It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve managed to get a post on here, but I promise I’ve been coding my buns off. The online SeaIce metadictionary is now complete with all of the planned crowd-sourcing features:
- Propose a term, edit/remove terms you own,
- Comment on others’ terms,
- Cast an up or down vote on any term.
- A heuristic for calculating consensus based on user reputation,
- Seeded reputation scores for SeaIce users (currently there is no way to gain reputation),
- Score stability based on a term’s consensus score rate of change,
- classification of stable terms as vernacular, canonical, or deprecated, and
- notifications about a user commenting on a term or the owner of a term you’re tracking modifying/removing it.
The last feature to implement is relations between terms. As people have begun to use SeaIce, it has become evident that this will be an extremely useful feature. We will allow users to refine their definitions by suggesting related terms. Not only will this help users discover terms in the dictionary, but it will also help eliminate redundancies. Relations will be the final aspect of the metadictionary I’ll be designing.
As this is the last planned feature, I want to keep relations as simple as possible. At the same time, I hope they’ll be powerful enough for people to actually use. This work is planned for tomorrow.
In the meantime, you are encouraged as always to participate in the SeaIce metadictionary. Visit seaice.herokuapp.com. Also, take a look at for more details about the crowd-sourcing design: Scoring.PDF Thanks for reading!