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Quick Link:

https://www.nywoodsandwater.com/showcases/hunter-showcase/

 

TLDR;

Instead of posting individual topics in various forums or one "picture only" topic in a given forum, we can now post our hunting success pictures and stories in a dedicated page called the Hunter Showcase! :up:

 

The long story...

Alright, so I've been debating how best to handle the collection and display of hunting success on the site. 

Goals:

  1. Allow members to share their hunting success, their story, and their pictures
  2. Allow other members to react, comment, etc to that hunter's success
  3. Have organization where we can see a collection of all the featured success pictures without all the noise of the comments or needing to scroll through pages of comments to find the hunting success pictures.
  4. Have the ability to drill down into a specific hunter's success post and have an isolated discussion specific to it.
  5. Have the ability to see what I'm specifically interested in seeing, whether it's by animal, by weapon, and/or by year.

 

The traditional way has been to use forum topics, but there are a few major drawbacks that made me rethink this approach and choose to try something new.

  1. For example, what types of topics do we create for a season long sharing of deer that members killed with a compound? 
    • 2023 Deer Success Thread in the Deer Hunting forum? 
    • 2023 Bowhunting Success Thread in the Bowhunting forum? 
    • Where do we post?  How do other members know?
  2. How do we reduce the noise in a topic and focus on just the animal pictures we are interested in? 
    • Do we try to moderate a topic and say "Only post animal pictures here, don't say anything about them"?  That's not ideal for members or moderators!  We WANT to congratulate someone!
  3. How do we have conversations about a single success story without walking over other conversations?

Alright, so now enter a new creation, the Hunter Showcase!  What exactly is it and why is it better than shooting the X ring at 100 yards with a 40lb recurve and a 650 grain arrow?  Alright, I'll tell you!

Hunter Showcase:

  • Custom entry form that allows you to enter in multiple contexts from the hunt:
    • A unique title for the Hunter Showcase entry, i.e. Massive WNY 10 Pointer Down!
    • A Featured Image that will be the source of the main landing page and provide a paginated list of all member's success (without the noise of any comments on that page, just pictures and details of the kill)
    • Year the animal was killed
    • Date the animal was killed
    • Species of the animal
    • Weapon used
    • A full Content section allowing you to enter additional pictures of the hunt along with a detailed story.  This is just like filling in a New Topic!
  • Main landing page
    • A paginated list of all the Featured Images entered!  This is the snapshot of all the animals entered without any comments, just pages of featured success pictures!  No noise!
    • Comprehensive filtering that will allow you to filter on ANY COMBINATION of Year, Species, and/or Weapon used!  This is the main collective benefit of all this.  There's no longer a need to fish through forums to find something, you can narrow right down on what you are interested in!
      • Want to see all Deer killed in 2023?  You got it!
      • Want to see all Bears killed with a rifle in 2023?  You got it!
      • Want to see all Coyotes killed with a compound across all years?  You got it!
    • Drill down into a specific Hunter Showcase record!
      • When you see a Hunter Showcase record you're interested in, CLICK IT!  It'll take you into the detailed content including the story and additional pictures!
      • Here you'll be able to have a comments section (these are just like replies in a topic), where members can discuss THIS specific hunt.  No cross chatter or confusion or difficult to follow conversation, instead it's focused on that hunt!

 

Alright, that's the kickoff!  So go give it a try and shoot holes in the approach!  I welcome the feedback and will enhance it as recommendations come in!

Here is the link again, and you'll also see a main menu item for it and I'll be adding something to the Featured Menu as well soon! :up:

https://www.nywoodsandwater.com/showcases/hunter-showcase/

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I tried adding a couple for 2023 but wasn’t able to edit.  I will try again after the kinks are worked out.

issues : wasn’t able to make any changes or add date, weapon, etc., 2nd one accidentally went in twice, can’t delete “duplicate”.

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9 minutes ago, Wolc123 said:

I tried adding a couple for 2023 but wasn’t able to edit.  I will try again after the kinks are worked out.

issues : wasn’t able to make any changes or add date, weapon, etc., 2nd one accidentally went in twice, can’t delete “duplicate”.

Can you explain your steps?   No idea how you added one without a title as it's a required field.  I get the following:

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Magic maybe ?  I don’t remember the title field coming up,when I clicked the link, so I put the title under “tags”.

 

I’ll try straightening them out when and if I can edit. 
 

I’m trying to do this with an I-phone 13 (I think) , Safari maybe ?

That might not compatible with the format you are using, since I did not even see the “title” field. 
 

I wouldn’t expect something as complicated as this to come out of the box perfect.  I’m trying to improve my patience and this is a great opportunity to grow it. Thanks for starting this feature.  

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3 hours ago, Wolc123 said:

Magic maybe ?  I don’t remember the title field coming up,when I clicked the link, so I put the title under “tags”.

 

I’ll try straightening them out when and if I can edit. 
 

I’m trying to do this with an I-phone 13 (I think) , Safari maybe ?

That might not compatible with the format you are using, since I did not even see the “title” field. 
 

I wouldn’t expect something as complicated as this to come out of the box perfect.  I’m trying to improve my patience and this is a great opportunity to grow it. Thanks for starting this feature.  

They are there now, looks like it worked!   

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2 hours ago, Rusty said:

They are there now, looks like it worked!   

Yeah, but I still can’t edit them to get rid of the duplicate and add missing info.  Looks like you guys still have a bit of work to do. 
 

kill date on the bb was 9/10/23

Gun was Marlin 512 with 2-7 Redfield/Leupold Revolution

Cartridge was 12 ga , 2-3/4” Hornady sst.

Notes: Liver was finest tasting wild game meat that I ever had.  
 

kill date on doe was 9/17/23

gun was .50 cal T/C Omega with 2-7 “original” Redfield wide field scope.

loading was 240 gr xtp bullet, in black plastic sleeve and (2) 50 gr T7 pellets 

notes: only ate fillet mignonettes so far (in tacos) and they were also “to die for”. 


 

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