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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by magicmarkuk10, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. magicmarkuk10

    magicmarkuk10 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi

    Apologies if this is not the correct forum for this post.

    I am working on a college project to create a directory of andriod related sites - of which there are many.

    My problem is trying to ascertain a classification for them - i.e. different categories.

    Obviously there are forum sites such as this, blogs, apps and developers but I struggling to think of others and wondered if anyone could give me a few suggestions as I'm sure I am missing some obvious ones :thinking:

    Many thanks
    Mark
     



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  2. olbriar

    olbriar  
    Moderator

    You might consider links to quality reviews... new android based phone release dates and hype... I'm sure there are more categories. hmmmmm.. perhaps a category for carriers and usage pricing. Good luck on your project.
     
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  3. magicmarkuk10

    magicmarkuk10 Lurker
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    Thank you for your suggestions. The more I look at it the harder it seems to be as most sites cover a multitude of different topics within them which makes categorisation of the sites difficult.

    The list I have so far is:

    Apps
    Blogs
    Carriers
    Developers
    Forums
    Manufacturers
    News and Reviews

    I anyone has any more suggestions to add to the list or sub-lists thereof I would be most grateful.

    Mark
     
  4. byteware

    byteware Android Expert

    Mine would similar.

    Phone reviews
    App reviews
    Forums
    Manufacturers
    Developers
    Carriers
    Blogs
    News


    And a site could be in more than one category (and some... would end up in all of them).
     
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  5. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Android Expert

    The way I always looked at these kinds of things is this. I always tried to pick a subject I knew the teacher knew little/nothing about and then just used my imagination ;).

    In high school I did a speech about soccer(even less known about it in the U.S. in the 70's) and i said there were 4 quarters to the game(because I didn't know :) ). Teacher didn't know any better and really neither did anyone else. I guess what I'm saying is judge your instructor's knowledge of the subject and go from there.

    Not saying to out and out lie but as YOU see the categories, is what they are. This is always changing in this arena as it evolves. Don't dwell on it too much.
     
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  6. PSkeptic

    PSkeptic Android Expert

    Is it a problem for a site to be in multiple categories, a la Blog Tagging (Just add the tags to each entry)?
     
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  7. Epicurean

    Epicurean Android Enthusiast

    Androidforums.com
    Apps
    Blogs
    Carriers
    Developers
    Forums
    Manufacturers
    News and Reviews

    Fixed it for ya ;-)
     
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  8. Steven58

    Moderator

    Actually, I think a better place for this would be the Android Lounge. I want to get you more folks looking at this. If you disagree, please let me or a MOD know and we'll be glad to handle your concern. Good luck with the project!

    Steven
     
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  9. magicmarkuk10

    magicmarkuk10 Lurker
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    Thank you for all your kind help so far.

    Of course I will add Android Forums and make sure it shows prominently.

    If anyone has suggestions for categories or indeed sites please let me know.

    As the project progresses I will (if I am allowed) give a link so you can see the results of the work.

    Thanks
    Mark
     
  10. magicmarkuk10

    magicmarkuk10 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Just a quick update on the college project.

    It is progressing steadily - following the advice on this forum I have decided to start with a small number of categories (9) as they could always be expanded if the need arises. Better to have a few categories with a number of sites in rather than lots of categories most of them empty.

    The challenge now is to produce the directory and I am on with that - I have loaded 'test' data including this site :) but of course the proof of the pudding so to speak is whether it is useful resource for people searching for Android related sites and this can only be measured by feedback and usage.

    I won't put a link here until a moderator confirms whether this is acceptable - I guess not as it may be considered spam - so any feedback from users of this site may be somewhat limited :)

    Regards
    Mark
     
  11. magicmarkuk10

    magicmarkuk10 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have now created a basic directory structure and layout and must admit this project is taking considerably more time than I had anticipated. Partly because of the research and technical issues (e.g. Html) but also because I have to write it up for my tutor.

    I would be grateful at this stage if l could get some feedback on the basic concept, clarity of layout etc from readers of this thread as you have helped me so far and I would value your input.

    I'm sure a mod will correct this post if it is not allowed (possibly viewed as spamming which is not my intention) but the project can be seen at Android Sites Directory
    At the moment there are a handful of sites although I have added this site to feature in the right hand column as a thank you for the help I gave received.

    The intention is that sites, news feeds and articles will predominantly be submitted by users (or site owners) if the directory takes off. All contributions are obviously checked before going live to avoid spam.

    Any feedback is welcome as this will contribute to the project and explain why certain decisions were taken or not as the case may be.

    Thank you for your time and apologies to the moderator if I have just committed a big no no.

    Mark
     
  12. magicmarkuk10

    magicmarkuk10 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi

    I am compiling my college report on this project and would really appreciate any feedback you guys and girls could give me so that I can incorporate this into my report.

    All feedback good or bad will be considered and recorded.

    The link to the site is in the previous post.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Mark
     
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