Archive for March 2009

Some bugs can be hard to spot …

March 31, 2009

It won’t be too long anymore before SoccerProject can celebrate it’s first lustrum. It’s hard to imagine, but we still find bugs in the code that has been used for so many years now. Thousands of managers use it on a daily basis, and yet we have to keep fixing minor to major bugs.

Some time ago a manager reported he bought a player, at least he thought he did. The money was taken from his account, but the player seemed to have chosen for another club. After some investigation, I found that this could happen when two managers wanted to buy the same player at the exact same moment. I guess this is a late bugreport for the introduction of the Instant-Buy-Price. Before this could never happened of course.

Anyway, it took a while, but now this very annoying bug has been fixed.

A camel is a horse designed by committee

March 25, 2009

Porsche

Regarding my latest post I read a great post on TechCrunch today, especially this quote :

“if you asked a group of Porsche owners what they wanted they’d tell you things like “smoother ride, more trunk space, more leg room, etc.” He’d then say “well, they just designed a Volvo.

I never heard of this before, but I think it’s easily applicable to SoccerProject. Of course I should listen to what all managers have to say, but the final decision is ours and we can’t please everyone…

How to please a community…

March 10, 2009

As from now a team, participating in a friendly cup, will no longer be marked as ‘subscribed’ for the total duration of the cup. When setting up the fixtures for a new round, all knocked-out teams will be marked as ‘no longer subscribed’ which will enable these teams to subscribe in a new cup. This has been a long requested feature and we hope to avoid some manager frustration by it.

Over time I saw a lot of forum topics like this one. The reason was very simple : A lot of managers felt that SoccerProject was almost unplayable with the existing Friendly Cup restrictions.

Obviously that is what the forum is there for. Managers can ask for whatever they want, I read most topics and from time to time I act upon it. But what strikes me in this case is the total lack of reaction when I finally decided to spend a few hours to please those managers. I received 1 PM, I saw 1 reaction on the Dutch forum, but that was it. Of course I couldn’t read the reactions on the foreign forums and I might have missed a post on the forums I do read, but I really expected more happy managers.

Nevertheless I’m sure I did please some managers and I guess it’s a lesson once more that I need to be careful with the forum’s opinions. It’s just the voice of a few managers, mostly the ones who are not too happy about something. Maybe I should even assume that all managers not talking on the forum, are very satisfied with SP and it’s best no to change anything 😉