How do you do it?

Wednesday, January 9, 2002 11:37 AM
I don't know who the webmaster is, but how does he/she get the news so fast?  I mean I search for news and by the time I find some its already on the coasterbuzz site...do you just like search newspapaer articles or something?  Just wondering...
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 11:50 AM
Jeff is amazing!  ;)
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 11:52 AM
The idea behind CoasterBuzz is that the members drive the site and bring along it's content. All news articles that appear are submitted by a member and then approved to be posted. So whenever any one of the however many memebers there are here now (Jeff?) find something newsworthy they submit it and it is posted for all to see.

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"Legend is a wooden Jesus"

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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 11:57 AM
couple days ago, it was 5,846...LOL
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 12:05 PM
Like ACEerGG said, the main idea of the site is that it's driven by the members. 99% of what you see here is submitted. This is also the genius of the site and why it works so well. It really helps push the "community" aspect of it all - which is what coasters are all about, right?
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 12:14 PM
This is the best sight to talk about rollercoasters! Jeff is a very intelligent guy and all around nut :)
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 12:35 PM
And although the news is submitted by member, Jeff does not post it until he has verified the accuracy of the info and usually includes a link to an article or official web site..
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 3:28 PM
Which is another reason this site works so well.  The "News" is real news, not "Rumors".
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Wednesday, January 9, 2002 6:36 PM
Yeah, that's the journalist in me. Seeing as how I have a degree in journalism but am a programmer for my day job (well, if I was employed that is), I might as well use the degree for something.

I loath the countless sites out there that post crap and treat it as fact.

As mentioned by some of the others, yes, this site is user-driven. The model for the site is similar to what the gaming site VoodooExtreme has done for years, only my system is automated. It's not perfect technically, but it does allow members to take some real ownership of the site.

There are two types of news stories you'll see here. The first is by Webmasters who have a site listed in our site directory (which is pretty selective, I'd add). They submit updates, which often are construction updates. In the last year sites like Lone Star Thrills and Twisted Rails have become very high profile in coverage they provide with high quality photos.

The second news type you see are links to stories from credible sources, like local newspapers or official press releases. You'll generally see more of these during the season while parks are open.

As usual, I credit the members (current count listed in "about" section). They're the ones who make this thing really go, I just provide the mechanism.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Thursday, January 10, 2002 12:47 AM
Jeff also has a magic hat with a little white rabbit.
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Thursday, January 10, 2002 10:53 AM
I never saw that "about" section. I assumed it was the same as the "about" you find on most programs. Nothing more than a copyright tag. How wrong I was. I just spent a half hour reading about the STAFF. :)
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Thursday, January 10, 2002 11:00 AM
heh...in the about section it still lists rumors in the count of news items.  I assume that you're just trying to up the number to make it look more impressive by counting the old rumors, but isn't it time to start counting the news items alone?  I mean the rumors have been gone for a while and the new members aren't even going to know about them so why not take them out?
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