Fan Art! Website Fixes, and Space Prototype Setting

Hey Folks! More work updating the website today. And some setting development for the space prototype.

First of all, we have more NEO Scavenger Fan Art! I uploaded a whack of new arts today, and there's something there for everyone. Dogmen, rag-tag scavengers, comedy, tragedy, and the bizarre.

I also continued finding and fixing bugs on the site, including restoring direct purchases, missing images, and logging bugs for more complex stuff it'd take me too long to figure out.

Finally, I spent some more time working with Michael on Space Prototype setting and background. We're working on some products, corporations, and factions to use as basic building blocks for the setting. I know, I know, I just keep teasing this stuff. But there has to be a critical mass worth revealing before I draw the curtain back :)

Soon!

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Malacodor's picture
Malacodor

- According to Firefox the account password is transmitted without encryption (still). And why is there no "https" in the address field?
- There's no preview for forum posts, only for news posts.
- BBCode stuff still has to be done manually.
- There isn't even an auto-quote feature, let alone multi-quote.
- The old blue background looked better, the new color gradient leads to ugly vertical stripes and the used colors cause depressions.

Sorry for the negativity, there are probably some useful improvements under the hood, but user experience hasn't improved for me at all.

Oh, and you forgot to add "™" after "soon" ;-)

Edit: And there aren't even proper smileys :'-(

Ran around with a clown mask before it was cool

dcfedor's picture
dcfedor

Hey Malacodor,

There'll definitely be some growing pains as we settle into the new server/CMS. So expect some things to evolve over time. (And slower/faster depending on available budget.)

To some of your specific points:

  • https is on the horizon. Possibly as soon as within a week or two. It was actually enabled at first, but we had to switch it off temporarily to avoid customer orders from FastSpring failing. Their back-end was using a version of Java that was incompatible with our server, and is scheduled for an upgrade next week.
  • Looks like preview is missing for Forum comments (replies), but works for Forum topics and News replies. Is that what you're seeing, too? I'll log a bug about that.
  • BBCode is the same as before, isn't it?
  • Auto-quoting would be nice, I agree. I'm not sure how easy that is to add, but I'll look into it.
  • You mention gradient stripes. Is this everywhere, or just in the image above?
  • What do you mean by "colors cause depressions"?
  • And what is a proper smiley? Do you mean emojis?

Indeed a lot of the improvements are under the hood, as you say. We did get a new design, but one of the main reasons for the overhaul was to get this site onto a new host with fewer quirks (e.g. 401 errors, failed transactional emails) and where someone else could manage it. (I can basically just file bugs now, and pay someone to handle it, freeing me up to do more game dev.)

It isn't perfect, for sure. But I think it's a step forward!

Dan Fedor - Founder, Blue Bottle Games

Malacodor's picture
Malacodor

Looks like preview is missing for Forum comments (replies), but works for Forum topics and News replies. Is that what you're seeing, too?

Exactly.

You mention gradient stripes. Is this everywhere, or just in the image above?
What do you mean by "colors cause depressions"?

I mean the background. It's literally 50 shades of grey. Maximize the browser window and use a resolution of at least 1920 * 1080. The gradient stripes aren't visible in small windows.

BBCode is the same as before, isn't it?

Well, I hoped for something like highlight text, click B-button and [​b​][​/b​] is applied automatically.

And what is a proper smiley? Do you mean emojis?

Yes, "emoji" is the term young people use these days (I feel old). All forums in the world except two have these. And one of them only because they were disabled after I used all of them at once.

Ran around with a clown mask before it was cool