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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    Okay, it's been bleeding ages since I've updated this! That's not to say nothing has happened, though. Quite a lot has, most notably the fact we have now been for a while on the US server. Also, a few other things have happened to the site, but I plan for a whole lot more in the future. I haven't done a lot lately as I haven't really had a solid plan in place.


    15/05/2012

    In no particular order, here is (what I can remember, since I'm tired and going to bed soon) what I really have to get sorted in the very near future:

    • Get the chat room back up as I'm no longer using AJAX Chat and will be switching over to IRC, and write a decent guide on using the new chat system
    • Get the Download Centre online, but unfortunately the system I've been basing the Download Centre on happens to not work properly after all this time, and without going into too much detail, I'm going to find a new system for downloads
    • Update the freaking gallery which I was meant to do a couple of months back, which is a very tedious job (believe me, messaging hundreds of artists and downloading over a thousand images and sorting them is not fun) but not exactly difficult
    • Get the main site redesigned, which again I have been meaning to do for a while, but it's all about funding; a coder costs money and I don't know enough PHP to accomplish what I want to on my own
    • Work on the wiki, but this isn't possible yet because the developer of the wiki hasn't released the beta but will be working on it soon—however, the good news is that a new wiki system is being implemented which will allow the wiki to be edited with your forum accounts, which will make writing about Outlaw Star hassle-free (except the part where you have to write something )
    • In addition to redesigning the site, not only will the appearance change, but also the focus to an extent; whilst I promise Outlaw Star will be the centre of attention (Outlaw Star UK, hurr durr), I'll also cover other anime from the '90s (and maybe early '00s) and also space-themed anime
    • When all of the above is complete, advertise the site using the free Google advertising I have and other means of advertising and marketing, because I'd want to advertise the site when it is more complete rather than in its incomplete state now, and hopefully that will generate more interest which isn't very easy to generate

    And that's just the beginning of it for me. There are heaps of other things, including creating dozens of smilies and item shop graphics (pixel art takes ages), writing many articles that I'm way behind on, and many personal projects that I'd rather withhold information on for the time being. (They're very cool and relate to Outlaw Star. ) So I hope you might be able to understand why I feel just slightly overwhelmed.
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    Okay...

    • Get the chat room back up as I'm no longer using AJAX Chat and will be switching over to IRC, and write a decent guide on using the new chat system

    So, that is nearly fixed. I thought the basic guide on the chat page itself would suffice for nearly everybody, but more people than I had predicted are having difficulty getting on IRC. You should remember, guys, that unlike the previous chat system, IRC is external from the forums. Therefore, I am requiring registration for your own sakes. The chat room is set up and fully working, but I will write a better chat guide soon since it is in high demand.

    Looking at my priority list, I think the next task I should take on is getting a working download system on the forum, since the previous one, as explained, unfortunately can't be used. I will need to wait to hear from developers though first, so in the meantime I'm going to focus on getting the gallery full of many Outlaw Star pictures. I'm going to add most of them in one go, so you probably won't see the gallery updated until I have found a lot of pictures.

    I'll work on these high-priority tasks before the smilies and other low-priority things.
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    A new task cropped up, and that's creating and awarding the achievements for HangGene. If you visit the achievements page you'll see I've created the achievements. However, awarding them will take a lot of time. So I'm putting it off for a while. A certain merchant however has joined the forum: Fred Luo. He'll have his own thread in which members can request to be granted Special Achievements which are granted manually. Many of these achievements can and will have wong bonuses.

    In addition to this, I'm going to create a new news update covering this in more detail, but I've decided to give forum management a total overhaul. That will mean removing any current members of staff or special titles (excluding MotM), and soon enough I'll have a proper application system for members to apply for staff positions.

    Also, sorry for another delay, but I've been very busy with things tonight so the IRC guide will come tomorrow, although frankly, if you use Google you could probably figure it out yourself.

    [gilliam]Search: "IRC Nickserv guide"[/gilliam]
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    24/05/2012

    It's 8.30AM. I need to get rid of this night owl lifestyle. But shit, the past four and a half hours have been so monotonous. You wouldn't think it, but carefully gathering all the results of the HangGene series (1-4) has taken four and a half hours. I could be very far into the extended editions of the first two Lord of the Rings films by now. And the battle's not over yet. I've got to calculate the wong rewards too, but I think that's a task for tomorrow.

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    Oops
    AsherTheWilliams, BaronOfStuff, Bloodylilcorpse, blue_penguin123, darkbetter, Dymus, Flare, Gene Starwind, HakkaisRilan, Hannah, Kokirininja, Lord-Idolo, madmanmark08 MajinCooler27, Makaze, Masaka, NinjaWarriorKaz, Nixie-the-Pixie, Nostalgic Wanderer, OSRed1, SethClanclan, Somasol, TheMachetejoe

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    Yes. It really took that long. Thank goodness I'm a stubborn bastard. Once I get focused on something, I see it through. Unfortunately, I couldn't predict it would take so long, and thus I have had to delay the IRC guide again. I'm going to take the 3D Realms approach and give the release date...

    "When it's done."

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis
    I have had to delay the IRC guide again. I'm going to take the 3D Realms approach and give the release date...

    "When it's done."
    Does this mean that you'll end up going out of business and someone else will have to finish things off? I really don't recommend this!
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    Not exactly, but I'm not sure I'd turn down an offer to be bought out for many riches. Just kidding!

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    Jim: "I knew it."
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis
    I've added a few more pics to the avatar gallery, but decided to put off that task until I find (I know it's somewhere) my Outlaw Star DVDs, since I'm going by the 16:9 HD version and it's not as quick or easy to grab screenshots and squash them down to 4:3.
    If you have PhotoshopCS(1)-5.5 or any of its trial versions, there are some batch Actions you can make to streamline the process, letting it do the resizing, saving and closing for you. Also, there's a shortcut on a freeware video player called VLC which will automatically generate screenshots from a video as it plays using scene filter. Best of all, you can customise the timing, taking one screenshot per second, or one per minute, etc. //end blatant promotion.

    You'll have to play around with it a bit to save the images correctly in the first place, but once that's done, it should save you a lot of time. I'd help, though I'm not sure what the ratio is on my DVDs or what size (in pixels and DPI) you'd prefer for your galleries.

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Changelog

    Oh, I'm well acquainted with the Actions window, but thanks. I should have made it clear that part of the process in addition to that involves cropping the screenshots as well. That is something that can't be automated, unfortunately. For Outlaw Star screenshots, you'd be better off downloading the remastered version. Obviously a legal grey area, but since you own the original DVDs and the suits in Japan can't be bothered to release the remastered version here, I don't see a problem with it. The VLC tip is a good one, although sometimes I have to fine-tune my "seeking" if I want to get an exact frame.

    I also greatly appreciate the offer. For the sake of consistency, if you got the remastered videos I'd certainly take you up on that. If you use instant messenger (I'm thinking MSN or Skype) that could make it easier, but e-mail or PM would be fine. For privacy reasons of course you might want to PM me such details anyway.
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    Jim: "I knew it."
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    I'm now switching to this thread to make a note of my "fixed" and "to-do" lists that aren't related to the OSUK to OSN transfer. Four years might seem like a huge bump, but I remember bumping a thread from 1997 for the lulz.

    Recent fixes and updates

    • Skype icon was producing problems when displayed in threads, so it has been removed from there but Skype IDs can still be found in profiles if a member has one
    • Forums and threads haven't been marked as read correctly, fixed but may require marking forums as read using "Forum Tools" to reset everything to be read again
    • A member kept being logged out, hopefully fixed
    • Multiple backgrounds can now be chosen
    • Ugly green tick icon removed from index and forum listings
    • Facebook button linked to old URL, fixed


    To do

    • Change thread icons to be more OS-themed, plus it will make it easier to tell if a thread has been read or not
    • Change colours and header image in mobile site to match OSN
    • Find out whether smilies can be customised on Tapatalk site
    • Finish the Triple Triad game (this will take some work)
    • There are lots of bugs in the gallery—fix them and finally add some OLS pictures to it!
    • A bug in the currency system is causing earnings to frequently add and subtract, so while it isn't breaking functionality it would be a good idea to fix this eventually
    • Add more character smilies (small priority)
    • Start HangGene going again
    • Arrange regular gaming nights
    • Once more content is available, make a YouTube video to promote the site
    • Improve the spoiler tag
    • Add more spam protection
    • Reset "Start of Week" to Monday for all users for the calendar
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    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
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    This is just an idea, but I'd love to see Gilliam featured on the site in some way.



    Pink Gilliam for new posts, blue for old? I don't know, I'm sure you have a better idea.

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