Article Type Categorization

Summary

Each article on Productbox is labeled with an Article Type that corresponds with its primary purpose. This article outlines the purpose of Article Types and the meaning of each label.

Why bother with Article Types?

People have a variety of intentions and preferences when they’re looking for an informational resource. For example, some people want comprehensive breakdowns while others are looking for helpful tips. Some learn best from real world examples, while others prefer generic frameworks.

An article’s “type” aligns with its purpose, which enables readers to make high level decisions about how they want to learn. Ultimately we’re working to help you find the most relevant articles as quickly as possible.

The Types

Step by Step

These articles describe a process with the intention of it being actionable. They’re ideal for someone who wants to learn a new skill from scratch or dive into the specifics of an approach.

Step by Step articles are typically comprehensive, chronological and actionable.

Case Study

These articles generally come in two flavors:

  1. Descriptions of how an author or organization approaches the topic at hand.
  2. Outlines of a specific situation accompanied by an analysis of some kind.

Both flavors provide real world context as the foundation of the article, which for some, is a preferred style of learning (especially once basic concepts are grasped).

Interview

In a way, interviews are a subset of Case Studies by our definition. However, because of their distinct format, we’ve given them their own Article Type.

Similar to Case Studies, Interviews can provide real world context to reinforce learning and help you get familiar with various thought leaders.

Opinion

The core intention of an opinion piece is to convince the reader of something. Most articles offer up opinions, but these articles are more concerned with persuading the reader than explaining something to them.

When debating the merits of one approach over another, these articles can be particularly informing.

Tactical Tips

Similar to Step by Step articles, Tactical Tips primarily serve to describe something to the reader. However, these articles don’t have to be chronological or comprehensive. They can also be more conceptual in nature, which help readers consider principles or ideas when putting something into action.

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