About the Site;
|Birds of Turkey / Up|
|This section includes all birds that have been observed in Turkey, helping to identify species by visually comparing them. In this section detailed information can be accessed in relation to every species. Alphabetical (Turkish, English or Latin) or visual searches can be conducted. It is possible to refine a search to within families of similar species. By clicking 'Full List' on the right hand side corner, the 'Turkey Species List' can be viewed.|
|Forum* / Up|
|In this section, designed for notifications, for problem solving and as a communication platform for the site's members, there are five (5) main titles: Announcements-Events; About the Site; Technical Equipment; Market Place; Bird Emergencies. Every site member can open a new conversation title, a new thread, in the forum and can comment on any of these. Visitors who are not members of the site can view site content, however, they cannot take part in any discussions.
On the forum page there is statistical information such as the latest thread title, the opening date and the total number messages.
The forum is supervised by authorized members of the administration. The administrator may lock a thread subtitle in a forum whenever deemed necessary (closing it to new comments or fully deleting it).
On the forum page there is a search engine integrated to work across the forums' threads and thread titles. This engine searches in forum messages by keyword.
When each message is added, the site automatically sends a notification email to the user who opened that thread. Each message written on the forum leaves a trace on the home page. Subject threads are indicated on the home page with stars.
|Photo Gallery* / Up|
|This is the section in which the photos uploaded by members can be viewed by clicking the 'Photo Gallery Login' link. The photos and texts added to the Photo Gallery are monitored by the administrators and by the photo auditing committee. Any photos violating the rules or the main purpose of the site are deleted, the owner of such photos is warned and, if required, that user's access to the site can be blocked. The photo uploading rules must be carefully read by all users. In this section, photos are listed randomly by their entry dates, with 24 photos on each page. Using the filtering tools on the page, photos can be filtered by ´´species´´, ´´entry date´´, ´´quality´´, ´´number of views´´ and ´´city´´.
Photos marked with a '?' indicate unidentified species. These photos, after being identified and approved by the Species Identification Committee, are placed in each respective species' category. The Species Identification Committee is composed of site members and is determined by the administrators. The photos of species that have been identified by individual users shall also be approved by the Species Identification Committee. The identification becomes final only if two different users from the Species Identification Committee, or the site's administrators, confirm the same species name. If the person who added the photo is already on the Species Identification Committee, then that person's approval is not counted as one of the two required approvals. The process of finalizing the species name works in the same manner for the category of unidentified species.
Comments made to a photo added to the Photo Gallery are automatically sent to the user who added the photo.
|Photo Forum* / Up|
|This is the section in which the photos uploaded by members can be viewed by clicking the 'Photo Gallery Forum' link. The Photo Forum is less detailed since it's target is training and learning. The photos and texts added to the Photo Forum are supervised by the site's administrators and by the Photograph Supervising Committee. If required, any photos violating the rules or the main aims of the site can be deleted, the owner of such photos warned and that user's access to the site can be blocked.
In the Photo Forum, the photos are, normally, listed by their latest message's date, and recently having received a message can make the earliest added photo into the first listed photo. Moreover, there is the ability to list the photos by their date of upload. On each page twenty-four photos are listed.
Comments made to a photo added to the Photo Forum are automatically sent to the user who added the photo. On the home page, there is a tracking section on the bottom right.
|Birds Forum* / Up|
|This section is similar to the Forum, however there are several important differences. The number of titles that can be opened in the Birds Forum is limited to the number of species; no second title can be opened for the same species; only information related to each respective species is collected. The subject title for each new species is set by the Species Supervisor. This supervisor organizes the information collection process for each species, compiles on the Details pages the new information coming from the members, and corrects all mistakes and missing information.
On the Birds Forum page there is a search engine that can search the alphabetical index or by species name. Moreover, the list that initially appears based on uploading order can be resorted based on the species name by clicking the Species Name link.
|Waiting for Identification* / Up|
|Species photos (Photo Gallery Photos and Personal Species Enhancement Photos) wait in the Waiting for Identification pool until they have been approved. In order to prevent any mistakes in the species photo data, only the photos that have been approved by the Species Identification Committee are displayed on the Species pages. In the Waiting for Identification page, there are two sections: Last Month's Photos Waiting for Identification; Unidentified Photos. Last Month's Photos Waiting for Identification is the group of those photos that have been waiting for approval for less than one month; Unidentified Photos is the group of photos that have been waiting for approval for more than one month.
For a species photos to be approved, two different users on the Species Identification Committee, or the Site Administrator, must present the same opinion on the photo. If the person who added the photo is already on the Species Identification Committee, then that person's approval is not counted as one of the two required approvals.
|Enter Observation* / Up|
|In this section site members share the records of the observations they have made of the natural environment. In this section, a member enters the species observed and the number of birds observed, selects a location on the map if one of the predetermined locations matches or, if not, defines a new one. Two location or species photos can be added for each observation. The conditions required for entering an observation are given on the Login page. Comments can be added to observations, with these comments being notified by the site administrators to the appropriate observer via e-mail.
Comments made to a photo added to an Observation are automatically sent to the user who added the observation.
|Add Species* / Up|
|Using Add Species (see Add Photo, Add Species) link, users upload photos, with the uploaded photos then waiting for final identification in the Waiting for Identification section. The photos added to this section are not displayed in Photo Gallery or Photo Forum sections. After being approved they can be viewed on the member's Details page and on the appropriate Species page. They are open to evaluation and they may be selected as the Photo of the Day. The aim is to increase the number of species that have been photographed. One photo can be uploaded each day. Photo Gallery rules apply.|
|Photo Gallery* / Up|
|This site's aim is to collect anonymous information about the species of birds living in Turkey's natural environment and to then share this information. For this purpose, bird photos shot in natural environments are uploaded to the site to enhance the information available on the site. The uploaded photos and textual contents are monitored by the Photograph Supervising Committee and by the administrators. The rules are defined on the Uploading page. Non-compliance with these rules may lead to photo being deleted, the user being warned or even banned from the site. One photo can be uploaded every four days to the Photo Gallery. High quality pictures taken in natural environments can also be uploaded to the Photo Gallery
Moreover, it is possible to upload high resolution photos (1920 x 1080 pixel) to this section once every 15 days. However, this is only possible for users who have awarded a star by the site.
|Photo Forum / Up|
|This is a free platform where all kinds of pictures that support our goals can be shared. There is a limit of one photo uploaded each day. The rules are given on the Uploading page.|
|News, Events, Field Notes / Up|
|On the Trakus.org site's home page, in the upper left-hand corner there is a News section that scrolls once every 4.5 seconds. This data is entered by the Administrators' News Group. It is possible to have chronological access to older news. Every member can send to firstname.lastname@example.org news items that they want to be published in this corner mail address, attaching a maximum of three photos. The decision to publish is solely that of the administration.|
|Publications* / Up|
|This is the section of the site on which training, educational resources, scientific information, and general or specific data related to one or more species or to the natural environment, in accordance with the goals of this site, are shared. The integrity of the documents are determined within a framework of specific rules. Every member has the right to upload documents; this right is limited to one document per week. Uploaded documents are checked by the authorized representatives of the administrators and, when deemed necessary, documents can be erased; each respective user can be warned or banned from accesses the site. When a document is uploaded, the title of the document, its content and some other brief information about the document are also added. There is a search engine that, by searching within the summaries, enables easy access to the required documents. The conditions required for uploading a document are given on the Login page.|
|Exhibition / Up|
|The highly scored and liked photos are selected by specially developed software from those that have been reviewed; sixty of these photos are presented to the site administrator for the monthly archive records. The administrator transfers a maximum of 10 of these photos to the archive, ensuring that each member has a maximum of one photo. The archived photos cannot be erased; the photos' owners receive the 'inerasable' warning when try to delete the photo.
On the Exhibition page, exhibitions from the previous months and years can also be viewed. For this purpose, the month and year options given on the page are used.
|Links / Up|
|This section includes links to sites that are in accordance with the site's main goal, such as websites dealing with bird species, natural life and the personal websites of its members.
Moreover, this section includes two image and html codes suitable for different backgrounds that those site owners who link to Trakus.org from their own sites may use.
|Members* / Up|
|This is the section where member lists are compiled. It is possible to access the personal pages of members by using the search engine. However, those who are not members of the site cannot see all of the information on the Details pages. It is possible to search by name or by nickname.|
|Contact / Up|
|There is a form via which site members or site visitors can contact the site's administrators. The administrators can be contacted regarding specific issues (Complaint, Error Reporting, Ideas and Suggestions, Membership Activation, Help, Advertisement). Help can be requested via email@example.com for more information in relation to any other subject or for the solution of any other problem.|
|Chat Room* / Up|
|This is a service that members who visit the Trakus.org website at the same time can benefit from. In the window that opens, the names of the members who are on the site at that time can be viewed on the right hand side; one can then communicate with these members. To be able to view this link the member should login, otherwise they can not benefit from this service.|
|Membership / Up|
|This site's aim is to collect anonymous information about the species of birds living in Turkey's natural environment and to then share this information. Trakus.org is a social platform that will appeal to users from every age group. Potential members are those who comply with the site's goals and ethical rules, make an effort to improve the site, dedicate themselves to nature and to birds.
In order to become a member of trakus.org, a membership form must be completed.
At the conclusion of their registration process, member candidates are requested to submit brief texts introducing themselves, under the Membership Activation heading on the Contact page.
Their membership will not be activated if they fail to send this introductory text. Their membership is reevaluated following the submission of an adequate and rational introduction essay and, if approved, the membership is activated and the member is notified via mail.
At the initial level the rights of each member are limited. The user can add photos, make comments, open forum discussions and attend forums. If the member requests, he or she may also be the species supervisor for one of the free categories and compile species information.
The Site Rules is a section of the Membership Application section that must be read. During their application process, each member must accept that they will comply with these site rules. Members who act in violation of these rules after becoming members can be warned, restricted or banned by the administration.
|Star Calculation / Up|
|On members' Details pages, the stars given to them as a result of their activities can be viewed. Formulas and limits related to these stars are as follows:
The evaluation is made automatically by the site and stored in the respective field.
Each Uploaded Photo (Photo Gallery, Add Species) x 1
Each Photo Gallery Comment x 0.25
Each Uploaded Photo (Photo Forum) x 3
Each Photo Forum Comment x 1
Each Bird Forum Message x 4
Each Forum Message x 1
Each Observation x 10
Each Observation Page Comment x 1
Each 10 (ten) Words for Species Supervised by the Member x 1
x>100 = 1 star
2000>x>500 = 2 stars
10000>x>2000 = 3 stars
100000>x>10000 = 4 stars
x>100000 = 5 stars
|Photo Evaluation Formula / Up|
|Members' evaluations of photos are added to the information about the photo using the following formula. The calculation is as follows:
Photo value =(Total Evaluation Score of the Photo / Number (Number of Evaluations)+ Number(Number of Evaluations) / 7
The site's evaluation and the photos' order on the site are based on the value produced by this calculation.
|Member of the Day / Up|
|For a member to be the Member of the Day, the member shall not be named as the Member of the Day for, at least, the previous 90 days. The Member of the Day is randomly selected by the site from among the owners of the photos that have received high scores.|
|Photos of the Day / Up|
|The Photos of the Day are selected from among the photos from the previous two days (In order to make a selection from properly evaluated photos). Among these photos, those that received the four highest scores are filtered and then randomly displayed in the Photos of the Day section. For a photo to be placed on the Photos of the Day section it must be a local photo (Turkey). The selection is made automatically by the site.|
|Top Photo Birders / Up|
|This is the list prepared based on the number of species documented by each member. The approved species uploaded from Photo Gallery and the Add Species sections determine the number of species documented by the member. This list includes the top 100 members.|
|Video / Up|
|In this section videos are displayed that serve the goals of the site and that have been found to be beneficial by the administrators.|
|Trakus e-magazine / Up|
|This is a non-periodic site magazine that is published once sufficient new information is collected. It is published by the administrators' media department.|
|Legal Notice / Up|
|© TRAKUS. (2007). Serhat Tigrel.
All rights and responsibilities related to the photos on this site remain with the respective photo's owners.
All texts and their responsibilities remain with the respective authors.
Copying or using photos or texts without the consents of their respective owners is a crime according to Law No. 5846 on Intellectual and Artistic Works.
|Site Administration Teams / Up|
|You can contact the administration teams via the email addresses given below.|
A disciplinary Committee meeting is held with the participation of a minimum of three team leaders.
All administrators are authorized to check the sections as permitted on the administration panel. They can view the number of members and visitors to the site, however they cannot view the names of the members who are logged in.
Role Definitions and Teams:
(Serhat Tigrel, Sebnem Dinc)
1 - Finding sources of financing
2 - Establishing relationships with other organizations
3 - Supervising, authorizing and coordinating different units
4 - Organizing the hosting service
5 - Organizing every kind of printed, visual or virtual campaigns for the advertisement of the site
1 - Organizing meetings, conferences and informational events
2 - Organizing periodic TRAKUS camps
3 - Organizing field meetings
Photo/ Forum Control
(Murat Cuhadaroglu, Timur Turker)
1 - Determining and deleting non-conforming photos
2 - Carrying out the deleting processes as demanded by the Species Identification Committee
3 - Supervising forum and broadcast sections, intervening in the case of any misuse
5 - Assessing member complaints in relation to photos and comments. Taking the required actions in accordance with photo and information sharing principles and the disciplinary rules
6 - Providing guidance to the members for bird photography
7 - Editing, adding and deleting links
(Ahmet Karatas, Fatih Izler, Veysel Kahraman)
1 - Checking observation entries
2 - Encouraging the entering of observations, informing new observers
3 - Organizing observation activities
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
(Cansu Ozcan, Melis Colak, Lale Aktay, Hasan Topcu, Meryem Altiparmak, Alper Tuydes, Ozmen Yeltekin, Sebnem Dinc)
(Regional Representatives; Hasan TOPCU (SAMSUN), Mehmet ARSLAN (ADANA), Lale AKTAY (ANTALYA))
1 - Updating the general, event and observation news at least three times a week, or ensuring that they are updated
2 - Assigning duties to members for generating news, collecting articles submitted by members and determining the publishing order
3 - Correcting any possible mistake or missing information related to essays or to essay photo, or ensuring that they are corrected
4 - Determining and clarifying the situation regarding emergency issues related to our area of interest
5 - Preparing news, ordering the received news based on its importance and priority
6- Working in coordination with the media team
Contact : email@example.com
(Omer Furtun, Omer Kulacoglu)
1 - Preparing the content of Trakus Magazine and publishing it
2 - Controlling the content of the PDF versions and ensuring sustainability
3 - Preparing and publishing images for the advertising section related to the latest issues and/or developments in the site
4 - Preparing and distributing Trakus Bulletins
5 - Working in coordination with the News team
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
1 - Organizing the virtual and actual exhibitions
2 - Working on exhibition content (selecting and printing the photos)
3 - Checking the exhibition section on the site
Contact : email@example.com
1 - Supervising the designing and printing process of the calendar, and organizing its distribution
2 - Working with authorized members, as determined by the administration, to select the photos
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site Design
1 - Developing the site's design and its software projects
2 - Evaluating the received user suggestions
3 - Informing members about the use of the site
1 - Updating the site's software and generating solutions to its technical issues
Contact : email@example.com
(Ozden Saglam, Emine Nurhan Tekin)
1 - Assigning supervisors for the species pages
2 - Organizing events to finding new candidates and auditing their written texts
3 - Regularly evaluating the species entries and warning the supervisor regarding species pages that are not updated regularly. Assigning a new supervisor, if required
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
(Omer Necipoglu, Ahmet Karatas, Barbaros Demirci, Berrin Akyıldirim, Emin Yogurtcuoglu, Ergun Bacak, Fatih Izler, Hami Sami, Kazım Capaci, Kerem Ali Boyla, Korhan Ozkan, Riyat Gul, Sercan Bilgin, Soner Bekir, Zafer Kurnuc, Mehmet Unlu,Veysel Kahraman, Akif Aykurt, Nizamettin Yavuz, Kiraze Erciyas Yavuz)
1 - Determining and updating Trakus species list
2 - Identifying and approving the species added to the site
3 - Warning the Photo Forum supervisor regarding the deleting of unlisted or non-complying species/photos
4 - Checking if there is any incorrect information on the species pages
Contact : email@example.com
1- Following membership processes. Determining the application criteria. Accepting members
2- Replying to members' messages or notifying the appropriate unit regarding the writing of replies to these messages
3- Sending warnings and taking definite/indefinite suspension decisions; informing the member about the reasons behind such warnings and decisions
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Photo Birders
This is the list prepared based on the number of species documented by each member. The approved species uploaded from Photo Gallery and the Add Species sections determine the number of species documented by the member. This list includes the top 100 members.
In this section videos are displayed that serve the goals of the site and that have been found to be beneficial by the administrators.