Written byon Jan. 17, 2013 .
as you can see from the image above, some languages are lagging behind a little. Would you like to help AstroBin by contributing to the translation to your native language? It's easy!
Go to the localization server, and create an account. Then click on your language, then a project, and start translating!
Remember to click on the Submit button instead of the Suggest button, so your translation won't need approval from another translator.
And if you have any questions or trouble, just let us know!
Written byon Nov. 10, 2012 .
Last week I have launched AstroBin Questions, a community driven, highly interactive, wiki-capable website that you moderate, thanks to a system based on reputation points.
I've just written down a meta questions that explains how reputation and votes work, what they are and how they should be used. You can read it on AstroBin Questions, or here below. And by the way, if you are still wondering what AstroBin Question is, and why it's so important for the astrophotography community, read this: What is AstroBin Questions?
This website works a lot differently than a forum. A good explanation about how this is not a forum can be found in the first meta-question asked.
This meta-question talks about reputation and voting.
One key reason why this website was made, was to provide the astrophotography community with a way to get correct answers to question, not just any answer.
Reputation and votes are the way in which the community moderates itself, and makes sure the best answer is on top.
Every question, and every answer, can be voted up or down.
Reputation points are a way to express how reputable a person is in the community. Reputation can be earned and lost, primarily because of votes received.
When a person has a high reputation, people will know that they can trust their answers.
These are the primary reputation gain and loss rules, but bear in mind that the numbers might change in the future, if the community becomes larger:
As you can see, users are rewarded reputation for actively helping to shape the community. If you accept an answer, for instance, you are rewarded 2 reputation points. Also, notice how downvoting will cost you reputation: this is because downvoting should not be done lightly, but in the spirit of bettering the community when this is necessary.
Besides gaining respect in the community, reputation allows you certain privileges. These are the reputation points you need to perform certain actions (remember that these numbers too might change in the future, as the community grows):
As you can see, after 200 reputation points, things start to get serious and you are allowed lots of moderation tasks. This is all in the best interest of the community, so we can have a website that has good, legitimate and correct content!
Finally, you have the option of flagging posts (both questions and answers) as offensive. This should be used if the post contains spam, vulgarity or is actually offending to the community for other reasons.
Written byon Nov. 7, 2012 .
I've just realized that some code I had introduced on October 26th caused a bug and some images would hang for a long time (or forever) as "still processing."
The bug has now been solved, but would you care to please let me know if you were affected?
Thanks and sorry about the incovenience!
Written byon Nov. 3, 2012 .
As most of you will have noticed, AstroBin has just launched a sister site, called AstroBin Questions.
AstroBin Questions is a Questions & Answers site focused on the quality of the content. The allowed subjects of discussion are Astrophotography and Astronomy.
AstroBin Questions was created because, as of today, the most common form in which astronomy communities exist is that of the forum. A 20+ years old concept, that doesn't scale well with massive amount of information, does a terrible job at organizing such information (in fact it barely tries), and presents a number of flaws.
AstroBin Questions address the problems forums have, and is a community driven, highly interactive, wiki-capable website that you moderate, thanks to a system based on karma points. If you haven't already, checkout the introductory page here: http://www.astrobin.com/help/questions/
In addition to this, I'd like to tell you that your image pages now have a large button: Request critique. Clicking this button will bring you to AstroBin Questions's "Ask a question" page. The page will be pre-filled with information about the image for which you clicked on Request critique.
This way, you can ask the community specific questions you may have about how to improve your acquisition or processing technique, in relation to that particular image.
Check out the help and faq pages on AstroBin Questions and join today!
Written byon Oct. 8, 2012 .
A few months ago, there was a discussion on CloudyNights concerning the rating system on AstroBin. Some opinions were expressed and some suggestions were made.
Many of you have already noticed that the meaning of the 5 stars is as follows:
From today, all ratings on AstroBin have been migrated to a new system, called AstroBin index. Calculating the index works in two phases:
Phase #1 ensures that if an image has been voted 5-star many times, a spurious 1-star vote will be ignored.
Phase #2 ensures that an image voted with a single 5-star vote will not have a better rating than an image that was voted with one hundred 5-star and one 4-star just because 5 > 4.9999999...
This seems to yield much fairer results, especially with images with lots of votes. Of course I should encourage you to comment on images if you vote 1-star or 2-star, because this would like to be a constructive community.
Now go have a look at the Big Wall sorted by rating for some really amazing images, and vote on!
PS: I've needed to add a new FAQ entry to explain the AstroBin index, so that needs to be translated to all languages! It's only a couple of sentences, want to help? http://translate.astrobin.com/
Written byon July 25, 2012 .
While I work on new features on a different, unstable branch, I've made some small additions and fixes to the master and stable branch of AstroBin's code, and I tagged version 1.8.1.
Here's what's new:
Further more, Catalan and Slovak language are currently under translation!
AstroBin is growing: almost 2000 users, and over 1100 have uploaded images; over 12000 public images and we broke the wall of 20000 integration hours! Way to go!
This was only a minor update but I still have lots of features planned, so stay tuned!
Written byon June 11, 2012 .
because of a bug in AstroBin's code, owners of the Lacerta MGEN autoguider camera will found that the camera has disappeared from their profiles and images.
This happened because a user created a "Lacerta MGEN" as a Telescope, instead of a Camera, and the automated merging that followed couldn't find the correct item, so things were removed but not added back.
Obviously I have now fixed the code so this shouldn't happen again.
I'm really sorry about the inconvenience!
Written byon June 5, 2012 .
If you have a WordPress blog, you can now use Eric's widget to display your recent AstroBin uploads. Fetch it while it's hot:
I'd like to thank Eric very much and invite you to try his widget!
Written byon June 5, 2012 .
If you have done anything on AstroBin between 2012-06-05 10:21 GMT and 2012-06-05 11:46 GMT, unfortunately that activity has been lost due to a technical problem.
Any images you have uploaded, voted, commented, or any other activity during that hour and twenty-five minutes have vanished.
Luckily the damaged was contained very well, so the impact was minimal.
My apologies to everybody who was affected,