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  • ESPN closing Dyestat [but.....]

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities ... 9k58JgXFAK

  • #2
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    Very sad. It's a good thing we have MileSplit, but Dyestat was the first great HS T&F/CC site.

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    • #3
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      Normally I wouldn't endorse such a thing, but in this case I must make an exception. If you have a big-enough hard drive (a BD-R/RE may very well suffice), and a program like ZipUpTheWeb (or any program that captures the entire contents of a Web site from the selected page down to its subdivisions, and compresses it into a .ZIP file or any other archive file), grab http://archive.dyestat.com. History like this should not be condemned to the 4 winds and completely forgotten.

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      • #4
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        Letsrun.com has more discussion so far than here. I'm not sure what the conclusions are as to what happens next. I've used mainly the DyeStat seach engine.

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        • #5
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          The Dyestat archives(content prior to ESPN takeover in 2008) are a standalone site, so I suspect they survive. Anything after '08 I wouldn't bet on being available once ESPN shutters ESPN Rise
          There are no strings on me

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          • #6
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            When you type in http://www.dyestat.com you get this http://search.espn.go.com/high-school-track/. So I guess it is really over.

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            • #7
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              You can still access some features, including past performance lists, here:
              http://dyestat.rise.espn.go.com/

              I'll say this one more time--the creation and growth of Dyestat was one of the greatest developments in the sport that I've ever seen.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Walt Murphy
                I'll say this one more time--the creation and growth of Dyestat was one of the greatest developments in the sport that I've ever seen.
                Amen! I found it in 1999, just in time to have a sense of national HS T&F, while my daughter was still competing. It was like manna from heaven. When this place opened in 2003, my fondest T&F desires had been met.

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                • #9
                  Re: ESPN closing Dyestat

                  The important question is what will replace dyestat? Are there any alternatives currently out there?

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                  • #10
                    Re: ESPN closing Dyestat

                    The milesplit.com franchise is about the closest thing. Fewer multimedia offerings, but more personal involvement from athletes and coaches is available. Additionally, the meet management software they developed is infinitely better than hytek.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by MJR
                      The milesplit.com franchise is about the closest thing. Fewer multimedia offerings, but more personal involvement from athletes and coaches is available. Additionally, the meet management software they developed is infinitely better than hytek.
                      Yes, the Florida member, flrunners.com, is superb!

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                      • #12
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                        Athletic.net for stats.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Smoke
                          The important question is what will replace dyestat? Are there any alternatives currently out there?
                          For California prep fans, Rich Gonzalez, the dedicated editor of DyeStatCal.com, plans to carry on:

                          http://prepcaltrack.com/

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                          • #14
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                            Does anyone have any insight into just how much money it would take to keep dyestat afloat?

                            I know I would personally be willing to give some of my own money via paypal to help out, if the costs are within reason, and am wondering if maybe enough others are too, maybe we could get dyestat restarted and pay for the servers ourselves?

                            Unless its a staff/admin/moderator issue of them not wanting to operate the site anymore? Or like, if the operators of the site had a salary (in which case obviously that would put the costs pretty far out of realistically being able to pay for it with just some donations from a few of us fans).

                            But... what I mean is, if it was just being operated by volunteer mods and stuff for free, other than the cost of the servers for hosting to the site, then, in theory maybe those costs are low enough that we could pay them if all of us who really want that site back are willing to split up the cost among us if it isn't too brutal?

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                            • #15
                              Re: ESPN closing Dyestat

                              Last I heard there were plans to try to do something with some of the staff and the database, but I don't know if ESPN will let them keep the name. Probably not.

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