I wonder if there would be a way to make it easier to find books by subject? I've tried doing a search in the woodworking forum for 'books' and in other forums for the same and it would be helpful if the list of books for that subject would pop up without the word having to be in the title. Maybe I need to search differently?
If I know the title it's usually easy to find but if I'm just looking for a book on a certain subject I can't get a list of books to show without them being mixed with every thread that has the word 'woodworking' and if I look just in the 'book' forum with just the subject I have no luck either.
Maybe the book list could have options for appearance like the 'recent topics' page does? Like choices of alphabetical, or by subject, etc?
...maybe this is a whole separate topic from this thread?
Sometimes using google to find stuff on a site works better than using the site search feature.
Rufus Laggren wrote:Judith
I hesitate to ask because it's pretty basic, but have you talked with the webmaster and techs on the site? Or are you in the beginning phases of your quest? I know there are ways to provide various features as part of most forum software, but I _don't_ know how often or easily this site is maintained. For example, many sites have a "wiki" section which tries to allow users to create and organize and provide easy (!) access to the bits and pieces of knowledge flowing through the site. There are also "knowledge base" features which allow much less user input but provide a more codified and formal organization which often translates to easier access. What's proper or possible would depend on the philosophy and resources we have here and I'm afraid I'm not immediately familiar with either.
Your idea sounds like a very reasonable, even no-brainer, capability and I have certainly seen other info that kinda cries for some kind of organized access. Restaurant comments, list of past and future visiting "guest speakers" and instructors, all Paul's podcasts (I _think_ there's a way to find those...), a "shopping list" of what the physical plant needs in way of donations in tools, materials and such (including a date last updated)... I could add a few more, but the point is that the forums here are in some ways a work in progress and also dependent on available time, interest and external "encouragement". This is as far as we've made it. <g>
Maybe if you keep questing about, you'll trigger a new feature.
Judith Browning wrote: I wonder if there is someway to further categorize the books here as they are summarized, to 'shelve' them in a way that makes them more accessable by subject matter...like a library? ...so that a category is retrievable under 'cook books', 'art books', 'woodworking books' , etc.
Now, searching several different ways, brings up a clutter of things along with some of the books I'm looking for...never a complete list.
I referred someone yesterday to the book review Grid for Herbal books then I thought he might be overwhelmed since it has books on so many different topics.