The long term plan for Slant is to be a “layer above” traditional review websites and forums. In the same way Wikipedia articles are a summary of their references, a Slant option should be a summary of all the positive and negative reviews of that option on the internet so you don’t have to search lots of different websites to get the information you require.
I think Slant should have a citation system designed to show the external links that have influenced the writing of a Pro or Con with the following goals:
- Make it known we are about trustworthy information
- Encourage more citations and a community culture of backing up your opinions.
- Clearly show where the information comes from
One of the Pros for Angular states:
Easily to implement testing systems
Angular was build with testing in mind with behaviors and views separated, making it easier to write unit tests.
It’s a reasonably well written Pro, but without a lot of votes it’s pretty hard to tell if the statement can be trusted.
However, if it was backed up with links such as:
- (links to relavant HN threads etc)
There would be a lot more credible evidence that the pro is indeed legit and you should seriously consider it when making your decision.
I think the citation system should include the ability to vote on citations in a simple “did you find this helpful” style call to action.
Some concerns I have:
- What’s the difference between using a “add citation” button and linking exisitng text in markdown? And how do we make this distinction clear to users.
- Is this asking too much from the community?
- Would people actually find this useful?
At the end of the day I think the following structure for a Pro/Con is incredibly powerful and useful:
- Title: The Claim
- Description: More details on the claim to provide context
- External sources that corroborate the claim