Contact forms are a terminally broken technology. Humans who fill them out have little faith that anyone will receive or answer them. As a result, they often don’t fill out the form and take to some other medium like Twitter or Instagram or TikTok or the current social flavor of the day. Or worse, they just don’t contact you.
A contact form is a gateway to frustration.
But what to do? If you place your raw email address on a website you’re bound to run into the following issues:
Spam harvesters will take your email and give you even more spam than you already have.
If you have a short list of things that are relevant for contacting you, you can encode a subject line (using the tool above enter firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Your Awesome Subject Line into part where it asks for your email address) and put up a handful of links, people can click the one they want. Maybe a little janky? Beats broken contact forms. Alternatively, you or a friend who knows HTML can make the links look however you want and send email with the awesome subject lines.
Col. John Boyd’s “Organic Design for Command & Control” came up in conversation today so I figured I would put my copy up and make it available. As usual I’ll probably add to this over time. Feel free to use the comments below to ask questions, I’m going back to old school comments-enabled writing.
Audio starts a couple slides in. I found the complete audio but haven’t yet matched it to the picture. Enjoy.
This page is part of the Syndromic Surveillance and Covid–19 collection of articles at Thoughtfaucet. Please see the Caveats section in particular to better understand the limitations of data and methods.
There are caveats to all data projects. I do not believe any of these undermine the work and thinking. But they are important to note (and I hope you mention other caveats as well–it improves the project) and discuss if necessary. But all the same, remember that John Snow removed the pump handle for a reason.
The above graph uses the NYC Health EpiQuery data (Respiratory case counts) as of 11:50pm EST March 27, 2020 and the NYC Health & Mental Hygiene’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Daily Data Summary (tested positive Covid-19 and Covid-19 deaths) as of 4:00pmMarch 27, 2020. This page is updated regularly with new data as it becomes available.
During the Covid-19 outbreak of early 2020 I started working on some graphs with data about the NYC emergency department case counts. This page is a collection of the different aspects of that project.
In the process of developing the Syndromic Surveillance Covid-19 NYC graph I gathered and read a variety of resources. Some of these are for specialist audiences and others are for more general audiences. This page is an annotated bibliography of the medical journal articles, Twitter threads, and news reports related to the project.
The above graph uses the NYC Health EpiQuery data (ILI case counts) as of 1:47pm EST March 24, 2020 and the NYC Health & Mental Hygiene’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Daily Data Summary (tested positive Covid-19 and Covid-19 deaths) as of 9:45amMarch 24, 2020.