HELP SAVE THE RINK RATER APP!
I developed the free Rink Rater app 4 years ago when sitting in a freezing rink wishing I knew how frigid this rink was before I got there! After the lighbulb moment, I bought the domain name RinkRater.com right there in the stands! The app concept: Create a way for Hockey Parents to share their vast rink knowledge / experience with each other, so everyone can be better informed when going to a NEW rink! Do they offer Skate Sharpening? Are there Concessions? And yes - How cold is it?! 18 different reviewable categories!
Being a designer myself, I created the wireframe, app graphics and overall flow; and hired an app developer to code it. The app had cost about $10,000 to develop. It was a huge financial commitment for us, but we believed it could serve our Hockey Community well and possibly be able to break even on the development ultimately! To date, we have about 10,000 Rink Reviews and 8,000 users who regularly benefit from the app! The Reviews that have been left are so helpful and relevant to new & veteran Hockey Parents, we want to continue building upon what we've created and serving this amazing Community! Wanting to offer a free app, the original plans to monetize was through "Affiliate Marketing" by including an Amazon Store. So far, it has not generated enough to buy new stick tape :) So the cost to update the app and keep it alive would be another out of pocket expense, especially during these Covid times. And I don't believe we can bare that cost alone.
We have recently LOST the Android version due to not being able to update a key component of the Rink Rater app that communicates with the Google Play Store. Therefore, they have removed the app!
The Facebook & Twitter log-in capabilities have also been removed as both platforms require updates that we currently can't afford to implement. I worry on a daily basis that Apple will also require an update that will force us to allow the Rink Rater app to no longer be accessible to our users. This would be tragic after all our collective work to create such a wonderful resource for New Hockey Parents and those that are headed to new rinks.
The original developer has since flaked out on us and cannot be reached. Technically he would offer the quickest way to update the app as he knows the ins and outs of every component. However, he remains unresponsive. The funds raised here will go towards paying a new developer to provide the basic updates we would need to bring the Android version back, update the various API's that we need to ensure we're compliant and build out the backend to allow for easier future updates.
If you're a Hockey Parent and would like to see this app continue, we truly appreciate your support!
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