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hack1of2
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Joined: 2010-11-30
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Location: Wauwatosa, WI

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have a number of comments, requests, and questions regarding photos for the WGA website. It seems that the photos feature is underutilized by most of the members. A big thanks to those who have contributing to the photo albums, especially Team Black-Cat!

I would like to upload a LOT pictures from the Geocaching Continuing Event GC3EJ25 to the Wisconsin Geocaching Events album, but evidently only admins/moderators are allowed to do that. Is there a way that permissions for that album could be changed? I know I can upload them to my own album, but the topic (the event) is a bit more global than what I would normally put in my own.

Anyway, here's a brainstorming list of suggestions:

- After much confusion for at least a year, I finally figured out the difference between the "WGA Events" album and the "Wisconsin Geocaching Events" album. One is for official WGA-sanctioned events (such as the geo-picnic or the LCG event), and the other album is for events not directly sponsored by the WGA (such as the Ca$h Bash or a routine geocache event). Suggestion to end the confusion: change the name of the "Wisconsin Geocaching Events" album to "Geocaching Events." Change the name of "WGA Events" to WGA-Sponsored Events." That way it doesn't sound like each other as much. Also, in the album tree to the left, you can only see the first 19 characters of the album name, so currently the album name of "Wisconsin Geocaching Events" looks like "Wisconsin Geocachin." A shorter name would be good.

- As mentioned above, if possible change permissions of the "Wisconsin Geocaching Events" album to allow other members to upload event-themed pictures to it. Nobody has added pictures to it in almost 3 years, presumably because they can't. It's becoming irrelevant as is.

- I've been confused for almost 2 years as to why I can sometimes see my photo album in the WGA Members section, and other times I can't. I figured it out today! If I'm logged in I can see it, but if I'm not logged in I cannot see it. Evidently I can see 47 member's albums when not logged in, but I can see 74 member photo albums (including mine) when logged in. I can't find anywhere in settings how to change the album from private to public. Please advise.

- Many albums have 0 pictures in them and could be deleted to get rid of the clutter. Some of the album folders with no pictures include ones bu chevyole, kbraband, StarWarsGuy, Bea n Bapa K, TinkerToys, BigJim60, FDLseeker, & Get me outdoors, and Tapps/AuntieNae. Maybe they have pictures that I just can't see, but I'm assuming there's zero pictures in them.

- I'm glad to see that many of the albums have dates written in the title. Glad to see it; it helps to know what year the event took place. It's also nice that the albums show a thumbnail, if if clucked on show an easily-viewed 640x480 image, and if one wants they can click again to see the full resolution image. Nice.

- The four main albums currently are WGA Events, WGA Members, Wisconsin Geocaching Events (which I'm hoping we change the name), and Wisconsin Photos. In the "Wisconsin Photos" album are 4 sub-albums. One is called "Events." Perhaps change the name of that one to Misc to make it different from the other two event albums? All but two of the pictures in that album could actually be moved to one of the other two albums (if they had permissions).

Anyway, just some thoughts to perhaps make the photo albums more utilized and more relevant. I'll put some of my Continuing Education Event pictures on the event cache page, but it would be cool if I could plug the WGA site and state for more pictures of the event, or to view/download the full-resolution pictures, visit the WGA photo albums at *****.
 
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Team Black-Cat
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Joined: 2007-09-13
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Keep it up and we'll make you Gallery Admin!

The photo gallery is a part of the website that was more active when the website was new. The Faceplace didn't exist yet, and the WGA website was a much nicer place to share photos than GC.com. With the popularity and ease of use of social networking sites, our gallery has been mostly ignored by members.

Some of the points you mentioned I was aware of. The two "events" galleries were inherited, and I was a bit afraid to change the names. I'll come up with something...

It looks like some members have "members only" access set on their galleries. The default access is "Everbody". The menu on the left should have "Edit Permissons" if you are logged in.

Blank albums... yeah. When a member clicks "Your Album", they go to their album. If they don't have one, one is created. I don't like it, but I don't know a good way around it. I can clean them up, but there will always be new ones.

I'll make the Wisconsin Events gallery open to members. The WGA Events gallery will remain closed so it doesn't become the "XYZCacher's Family at The WGA Picnic" gallery. I'll be happy to add appropriate photos sent by members.

I also noticed the extranious "events" gallery in the Wisconsin Photos. I'll look into combining it into the other gallery.

Great suggestions! I was starting to think nobody looked at that part of the website.

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AuntieNae
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Joined: 2004-04-12
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

TBC ... Hack 1 of 2 took a lot of photos yesterday. He also did a great presentation on Iphone use geocaching ..

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hack1of2
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Joined: 2010-11-30
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Location: Wauwatosa, WI

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Plugging the photo albums on cache pages is a great way to generate traffic to the WGA site, and may even increase active membership. Thanks! Mr. Green
 
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beccaday
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Joined: 2010-09-22
Posts: 3788
Location: Waukesha

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Team Black-Cat wrote:
Keep it up and we'll make you Gallery Admin!



I think he'd be well suited to that position. Smile
 
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Averith
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Joined: 2006-10-23
Posts: 961
Location: Sheboygan, WI

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:49 am Reply with quote Back to top

beccaday wrote:
Team Black-Cat wrote:
Keep it up and we'll make you Gallery Admin!



I think he'd be well suited to that position. Smile


I second the nomination! Laughing

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Team Deejay
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Joined: 2005-10-02
Posts: 2398
Location: Rochester, WI, US

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

Averith wrote:
beccaday wrote:
Team Black-Cat wrote:
Keep it up and we'll make you Gallery Admin!



I think he'd be well suited to that position. Smile


I second the nomination! Laughing


I just don't know how he affords all that digital film!
 
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hack1of2
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Joined: 2010-11-30
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Location: Wauwatosa, WI

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:18 am Reply with quote Back to top

Dave I get well paid for those pictures, the same amount per picture that you get for publishing caches! Mr. Green
 
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Joined: 2006-07-10
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Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I think that Hack should be the offical photographer for the WGA and in charge of running th photo area lol i think i saw the nominations going on so I 4,5,6th the nomination whichever point we are at.

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hack1of2
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I hear the position pays twice as much as being a board member ... Cool
 
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Averith
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Joined: 2006-10-23
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

hack1of2 wrote:
I hear the position pays twice as much as being a board member ... Cool


I think your right! Smile

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JimandLinda
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Joined: 2008-08-14
Posts: 5402
Location: Rosendale WI

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top

It also pays half as much. Confused
 
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beezers958
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Joined: 2009-07-03
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Location: Shorewood, WI

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:27 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I vote for Hack!!!! (Is he 1 or 2?)

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