I remember seeing James show up a few months back after a long absence. He was once an integral part of the coding staff in this club, with many of our current systems having been molded by his hands. I was thinking that it would be great if he were to jump back in and start helping us out once more...thankfully he did just that (and how). His efforts have been astounding. He has helped do some general maintenance to the DB site, helping stabilize some of the wonkier (technical term) aspects. However, it is the "new" work he's done that has truly blown my mind. He first introduced a new Master-Student option to our dossiers, further cementing the Master/Student Programs of the various Houses and Clans. Next, he completely overhauled the competitions system so that both the front and back-ends work so much better. It even does all of the work of rec'ing the medals for you! It hasn't been officially released yet, but he has worked on an activity tracking system that will really help everyone keep track of their activities and ensuring no one gets forgotten in terms of rewards and promotions. Last, it is his efforts that have allowed us to now have an automated system for doing AWOL checks, which has been a great boon to everyone in the club. These are 4 projects that have directly benefited everyone in this club, and his efforts are more than deserving of this award. Congratulations and thank you!
DJM Halcyon Taldrya
Deputy Grand Master
Jam3z was one of the heavy coders in this club when I joined. There's prize few things that are on this site that he didn't have a hand in putting there, or otherwise know about. And when he retired, back when Jac was still GM, we all made a collective frowny face. Sure, we have had some great coders since then (and Orv is the man), but losing someone with that level of skill and understanding about how our site works is always a blow. Many people underestimate the role that coding takes on our site, because if their work is done right, nobody complains. It's a constant fight with the site to keep the Brotherhood moving. There's scriptkiddies lurking around the corner, and so many bits of functionality that can trash the whole kit and kaboodle because it hasn't been updated in a few years. Orv has been working his tail off just keeping us afloat and using the odd minute free to put in work on expansions. And then James came back. I really didn't expect him to do a whole heck of a lot, to be fair. Most dudes post-retirement will just stick their head in, chat a bit, maybe play a game or two, then vanish back into the Real World. And I didn't want to get excited at the thought of having another coder back around prematurely. I am glad to say that I was very wrong. Since his return, James has dove in and fixed problems as well as worked to expand things for us. In a time when every man-hour helps us drastically, James came to the rescue with time and energy, working on stuff liek the Master-Student functionality ont he site, Awol automation, and an activity tracker that is in beta testing right now. That's a whole lot of work for a retired guy to show up and do in short order. And I wanted to properly express our appreciation for his work quickly (and to encourage him to keep at it, because we need him around). As a token of our esteem, I hereby award James Entar an Emerald Dagger. Thank you very much. ~Muz Ashen, Dark lord of the Sith
Lord Muz Ashen Keibatsu, 2012-04-17 11:35:53 UTC