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Wind Tunnel Locator on DZ.com?

 


Andy9o8  (D License)

Nov 27, 2007, 3:48 PM
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HH- I mistakenly posted this in Wind Tunnels when I'd meant to post it here. Since it didn't get moved, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me cross-post the suggestion here. Thanks.

http://www.dropzone.com/...post=3025178#3025178


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It would be great to have a wind tunnel locator on DZ.com like its current DZ locator. The best things about it would be:

- centralized location just like the DZ locator - no cumbersome Google searches with iffy results.
- it would be more up-to date, so recently-opened tunnels wouldn't be skipped.
- it would only list operational tunnels (or ones truly under active construction), eliminating all the hyped-up "phantom" tunnels that exist only in investors' press releases.
- it would be more or less "neutral" - it would not be a site run by anyone with a commercial agenda, so it wouldn't be biased toward listing only "allies" or omitting "competitors".

(There are a couple of so-called "directory" sites - one popular one in particular - that seem to have some glaring "gaps", i.e., some tunnels that exist are omitted. This would go a long way toward curing that.)


Andy9o8  (D License)

Nov 30, 2007, 4:32 AM
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For whatever it's worth, there's a discussion in the thread linked above about whether the need I've suggested for a broad, searchable DZ locator database is or is not yet filled on DZ.com. I think it is not. But in the interest of fair reporting, I'm mentioning it here.


simpsora  (C 33982)

Dec 1, 2007, 10:31 PM
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Hi Andy,

I did some of the work on the current DZ locator.
I'm interested in understanding the things you think the locator is missing -- the needs it doesn't fulfill.

I can't speak for Sangiro on whether or not they'd be implemented, but I would like to know.

Thanks,
Ross


Andy9o8  (D License)

Dec 2, 2007, 6:58 AM
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In reply to:
Hi Andy,

I did some of the work on the current DZ locator.
I'm interested in understanding the things you think the locator is missing -- the needs it doesn't fulfill.

I can't speak for Sangiro on whether or not they'd be implemented, but I would like to know.
Thanks,
Ross

Just to make clear, I'm talking about creating a new Tunnel Locator on DZ.com, not critiqueing the current DZ locator.

The current DZ locator on DZ.com is great. It is an actual comprehensive database, not just a list of a few tunnel links that DZ.com currently has.

For example, one thing I think is a really good feature that DZ.com's DZ locator has is the search function HERE that lets people plug in a certain central location and then find all DZ's in the database located within "X" miles of that location. I used it a couple years ago when I got recurrent, and I still use it whenever I want to find DZ's in other states to which I travel. If people searching for a tunnel could do the same thing, I'm sure they'd find it very helpful.


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Dec 2, 2007, 8:01 AM
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This help?
Course, the onus is on the DZO/M to ensure it's included in the DZ profile.


(This post was edited by BIGUN on Dec 2, 2007, 8:05 AM)
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  Tunnel Query Results.JPG (47.5 KB)


Premier NWFlyer  (D 29960)

Dec 2, 2007, 8:52 AM
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Yes, but now there are quite a few tunnels that are not co-located with a dropzone. Also doesn't appear to be accurate either, as there's no tunnel at a couple of those for sure.


(This post was edited by NWFlyer on Dec 2, 2007, 8:55 AM)


Premier Remster  (C License)

Dec 2, 2007, 10:45 AM
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And the result missed at least one dz with a tunnel.


Premier PhreeZone  (D License)
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Dec 2, 2007, 1:09 PM
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Issue is that that DZ did not enter the word "tunnel" in their DZ entry so it would not return as a result.


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Dec 2, 2007, 4:46 PM
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True... But one example is http://www.dropzone.com/.../Detailed/1354.shtml where Aicraft = Wind Tunnel. So all they have to do is login, create a DZ account and do the same. There is one that says "Wind Tunnel coming soon." I think the key is going to be marketing this site's service to those stand-alone wind tunnels that they have a marketing/sales opportunity here.


(This post was edited by BIGUN on Dec 2, 2007, 4:47 PM)



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