Tagspace, Meet Claimspace

May 29, 2008 at 10:43 am

In former June, we will set in motion a newfangled societal software service for proficient professionals bade Claimspace (codename, “Rapport”), which will fall in Tagspace , Blogs , and Forums as the youngest member of the Microsoft.Community family. Our development lead, Doug , observed Claimspace a few weeks ago so I fancyed I’d trace up.

Tagspace enables you to enunciate, ‘I felt this resource and it seems to be suitable of my attention.’
Conversely, Claimspace will enable you to enounce, ‘I made this resource, like to be recognized for it on these terms ___, and I hope you feel it desirable of your attention. What do you consider?’

What is Claimspace, just?
Claimspace is a decentralised, folksonomical resource* evaluation and recommendation system for technological professionals. Claimspace will enable you to accept credit for your bully ideas and gain recognition for yourself and your worthful contributions, wherever you travel**, on the Web. Claimspace will leave a integrated and unproblematic way to establish societal capital, measure its value, and build credibility, on your terms. To participate in Claimspace, all you have to do is make and deploy or respond to an xClaim, anyplace on the Web.

*In this context, a “resource” is any item on the Web that is URI addressable. Conceptually, we carve up resources into two groups: stable and dynamical. A unchanging resource is a resource that does not exchange. Electrostatic resources admit Web pages, podcasts, videos, & etc. A dynamical resource is representative of a resource that brings about electrostatic resources. Active resources let in such things as people and RSS preies. How is Claimspace “folksonomical”? You can compose anything you want in an xClaim; perfectly anything. We’re not your parents and we do not levy a claim taxonomy.

**In our first release, Claimspace will be useable only when in the context of our novel Blogs and Forums. 6-8 weeks later, we design to stretch out support for the creation and deployment of xClaims on much any Web page to which you have write access, on the Web.

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What is an xClaim?
Claimspace will be powered by legions of interactive widgets, which you and other Microsoft.Community members scatter across the Web. These widgets, which we phone xClaims, are portable pollarding stations that you will be capable to make and paste into or alongside much any blog post, wandered discussion, podcast, code snippet, photo, video, or anything else that has its ain URL which you like to be recognized for, anyplace on the Web. Hither’s an example of what an xClaim might front like, in the context of a blog post that I spelt a few months ago: Friend-o-Gen, for good $.99/month. This is a mockup and simply a mockup. Since Claimspace is a service, the look and feel of xClaims will vary on a site-by-site and client-by-client basis.


In the xClaim mockup supra, the ‘up arrow’, ‘down arrow’, ‘?’, and other little icons be an interactive voting panel. xClaims have three core vote options: ‘+’, ‘-‘, and ‘WTF?’ These vote options are client-extensile and can be shown as anything, including text descriptions like ‘aye’, ‘nay’, ‘abstain’ by the client application.

Why participate in Claimspace?
xClaims will enable you to address attention to and render your readers or viewers with an well-heeled way to vote and comment on the statement your xClaim comprises; your claim. After responding to your xClaim, members can see Claimspace to understand how other members reacted (or the client site can take out down and display vote tally information, programmatically). They can too see a list of all claims that you have created over time and navigate to the Web pages where those claims are mailed, if they desire.

xClaims will not only when get dressed up your on-line contributions, they will take traffic to them! More significantly, xClaims are planed to leave your readers the information they require (the recommendations of other members) to well and confidently listen your advice, act on your ripe counsel, download your goodies, and differently eat the resources you so gracefully furnish, on the Web.

If you would care to harness the unproblematic power of Claimspace to your personal benefit, hither are a few ideas and examples of how you might employ xClaims to your advantage…once we free;-):

  • Blog and Forum Posts
    Understand a few of your most late blog and forum posts. If you don’t yet have one, you can read this or this or this , instead. In each post, I’m calculating that you’ll feel one sentence that articulates a key idea or thesis. This is the punch line. This is the meat. Everything else is confirming evidence. When you droped a line your post, you may still have turned over reaching that sentence bluff or phoning it out in some other way (e.g., “I’m plumping to get to a catorical statement…”). When Claimspace is let go of, study seting your substantive theses in an xClaim, or else. An xClaim is an IDEAL way to make your readers’ attention to the heart of your blog posts and other on-line content submissions and find laser-riveted reader feedback and recognition for that which matters to you most.
  • Aggregating Praise and Building Credibility, Across Multiple Venues
    Most technological professionals who participate in on-line communities take part in and chip in helpful resources to two or more on-line community venues. Sometimes, you put up relevant and utile information on a blog. Other times, you reply questions on forums.microsoft.com. Now and again, you pluck some low-toned hanging up fruit and respond a late mailed question on tek-tips.com or another main forum or newsgroup. One time or double, you may still have carryed photos of whiteboard diagrams on Flickr or Experience.com and pointed to them from elsewhere. Wouldn’t it be outstanding if you could combine all of the “give thanks you” notes you receive across all of those venues and yield succeeding recipients of your assistance a sense of your credibility and trustworthiness. xClaims take into account you to do only that.
  • Code Submissions
    If you are a programmer, there’s a 99.9% chance that sometime in the last week, you hit upon and reckoned imitating and gluing or downloading and amassing a code snippet or set of source files from the Web, peradventure an full undefendable source project on CodePlex.com. But you waffled, didn’t you? You wavered because you had no idea who the author was. You dreaded that the code might incorporate a line or two of GPL code that might produce high-priced problems for you or your company, in the future. For all you had it away, the author, “a8vs_hippo” may have interlaced the source file you mooted re-using with malicious code. Wouldn’t it have been decent if you could have got word more around a8vs_hippo’s from other people who you cognise or trust to be trusty and “existent”. In the future, when you mail a snippet to a forum, upload a sample to ProjectDistributor.net , or check in a changeset to CodePlex.com , we trust that you will study assorting an xClaim with it. If the only thing noted about your code is that “This code compiles,” progress to that your claim. xClaims are well etiquette.

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Claimspace is designed for expert professionals who desire to:

  • Reward and Be Reinforced
    Build up societal capital and harvest the rewards. By assorting xClaims with your expert contributions on the Web-your blog and forum posts, podcasts, code samples, diagrams, photos, videos and any other URI-addressable item-you will enable your readers to devote you the racing bear hug you merit and increase the visibility and credibility of you and your worthful expert resources.
  • Discover and Connect
    Tap into your social network. Claimspace will enable you to tap into the power of a Brobdingnagian societal network of expert professionals on the Web who partake in your needs, interests, and concerns and who can taper you to the resources you require to catch the job performed.
  • Evaluate Credibility, Quick
    Wipe out community resources with greater confidence. Claimspace will enable you to apace find out the likely credibility and proportional value of many expert resources on the Web-people, blogs, forum posts, RSS courses, etc-by confering the vote tallies (and voters) of their affiliated xClaims.

Key features of Claimspace that we are bing after to admit, over time:

  • xClaims
  • Your name, picture, and member since [date]
  • Your group affiliations (e.g., if you are a Microsoft MVP, your xClaim will be adorned with an “MVP” logo, if you desire)
  • Vote on claims
  • Give a comment
  • Propose a claim
  • Subscribe by RSS to a claim by member or all members
  • View xClaim Vote Tally for:
  • A member’s claim, for a peculiar URL
  • A member’s claim, across all URLs where they sent it.
  • All of a member’s claims (lifetime rollup)
  • Member Directory
  • Search and Browse Claimspace for claims, by keyword
  • Tight integration with Microsoft Tagspace
  • Tight integration with Microsoft Forums
  • Tight integration with Microsoft Blogs
  • REST API – Integration with your preferred community sites and services…

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Korby Parnell xClaims: “I made Claimspace.”*
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I bet the developers and testers on the Rapport team care they could admit issue with this one-sided and egoistical claim, TODAY. Huahahaha. Send it boys! Send it! Whereas this claim is technically rightful, it negates the co-originative nature of any good software development effort. Props to the core members of the Rapport team: Eric Mahlberg  (lead dev), Jason McCullough (precede test), Ben Martin (cat herder in chief), and David Waddleton (dev). Particular thanks to Bob Rebholz , who had the vision to whirl up our project and set the seed of “personal recognition elements”, an idea which has sprung up into xClaims.

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