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Poll: feedback on the ACA website(8 posts)

Poll: feedback on the ACA websitelonefrontranger
Jul 17, 2002 6:23 PM
OK, I know it's not totally racing specific... yet it is (trying to help write a proposal here). If you do (or perhaps plan to, or are simply bored at work...) race in an ACA region, what would you want to see from the ACA website? What works well, what's busted, how could they improve their service to the membership, yadda yadda.

The url is http://www.americancycling.org/
changes to framesweiwentg
Jul 17, 2002 11:29 PM
this will make the navigation much easier.
He's joking, I hope. NO FRAMES. (nm)shirt
Jul 18, 2002 8:03 AM
not joking ....weiwentg
Jul 19, 2002 2:42 AM
personally, I find frames fine ...
of course, a site with a better layout can be done without them. txbra.org is, as someone posted, a good example.
some ideas...Chonola
Jul 18, 2002 6:04 AM
It would be cool to add some race photos or maybe have a points series etc.

Look at www.txbra.org for a really good bike racing site.
they have a points series: BAR/BATlonefrontranger
Jul 18, 2002 6:24 AM
check the BAR/BAT link. (acronym stands for Best All-around Rider / Best All-around Team). I find it difficult to find things like this on their site, so your point is valid...
Faster resultsBipedZed
Jul 18, 2002 8:15 AM
I don't really have a problem with the layout or the content, but sometimes results seem really slow to get posted. Of course that could be the promoter's fault as ACA sponsored races (CCTT) results get posted quickly.

Most of the problems stem from lack of staff to update the site rather than the site itself. But then again, maybe I'm just used to it after all these years.
Resultslonefrontranger
Jul 18, 2002 8:25 AM
From dealing with the handful of races we've helped with, I have to say results are clearly in the hands of the promoter, not the ACA website staff. The ACA folks have a clear deadline of Wednesday following the race; if they haven't seen anything from the promoter by then they start to get cranky.

On the other hand, their methodology of scoring often leaves a lot to be desired. We've gotten some sets of results back from the officials that are so illegible it could mean anything. This is why John is pushing so hard to put together a race-ready registration / scoring software piece for them. They are doing their best to be helpful, but most of the people running the show are (by their own admission) technophobes.