Crowd Sourced Equipment duplication and database clean up

14 Apr, 2018 21:33
First of the function would have to be added to Astrobin's user interface: some how all users must have to have the ability to flag one piece of equipment linking it to another believed to be a duplicate. This option/form would be passively placed in the equipment data entry area.

Then, I propose we form a group of volunteers that will moderate the requests and verify/approve and deny. These people would have to have internet searching skills and be able to make the decision to merge the equipment with the appropriate name. To make this easier, we choose a consistent alpha-numeric rule structure (no special characters, exactly as seen on the manufacturers website, all caps, title case, etc… what ever rules everyone agrees on). This is also easily scripted into the database to convert inputs of users to match the input requirements for data matching.

This way we can have an open wiki like structure letting users add equipment, and give them the ability to help clean up the database with a little more oversight by people willing to do the research.
14 Apr, 2018 21:45
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