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A New Idea, But Need The Help Of Everybody  
User currently offlineGlapira From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 186 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Hello!! I suppose that many people has tried this before.. but I have a good idea on how to do a Spotting Places website.. where everybody can go there and see where to go spotting in an airport. I have thought of making it as a blog so everybody can edit the page and add his own airport. I will try seeing if we can get the help of A.net staff to do this and make it together.

What do you think?


Kind Regards, Radial360
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User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

Something like this?
http://www.spotterswiki.com/
Peter



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User currently offlineGlapira From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

Oh, I thought of something a little diferent and much more graphical but, I never knew this existed.. so  Smile Let's try improving what already exists.

Thanks for the info Peter



Kind Regards, Radial360
User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

Great idea but with every idea comes possible problems.....People will be using & abusing the self changing facility's, for example spammers, advertisers and basic clowns who want to graphite thee name all over the site but there will be a solution to that somewhere down the line.

Is this what you have in mind?..... http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/spottingpoints.htm
This is all of the viewpoints at Manchester airport-As you asked for, in a graphic manor!

Please keep me informed of any ideas you may come up with or any helping needs as I would to be a part of you plan!
Take care, Bradley Wray



Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
User currently offlineGlapira From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Hello Bradley...

Yes I wanted to do something where a screening process would try avoiding perople's abuses. And yes, something like what you show is what I was looking for. Let's see if I find the way to have a site programmed that way we want and see what can we do...  Wink



Kind Regards, Radial360
User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4049 times:

Nothing prevents people from adding additional graphics to SpottersWiki. Some people have added example photos directly rather than linking to existing photos on A.net, MyAviation, or a couple of other sites, which we've made easy. Spotting maps have also been added for some articles, for example the Vienna article:

http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=VIE

So far we've managed to keep the troublemakers under control. We haven't seen an issue with vandalism yet, where people try to deface articles. The fact that we require people to go through the trouble of registering an account, unlike on Wikipedia, may be helping there. We did have some trouble with spammers, but what they were doing is placing a bunch of links on article discussion pages, and sometimes they were hidden from view even then. What they were trying to do was not get people to click on them, but get Google and other search engines to improve their ranking in search results since more sites linked to them. We installed an extension to the MediaWiki software that prevents posts that appear to be spammy, and so far it's been working.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

Google Maps has the ability to allow webmasters to create and include maps on a web site that include customized markers. That would allow something along the lines of what Bradley showed, but so far I haven't seen a way that would make it easy for SpottersWiki contributors to add or update such a map.

User currently offlineSteveKempf From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 44 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

Google Earth is a nice way to go. The .kmz files are 1kb apiece so you could store tons of them on hardly any space. You have to have a broadband account to use Google Earth.

If you have Google Earth, here are a couple examples :

http://webpages.charter.net/stevekempf/The%20Spot%20-%20KLAS.kmz
http://webpages.charter.net/stevekempf/the%20spot%20-%20panc.kmz
http://webpages.charter.net/stevekempf/v1%20launch%20site.kmz

If you dont have GE, and you have broadband, I would go get it then try the links above. Its a fun little toy and can come in handy for stuff like this.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3974 times:

Google Earth is a good option, one I haven't thought about in a while, though we do have a couple of articles that have them, GSE being one.

SpottersWiki is configured to accept uploads of .kmz files. SteveKempf, feel free to upload or link to your kmz files from the appropriate airport article pages.


User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3896 times:

I am sure that we would be able to get some maps like the one I posted on my earlier comment on SUN 5th March. Some hard searching could bring us some more of those.

Bradley!



Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
User currently offlineNlspot2004 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Here a site from Schiphol Amsterdam.

http://www.ams-mov-info.nl


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11163 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 3777 times:

Just added some spots for DTW on spotterswiki.

Not a bad idea, but it really needs to be filled out some.

http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=DTW

[Edited 2006-03-16 01:24:27]


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User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

I do like the idea, as I do visit airports now and then where I am unsure of where to go etc.

One problems that is niggling at the back of my mind though is how legitimate the sites have to be to be listed. Do they have to be somewhere where the public are allowed to go in their masses, such as an official viewing gallery, or do they include spots where you could get your backside kicked by the Police in ten minutes? And where do you draw the line? I'm sure there will be many grey areas, so it might be worthwhile considering who the list is aimed at - everyone, or just us hardened types who don't mind being approached by the Police. Also it might be worth thinking about how likely it is that you will get trouble, as it wouldn't really be on for someone to visit an airport on the promise of a great location, just to be moved straight away.

Not wanting to sound negative, but some thought is required into this.

Regards,

Tim.



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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 12):
Do they have to be somewhere where the public are allowed to go in their masses, such as an official viewing gallery

These would go under "Official Spotting Locations".

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 12):
or do they include spots where you could get your backside kicked by the Police in ten minutes?

These would go under "Locations to Avoid".

Everything else would go under "Other Spotting Locations". You might want to take a look at the article on ABQ, as it has examples of all three:

ABQ" target=_blank>http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=ABQ

(yeah, I know the link looks like crap, blame the acronym thing)


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Has anyone seen, read or purchased the book, BuchAir Airports, edited by Alan Lord and one other gentleman?

This is more or less a spotter's and photographer's guide for airports around the world. Many people submit the information to these two gentleman, they edit the information and publish a book every now and then.

Yes, they show some not-so-well-known spots at different airports, but so what? You just need to use your best judgement if you need to get a shot off very quickly and get in and get out............

The book tells you all the warnings, but you need to use your own common sense with each particular location.

I like this idea very much!


Jay


User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 13):
These would go under "Locations to Avoid".

Hmmmmmmm. I wonder if an 'advisory' tag ought to be used for some of the more contentious locations, as opposed to a straight 'avoid'.

Quoting JayDavis (Reply 14):
This is more or less a spotter's and photographer's guide for airports around the world. Many people submit the information to these two gentleman, they edit the information and publish a book every now and then.



Quoting JayDavis (Reply 14):
The book tells you all the warnings, but you need to use your own common sense with each particular location.

I like this idea very much!

I didn't know about this book, but this sounds like something along the lines of what I was thinking.

Regards,

Tim.



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