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Updates and new stuff in 2009
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:21:59 PM »
I have started working on the 2009 site. I'll list here (update this post) always my progress.

pipsqueaks and pipsqueak profiles

We had (by far) 30 active pipsqueaks in 2008. Not much, but I think we have a strong community now. At least I enjoy it a lot. :)

Those who have sent at leat one replay in 2008 don't have to re-register in 2009 on the site.
Furthermore, I'd like to renovate the "pipsqueaks" page a bit. Should we re-upload pictures of the pipsqueaks? What do you think?

I'll also collected & corrected the pipsqueak join dates. This will be listed on the pipsqueaks page from now on (until now it was accessible only in the pipsqueak profile. For your interest, here is the list. Join date = first replay sent to ZakStunts. Before 2007 only the year and month is valid. After that the day also.
Conclusion: those who join after july rarely stay with us. :-(

2001
Zak McKracken   2001-03-01 00:00:00
JTK   2001-03-01
Bonzai Joe   2001-04-01

2002
Usrin   2002-01
akosspoo   2002-03
CTG   2002-04
Alan Rotoi   2002-05
Krys TOFF   2002-07
satanziege   2002-07

2003
2004
Dark Chaser   2004-02
AbuRaf70   2004-12

2005
Ayrton   2005-02
Chulk   2005-02
SergioBaro   2005-03
CTG   2005-06
Marci   2005-10

2006
Mark L. Rivers   2006-02
SuperBrian   2006-03

2007
Duplode   2007-06-03

2008
AMG   2008-01-16
Turkey   2008-02-19
Freddy   2008-02-26
Pavekiller   2008-03-19
Lene   2008-03-20
Böbszlee   2008-03-27
dstien   2008-04-06
Antti   2008-04-10
Fredmen67   2008-10-11
tgm   2008-10-27
Goblin   2008-11-29

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 02:31:38 PM »
CTG   2002-04

2002-04-13 for sure. :)

Nice improvements you mentioned. I'm looking forward to see them.
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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 06:58:34 PM »
2003
2004
Dark Chaser   2004-02
AbuRaf70   2004-12
Nobody joined in 2003?
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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008, 09:35:27 PM »
nobody, who joined in 2003 is still racing... :(

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2008, 12:25:18 AM »
nobody, who joined in 2003 is still racing... :(
Böbszlee   2008-03-27

False!!! Check ZCT 26 and 27 results! :)
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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2008, 08:02:49 AM »
yes, while making the list I was sure she raced before but couldn't find her anywhere. Thanks for the info!

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008, 10:51:40 AM »
Done today:
- 2009 pipsqueaks listing page done.
- Everyone can upload a picture using the "set profile" menu item after logging in.
- 2009 pipsqueak profile view bugfixed (results display not available yet :))
- Replaced email links with spam-proof ones through the whole site (phew, big work)
- 520 program line file calculating seasonal results updated for 2009
- updated all scoreboards to be 2009 compatible

To do:
secret... :) will keep you posted!
« Last Edit: December 22, 2008, 12:04:32 PM by zaqrack »

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2008, 12:35:20 PM »
Neat! Is it too late for feature requests? Atom/RSS feeds for latest times and news posts would be cool.

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2008, 01:09:10 PM »
nice idea, I'll try to implement it if I'll find some time :)

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2008, 01:12:14 PM »
further imporvements

- car bonus system modified for 2009 (left space for Melange as well :))
- track archive added

I'm off to lunch now, after that: documentation work (rules, newbie guide, etc.).  :P

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2008, 01:52:23 PM »
Nice! I'll try to arrange a proper pic later on  ;)
A few small things:
1. Are birth days still limited to 01-01-1950? (For instance, AbuRaf's profile...)
2. Unrelated to the new site: Replay sending stats from 2007 and back are not visible - the page says "Can't select table!Unknown column 'quiet' in 'where clause'" when you pick a track.
3. In case you do not have pics for the new cars on the bonuses page, I'll be glad to prepare them and post here.

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2008, 02:59:32 AM »
Here are the shots of the new cars for use in Zak'09 or elsewhere, Zak. The images are in the correct 3.8 : 1 proportion used on the Car Bonus table already. There are shots with each car default colours (if you want to keep current patterns), but also with alternatives (black might not look too good downscaled and on a dark green background, and I think we have enough dark blue cars on the table already  :))

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2008, 09:10:31 AM »
Nice! I'll try to arrange a proper pic later on  ;)
A few small things:
1. Are birth days still limited to 01-01-1950? (For instance, AbuRaf's profile...)
2. Unrelated to the new site: Replay sending stats from 2007 and back are not visible - the page says "Can't select table!Unknown column 'quiet' in 'where clause'" when you pick a track.
3. In case you do not have pics for the new cars on the bonuses page, I'll be glad to prepare them and post here.
birthdays: extended to 1920-2008. This should be enough for a while :)
replay stats: will look up the problem
pics: thanks, received! I'm also considering not only displaying cars in multiple (less blue. but fixed) colors - as I can get the color bit out of the sent replay, I could display the cars in the color the pipsqueak used during racing.

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2008, 10:12:42 AM »
Quote from: zaqrack
I'm also considering not only displaying cars in multiple (less blue. but fixed) colors - as I can get the color bit out of the sent replay, I could display the cars in the color the pipsqueak used during racing.
GREAT ! I wanna see my car always yellow. ;D

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Re: Updates and new stuff in 2009
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2008, 11:57:04 PM »
As Zak redesigns the ZakStunts UI, a thought crossed my mind... BJ has already raised the (valid, IMHO) point of how the 7.0 incarnation of the site was a bit too hard for newbies to get into, and how additional complexity can cause further trouble. What I was wondering is whether we could somehow turn that issue in our/ZakStunts' favour... I mean the possibility of putting into evidence all the cool things Zak has developed over the years (the News Board, the complex Bonus Point system, the Dynamic Scoreboards, and even the Wiki) by the means of flashy website design, so that newcomers would go like "ZOMG WHAT A COOL CONTEST!! I'll make sure to take part of this eventually!" (OK, maybe not so excited  :)) instead of just getting confused by the complexity. Since my web layout/design skills are virtually null, I can't give much concrete input on implementation, but I hope my approach is not way too wild... :)

(One possible concrete suggestion for redesign: the "Send Replay" page could be split, so that the box for choosing the .RPL would be visible from the main page alongside with a "Submit!" button (as well as the login/password fields). That button would send to another page where the submission would be confirmed and the "advanced options" - penalty time, quiet days, messages, etc. - could be set. That way the replay sending procedure would appear more transparent to newbies)