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Expenditure limit

July 11, 2009

It doesn’t happen too often, but this time I only got positive forum reactions on the latest change in SoccerProject. Quite a relief acutally 😉

My aim for this particular feature was not only to prevent new managers from spending all their money at once, I also wanted to make life a little harder for cheaters and even slow down the injection of money in the economy by short-life managers. It actually took me a while to find a good and simple solution, but I think this must be the simplest option available. I don’t mean programmatically of course, it’s much more important be easy to understand for a (new) manager.

I always try to stay away from complexity, most of the time simple solutions are simply the best. At first I wanted to gradually increase the budget of starting managers. By means of pre-announced money injections, they would see their budget slowly grow. I wasn’t sure however of how many messages and injections would be ideal in this case. We surely don’t want to overload a new manager with all kinds of info.

Then I figured we could simply create an expenditure limit on transfers, depending on the time a manager has been a member of SoccerProject. I started out by creating some (complex) formulas on how to calculate the weekly raise for the limit. Luckily I then noticed, it would be much simpler to simply use the number of seconds a manager has been on SoccerProject. That meant a very easy check in the code, and a very easy-to-understand solution. That is also the reason the limit will grow by EUR 604 800 each week, there are 604800 seconds in a week.

There is also a nice (imho) little side-effect. Each time a manager tries to make a transfer that limit will have grown. In other words it’s a live-limit and managers will be able to follow the growth. I hope some managers wll like that about it. If not, you can safely ignore this closing paragraph 😛

Bye bye, bye bye

June 7, 2009

Two important goodbyes these days. First el stino decided to step back as a moderator. A sad goodbye because I was very pleased with all the help we got from him over the past two years. Thanks el stino and good luck to you in the future !

TalkerBee

TalkerBee

Secondly we made an important decision. We will no longer use Talkerbee on SoccerProject. There were several reasons for this, but the most important one alone, really is enough for this decision. We kept getting error reports from users all over the world and those problems were not likely to be solved in the short future, so we were left with only one option : disabling TalkerBee. Personnally I’ve always believed in this feature, but it turned out less succesful then expected. I’m sorry for those managers who did use it frequently, but we feel there is no other choice for SoccerProject.

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 😉

Frankie doparoma

January 24, 2009

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As of today we have a new Czech moderator. Drajmi did no longer have time and has now been replaced by Frankie Doparoma aka frankie_kokotus. Thanks to Drajmi for all his moderation work and good luck to frankie !

Coppa

November 30, 2008

As you prolly know we’re using phpBB for the SoccerProject forum. In general that’s OK, but of course there are some drawbacks as well. One of these is that every time a new member registers and he indicates his age is lower then 13, we need to manually grant him the necessary permissions according to the COPPA-rules. Allthough this is annoying, I’ve put up with this so far. However today I found out that after we migrated to the new phpBB-version, registered COPPA-users no longer had access to the standard forums. Fortunetaly one of those users pointed this out to me and was able to fix this … We can now be sure that also Registered COPPA-users can read all the public forums.

Meanwhile Don QaTar finished the Indian translation. Unfortunately he needs to make some corrections before we can launch it and now he has exams. So it will take some more time before it’s online.