For the new year, I am planning on adding a few data fields to the Typewriter Database:
1) Price Paid (USD)
2) Year Purchased
This data will be compiled, but not shown on the individual typewriter galleries. Instead, once there is a sufficient number of data points in there, I am pondering running generalized reports that would include the average price paid for a given make/model and a high and low range. I think this preserves the privacy of those who don’t particularly want to announce the price they paid for all their machines, but still want to contribute to the information pool. Those who do want to announce (us thrifters especially), can just add the info to the machine’s description like we do now.
Additionally, I’m planning on adding a checkbox to each machine gallery where the owner can flag a particular machine in their collection as a “Parts Machine”. This would feed a page where members looking for parts can search among machines flagged as such. The details of facilitating contact between the part-seeker and the part-haver are not firm, but I’m considering a Craigslist-like single-blind system where you could send an email via the site, and the recipient could choose to either reply (and reveal their email address to the requestor) or discard the request without revealing their email address to the requestor. Only Typewriter Hunter members would be able to send requests, so I’m not real fearful of SPAM, but I expect some people are leery of handing out their email addresses to anyone who asks, so I’d like to provide them the option of not responding directly.
This feature is a response to the growing phenomenon of parts sharing among the Typosphere. Facilitating those exchanges seems like a good idea to me. (:
In other news, Nick Beland had handily blown past my score in the Typewriter Database finally, and Mark Petersen is hot on my heels. It was fun being King, but now it’s time for more diligent Hunters to enjoy the spotlight. :D
We’re at 922 Galleries as of this posting, and I have a data import file from Michael Höhne containing 80+ new entries from his personal Typewriter Database that I could import right now to reach the magic 1000, but that seems a little like cheating. Instead I may import part of the file and bring us up *closer* to 1000, but not all the way. I’d like the 1000th machine entered to be manually entered, with photos, which is currently not possible with the data importing format (photos can’t be extracted from FoxPro in any way that either I or Michael can figure out). After the new year, I can import the rest of his entries, and space them out a little, so there’s not another huge swath of photo-less entries. That’ll give Michael some time to upload photos for his entries if they just appear ins smaller batches.