clydesdale request: a community-edited list of recommendations for AskMe questions that aggregate the answers in the discussoin thread and put them together in one place along with relevant links.
is a question that would benefit from it as an example, but basically any AskMe question centered around recommendations would be appropriate, and there are a whole lot of them.
I would love to see a list somewhere on these questions' pages that has the following structure, or something similar to it:
[link to product page, wikipedia, whatever]title/name/label of the recommendation
[/link] - recommended by
[link to user page]user
[/link] - [link to comment where it was recommended]short pull quote for context cut off after 20 words or so, similar to the best post list on the home page...
The list would be curated by the membership, with everyone having full control over adding, editing, and removing items, and a flagging system to report abuse.
This does a few good things:
- Provides an overview of responses, allowing for posters too eager to read the whole thread to know what has already been covered. You may argue that everyone should read the whole thread regardless, but we all know that will never happen consistently, and this will make things better. Even for people who read everything consistently, I contend that this would be a godsend.
- Ensures sure all recommendations have an appropriate link. It is, in fact, too much work to google something yourself. Hyperlinks make the web work. If there is a product that is being mentioned, a link should go to where you can purchase that product or view reviews (or both). If the responses are about historical figures, say, there should be a link to interviews, wikipedia, or some other resource about the figure, and so on.
- Increases the potential for affiliate payments in an organic way that doesn't abuse the community's trust.
- Makes AskMe much more useful for many kinds of extremely popular questions.
- Extends the relevance of old posts, as link rot in the list could be fixed by site members whenever it is noticed.
This would be a major extension to the site functionality, and likely a pain to implement wisely. But I think it's worth it. The internet needs links
, dammit, and far too often, responses to questions don't include any. Having access to the collected responses all in one place might also encourage a diversity of responses, as people can more easily notice what is missing or gaps in the recommendations.
And it will probably lower taxes, too.