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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:35 AM 03/29/08 (CST)
Okay folks,

I have been trying to come up with some good ideas on various parts of the site, and would like to run something by you all. Always trying to figure out better ways of doing things. smile smiley

Right now, the pictures are grouped into 4 different categories and also a category that shows the newest pictures. The pictures are displayed in the order that they are received in all the categories. I was thinking of breaking them up into searches, also. I don't mean that we should drop the categories, but maybe add some functionality in ways to display the pictures.

First off, in the guides pictures, we could use a dropdown menu that lists all the guides and give the user the ability to pull up only pictures for a specific guide. My reasoning on this is that if you can pull up pictures this way, we might get you guides to post more of them, since this would be great advertisement for your services.

Next would be the ability to pull up pictures by user. Not all the pictures sent are sent in by users, but a majority of them are and we could figure out a way to pull up just these pictures via a dropdown or a search field. A dropdown might get a bit long, but who knows until we try it.

Last, maybe we could give the user the ability to sort the pictures by oldest to newest or newest to oldest. Not sure why, but it would give the users more control on how they want to display the pictures.

I was toying with the idea of splitting them up by species, but I am afraid the logistics of doing that would be a bit much. Also there are a lot of pics that show multiple species and I am not sure on how to handle that. Maybe it can be done, but I think we could do this in steps starting with the guides first, the users second, the sort third and then maybe take a look at a species search.

Anyway, that's the idea. Might be a while before I could get it all implemented, but I think the overall result would get more people to visit that part of the site and also get a "bee in the bonnet," so to speak, to get the guides to post some more pics, too.

What say you all?



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:40 AM 03/29/08 (CST)
One more thing... if any of you have any ideas that could improve the site, please post them. All things are considered. We want to make this site as user friendly as possible and putting all our brains together is much better then just my lame brain smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:33 PM 03/29/08 (CST)
Grrrreat idea smile smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:39 PM 03/29/08 (CST)
sounds like a great idea, good for the guides.. good for potential customers wink smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:55 PM 03/30/08 (CST)
Hey WD, how do I post pics? I finally found my memory card!

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:52 PM 03/31/08 (CST)
Webdude,
One thought I had would be to refresh the pictures that show on the main page often. Right now a picture stays on the homepage until a newer one is posted so the old goodies kind of get forgotten aboutand we look at the same picture for weeks at a time sometimes. If you set it up so the pictures rotate every 5-10 minutes I think it might generate more interest and seem fresher. Atleast that way we see different picuters all the time.

Maybe post the 2 most recent and then radomize the rest of them.

I also like the idea to sort pics by guide/resort/username.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:39 PM 04/01/08 (CST)
If a Guide posts, Could you have a link to their pics included? Would that be a REAL hassle? I'm not much of a webmaster.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:35 PM 04/01/08 (CST)
It's already set up that way, canvasman. Take a look... All guides have links to their sites...

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:27 PM 04/01/08 (CST)
I don't know if you can do it or want to do it, but one of the other websites I frequent gives me a blog that I can post reports and pictures on. This is nice if you want to give friends or family a chance to see your reports. I also have a personal page to put information about myself on. The biggest problem with the site is that administrator isn't hands on like you, Dude. They also don't have any other moderators to keep an eye on it.

Just a thought. I like this site just the way it is, but I appreciate your desire to allways try to make it better.



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:39 PM 04/02/08 (CST)
I have already explored the blog idea... I even started writing the code, but decided to abandon it. Too many administrative headaches.

Sorry it's taking me so long to finish the picture section. I forgot a crucial piece... there are no references to who sent me what. So... to make a long story short, I have to go through all the images and tag them the best I can. For about 50% of them, I have no idea who they are or where they came from. A lot of them I had put in things like Courtesy of (insert your user name here). That helps a lot, but I will probably need help in identifying some of the rest. Not a big deal... they just won't show up in the searches. But if you have some pics in there that I did not identify, or identified incorrectly, you are going to have to tell me about it. I am about half way through and then I can start writing the app.

I am so busy at work, I don't see this thing happening until Friday at the earliest.



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