WikiRhymer 3.0

Hi WikiRhymers:

Well, as you have seen, we have overhauled (some might say “keelhauled”) WikiRhymer!

(If you are not the reading type and just want to SEE how this works, watch the video below:

Why did we do this?

Because you asked us to!

We did a survey earlier this year (click here for discussion) and it was very eye-opening for us. We realized that we had to do a much better job for you to make WikiRhymer the one-stop rhyme shop for rhymers, amateur and professional alike.

The underlying conundrum is the fact that so many users use WR and their understanding of rhyming varies broadly:

  • The sixth-grader writing a poem for school.
  • The professional songwriter.
  • The budding poet.
  • The non-native English speaker looking for a rhyme.

So, we needed to build a tool that the starting-out rhymer could navigate easily that still retained all the power that the pro rhymer needs and wants.

We needed to make definitions of different rhyme types visible, but not obtrusive.

We needed to get rid of the “pointers” we used to use to navigate you to near rhymes and end rhymes, etc. (Yea–we hardly understood them too and they were always an incomplete and stop-gap measure.)

Most of all, we needed to make WikiRhymer a place that any user can navigate by simply scrolling and clicking.

  • No more arcane menus titled “End Rhymes” or “Mosaic Rhymes” because if you don’t know what those are, what are you to do!
  • No more pointers that you really might not even understand are pointers to sets of rhyming words.
  • No more taking you off to pages that may rhyme with your target word, but leave you uncertain as to how to get back to where you started.

In the new WR, which we are referring to as WikiRhymer 3.0, all rhymes for a specific word are organized into what we now call a rhyme “collection.” Within each rhyme collection, are sets of rhymes starting with the Pure Rhyme set, then End Rhymes, then Near Rhymes, Mosaic, and finally Near End Rhymes.

Al rhyme sets are clearly labeled, so you always know where you are at and you need simply scroll down the page to see more. When you get to the end of a page, simply click the “More Rhymes” arrow to keep going.

If you are a power user and for instance, know you want a near rhyme and want to jump directly into those rhymes, click the green downward-facing caret next to the search button in the page header. A drop-down list will appear and you can navigate wherever you want to go.

We have also added Rhyme Type Separators so you know clearly what type of rhymes you are looking at as you move from section to section (and we provide a brief definition there too for “newbie” rhymers).

This interface is the culmination of over five years of being on the web and thinking about how to best present rhyming content. If you have perused the “old” WikiRhymer(s) as well as our “competition,” you will recognize how fundamentally different this approach is. Given that, we decided to file for a patent and we have!

We hope you find WR 3.0 easy to use and powerful too. Use the new floating Feedback button to let us know how your experience is going.

Write On!

Bud & Cheng

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