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See also [[Subwiki:Road network versus specific routes]].
 
See also [[Subwiki:Road network versus specific routes]].
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==Why the pinpoint principle?==
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The core reason is that people want quick answers to questions. ''The longer it takes for a specific question to be answered, the fewer questions a person is likely to ask.'' The fact that speed can have a decisive impact on the extent to which people are able to explore and learn is not new -- it was the subject of the [http://velocityconference.blip.tv Velocity Conference] where search engine people and other web folk gathered together to discuss the significance of Internet speed.

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The pinpoint principle is a basic design principle of subject wikis. The design principle is that a user should be able to, with minimal effort in learning the lay of the land of the subject wiki, get an answer to a specific question (of a variable degree of specificity) as quickly as possible. The gold standard is that the person should simply be able to type something in the go/search bar and land on the page that addresses the user's question, and has the right context and setup for further exploration of the topic.

See also Subwiki:Road network versus specific routes.

Why the pinpoint principle?

The core reason is that people want quick answers to questions. The longer it takes for a specific question to be answered, the fewer questions a person is likely to ask. The fact that speed can have a decisive impact on the extent to which people are able to explore and learn is not new -- it was the subject of the Velocity Conference where search engine people and other web folk gathered together to discuss the significance of Internet speed.