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I have had this idea for awhile to implement groups into BrewShuffle. I put it on the back burner because I felt the site needed a larger user base first. Last week I received an idea submitted via the contact form:
“How about a Brew Club page, which would make it easier to schedule local events & locate like-minded folks.”
from Hogeye Brewing Co.
I like this idea and implementing groups would basically encapsulate this. Groups would consist of:
- The ability for any user to create any group
- The ability to assign admins
- The ability to add news and comment on each news article
- Events that the members are attending would be listed under the group
- The home brew that members are sharing would be listed under the group
- Maybe a photo album similar to the brewer album.
This would be a lot of effort to code and would take a bit of time. So I would like to open it up to you guys first to hear your thoughts so I can try to make it work so everyone uses and enjoys the group feature.
There was just a few updates pushed last night that included:
- Changing the way event friendly URL is generated so crazy characters won’t cause problems.
- Moved friendly URL generator into it’s own function that is now also used by the brew builder.
- Rebuilt the cache object to pop off the oldest cache item and expire cache items earlier.
- Reduced the amount of items stored in the cache stack to prevent system out of memory errors.
- A few small CSS tweaks to the “Local Pages.” Some of it is still not looking right, more tweaks will have to wait until the next batch of updates.
- Updated twitter / facebook object to only update status if there hasn’t been an update for more than 5 minutes.
Prominently displayed on the opening webpage should be “available shuffles.” I just signed up and other than “someone will find you,” I couldn’t find any directions on how to start a shuffle. Since no one is registered in my area, and I’ve personally made the decision that I have no problem mailing a few beers, distance becomes a non factor so there should be a global list of shuffles available (sortable by distance from my location).
Suggested by the brewer: Three Quarter Compass (http://brewshuffle.com/brewer/Three-Quarter-Compass)
If you like this idea or have an idea to add or expand upon it that might work please leave a comment. The more people that are interested in an idea the more likely it will get implemented!
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I’ve just finished up what I’m calling “Local Pages” they contain stats / info dynamically generated based off of where you are or the location supplied. You can see this page by navigating to http://brewshuffle.com/local. You might also notice a change to the home page where it now tries it’s best to figure out where you are and supply a link to the new local page. This link is also located on the header of every page for easy navigation. I hope this helps all those map haters out there. If you would like to see different stats on the Local Page please let me know and I can see what I can whip up. Also note you can easily edit the URL to check out other city, state pages ex: http://brewshuffle.com/local/Lancaster-PA
I have finished the label generator, it consists of 4 basic labels right now. If you have an idea for a standard label please let me know via the contact form. I made it so it’s not too hard to add a new label so I’m really looking forward to seeing what you guys think up. Hopefully this will allow home brewers to easily print out labels for their brew they are sharing. The QR Code and shortened URL will bring you to the brew page for that homebrew.
I extended the home brew review portion a bit. It used to be just a general text box to input anything. I thought by adding “Overall Rating”, “Appearance”, “Smell”, “Taste” and “Mouthfeel” it might encourage some more in-depth home brew reviewing (which is what most of us are here for).
Just a reminder you need to have completed the “shuffle” in order to review that home brew.
After a few more requests I have added some email notifications. Brewers can now get email notifications when a brew shuffle is requested. All current users have all notifications turned off by default. To turn them on login and go to the following page http://brewshuffle.com/account/email. All new users will have the notification when a brew shuffle is requested turned on and all other notifications turned off. To turn other notifications on or manage your notifications please go to http://brewshuffle.com/account/email.
I had this idea to create a dynamic label generator. Initially I would probably just make it work for a “hello my name is” label and then add more if there are any suggestions. The label would contain the name of the beer, OG, FG, ABV, brew date, complete date and if there’s room the description. I would also like to put on there a QR code and URL to the brew on BrewShuffle.com so people that are enjoying your delicious brew could go straight to the brew page.
Let me know any thoughts / suggestions in the comments.