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Multiple resort guides including http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/54481/a-snowbasin-guide-extremely-long#post_1063412 & Bob Peters Jackson Hole http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/78941/updated-steep-skiing-guide-to-jackson-hole Guide have been created. These can be difficult to search for. Can these gems be given their own place of prominence?

 

Michael

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I made the Snowbasin Guide into a wiki, Wildcat. We could use some photos, folks! Just add them to the wiki...

 

Bob Peters's Jackson Hole Guide is a wiki here, on the resort page for JHMR.


Edited by nolo - 2/15/2009 at 10:16 pm
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...and shortly after the search update goes in, these things will start to show up as Related Content, too. Can't wait!

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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

 

I made the Snowbasin Guide into a wiki, Wildcat. We could use some photos, folks! Just add them to the wiki...

 

Bob Peters's Jackson Hole Guide is a wiki here, on the resort page for JHMR.


Edited by nolo - 2/15/2009 at 10:16 pm

 

Why is Bob's Jackson Hole guide in Product Ratings, Specs, Reviews reviews rather than a Wiki?  This seems Bizarre.  Where should we put these articles?  Resort reviews or a Wiki.  I'm supposed to be on the inside of this and I'm confused.

 

What is easier to find?  How are resort reviews and ratings different from a wiki?  Where should we put articles like this?

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I've asked the dev team to comment on this...

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I suggested to Joan earlier this weekend that we have a call mid/late this week to discuss these types of issues and determine the best way to guide contributions. We have done some research with our other sites to determine which page structures are most conducive to discovery through natural search, and the gear/resort pages are by far the most performant. Further, their performance is highly correlated with the number of pieces of related content, number of reviews, and number of edits to the "wiki" embedded in the bottom of those pages.

 

One thing that I think we need to do for sure is put something in the UI that indicates when content has been added to the wiki section of a gear/resort page so that you can click and be brought to that section of the page, because if not, there is no way to know that you should scroll all the way down.

 

In terms of the vision of those pages, it is for them to be a central repository for information on the gear/resort that is the subject of the page so that, for example, if there is a specific issue that plagues the buckles of a specific pair of boots, that there is a place for users to list those type of issues and resolutions. Or if you wanted to create an amazing guide as Bob has done, you have a centralized place to put it where others can add.

 

On the other hand, with an example like the Bootfitting Glossary, or recommendations for cross-training, those are broader topics that relate to many other topics on the site, so they are best suited for stand alone wikis that can then be appropriately tagged so they appear as related content in relevant places.

 

I hope this makes some sense - I think it's worth a conversation soon so we can figure out how best to surface the volumes of amazing content already here, and how to encourage best practices going forward. I definitely don't want that to come from us - I'll just explain the technical constraints/recommendations and we can go from there. Thanks all - hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

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Why is Bob's Jackson Hole guide in Product Ratings, Specs, Reviews reviews rather than a Wiki?  This seems Bizarre.  Where should we put these articles?  Resort reviews or a Wiki.  I'm supposed to be on the inside of this and I'm confused.

 

What is easier to find?  How are resort reviews and ratings different from a wiki?  Where should we put articles like this?

I did put my two ski area guides up as Wikis in the Wiki section.  I haven't had much time to be online for the last couple of weeks, so I'm not sure I did it correctly but it seems to be there.

 

I also haven't had any time to read user's guides or anything, so I'm pretty clueless about what Wiki tags are and where they're supposed to go or what they're supposed to do.

 

I will say that editing a Wiki felt kind of clunky, but probably that's partly a lack of my experience.

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Until functionality for internal links is available, the Wikis are kind of like an article.  That would be a huge enhancement and make them possible to organize and catalogue.  What I had missed is that there are Wiki articles, and a whole group of wikis attached to gear and resort reviews.  I was just a bit lost trying to find things and figure out where they belong.

 

Once the Related Content features are turned on, and search becomes functional, the site should come together a lot more.

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

 

Until functionality for internal links is available, the Wikis are kind of like an article.  That would be a huge enhancement and make them possible to organize and catalogue.  What I had missed is that there are Wiki articles, and a whole group of wikis attached to gear and resort reviews.  I was just a bit lost trying to find things and figure out where they belong.

 

Once the Related Content features are turned on, and search becomes functional, the site should come together a lot more.

You can create internal links in Wikis. You have to do it using the hash tag (#) in the targets (see the instructors listing wiki), but it's there.

 

I am hopeful that the search and related content will be on tap for us next week.

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