What can I do to help?
Simple. Paddle rivers and take 5 minutes to add them to the database or ensure that current entries are accurate and up to date.
How Do I Add A River?
Simple. Goto Add A River.
How Do I Add A River Alert?
Simple. Goto Add A River Alert.
Why Can I Only Post River Alerts For Certain Rivers?
Right now the website is setup to include only river alerts for rivers in the database. I realize this is limiting however there are some good reasons for this. With this system the river alerts are tied to both the front page of the website as well as the individual entries in the river guide. This means that users should always have access to relative alerts while also seeing new warnings on the front page. As the database grows this problem should become a thing of the past.
Why Can't I Edit Some Pages?
This wiki is setup to allow basic users to only edit river pages, links, and one or two others. The reason for this is to keep some of the content here static and unchanging such as the help files. There are various managers who are taking care the areas you can't edit yourself. I know this could suck but it is very important to us that this site remain clean, simple and uncluttered. Think more like an online guide book than a disorganized website.
What has changed in the new version of the site.
What you are looking at is the 2nd real version of PaddlingABC but in practice more like its 4th version. Over time the website has evolved and grown considerably. In this version there have been a number of important changes, most of them are invisible to you the end user. The vision in this version was to stabilize the site and provide a longterm framework that would be self-sustaining. I am hoping to begin including more rivers from BC and needed to revamp the structure to support 200+ entries that could eventually be here. In addition to this I have been working on this project now for 3 years and the amount of time I have for it is less than before. If you used a previous version of the site you will notice that there has been a big change in the site's appearance. The information has remained largely untouched. Perhaps the biggest changes that you will notice are the following:
- Custom river search has been removed. I know this was a good feature but to be honest the code for it broke other parts of the site (which you would not have noticed) and I did not have the time to do the upkeep necessary to keep this feature. The search box in the main bar works very well. I encourage you to use this instead. I think in the long run this will not have a huge impact.
- Twitter integration. I am not a big fan of social media but I though Twitter could be ideal for the site as it is a fast way to spread the word about a hazard on the river. All new river alerts are going to be automatically posted to our twitter account.
- Blog. I have added a blog for a place to rant and rave. In all seriousness the vision for this is to be a place to provide some timely and local news about rivers and paddling related topics.
- River Levels. I think that this is the feature that gets the most use on the website. I reorganized and restructured their presentation. The hope being that in the longterm there is space to include river levels from across BC resulting in potentially over 100 live streamed river levels on the site. This amount of rivers needed some more structure.
- Advertising. I have (or will be) actively pursued some companies to advertise on the site. The hope is to be able to donate money each year to local paddling clubs. Initially this may be a very small amount of money but over time I hope to be able to donate $1000 each year from the proceeds of advertising. The site itself costs about $200/year to run is completely developed by volunteers.
How do I contact the administrator?