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minyan on the go via website
« on: June 03, 2010, 05:08:48 PM »
i am not sure if this already exists - please let me know what you think.  I am not a tech guy but i think that this would not be hard for someone who is a tech guy to set up.

i would like to see a website specifically set up for people who need a minyan in a place where there is no regularly scheduled minyan e.g. disneyland, great adventures etc...

the first person would log an entry for the place and date he is going to be (e.g. disneyland august 17, 2010).   any subsequent visitors could search by time and location and add their info to the entry.  Once a suitable time and location is found, the organizer could then send out an email and/or text to all those who signed up, giving them the minyan info.   a reminder could be sent out shortly before the minyan time as well.

If this did catch on, i think this would be a major improvement over the present system of trying to arrange it in the park by exchanging info with everyone you meet.

Any comments??

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 06:02:07 PM »
More like disneyland, by the DD-show, on the right side by the Macdonald august 17, 2010 @ 5pm.

and make it mobile compatible.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2010, 06:05:09 PM »
exactly

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2010, 07:20:06 PM »
Sounds like a great idea.

Who's gonna act on this idea?

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2010, 07:26:28 PM »
not so easy, there are about a zillion places.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2010, 07:39:02 PM »
you would have to have thousands of people using the site to make it worthwhile for people to find a minyan when and where they want.  When it is at the beginning stage and only has a hundred or so members it will be practically impossible to find ten people at any one place and time. Because of the problems at startup, people would stop posting/checking it and it would die out before it even gets going.             I think its a great idea if is could get to a large scale, but imho it would never be able to take off.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2010, 08:14:16 PM »
i think it could work during vacation time, is there a tech guy out there who knows how hard this is to do? if it is not too much work i think it is worth testing for the summer.  There are not thousands of places where one could expect to find a minyan even during vacation. Probably closer to 1 or 2 hundred realistically.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2010, 08:20:29 PM »
I'm supposedly a tech guy, but no time for such ventures right now.

if you speak about a couple of hundred places, and assume you only focus on the USA, then we would talking about the most famous places, where there would be anyway enough people to make a minyan.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2010, 08:27:14 PM »
yes, talking about the us - don't know much about the rest of the world.  Often there are enough people for a minyan but it takes a long time to find everyone and alot of people end up missing it.  This would make the process alot smoother and make it much easier to get everyone together.  I just wanted to put the idea out there, if it can work i hope someone tries to do it.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2010, 08:41:41 PM »
Gps based would be even better.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2010, 10:11:47 PM »
try with 4square
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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2010, 11:17:14 PM »
Probably would be best to start with a few very common locations and build up from there.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2010, 10:50:12 AM »
I was actually thinking about this idea the last time I travelled off the beaten path, and I believe it has a lot of merit. But it needs to be done in a very user-friendly format (e.g., with calendars to select the travel dates, and a function that groups together all destinations that are within driving distance of each other), and would require a lot of legwork (and possibly money and advertising) to get enough people to know about it and use it, since the success will totally depend on how many people are using it. 

There actually already is a function like this called "Temporary Minyanim" on www.godaven.com, but it is not very user friendly and very few people seem to use it. That being said, it may make sense for someone to partner with godaven, so this can be done on their website in a way that would attract many more people to use the function.

As far as finding people to help/support an initiative like this, the people who would benefit most from this are those whose work requires that they attend many conferences throughout the US. So I would reach out to anyone you know who meets that description, and solicity their help.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2010, 01:38:39 PM »
the whole godaven website really needs a new design, as far as the temporary minyan function maybe some sort of twitter type feed embedded in the godaven or any other website would work.

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Re: minyan on the go via website
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2010, 02:24:14 PM »
From a technical perspective it's very doable. The difficult part will be having enough people using it to make it work.

One problem with godaven is that everything works manually, it should all work automatically.

There's no limit to how many locations there can be -as long as there is a user friendly search.