Wescam is up!

Vernon Thommeret ’10 and Carlo Francisco ’11 have coded their way into the history books, creating this year’s version of WESCAM.

Anyone on campus (including woodframes, no VPN needed!) can sign up. But what is wescam, you might ask?

WesCam lets seniors find other students on campus and other students find seniors. Add usernames of people you want to meet up with and if you both add each other, you’ll be simultaneously notified.

The mystery remains, however, to the true meaning of the term “wescam”? Is it wes scam, or wes cam? Any knowledge regarding this should be put in the comments.

Full FAQ’s after the jump:

what is this?

WesCam lets seniors find other students on campus and other students find seniors. Add usernames of people you want to meet up with (they don’t need to already have a WesCam account) and if you both add each other, you’ll be simultaneously notified!

One other thing: If someone adds you and you haven’t added them, you both have the opportunity to anonymously message the other person to find out more about each other. We’ll also give the other person a fake username so that you can identify them easily in your conversations. So you can ask them whether you’re both in the same class or how they know you. Then you can try to add them to see if you’ve guessed correctly!

who’s behind this?

WesCam was started in 1998 by Jesse Vincent (original link). WesCam 2010 was conceived and developed by two Wesleyan students, Vernon Thommeret ’10 and Carlo Francisco ’11 on May 18, 2010.

what are the rules?

Only undergrads can sign up. Only people on campus can sign up (Wesleyan network or woodframe). Underclassmen can only add seniors. Seniors can add any student. You have a limit of 25 people. You can’t delete people once you’ve added them. Choose your spots wisely.

is this very secure?

Of course not. By it’s nature, it’s impossible to avoid storing usernames in the database, since we need to notify any matches. Things like passwords, however, are encrypted. As with any site, it’s possible this site could get hacked. We’ve tried to make the site generally secure and bug-free, but we’re not immune from mistakes. If you’re worried about this, don’t use the site.

can you see the matches?

As the developers of the site, we have the ability to see matches in our database. But we won’t. It’s important enough to us that people feel comfortable using the site, so we won’t look at the matches and we won’t give anyone else access to the site. Once senior week is over, we’ll wipe the data. We may publish anonymous data like how many people are signed up or how many matches have been made, but never any personally identifiable data.

i don’t believe you

That’s fine. Don’t use the site. If you have any thoughts, feel free to contact either of us on Facebook.

anything else?

Nope. Enjoy!

  • vernon

    16: Everyone has 15 more slots now. We probably won’t add anymore, so use them carefully/use the pm system.

  • vernon

    16: Everyone has 15 more slots now. We probably won’t add anymore, so use them carefully/use the pm system.

  • Senior

    We should be able to add more than 25 people to WesCam. I have been trying to figure out a few people that have added me, but I am unable to keep trying since I have used up my 25 quota.

    Please Fix SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Senior

    We should be able to add more than 25 people to WesCam. I have been trying to figure out a few people that have added me, but I am unable to keep trying since I have used up my 25 quota.

    Please Fix SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carlo

    Bruce, you can be added even if you don’t have an account. if that happens, you get an email inviting you to sign up (and that someone just added you)

  • Bruce, you can be added even if you don’t have an account. if that happens, you get an email inviting you to sign up (and that someone just added you)

  • older alum

    #13, you’re missing the point. It’s primarily a service for seniors, since they’re leaving.

  • older alum

    #13, you’re missing the point. It’s primarily a service for seniors, since they’re leaving.

  • anon

    underclassmen should be able to add other underclassmen.

  • anon

    underclassmen should be able to add other underclassmen.

  • do you have to create an account in order to have a username and be added by people?

  • do you have to create an account in order to have a username and be added by people?

  • Carlo

    ^ They do.

  • ^ They do.

  • anona

    Underclassmen should receive email notifications of people who add them. That would make more people sign up.

  • anona

    Underclassmen should receive email notifications of people who add them. That would make more people sign up.

  • anon
  • anon
  • anon

    it’s we scam. come on guys

  • anon

    it’s we scam. come on guys

  • anon

    how do anonymous messages work?

  • anon

    how do anonymous messages work?

  • Jeff

    Wescam was not related to Prof. Weissman’s pornography class, but that’s a convenient rumor. Wescam is from the mid-90s.

    ’00 alum

  • Jeff

    Wescam was not related to Prof. Weissman’s pornography class, but that’s a convenient rumor. Wescam is from the mid-90s.

    ’00 alum

  • vernon

    older alum: Yeah, it’s more or less the same, but if a senior adds an underclassmen, the underclassmen will also get a notification, even if there’s no match yet.

  • vernon

    older alum: Yeah, it’s more or less the same, but if a senior adds an underclassmen, the underclassmen will also get a notification, even if there’s no match yet.

  • vernon

    question: Nope. As long you’re a student in the current directory any senior can add you and you’ll be given a chance to sign up. Underclassmen can only add seniors. I also updated the faq :).

  • vernon

    question: Nope. As long you’re a student in the current directory any senior can add you and you’ll be given a chance to sign up. Underclassmen can only add seniors. I also updated the faq :).

  • older alum

    If it’s like the older version of wescam, seniors should get a notification for everyone that adds them, underclassmen will only get notifications of matches.

  • older alum

    If it’s like the older version of wescam, seniors should get a notification for everyone that adds them, underclassmen will only get notifications of matches.

  • question

    do you have to create an account in order to have a username and be added by people?

  • question

    do you have to create an account in order to have a username and be added by people?

  • alum 04

    It’s Wes Scam.

    It was created as the final project for Hope Weissman’s COL course on pornography in the late 90s and has lived on ever since. At one point it was run through WesMatch.

    My favorite used to be the posters advertising it with the tag line “Because Wesleyan students fuck less than pandas in captivity.”

  • alum 04

    It’s Wes Scam.

    It was created as the final project for Hope Weissman’s COL course on pornography in the late 90s and has lived on ever since. At one point it was run through WesMatch.

    My favorite used to be the posters advertising it with the tag line “Because Wesleyan students fuck less than pandas in captivity.”