Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby npc_msleeper_boss » Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:55 am

So, me and the staff keep getting bugged about modifying and adding features to the Download Database. Some weeks ago, I said that I was in the process of upgrading it to the latest version of this mod we are using. This is not a lie. For those of you who have been keeping up with the boards I have kind of been having a major crisis in my life that is keeping me from spending loads of my free time doing this. I think I might have a chance to this weekend, but hey no promises.

But msleeper! How can we help TWP add features to the download system!

The fastest and easiest way to be able to make tons of custom changes to better suit everyone's needs is... to find someone who is a PHP developer who is familiar with phpBB's API and interface. I outlined the reason for this previously:

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The download system was not written by me, it's a freely available mod to phpBB (much like the old download system was on the old version of the forums). I have opted not to write a custom download system for a plethora of reasons, probably most of which is that I simply don't have the time to undertake a colossal project like that. I wish I had the time to write a from-scratch download system, it would allow me to do all sorts of awesome shit that people keep requesting. But the truth of the matter is that I have a job and other responsibilities that do not allow for this.

I can and have made minor mods to our download system, and I will continue to do to suit our userbase. The reason I haven't rolled out the latest version is because I have to upgrade it, and then re-apply the numerous custom changes I've made since there is no easy, intelligent patching system. But adding download tracking is not as simple as "an outside observer" would assume. Ignoring the fact that phpBB is an extremely difficult code base to work with to begin with, the download mod was written by Germans who have a barely working grasp of English at best. Their code is insane and difficult to follow. All of their documentation and the majority of their site is written in German. And the only languages I speak are English and programming.

For those of you who don't get what that means, maybe you shouldnt be asking for things you dont understand basically it means we need a dedicated programmer to modify our existing download system. Which, needless to say, is a pretty tall order. As I've said before, I'm an incredibly busy person when I'm not having serious IRL problems but I do try my best to stay on top of things.

I might have the time to do it this weekend. We'll see how that goes.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby walropodes » Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:25 pm

I don't have any publicly active examples of my coding prowess but for a private site I've learned quite a bit about phpBB's inner workings and I think I could give this a stab. I'm comfortable with phpBB's template system, PHP, MySQL, Javascript (and the popular JS library jQuery), HTML and all that kinda good stuff. If you wanna give me a try hit me up via pm and lemme know how you wanna do this.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby iWork925 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:38 pm

I could also have a look if you want. I used to be a web developer as a profession.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby npc_msleeper_boss » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:19 pm

iWork925 wrote:
I could also have a look if you want. I used to be a web developer as a profession.

It's amusing to me that you offer to "help" by abusing the rating system in the most spectacular way possible. I then have to spend time cleaning up the mess that you created - time that could have been spent working on the actual upgrade.

Everyone should thank iWork here for wasting about 2 hours of my time for being a bratty shithead, and being more concerned with exploiting things than being constructive and helpful and simply reporting them. PS - Enjoy never being able to rate a map again.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby BOB74j » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:45 pm

Well I have no idea how to help, but since part of the thread title is a also feature requests...
1. Being able to sort downloads by rating
2. Seeing all of a user's uploaded files on their profile page
3. Seeing ratings down to the tenth (such as 4.3, for example)
4. Increased security against jacking the ratings system (I'm talking to you, iWork)
5. More categories for the details of an upload (like length and difficulty)
Sorry if I seem kinda useless just asking for stuff and not being able to help in return. Most of those ideas were borrowed from other threads, so here are the more popular requests all in one place.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby iWork925 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:40 am

:wut:
Hate to nit pick, but nice try. Problem still persists. It is useless to resist.

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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby Djinndrache » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:51 am

Thank you iWork!
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby Spam Nugget » Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:50 pm

I think the search function could use some work. the amount of times ive searched for something only to be told it was ommited from the search...
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby chimera201 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:23 am

Nothing's happening???
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby WinstonSmith » Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:36 pm

chimera201 wrote:
Nothing's happening???

We're pretty busy at the moment.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby Lpfreaky90 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:19 am

Hey,

I wondered if it is possible to add a steamaccount name in your profile, like website, wlm/msn, aol etc. I think that could prove very useful in various situations. (Like for example looking for coop partners)
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby WinstonSmith » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:51 pm

lpfreaky90 wrote:
Hey,

I wondered if it is possible to add a steamaccount name in your profile, like website, wlm/msn, aol etc. I think that could prove very useful in various situations. (Like for example looking for coop partners)

We'll take it into consideration, I'm pretty sure it's possible to add a custom field in phpBB.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby ChickenMobile » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:49 am

lpfreaky90 wrote:
Hey,

I wondered if it is possible to add a steamaccount name in your profile, like website, wlm/msn, aol etc. I think that could prove very useful in various situations. (Like for example looking for coop partners)
I would like this. However not my steam account name but a link to my steam id. Make people look at the exaggerated amount of hours I spend mapping.
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby FourthReaper » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:40 am

chickenmobile wrote:
Make people look at the exaggerated amount of hours I spend mapping.

:lol: Sneaky! The background isn't white, though...

On-topic: Yeah, this might prove usefull...
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Re: Update on the DLDB Changes, Feature Requests

Postby josepezdj » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:51 am

Hey msleeper!

We've been discussing about the rating system in this thread:

http://forums.thinking.withportals.com/post68062.html#p68062

We would like you to take a look to see what you think. There are a few good ideas in there...

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