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What we should be working on

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar What we should be working on
June 01, 2009 11:53AM
A while ago I asked Dave to generate a list of what minerals got the most queries here on Mindat. He provided me with a long list in order of most hits down to a few hits of the things people were trying to look up on mindat. I thought that this might provide us a with a guide of where we might want to spend our time. Here are the top 100 or so most asked about minerals here on mindat. the first number after the html number are the number of people hitting on that mineral.

Quartz= /min-3337.html 5844 49.68 KB 1883 235
Gold= /min-1720.html 4138 74.50 KB 983 227
Calcite= /min-859.html 3454 105.83 KB 867 114
Pyrite= /min-3314.html 3272 57.10 KB 1017 127
Hematite= /min-1856.html 2976 59.27 KB 1000 103
Galena= /min-1641.html 2756 38.10 KB 609 95
Fluorite= /min-1576.html 2546 48.03 KB 656 75
Gypsum= /min-1784.html 2268 57.11 KB 814 88
Magnetite= /min-2538.html 2108 56.53 KB 645 80
Malachite= /min-2550.html 1667 46.86 KB 546 59
Tourmaline= /min-4003.html 1650 55.28 KB 371 72
Diamond= /min-1282.html 1629 64.96 KB 429 92
Copper= /min-1209.html 1606 54.79 KB 509 92
Muscovite= /min-2815.html 1512 109.14 KB 378 45
Topaz= /min-3996.html 1450 59.68 KB 385 44
Dolomite= /min-1304.html 1413 52.71 KB 405 59
Chalcopytiet= /min-955.html 1373 67.95 KB 253 30
Baryte= /min-549.html 1349 60.83 KB 228 111
Sphalerite= /min-3727.html 1309 58.63 KB 214 38
Corundum= /min-1136.html 1260 55.02 KB 322 33
Azurite= /min-447.html 1239 47.85 KB 298 38
Corderite= /min-1128.html 1238 65.27 KB 628 74
Zircon= /min-4421.html 1235 74.69 KB 325 52
Opal= /min-3004.html 1208 31.92 KB 430 61
Talc= /min-3875.html 1203 103.87 KB 451 46
Rutile= /min-3486.html 1199 61.60 KB 254 56
agate= /min-51.html 1143 16.00 KB 400 50
emerald= /min-1375.html 1135 71.10 KB 382 66
Silver= /min-3664.html 1097 60.20 KB 339 50
Graphite= /min-1740.html 1096 59.14 KB 426 58
Beryl= /min-819.html 1087 54.54 KB 168 24
Garnet= /min-1651.html 1069 38.67 KB 135 33
Aragonite= /min-307.html 1061 58.96 KB 217 25
Turquoise= /min-4060.html 1052 54.19 KB 366 63
limonite= /min-2402.html 980 19.65 KB 317 52
Goethite= /min-1719.html 960 39.42 KB 196 29
amethyst= /min-198.html 953 17.54 KB 278 51
biotite= /min-677.html 925 96.30 KB 136 24
Olivine= /min-2983.html 914 36.58 KB 241 44
Halite= /min-1804.html 899 36.02 KB 257 37
tiff= /min-27269.html 893 7.86 KB 383 239
Albite= /min-96.html 871 56.88 KB 130 20
Cassiterite= /min-917.html 864 60.66 KB 189 10
Epidote= /min-1389.html 852 83.59 KB 155 28
chalcedony= /min-960.html 852 19.94 KB 242 38
bauxite/min-575.html 834 74.68 KB 378 64
Cinnabar= /min-1052.html 817 37.57 KB 226 40
ruby= /min-3473.html 810 63.61 KB 294 42
Orthoclase= /min-3026.html 794 53.29 KB 119 13
Platinum= /min-3236.html 782 46.53 KB 358 45
aquamarine= /min-289.html 746 15.64 KB 296 36
Spinel= /min-3729.html 745 58.00 KB 191 32
Kyanite= /min-2303.html 740 56.95 KB 157 25
Kaolinite= /min-2156.html 734 51.31 KB 263 23
Anatase= /min-213.html 727 46.63 KB 178 23
obsidian= /min-8519.html 706 39.39 KB 278 33
Wulfenite= /min-4322.html 703 49.63 KB 126 27
Diopside= /min-1294.html 697 49.86 KB 118 17
Chromite= /min-1036.html 697 49.61 KB 141 30
jasper= /min-2082.html 685 14.84 KB 259 38
Lindackerite= /min-2404.html 678 54.20 KB 149 195
Ilmanite= /min-2013.html 674 61.03 KB 106 21
onyx= /min-2999.html 671 27.74 KB 363 41
Rhodochrosite= /min-3406.html 670 46.54 KB 115 25
Sulphur= /min-3826.html 669 55.01 KB 215 39
Marcasite= /min-2571.html 664 48.32 KB 181 40
Actinolite= /min-18.html 656 119.97 KB 108 5
Celestine= /min-927.html 647 47.79 KB 89 11
Siderite= /min-3647.html 642 46.10 KB 113 17
Augite= /min-419.html 640 43.13 KB 110 21
Bornite= /min-727.html 627 56.46 KB 88 14
Microcline= /min-2704.html 625 46.41 KB 85 17
hornblend= /min-1930.html 623 14.96 KB 164 26
Cuprite= /min-1172.html 612 32.04 KB 142 11
sapphire= /min-3529.html 603 16.28 KB 213 28
blue quartz= /min-26723.html 600 35.33 KB 257 33
Acanthite= /min-10.html 596 46.28 KB 98 26
Chrysocolla= /min-1040.html 575 48.17 KB 147 15
Bismuth= /min-684.html 571 47.04 KB 229 28
Covellite= /min-1144.html 569 42.63 KB 108 26
Montmorillonite= /min-2821.html 562 103.53 KB 240 27
Pyrrhotite= /min-3328.html 561 38.04 KB 83 19
Hemimorphite= /min-1860.html 528 47.04 KB 105 15
chlorite groupe= /min-1016.html 527 16.48 KB 119 16
lignite= /min-9354.html 520 40.42 KB 130 89
Magnesite= /min-2482.html 516 46.95 KB 134 18
Stibnite= /min-3782.html 510 46.93 KB 82 6
feldspar group= /min-1624.html 509 20.88 KB 147 26
apatite= /min-29229.html 508 27.37 KB 54 4
Staurolite= /min-3753.html 506 64.91 KB 129 22
Titanite= /min-3977.html 502 75.84 KB 39 9
Arsenopyrite= /min-305.html 499 47.49 KB 62 13
Spodumene= /min-3733.html 499 45.23 KB 101 17
Cerussite= /min-934.html 494 50.07 KB 30 2
Wolframite= /min-4305.html 484 37.85 KB 106 22
rose quartz= /min-3456.html 482 14.06 KB 149 27
Chalcocite= /min-962.html 482 52.83 KB 50 9

Does anyone have any idea why "tiff" and Lindackerite should show up in the first hundred? I can almost see school teachers asking their kids to look up stuff on mindat or something for tiff, but Lindackerite? I don't know what this all means but it is interesting. The number of hits were only for part of the month as of the time of Dave's query to the system, but he did go back and confirm that tiff and Lindackerite were not a flash in the pan but appeared in the top one hundred queries on other months as well.

I have the entire list stashed over in a management thread and Ill post it here if there is any interest in seeing the entire list. However, it lists only the /min-xxxxno.html and to find what mineral it refers to you will have to go and enter each number and call up that species page. If someone would like to undertake that task Ill be more than glad to post the list here.

It might make sense to focus our efforts on minerals that appear to me the most popular. I don't know, what do you think?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/03/2010 09:52PM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: What we should be working on
June 02, 2009 07:59PM
    
I agree Rock. I think it's very worth wile to make a "best specimens" article about rather mundane minerals like Quartz, Calcite, Fluorite, Galena, Beryl, Tourmaline and the likes, then we really have to be very critical in what the very best specimens are, if not the framework would explode winking smiley
As for the rare minerals, like I said earlier we are kind of limited in those and tend not to get much beyond the Mindat page, although we can write more information in the articles, so in the end we should also do the rarer ones. But first I would opt for the more popular ones, that'll be the lion's share of the project anyway....
Just my thoughts.....

Cheers

Harjo
avatar Re: What we should be working on
June 03, 2009 12:18AM
Harjo,
I tend to agree, but I think if someone encounters good information about some of the rare stuff or if someone comes forward with such information that we should quickly make a thread for it and if nothing more, make a place holder for it where the information can be accumulated. Often the first hand knowledge of this rare stuff is held only by a very few individuals and we can't afford to pass it up when we become aware of it. Just the fact that we have a lits of the top 100 hit items will be helpful in directing our efforts but I don't want to assign stuff to people. After all no one is paid for this. The least we can do is to let them work on what they would like to work on and to have the satisfaction of having their name on it. Little enough pay for the work involved. A prime example is the information about Kamotoite that recently came our way. If we had a few of those every day come along we might hope to see this project somewhat complete in our lifetimes. Perhaps as the project grows and becomes better known we will have them pop up every day. Look at what happened with schalenblende. Completely unexpected and a great contribution to best minerals and I am sure by far the best thing that has ever been done on that subject. There are hundreds of collectors out there that specialize in various minerals. I hope that little by little they will come forward and help us with various articles. So far our group is working together well and in harmony and I hope it stays that way. It is a pain in the ass when you have to argue about every little detail.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: What we should be working on
June 03, 2009 04:59AM
I agree it would be good to get that priority list worked on, but its up to everyone what they want to focus upon.
Re the list, what do all the numbers mean?

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: What we should be working on
June 03, 2009 08:09AM
    
First is number of page hits, file size, number of hits where it is the first page people view, number of hits where it is last page people view.
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