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More Better Style Codes
commanderW




msg:4142368
 10:30 pm on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

More better Style Code options, but not just for looks!. After reading most of the posts here on Feedback Days, I have had an idea. that sort of includes all my impressions and reactions to the many suggestions and complaints etc. that I've read. I would like to phrase it as a general address rather than link or cite all the posts that have influenced me. Here it is.

What I was looking for when I first came to Webmaster World was technical info on web design. What stood out when I scanned the posts was 2 things. Code, and Technical Terms. So my idea began - What if there was a way to emphasize Technical Terms the way Links and Code are? Further there are other similar categories of words and phrases that are of similar import. On the human reader level, this might be a way to attract and keep visitors.

Then I thought- what if the 'style codes' in the posting section were the way to do this? Each poster uses these new tags in their post. The job gets done without any work from the site personnel. It is user generated content webmaster style !

Further yet - Better SEO can be done at the same time as styling for readability. Here's a post on Fragment Identifiers aka Named Tags [webmasterworld.com]. Other kinds of code could be added by the poster. For instance, site wide search could be improved with a tag that facilitated database software. If I type a term in the search box and posters have already tagged their word or phrase and titled it or classified it in some way, that might make a more better user experience for research in the precious archives of Webmaster World posts. I am already way out of my realm here, but I hope everyone understands what kind of possibilities I'm talking about.

Example idea - a tag that styles a technical term to stand out and attract the human reader, as well as marks that word for software and search engines. More Usability, More Readability, More Searchability, More SEO for machines and humans. We help create it as we post.
Oh Oh Here's Another - If Webmaster World wants to run Ads, posters can choose a tag that will insert an Ad in or around their post!

Expanding 'style codes' with these kinds of purposes in mind would make the site more interactive and more of a community site - but webmaster style. Users don't just contribute posts. They contribute to the SEO, Usability and Searchablitiy and Monetization of those posts. I believe that exploring the possibilities of this will answer many of the complaints, wishes and reservations I've read in Feedback Days.

 

LouiseMarie




msg:4142961
 3:07 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

What I was looking for when I first came to Webmaster World was technical info on web design. What stood out when I scanned the posts was 2 things. Code, and Technical Terms. So my idea began - What if there was a way to emphasize Technical Terms the way Links and Code are? Further there are other similar categories of words and phrases that are of similar import. On the human reader level, this might be a way to attract and keep visitors.

Then I thought- what if the 'style codes' in the posting section were the way to do this? Each poster uses these new tags in their post. The job gets done without any work from the site personnel. It is user generated content webmaster style !


This sounds like a really good idea. Being a web designer that concentrates on CSS styling pages to draw the eye to the most important items on the page definitely helps. the idea og technical terms being highlighted would help the newbies without having the patronizing explaination from a senior user that can feel very intimidating.

The idea of adding a number of styles that the user can pick from while they're posting would definitely help. Would it also be possible to add title/alt text on the hover so that the user could see an explaination of the technical term?

This would help the learning curve for new webmasters and take out a lot of the questions that get asked that maybe seior members don't rate as important but help the new user.

commanderW




msg:4143441
 6:10 am on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes, a Title tag for technical terms is a good example.

Name tags might be possible.But ID, more complicated. Can't have a anyone introducing conflicts in the markup (See above link to 'Fragment Identifiers).

A span with a class that gives background-color and/or color styling to certain categories of word. Adding a title tag. That's the simple kind of thing I'm talking about to start.

Then, I'm imagining that it is possible to have posters add various kinds of anchors and other indicators that the machines can use to do stuff.

Many people have talked about the site search and want improvements. Many have suggested organizing all this wonderful information. Having posters add specified tags for agreed upon reasons, and having volunteers going around doing the same to old posts (and I would readily volunteer to do this.) might aid in both these projects.

And once markup is in place, for any reason, it can be modified later with 'find and replace' and grep and whatever else there is. So, say, what started out as a <b class="example"> or an <i title="example"> or a <span class="example" title="example"> tag can be turned into any kind of markup or other code that the site developers want it to be. Just having posters and volunteers placing tags around significant bits of posted text will lay the foundation for all kinds of useful enhancements.

I want to emphasize that there are other uses beyond this. Don't forget the idea of allowing each poster to insert an advertisement in their post. Many have debated the use of ads. This is a democratic way that avoids mob rule and preserves individual liberty for all. It is also a way of encouraging posters to contribute to the monetization of Webmaster World where, like me, they otherwise cannot.

I hope this is a good and viable idea. And I hope others read this 'thread' (thanks to LouiseMarie :) and come up with even more better uses for it.

LouiseMarie




msg:4145565
 9:44 am on Jun 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

glad to :)

Many people have talked about the site search and want improvements. Many have suggested organizing all this wonderful information. Having posters add specified tags for agreed upon reasons


I like the idea of tags on posts that you can search, it would make it a lot easier to see if the topic you are seeking advice on has already been raised. It can be difficult sometimes to find if someone else has already started a thread.

Being able to go back at a later date and adding further tags would be good, as discussion expands a thread may cover a topic that isn't neccesarily obvious from the title.

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