Mailing Lists: Why Are They Still Here, What’s Wrong With Them, and How Can We Fix Them?

Online group discussion has been around almost as long as the Internet, but it seems we still can’t create tools for it that satisfy everyone. Starting with the first mailing list in 1972 and evolving to modern social media tools, we see tensions between people’s desire to participate in productive discussions and the struggle to [...]

Allocating CHI Reviewers, 2014 Edition

As is now an annual tradition, I’ve performed my analysis of the allocation of reviewers for this year’s CHI conference.  The data from the CHI review process suggests that we can reduce the number of reviewers per paper (and thus reduce the workload on our community) without significantly affecting the outcome.  At present, every paper [...]

To improve the CHI conference, would you share which talks you attended?

I’m having a great time at CHI (including my first time two-stepping today) but I strongly believe, as Jonathan Grudin asserted today, that we can make use of data to improve the conference.  I’ve already analyzed historical data that demonstrates that we can substantially reduce reviewer workload.  We’ve also created a way you can use [...]

For CHI 2012: Discussion Forums in the Document Margins

Would you like some feedback on your CHI paper?  We’ve set up a site to let people read and comment on it.
On Wednesday at CHI, we’ll be presenting our paper on nb, a discussion forum situated in the margins of documents being discussed.  Its original intended usage was for discussion of classroom lecture notes, but [...]

Allocating CHI reviewers, a sequel

Last year I used an analysis of CHI review data to argue that we could save a lot of reviewers’ time on low quality papers by modiyfing our review process.  With all the current talk of the value of replication, I figured it was worth testing the same procedure with this year’s review data, which [...]

Forums in the Document Margins for Classes and Reading Groups

This year at CHI we’ll be presenting a paper on nb, a tool that lets students have forum-style threaded discussions in the margins of pdf documents.  We’ve posted it in advance at the link above in hopes of getting some comments on it that can help us prepare our presentation.  We’re also making nb available [...]

Database papers at CHI

There is little I like more than a fine cheese and fresh-baked bread. Still, to fill the rest of my day without expanding my waistline, I go for a mix of databases and human-computer interaction. That’s why I was excited to see several database-oriented papers presented at CHI. While many papers contained some amount of data, [...]

There Are Bad Systems Papers

There’s a lot of discussion about the right way to evaluate and support systems research in SIGCHI. Maybe too much. (I’m allowed to say that because I contributed to it, right?) But for this to be a productive conversation, we need to tackle the other half: what makes for a bad systems paper?
I say bad [...]

CHI 2011’s RepliCHI Panel

This past week at CHI, our very own Michael Bernstein participated in a panel discussion about the role of replication and reproduction in the CHI community. Thanks to Max Wilson, the panel coordinator, I got the opportunity to log the event and live-tweeted the whole thing; here are my notes.
Max starting things off, with these [...]

Eating our own Crowdfood

Recently the CHI workshop on Crowdsourcing and Human Computation got some press courtesy of Jim Giles and New Scientist. Near the end of the workshop, the working group on Future Directions and Community had some interesting suggestions that I’ll echo here.
Can we take some of the crowdsourcing tools and techniques we have developed as a [...]