There are sites like Slickdeals where people work their asses off looking for deals. People have thousands of posts. They really enjoy what they do. And generally they find pretty good deals. I generally shop around for my stuff and slickdeals saved me up to 2 times the money some days. However I don't really like the way slickdeals is organized. It's not too semantic. It's hard to find things. Tracking updates on deals isn't a cake walk.. I think a wiki would be
Wikis have something forums don't...templating systems. And great bot support. And amazing categorization and linking. With a bit of tweaking it would make a great deal tracking systems.
A few things that I definately want:
- narrow down sort of like newegg's where I can either narrow down by spec (ex: drive speed), price, and many other factors. Semantic extension should do the trick.
- Personlized alert page: say I want a...processor. I want it to be an Intel, at least 2.5 Ghz quad, benchmark of at least 4000. The front page would track deals that match my criteria, and sorta match it (ex: if they find a 2.3 Ghz that costs 1/2 of what I want to pay for it). That'll take a little extra coding, but it's worth it
- Economy sucks. People are looking for deals.
- As you can see from Slickdeals...some people are addicted to finding the "best" deal
- The extensions/code pretty much already exist (semantic + templates)
- Would this help, hinder or distract from our vision to "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment."
Server costs...it'll take a lot of processing (especially once we get to the really kinky stuff later on)
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