If you google site:wordnik.com inurl:lists inurl:whatever, you can find all lists that have "whatever" in their title. site:wordnik.com inurl:lists schadenfreude will find all lists that have the word "schadenfreude" somewhere on the page.
John, is there a way to search for lists (by title, say) and I'm not seeing it? It annoys me to scroll through my own seventy bazillion lists to find one in particular, but at least that's do-able; finding someone else's list that way is just about impossible.
Any ideas on what to do with plurals / capitalisations? Shouldn't Disregard and disregard direct to the same place? Surely they should. The problem is of course with proper nouns, but they're in the minority.
I haven't got time to search all thru the comments but I've been wanting to say that I miss the "recent activity" option we had on Wordie. Am I missing some version of it on Wordnik? I can't always remember what the heck I did last and recent activity was a no-brains way to find it.
I'm just wondering if, by adding usages in the "comments" box as I used to on YOW, I'm doing the right thing, as there is also an "examples" section here—though I didn't immediately see any way to add to the examples, so I went ahead and placed them as comments. If I did wrong, someone please enlighten me.
An extension of the previous one is that I often copy and paste the word I'm looking up. I also have a Wordnik button as a custom search on my Google toolbar, but it doesn't work so well as my Wordie button did. (By the way: I looked up Venn diagram and I was redirected to submodularity. WTBH?!)
Moreover: if I look up a word on the search box, I usually don't care whether I am typing lower or uppercase. On Wordnik this is important, since you'll end up on a different page. I think the system should suggest all the alternative, preexisting options - something it's apparently not doing at the moment. I believe this is a very important feature (and if I remember well, this is how answers.com works).
John, If one wants to follow a discussion on Wordnik, the way we used to do on Wordie, every bracketed reference will link to the main page for that word, and not to the comment section. Don't you think it makes everything much slower for us?
Don't know if this is feature or bug. Clicking on random word now gives five at a time. Don't like it at all ... to me 'random word' is about discovery and this requires being able to see comments, tags, lists the word appears on & WordNet definition all in one go. The fiver just gives the bare words :-( If this blighter remains, may we at least have the option on our personal preferences of toggling between five mode and the lovely old one-at-a-time mode.
While we're on toggling, I'd like to be able to hide tags, globally. Currently tags are visible for every word and you have to click to hide them. Basically I'd like the option to have them hidden them for every word and then visible by a click, i.e. the inverse of the current mode.
Hi, I could use a feature that would allow me to categorize my lists so that the lists list shows—for example—first a number of lists that might be interesting for everyone (under an appropriate title) and then a few lists that are just my private—and most probably less interesting—vocabulary learning lists (under the appropriate title again). Also some Wordees with >100 lists on their lists list could profit from that.
Thanks a lot (also and specifically generally). ;-)
John, how about marking open lists in the list of lists on the right hand side of word pages? Maybe with •
Agile Methologies, by ggasp bootload's Words, by bootload Meta, by VanishedOne Conversations for the Ages, by chained_bear TBH meta, by TheBigHenry ♦ Mia's invisible list ♦, by MiaLuthien • Wordie for dummies! (open list!), by Prolagus • Knuckle tattoos (open list!), by Prolagus
< div > <blink> Tags are not the same as definitions </blink> </div>
on the tags/pos box when first viewed might be less taxing on my schedule.
Actually, in all seriousness it may be worth wondering whether the tags/pos box could have some short, explanatory wording added; I imagine people might be more likely to read it than to browse an entire FAQ page.
I want to second Prolagus's thanks for the "Most active threads" page, and I also want to thank John (again) for the "Most commmented on" section on the front page. Between those two features, I'm actually able to keep a handle on the great roiling mass that is Wordie.
(Also I really like the idea of a quick and easy way to make links to people's profiles. It'd be nice to not have to type out the HTML tags and URL every time!)
The easiest (but ugly) option would be @mentions, like on Twitter.
I was thinking about something similar, but for very different reasons. HTML on Wordie is a bit time-consuming, and I think it would be good to have something equivalent to [brackets] to link to users (and lists, too, but it's harder because you can change their name, and the corresponding URL). Introducing @mentions could be the solution, and this is the way I imagine it: when I type @John, what we actually see on the page is John (or John, if you prefer). That would be an integration, not a substitute, of traditional HTML tags (just as this and this look the same, and both work, but are made in a different way). I hope my comment is intelligible enough.
Ok, that's a major problem. What about a little button then, which waits patiently somewhere around the comment box and when clicked opens a little box into which one can write the names of the people who are to be notified of ones comment (by means of a feed for example)?
Greetings, John. I find that I often decide not to click on the 'more...' link after a comment on the home page to see the whole comment because of the delay in loading the word/list page and the delay in reloading back to the home page. I'd love a hover window feature that opened the whole comment while the cursor is, say, over the 'more...'. I know it's generally possible as I've done it on, admittedly lesser, applications.
Hi John. When someone uses my sobriquet in our IRC channel and I happen do be present at that moment, my IRC client flashes and displays the line in red. I find that pretty handy. Would it perhaps be possible for you to introduce a feed of the comments that contain one's own nickname, so to make it easier to address one another anywhere on the site?
John, thanks for taking up my active open lists suggestion. Even though it's not sorting the way you want, it's doing what I'd hoped: bringing old favorites to mind. Apparently you're excluding the recent list from the active list to avoid duplication, which is a neat trick. Glad to see the recent tags list too.
I hadn't announced that yet because it doesn't really... work :-) The query to get active lists is screwed up somehow. I'll work on it tonight though, should be fixed soon. The criteria are meant to be simple: open lists that have had words added to them in the past 24 hours, sorted by volume of words added in that timeframe.
A few more suggestions: Put links to words that reference the word that you are on. If someone defines scarlet as red with a link to red, it would be cool to have red automatically reference scarlet. This might make it easier for people to connect words. Think of all the links you would then see on weirdnet.
Autocomplete/ intellisense for the search field - kind of like google. This would help people find a lot of the weird phrases/non-words.
That's an intriguing idea, myth: context-dependent comments. For each word one added to a list, there'd be an option to add a comment (then or later) specific to the listing. If this were to be implemented, one question would be if such comments should be displayed on the home page, or revealed only in list-view.
As I start writing some lists or browsing others, I have no idea what drew the person to a particular word. Most words have multiple definitions, a lot of none or no comments, some people put descriptions of their lists but it is still hard sometimes to determine intent. Take this for example. I've made a list of animal -ine words.
If you look at the comments, you'll see I list out a short description of each to see why they were added. (still under construction but you get the idea) You don't need to click through each word to determine what each means. It's a one stop shop.
It would be nice if I was able to put a comment on the line where the word was listed instead of it showing (was added by myth and has been listed 24 times with 5 comments).
I wonder how it should be interpreted when people put definitions in the tag box (e.g. on tjuze). If it's because they want their definitions floating above the comments, that's a sign that some sort of dedicated definition-adding facility (with additions displayed under WordNet's?) might be useful; but if it's because they're new here and haven't worked out how it all works, having yet another way of adding data to word pages might confuse them further.
As regards viewing words by initial letter, see my comment from about a month ago regarding wildcarding, which would be still more versatile.
Maybe if alphabetical searches are implemented there should be additional filters for searches, e.g. 'beginning with a AND listed by $username'. (And while we're on the subject of search and search filters, I wonder whether a search function for tags might be useful.)
How about a way to view the entire length and breadth of Wordie 'words' (as we know, some are more like phrases :->) alphabetically? So, for example, you could click on Q and go to an auto-generated list of all entries starting with Q. That would provide a way for viewing words by initial letter, which as mechanolatry pointed out might be useful. BTW thanks John for your work here.
By the way: I was thinking that maybe some of us would feel more comfortable if "also on" links were available for registered users only. So that random visitors can't read our facebook name, for instance.
Mech, sorry you feel your comments haven't been well received--maybe it was a misunderstanding? Wordie humor, such that it is, can be obscure, and somtimes tart (though also obvious, and sweet). I just looked at your comments and fwiw, they look cool to me. As I've said before, I like almost all comments, but have a particular fondness for quotes and definitions, like the ones you've added.
I love etsy, and will add it to the also-on list tonight. Thanks for the suggestion.