With the fifth version of FFindr getting older and older it is time to look ahead: beginning of November I started to work on FFindr6, a complete rewrite of the underlying backend. I roughly estimated six months of programming work, and this is only a wild guess. Anyway, the first lines are programmed... FFindr 6 is under way.
A complete rewrite means a lot of work, loads of features need to be re-thought and re-done. On the other hand this not only allows to upgrade to more advanced technologies but also to implement many years of experience regarding the needs of online Frisbee organisation. Loads of technical design decisions can now be made based on a solid knowledge of the full stack, making things much better suited right from the groundwork.
Many of you noticed the flawed user management, currently only allowing limited control over pages. Part of this was the arguable choice of separating user accounts and player pages, something that will be addressed correctly with the new version (please think about associating your user account with your player page, this will heavily simplify the migration to the new FFindr!). It will also be possible to have several people managing one single page, obvious nowadays but much less when FFindr went live in September 2007 (just a year after Facebook was opened to everyone). Anyway, there's loads of work to be done... ideally to be revealed in April 2014. Keep telling me how you use FFindr, how you want to have FFindr behave, how you imagine FFindr. This website is the result of just this, interated and refined over many years of online Frisbeeing.