So I've been playing around with a new Web 2.0 toy and I think it might be really useful to the community of planted aquarium hobbyists. It's called a Swicki, which is sort of a cross between a search engine and a wiki (a user built and moderated collection of information, like Wikipedia). You can find the search box here on the right side right under "Contact Me" but it can also be reached by going to Aquatic Eden Planted Aquarium Search.
Here are some benefits of the Swicki:
- Use it like you would any search engine, except it doesn't give you unrelated results, only those concerning aquariums and planted aquariums from websites that are authorities in the subject. No more wading through government noxious weed websites or shops when looking for information on an aquatic plant.
- Users can vote for websites in the results. A website with more votes will appear closer to the top of the results, thus the most useful sites will be listed first. The community can add, delete, or change the results.
- If you don't find your answer in the results, you can ask your question right then and there and the community will respond. So if you have a question, ask it there!
- The most popular searches are shown in "tag clouds" where more popular results are shown in bigger and bolder font. This allows you to find information on popular subjects quickly.
Feel free to leave comments on the Swicki here or if you have any questions about how to use it.