Trip reports - what would you like?

Discussion in 'Cancun Info' started by Steve, Dec 8, 2003.

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Separate Forum for Trip Reports?

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  2. New Forum for all Trip Reports

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  3. New Forum for just the best Trip Reports

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  1. Steve

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    First of all let me say that in order to take part in this poll, you need to be logged in as a registered member - you dont need to post any comments unless you want to though.

    Michelle (aka Normskid) suggested that we somehow recognise the valuable trip reports that are posted here, following Hugh Manatee's recent report which is worthy of publication and you can see at:
    http://www.cancuncare.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1988

    The best way of doing this, I think, is to create another subforum where it is not possible to post directly to but moderators can move trip reports posted in other forums there. Many posts in the Cancun Info Forum are questions (which we love to answer) but the sheer volume tends to hide the feedback, and sometimes, the really great reports that people put together get lost in the sheer number of posts.

    It might be nice to have like a library where we can go to read trip reports of our members, we could either restrict this to detailed trip reports that have photos are lengthy and read like a short story, worthy of publication and maybe call it "Trip Reports of Distinction" or we could move all trip reports whatever their length / quality over there.

    Downsides I can see in this are:

    1. If we have a forum just for really brilliant trip reports it might inhibit those from posting trip reports that arent so detailed.

    2. People might be p****ed off if their report doesnt make it to the section.

    3. I want to keep all the BBG trip reports in the BBG forum

    4. More work for our moderators.

    Let us know what you think, this is your message board - what works for you works for me!
     
  2. Dave & Mo

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    I'm goin' with "leave things as they are"....... All of the things you cited as downsides are valid, Steve. I think the prime one is that it could cut down on trip reports by people that think they are less "gifted" writers. Many will just not post a report... and lets face it..... most of us fall into the less gifted catagory.

    My concern would be that we would become hung-up on grammer rather than with getting people to post about their experiences in their own words without feeling that their input was being "judged" or "graded" by the readers.

    Recognition of a well written TR is certainly warrented and I think all of us have commented when one is posted... I think that's as far as it need go.

    Just my 2 Pesos ....

    Dave :dave:
     
  3. NormsKid

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    If the only way to do what I suggested is to create another forum, I'd have to vote no myself, cause that wasn't really what I was suggesting. I'm NOT in favor of another forum for cataloging trip reports only.

    Michelle
     
  4. Jamie

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    As a moderator, I wouldn't be opposed to the additional work. But I agree that if you made a best of, those that didn't make it might be offended. And if you did a new forum, you would probably have to do one for each hotel just to keep things clear. Hence the vote for remanding the same. Although it was an intriguing idea Michelle.....

    Jamie
     
  5. Mikey

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    The thought of doing a seperate forum is intriging, but I would have to agree that if one is made that sub-forums would have to be made for each place, and if you did the best ones, some would feel left out and think "why should I do a report, since it will not be on there" and those could be the ones that could win an award.

    Great idea, but my vote is to keep it like it is at least for the time being.
     
  6. Steve

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    Thanks for the input guys. I realise, Michelle, that a separate forum was not really what you was asking for, but although I could put a title under Hugh's name I couldnt make it clickable to link to his report, and the title would only show when Hugh posted a new message. So the suggestion of a new forum was a possible option to make the trip report be easily found.

    I think (in accordance with the vote) we shall keep things as they are for the time being.
     
  7. GolfHo

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    I think it would be an excellent idea to have a separate forum for just trip reports and include them all.

    If you include them all then most of the downside goes away (#1, #2). It would make it easier for users to get the information they're seeking.

    Choosing this option the only thing I would suggest is include the resort/hotel name in the Subject line along with the dates. Don't know if the Mod's can alter subject lines but this would really add to the functionality of the entire site.

    Maybe it's just because I work in IT and it's ALL about the users and getting them what they want as quickly and easily as possible.

    Side Note:
    Steve, I'm sure I speak for a lot of folks who not only appreciate this site but your commitment to continually making it better. Cheers to you mate!
     
  8. Hugh Manatee

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    Hugh Manatee

    I am partial to establishing a new forum for just the best trip reports, but I feel that it somehow does not go far enough. Would it be possible to establish a new forum just for my trip reports?

    :roll:
     
  9. Dave & Mo

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    Hey, Hugh........ :bootyshake:

    Dave :dave:
     
  10. Waste

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    How about just a page with a bunch of hotel listings, like the home page which you could link to from the forums? Once you click on a hotel name, you are given the links to all the trip reports for that hotel in the forum pages. That way, it's just one page to keep updated that will have links to trip reports in all forums.
     
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    I just read what I wrote, and I don't know if it makes sense unless you already know what I'm talking about before I explain it. Here I go again...

    1- Have a link from the header (or footer) of the page that says trip reports.

    2- Thank link will forward you to an outside page with a listing of hotels

    3- Once you click on a hotel, it will open up a page with a list of links to all the trip reports for that hotel in the forums. Example:

    BBG: Trip Report November 8-13 by Hoosiers, posted 12-08-03
    http://www.cancuncare.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2100

    BBG: Trip Report blah, blah, blah... by
    http://www.canc...


    Everytime someone posts a trip report, the only extra work to a moderator is to update one page with a title and link.


    Now that I may be explaining clearly, my head is wandering, I'm already thinking of marketing and promotions to make it Cancun's predominant website for trip reports, such as Debbie's for the DR. Link to travel sites to be used as testimonials, random prizes to help collect trip reports, discounts or prizes for to promote quality of information in the reports... Ow, wish I was this creative at my job... wait, I am, it's the ambition I'm missing!
     
  12. NormsKid

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    I know what your saying & I've seen some other sites be very creative with this, but seems like none of the Cancun sites take the trip reports that seriously. So lots of excellent reports just get lost in the shuffle forever.

    I often think of Di's wedding trip reports. They would make for the perfect guide to how to plan a wedding in Cancun. But there is no link to her trip report anyplace. I also recall Hey Moms trip reports...they were right on par with Hugh Manatee's trip reports. Great stuff, burried into perpetuity.

    The other downside is that when someone needs info on a particular resort, they are told to "do a search" for some reports. They may or may not find the good stuff, but who would ever know what they did or didn't find. Those folks often disapear, never to be seen posting at the site again.

    As it stands, there really is no incentive to do a trip report and it seems that most don't do them anyway. So one could make the argument that there really aren't enough trip reports to even warrant a separate forum or anything to catalog them for easy access.

    I would imagine that if more people were actually taking the time to do trip reports, my suggestion would make more sense....dunno?
     
  13. Steve

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    Hmmm...Im waivering again

    Tony said
    Totally agree Tony, thats my ethos too. I notice that one of the other Cancun forums has lost a weeks worth of posts twice in the last month -no word of an explanation and no sign of them being restored. The users seem to be accepting it like thats part of the deal.

    Mikey, the separate forum would be like Cancun Pics where we could move existing trip reports and alter the post titles to name the hotel and dates and then users could search just within the one forum to find the reports they are interested in.

    Dan, I actually think your suggestion is a really good idea and is something that would be easy enough to set up, although it would be quite time consuming to set up with a different webpage for each hotel and also I'd need to update the webpage each time a new trip report was made. It was also get good serach engine rankings as it would be specific and would bring people to the site. However, the mods wouldnt be able to do this it would just be me as I'd have to write the webpages since they would bne html based rather than via the extra buttons that the mods have, it would need server access too. I'd really like to implement this but I'm not sure I have the spare hours in the day. Although, in saying that, once its up then it wouldnt take long to maintain. I think I need to consider this more.

    I also like the idea of prizes and incentives, some T shirts and stuff we could give away as prizes or sell. I have already looked into this. One issue is time - the other is the prices I have found seem to me to be quite expensive (for a Tshirt, for a coffee mug etc) - add to that shipping from the UK (95% of our users are on a different continent to me) it would probably mean I'd be stuck with 500 T shirts that no one wanted!

    BTW I have never seen Debbie's site re the Dominican Republic. I'll take a look and see if I can learn some tricks.

    Michelle, I wouldnt be too harsh on the number of trip reports, I dont think we are doing too bad and as for Hugh's report I think (not sure) we have the exclusive on that one. I agree that valuable trip reports can get lost forever here and thats something I want to resolve. Just look at how succesful tripadvisor.com is.

    Thanks all for the input, it's nice to have more than one head thinking about this. We'll see how we develop!