Great grammar discussions on CPod
Okay, let's see if this works. Here's the idea:
1: Bookmark this discussion. This way you can be sure to be able to find it again. This is important for this to work.
2: When you see a discussion, either an old or a new one, on ChinesePod that you think illuminates some feature of Chinese or otherwise contains gems of wisdom on Chinese grammar, post a link to it here.
3: Please don't make any posts whatsoever in this discussion that do not contain links to great grammar discussions. Let's try to keep this list clean. It's not really supposed to be a discussion, but more of an archive.
The idea is that this will let people find the good grammar discussions easier by simply going to this topic and searchin on the page. And since we have it bookmarked, we can always find this page. Also, whenever we post to it, it will get bumped and thus show clearly on the discussions page.
Please write the name of the discussion and a short description of what's so great about it, and provide a link. Note that it doesn't have to be discussions solely about grammar. If there's something very interesting said about grammar in a lesson discussion, do post a link. But the interesting thing has to be in the discussion, not the lesson.
I'm not sure if this'll work, but it's worth a try.
pretzellogicOctober 28, 2009, 11:54 AM
Hi simon, before this gets really going (and I do think this is a good idea), part of everyone's challenge is that this post, because simonpettersson started it, will show up as part of "simonpettersson's other posts" on one of the right side panels. I'd need to remember that it was you that posted this, and then I could find that set of posts. I think this is why these posts tend to disappear somewhat.
I'm suggesting you post this here. I know that there's no specific way for users to create new Grammar posts (at least i'm not aware that we can. I think you should try creating one with (le) and the other characters), and then we can have a place we can all see from our screens at once. Just click on "community", then on the Conversations tab, pull down "grammar conversations" from the pull down menu, and everyone should be able to find future conversations.
At least this is the theory.
bodaweiOctober 30, 2009, 01:22 PM
Very in-ter-rest-ing. A list, as you say, but not too user friendly. A bit like clambering into the attic and being surprised by what you find.
Not that classic 'bookmarks' are any better organised. I am now using Chrome now and loving how it makes things previously used easily available - it is far more intelligent than me.
zhenlijiangOctober 28, 2009, 07:50 PM
Thanks Simon for starting the thread in the Grammar Discussions Group.
Made a couple of entries there--hope they're OK in terms of format or whatever.
I think this could be really good.
simonpetterssonOctober 28, 2009, 12:06 PM
Pretzellogic: I'm not sure what you're saying, actually. I'm thinking one place where lots of discussions are linked to, since many grammar discussions are not easily grouped into discrete folders like "Verbs" or "别". I would find a single list of relevant discussions with some comments on what's good about them much more useful.
As to finding this discussion, all you have to do is bookmark it. That's not so hard, is it?
zhenlijiangOctober 29, 2009, 10:40 AM
啊，过奖了！ I find it gratifying actually.
Looking forward to seeing the thread grow with more good stuff, gems and gold nuggets.
I dated the discussions btw because, like I complained, we can't seem to link directly to an individual comment any more, only to the page it's on.
bodaweiOctober 29, 2009, 11:11 AM
@simon, zhen, anyone..
My question was genuine actually (maybe i should have used a serious emoticon) - I do not know what you mean by 'bookmark this discussion' - how do you do that and what is the consequence of bookmarking something in CP?
JohnOctober 30, 2009, 02:23 AM
It's true that we don't have "discussion bookmarks," but there is an informal way to "bookmark" discussions.
At the bottom of any lesson comment thread or user post thread, under the comment textbox, is a checkable option: "Notify me of followup comments via e-mail". If you check this, you'll get email updates of new activity on this thread.
But also, you'll have a manageable list of all lessons/discussions for which you've checked this box.
Simply go to your profile (Me > Profile) and scroll down. Look for the red "Manage your community activity email updates" link at the bottom. Click that.
Each lesson or discussion is linked to here, so it's almost like a bookmark list.