I was just thinking that the netflix queue is a great design problem for any design class.
Queue management is fairly complex, especially in a two-person household like mine. For example, I went out of town. Suddenly philippe needed to get all “his” movies to the top of the queue. However, once I get back, we want to sprinkle a combination of his, mine and ours. We also go through moods– comedies, classics, french. We also watch old series sometimes, like the avenger, and unlike other movies, it is *not* okay if the second disk comes before the first.
Really, once the queue grows to 200+ proportions, the problems are very different. You don’t actually care if a movie is 57 or 62 in the queue– what matters is “right now” and “someday” for a given film. How could this be handled?
Plus, as you can see here, the page gets very long. How can someone cognitively hold all that data in heir head well enough to manage it’s organization?