Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Mahalo Challenge Update: Brandon Wins!

Congratulations to Brandon, the winner of the Mahalo challenge. Here is his list taken from the word Mahalo:

Brandon seems to have a preference for NICHCY Connections: A Web resource page of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. Thanks for the link, Brandon.

Results from the poll: Out of 15 people who voted, 11 (73%) liked Mahalo and 4 did not. Thanks to all who voted.

A sincere thank you goes to everyone who commented on the site Mahalo. Below are readers thoughts on the website. The third and last comment is from a part-time guide at Mahalo who has a six-year-old son on the spectrum:

Mark said: FindingDulcinea is another site that uses human judgment and insight to direct users to the best sources of information about a subject. You may find that it has better and more consistent editorial standards than Mahalo, and lays out all the sites related to autism in a single, straightforward, well narrated Web Guide, rather than requiring you to type in multiple search terms. The autism guide also has a "parent" Web guide with excellent advice on how to approach Web research.

Anonymous 1 said: Have you ever tried OrganizedWisdom.com? They are a search engine that focuses on JUST health topics.

Anonymous 2 said: Hi! I am a part time Guide at Mahalo. My 6 year old son is also autistic and I have to say that I was impressed with their autism page..but I wasn't "Wow'ed" by it. Since Mahalo uses Google for their results what I found that happens is they throw the top 20 links from Google up there and figure they're the best information for this topic. Anyone that has an autistic child knows that it goes much much deeper than that. Unless you have an autistic child you can't fathom everything that goes along with it, so their page is more than half incomplete, at best. If you're not on the health team you can't contribute to pages like this, which is unfortunate. Experience will win over the ability to read a link any day of the week. Mahalo to your son!

P.S. Just for fun, I will probably try an interactive post like this sometime in the future. However, I will try to be more clear about instructions (thanks for the tip after my first try Maddy!) and will try to design a contest that is less time consuming.


Casdok said...

OrganizedWisdom.com Sounds worth a look!

ustoakes said...

We saw that our site OrganizedWisdom Health was mentioned and would love any feedback you have on our WisdomCard on Autism:


Because we focus on only health topics, we have a Physician Guide program to help shape the quality standards.

It's great to see feedback from these types of polls and we are always looking for ways to improve the quality for important topics like Autism.