I am currently building a 'community' website which is like the Yellow Pages with user reviews. For example, the website lists all the Florists, Plumbers, and Massage Therapists in the area, and then allows people to post a review for the particular service. The website is for a community of about 75,000 and it won't be difficult to get the word out about the website. The challenge is getting people to 'generate' the content. How can we incentivize people to write reviews? Any examples of websites that are doing this right? Most importantly, any creative ideas from the savvy marketers out there on how to get people to write reviews and generate our critical content with minimal financial incentive?
posted by jasondigitized
on Sep 14, 2006 -
I've seen some cameras up on street lamps and the top of traffic signals in Oakland, California, specifically around Telegraph and Grand. How do I find out what these are for and who is watching?
posted by trixare4kids
on Aug 13, 2006 -
TrafficTicketFilter: I was cited for CVC 21651(A)(1) in Aliso Viejo, CA. Please help me determine if I can beat this ticket. [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo
on Aug 6, 2006 -
How do you get people to find and read your site without resorting to chicanery? [more inside]
posted by krark
on Aug 2, 2006 -
I have been looking for a non-java web traffic stats service that provides referral link information. I have only been able to find non-java ones that do not provide this information (they just count hits but don't tell you where they came from). I need non-java because sites like lulu.com etc. don't allow java services like the very good statcounter.
posted by Moose
on Jun 17, 2006 -
What are the best ways to track referrer links & to track traffic to a Livejournal account or community? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains
on Apr 19, 2006 -
My wife showed up to traffic court to take her lumps, but the clerks were mass-dismissing cases without even letting people in to see the judges. What gives? [more inside]
posted by mph
on Apr 19, 2006 -
We're going from SF to Tahoe tonight but can't leave until 4:30 p.m. or so. Should we even bother leaving ASAP or should we just wait? [more inside]
posted by epugachev
on Mar 31, 2006 -
Northern Virginia: I need to appear soon in Arlington County traffic court, and I'd like to get legal assistance with my case. The metro area is full of law firms - would anyone care to recommend a good one?
posted by atavistech
on Mar 27, 2006 -
Host Network Monitoring: I have a colo box. I can watch traffic levels on it using mrtg. But how do I find out what is causing the traffic I see on the pretty graphs? [more inside]
posted by cmm
on Mar 21, 2006 -
Graphic Design/Business Filter: My creative business is in serious need of a good Traffic management/scheduling software solution. So far we found Robohead
. A web-based application. Anybody used this? [more inside]
posted by tkchrist
on Mar 1, 2006 -
I received a mailed notice for when to appear in court to challenge a traffic ticket. I have subsequently lost that notice. I'm in Toronto, Ontario. How can I find out when I'm supposed to appear in court? [more inside]
posted by lemur
on Feb 27, 2006 -
Guerilla Marketing - I created a website as a lark that has become quite popular. All this early last week. I'm looking to compile a list of tools and techniques to push the popularity (without spending any money of course). What would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by dhacker
on Feb 26, 2006 -
Help me find and resolve a traffic bottleneck at my co-location. We launched a new web-app (it registers users and delivers flash content) at my work and the server fell over at about 17 conn/sec. Help me prevent this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Feb 14, 2006 -
L.A.TrafficFilter: getting from Studio City to San Pedro by 7:00 a.m. sharp tomorrow morning (via the 101/110) -- what's a good timeframe to expect? [more inside]
posted by scody
on Jan 12, 2006 -
I’m driving considerably more than I used to, and have noticed an interesting phenomenon as a result. At least once a day, I see a driver coming towards a stop sign, prepared to make a rolling stop, fixated on looking to their right. At the final second, they look to the left and slam the brakes upon seeing an approaching vehicle.
I’d like to figure out why these folks look to the right, instead of the left, which is the lane that will crash into them first. Am I just noticing the bad drivers because they stand out, or there a better explanation?
posted by yorick
on Dec 3, 2005 -
Download limit question: If I can only download 20gb of data a month, whats the best (free) windows software for measuring and analysing all traffic coming in (and out) of my internet connection? Thanks...
posted by kev23f
on Oct 31, 2005 -
Early nineties, blue lights on a traffic light below the standard green one. Am I crazy? What were they for? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Oct 24, 2005 -
I'm considering a drive from NJ to NH, and there are various potential trouble spots on the way. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze
on Sep 6, 2005 -
NYCTrafficFilter: Help me avoid the worst of it. I have to drive from Maine to Long Branch, NJ for a wedding this weekend. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have to leave Portland at around 1 p.m. on Thursday. This means I'll be nearing NYC right around rush hour. Google Maps suggests going 84 to 91 to 95, over the GWB, to Garden State Parkway to Rt. 36. Should I trust Google on this one?
posted by damn yankee
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Is there any place (online or otherwise) where I can get historical data on southern California freeway traffic patterns? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1
on Aug 4, 2005 -
TrafficTicketFilter: I've been asked to prove that I have paid all my traffic tickets for the past 5 years and I have no clue how. Where should I call/go to get retroactive traffic ticket records? city court? state court? DMV? This is in Atlanta, Georgia. [more inside]
posted by costas
on Aug 2, 2005 -
Can I proceed through a red light when it is clearly not possible
for traffic to be coming from the opposing direction? [more inside]
posted by mike9322
on Jun 30, 2005 -
So I've been noticing for some time that whenver I'm on the highway and encounter some kind of construction or whatever that forces one to merge, that if I dutifully merge over as quickly as possible I then watch as people in the lane that is bound to run out move past me. I'm wondering why this is so -- why people are rewarded for merging at the last possible moment. As it seems that usually at the merge point the two lanes take turns as far as which car moves forward, it seems that the two lanes should move at the same speed. Can anyone explain why this doesn't seem to be so?
posted by jgballard
on Apr 25, 2005 -
Since April 1st, my blog's traffic has spiked, due to a dramatic increase in hits from Google image searches (like, 400-500 a day). What's going on? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow
on Apr 5, 2005 -
When did Los Angeles drivers begin to consistently make illegal left turns, against a red light? In LA last week, my wife and I noticed that the last two or three cars making a left turn at an intersection did so even though the green arrow had stopped showing. And are there other places besides Southern California where these (belated, illegal, dangerous) turns happen regularly? [A bit more inside] [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster
on Feb 19, 2005 -
What free hit counter do you guys recommend for a blog?
posted by guictx
on Feb 9, 2005 -
Internet Traffic Reports?
I know there's a site where Internet Traffic figures are posted, but is there a site that offers news about Internet "incidents." For example, right now, the Yahoo Group I belong to is either very impaired, or completely down. And, while it's somewhat pointless (sort of like schedules for the subway--hey it comes when it comes), I'd like to know WHY.
posted by ParisParamus
on Dec 23, 2004 -
I'm not in the technology business, so this may seem like a fairly simple-minded question. I've a client who claims their website receives a certain number of visitors (not hits, unique visitors) a month. Is there a way to validate this - a non-illegal/non-hacking way of counting what interest one website may generate without them knowing it? Perhaps a website like google or the like that provides this service?
posted by eatdonuts
on Dec 1, 2004 -
[trafficsnarlfilter] Seattle, as I'm sure a lot of you know, has a very serious traffic problem. There are two causes that get the majority of the press (geography and highways that don't support the population) but I'm curious if folks in other metro areas have this problem: you're driving along on the intersate/highway/freeway/whatever and suddenly you come to a standstill. After a while, you come to discover that someone has been pulled over by the police or there's a tow truck on the side of the road. At the head of the pack, some wonderful lookie-loo has slowed down to see if they know this person stuck on the side of the road and caused a chain reaction that forces everyone else to slow down as well.
This happened to me yesterday on my way to Thanksgiving dinner. It took me 45 minutes to go 3 miles. I was not
a happy camper.
Somehow I'd feel better knowing it's not just drivers in Washington State that are this dumb. Then again...
posted by glyphlet
on Nov 26, 2004 -
If I suddenly posted something on my website that I knew would get a ton of traffic, what would be the best way to, literally, capitalize on that traffic? If lightning struck, who would I call/partner with to make sure I got the maximum $$ possible out of all those eyeballs? Assume "selling out to the Man" would not be a concern, and further assume I would have very little time to arrange whatever the answer is. Also, assume the new higher traffic would be short-lived, a few weeks at most.
posted by luser
on Sep 24, 2004 -
I've tried googling for help on this but to no avail.
Help me understand North American parking signs better (inside is more). [more inside]
posted by shepd
on Sep 12, 2004 -
Wireless Filter. I'm trying to make a Linksys BEFW11S4 v4's Internet light stop flashing so insanely. It's affecting internet speed in a big, big way. [MI] [more inside]
posted by bonaldi
on Jul 14, 2004 -
I run a fairly popular website that recently has started getting in excess of half a million pageviews (~1.7 million hits) a day. The usership mainly consists of teenagers and college students, who come back day after day but don't have a lot of money at their disposal - yet it seems to me that I should be able to turn this sort of traffic into something profitable. Yet I have no idea how, without charging money for things; Adsense yields very little for my keywords, and banner ads are giving me around $11 a day. Does anyone have any experience with this? I'd love to eventually quit my day job and do this full time. [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller
on Jul 7, 2004 -
For some reason lately the traffic to my site has increased by a lot (about 500+ visitors a day) which nice and all. I have a great script that reads the log files and figures out the stats and I wrote a custom script to track referalls. One thing I noticed though is a large portion of the traffic I receive comes from adult sites that do not link to me. So how is it that on any given day pornwizzard.com can send me 30-40 visitors? Do I really have that many people who read my site after going to pornwizzard (or any other number of adult sites) or are these sites doing something funky trying to just get traffic to their site if I was to randomly put up a last 10 referrals?
posted by thebwit
on Jul 2, 2004 -
Leaving for North Carolina on Friday morning, and DC traffic has me scared. Rush hour is bad enough on a normal day, but the friday before 4th of July should be awful. I'm trying to think about the best way to go. If we take the outer loop, we'll run into the traffic at 270 and Northern Virginia, which can be pretty bad. If we take the inner loop and cut down 295, we'll have to go over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which, under the right cirumstances, can be a nightmare of Lovecraftian proportions. I live about 30 minutes from the beltway, so pretty much any time we leave will place us right in rush hour traffic, unless we leave at 6am, which I would be up for, but doubt my girlfriend would. Does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to go, or know a roundabout, but potentially un-trafficky way to get around DC when coming from the north?
posted by emptybowl
on Jun 29, 2004 -
I recently opened up port 80 on my home machine, and have been seeing a lot of "zbbpreq" lines in my access logs. What are these? [m.i] [more inside]
posted by seanyboy
on Feb 28, 2004 -