I’m totally pro-working-in-public (as Jenny mentions in The unreasonable effectiveness of GitHub browsability, people on the internet love to correct you, and it’s nice to harness that power).
If you go straight to https://bookdown.org/ and/or the title page of most of the books contained therein, they give the of the most recent update. All awesome. The challenge comes when I come across resources by way of search— more specifically if I’m searching for something I’ve looked for before. Search results go roughly into three categories:
- Links I haven’t looked at before
- Visited links where “oh yeah, that’s where this info was last time”
- Visited links where “hmm, I looked there before, and I’m pretty sure the info wasn’t there”
Part of the problem comes from novelty bias (mentioned before in a tidyeval resources thread), but there’s a certain logic to it: (e.g. if you’re looking for oddly-categorized-item-x in the grocery store, you check different aisles— if you remember looking for item x in cereal last time and not finding it, you’ll probably go down a different aisle first).
Bringing this back to the bookdown example, there’s now a ton of super useful stuff in there that wasn’t there before (yay, that’s the goal of a book, right?). But, I think I’ve erroneously ignored some of that material under the assumption that the contents were still in skeleton form/the same as they were however long ago.
Thoughts? Tips? Is this just an outdated mode of wayfinding?