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Re^3: Consider this: What makes a good node title?

by radiantmatrix (Parson)
on Nov 04, 2005 at 14:15 UTC ( #505704=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Consider this: What makes a good node title?
in thread Consider this: What makes a good node title?

I know how to spell "occurrence" correctly but I wouldn't hesitate for one second to reply to a node with "occurrance" in the title.

I don't really think that's the point. I think the point is that, if I'm looking for information about 'occurances of numbers', I will find nodes with the misspelling and participate in them. Whereas, if I look for 'occurrances of numbers' I will find nodes with the correct spelling and participate in them instead. It's all about people who are interested in the same information being able to find each other.

By ensuring the correct spelling in the node title, you can bring the two groups together. A simple Search for 'occurrance' would find all the nodes about occurrances of numbers, and a Super Search for 'occurance' would still find those with the misspelling preserved in the body. Everyone wins.

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Comment on Re^3: Consider this: What makes a good node title?
Re^4: Consider this: What makes a good node title?
by jdporter (Canon) on Nov 04, 2005 at 14:57 UTC
    Whereas, if I look for 'occurrances of numbers' I will find nodes with the correct spelling

    No you won't, because the correct spelling is "occurrences". :-)

    But yes, you got my point.

    We're building the house of the future together.

      And that "point" is still as blunt as a doorknob.

      Maybe you will find my reply to radiantmatrix a better explanation as to why that is so.

      -sauoq
      "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
      
Re^4: Consider this: What makes a good node title?
by sauoq (Abbot) on Nov 04, 2005 at 15:06 UTC
    I think the point is that, if I'm looking for information about 'occurances of numbers', I will find nodes with the misspelling and participate in them. Whereas, if I look for 'occurrances of numbers' I will find nodes with the correct spelling and participate in them instead.

    Nice theory, but it has nothing to do with reality. You are completely ignoring the way participation happens around here. And the way search is used. People don't use search to find threads to participate in. They use newest nodes and the front page for that. Sometimes people post a node under an old thread but that doesn't usually rekindle the thread. And if it did, it would probably be because someone saw the reply in the newest nodes list. Sometimes old threads get a little life when they are linked to in a favorably accepted meditation but that participation wouldn't be affected by your theory either.

    A simple Search for 'occurrance' would find all the nodes about occurrances of numbers, and a Super Search for 'occurance' would still find those with the misspelling preserved in the body.

    First, that's predicated on the assumption that the word appears (and appears misspelled) in the body. It doesn't always. It also assumes that people looking are going to use Super Search. Monks familiar with the site will, but new visitors very well may not. Thirdly, this ignores the converse anyway. If the word doesn't occur in the title, but only in the body, then search isn't "bring[ing] those two groups together" at all.

    By the way, if the janitors corrected all the mispellings and you were looking for nodes about "occurrances of numbers", you would be the one having a harder time of it. You got the doubled 'r' right, but the word is spelled "occurrences" with an 'e'.

    -sauoq
    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
    

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