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Suggestion: populate "what's related" during Instructable Editing phase Answered

It might be useful to populate some sort of "what's related" display while someone is first creating their instructable (perhaps only on demand?) If this means you need to collect categories and keywords earlier, that shouldn't be TOO difficult to do. This would allow the authors to see if they are duplicating an existing instructable, and/or to gather additional details that they might find useful, and/or allow them to explicitly reference other particularly-related instructables... (huh. Is there a general purpose "find me web pages related to the following document" search algorithm? Something better than Google uses to pick ads, I'd hope? Sounds like an interesting research topic...)

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Patrik (author)2008-04-23

Hmm - good idea. I often come across instructables where I want to post a comment along the lines of "hey, have you seen this earlier instructable on this same topic?", only to discover the older instructable is #1 in the Related list. If authors were prompted with Related previous instructables before submitting their own, we might have less wheel-reinventing going on. I don't mind if we have multiple 'ibles on the same topic, but it would be nice if they were to refer to each other, and explain how they chose to do things differently etc...

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Patrik (author)Patrik2008-04-23

I submitted a suggestion along these lines...

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westfw (author)Patrik2008-04-23

Heh. Last time I submitted a suggestion via the bug page, it was suggested that I put it in the forums instead. (I don't recall whether this suggestion came from anyone official, though.) In any case, you have exactly put your finger on the problem I am trying to solve...

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xACIDITYx (author)2008-04-23

It would end up that authors would just fill the related with their instructables.

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NachoMahma (author)xACIDITYx2008-04-23

. I think he is wanting the related box to come from the system, so authors can see what others have already done.

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