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Discussion in 'RDF Geographical Survey (RDFGS) 2.0' started by xydrine, Jun 19, 2017.
Something about Mary rest stop locations (see my other post)
I was reading this thread: www.rdforum.org: Impact of Waze and your post prompted me back here. When we farm CSAs, I'd like to see (if it's available) some metric of the "thumbs up" vs "not there" votes. @johnboy00 has done something similar in JBV1 with red vs blue pins but I'd rather see some sort of numerics rather it's a percentage or whatever.
Posted from my Pixel 2 using the RDF Mobile App!
Throwing some ideas at the wall here. Just food for thought. Don’t need to respond to each.
First and foremost is data integrity. The app won’t be worth much if the data can’t be trusted. Think of all the X band reports we still hear.
We can’t have every swinging Rick poking buttons and reporting data. How to control that and still have enough users to make it worthwhile ?
Is the App free or will there be a charge ? Are you trying to make money off this or just meet costs ? Free with ad’s and paid no adds ? Reduced/free for members?
Do you need to be an RDF member to access app ? To make reports ? Higher access levels only ? How will the forum and app be integrated if it all ?
This is such a large undertaking make sure you use some kind of established Project management practices. Have milestones and start with a clearly defined and posted Mission statement. A simple one that all decisions are based on.
Recommend getting a basic framework operating and add modules as you go. Don’t wait to have the complete perfect vision ready before release (Paralysis by analysis). It doesn’t make sense if it takes two years or more to release. At least a non public beta that people are testing. You have a whole bunch here that will be more than happy to help you test ! Sign me up.
Just an app or desktop web based also ? Would be useful for easier data entry and route planning.
Should be available for Apple & Android. Support for Tablets. Ability to operate in the background/ on top/ pop up. Ability to customize everything, colors, themes, sounds, brightness, volumes, layers, alerts.
There is so much data that it needs to be kept manageable especially on small screens while driving. Ideally it would display in layers so the user can toggle on and off what’s important to them. There could also be different display modes and or profiles including stealth
Could be overwhelming for a new user. Have it start in a basic configuration and have all the power user controls under an advanced menu(s).
When the app is first installed it could load a basic profile based on geo location.
Looking forward to see what you come up with. Hopefully it's the next big thing. Well, that and Uniden arrows !
As mentioned earlier about freqs in an area... I'd like the option to plan a trip and know what band segments are recommended, help me set up my custom sweeps for the trip...
I'll try not! .
This is going to be very much integrated into our security levels here on the forum. Data that is displayed on the moving map/live map will distinguish between RDF-sourced data (from RDF users, who are enthusiasts) vs other sourced data (i.e. from Waze etc). There will also be other metrics we use to validate that data displayed is credible or not. This is VERY important to me, so expect a lot of thought to be put into this part of the system.
There will NEVER be any advertisements. There will be a subscription fee, however there will probably be a non-subscription (free) version of it, but either way there will be no advertisements. I can't stand advertisements and do not want to dumb our software down with advertisements.
The subscription fee will be very small, and it will be CAPPED. Meaning that it will change month-to-month (up to a certain limit - a ceiling) based on the number of subscribers. The more subscribers, the cheaper it will be for everyone. I'll be detailing a lot of this when I make the proposal to the community, but the idea is for me to provide a product/service which normally would be a for-profit product (i.e. escort live) with no profit cap (in terms of quality/performance), which will allow me to essentially be reasonably employed by you guys (the subscribers) so I can work on this product/service full-time. So this directly addresses your comment regarding "trying tomake money" off of this - aka profiting/greed - having a cap will allow us to keep the product/service very inexpensive and very high quality (via full-time devotion to this product/service and nothing else, i.e. an outside job) for you guys while reasonably taking care of my expenses which a regular job normally would do, if you get what I mean.
If this sounds too good to be true - well, that's exactly what it sounds like but it is 100% true - I actually enjoy this type of work, having a product/service that is constantly and without distraction being serviced/upgraded for the community would be incredible, and being essentially self-employed by such a project is really my dream/ideal career path (uhg this statement sounds so cheesy) so it really all works out for all parties involved.
Having a cap in place would, of course, reduce EVERYONE's subscription fees, and be perfect for demonstrating that this is not something that is being designed to get rich off of.
Hopefully this makes sense.
Totally - this project is going to be done using professional project management planning systems/developed through a proper software development channel system, and will really be an on-going project for the entire time it is operational. Subscription fees will really only kick in once I have most of the project in working form, but either way you guys will be able to help test/and use it while it's under development.
Desktop and mobile web are 100% confirmed. A native android application and native iOS application are also going to be created for better operation with native device navigation systems.
Customization is going to be very important as well - this application is meant to be everything the community wants, and customization is something I hear from you guys all the time.
Layers and overlays are most likely going to be the way data is displayed - similar to a Google Earth style system. I have a bunch of ideas on how to incorporate all the data on the screen - because like you said it's going to vary from device to device.
Additionally, an "easy" mode and "enthusiast" mode are going to be a MUST. This is just something I've learned from dealing with the community for stuff like this in the past - not everyone is as tech savvy as most of us are.
Trip planning is 100% a feature that will be early implemented, and is going to be rather easy actually. I was actually considering putting it into RDFGS 1.0 a while back because of how easy it was, but either way, it will be in RDFGS 2.0, and you will have the ability to print out an offline copy of the RDFGS for your entire trip as well - which will help you change settings/etc for each location you travel, as well as having RDFGS-provided details for each location you travel.