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Site updates, Spring 2021

21 days ago
Commended by TharaApples on 3/31/2021 8:50:57 PM

Official hello

Since I'm involved in site changes now, I figure it's probably good to give a heads-up on my first official post. I've been touring the cities of CYS for merely half a year when the powers that be elected me to extend a hand on the coding side of things. I've got under 100 posts on the forums, so if you don't recognize me, here's a quick hello!

Off to the point, then. I'll be working on site updates. You may see an uptick in changes to the site, and I'll keep listing those here instead of creating new threads for each of them, since I'm doing them in clumps. I'm focusing on integrating some of the important changes from the popular site extension co-written by Brad and Ford, and Killa is helping to test changes so I hopefully don't divide by zero and erase Norway.


Site changes in the near future

  • Pinning posts

Changes on 4/3

Added main category and maturity rating to storygame search. Filters refresh on click.

Changes on 3/29

  • The Dark Fantasy category became Grimdark Fantasy
  • The Mystery/Puzzle category became Mystery/Thriller
  • The Everything Else category became Family Friendly
  • New Puzzle/Game and Historical categories were created

Changes on 3/23

  • The navbar is a little neater, based on CYSCE's themeless version
  • The storygame search was replaced with CYSCE's themeless version

Changes on 3/19

  • People without an avatar who talk in forums now appear as confused penguins
  • Admins don't have to live in fear of banning themselves...don't question it

Feel free to suggest site changes while I work on some longstanding important ones, and I'll consider them. I might even dust off some of the bugs in the site problems subforum. (Ooh, archeology!)

Hello and site updates, Spring 2021

21 days ago
As a pair of 12 year old African boys named Abdu and Ndale who are operating on a desktop PC from 2000 running Windows ME with 512 MB of RAM and a sticker that says "Never Obsolete!" on the tower, I would greatly appreciate if the upcoming updates would not break Internet Explorer. Jokes aside, looking forward to the upcoming site updates.

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20 days ago

Having an admin called "Nightwatch" seems very fitting around here.

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20 days ago
Let us commend reviews without featuring them.

Capitalize my name.

And a reminder to put the cursor in the box so we can just immediately type the title when creating new pages. (instead of grabbing for the mouse and going up to the far upper right corner of the screen every single time.) It's such a tiny thing not it improves QoL a lot...that's a quick fix Brad immediately added to the extension on my request, while Killa just ignored me. :(

Lol xd wouldn't it be hilarious btw if Nightwatch got my trophy before Killa did? XD XD And Brad already has it.

And otherwise you already know what the major things the extension adds that should really be on the site are. I'm curious though, what's the plan with page gutters? They're so essential for reading on a computer, but do they understand they're not needed on mobile?

Anyway, I think a thread like this is a great idea, and thank you for not burying my jam thread.

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20 days ago

I've got all this recorded since last week (except the m&M request, which I haven't looked into). I've been keeping track. The margins shrink with the viewing width, so they're effectively the same at phone-sized widths. CYSCE is a godsend; all these changes would take weeks without it.

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19 days ago
If this horrible option becomes a reality, we need an option in each of our profiles (or just mine) that leave the lower case m as is historically accurate, as a lower case m.

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19 days ago
Wouldn't it be just horrible if your name was mIZaL in the next update?

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19 days ago
That would be tragic, toying with a username just for fun. I think we can have both historical accuracy and fulfill Miz's wishes with a small caps M.

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20 days ago
Historical category? HISTORICAL CATEGORY? :D Well that's brightened my day because that is literally 90% of my output these days :)

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20 days ago
It's been needed for awhile now. Not all historical games are intended to be educational (although several of yours I think still do qualify) so either we have stories about pirates fighting Aztec gods in Edutainment, or they get shunted off to Everything Else where they're not a great fit either.

Happily with new, better places for historical fiction as well as puzzle games and quizzes and the like, and some judicious purging of miscellaneous clutter from 2007, Everything Else will be left gutted and then we can build a daycare and playground on top of the desecrated graveyard.

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20 days ago
"At last! The Penguin army has assembled! We shall sweep over CYS and rule with an iron flipper!

Mwuhahahahaha!!!"

...

"Wait, is that penguin drooling?

They... they're all drooling?!?

Well shit."

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20 days ago

Green44 has ascended to daughterhood until such time that she proves unworthy of the honor.

Mayana has officially been disowned and stripped of its daughterhood.

Most of the life force from the blindy has been repurposed to wholesome daughter Cricket and a small portion has been given to deaf daughter Green to help her get started on her new duties of praising her father and his works. (Me)

Thara is still first daughter.

That is all.

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17 days ago
Let it go on official record that I never liked Mayana, I was just using her for the proofreading capabilities of her screen reader.

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20 days ago

Hey everyone, we have a competent storygame search now, and you may notice the navigation bar is a little easier to use. Thanks a ton to Ford and Brad for working on the CYSCE extension these changes are based on, and Killa for testing and improving the changes I ported over.

(For those of you already using the site extension this is based on, the Storygames menu item in the navigation bar has duplicate entries right now, and the appearance is a tad odd -- the extension will be updated later.)

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20 days ago
Hell fucking yes

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19 days ago

Sweet!

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19 days ago
Looks Great :D

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19 days ago
Oh shoot, that's good shit.

Does the forum search function correctly now?

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19 days ago

Yep, it works. I just found my very first post here.

http://chooseyourstory.com/forums/the-lounge/message/4469

EDIT: Well worked enough for me to find my first post which I couldn't before, it still seems to need specifics though or it'll time out.

EDIT 2: Holy shit, look at how woke I am! (Also JMgskills being a faggot as usual, glad he's gone. And now banned tranny HugsGoodbye going on about how he's against gay marriage and religious!)

http://chooseyourstory.com/forums/the-lounge/message/7688

EDIT 3: Even back in 2013, this place was dull. Seriously, I was providing the "A" material, and everyone is acting like a painting out there!

http://chooseyourstory.com/forums/the-lounge/message/9240

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18 days ago
Yikes, that Gay Marriage thread is certainly a read. Those are the names I remember from back then too.

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17 days ago
Lol that last one. Berka, Swift, and Playa are the only people replying that don't come off as literally retarded.

Fireplay freezing up in terrified confusion at the sight of a long post at the end there made me chuckle IRL.

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19 days ago
Haven't changed that one yet; it's not in CYSCE already, so it actually requires more effort.

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19 days ago

Weird, I thought you must have done something with it because it's at least working better than it used to.

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19 days ago
P.S. No one will miss Norway.

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19 days ago

One thing I noticed was how on the navigation bar for the forums, News and Updates isn't one of them. Not sure if this was meant to happen but it did. 

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18 days ago
It definitely wasn't intended, thanks for noticing!

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19 days ago
Can I get an F for Nightwatch's computer?

It stared too long into the site code.

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19 days ago

F

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19 days ago
F

Site offline 3/28, midnight PST

15 days ago
Site was offline for changes, it's back up.

Site offline 3/28, midnight PST

15 days ago
The renovations will be most appreciated.

Site offline 3/28, midnight PST

15 days ago
Thanks to everyone for their hard work!

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14 days ago

Well looks like the category stuff went through. Now begins the long process of moving stories around.

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14 days ago
I haven't been posting much but I'm just unbelievably happy with the pace of these updates.

Another thing I definitely won't ever take for granted is having changes that go through, and then the person that introduces them is still active later to tweak things or fix any bugs as needed instead of immediately disappearing for years, we're all so unused to that.

Simply being able to search for the Family Friendly tag is making that category a lot easier to fill. That had to be the most requested feature for years and until now it was only ever available when using the extension and sitting in front of the computer which I have less and less time for these days.

Site updates, Spring 2021

14 days ago

Some of the story shuffling has been done. The former Everything Else category has been resorted to what seems best. Most of these were easy enough.

Quizzes went into the Puzzle/Games category.

Anything with an existing tag going into a matching genre category.

Anything that was already in Everything Else with a maturity rating of 3 or less stayed put.

Most of the former school stories once again got shuffled to different categories, usually Modern.

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14 days ago

Sorted through some of the Mystery/Thriller/Puzzle/Game stuff. I think I got through the meat of them and where they should go.

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14 days ago
Nice I like the new categories

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14 days ago
Commended by mizal on 3/29/2021 7:10:14 PM

Very nice! This is so exciting! And I'm not just saying that because my art is pretty. :~)

Edit. . .

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14 days ago
It's almost like she's trying to tell us something...

If only Killa wasn't sleeping on the detective hat!

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13 days ago

I'll echo the above: the updates look great! As does all the new artwork, of course. Thanks to everyone who has been contributing to these improvements!

All the new categories should keep people busy working to obtain some of those coveted featured story slots.

Site offline 3/32, midnight PST

12 days ago
The site'll be offline tonight at midnight PST (6 hours and some change) for about 10 minutes for some changes. Glad to see everyone's appreciating them!

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago

It's just amusing to see all these updates and improvements so quickly after years of fucktards going on saying how this place was slowly dying and out of date compared to twine and also claims that certain improvements couldn't be done when they obviously could be all along.

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago

If the regular non-extension version of this site gets a dark mode, I might never leave it. 

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago
Dark mode and page gutters. After tag searching, dark mode and page gutters are my biggest wants for ease of reading. Honestly I'd have personally placed both of those even before the search stuff, I can't read these games anymore with the burning white screen and without a maxed out window and the text staying where it belongs.

These code bitches better hop to it. Brad is the only good one for adding these things before I even knew I need them.

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago
Right after that important obscure bug about dates and duels that Peng brought up. Priorities!

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12 days ago
We were a lot more active than certain other interactive fiction communities even when we were going years without updates, and I'm talking communities that literally bribe their members with cash money just to lend them some semblance of a pulse. But the only reaction to searching by tags (the biggest update so far) I'm able to have is 'about fkn time', lol.

Brad was able to build it into the extension years ago without any special access at all. The fact that we had someone who could update directly at any time, could've done this in an afternoon but just wouldn't for years and years, was more frustrating to me than I ever let on.

Super happy we finally have people who can test each other's work and keep the updates going at this pace and that Nightwatch brought catnip for Killa. OTP.

Twine though, lol. Imagine how funny it would be if we had had somebody who obsessively preached the death of CYS and the future of Twine, only for them to never actually make any Twine games and still be unable to stop themselves from coming around here and pressing their face sadly against the window. While doing literally nothing else. For seven years. Lol.

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago
I have to say it's really nice to see that the site's still being improved and worked on to this day, and at this pace too. It's exciting. :)

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago

The site looked basically the same to me ever since I joined, I never really minded it. But it's really nice to see it being improved on. I'm always a fan of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it"...but I like it in this case.

Site offline 3/31, midnight PST

12 days ago
I've always thought of this place as something like an undead dinosaur trapped in tar. It neither moves nor dies.

Suddenly things are changing quickly and it's a little odd, but certainly for the best.

Site offline 4/1, midnight PST

11 days ago
Guessing it'll happen tomorrow now since the site update request hasn't been seen yet.

Site offline 3/32, midnight PST

11 days ago
If that's the date it's scheduled for, all this progress is about to come to a hard stop.

Site offline 4/1, midnight PST

11 days ago
That was an April Fool's joke! Ha ha...ha.
In news completely unrelated to this revelation, I've changed the date to 4/1...

(April Fool's again! Except this time, I was expecting it. Got in on 4/3.)

Site offline 3/32, midnight PST

11 days ago
April fools!

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11 days ago
Oh shit was this going to be the April Fool's joke?

Then I made Ford an admin for nothing.

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11 days ago
Currently, all of Will's games are in Edutainment, but could all be shifted over to Historical.

Thoughts?

@Will12

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11 days ago
Consarnit!

@Will11

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11 days ago
@Will13?

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11 days ago
Most of his still count as Educational imo, and he thought so too.

Specific carefully researched IRL historical event = Edutainment
Fiction in a historical setting = Historical

Or at least that's what I'm going with to simplify this for now. Not too fussed if authors do whatever going forward of course, it could still be a blurry distinction.


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11 days ago
Yeah, I think it depends how you define Edutainment and Historical.

I think if Edutainment is factually accurate then they belong there but if you want to bulk up the Historical category they're all historical fiction so they could go there too. I'm not really sure either tbh, like whether Hunting the Ripper is a puzzle / game, mystery / thriller, edutainment, historical or horror. or even family friendly if that family happens to be the Manson family. Most stories fall into a couple of different genres anyway so it depends on your perspective like one person's musical comedy is another traumatising horror flick.

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11 days ago
Lol, I've seen that one. But yeah I know what you mean. Like take a romantic comedy like The Shining. That's very simple to categorize as a movie, but if it were a storygame somehow there's so much line blurring there.



Although ultimately I think it doesn't matter so much as long as there's nothing egregiously out of place. Fanfic is about the only one we're strict about, and that's easy to define.

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11 days ago
Yeah I definitely wouldn't call Hunting the Ripper Fanfic :D And The Shining would make a great storygame :)

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10 days ago

I just left the Ripper one in Mystery since that's where it was originally.

The only ones of Will I moved were a couple in the now defunct Everything Else category which I moved over to the new Historical section since I figured if he thought they were Edutainment, he would have had them there in the first place.

Amusingly this lead to the Donner Party being in Family Friendly for a brief moment due to the name category switch.

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10 days ago
It's fine, plenty of school kids in Nebraska have read that one already.

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10 days ago
Yeah, all sounds good :D The Donner Party were very family friendly, so friendly family members ate one another together :) But until Cannibal Families becomes a theme Historical sounds goods.

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11 days ago

I think that it's fine for the author to decide the category, as long as the admins don't mind the choices.