Why does Blackboard lead to some information architecture issues? Today's example, which comes right after a fascinating presentation wherein using BB weakened a class in Second Life, comes from my looking into this blog's server logs.
I spotted this link:
Ah, a new reader, I thought. I don't know which school that is, offhand, but I want to meet someone new.
So, not thinking of the likely outcome, but reacting from the distributed conversation habits of the blogosphere, I click on the link. Behold the result:
Thank you, Blackboard. You broke a conversation. Someone linked to me, and rather than being able to find who that is, share a thought with them, maybe learn something from them, I'm thrown into a wall, and stall out. The end.
Better yet, I have no way of reporting this to that domain. I could email the webmaster, but the domain surely connects to too many people ("Say, is anyone there at that school linking to my blog?").
(Rod Serling voice) Imagine a silo. A snapshot of social connections deferred. Software used to separate, rather than connect. And this is an outcome of America's leading learning management system. Lesson learned. Class, and conversation, dismissed.