Glapira From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 186 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3752 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.
BradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3696 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.
Glapira From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3656 times:
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...
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3146 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3652 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:
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.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3146 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3648 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.
DC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 15 Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3355 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.
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 17 Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3338 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.
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.