I go to BBC news at irregular intervals, sometimes 3 days
since last time, sometimes 10 days. Now obviously when I go
there I want to find out the most important stuff that's
happened since I last went there.
But it just shows me today's news... So something extremely
important could have happened a couple of days ago and I
wouldn't even know about it.
This is stupid. The whole point of computers is that they're
supposed to be interactive and helpful.
Furthermore there should be a way to customise my home-page
to show me categories of stuff I'm most interested in
(without having to manually click through all the pages at
Here I outline a design that I think would do the job.
It remembers the last time I went there, using a
cookie. It's already possible to make a BBC account so
this will not be difficult.
Each article should have an "importance" rank, applied by
the author. So for example "cure for cancer discovered"
might have a rank of 10 and "Patients struggling to book
with GP" 3.
The user should be able to specify their own importance
rank for different categories of news. I might choose like
this: Science: 9, Technology: 8, Health: 8, Politics: 5,
Business: 5, Celebrities: 1, Terrorism: 1
Each article's important rank is multiplied by the user's
category importance rank to produce a final importance
rank for that article for that user.
When I visit BBC news, the final importance rank is
calculated for every article that was written since I last
went there. Then those articles with the highest rank are
displayed on the homepage, sorted from top to bottom.
So I call upon the BBC to please update their
eighteen-hundreds-style website to provide us with a 21st
century experience. Thankyou.