Now that all our wonderful members have had some fun marking past opponents, it's time to show you something cool:
Introducing the Great Fighting Cobweb: Who Fought Who? (or is that whom?) Once again it's proven that no man is an island... unless he is.
– Admin out
OK, I will try not to sound too proud about this one, but it's difficult. In fact, I am rather pleased to present you with the World Map of All Fighters! For now, you can access the map by clicking on Members' list, and then choosing "World Map of All Fighters" at the top of the page.
Basically, this is a Google Maps application that shows the world map, with the location of every member of the site. There are some rough edges, of course, so here's a list of stuff that you should be aware of:
- Green arrows on the map mark a location where more than one members reside. If you hover the mouse cursor over the green arrow, a tooltip will show you how many live there.
- Clicking on a green arrow will zoom in on that location, expanding the members' markers.
- Clicking on a member marker will show you the member's name and primary photo. Clicking on that will take you to the member's profile.
- Blue markers show members who have a photo. Gray markers show members without one.
- The map is dead slow in Internet Explorer 6.0. If you are still using that dog of a browser, this might be the time to upgrade to something better.
- You might have to edit your profile to set your location on the map. Once you're on your profile screen, click on "location". This will cause the map to pop up. You can either search for location (e.g. by city and district name), or you can click the map / drag the red marker to a place near you.
- It is not yet possible to mark more than one location. That feature will be coming soon, along with some other neat stuff...
That's right, I'm tired but happy. I hope this new feature will help you find opponents easier. It also paves the way to many new exciting stuff, such as the traveller feature or the geographic search.
That's it for today. As always, ideas are welcome.
– Admin out
The idea is that you can mark the guys whom you have wrestled/fought before as your past opponents. This has two advantages: you can honor the guys who have dared face you in glorious battle, AND it has a clearer semantic than the "favorites".
Also, "past opponents" only show on your profile if both guys have marked the other as such. This way, while many guys can be your "fans" (that is, mark you as a favorite), but only the guys you acknowledge can be your "past opponents".
I have also made some miscellaneous tweaks to the site's blog engine. Hopefully the new layout is a bit more intuitive.
– Admin out.
Today I am closing Tracker/2009-04-05, having implemented a "blocking feature". Basically this allows members to disallow messages from other members.
To block someone, do the following:
- Visit the other member's profile
- At the bottom of the page, click on the button that says "Block this member".
- You will have to confirm that you indeed want to do this.
- You can unblock members the same way.
- To view the list of members that you have currently blocked, visit your preferences page.
Note that blocking is a three-edged sword: If you block someone, you too will be unable to contact him. Also, the Admin (me) can mandate blocks between members, and these cannot be unblocked normally. (This is how I plan to deal with my bickering kids. :)
To be honest I'm a little unhappy about this feature in the sense that I was hoping there wouldn't be a need for one. It seems that I was wrong, and blocking is necessary to prevent feuds from other websites from spilling over to AllFighters. Oh well.
On to better things: The next feature in the works is Tracker/2009-01-03 2. Basically this is an extension of the favorites list; in addition to marking other members as favorites, you will also be able to mark the people whom you have met and fought with. If both people involved mark the other, it becomes RealFactTM, and will show up on both their profiles.
Also, related to the ranking feature, I plan on creating a feature that I call Battle Reports. The idea is that you can share stories of your matches with the rest of us. The details are a little sketchy at the monent, which is why I would like to ask you all to add your comments.
In addition, I have fixed a bug that broke quick message deleting and blog voting on some PC's.
Thanks, and happy wrestling!
– Admin out.
No, not the vinyl kind of record.
Yesterday (6th of April, 2009) we had the Highest Number of New Members since our site begun. Also, as a consequence, we are now over 600 in membership. Wow!
– Admin out.