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Modes of thinking

Sometimes I read a sequence of comments and I wonder whether instead of continuing in the same direction, the conversation needs a fresh perspective. I figure that there might be some value in having readers being able to signal to writers that this is what they think too. This way, what I think contributes in a low effort way to group consensus, giving writers a chance to respond to the emotion and sentiment of all, not just those who make the most noise.

There needs to be some low-effort means for this to happen. A button next to each article to vote on the group consensus to allocate points to the current Mode Of Thinking.

Some possible frameworks

Six Thinking Hats by Dr. Edward de Bono (We need some...)

  • White Hat - Hard facts
  • Red Hat - Positive feelings
  • Black Hat - Devils advocate
  • Yellow Hat - Optimism
  • Green Hat - Design solution using new concepts
  • Blue Hat - Process oriented.. Controlled discussion summary of Start to Finish

Belbin Team roles (We need a person who...)

  • Company Worker (turns ideas into practice)
  • Chairperson (clarifies objectives/sets agendas)
  • Shaper (drives for results)
  • Plant (source of original ideas)
  • Resource Investigator (knows who to ask)
  • Monitor Evaluator (objective judge - given time)
  • Team Worker (harmonises and unites people)
  • Finisher (checks details/meets deadlines)

Would anyone be interested in further articulating this idea? (I'm not too worried about the implementation right now, this would be just to allocate a portion of MetaData to the plugins and carry the counts in there.)

-- MartinCleaver - 12 Jun 2003

Not sure why a plugin is needed - seems like creeping featuritis even as a plugin... Why not just have a convention, e.g. type RedHatMode on a line by itself when switching to that mode? Clicking on the WikiWord would provide an explanation. Might be good to experiment with manual efforts like this before doing a plugin.

-- RichardDonkin - 12 Jun 2003

alternatives Or for that matter why hide behind a code? Use descriptive labels.

sign me a plant teamworker (or should that be a teamworker plant?) -- MattWilkie - 12 Jun 2003

Regarding "tagging" the different modes, how about defining a set of variables that displays an icon (e.g colored hats) but also uncludes a link to a explanation of each hat. Then you could simply insert the appropriate tag at the beginning of a paragraph or passage.

The second part of your comment regarding wiki-voting - really quick voting - is something I've been thinking a lot about recently. I also believe that wiki discussions would benefit from a way to register agreement or disagreement with some statement or proposition really quickly. I thought about simply defining couple of variables that displays a thumbs-up or down and includes a roll-over the displays the WikiName of the person who placed it. We definitely need somehow to easily get the pulse of wikizens beyonds those who are willing to insert a whole entry just to register agreement or disagreement.

  • PeerPlugin was created for this purpose. Requires mysql but perhaps still might be startng point.

-- LynnwoodBrown - 13 Jun 2003

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