While six of the buggy orgs were in their garage all winter building new buggies, we did some building of our own and attempted the first complete overhaul of our website since it was launched in 2008.
In addition to a visual re-design and upgraded forum, gallery, and news software, some of the exciting new features include:
This project has been at the top of our wish list since the beginning and it’s finally here. We’re launching our video library with 263 videos that span all of cmuTV’s coverage from 2003-2009 as well as some older historic gems and some compilations and clips from this semester at rolls. Our agreement with cmuTV is to give the DVDs one year of exclusivity before we put the content online. DVD sales help fund the production itself, and we don’t want to undercut that. In what we hope will become a new tradition, the 2010 videos will be unveiled online this week before the races.
Didn’t you hate when you came up with a clever comment on a picture in the gallery, but nobody ever saw it? Now everything that happens on the site is sorted out and displayed chronologically so you won’t miss a thing. Ok, so we ripped off the facebook concept a bit, but I think that site is really going to take off, so I figured we’d ride on the coat tails.
This one is going to take a while to reach its full potential, but I think it’s going to be cool. Buggy is so full of quirky and specific terminology and ideas that it takes new teams, new fans, and anyone else that crosses our path a long time to figure out what’s so cool about it. We have tried to offer a “What is Buggy” section on the site, but it’s too large a job for us to tackle well. Luckily, the wiki format lets everyone add and refine the knowledge base as they’re able. If you’ve never edited a wiki before, don’t be shy. Just click edit anywhere you see it and start typing.
Wondering how your favorite team has been progressing over the last 1o years? Don’t wonder any longer, just take a look at the “trends” tab on any organization page and check our our new graphs. We hope these graphs are just the beginning, let us know what buggy data you think could benefit from some visualization.
Take a look around, check out the new digs, and let us know what you think in this thread in the forum. All accounts from the old site should still work, but you’ll need to re-confirm your e-mail address. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if that process gives you any trouble. Thanks to shafeeq and colugodriver for uploading pictures from rolls this morning. The new gallery should be a lot easier to use, so hopefully we’ll have everyone contributing pictures this raceday!