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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 22 hours ago

    It's funny this got brought up again because it's coming out late tonight or tomorrow. Been a weekend project of mine

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 day, 6 hours ago

    Observant =)

    It's the default site event that is active during a non-event period. Yes, it's not really supposed to be there, however,  we also don't link very prominently to the page and the page itself isn't a pretty listing yet so I'm not too worried about it displaying. It may actually have a use going forward to explain some stuff.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 6 days, 4 hours ago

    I wish people would stop talking about it :D

    I commented on this when the event first went live and was hoping we wouldn't see it brought up again because it can be "abused". It's an issue with how dumb our tasks system is and how, right now, it isn't really worth the time to flesh it out more since it will be abandoned in favor of something more advanced in the future. I don't really mind that you can "exploit" it because honestly, it's all fun and games and since it's available for everyone and not just a few people, it feels fair.

     

    TL;DR: Won't fix, don't really consider it an issue even though it kind of is. Have fun and have some snowflakes. *throws snowball*

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 2 weeks ago

    I'll post our internal documentation for it. Never made this public since the editor still needs buttons.


    How to use Magic BBCode. For the purposes of this document, the "magic" bbcode tag names have been replaced by "example".


    Documentation - MtgCard

    The tag name is "mtgcard". It must have a start and end tag.

    [example]CardName[/example]

    Options can be provided with this bbcode with the following format:

    [example option="value"]CardName[/example]


    Options

    • text
      • The text used for the card link. This will replace the card's name which is used as default.
    • set
      • The 3 letter code for the card set for this card.
      • Examples:
        • M21 - Core Set 2021
        • JMP - Jumpstart
        • AKR - Amonkhet Remastered
        • ZNR - Zendikar Rising
        • LEA - Alpha
    • num
      • The exact number of the card.
      • You should use this with set for the best results.

    Basic Usage

    The contents of the tag is either the card name or the id of the card in our database.

    If you want to use the database card id, these are the numeric id found in the card's URL.


    Link to a card

    [example]Plains[/example]

    Plains


    Link to a specific version of a card

    Example below is a Plains from Eldraine

    [example set="ELD"]Plains[/example]

    Example below is the specific Plaines from Eldraine.

    [example set="ELD" num="250"]Plains[/example]

    If you were to only use the "num" option for Plains, there is always a chance that there is another Plains with the provided number which means you may not get the intended result. Using the set code is the best option.



    Documentation - MtgCardImg

    This embeds a card image for Magic the Gathering. If we are missing the image, we will display a text version of the card instead.

    The tag name is "mtgcardimg". It must have a start and end tag.

    [example]CardName[/example]

    Options can be provided with this bbcode with the following format:

    [example option="value"]CardName[/example]

    If a certain option does not accept a value, the option only needs to be present within the bbcode.

    [example option_with_value="value" option_without_value]CardName[/example]


    Options

    • text=value
      • The text used for the card link. This will replace the card's name which is used as default.
    • set=value
      • The 3 letter code for the card set for this card.
      • Examples:
        • M21 - Core Set 2021
        • JMP - Jumpstart
        • AKR - Amonkhet Remastered
        • ZNR - Zendikar Rising
        • LEA - Alpha
    • num=value
      • The exact number of the card.
      • You should use this with set for the best results.
    • size=value
      • The width in pixels of the card image.
      • This defaults to 265. We do not recommend changing this because Magic cards do not scale well.
    • discuss
      • Adds a link to a card's discussion thread in a button below the card image.
      • These do not exist for older cards. If the card does not have an associated thread, it will not provide the button.
    • rating
      • Adds a set of rating stars below a card's image.

    Basic Usage

    The contents of the tag is either the card name or the id of the card in our database.

    If you want to use the database card id, these are the numeric id found in the card's URL.


    A card image

    [example]Plains[/example]


    A specific card image

    Example below is a Plains from Eldraine

    [example set="ELD"]Plains[/example]

    Example below is the specific Plaines from Eldraine.

    [example set="ELD" num="250"]Plains[/example]

    If you were to only use the "num" option for Plains, there is always a chance that there is another Plains with the provided number which means you may not get the intended result. Using the set code is the best option.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The 5 of us with the Chenvaala header now own it!

    Everyone else that decides to pick it up as well should properly receive it now upon purchase.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Looks like the package didn't have the associated reward, oops!

    Going to run a query to get this fixed for everyone. Sorry about that!

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 3 weeks ago

    The issue with notifications for currency being under the nav will be fixed this morning.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago
    Quote From Alfi

    Why are two frames for 99999 snowflakes?

    Temporary pricing while they remain exclusive to the December 25 present unlocks =)


    Also worth noting that account management is successfully letting you choose which flair to use now. Sorry about that, I didn't push out an additional change that was made to our form for it to allow it to save correctly.

    Cosmetics still needs a huge overhaul in account management. I don't like that you have to guess what stuff is going to look like.

    In reply to Snowflakes
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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    We're introducing a new cosmetic today called Pins! This is the first part of how pins will be used on the site.


    New Features

    Pins!

    • Pins are a new collectible cosmetic on the site.
      • The first round of these are available through the Snowpocalypse event in our shop.
    • A pin can be attached to your avatar border's bottom left corner.
    • Pins will only display on Desktop for now. Mobile devices display much smaller avatars and will be supported in the future in a different way.
    • The Future:
      • We're planning on allowing you to move pins to any position over your avatar area and to resize them.
      • We'll allow you to use pins to respond to comments.
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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 4 weeks ago

    Stuff is rolling out slowly today for the holiday event.

    If you want any of the headers, don't worry, you can safely spend your snowflakes. Unlike the Oozefest event, I'm expecting people to obtain at least a couple of thousand snowflakes during the event which will run until February 1.

    Once everything is live for sure, there will be a news article detailing everything.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago
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    There is zero chance we'll ever let anyone see who is upvoting and downvoting content. In my experience, it just leads to harassment when people go after those that downvoted them. It creates a toxic atmosphere, especially when you downvote someone trolling and that troll now knows who "got their jimmies rustled" so they can go after them. Preventing that scenario from even happening is A+ in my book.

    Upvoting yourself is an odd one, I will agree. The reason behind it though, which I know I've mentioned in the past somewhere but since we have a fresh thread on it let me repeat it, is because it gives us more flexibility. If you go through the deck database, not many people upvote their own decks. I'm willing to wager if a person doesn't upvote their own deck initially, there is a higher chance it isn't a deck worth looking at. Maybe someone is using the site to catalog decks they like. It's sort of a power-user feature so people that know it exists and are writing good deck content can make use of it to get themselves higher in the initial rankings.

    Now, upvoting your own comments just comes from the silliness that is us using the same voting system for everything on the site. It might be a bit strange, but honestly, we'd just be starting everyone at +1 anyway without it so its another opportunity for people to signal boost themselves if they think they wrote something worth seeing.

    Ultimately though, the points don't matter much and its just something fun. It's super easy feedback to give since it is low effort and if people really need to upvote themselves, I'm okay with it =D

    I mean is there a possible realm where we move away from the current internet meta of "liking/upvoting/reacting" to everything?  Can we possibly go back to a "good ole days" era where there were no likes/upvotes on comments.  People make comments, and people respond.  If people don't like the comment, they can reply and say "you are wrong and here's why".  If people troll, we just use the report button to report the people who troll.  

    The problem inherent with "liking/voting/etc" systems is that it panders to , frankly speaking, the Facebook type of crowd that can't be bothered to respond to a picture of a family member, so they just like it instead.

    Maybe if the downvoting is the problem, we just get rid of "liking or disliking" comments altogether.  After all, comments are opinions:  sometimes they are wrong, sometimes they are right, but they are opinions.  And people are allowed to make their opinions heard if they so wish, correct?  As someone mentioned earlier, there was a problem with someone or some people mass downvoting news thread comments.  And they most likely didn't contribute to the thread themselves.  If we removed the ability to like/dislike a comment, wouldn't that solve the issue? It would force the people who don't want to contribute, and instead just want to downvote people they disagree with to actually formulate an opposing opinion and write it down...

    And if the mass downvoters/trolls/whatever they are get pushed away by a new environment that doesn't have like/dislike buttons, then that's better overall for the community anyhow isn't it?

    Just a thought.

    I don't disagree! I miss the old school parts of the net :D

    With that said, the voting is so much better to engage more members of the community and therefore keeping more people around. Sometimes just having conversations isn't enough and doesn't feel as rewarding. Look at achievements on the site - they don't really matter much but people love to complete them and it creates more attachment since you get to work towards something.

    Gamification is a big deal online now. Keeping people around and building healthy communities with it is so important.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago

    Applications are still being worked through. There were quite a few of them, more than I had expected to see, so with the extra load from that and all the content we've been working towards for the big game announcements this week, it has been a slower than expected process.

    Everyone who sent in an application will receive a response.

    In reply to New writers results?
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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago

    There is zero chance we'll ever let anyone see who is upvoting and downvoting content. In my experience, it just leads to harassment when people go after those that downvoted them. It creates a toxic atmosphere, especially when you downvote someone trolling and that troll now knows who "got their jimmies rustled" so they can go after them. Preventing that scenario from even happening is A+ in my book.

    Upvoting yourself is an odd one, I will agree. The reason behind it though, which I know I've mentioned in the past somewhere but since we have a fresh thread on it let me repeat it, is because it gives us more flexibility. If you go through the deck database, not many people upvote their own decks. I'm willing to wager if a person doesn't upvote their own deck initially, there is a higher chance it isn't a deck worth looking at. Maybe someone is using the site to catalog decks they like. It's sort of a power-user feature so people that know it exists and are writing good deck content can make use of it to get themselves higher in the initial rankings.

    Now, upvoting your own comments just comes from the silliness that is us using the same voting system for everything on the site. It might be a bit strange, but honestly, we'd just be starting everyone at +1 anyway without it so its another opportunity for people to signal boost themselves if they think they wrote something worth seeing.

    Ultimately though, the points don't matter much and its just something fun. It's super easy feedback to give since it is low effort and if people really need to upvote themselves, I'm okay with it =D

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago

    "Reactions" is something I do want to eventually get on the site, but I want to do a slightly different spin on it. TBA

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago

    I think the downvote mechanism is an important one to have. I don't like it being used for disagreements but rather as a tool to let others know someone has posted something that is misinformed or straight up trolling.

    The side effect here is, of course, that some people use it just to be dicks. If we catch people doing mass downvoting, we remove votes and have no problems banning accounts (we've done that in the past on a few occasions). If you think you've been targeted somewhere specifically, I'm always happy to look into it if you can link me (via PM) to the places your content is that was downvoted.

    We don't have any automated systems yet for it since it isn't problematic yet, but the goal is to one day have a system in place to detect people being assholes and to remove their voting privileges, temporarily removing their votes, and flagging the account for review. We need to get a proper "trust" system in place though first before we can go far with that (a downvote from someone who has a more positive role on the site isn't likely to be abusing downvotes).

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    Those are our two spotlight slots that appear on all pages regardless of the type of content you're on. They are there to help promote important stuff.

    The blank space is an ad slot that is empty due to you having premium. It is a known issue that needs to be handled!

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    We've been in contact with our vid provider and they've adjusted the player so that it now properly has the close button. You'll notice it is now on the left side of the screen as well on mobile to the button should be touchable now.

    Thanks for the continued feedback everyone!

    In reply to Please move the ad
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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago
    Quote From Grumpy000

    i just made a six month payment through paypal

    how do you link this payment with my Outofcard account?

    Thanks for the support!

    The PayPal payments are all manually verified. Got you hooked up and a PM was sent (though you've probably seen that by now).

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hey all,

    We've been working on making the video experience better and a deployment has gone out with some tweaks. Unfortunately, there is also a misconfiguration on the provider's end that is cached so right now there is an obnoxious bar at the bottom of the screen. This is not supposed to look like this!

    Thanks for the continued feedback, it is greatly appreciated and I promise you that we'll get this experience right. All the various devices and browsers make it absolutely fun to deal with.

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    Administrator 1570 1769 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hey Grumpy!

    Unfortunately, there isn't a way to do smaller one-time support payments on the site. Taking them month-by-month over Paypal directly would eat into the payments with the fees. Patreon lets us avoid this somewhat since they charge much smaller fees overall.

    With that said, you can become a Patron and then cancel the recurring billing on it once your Premium rewards arrive on the site as they'll be valid for 30 days. Just make sure you hookup your Out of Cards account to Patreon before doing so to make sure it goes through. That is accessible in account management under social connections.

    We might have a better way to accommodate this next year when we do a refresh of the Premium program. I haven't worked out all the details on that specifically though.

    Thanks for all the support!

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