About CoasterBuzz

About POP World Media

POP World Media, LLC is based near Cleveland, Ohio, USA. CoasterBuzz was launched in 2000 to address a passionate vertical entertainment market on the Web. It was inspired by the Cedar Point fan site Guide to The Point, now known as PointBuzz. For more information about the company, visit http://www.popw.com/.

Technical

CoasterBuzz runs using software developed by POP World Media, proudly using Microsoft's .NET platform. As of 2012, it's using v4 of the .NET Framework and SQL Server 2008. It uses a stack of open source software, including ASP.NET MVC 4, jQuery, Ninject, POP Forums and other great projects. The server is physically located in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Advertising

CoasterBuzz has been mentioned in the LA Times, USA Today, NPR, The Motley Fool, Stuff, ABC Radio, ABCnews.com and dozens of local newspapers and TV stations. Want to target the amusement industry and coaster enthusiasts with banner advertising, e-mail news sponsorship or direct mail to club members? Contact jeff@popw.com for demographic information and rates.

Contact

For media related inquiries or customer service, please contact Jeff Putz at jeff@popw.com.

Forum Post Guide

Our forums are closely monitored by our team of moderators to bring you fresh discussions on the amusement industry with less noise. Your participation in the forums is welcomed with encouragement! We do ask that you follow these few guidelines to help us maintain a fresh and fun environment.

1. Spelling & Grammar usage:

There's a difference between a typo (which we all make) and chat shorthand ("r ne of u lamerz?"). People like to read real, spelled out words, with capitalization and punctuation. You don't have to add pointless emphasis!!!!!!!???????!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT, we can hear you just fine. Please utilize your shift and caps lock key properly. Respect for the English language is important, and that means chat shorthand is not welcome.

2. Use of objectionable words and offensive posts:

Coasterbuzz is dedicated to be a family-friendly site. Our audience ranges in age from teens up to senior citizens. Therefore, we strive to maintain a clean and fresh environment suitable for all ages. Our forums are equipped to replace highly objectionable words with “****.” This doesn’t mean that you can continue to include these words in your posts. Offending posts that insinuates this type of behavior will be removed and the offender may be banned from making any further posts in our forums.

3. Flaming

The art of flaming is strictly prohibited in the forums. We define flaming as the intent to spark a flame war, objectionable retaliation, and the like. Examples of these topics would include; My park is better than your park.., or Park X sucks..., etc. Offending posts that spark this type of flaming will be removed, and the offender may be banned from making any further posts in our forum.

4. Unacceptable topics of discussion:

The Coasterbuzz forums are dedicated to foster the discussions of roller coasters and the amusement park industry. Sometimes topics are brought up that are not in anyway related this. These topics are deleted, because there are other places on the Internet to discuss these off-topic subjects. We don't talk about world peace or curing cancer here, we talk about coasters (unless of course the peace or cancer is related to coasters). If you choose to talk about something not related to the subject matter of the forums, there are plenty of other sites on the Internet that will satisfy your needs. Examples of other unacceptable topics are:

5. Spamming

Spamming is forbidden in the Coasterbuzz forums. Spamming is defined by Merriam-Webster as “unsolicited usually commercial E-mail sent to a large number of addresses.” In the forums, spamming can take on another form as the promotion of a personal Web site that contradicts the terms of service of Coasterbuzz. Promotion of your personal coaster Web site can be done by contributing news items whenever there are updates (though our editors reserve the right to determine the newsworthy value of your release). Please note that including the URL to your site in your signature is acceptable, provided it is not surrounded by promotional language.

6. Editing your post

If you find that once you have submitted your reply or message to the forums and you notice a mistake, or left something out, you can click on “edit” above your post to correct the error. Making another post with the correction leaves that topic thread disorganized. Proofread your post before you hit submit. Edits and deletions are never truly deleted, as moderators can see what you posted or edited, even if others can not.

7. Noise

A noisy person talks so they can hear themselves. They don’t really impress others at all. We discourage noise makers in the Coasterbuzz forums.

8. Quoted replies

Please note that the "reply" link on every individual post is intended to setup a quote of that post in the reply window. Please use this only if you wish to respond to a much earlier post in the thread. Even then, be sure to trim the parts of the post that do not refer to your response. Put your response after the [/quote] tags, so it doesn't blend with the part you're responding to. NEVER quote the previous post. If you're just making an additional post to the thread, simply enter it in the window at the end of the thread.

9. Signatures

The signature is a way to reveal a little about your personality and who you are. Please keep the signatures to three lines or less. As mentioned above, it's OK to put your site's URL there provided it is not used with promotional language.

10. Topic titles

Please think about the title you use when you start a new topic. Topics like "What if..." or "What do you think..." or titles composed only of a coaster or park name don't tell us much about what you want to talk about. Please use short but descriptive topics. Give people a reason to read them.

A true moderated forum isn't for everybody, and it takes some getting used to. Part of the reason this site was created was to foster discussion that wasn't like every other forum, namely the same tired "versus" debates and favorite lists. We, like most of you, have a passion... a love of amusement parks and coasters. This is our place to come and enjoy each other's company, discussions, debates and intellectual conversation about that passion. Your cooperation in our mission will result in a clean, fresh and fun environment!

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