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Jungle Teaser!

Posted June 2nd, 2008 at 12:31 AM by funrun
The long gray winter is coming to an end, and methinks I see green buds sprouting behind the Heroscapers.com logo!

Ack! Was that a spider?! Am I seeing an ogre? Oh my!
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New Site: The Behind-the-Scenes Story, Part 3

Posted April 23rd, 2008 at 06:28 PM by funrun
Updated April 23rd, 2008 at 06:38 PM by funrun
In Part 2 of this Behind-the-Scenes blog series, I talked about my discovery of a secret new site feature and my ability to edit almost any pixel in the site. Admins were starting to help test out my settings, but it was time to get more people involved, and stir up some excitement in the masses. . .

With the base site settings and user group access permissions roughly in place we contacted a few dozen long-time site members and informed them of our plans to convert our old site into a new unified site. I think everyone was ecstatic about this news and was eager to get a sneak peak to help us test it out. We set up password protection on the new test site URL and let people have at it. Just one problem. . .

I realized when you send a bunch of people to a test site full of new features and tell them to use it as they normally do, yet keeping in mind anything they do there will get erased eventually, it seemed to create a rush-in-and-stand-still situation. Kinda...
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New Site: The Behind-the-Scenes Story, Part 2

Posted April 16th, 2008 at 01:22 AM by funrun
In Part 1 of this Behind-the-Scenes blog series, I talked about how we started this new site design idea back in the summer of 2007. Part 1 took us from the initial idea, to product research, up through about day 2 of my work to customize the out-of-the-box settings and visual styles we purchased from vBulletin.

Around about that second day of playing with the new site, I was realizing just how much power and customization could be done with the tools at hand. truth and the other admins hadn't really gotten into the settings yet, so I was pretty much making and breaking every setting I could find.

I'll let you in on one secret feature that we have not (yet ) implemented. I discovered this setting in my initial setting-and-breaking everything test period, forgot about it, and just re-discovered today. This feature has the strangest name of any site setting, "Tachy Goes to Coventry". I have no idea what that phrase means, but *perhaps* members...
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New Site: The Behind-the-Scenes Story, Part 1

Posted April 14th, 2008 at 12:58 AM by funrun
Updated April 14th, 2008 at 01:44 AM by funrun
As truth has graciously pointed out his front page Welcome blog, Xotli and myself put in a LOT of time and effort to make this site what it is now (even though it still has some work to be done.) I have created several "New Site" threads in Scapers Online if you would like to point out existing issues or new features. Those things are not the focus of this blog. This is my behind-the-scenes peek of what went into getting us to this point. . .

In early summer 2007, the Admins decided there were enough issues with the old site, and more importantly—enough money from Site Donations—to make a serious effort for overall site improvement. The more technically-orientated Admins searched for possible solutions for a unified page layout and log-in across all major areas of the site. This was a HUGE deal, as each area on the old site was a separate database, so to tie them together would require a database developer (Xotli, and part-time, Ketch) and a graphics/ front-end...
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