Class-finder text service blocked by UCF server
Creator summoned for hearing
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012 15:06
Although the new prototype was only launched at the beginning of this month, U Could Finish has had more than 500 unique visitors on the site and currently 50 classes are being monitored.
Johnny Lee, a recent UCF alumnus, used U Could Finish before it was relaunched. Lee is perplexed as to why UCF would block U Could Finish from the myUCF servers.
“It seems that UCF isn’t too fond of student entrepreneurs making headway before they do,” Lee said. “UCF should reconsider the ban on U Could Finish.”
A Reddit comment suggested that U Could Finish would overload myUCF, but Arnold said otherwise.
“This version of the script is highly optimized to reduce load on myUCF as much as possible,” Arnold posted on Reddit. “It only searches for the exact classes users are trying to look for, and only on the interval they ask for. If multiple users are looking for the same class, it only queries it once for all of them.”
Arnold doesn’t believe that UCF is handling the situation fairly and started a petition on Change.org Wednesday to bring back U Could Finish.
“The purpose of the petition is to give students a voice," Arnold said. “If they agree that UCF class registration is broken and want to stand up for something to be done about it, signing the petition will help us communicate to administration that this is a serious issue that we want fixed sooner, rather than later. While I acknowledge that U Could Finish was not the best solution to this problem, it was a start. And without a start, there can’t ever be a finish.”
However, Gilmartin’s statement did recognize a myUCF issue and said that UCF is working on making changes to the website.
“UCF is in the process of creating a function that would automatically enroll students in selected classes in which space becomes available,” Gilmartin said. "Discussions are in the early stages, and no timeframe for implementation has been set.”