Saturday, June 30, 2012

Rating Engine Change

The goal of the rating system in the Community Color sites is to help the best sites surface to the top.

The site had a rating engine and the rating engine would improve the profile of sites in the directory. Sadly, the engine was inundated with spam ratings.

I recently revived the rate engine. To rate a site, you must login.

If you log in, you will see a rate button next to each link. If you are not logged in, the program will show a rate link for any site receiving positive rates. Essentially, if you give a positive rating to a site, the directories will automatically give a second link to that site.

If you give a bad rating to a site, it might remove the second link.

My hope is that this rate engine will help give an extra boost to the best sites.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

In Page Popup

I created my first inpage (css/div) popup! If you look at the Salt Lake Calendar, you will notice that the box for June 16, 2012 says that there are 8 items for the day. If you click the words "click here to view" the page will dim the calendar and display the eight items in the center of the page. 

Clicking anywhere restores the main page.

The code for an in page pop up is a bear. Regular popups are easier, but the in page variety is slightly better for end user navigation.

Having added my first in page popup, I will probably add more.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

An Invitation to the Great Northwest

I've been staring at maps of the Northwest.

Would anyone in Washington State, Idaho, Western Montana, Oregon, Northern Nevada or Utah be interested in engaging in a recreational activity that will cost you about $20 and has the potential of making you some money.

The activity involves social networking and recreation. You will have to sell a product, but that's the way the market works.

I am interested in people who own or who want to own a small business (franchise). This activity can work with any existing business. It would be great for people who want to have a booth at the farmer's market, or for other small businesses looking for clever ways to expand their market.

So, anyway, the idea is that you will own a business that organizes games and sells the product I provide for the game. You will need to get a sales tax ID and pay taxes on sales.

If this idea sounds interesting, please contact me. Here is my contact form.

So, why am I looking at the Northwest?

Well, My niece is getting married in Washington State on August 3rd.

I live in Utah. (no, I am not LDS). Anway, I was thinking of driving up either I25 or US93 to Missoula then take I90 into Washington.

I happen to have a long lost relative in Oregon to visit. On the way back I would drop into central Oregon. I could drop as far south as Nevada on the way back.

BTW, I also have a wonderful presentation on free market health care reform called "The Medical Savings and Loan."
If you knew of a group interested in free market health care reform in Idaho, Western Montana, Washington, Oregon or Utah, I have a great presentation that argues that insurance (group funding of individual consumption) is the problem and that we need to restore a system of self-funded care.
The MS&L and this game are related but different activities.
If you contact me, we will need to arrange an activity that meshes up with my niece's wedding on August 3rd in Northwest Washington State ... either before or after the big event.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Rating Game

I turned the Community Color Rating Engine Back On.

Originally, I worked with some people who were adamantly opposed to login screens. So the rating engine accepted anonymous reviews. This was a big mistake! Spambots kept flooding the system with fake reviews.

I tried manually reading and removing the spam and finally capitulated by turning the engine off.

I really miss the rating system. The ratings program helped direct traffic to the best sites.

The Internet works on positive feedback. If you link the the best sites, they surface to the top.

I designed the rating system so that, when you give a site a positive rate, it gets an extra link!

If you went through the directories and gave good rates to the top sites, they would get more traffic.

As I no longer have a prohibition against requiring a login, I am turning the ratings engine back on for registered users. I will delete the reviews for any user that is clearly spamming the system.

Your Community Color User ID and password works for all sites in the Community Color family. I would really appreciate folks trolling through the Community Color Sites and rate the best local sites. Right now I have directories for communities in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and more.

A rating will stay active for 600 days (sites and businesses change every year or so).

The Ratings by Community Report shows a summary of recent ratings by community. It is super small right now because I just turned the rating engine back on.

PS: I will rate a bunch of sites under the user name kevind and yintercept just to test to make sure everything is working. While I am testing, I might accidentally break the screen, because I am engaged in the time honored tradition of cowboy programming. Yep, I program in production because I am one person with no financial resources.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Link Ratings

The Community Color sites have an unfortunate history of being attacked by spammers.

The sites featured a link rating and comment section that was being hit hard by spammers. As I was working on a different project. I turned the feature off.

The spam bots finally subsided, and I decided to add the rating buttons back on the site. This time, the site only accepts ratings from registered users.

I found it impossible to separate the spam from the info; so I deleted all of the ratings and comments from anonymous sources.

There is now a rate button next to each link in the directories. If you are registered and logged in, you can leave a rate. To prevent spam, I can delete ratings by user id or by IP address. The iFrame below shows the rate screen for the link rating page for this blog. If you are logged into you will see the rate button. If not you will see a summary of ratings. I put in one test rating.

I admit, the primary reason for the rating page is that it gives each web site an extra link.