a site increases, the ability to safely and confidently add new features becomes more and more difficult, meaning tools and techniques like this quickly become needed. That being said the work OP is talking about is very much at the fringe, where a lot of front end people are rethinking how things have historically been done. The rule book (if there is one) is being ripped up continuously.

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