The standard debate for so many things in life. This debate has also been raging for Crafter’s Tome pretty much since Beta. I went into Beta with the intent of manually researching all the new content and documenting it for my site. I had no idea at that time how much new information there would be, I guess I thought it would me more like the Argent Dawn or AQ events. Boy was I wrong!
At some point it dawned on me that I would not be able to experience all the dungeons and other various places where recipes might drop, and I started camping the Auction to document new recipes. This worked well, but it didn’t really cover all the recipes that were added. It also didn’t cover the BoP recipes, which I didn’t realize were a large factor until after release.
So now here we are, two months into the expansion and my database is incomplete. Based on my experience in Beta with bad recipes that weren’t where Thottbot/Allakhazam said they were or just plain didn’t exist anymore, I decided to only add confirmed data to my site. Either confirmed by me (I try to check everything people send me if I can) or submitted by users with a screenshot. I visit all the vendors, I visit all the trainers. I even stealth into Hordie towns to mark the location of their vendors.
Crafter’s Tome was born out of my frustration with the other big sites and their confusing data. Thottbot is notorious for listing vendors and mobs in half a dozen zones which only exist in one zone. I’ve gotten to the point where I can mostly sniff out the bad eggs, but it’s taken me almost two years to reach that point. I wanted my site to be different. If I list a vendor, then you know when you visit him that he will be there and he will have the recipe I said he had (unless someone else just bought it!).
On the other hand, my users get frustrated when they visit Crafter’s Tome and we don’t have a recipe listed that they saw on Thottbot or Allakhazam. I can understand that, I know we all want to see everything that’s out there, not a partial list. At the same time I know people who’ve tried to locate a recipe based on the information from those other sites and given up because there’s just not enough to go on, or whatever they read was wrong.
I get emails every day from users who send me screenshots of their finds (Big THANK YOU!). I also get emails from folks who don’t have a screenshot but have a guildie who won a recipe on a dungeon run or some other similar situation. I appreciate all my readers and I want to help them. I’m having more and more difficulty deciding where the confirmation line should be.
So I’m going to put it to you. I’ve set up a poll and I’ll let all of you vote on whether you want all the recipes, or only recipes that we’ve been able to confirm in some way. This way the site truly is yours as well as mine and you can have your say.
Quality or Quantity : you decide =)
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