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Should we use a standard format for fishing reports?
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I hate that you even suggested such a thing
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I would be willing to give it a try and then reevaluate this in a month.
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regl
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: Possible format standardizing for fishing reports... Reply with quote

Hello all,

In our ever lasting struggle to have a better search engine ranking as well as help reduce our bounce rates from potential new users, I would like to bring some sort of format standard to the reports. This should make the reports easier to read through and also easy to find the info that you are looking for.

My initial thought on this is that when you goto create a new fishing report, the there would be a message template where you would normally start writing and you would just fill in some blanks. There would also be areas designated for photos and your own words.

What are your thoughts on this?

Reggie
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chuckc
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is a good idea.
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ctfishtalk
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bring it! I like it...
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm on the fence, only because I think we will loose some spontaneity, originality, and humor within our reports.

On the flip side, some of us with the usual less descriptive reports, will have a tool to help them plug in more data to support their outing.

Lets try it and see how it goes.
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ctfishtalk
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very good point... i say we try it for like a week and see how we all like it
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chuckc
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What if we had a standard form at the bottom of the report like:

Date:
Lake:
Hrs fished:
Water Temp:
Water Clarity:
Water Depth fish were caught:
Lure type: (doesn't need to be specific like jig, soft plastics, crankbait, etc...)

Something along those lines.
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SkeeterJim



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

slimecoat wrote:
I'm on the fence, only because I think we will loose some spontaneity, originality, and humor within our reports.

On the flip side, some of us with the usual less descriptive reports, will have a tool to help them plug in more data to support their outing.


Slimecoat has a point and I also like Chuck's idea about having a standard form at the bottom of the reports.
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sevnseat
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People aren't gonna use it if they don't want to! So lets just give everybody the option and see how it works out!
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chumley



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think you could use a standard format like chuckc has posted for all the vital info but still have the angler tell the days events in his own words after all fisherman are the best story tellers lol!
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