Looking For ...
Looking For ... is yet one more try at helping people find products and services they are looking for. While the business directory on NicaPlaza seemed like the right idea, in a land were word-of-mouth is the norm, trying to get businesses to list themselves clearly was not working.
Here the idea is to use on-line word-of-mouth much like we have done on NL for ages. The major change is to make it easier to find things than searching older posts.
This area (which is actually called a book) consists of pages, sub-pages and comments. It also uses two sets of tags—one for location, and one for a product keyword. The first tag specifies the department (or departments) where the business is located. The second is what is called a free tag meaning you can just add a new one rather than selecting from a list.
Is this the right answer? No idea. Today, consider it an experiment. It will likely evolve, hopefully into something that really does work. The way it is being done right now is somewhat constrained by what will fit into the current (Drupal) framework.
This is like the introduction to the book. At the bottom of this page you will see the top-level Table of Contents. Each entry is like a chapter in a book. For example, one such chapter is Food.
Within each chapter there can be any number of sections and sub-sections. For example, Food is currently divided into Regular grocery items, Ethnic grocery and Recipes. It may make sense to further divide up the sections. For example, Recipes might be divided into Main dish, Side dish, Beverage and Dessert.
At the lowest level, we then have the actual question. For example, someone might want a recipe for Gallo Pinto. Comments added to that entry would then be various Gallo Pinto recipes.
Asking for Something
The most common usage case is someone looking for/asking for something. First, check and see if there is already what you need. Search in general plus using the Buscando "tag cloud" will help you do that.
If you don't find what you want, create a new page in the appropriate place in the hierarchy and state your question. Use the tags as well as the title to make it easy for someone to locate your entry and, most important, answer it.
AnsweringIf you have an answer to a question, just add it as a comment to the question page. If it is a pointer to a specific business, put the business name in the title.
If someone has answered with a specific business (let's say, a car repair place) and you have something to add related to this business (a good or bad experience, or information such as the business has moved) add it as a comment under the business comment.
That may have sounded like too many rules. Well, the better you do at following them, the more useful the information will be. The best suggestion is to look at what has been done already. It will help you figure out how things word.