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New Domain... and much more to come! 
Saturday, April 7, 2012, 04:57 PM
Greetings all,

I didn't get to update this blog in the last month or so, been quite busy. We have a lot going on, mostly with the recent domain change, it required a lot of changes, mostly background stuff that you won't notice, but it's still there.

I am also working on some new images for the website and some cool new features which should start appearing in the soon month, so stay tuned.

Till next time..

Tommy

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Directors Classification! 
Monday, December 19, 2011, 10:50 AM - General Changes
Good day everyone,

You might have noticed there have been some staff changes lately, and with those we needed some new options for Directors special classification, such as Interim or Assistant.

Good luck to the new Directors!

~ Tommy

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New Pages Editor 
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 01:57 AM
We are continuing with adding new features for the AMS, and this time we are introducing a new page editor, many of the pages on our site are dynamic and so we need an easy way to edit them, this mainly includes the guides.

We now introduce a new page editor that has the ability to add and remove pages, as well as edit content and also give specific members the ability to edit pages and not just the Website Director.

What does this mean for you? You'll see a lot of new updates going on around the website pretty soon!



-Tommy

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Recent Awards And Medals 
Saturday, August 27, 2011, 03:28 PM - General Changes
Hey all,

A new section on the front page now allows you to see the recent awards and medals that were handed out. For each you can check out the last 5 entries, and get more information by clicking on the receiver's name.



-Tommy

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Resolution Support & Games Page Filter 
Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 03:09 PM - General Changes
Hey all,

Due to the change performed on Friday, a couple members complained that the site is no longer supported in 1024x768 resolution (you had to scroll sideways to see it all), this of course is not a wanted situation so we now support 1024x768 resolution as well. It will display a little more "shrunk" site, however it still contains all the info and without needing to scroll sideways. Users of higher resolutions (1280x768+) will see the wider website that exist today.

In addition a filter option has been added to the games page, you can now filter by game type, genre or name.

On the last blogs list, it will now display a (New) text next to blogs that were updated in the last two days.

For suggestions or comments, feel free to contact FSF Tommy.

- Tommy

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New Website Design 
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 02:24 PM - General Changes
Hey all,

It's been a while since we updated this blog, and we decided to start doing so again!
Yesterday evening we uploaded to production the biggest design change the AMS has gone through since 2002 or so, the biggest part of this redesign, is the move to the widely used resolution of 1280x720, which now allows us to add more options and features since we have a lot more space to do so.

Another change is the addition of our twitter feed on the right menu, you can now stay updated with our latest tweets!

If you have suggestions or comments, feel free to contact FSF Tommy through the staff page.

-Tommy


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Sim Report / Sim Summary Creation Default Date 
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 05:19 AM - Staff Tools
The default date for Sim Report / Sim Summary Creation now goes to the previous month instead of the current month. Since we never create sim reports or sim summaries for the current month, this should help, if even not just a little, not having to change that date back every time. This was Requested by FSF Bourne. Thanks Bourne for the idea.

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Google Sync 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 10:34 AM - Host GMail
Google Sync have been made available for our hosting staff through: http://partnerpage.google.com/sb254.com.

For more information about Google Sync visit: http://www.google.com/mobile/sync/.

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Updating genre prefs listing for players 
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 12:29 PM - Hosting
We have the ability to know what genre prefs you like when assigning you to a game. If you don't tell us what you like, we can't help you very well, especially if you ask for help via email. Before, the script that listed the genre prefs just listed what you wanted which didn't include the parent genre information. For example, Star Trek is the parent, and Starfleet is a child. If you checked Starfleet but not Star Trek, then only Starfleet would list. This caused confusion because the way it echoed out, Starfleet could be listed under Firefly:

OLD:


I changed it to look more clean:

NEW:


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Unused Blogs Reminder 
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 12:06 PM - Other Changes
It is inevitable. Create a service and people will sign up but stop using it. The blogs became VERY popular in the first year of usage, but many people have dropped off their usage. I wrote a quick script that reminds people at 2, 4 and finally 6 months of their blog inactivity. This might help bring people back.

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Awards & Medals Listing 
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 12:03 PM - General Changes


FSF Tommy wrote a script for us to list all OOC and IC awards/medals for easy listing. It's in the guides section.

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Remove from mailing lists automatically 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 01:56 PM
This was a 75 minute project. FSF Hawke wanted the AMS to do some work for him when players resign from sims or he removes them. He wants the AMS to automatically remove them from our mailing lists.

This was an interesting change. So I set up a function, to be shared between the roster management and the character management. When a player has more than one character on a sim, nothing happens with their mailing list subscriptions when they resign. However, if it's their last character on the game, when they resign, it removes them (any of their email addresses) from that game's lists. It also tells them this so if they want to get back on the lists, they can via the subscriptions page.

Also (pictured above), when a host goes to remove a player, they now have the option to check/uncheck "Remove player from the mailing lists." It is checked by default. This will allow them to save a step and just remove them completely.

Nifty.

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Save login prompt 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 12:55 PM - General Changes


It's amazing how many times people click SAVE LOGIN when they've not set up their AIM/AOL account to login yet! And if they do, it errors to oblivion. I think I'll change it so the AMS checks first to see if that AOL/AIM is on record, but for now, this prompt makes them think twice.

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Attendance Options Now Available 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 11:24 AM - Staff Tools, Hosting
FSF Sarge wanted a way to have people that are sporadic guests on his game be more manageable in attendance. He didn't like having to mark these people as 'Unknown' or 'LOA' when they weren't. He also wanted new statuses built in, but I decided against it.

Instead, I took several of his ideas and modified them into a solution I think will work for everyone. If hosts have players' characters that are sporadic on their game, then mark them as Inactive in the roster listing. When you go to make an attendance entry, the system will now allow you to delete their entry so it won't count for/against them. So perhaps they're on your roster, but now they don't have to be on the attendance.

Also, it puts them in as 'Inactive' attended status, which is not normally a choice. This lets you have people in a status that may not be on the game but can still be marked somehow in attendance if you want. Normal players should never be 'Inactive' since they should be marked 'Attended' or 'Unexcused Absence" and whatnot. But sporadic players, if you keep them on the roster, can be 'Inactive.' In addition, people on a LOA will automatically now be marked as LOA to save you time.

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User ranks for Awards Director 
Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 08:53 AM - Directors
FSF Hawg wrote a quick script for the Awards Director to take over management of the forum user ranks easily. When the awards director gives out anniversary awards, then can quickly change their user rank on the forums. We give out stars for each year as a host. Thanks Hawg!

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Keyword script changes! 
Saturday, April 7, 2007, 11:47 AM - General Changes
He's on a roll! FSF Titan decided to revamp the keyword script to allow suggestions if the person types in a keyword wrong. When you type bob, then anything remotely looking like "bob" will show up. Kinda helpful? Yep. And he's working to expand the keyword program.

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Buddy invites to events 
Monday, April 2, 2007, 08:31 AM - Staff Tools, Directors
This was pretty entertaining. During SWOC, we wanted to invite some people to some chats we were hosting. But with over 1,200 AIM names in the AMS, it was unrealistic to import them into AIM and invite those that were online.

So I wrote a script that goes through all 1,200 AIM names in the AMS and only displays those that are CURRENTLY online. Then it gives you a list of AIM names in a text box for you to invite in the "Room invite" popup in AIM.

Or you can click on their name and paste an invite, which we did during SWOC.

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Auto posting of awards/medals/promotions 
Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 12:26 PM - General Changes, Directors
I had an idea the other day about re-engineering some workflows. Right now we have the Boards Director posting any awards/medals/promotions he gets to the forums. Well, why not have the AMS do it for him and save him time? So we did! It was coordinated. FSF Hawg created the format (which is cooler and nicer looking) and I made the changes to the AMS coding. Tested and poof!

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Who is browsing? 
Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 04:21 PM - Directors
Made a quick modification to the "Who is browsing" script that lets us see who has been on recently. I added numbers to show us HOW MANY people have been browsing in recent time periods. This was kinda amazing and neat to see. Numbers are true as of today! :-o

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Adding screen caps to bug editor 
Friday, March 23, 2007, 03:08 PM - General Changes

FSF Tommy had the great idea of letting users attach a screen capture to their bug reports. So many times we would get a screen capture in email referring to a bug submitting. It required a bit of modifications to the file library system (so we could delete/manage these images) and modifications to the preview image routine to allow usage of PNG files as well. It turned out well! But caused another bug for 6 days. Anyone NOT uploading a screen capture got an "error" message but might assume their bug went through. Whoops! But it's fixed now.

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Another subscriptions bug! 
Thursday, March 22, 2007, 09:31 AM - Your Account
Whoops! You'd think I'd get this right after like 4 times fixing it. But the subscriptions weren't letting you unsubscribe! Why! Well, it worked most of the time, but not all the time. Since we're coordinating between 2 databases, sometimes case is important. In the forums, emails can be upper and lower case. In the AMS, all emails are lowercase. So when it went to unsubscribe "BobBilly7@hotmail.COM" it was looking for "bobbilly7@hotmail.com" which didn't exist. But I forced everything lowercase and it works again. Thanks FSF Ariela!

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Overhaul of manage hosts script 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 03:53 PM - Fleet Command, Admin
FSF Titan took it upon himself to redesign the manage hosts scripts for Fleet COs and the Admin. This manages who is assigned to what fleets, manages new requests and gives information to people making decisions. It was a major overhaul and took about 3 weeks to test and debug.

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More information to sim apply form 
Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 10:49 AM - Other Changes
Due to several recent sim applications giving vague information, we've added a couple more questions to the sim apply form. Easy enough.

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View Awards Page Fix 
Monday, March 19, 2007, 12:40 PM - Your Account
FSF Tommy reported a bug on the View Awards page that when a player was not logged in, they would see someone else's awards! How crazy is that. But we fixed it. You must be logged in to view the page.

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New favorite icon for FSF 
Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 07:37 PM - General Changes
Thank you to FSF Titan for creating a new favorite icon for the FSF. You might have noticed it.


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