[pmwiki-users] Cookbook recipes and organization
fick at fgm.com
Fri Apr 15 17:08:00 CDT 2005
> I'm just imagining I'm searching the recipes for a solution.
> Now I imagine seeing a "See Also" button. What's my reaction?
> ... well, for me personally, it's a big sigh: I'll have to read that
> other recipe as well. Then I have to (somehow) infer from the surface
> descriptions which of the recipes is better suited. I'm forced to make a
> decision that I'm not ready for yet - and, frankly, I don't want to
> evaluate two recipes, I want a *solution*!
I have to agree with most of this. I have been looking
into forms and currently there are several solutions which
all seem complicated, I have even tried some and still
don't understand them well enough to figure out what I
need. Maybe this simply points to the fact that this is
a new area, but it is confusing.
I think that generally fewer recipes is the answer. If
there are several recipes, they ought to be clearly
different and unique. The key here is "clearly". :) If
you think a recipe is important but it is similar to
another one, make sure it is well understood why it should
be kept and why it shouldn't be cut/merged with the other
recipe. Maybe to start with, they can say 'see also'
followed by a comment 'saying merge these recipes'.
I can think of few other examples:
-The fortune cookie and random line from a file recipes.
Seems very similar and ripe for merging.
-There are also many image/gallery recipes. I think that
many people are experimenting here and hopefully things
will consolidate soon.
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