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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
2:37 pm
[whytraven]
Markeroni v4 show is on the road
I just sent the latest newsletter out at Markeroni. The gist is this: Markeroni v4, the logging landmarks and catalog add sections, are up for a public (members-only) beta test. The details are on the Markeroni forum.

Now the *real* fun begins. ;)
Friday, April 27th, 2007
8:59 am
[whytraven]
Markeroni Community
While away in Charleston this last week, I received feedback that the community aspects of Markeroni could be better, and I've been having some thoughts along those lines.

Two items that I think might help are

1. A more fully featured bulletin board (forum)

2. A shared blog.

We've had the Articles feature up for a long time now. Nobody's writing articles; I suspect that it's a combination of there not being enough critical mass of members AND the process of submission is probably too laborious. What I'm thinking is that anyone who wanted to could sign up to the blog and post their snarfaris, Markeroni thoughts, etc. This could serve as an outlet to the world at large to show what Markeroons get up to, and how fun this pastime is, while creating an extra layer of community for we members.

As to our forum, well, it is simple and basic and I think that we can do better. I am also sure that we will outgrow it.

A separately-run forum is a common thing in cyberspace and if I took one and adapted it for you you could get notifications of posts as they happen, subscribe to threads, and many other adventures. While I could certainly write such a thing myself, it would be a bit like reinventing the wheel when the software already exists out there.

What do you think about these ideas?

Linda G.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
10:08 pm
[whytraven]
Qualitative snarfing
Markeroni is set up so that you can track your landmarks and count them, gaining kudos as you go along. However, recently some members have expressed concern that it can be so easy to bolster up your "numbers" without actually putting anything interesting up.

It's been suggested that a photo be required, but I don't think that's fair since not everyone wants or can afford a digital camera.

I've been mulling over some solutions, including the addition of an alternative kudos system (let's call it anti-kudos) based on votes. Basically, each logged landmark would have a "was this entry interesting" type of questionnaire attached, and if you happen to read it you can give it a Yes or a No. It would be entirely subjective, and no doubt someone would find a way to abuse it, but you wouldn't be able to vote for yourself and even if someone persuaded someone else to vote for them, the "no this wasn't a good snarf" votes would bring that figure down.

I'd like to know if you think that would be a good idea, and if so, if you have anything else to add about how you might want something like this to work.

And I'm wondering whether to use hearts, or stars, as the symbol to go with the ratings.

A third leader board could be set up for rating actual landmarks (the one above would be attached to a particular person) so that the best snarfs are highlighted on the site.

What do you think?
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
11:18 pm
[amberlee17]
A new-to-me type of snarf.
I was attending a presentation at UOP* yesterday and noticed a double plaque at the southern face of Morris Chapel. The upper one was a blue enamel with was an outline of a globe with a horse rider in old-fashioned garb. It read "United Methodist Historic Site #332". The lower, larger plaque was primarily a small 3-d bust of three men, dressed formally and in the fashion of roughly the Gold Rush/American Civil War styles. Beneath the men, the text states: "Doctor Edward Bannister Bishop William Tayler Reverend Isaac Owen Methodist Pioneer Founders of The University of the Pacific, California's first Chartered Institution of Higher Education 1851."

I had NO idea there was such a group that established historic sites for the United Methodists. Is it national? International? I don't think it could merely be state-wide. Can there be 332 sites in California alone? But it is exciting to find a new-to-me snarf establishing group.



* UOP = University of the Pacific on Pacific Avenue in Stockton, CA.

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
12:25 pm
[whytraven]
Looking for opinions
Hi all

I'm looking for opinions on a way of helping new members at Markeroni to settle in more quickly. One of the hardest things is explaining what to do first, and how to do it.

I'd be very grateful if you would hop over to the site and take a look in the news/announcements forum. I've put up first drafts of a series of Marker Mails that I hope to give to new arrivals. Any opinions and perspectives would be great.

Hope you're all well. I haven't posted here in a long while!
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
12:11 am
[whytraven]
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
7:18 pm
[whytraven]
Sneaking a peak
Following on from the questionnaires that a lot of Markeroons filled out, I've redesigned the index page on the "thematic" idea/concept. If you want a sneak peak, when you log in, look at the link bar at the top of the browser, and add a "2" to "index" so that it reads "index2". Then with your mouse in the bar, hit return and it should refresh to the new one.

Don't use it to navigate! It's not done yet. Also, if you get a blank screen, I am probably working on it in real time and made a boo-boo; try again in a couple of minutes.
4:33 pm
[whytraven]
Raleigh News & Observer
Exciting news: Markeroni is being featured in the Raleigh News & Observer, probably sometime this coming week. I'm hoping for an influx of new Markeroons, of course! I was interviewed today and the reporter has been talking to various Markeroons.

It will be Markeroni's first newspaper feature. Woot!
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
11:28 am
[whytraven]
Survey Says
In the quest to make Markeroni more usable, and based on the comments I've already received, I've set up a survey below.

http://www.markeroni.com/survey.php

As a thank-you for taking part, $3 of coupons will be given to each member who fills out the survey. (You'll need to include your user name.)

Thanks,
Linda (White Raven)
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
10:35 am
[whytraven]
Markeroni Feedback
I recently sent out a request for feedback on Markeroni--features you would like, things that you need fixing, etc.

I'll get back to everyone individually, and also post some "further discussion" topics here, at a future point. However, I would like to encourage *everyone* who has something to say about Markeroni--how easy (or not) it is to use, what can be better, what you would like to see here, to post that information. You can use the contact form, or reply here, or reply anonymously (just miss out the appropriate fields) at the link below.

Please. If Markeroni is to survive, it's important that we know where to make this site better, and we can't do that if you keep silent.

http://www.markeroni.com/contact.php

Regards,
White Raven
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
3:48 pm
[whytraven]
Alviso Historical Marker Dedication (local stuff)
Hi

This Saturday, the 25th of March, several of us will be heading to Alviso in order to attend the E Clampus Vitus dedication of an historical marker.

All are welcome, all ages. Bring friends and family.

If you are feeling silly, bring a mascot--we may be announced in the opening adventures and can group-snarf the marker together. It doesn't matter to me whether you're a member of Markeroni or not. If you are shy, or don't want to be associated with anything so silly, you may of course pretend not to know us for that part.

Info:
http://www.mountaincharlie1850.org

Afterwards, ECV will be serving hot dogs and wot-nots, and if they have their usual grill it's worth checking out as it's funny. Maybe they will also bring their portable outhouse. However, I plan for lunch in Maria Elena's (nice Mexican place) if possible, though I should imagine there will be a wait. Afterwards, we can wander through Alviso and look at the historic buildings and plaques.

Please pass this message on to others. The Clampers are fun if you like to people-watch and it would be nice to meet a few new people. :-)
Saturday, March 4th, 2006
2:56 am
[physics_queen]
Hello Everyone!

I went on snarfari today, and I wanted to try my hand at making a panorama image. Anyway - it was a little cold and grey, so it's nothing too special, but I wanted to share anyway:
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Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
3:12 pm
[whytraven]
A buddy system for Markeroni
For some while, based on feedback from others, I've been toying with an informal buddy system at Markeroni.

I'm noticing that some new members get overwhelmed upon arrival, and don't know where to start. I have been there, done that, got the t-shirt--it took me forever to get comfortable with LiveJournal, for example. I'd like these people to be able to call on a network of contacts for one-on-one help, mentoring, whatever, until they get the hang of things. Sometimes the FAQs just aren't the right solution, and I'd like to offer the alternative.

Here's how I think it would work:

-- I'd establish a list of volunteers who were already comfortable with snarfing and the site, and could coach others throught it
-- Each volunteer would let me know how many people s/he was willing to look after at a time

-- With the sign-up and the welcome letter would be info about the buddy system and a place where they could opt in

-- I would attempt to pair up buddies with newbies

-- When a newbie felt ready, he or she could let his buddy know, and thus the buddy would become available.

-- Buddying could be done through Marker Mail to protect privacy.

-- Both parties would agree that it's ok to switch buddies if the chemistry isn't quite right.

How does this sound? Is it good? Would you have liked something like this when you were new? Any suggestions or changes?
3:10 pm
[whytraven]
Two minor tweaks
1. In the Top 100, an arrow now shows whether you have gone up or down in the listing, entered the listing, or stayed the same relative to where you were the previous night.

2. In the site stats (see "About Markeroni" on the member home page), small links appear which will show you who got the kudos, who logged snarfs, and the like.

White Raven
Friday, February 10th, 2006
9:51 pm
[katster]
In my design class, we were tasked to create a postcard. After wracking my brains for an idea, I decided to mock up a postcard for Markeroni. The results are below the cut. I hope whytraven approves. (All but the shot of the Berkeley campanile were taken on my Markeroni excursions.)

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006
8:17 pm
[whytraven]
Newsletter is up, and log book is on pre-order
I think that about says it all ;-)
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
6:22 pm
[whytraven]
News and Media
Here is the new journalists'/news/media page for Markeroni. Please let me know what you think...I'm curious!

http://www.markeroni.com/pressandmedia/
10:43 am
[whytraven]
Press/Media Kit
I'm putting together a press/media kit at Markeroni, and would like to know if any of you would be willing to interview with any journalists who are interested about your experience with landmark-hunting?

I'm not planning to put your names up there; what I'm hoping to do is pass out an email address when asked.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
6:35 pm
[whytraven]
Good news, bad news
Bad news: the proofs of the log book were decidedly unsatisfactory, so we have to go another round of proofs - another week before I see those, plus or minus a day.

Good news: the chief humbug of E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie chapter was so excited by the idea of snarfing and a bunch of Markeroonies wanting to descend upon the marker that he asked if it were okay to announce the event in the dedication ceremony!!!
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