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by Pedro Picasso (Sexton)
on Jun 19, 2001 at 14:49 UTC ( #89652=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I've noticed a few people link to nodes that aren't there but should be. (e.g. someone linked to MakeMaker when the only info is at perlman:ExtUtils::MakeMaker. Reaper got my attempt to link one to the other.) Maybe sometimes they link to a node that doesn't answer a question or provide as much info as certain other nodes.

I love this site, but searching is sometimes not as easy as I'd like, because the titles of nodes are not always the words that people would search with. Maybe it would be nice to see some crossnoding. Nodes that show up in searches and point to information already in the system. I think this would be useful. Nodes that point to one or more nodes. A place to put them. Could you put them in the discussions?

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Re: CrossNodes
by mdillon (Priest) on Jun 19, 2001 at 15:39 UTC

    you might want to try Super Search. it provides search functionality with several more criteria in addition to the title.

    however, i do like your suggestion for more deliberate creation of meta-nodes. i have found that people already create such node lists occasionally in response to questions on the site, or, more frequently, on their home nodes.

Re: CrossNodes
by Beatnik (Parson) on Jun 19, 2001 at 14:54 UTC
    Well the only problem I see is people being to lazy to verify links...:)))
    Altho Lazyness is one of the three virtues, it can cause that kind of searching issues :)

    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
      Laziness is only a virtue if it saves further work.

      quote: "The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don't have to answer so many questions about it. Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer." -Page 993, Camel 3rd edition

      p.s. On June 19, still 50% off

        Well, I'll let you break the bad news to Larry then :)

        ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
Re: CrossNodes
by mpolo (Chaplain) on Jun 20, 2001 at 10:20 UTC
    I think that this was the purpose of the keyword nodelet (see New Keyword Functionality and Re: Re: topic-linking for nodes). The node author and the janitors can change the keywords, and everybody can suggest them. Now we just have to get the search and Super Search to search on keywords. (I take it that this is already on Our Fearless Leader's long TODO list...)

    In the long run, I think this is a much better solution than lots of metanodes with no actual content other than links.

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