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December 15, 2005

PatternQuiz I - Site patterns

The pattern quiz series now lives at webpatterns.org. Please come by, and take the quiz :-) john

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For this pattern to be really usefull I think some more items should be documented, for example: intent, motivation, application, structure

(taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_pattern_%28computer_science%29)

This last one is going to be difficult I guess but one of the main reasons for this conversation.

Intent: How to present and publish time sensitive and or personal information on a website.

And the application of the pattern:

I use blogs for several reasons. Blogging of course, but I recently used a blog as an emailing software, as a an FAQ, a user manual for a website, and I can think of a lot more aplications for this.

I think something is wrong with your comments. It states 6 comments but i couldn't read or see any of them.

Posted by: Len | Dec 15, 2005 8:28:58 PM

Hi Len,

while all of those things are important, I've chosen to be very informal here - those things may come if we find they are required or useful, but rather than get bogged down in detail, particularly where most people won't be at all familiar with the nitty gritty of patterns, I wanted it to be something people could do quickly, without having to learn anything new. The point is to tap into people's existing knowledge, and I don't want to place any barriers in people's way.

But as I mentioned in the post, it may very much be necessary to be more formal at webpatterns.org

Thanks again,


p.s. My browser tells me that yours is the only comment, so hopefully there's no problem there.


Posted by: john Allsopp | Dec 15, 2005 8:44:22 PM

I'd shy away from overuse of the phrase "frequently" (or other other words of that ilk). For instance, I'd dispute that a blog "typically [generates content] on a daily basis". Most of the blogs I read are hardly updated every week, let alone every day, so I don't think it's necessary to reference that aspect in the definition. But I won't start an argument about your example ... :)

Some other site patterns could be:

- Shopping sites (Amazon, gap.com, iTunes)

- Galleries (Web Standards Awards, Favorite Website Awards)

But after having just tried to think of a few patterns, it's actually quite hard ... what would you call flickr? What else is like flickr? "Photo-sharing applications"? It could be a blog -- people frequently generate photos for it on a daily basis.

How about a brochure-ware site? The sort of site that a small business would have. Something that just says what a company does, what products they have, and how you can contact them? "Small business site"?

Posted by: Cameron Adams | Dec 20, 2005 12:54:28 AM


I've moved the comment over to webpatterns.org

I'll address it in detail there,


Posted by: john Allsopp | Dec 21, 2005 10:00:14 PM

Hey--I just wanted to say hi and tell you how wonderful I think your blog is. I am a latecomer, unfortunately--but I will keep a close eye on it, now that I have found it. Take care, and thanks for all of the awesome information!

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