Posted tagged ‘Soccerproject’

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 😛

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Custom Facebook URL

June 13, 2009

Allthough I’m not really using my Sjarel Westel – Facebook account, I did take this morning’s opportunity to get this great URL : http://www.facebook.com/SoccerProject. Maybe it will turn out to be useful in the future, but for now I’m sure nobody else will take it …

Welcome zajdaz

May 7, 2009

Not too much news lately, only a little from our Czech friends.

Manager zajdaz will be the new forum moderator, Frankie doparoma decided to quit. Next to this we (Isis and Sjarel) were invited to the Czech SoccerProject meeting in June, but unfortunately we won’t be able to attend. It’s just too far and too difficult to get there. I do hope they’ll send me some pictures though….

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.

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 😉

Player names & Hindi

February 3, 2009

Some new kids on the block…. Manager fkk will continue PipkiN’s work and complete the list of available staff and player names in SoccerProject. And manager JayantNK will try to finish the Hindi translation. Good luck guys !

Screenshots

January 16, 2009

SoccerProject LightBox

After years of having a really bad looking screenshots overview page, I finally made a decent one. Obviously there is still room for improvement, but for now this should do. I’m really glad I managed to improve this page, because it really wasn’t a good SoccerProject-ambassador to new users.

It took me only about half an hour and a few lines of code with the JQuery LightBox plugin. Why didn’t I think of this before…