I strongly disagree. Each of times that we've had feeds qualify, they were from feeds that typically were never "high-end" feeds... small counties in Colorado for the Balloon boy incident, Killeen TX for the Fort Hood Shooting. Pittsburgh for the G20. Each of these feeds on regular days rarely makes it into the Top-50I see this as a benefit for the high end feed providers only. If you are streaming a small town (like mine), you may not get a large enough audience to qualify.
.I strongly disagree. Each of times that we've had feeds qualify, they were from feeds that typically were never "high-end" feeds... small counties in Colorado for the Balloon boy incident, Killeen TX for the Fort Hood Shooting. Pittsburgh for the G20. Each of these feeds on regular days rarely makes it into the Top-50
...The intention of this reward is to reward feeds that see a burst of activity due to big incidents that drive huge amounts of traffic to RR...
No it's all good..
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the program, its a good ideaBut as you said the "low-end" feeds would only qualify if they have "incidents" - I guess I could hope for an "incident" here
Now, I noticed this link Live Audio Feeds with Active Alerts about the Live Audio Feeds with Active Alerts, ya know what would be cool for that, is if we were able to actually sign up to get alerted to those by email, instead of having to physically be at the computer to have to go to the link then find the feed.Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry9530/126.96.36.1998 Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)
I do not see this as profiting off the feeds. Most of us have much more invested in radios and computer equipment than what is being offered by RR. A feed can be set up for very little expense, but this is a hobby and done for enjoyment. Most of us spend money to enjoy our hobby.
You do have a great point here. We try our best to remove these type messages and let the providers know what the news and alert should be used for. As you stated im sure someone does not want to know Joe Bob is reprogramming their radio .The only bad thing about having the feeds with active incidents sent to us via email is the fact that some broadcasters don't seem to understand what that update is for. They often confuse the News and Feed Alerts box with the Status Message box and put things that have nothing to do with active incidents for all to see. I even noticed one feed provider asking for donations and to send them a pm if anyone was able to help out. Keep in mind the moderating team does a great job of cleaning up those type of things. But to open up an email thinking it's a breaking event only to find out it's just Joe Bob reprogramming their radio and their feed will be right back can be a bit annoying.