Seneschal Report - July 2017
In which James talks about recent changes to the site, once again copy/pastes a change-log, and talks about upcoming coding-related things on the horizon.
Time for another report from your friendly neighborhood Seneschal with the latest ins and outs related to the site.
Deployed Code Changes
Below is a list of most of the code check-ins done to the site since my last report. This is a non-exhaustive, automatically generated list, and does not contain code changes that have not yet been deployed to the main website, nor does it list code changes that are outside the scope of the main website.
Here are some highlights:
- A new ACC Competition Archetype that facilitates running ACC competitions using the Open Challenge system
- A new Brackets Competition Archetype to support competitions ran in a brackets format
- Pending Cluster Overview
- Additional Character Slots: Alts and NPCs
- Snapshots, including support for ACC, Fiction Competitions, and manual snapshots
- Warbanner Request Form
- Lots of updates to libraries and the framework used by the site
- Minor changes and bugfixes
James Entar: Update Chat Links Restrict challenge venues to active ones API updates Manual SA Fail Button Enable YouTube embed in reports/competitions Fix edge case that caused Promotion Assesments to error out on very old dossiers with legacy data Fixed edge case that could cause an error trying to check whether someone has permission to promote a GM Don't send reminders for closed ACC battles Initial Brackets Competition support Fix a bug where former name search would only work when logged in Don't override 'late subscription' logic on bracket comps Add Fiction Center to Main Navbar Start implementing bracket seeding methods Add some logic to mailing list checkers to make it consider gmail addresses with and without periods as equal Send notification e-mail on competition comments Overview of pending clusters Trash carrying fractional gaming clusters at weekly reset Additional Character Slots backend Split out CS admin into a page for each character, finish up Character Slot backend admin Fix Char Slot Bug Fix CS sandbox Implement frontend logic for SA course prerequisites and course tags Show account balance on slot purchase screen Snapshots backend Additional Character Slots front-end NPC loadouts, hook up Character Slots to admin menu Update wiki link on character slots page Resolve slotted NPC society rank requirements through owner; don't unit-stamp member-owned NPCs Prevent NPCs sharing items Snapshots: ACC Implementation ACC snapshot tweaks Various small fixes Upstream library updates More possessions paperdoll images Link to society wikis from progress page Library updates Upgrade to Rails 5, plus related fixes Kill IRC with fire Re-enable brackets comp archetype Update degree requirements Only show ACC battles claimed by you or unclaimed ACC battles as 'requiring your attention' Snapshots for FictionCompetitions Some minor bugfixes ACC Competition Archetype, allows creating comp matches through Open Challenges Remove debug statement Change ACC pending battles logic a bit Fix 'snaphot' being spelled wrong Enforce previewing on ACC posts Fix 'last post' warning always showing up Manual admin setting to make a competition skip credit awarding to prevent double awarding credits when resolving grading issues Hotfix ACC judging preview not working Implement site-based Warbanner request form Update Kallisto rules Link up WB request form Kallisto rules Lib updates Improve Welcome Mail Logic Update blocklist Promotheus updates for new SA degrees Hook up accounts index page to view permission rather than manage Update Kallisto rules COPPA instructions on join form Prevent preventing both early and late subscription Manual Snapshots Notify CoC on self-resignations Link Skills + FPs to their Wiki description Add links from last commit in new window/tab Automate bonus Clusters of Ice Update bonus cluster label Properly tag Open Challenge battles with competition Fix query error ACC hall API endpoint Fix mobile CS editor z-index issue which prevented changing feats
On the Horizon
This section provides some sneak previews of upcoming site changes and the larger things on the Seneschal Office's todo-list in various stages of completion, in no particular order.
Status: ▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮ (On hold pending some GFX items from the Herald)
*An effort by the SA staff to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to get to and find information, and to create a more focused new member experience. *
This is done on the coding side. The only thing left to roll out is a revamp of the SA landing page that will replace the current "Message from the Headmaster". This new landing page will feature some GFX that's currently being worked on.
Status: ▮▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ (On hold until after GJW)
Integration of Possessions Items with Dossier Graphics.
Coding has not yet been started, but Vyr and I have brainstormed a lot on how this is going to work. I'm probably picking this up after the GJW.
Possessions: Item Upgrades
Status: ▮▮▮▮▮▯▯▯▯▯ (On hold pending content)
A proposal to implement Upgrades, which basically can be described as pre-written aspects provided by the Regent Staff (members can't submit custom versions), that don't necessarily need to have a downside like regular Item Aspects.
This is currently on hold at Evant's request until the Regent staff has enough decent content to drop into this feature. Once this is the case, this should be fairly easy to implement as we can leverage the existing Item Aspect infrastructure.
Status: ▮▮▮▮▮▯▯▯▯▯ (On hold pending Society Development)
A new Society to provide our artistically capable members with a new outlet of creativity and activity.
This is currently on hold until the final details, point values and rewards for the society have been worked out. Once this is done, translating everything into Promotheus rules should be fairly easy.
Random Bug fixes and Things That Come Up™
A wild Dark Council member appeared. It uses Feature Request!
The big "When we get to it" list
Random small or less small things the Seneschal office tackles when they have spare time. Feel free to mail/message me with any suggestions for this list.
- Re-work character sheet states to bring them in line with competitions (so withdrawing a sheet doesn't render it unavailable anymore)
- Look into ways of letting people know their CS metadata (name, unit, saber) is out of date before taking snapshots or issuing an ACC challenge
- Automatically progress character age based on site fictional year
- Ability for Regent Staff to manage inventory for inactive stores
- Ability for Regent to manage "Brotherhood" possessions
- NPC Armory for Clan and Plot NPCs
- Add an extensions overview to ACC battle pages
- Ability to exclude NV2 and below from "percentage of the DB with this rank/course/award" statistics
As always, we've seen lots of fixes and additions being applied to the site, and even more interesting things to come. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to e-mail me, Telegram me, or throw in a comment.
James L. Entar
Seneschal of the Brotherhood