Unfortunately I did not have the chance to maintain tb-run and tb-rescue during the last months. Other job-related as well as other private projects were the reason that I had almost no time to answer your emails. I feel sorry for that.
In addition, we experience some technical issues.
E.g. the tb-rescue ranking list was not updated. Rescue requests were not closed and rescuers did no receive credit for their rescue missions. This should be fixed now.
But we still see some performance problems with loading times of some of the pages. I am working on this but cannot make an estimation when those will be fixed. Update 2014/05/02: 90% of the performance problems should are fixed.
Also it is currently not possible to change the watched area in tb-rescue. sorry.
Today, I will focus on answering your email.
As soon as I have any news regarding the current issues, I will provide an update via Twitter/Facebook/Blog.
I hope you have some understanding that tb-rescue and tb-run are just hobby projects and other private and job-related stuff has priority somethimes 🙂
Hi all. I know, I did not send a single life sign during the last month. Neither in the blog, nor as replies to your emails.
But I was completely snowed under due to private and business projects.
Originally I planned to use thewinter season to implement many ideas for tb-run and tb-rescue and be able to proudly remove the “beta” label from both sites.
But what can I say… I did not and still both sites are running with almost no issues.
I have the impression that 90% of all “my TB is stuck” cases are covered by the current tb-rescue technology.
The service has become well established and seems to be stable.
We receive lots of new rescue requests every day and our server sends out thousands of mails every day to potential rescue teams in the relevant areas. Seems like the western caching civilization is mostly covered – see Map.
The banner ads from Groundspeak on gc.com do supply us with new interested geocachers every day and we have exceeded 8000 registered users.
What else is on the todo list?
Well, first of all we have the topics that are most aksed:
Watch more than one area
Have nice statistics about the races
And my main issue that tb-rescue does not handle some processes too well.
One example is: if a TB owner does not mark his trackable as missing, even though a rescue team has confirmed that its gone – (sigh!).
In this case, the rescuer does not get a rescue point and the request is kept open forever.
Ahh.. the „most Wanted“ functionality is still the creation of rescue request for TBs that are stuck at another CACHER. 🙂 .
In the meantime, we have 99% of the Germany covered by rescue teams. As soon as tb-rescue.com receives a new rescue request, we inform sometimes not fewer than 30-40 potential rescue teams via email. 🙂 cool!
I just took a closer look at the map and found 5 uncharted territories in germany – areas which no one is watching so far.
I know.. Some parts of tb-rescue.com English translation are probably awful to read (sorry, we are just no native speakers). But it seems that this fact does not completely deter the English speaking geoacaching community from using it.
BTW: If you are a native speaker I would be happy if you would volunteer to review the text. In this case please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the last weeks, around 1000 geocachers registered with tb-rescue.com. We could also report several successful rescue missions. In particular we are proud that there are many rescue teams in North America. Just look at the map that displays all watched areas – thank you.
And: Alaska, Australia, Estonie and Oman are also partly covered – cool!