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v20170004 Update

Posted 1/19/2017 by JJJ-thebanisher

v20170004 Update

Hi all,

Looks like the hotfix needed a hotfix. Hopefully this takes care of the mission-critical bugs:

  1. Unpublished game properties pages should now be accessible.

  2. The Top Games and Games Rankings should update themselves properly tonight

  3. The remaining site areas where Sanction was used instead of Commendation should be dealt with.

  4. The top commender title should be given out properly tonight (so sorry, Berka).

  5. There will be 5 bug hunter trophies given out so two people other than Fleshy and Havacoman and I will get one. I’m guessing they might be really old accounts though.

I’d like to take this moment to ask people to really be clear in the Bugs & Problems section. Please give me as much information as possible, so that I have a chance to fix your problem. I’m sure I will have created some bugs in the course of building these changes!

Cheers,
3J

v20170003 Update

Posted 1/17/2017 by JJJ-thebanisher

v20170003 Update

Hi all,

I really didn’t intend to make another update this soon, but I wanted to get a hotfix in for the trophy/order situation, and it turns out that I’d already developed some pretty cool other functionality in the 36 hours before I realized it was broken, so that comes along with it. Here we go:

  1. Trophies are being given out nightly again (hopefully) and the same can be said for Order prefixes/suffixes (hopefully). Seth/Havacoman should get their CC trophies tonight (hopefully).

  2. Sanctions have been changed to Commendations.

  3. Commendation tags on forum posts and storygames are a bit less intrusive.

  4. Future storygames that get featured are now worth 200, not 100 points.

  5. People with fewer than 0 points will be automatically reset to 0 points nightly. This is necessary to prevent the About Us section from reporting an inaccurate point value.

  6. The biggest change is with Game Ratings. You’ll notice that games are rated to two decimal places now. This may take an hour or two to update, at first they might all be rated at 8.00, 7.00, etc. Once a back-end script has run, all games will be updated to more precise ratings!

  7. If you hover over the game rating on a game properties page (not from a category listing page), a tooltip will appear telling you the game’s ADJUSTED rating. An adjusted rating is a rating that takes the number of votes into account. If a game’s adjusted rating is 0, that means that it doesn’t have enough ratings to have an adjusted rating. In order to earn an adjusted rating, a storygame must have 100 ratings. Note: All games will have an adjusted rating of 0 until a script runs tomorrow night. Adjusted ratings will be recalculated nightly. Until adjusted ratings have been calculated, the top games page may be a mess.

  8. The Top Games page will be ranked by adjusted rating, not actual rating. The formula for adjusted rating is the same formula that IMDB uses to calculate their top 250. Please note that because the top games section is ranked by adjusted rating, not actual rating, a story won’t necessarily be ranked higher than another story, even if it has a higher apparent rating. Hover over the rating on the game properties page to see its adjusted rating. Again, this is how all major ranking sites work (such as IMDB and rateyourmusic).

  9. Every game with an adjusted rating will also display a ranking on the game properties page for overall and for the year it was published. In this way, you can see how a game stacks up against the site’s best even if it doesn’t make the top games page. For now, all games will say too few ratings to be ranked, but that should fix itself overnight (hopefully).

  10. Because of the switch to two decimal places, the order that the top games appear in will no longer rotate randomly but it won't be accurate until Adjusted Ratings are calculated.

  11. The big reason for the top games change is to encourage authors to leave early end game links when a game ends naturally. You want to get more ratings now!

  12. A small bug with CrescentStar’s featured comment on a relatively new game has been fixed.

I’d like to take this moment to ask people to really be clear in the Bugs & Problems section. Please give me as much information as possible, so that I have a chance to fix your problem. I’m sure I will have created some bugs in the course of building these changes!

Cheers,
3J