With eager anticipation, Mallard Computer, Inc’s new weather services division, WeatherMallard, is pleased to announce the new WeatherQuack.com, a community quacked up about the weather. WeatherQuack is an exciting new community website bringing the weather community together. It is our hope that members will enjoy and have fun discussing the weather at WeatherQuack, plus the website will also be used to issue life-saving weather reports to the community as a free public safety service.
WeatherQuack is free for everyone to access, and visitors can even access much of the site without registering. In order to contribute to WeatherQuack, visitors will need to join WeatherQuack (also for free) by registering for a My Mallard® ID (typically an email address and a password). This will grant members full citizenship to the WeatherQuack weather community and allow members to enjoy everything WeatherQuack has to offer.
For those who were members of the former WeatherBug Community, we invite them to join WeatherQuack. Such former members of the WeatherBug Community will need to re-register for WeatherQuack by signing up for a free My Mallard® ID in order to contribute to WeatherQuack (since WeatherQuack utilizes a different site engine than the former WeatherBug Community). Additionally, none of the content from the former WeatherBug Community will be available on WeatherQuack.
WeatherQuack is just getting started, and we plan to offer additional features in the future to build WeatherQuack into a full-fledged weather community. In the meantime, here are the features currently available to WeatherQuack members:
- Customizable membership profiles (including profile pictures, cover images, and the ability to tell us one’s weather interests, including linking to one’s personal weather station on a third-party weather website).
- The ability to interact with other members by posting on their membership profiles, through personal messaging, and through live chat (on the home page). One can also browse and search through the member directory.
- Blogs that allow one to regularly post weather reports on WeatherQuack (we’ll be adding additional blog post categories coming up).
- The ability to share blog posts through various social media channels with the click of a button.
- The ability to follow new blog posts via email or RSS feeds.
- View a site-wide activity feed, similar to the news feed on Facebook or Twitter.
- Integrate WeatherQuack with the WordPress app for one’s computer or mobile device (we’re powered by WordPress and leverage BuddyPress for additional community features).
- Access the entire WeatherQuack experience across computers, tablets, and smartphones. We’re fully mobile-optimized out-of-the-box, and WeatherQuack members will enjoy a consistent, first-class experience across devices, not a stripped-down mobile-only website.
If one needs assistance at any time with WeatherQuack, one can easily contact support via email, send us feedback on how we can improve WeatherQuack, or report any inappropriate content that appears on the website (we want to keep the site fun, family-friendly, and free of spammers and scammers).
Here are some additional features we have planned to rollout on WeatherQuack in the future:
- Adding one’s location (listed from one’s profile page) in-line with blog posts, allowing people to at-a-glance see where weather reports are coming from.
- Including an “About” biography box to profile pages (One can edit one’s “About” biography box under one’s profile settings under the WordPress admin panel. It is currently visible under one’s blog posts).
- Weather interest groups, allowing WeatherQuack members to discuss various weather interests with one another. We’ll also be offering weather organizations the ability to host a free group on WeatherQuack to promote their weather organizations (think of it as a virtual 365 day AMS conference where all vendors get a free booth). One of the groups will also allow members to publicly share and discuss feedback concerning WeatherQuack with other WeatherQuack members.
- A full-fledged help page, complete with tutorials and video training, plus a support ticketing system under-the-hood for our support teams (on the surface we’ll still use a simplified contact form for getting in touch with support).
- Online system status page, complete with email and social media integration, allowing people to be notified in the event of a website outage or maintenance.
- Integration with WeatherQuack’s Facebook and Twitter pages, allowing all blog posts to be visible directly from WeatherQuack’s Facebook and Twitter pages, linking back to WeatherQuack.com.
- We’ll also be looking into a way to offer live video streaming (especially during severe weather events), as well as a way to handle photo and video sharing (in the meantime, members can include photos and embed videos into their blog posts). We also have plans to overhaul our weather graphics, as well as add a new WeatherQuack logo coming up.
Since the website has recently launched, we expect a few minor bugs and kinks we need to iron out. We have done our best to iron out the kinks and squash all the major bugs before launch, but there might be a handful of bugs we need to resolve.
Since this is a free public safety service (we have no business model to monetize the website and are actually donating our time and resources to power this without making a profit), we will not be competing with other major weather websites, weather apps, and weather services in the weather industry. Visitors will still want to use their favorite weather websites, apps, and services to access their local weather forecast, track severe weather, etc., and we’ll be featuring some of our favorites on WeatherQuack (we’re linking to a third-party forecast and weather radar site at the start). We’re simply a fun, free place to bring the weather community together, and we’re happy to freely promote any weather organization who is interested in having us promote their organization, products, and services.
Let’s “quack” together about the weather!