|2011-04-05 09:52:51||Powerful idea: making skeptic quotes available via an XML feed|
This should be filed in the "so obvious, I should've thought of it myself" basket - I received an email suggesting the politician quotes should be available via an XML feed. The greatest strength of SkS is our database and I'm already making parts of the database available via XML feeds. Eg - The Ville is accessing the database of peer-review papers for his animation. I created a feed of the latest articles added to the database for Nigel Leck (of Twitter bot fame). The iPhone app of course accesses all the rebuttals. Eventually, I want to bring this all together in a grand unified API feed. But in the meantime, here's Paul's idea re the quotes feed:
Paul's visionary concept takes our quotes database to a whole other level but also complicates it a fair deal. However, the potential benefits are I think quite exciting. Thoughts, comments on how exactly this might be implemented are welcome before I start amending the database and recoding.
Whoa, now that's a lot of work!. The payback could be positively ginormous though. So I take it that the user could simply type the "myth peddlers" name into an Sks search function and find what they're after?.
|2011-04-06 18:54:19||Finding the right info|
We could have a free text search, a tag cloud, and a drill-down menu via country, state, region, etc
I should perhaps have a view on this ("being" on the technical "staff" and all), but I don't unfortunately, well sort of.
I have used Google Gears for interesting purposes involving local storage of information, but Google has performed very bad on updating their plugin so this dosn't seem to solve the problem in a practical way.
My view is that local storage of information is not practical, and not really neccessary.
If SkS should support an application in the lines given in the opening article, SkS must support the service on own server.