“Winners never quit and quitters never win”. This is what I learnt from two years of blogging. I started some interesting ideas, but it stopped for some reason. Many people have brilliant ideas but not many can stick to with them.
I started the My City, My Bus Stop project in the first week of 2004, but the system failed because of migration to the new server. It involves much work to rebuild the whole thing and it did take some time to rebuild it. My friend Isaac has asked about the status of the project and so have some contributors. Although it took about half a year to fix it, I finally fixed the problem and now everything works. I bet we can start it again – the My City, My Bus Stop Project hasn’t die yet. (These two paragraphs were rewritten according to mc_dean’s suggestion)
Go to My City, My Bus Stop Project (Chinese site)
The project started with a base of all public transportation lines in a Wiki site. Now there are nearly 400 lines in it already. You can navigate through public transportation lines or see which lines stop at a certain stop. It is very useful for people to find the right bus in the city.
At least, I believe it will become one of the top results for many bus stop names in Google within two months, as the Shanghai Map did. Why? Google loves the intensive cross links in the Wiki site.
What is the Next Step
The power of the Wiki site is that everyone can modify and contribute to the pages. Here is how everyone can participate.
Attach Your Blog to a Bus Stop
If you run a blog, you can put your blog along with your name to the stop that is nearest to you. No matter where you live in the city, there must be a stop that is closest to you. For example, I put my name at TianChi. Maybe you can find a blogger at the same bus stop. It will be fun if you find other bloggers this way.
Describe the Stop
The initial idea behind this project is, by describe the points of the city; we have some idea of the whole city. If you are interested, you can select a bus stop, and describe the bus stop in your own words. You can tell people what is unique in this bus stop that makes it so special within the city.
Correct Errors and Update the Route
There may be errors in the map and you can correct it. There are new bus lines, such as GJ607, that can be added into the system. So help yourself to do it.
How to Participate
If you want to participate in this project, follow the simple steps:
1. Choose a stop. You can follow a bus line to reach your stop.
2. Click “Edit Page” button located on the top-right and/or bottom of the page.
3. Modify the page as you wish. You can find formatting tips at the end of the edit page.
4. Click “Save” to make your change available for others. Yes. No authentication and authorization are implemented so far. This is how Wiki works.
Good luck! This is Your City.