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Community Made Cubing Website - Anyone Can Help

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Note: I did talk to Pat about this before making the thread. Mods can move this thread to a different section, but Pat even said, "Sure, go ahead and make a thread for it. I'd suggest off-topic or general cubing discussion."

This thread is for those who would like to contribute to a public made cubing website. I personally have a cubing-named domain, http://cubists.org/ My brother bought this for my birthday, a few months ago, saying that he would help me build this website with me. But this year, he is a high school senior, and is always busy. At least that is his excuse...

So I figured I needed to finally do something with this wasted domain. So my idea was to let anyone who wanted to, to help make it together. I am trying to make this into something that no one has done for a cubing website before. My original idea, although still very basic, was to host weekly competitions that people would do. They would basically be put (for that week) into one of the time-based groups. So if you average 17-19 seconds, you would be put into the sub-20 group (or something like that) and have a competition against everyone else that's in that group that week. I don't know how to really prevent anyone from cheating though. But I was thinking that if the site could get popular enough, I could start giving away (small) prizes to the winners of the top groups, provided that they had video proof (or any other proof that would be reasonable).

My second idea was to get data from your times (I don't know if there would be a built in timer that automatically puts the times in or what. Or just that you input your times truthfully) and make that into a clear graph to track your progress of cubing throughout weeks, months, or (possibly) years.

Again, both of these ideas could easily be changed to work out better. This is just what the original intention was going to be.

So if you'd like to contribute in any way at all, just post on this thread. A little info about the domain: I am using WordPress to make everything. Any plugin ideas would always be extremely helpful too! Any info you want to know, please ask. I am not completely familiar with wordpress, but know the basics. I also don't know much programming, other than basic languages (html, css, etc.). So I would love as much help as possible!

If you don't know any, or only very limited, programming, then anyone could always contribute ideas. I am planning on making a page on the site with a list of everyone who contributed (even if it was as much as giving out a small idea), so don't think you'll go unrecognized! Those who contribute the most will be admins/mods... or so I'm planning.

That just about raps it up, so please help out in any way possible to make it the best it can be! Thanks again,

-Collin
 

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what's going to be on the website? i'll help with the website (if i have time, that is).

i see a potentially "going-to-be" very popular website here.
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So I figured I needed to finally do something with this wasted domain. So my idea was to let anyone who wanted to, to help make it together. I am trying to make this into something that no one has done for a cubing website before. My original idea, although still very basic, was to host weekly competitions that people would do. They would basically be put (for that week) into one of the time-based groups. So if you average 17-19 seconds, you would be put into the sub-20 group (or something like that) and have a competition against everyone else that's in that group that week. I don't know how to really prevent anyone from cheating though. But I was thinking that if the site could get popular enough, I could start giving away (small) prizes to the winners of the top groups, provided that they had video proof (or any other proof that would be reasonable).

My second idea was to get data from your times (I don't know if there would be a built in timer that automatically puts the times in or what. Or just that you input your times truthfully) and make that into a clear graph to track your progress of cubing throughout weeks, months, or (possibly) years.

Again, both of these ideas could easily be changed to work out better. This is just what the original intention was going to be.

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These are my own current ideas. But I figured that lots of people put their opinion and ideas in, there could be lots to it.
 

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I would help with the programing... If only I knew how. I could contribute ideas I suppose.

My one concern is how you will get people to go to the site. I will put it in my signature to help a little but what I would suggest is to ask all of the big YouTube cubers to give a shout out to get people to notice.
 

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^ That's great! Thanks.
| i just need to find a way for everyone to be able to edit it. Does anyone with WordPress experience know how people can do this? Would they need wordpress or not? I know I
| can make people admin/mod... Just not sure if that will do it. I also want to make sure I always have it saved for me!
|

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I would help with the programing... If only I knew how. I could contribute ideas I suppose.

My one concern is how you will get people to go to the site. I will put it in my signature to help a little but what I would suggest is to ask all of the big YouTube cubers to give a shout out to get people to notice.
Hmm, that's a good idea. I will definitely do it for my channel (170 subs), but will definitely try to do that! The only problem is that the biggest cubing youtuber's are inactive atm.
 

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I'd love to help with... something. I have basic HTML/CSS knowledge, and I should be able to help run competitions.
 

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Choose good people to be mods, not random nubs.
Of course...

I'd love to help with... something. I have basic HTML/CSS knowledge, and I should be able to help run competitions.
I'm not sure how the competitions will be run, but I'll definitely let you know if I need help (which I probably will). Again, I need a way to have others edit it, for others to actually program...
 

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This is just an idea. I really dont know much about html/css but my idea is kinda like There is like a best solve of the week or something. like put a youtube video at the homepage or make another page just for it. For people to know what are the best solvers and the best solve actually ON VIDEO.
 

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This is just an idea. I really dont know much about html/css but my idea is kinda like There is like a best solve of the week or something. like put a youtube video at the homepage or make another page just for it. For people to know what are the best solvers and the best solve actually ON VIDEO.
People already know who are the best cubers. I think it would be beneficial for the less famous if we could submit a video that we made for the site and have the admin(s) judge and choose which would be featured.
 

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I was thinking more on the line of putting up people who improved the best that week, by their best averages. Or something like that. But I still like the idea, since I forgot about my idea that was similar. But I do like the idea of putting a video of some kind up each week/day.

@Emolover
I like the idea, but what do you mean by making a video for the site? Like featuring it, or something?
 

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I'm interested. Perhaps there can be a section dedicated to developing experimental methods? Or perhaps a Tips Corner with tips from a beginner level (where to buy new cubes, how to take a cube apart, cool beginner's tricks, etc.) to an expert level (cool tricks, for example try scrambling with Rw U' R' U R U2 R' U' M; perhaps cool finger tricks *ahem Teller*; etc.)
It could be fun!
Also, incorporate a load of puzzles to submit for, if you do a weekly comp. Incorporating an online timer could be awesome =3
 

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^ That's great! Thanks.
| i just need to find a way for everyone to be able to edit it. Does anyone with WordPress experience know how people can do this? Would they need wordpress or not? I know I
| can make people admin/mod... Just not sure if that will do it. I also want to make sure I always have it saved for me!
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If your using Wordpress (which your website says you are) There is a way to make people Editor status, but not Admin status. Message me if you really end up needing help, but I am sure you can just google it.
 

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So it's cubing.net with access for anyone to have stuff?
Not completely sure what cubing.net is, but from what I saw, I am guessing that it's a site with links to other sites, like blogs or tutorials... No, this is not what this is supposed to be at all really. Unless I just misunderstood you and don't know what cubing.net is...
I am talking about the most impressive video, like if I break my PB average of 5 on video and it is legit. That could be featured. Or possibly a really good tutorial.
This does sound like a great idea! Thanks for the contribution :)
If your using Wordpress (which your website says you are) There is a way to make people Editor status, but not Admin status. Message me if you really end up needing help, but I am sure you can just google it.
I am positive I can make others admin. Although I would rather not, as I can easily see someone getting rid of everything. But i may do something with this. Just not sure what yet.
I'm interested. Perhaps there can be a section dedicated to developing experimental methods? Or perhaps a Tips Corner with tips from a beginner level (where to buy new cubes, how to take a cube apart, cool beginner's tricks, etc.) to an expert level (cool tricks, for example try scrambling with Rw U' R' U R U2 R' U' M; perhaps cool finger tricks *ahem Teller*; etc.)
It could be fun!
Also, incorporate a load of puzzles to submit for, if you do a weekly comp. Incorporating an online timer could be awesome =3
Wow, lot's of good ideas! I like the first idea, I just feel like it would turn more into a forum then, which I am trying to stay away from. Definitely a tips corner. I am thinking a wiki would be the easiest way, it's just that speedsolving has a wiki section already... I would definitely think a tips would be good, with lots of different video tutorials for each tip, so it's easy to navigate to the easiest one for them. I'll definitely have various puzzles for the competition area. Again, thanks for the ideas!
 
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