What can Herdict do for me?

I hope I’ve piqued your interest with all of the Herdict buzz. You’re excited, perhaps, waiting with bated breath for the next installment of Herdict blogging. You’re raring and ready to participate. Or perhaps you’re simply wondering, “What can Herdict do for me?”

As you know, you can do a lot for Herdict. Your input and your submissions are what drive the herd. Without you, Herdict would simply cease to exist, starved of data. But, as with any good relationship, Herdict needs to give something back to you…

Herdict does this by providing a variety of reports that tell you what’s going on in your region, or with your favorite web site. Here’s a breakdown of the different reports that Herdict can provide:

1. The Country Report shows you what’s going on in your country (or a country of your choice). Specifically, it shows you a listing of web sites, along with the number of times those sites have been reported inaccessible, as well as accessible. The Country Report also shows you how many inaccessible reports and accessible reports total have been received for your country, as well as where your country ranks compared to the rest of the world in terms of reports.

2. The Site Report provides the same information, but for a specific web site. For example, you might be interested in youtube.com’s accessibility. By checking out the site report for that URL, you can see in which countries youtube.com is most often reported inaccessible (or accessible), as well as where the site ranks compared to other sites. This page will also include an accessibility map.

3. The Detailed Report…because sometimes you just want a lot more information. The Detailed Report isn’t for casual users; this report gives you details on specific sites within specific countries. Let’s say you want to see where wikipedia.org stands in Algeria. The Detailed Report can tell you how many times wikipedia.org has been reported accessible/inaccessible in Algeria, if any sub-pages of wikipedia.org are inaccessible (for example, a wikipedia entry on the Western Sahara), as well as a time-comparison for inaccessibility of that site in that country (kind of like the Billboard Top 100 list!). You can also read users’ comments, and search for specific periods of time.

I’m sure I’ve left something out…there are just so many nifty things that Herdict can do! Don’t forget; this blog (like Herdict) is a two-way street. If you have any questions or concerns (or praise) about Herdict, don’t hesitate to comment.

-Jillian C. York

About the Author: Jillian York

Jillian C. York is the Project Coordinator for the OpenNet Initiative and the part of the Herdict team that you should contact if you have any questions about other-language instances of the site or international press. She created most of the textual content on the site, so if you spot something funny, let her know! She's also the face behind the @Herdict Twitter feed.

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