Rollercoaster.com What is it?

Tuesday, October 23, 2001 7:12 PM
I was just messing around and typed up rollercoaster.com and it asked me for a user name and password. Is anyone a member of it or, does anyone knows what it is?
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Hello, My name is Dan and I'm a coasterholic.

*** This post was edited by coasterpunk on 10/23/2001. ***

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 7:47 PM
I think it is for the old thrill ride site...:)
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Beer,coasters and Hooters. Is this a great country or what?
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 4:50 AM
That site was once "World of Coasters," and is probably one of the very first coaster sites on the Web. It was run by Jim Serio.

It started off strong, but by '97 or so, there was little more than promises that it was going to be something great, get updated every once in awhile, or whatever. That never happened. The coolest domain name out there was wasted on a site as stale as an open bag of chips at a Weight Watchers meeting.

A few months after CoasterBuzz opened in January 2000, an e-mail was sent to WoC's mailing list indicating a new and improved site was coming, with a "My World of Coasters" concept where you could customize the home page and such. (Anything about that sound familiar?) It never happened.

Then late in 2000 the site was "acquired" by ThrillRide. The promise there is that the content would be integrated into ThrillRide, but for the most part, it never was. Apparently part of the deal was that if they made any money, Serio would get a share of it.

Needless to say, ThrillRide tanked, and the domain name went back to Serio. What's next? Who knows. At least no promise has been made about what it's going to be or how great it will be.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.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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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 12:46 PM


Jeff said: 
At least no promise has been made about what it's going to be or how great it will be.

It's too bad too, because that website, along with Thrill ride, was part of my daily staple.  What really got lost were all the great reviews by Eric Griswold, and others.  A shame, but I keep checking back, hoping to see a new and improved site.  Non-money making websites, I imagine, are exceedingly difficult to keep up, so it was amazing it lasted as long as it did.  The password thing is weird, though.
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Check this out!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 12:56 PM
It was the biggest coaster site PT!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 3:22 PM

nasai said:


 What really got lost were all the great reviews by Eric Griswold, and others. 

Ah...I agree...he had some of the best trip reports around! I miss that site too...I wonder how many people are here that were on those msg boards..
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"CooKies aRe gooD n0 maTTer what thE nutRiti0naL vaLue teLLs yoU"

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 3:24 PM
I loved that site! I see that the new site is still in "phase1" mode.
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Beer,coasters and Hooters. Is this a great country or what?
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 3:27 PM
I miss Thrillride. Those rumors kept me on the edge of my seat!

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We're not White, Black, Hispanic, or Asian. We're American!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 8:41 PM
WOC was the site that showed me it was alright to be a coaster geek - and there was more like me out there! And like nasai said, the trip reports with the "Griswold rating system" were great. Well written by informed, intelligent people. I wonder where they are now? Not at this site :)!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 8:55 PM
As much as I miss the WOC site (it was the first coaster site I can remember coming across many years ago), I miss the "original" Thrillride site even more.  Robert Coker has a certain way of reviewing attractions that is unmatched.  For me, the best thing was seeing a new ride review posted to the site.  Although I don't see any of his work on the website anymore, I do believe that he still has a role at ThrillNetwork?
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 9:03 PM
I miss the "Griswold" system too. The seemingly nonsense jumble of number (-2 to 5, I think) that didn't mean much, but everybody knew what they meant. I liked the rating system too, I think it is better than the one here because it produced a top ten list on the homepage. It was a great site for finding coasters, but not much else.
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Hey, SFGAm management, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?
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