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More Lottery Post Site Changes


I made some significant changes tonight that I've been working on for about a week.

  • Added a Permalink to every forum post in a topic, so people can link directly to a post. The permalink can be obtained by clicking the small icon to the left of the post date/time.  (Definition of Permalink.)
  • Added completely new member rankings system, based upon consistency of posting to the forums.  (Blog post describing the new ratings system.)  Long-time participation combined with consistent daily pariticpation yields the highest rankings.
  • Rankings are re-evaluated by the Lottery Post system automatically every night, and every member who was promoted during the night will receive a PM to let them know.
  • Removed 1-5 star display that used to show the member level, and replaced with graphic badges showing the member level.

I designed the new membership badges myself.  I'm not really an artist-type, so they went through several iterations and different ideas before I came up with that design.  The "glossyness" of the badges was an idea I came up with after seeing some of the new Windows Vista UI.  Every time I need to come up with new graphics, I'll probably add them with Vista's new look & feel in mind.

I used Adobe Photoshop to create the images, for those who care about that kind of stuff.

I hope everyone enjoys the new changes, and gets value out of rankings that are a huge improvement over raw post count.  It won't be perfect, but I really like it.

Entry #272


Comment by LOTTOMIKE - August 26, 2006, 2:15 am
love it!
emilygComment by emilyg - August 26, 2006, 2:40 am
wow!!!   love it.
Comment by LOTTOMIKE - August 26, 2006, 2:47 am
always look forward to the new changes.constantly evolving has kept this site at top of my list.keep up the good work......
konaneComment by konane - August 26, 2006, 10:19 am
Mind blowing, totally awesome!! Love 'em!! Thank you!!
LuckyComment by Lucky - August 26, 2006, 10:26 am
Nice Todd - Very nice !!
angelmComment by angelm - August 26, 2006, 11:54 am
Thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!
four4meComment by four4me - August 26, 2006, 12:03 pm
psykomoComment by psykomo - August 26, 2006, 2:45 pm
Bow WOW, Ruuffff RuuF..........Mew mew, TOO!!!
Wey.............................to GooooooooooooTodd!

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