Principle / Pattern

The user needs a way to exclude certain activities from being processed as input data for the algorithm. A simple interface tweak could allow the user to enter a 'mute' or 'incognito' mode.

Challenge

In some situations, the user might perform behavior and generate data that is not representative of their profile or preferences.For example when lending their account to a friend, or when hosting a disco-themed party but not wanting the algorithm of my Spotify Discover Weekly list to be swayed in that direction.

Source:Microsoft 18 Guidelines

Inspiration:Chrome's incognito browsing

Trade-off:Personalization vs privacy

Related pattern:Perhaps this one

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Questions / considerations

  • How does the interface help collects the necessary implicit & explicit feedback from users to (in some cases) train, (mostly) test and improve the algorithm?
  • Is this feedback implicit, explicit, positive, negative, offer the option to exclude a certain (set of) data points, intervene with the course of algorithm, setting intent to the algorithm?
  • What if the user is always on incognito mode?

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