May 29th, 2007 - By Humuhumu

‘Nother new feature — Ooga-Mooga is now able to display related items. Several people have asked for this, and I think it’s a great feature. Above is a snapshot of the related items for the Islander Bumatay Mug — now you can see at a glance that this same mug comes with at least three different markings.

Ooga-Mooga will link items that are the same design but different colors, the same design but different markings, the same design but different shapes (like a mug and a shot that are of the same design), the reproductions vs. originals, and mugs that are part of a set. I could probably come up with a bunch more ways that mugs can be related, but I want to keep it simple — this feature would use its usefulness if every mug was linked to dozens of other mugs.

The related items links appear just beneath the Price Sightings, and only on the Mug Template (not the individual mugs). If you’re looking at an individual mug in someone’s collection, just click on the name of the mug up top to get to its template.

Right now, it’s set up so that only Tiki-Kate and I can link items, but that will change soon — I’m designing this so that any Ooga-Mooga member can add links, just like price sightings work. Because there’s some possibility of errors and/or abuse, I’m also building a system that will let you flag links that are inaccurate.

I’ve only been linking items for less than a day, and I’ve already built 477 links for 360 mugs… not too shabby! That covers nearly 15% of all the mugs in Ooga-Mooga. Of course, not all mugs have any reason to be linked to another mug, so that’s a fairly good dent.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions.

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