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notes on dodgeball.com [Jan. 15th, 2009|01:15 pm]
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Ya, so I found out from the same blog post as the rest of you. I would have thought that someone would have told me internally first, but I guess not. In fact, I was denying the whole thing at Lock's birthday party last night because it didn't make any sense. I guess I was wrong. It's been fun keeping the lights on these past couple years for you guys, and I'm disappointed that my corporate masters have decided it's no longer worth the bother. Oh well.

Anyways, I don't know yet what "We will communicate the exact time-frame shortly" means yet, but when we figure that out I'll put a note of some kind up on the dodgeball homepage. In addition, for those of you that care about this sort of thing, I'm going to do some work to make it easy to export your checkin history in a convenient format (above and beyond the iCal that is already available). If you have any particular formats you might want it in, feel free to leave a comment here and I'll see what I can do. Chances are it'll be a gdata feed of some kind.

Don't fret too much about not having a tool like this to use when dodgeball gets turned off. Like you, I'm pretty unimpressed with most of the other current offerings, but I know of a couple soon-to-be-released things in the works. Keep an eye out, and we'll all find a new home that suits our needs just fine.
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[User Picture]From: kellianne
2009-01-15 07:06 pm (UTC)

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It's been no fun for me to dodgeball ever since the love power was booted off the project! Cheers to something new.
[User Picture]From: terrajen
2009-01-15 07:10 pm (UTC)

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thanks for keeping it running for us!
[User Picture]From: leahculver
2009-01-15 07:29 pm (UTC)

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Will there be any export of the place database? Hmm... that seems like the most useful part of Dodgeball that would be difficult to re-create from scratch.
[User Picture]From: harryh
2009-01-15 07:40 pm (UTC)

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Not sure yet. Maybe. It's on my "hopefully" list.
[User Picture]From: ldandersen
2009-01-15 08:12 pm (UTC)

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An export of the places database would be awesome.
From: janellegunther
2009-01-15 07:42 pm (UTC)

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i'd like to have my reviews as well as check-in history, of course. maybe the top-10 checked in places (or a list of all!). some people may be interested in their crushes - you can reveal that information now, right?
[User Picture]From: harryh
2009-01-15 07:44 pm (UTC)

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Ah, reviews! Hadn't been thinking about those! Thx for the reminder.

Most checked in venue in nyc btw: Barcade (barely beating out The Magician).
[User Picture]From: asabass
2009-01-22 04:57 am (UTC)

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Just curious: Do you know what the most checked in venue in Seattle is?

Reading this article made me a little angry, with the implication that it was just an NY thing at this point. My friends and I out here still use it ALL THE TIME.
[User Picture]From: harryh
2009-01-22 05:22 am (UTC)

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#1 in Seattle is Linda's followed very closely by Viceroy and then McLeod.

The article shouldn't get you angry. I know it's NY biased, but the gist of it is the same for any city. Dodgeball has always only been used by a fairly small # of people, so it's clearly not a workable as a business (at least in the way that Google has run it), but it's still an awesome little website/service and it's kinda sad that it's time for it to go.

Don't fret too much though. I know of a couple of new things being worked on that will be suitable replacements. Keep and eye out here, I'll definitely link to them when they are ready to go (hopefully close to the time that things are shuttered at dodgeball).
[User Picture]From: asabass
2009-01-22 07:08 am (UTC)

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Those top 3 are comfortingly predictable. I think it was the other big dodgeball-using circle of friends (it really seemed like there was only two) checking in at Viceroy, none of my friends frequented the place.

I checked in many a time at Linda's and McLeod, to be sure.

The vast majority of my check-ins were from Mcleod, the Twilight Exit (closest bar to my house), and the Roanoke Inn (bar on Mercer Island I worked at for 2 years). One of my favorite use for it was to make everyone I was already hanging out with look at their phones.

Anyway. I'm glad New Things are on the horizon, and thank you for keeping it going as long as you have.
[User Picture]From: anarkystic
2009-01-15 07:56 pm (UTC)

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aye, i was out at a birthday party denying things as well until somebody brought up the article on the iphone, tsk tsk internal communications
[User Picture]From: spangleyrocks
2009-01-15 08:39 pm (UTC)

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sad news, for sure. thanks for keeping it chuggin' along for the past few years, harry!
[User Picture]From: sadotter
2009-01-15 09:59 pm (UTC)

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Oh well, so much for my bug fix requests!
[User Picture]From: joshc
2009-01-16 12:13 am (UTC)

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thanks for keeping it afloat! I would love to have my complete history even as something simple like a big text file.
[User Picture]From: slimey_limey
2009-01-16 01:50 am (UTC)

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Out of curiosity, what are the expenses for a typical month of the shortcode + SMS service?
[User Picture]From: harryh
2009-01-16 01:57 am (UTC)

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I can't really give out that information, but if you do a little back of the envelope math you can probably get pretty close. It's not crazy expensive, but it's not trivial either.

SMS fees are outrageous. The phone companies suck.
[User Picture]From: slimey_limey
2009-01-16 02:09 am (UTC)

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Yeah, we were doing some such calculations the other night at SeattleWireless.

A friend and I are working on doing a dball clone that's tuned for Seattle, since there are something like 20 people here who are rather fond of it. (There's not much to tune, but we're improving handling of chain restaurants, for example.)
[User Picture]From: billetdoux
2009-01-16 03:40 am (UTC)

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Wrote a little eulogy for you guys over at the tbg site: http://www.barbariangroup.com/posts/1562-soliloquy_for_dodgeball
[User Picture]From: harryh
2009-01-16 03:43 am (UTC)

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Thx! Just saw your twitter link moments ago! I really want to link to these from the dodgeball.com homepage when I put up a notice tomorrow or Monday.

Yours might be a tougher sell to the corporate masters though as it's a bit more critical of Google.
From: gleemie
2009-01-16 08:22 am (UTC)

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dick move on google's part to let you find out from a blog post. :(
[User Picture]From: iamdonte
2009-01-16 11:26 am (UTC)

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lame you had to find out that way, but at least you kept the fire going as long as you could.