Posted Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff
[Ed. note: The following is from our newsletter. If you don't currently receive it, login, click "my account" at the top of the page, check the box "Subscribe to mailing list" and click "Save." -J]
Most of the world is about to get summer moving, and that means more and more of you will be heading toward amusement parks. Many of you have already enjoyed some of the great new attractions opening this year. With this time upon us, it's a good time to remind you how to get the most out of CoasterBuzz.
The trip report is as old as the Internet itself, where roller coaster enthusiasts would tell tales of their latest conquest for the newest ride, or the simple "credit" for some kiddie coaster in a remote location. Whatever your motivation, trip reports are like our version of movie reviews. Next time you visit a park, post a recap of your visit in the trip report forum. After you post it, you'll have a chance to associate your TR with the park (or parks you visited). Then when someone visits the park page in our database, they will see links to your report. For example, check out the Kings Dominion page, where you'll see a great many links to recent visits.
Last year, we also introduced the Day in Pictures forum. It's a lot like a trip report that you tell with photos. Select files to upload using the uploader on the page, and then you'll have a chance to write captions for each photo. As with the trip reports, you can then associate your photos with a park, and the park page will link to it. For a great recent example, check out Lord Gonchar's collection of photos from Kings Island. We want you to tell us a visual story, and include photos of you, your family and the parts of the park that we might not otherwise see. Yes, photos of the food you purchase are OK!
The meeting calendar has been a part of CoasterBuzz for a very long time. It's an easy way to let other members know where you'll be, and offer chance for meet ups. This too appears on the park pages. Again, check out the Kings Dominion page for examples.
With more features and an active community, it's important that we work to keep the site up to date. CoasterBuzz has been running on the same server now for nearly six years, and it's in dire need of an upgrade. To meet that upgrade budget, we need about 30 new club members (that is, non-renewals) in the next few months. Can you help? CoasterBuzz Club is just $25 USD per year, and club members enjoy the site advertising-free and have a private forum. We'll send you a membership card in the mail, giving you access to several enthusiast events and discounts. Join online here (with event details), or follow the links to the mail-in forms. Your membership keeps the engine behind the community running.
Thanks again for your support of CoasterBuzz!
I just signed up!
Another newer thing this year is that we opened up track records to everyone. See how to set up yours. The new incentive to compose a track record is to feed your data to the top 100 roller coasters list here.
One teeny problem I have is getting Day in Pictures threads to un-highlight when they've been read. It doesn't matter if I look at every single picture, it still won't turn off. The only way to do it is to go to Forums and hit the 'Mark All as Read' button. Which seems a little nuclear to me.
Again, not a huge problem...or even really a problem at all. Just minorly irksome.
Also, it gets bumped to the top on Recent Posts when a new comment is made, but clicking the blue-green icon just links to the first picture, not the comment. I end up clicking to the thumbnails page, seeing which ones have the thick border, and checking them for new comments.
The Day in Pics forum doesn't have individual "viewed" indicators like a normal thread. The only way to make them read is in an all-or-nothing fashion on that forums topic list.
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