Maintaining the quality and relevancy of the BOTW Directory is an ever growing task. Every listing added to the directory enhances the amount of quality control needed to remain the “best.” With hundreds and often thousands of sites added each day, it’s hard to imagine where we would be without the help of our editorial staff and the technology used to facilitate these processes.
I spent the other day manually validating a report generated by our proprietary “spider.” The spider crawls the entire BOTW Directory looking for any listings that might be problematic. If it finds a site that cannot be reached, or prompts an error message, or takes an exceptionally long time to load – the spider will flag the listing and spew out a report for us editors to take a look at. Each flagged listing is manually reviewed to make sure everything is OK or not. It’s a tedious process but its better than offering broken or expired listings.
We also schedule an annual review for each site listed in the BOTW Directory. When a site is added to the directory it is assigned a date so that we can automatically queue it up for review one year later. This helps improve the relevancy of our listings as well as keeps the titles and descriptions fresh. Quite often I will find that a listing can be moved to a more relevant category or that the description is dated and could use a makeover.
Having the technology to perform some of these maintenance tasks has been a tremendous help. Editors are always encouraged to keep their categories clean and up-to-date but its also nice to take a more proactive approach when it comes to quality.