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Started by Giancarlo SEGATEL. Last reply by Float Plan Mar 5, 2014.
how do you suggest to keep separated the crew position requested form the offered ones? Continue
Tags: position, crew, requested, offered, wanted
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Thank you for your message and feedback. The new layout has less of a forum type format, but still allows comments by the skipper or crew members, they can add photos to a trip and save Wanted items with a bookmark tool. We are working on the alert system now, this will alert you either as the wanted item is posted or weekly. We may look at adding a more detailed matching tool after we have received feedback about the new site. We agree, we want Floatplan members to be a close community, we always have this in mind. Please tell us what you think.
Thank you for offering to help. Yes, when we are ready we will post a link to the test site on this group, then you can post wanted ads, give people ratings and have a good look around before we go live.
I can not give you a date as we are going backwards to add the alert tool, but I will keep you posted. Please feel free to add any other ideas.
position issue: ok! the change you write seems to be very clear and easy to follow. Good job!!
to test it, can I post a fake request on both areas (crew and boat), just to see how do they work?
Glad you like the idea of the alert tool.
Having the word "position" was a mistake on my part, it is to confusing. The new form is very simple, first choice is Crew or Boat wanted, then the form loads according to the choice made, it then asks, Are you willing to pay the crew? (for crew wanted) or Position type wanted: Paid or Unpaid unpaid (for boat wanted).
Please share any ideas you have, I spend way to much time looking at it and can get lost.
a) "new wanted item alert": great!! this will improve visitors' loyalty to the website !! and will allow to spread the news to friends on time!! A great tool !!!
b) "crew vs boat wanted check box": great as well !! clarity is a must! But... the word "position" will be cancelled, I suppose ;-) , being a confusing specimen; if not, what is its meaning, then?
Thank you. Giancarlo
Thank you for the comments. The new layout has a much clear flow. It has one Notice Board and when a member adds a new Wanted item, they are asked to choose either Crew Wanted or Boat Wanted. We think this will clear things up.
We really like that you brought up the issue of being alerted when new wanted items are added. We were very close to launching the new website when we decided to go back and add a tool that will allow members to select to be alerted when new Wanted items are added, either as they are posted, daily or weekly.
Do you think these will work well or not?
reading some posts, I see there is still a lot of confusion between "crew wanted" and "position wanted". I think that the posting instruction should satte much more clear that:
a) "CREW wanted" is a post made by a boat owner who is looking for (some extra) crew/boat-mate for a passage/trip/boat job;
b) "POSITION" wanted" is a post made by someone (sailor or sailor-to-be ...) who is looking for a boat as crew/boat-mate member for a passage/sailing trip/job.
It will help every one for an immediate understanding of the nature of the posted search ...
Hi, Float Master,
i think that any notice should be posteds/sent as it arrives: tha day date will indicate its age (fresh or old ...), so anyone can judge if it's worth to reply or not. Of course, it would be ideal to have a sort of expiring time/date but it maybe complicates the post writing ( the author should also indicate the expiring date of his search, the website need to have a connnecting database linked to all the post dates, etc...... ) and its managing/storing/deleting ...
Could I ask when you would prefer to be notified of new crew wanted/boat wanted items? Would you prefer as soon as they are posted, once a week, twice a week, etc?
I hope you are all having a good weekendThank you
Matt, we really like the idea of leaving notices in places, that would be just like the real deal and give the site a really good feeling. We are adding that one to the list. Thank you, we rally appreciate it.
We are working on a way to educate our crew members when is a good time to sail from A to B. as this is the question we get most and adding routes to the map would be a great way to do this. For now we will be sending out a "now is the time to sail from X to X". We hope this will allow people to plan their trips and increase the chances of finding a boat.
Does anyone think this is an issue or not?
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