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Re: Geek Alert Posting Protocol...Must Read Before Posting!
November 30, 2009
5:32 pm
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Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

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Well yeah, thanks for reminding me because I have to ask about this too.  What DOES a "good" alert consist of?  What may be exciting to you may not be to me, and vice versa.  I know I've said that a Miami Air 737 coming in after dark might not be worthy, yet a United 747 would, but really, who am I to say?  Just because I may see these things on a more or less regular basis doesn't mean that someone on our site may not want to see it.  Kinda like bird watching, you can always add something to your "life list" whether you plan on photographing it or not, and that was the original purpose of the Geek Alerts anyway...to give folks a chance to see something they might not otherwise see in the normal course of events. 

Now granted, we don't need to see "Cherokee Six from PIT due in at 2300", but if you changed the Cherokee Six to an "AN-2" that would be an entirely different thing.  I think you agree with me on this, but if it were something a bit more common, but still odd enough (such as an Allegiant MD-87), would you want to see that?  I just want to clarify what would qualify.  I think all planes are cool and everyone should get a chance to see what they want, so I'm a bit biased!

November 30, 2009
6:46 pm
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I think the geek alerts are a fantastic idea, and combining them with texts from Twitter is something that I wish existed when I was a lot younger.  I dont mind getting alerts at any time.  I agree with most here that if you dont want to get paged at night, turn it off.

For me the big thing is the definition of a geek alert.  Again...this is all my opinion, but I feel that a geek alert should be something unusual or rare  about to come to the area.  To use someone's past geek alert:  Skyking 732 enroute, 1830 arrival    simple and straight to the point.  Tells me everything I need to know.  I also think that a Geek Alert should be something that is due here within the next 48 hours, no more.  Post a geek alert and we should ALL know that its coming either today or tomorrow.    If something is coming later in the week, its more of a heads up, not a real alert.  I'm all for knowing about it ahead of time, but I'd rather not be "alerted" when its literally days out.

Geek Alerts should be big-time cool stuff.  Continental 777's or Lufthansa Cargo MD-11's diverting are big-time cool stuff.  Saudi 74L's or Qatari A330's are big-time cool stuff.    Allegiant MD-87's, eh.  Thats more of a heads up to me.  Sure, they're cool to see but are they really worth a Twitter text alert??

November 30, 2009
9:58 pm
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To me a geek alert is anything that is not common to CLE. Wether its an EMB145 in a livery we never see to a 747. To me it doesnt really matter what type of aircraft it is but more whos colors is it in stuff like that. Like a Alaska airlines 737 we never see ya we get tons of 737s but not that company so that would be a geek alert to me. SO what im sayin i guess is it doesnt matter the size of the aircraft more is it something cool looking and different.

December 1, 2009
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late to the discussion, but i get twitter text updates from opshots, but i dont have good internet on my phone.  my request is that the geek alert have the "what, where and when" in the subject.  if i get a tweet that says "awesome plane soon" i can't do anything to investigate on my phone, but if i get "continental 777 divert to CLE 18:45" i can plan around that.

the tweets are very cool, and finally i found a use for twitter other than knowing what my friends are eating for dinner.

December 1, 2009
7:34 pm
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AngeloB. wrote:To me a geek alert is anything that is not common to CLE. Wether its an EMB145 in a livery we never see to a 747. To me it doesnt really matter what type of aircraft it is but more whos colors is it in stuff like that. Like a Alaska airlines 737 we never see ya we get tons of 737s but not that company so that would be a geek alert to me. SO what im sayin i guess is it doesnt matter the size of the aircraft more is it something cool looking and different.

I couldn't agree more.

December 1, 2009
7:58 pm
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In reply to jenglish01:

The problem is that there are always some people who do NOT have good judgement.  Just as it is with everything, there is always someone who ruins it for all the others.

So, if I was the owner of a nonprofit website, I would do the same as Chuck and Mark, I would protect myself from those few who do not have good judgement.  It wouldn't be worth it to me to have to answer to some government agency because someone couldn't follow the rules.

I'm not talking about anyone specific, but we all know that in real life, that is how it goes.

December 2, 2009
9:40 pm
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Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

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Thanks again for all your replies and input.  I think at this time we will lift the overnight ban on Geek Alerts and allow them to go on as before.  Once again, I must say that we have to be diligent in making sure nothing gets posted before its time, and by that I am referring to any inside info someone may have especially where it pertains to military or VIP movements. 

When to post:

-If it shows up on FlightAware or other tracking sites.

-If it is published or reported in the news.

-If you see it!  Anything on the field is fair game!

When not to post:

-Any military or VIP movements not shown on public sites or reported in the press.

-Other movements known only by insider information. (We can keep track of these and post when it becomes publicly available.)
 
Again...if it's here you can't hide it, so go ahead and post!

Remember...if you DO know of something and are unsure about posting, just send me an email or personal message and I'll decide.  I don't want you guys to be afraid to post, we just have to learn how to do it without causing potential undue scrutiny on the site!

Thanks for your understanding and keep the alerts coming!

-Chuck 

December 3, 2009
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Sounds  like a plan.

Doug

 

Out of the sandbox, finally!

December 3, 2009
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Sounds like that will work - since individuals can change their twitter settings I don't see a problem with it.

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