HELP: Who is camptocamp?

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An introduction to camptocamp.org: its purpose and philosophy, the people behind it...

Summary

What is all this about?Summary

Camptocamp.org is an interactive website available to all who practice mountain sports. It offers the following:

  • An interactive guidebook of routes and itineraries, across the globe, and for a range of activities (alpinism, rock and ice-climbing, touring, on foot, skis or snowshoes, ski-mountaineering…): a space for sharing information on recent conditions in the mountains as well as descriptions of summits and routes… The guidebook includes a map-based geographic information system as well as data on access points, huts, books…
  • A forum: an open platform for discussing issues related to mountain sports . Everyone is free to ask question, answer them, or simply share their feelings with other who are passionate with the mountains.
  • Articles: a collaborative encyclopaedia on mountain sports and the mountain environment in general, as well as a platform for anyone to publish their own stories and creations...
  • An album: where everyone can put their best mountain pictures on-line. Photos must be associated with outings that describe current conditions, summits or itineraries found in the guidebook.
  • An association: a platform for the non-profit organization that manages the site: That’s where you’ll find all you need on membership, helping-out, the board and the annual general assembly.

These resources are all freely available and do not require any identification.
On the other hand, identification (which is free) is required for contributing new information to the guidebook, to publish an article or post a message on the forum.

What is the website’s general philosophy?Summary

Camptocamp is foremost about sharing. Camptocamp-Association provides the technical platform, not the content.
In practice, moderators are called upon a posteriori to maintain consistency in the available information (and to avoid certain errors). The aim is to offer the much information as possible to all those interested, whatever their technical environment or computer-abilities. This explains the sober design of the pages.

Why the name "camptocamp.org"?Summary

When the websites Skirando.ch and Escalade-OnLine.fr came together, during the dotcom bubble, the list of available domain names that were obvious and short enough wasn’t very long. The founders of these websites were looking for a name with the following characteristics:

  • related to mountains in general
  • not tied to a particular activity
  • not tied to a particular language as the goal was to expand across Europe, beyond the French speaking parts of the Alps and Pyrenees

The outcome was "camptocamp". The name refers to the "camp", where tours, climbs and expeditions are dreamt and prepared, where other mountaineers come by, give feed-back on conditions, share stories and anecdotes...

The ".org" reflects the community which gives life to the website on a daily basis through its contributions, it reflects the voluntary involvement of a handful of moderators who maintain the quality and consistency of the site’s content, it reflects the organization that maintains, develops the site!

How did the site develop?Summary

Check out the article on the history of the camptocamp websites.

How to contribute to camptocamp.org ?Summary

By clicking on register, you will be asked to identify yourself. Unless you already have an account, a link will allow you to create one. Fill it in and follow the instructions.
Registration is free. None of the data provided for registration will be made available to third parties.

How can I customize the website?Summary

For more detail, check out the article on customization
A single, wider community of users means more information can be shared but it can also make it more difficult to find it! To make finding and using information easier, a customization tool was developed. Customization allows filtering of the site’s content on the basis of activities, languages and massifs or regions. To customize your filter, follow the link on the left of your user name. A window will open and the filter will be activated once you click on “record”. A small light bulb on the right of th e link shows that filters are on.

How to use the "wiki" tools?Summary

Using a wiki format is a small revolution aimed at making the interactive guidebook more dynamic. As in the famous on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia, any identified user can modify a document and the change will be immediately visible. Previous versions are saved in a history of the document so that anyone can check and correct changes.

In each document, you will find 4 tabs on the top left:

  • the "Consult" tab for seeing a document’s content,
  • the "Modify" tab for improving the document,
  • the "Versions" tab for checking out the previous versions of the document and the changes from one version to another,
  • the "Comments" tab for commenting the document or discussing changes.


In addition, all the recent modifications, per document type or for all document types, can be seen following the Recent changes link in the left hand-side menu.

Is the information on the site checked and controlled?Summary

Nor Camptocamp-Association nor the team of moderators are able to check the veracity of all the information available on the website.
We essentially rely on contributors for the quality of the information, and on the common sense and experience of users to evaluate their relevance in the field. Anyone can correct an error or report it by contacting the moderators. Moderators review recent changes and additions to the guidebook. Thanks to their excellent knowledge of a particular area, they are able to verify most of the information submitted to the website.
In addition, participation in the forums must follow the rules of a forum charter, on which moderators base their interventions. Moderators can modify, delete or move individual messages or complete discussions. You can signal a problematic message (spam, insults…) by clicking on “Report problem” in the left hand-side column.

Any comments on the moderation itself, such as asking moderators to intervene o toe explain an intervention, must be poster in French on the appropriate forum or in English by .

Who are the moderators?Summary

The guidebook moderators are individuals who are very knowledgeable about one or several mountain sports and one or several areas in particular. Their main task is to review new itineraries and improve existing ones to make sure that the information provided to user sis consistent and easy to find.

Forum moderators are people renowned for their continued presence on the forums and their ability for dialogue!

We are always on the look-out for new moderators, so as to better spread the workload. If you feel you are able to contribute to these tasks and can spend some of your time on either the guidebook or the forums, do not hesitate to contact or the .

How to participate in the website’s development?Summary

Camptocamp.org existe for and by its community of users and contributors. There are several ways to participate in the website’s existence:

  • As a contributor: Once you are identified, you can share your knowledge about mountains.
  • As a moderator: Find out about their key role in the previous section.
  • As a developer: If you have the right skills in web programming (php, postgre, html...), motivation and ideas, then do not hesitate to contact the webmasters.
  • As a translator : We need people who are fluent in two or more languages to update the interface and contextual (pop-up) help in the website’s several languages. If you wish to have the interface and help available in another language than those present, do not hesitate to mention it to the moderators.
  • As a member of Camptocamp-Association: You can participate in decisions concerning the management and evolution of the websites, or to help them financially.
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Version #5, date 9 November 2009