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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Sun 25th Jul 2010 2:12am

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I was hoping to get the site redesign done by today or earlier, but it seems I've been unsuccessful... and it's not the only thing I've not done.

I've not done the walkthrough for MARDEK 3 yet. I've not written a 'what I learned from the experience' news post about the game even though I wanted to for ages and planned in my mind what I'd write.
I've not even checked my emails all week, out of a sort of 'fear'; I think that if I see something that would involve work or responding, I'd have to do it, so avoiding it means that it isn't on my mind or something... Not a good way to be, really.

But various stresses and discomforts have been plaguing me all week, which is largely the cause for the slow progress and lack of doing things that need doing.
I've been sort of trying to organise another trip to see my girlfriend, which has been taking time and causing some stress...

I've also been concerned about my own, uh, mental condition, you could say, and sought some kind of support somewhere (online) only to be devastated and frustrated by the 'probably choleric' forceful cynicism of the people I came across there... Hmm.

And perhaps most of all, sitting had been really uncomfortable lately. I spend most of my time sitting in this chair that I've had for years, working on my computer, and most of the time sitting itself is fine and I don't feel discomfort from it. If I do, it's quite distracting and lasts two or three days, but completely fades after that for a few more weeks or months. It's been bothering me every day recently though and I've been spending most of the day fidgeting instead of working. I probably need to move around more, but that's easier said than done for me... And I probably need a chair since this one's worn, as I've had it for years.

Domestic banality aside, I think I may also miss the chatroom? Perhaps in some ways it helped relieve some of my stress? Or maybe I'm just having more stress knowing that other people are waiting for it to return and I'm taking my sweet, succulent time fixing things? So I feel hurried and unable to work as fast as I want, or something. Hmm.

Anyway, I'm going to probably try using the Recent Progress thing, updating that every time I finish something or other, to keep you posted. I've felt distant recently, different to usual; I've been avoiding the 'old' main site and I've even been avoiding anything MARDEK-related and, uh... did I say that already? I feel out of the loop or something, anyway. So I'm looking forward to making the site update official and stuff.

Here's what I've done so far:
- The 'template' for the site, with a new, better form of drop-down menus at the top...
- The Main Home Page (sort of; it could use some improvement).
- The Blog page, which is now separate to the Homepage. The Blog shows all blog entries and the Recent Progress thing, but the Home page shows only one blog entry and a sort of 'welcome' thing.
- Adding comments works.
- You can view your Message Centre (but only comments, not forum posts).
- Posting in the forum works.
- Displaying the forum works, too.
- PMs work and have been improved.
- Userpages
- Uh... you can log in and log out?

And here's what I still need to do:
- The Edit Stats
- You can't Mark As Read any comments from your Message Centre or anything.
- Performance section of userpages (specifically the amount of ratings given or received; this is something that REALLY needs optimising).
- Ratings stuff.
- Text formatting (links, colouring, profanity filter, etc).
- Uh, adding to the Recent Progress thing...
- Polls
- A 'Community Hub' accessible when you click on the Community option (rather than a drop-down option), which shows recent forum posts and comments, as well as recently-joined members (the main forum doesn't show recent posts).
- Games page...
- Music page...
- Art page...
- FAQ, About page, Temperaments page, Encyclopaedia, etc, etc, etc...
- Chatroom!!

So obviously I have more to do than I've already done. Bah... It may take some time. But hopefully not.
What I have done so far IS much faster though, and the code is neater too. Which is nice. Hopefully most problems will go away when I convert to that version.


47 Commentson 19 roots

Malfury`s Avatar
Rating Orb Malfury 16 Canada PhlegmaticCholeric 26C 158F
7 years ago | (3)
I hate to badger, but do you have any idea when Mardek 3 will be up on and running on THIS site?
Onisuzume`s Avatar
Rating Orb β Onisuzume 24 European Union Melancholic 134C 259F
7 years ago | (11)
Gah! I can't take this much longer!
I need my chatroom to troll!
Can you please give us (or me) an estimated date when we can expect the chat to work again?
MyNameisNobody`s Avatar
Rating Orb MyNameisNobody 18 United States CholericMelancholic 79C 116F
7 years ago | (8)
Oni, you should know that Pseudo's ETAs are never very accurate...

Just some friendly teasing ;)
Onisuzume`s Avatar
Rating Orb β Onisuzume 24 European Union Melancholic 134C 259F
7 years ago | (7)
True enough.
But some indication of how long it will take is better than no indication at all.
Because really, I really do miss chatting with various people on this site. :(
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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
7 years ago | (7)
I would HOPE that 'within a week' I'd have the site and all its features running properly and everything, but apparently something's come up.
Which is my lovely ISP... We're supposed to get 'up to' 20Mb/s download speeds, but during the hours of midnight until 5pm, the speed is only about 3Mb/s. Fair enough, but that's not the problem; during 'peak times' of between 5pm and midnight, the speed slows down to less than dial-up speeds and pages take minutes to load, which wouldn't be so much of a problem, but my FTP program *will not connect at all*. Which means I can't work on the site during those hours, when I feel most productive.
It's a huge pain since I want the chat back as much as you do, maybe more, and it's doubly annoying since it's deliberate throttling too rather than just 'a lot of people being online, causing slowdown'.
I'm looking into switching over to a different ISP, which is delaying progress too... agh.

Anyway, let's see if I can get it done by Sunday!!1 That seems realistic!
Duogduogduog`s Avatar
Rating Orb Duogduogduog 16 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 62C 12F
7 years ago | (3)
Most of us who are active or bored need the chatroom... We can't live without the chatroom....
Do the Chatroom first unless you are delayed.
Seanbot`s Avatar
Rating Orb Seanbot 17 Australia Melancholic 3C 6F
7 years ago | (3)
Couldn't you just throw up a temporary thing up at freenode or something, and redirect chat traffic there?
I'd suggest outsourcing all of the chatroom stuff to freenode and using a javascript client, but, I assume seeing as how I haven't been here when there's a functioning chat, that you wouldn't get the user integration.
MyNameisNobody`s Avatar
Rating Orb MyNameisNobody 18 United States CholericMelancholic 79C 116F
7 years ago | (6)
This may be a little late, but as you are recoding the site, I figured I'd post a few suggestions for improvements to the site.

First, it would be nice to have at least the natural and moral or neutral elements as a customizable part of our profiles. I have more detailed ideas posted <a href=§ion=showthread&nosidebar=1&t=3050&loc=forumdisplay>Here</a> (They're on page five. PS, if anyone knows how to make a link to just one comment/post, an explanation either here or in a PM would be appreciated)

Second, adding multi PMs would be a nice feature (Both to the comment style ones and the shoutbox ones).

Thirdly, violations were very useful in notifying people exactly what was wrong with their post without having to post a reply. I have found myself in situations where the post itself could have been given a brown rating, but because I couldn't give it a violation to note the mistake, I had to give it a yellow. Giving this power to the general population and then allowing moderators to confirm/remove violations would be a way of preventing it from getting out of hand...

Those are the big things I'd like to see added, and I thank you for taking the time to read this.
MyNameisNobody`s Avatar
Rating Orb MyNameisNobody 18 United States CholericMelancholic 79C 116F
7 years ago | (5)
Oh, and the ability to edit comments. It can be a little annoying to remember something after you submit you comment and have to reply to add an edit...
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
7 years ago | (2)
Specific comment: Copy the link attached to the (O) in the top right corner of any comment.

Specific post: The best way I can think of is by clicking the specific page the post is on, and changing the showthread&skip=[number of desired post minus 1]. For example, you can link to the post mentioned in your above comment by going to page 5 of that thread ( [LINK] ), and changing the number of posts defined by showthread&skip= from 20 to 22. [LINK] . This won't show only that post, though, it will just place it at the top of the page.
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
7 years ago | (1)
Oops, forgot to mention then showthread&skip is located in the page address, in case I didn't make that clear.
MyNameisNobody`s Avatar
Rating Orb MyNameisNobody 18 United States CholericMelancholic 79C 116F
7 years ago | (2)
Thanks Elanor... another thing to add to my list of features that I'd like to see...
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Destruction`s Avatar
Rating Orb Destruction 19 New Zealand CholericSanguine 47C 135F
7 years ago | (7)
Take your time Pseudo, I'm sure it will be excellent upon completion. And might I say that you should probably take a break after this? You have pushed yourself quite hard in these past few months and you deserve good long relaxation.
lazarony`s Avatar
Rating Orb lazarony 24 United States CholericSanguine 8C 16F
7 years ago | (7)
Pseudo, regardless of how much work revamping the site may be, you can seek solace in the fact that your fans are all playing M3 so diligently that no one cares if the site takes a while.
Leumas Dlonra`s Avatar
Rating Orb Leumas Dlonra 19 United States SanguinePhlegmatic 4C 0F
7 years ago | (7)
Hmm, as an overall look at how much needs to be done for the site, you shouldn't be to far away from finishing up. I'm not sure about adding more functions like others are suggesting but at the very least fixing the site isn't a bad idea. The RSS feed idea seems okay but you should just focus on cleaning up before thinking about adding new stuff. After you get done with the site work, You should just focus on your actual life for awhile and relax. After Mardek 3, I think you've earned it. Also, when it comes to seeking guidance on the introversion problem, The internet would seem okay aside from the flaming trolls that seem to show up basically everywhere. I would just talk it out with people that you already know and trust which will slowly get you to open up a bit to other people. I had a similar problem of introversion except for the fact that I basically hated the human race as a whole. ( Childhood issues.) I ended up getting support from my family, talked to a really awesome therapist, and then friends seemed to come to me. ( I really hope I'm not offending anyone with talking about myself.) As a side note though, sticking to one game project at a time should keep you organized and should get the annoying nagging people off your back. That's basically all I've got to say. Take it as you will.
Duogduogduog`s Avatar
Rating Orb Duogduogduog 16 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 62C 12F
7 years ago | (6)
The only thing i miss about the site is the chatroom... I really want to say something to two certain people... But seems like your stressed... I got stress i fourth grade.... It was really alot of bad stress... But take all your time and do something to take your stress away... I gotta stop watching youtube videos that make me feel like i'm a game....
Andragon`s Avatar
Rating Orb Andragon 20 Antarctica 54C 0F
7 years ago | (7)
Pseudo, you've done so much these past few years. I'm unsure whether you're yet to look back on what you've learned and developed, but I can tell you that you've accomplished plenty. From what you've posted, it doesn't seem there are any hanging deadlines in the near future. How long has it been since that happened? Quite a while if memory serves me correctly. Hopefully, you will recognize that and feel some weight (metaphorically) lifting off your chest.

Regarding your experiment, that's unfortunate to hear, Pseudo, but deviantART was most definitely a bad choice. As much as there are plenty of remarkable artists, there are twice as many -what are referred to as- trolls. They'll act like buff bullies on the internet because they aren't capable of that in real life. As DeNovo mentioned, in a real environment, this type of attitude would be scarce. Don't be disheartened by these nitwits. There are probably over a million people who are very similar to you in character. They may not be identical to you, but they can definitely relate to your anxieties. Hell, just reading some of the Dreamstones, I felt sort of nostalgic, because of how similar it was to a previous experience of mine.

As for the site, after reading the first few sentences I thought you had barely worked on it. Except that you HAVE done quite a bit. All these "info" pages, such as the Temperaments, don't seem too difficult to carry over into the new code... unless I've missed something.

Anyways, this is getting rather lengthy, so I hope your trip gets organized smoothly and that you have a great, well-timed "vacation" of sorts.
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
7 years ago | (8)
As I think I said to DeNovo, I tried deviantART because I've been a member of that site for a long time (six years), so I know generally what its community is like, and had positive experiences in the past. I don't really understand WHY the forum is full of trolls, and I mean full of them; it's like the pervading attitude, the way members are encouraged to adapt to or they're driven out via bullying. I don't understand why a site about creative expression would get like that. They don't troll eachother though, it seems... Or rather, they generally seem to be under the impression that the internet is not 'serious business' and anyone who takes anything online seriously is lesser than them (which is irritating to me since it's all human interaction at the end of the day, whether they possess the mental capacity to recognise it as such or not).
It all had a very cliquey feel, like there were the group of gruff regulars who'd gang up and swear at people they didn't recognise... Hmm.
Anyway, it was a learning experience, at least.

Unfortunately it seems that if there's going to be a trip at all, it'll be like two months from now... These things take time to plan and organise. Sigh!!1
Alphanumerical`s Avatar
Rating Orb Alphanumerical 15 United States SanguineMelancholic 101C 5F
7 years ago | (7)
Hmmm... sounds like my middle school And, now I have minimum length! Hooray! Too be honest, I don't mind the minimum length, as most of my posts/comments are on the lengthy side. It's very rare I have one that small. Anyway, I finally get to leave the middle school! Hooray! And, the U.K. PM wants to decentralize their healthcare system! So, nobody has to worry about the NICE except in America! Wait, that's where I am...
blackjack217`s Avatar
Rating Orb blackjack217 18 United States MelancholicSanguine 11C 2F
7 years ago | (5)
Its too bat the way they treated you the clearly have never seen this [LINK] Also a question how do you put punctuation at the end of links is it just me or do they get treated as part of the link? Still congratulations on your standings in the monthly challenge ( [LINK] ) first and third, good work!
DetroitLionsFan`s Avatar
Rating Orb DetroitLionsFan 16 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 188C 99F
7 years ago | (6)
Good luck, Pseudo, with (hmm...what's a good word here) fixing(?) your personality disorder. I know I'm sounding "useless but well meaning' with this comment, but I would like to wish you the best of luck in you endeavor. Since MARDEK 3 is out, you can probably just rest, visit your girlfriend, and lightly work on the site or something? I don't know...

Now that the stress-fest of M3 (great game by the way) is over, you should just relax, probably??? Remember, nobody is rushing you to do anything quickly anymore.
DeNovo`s Avatar
Rating Orb E β DeNovo 24 United States MelancholicSanguine 244C 201F
7 years ago | (9)
It strikes me as a little surprising that, given the site's organization, it's not possible to put in a quick fix and take the old functionality offline one piece at a time, as you fix them. I think most of the regulars are interested in chat; do you have any diagnostic tools that would show where the server's problem areas are? If it's the chat, for sure, then it would make sense to me to try to rewrite the chat first, instead of trying to fix everything else before getting to the largest contributor to server load. If it wasn't the chat, I would do something unkind, like reopen chat to a subset of the members for testing purposes if nothing else, and work on the problem that was causing the site to keel over.

I'm a little more surprised that you went for online consultation with what sounds like a group of paraprofessionals... Strangely enough, my guess is that for you to really get the help you need, what will matter has less to do with being knowledgeable and a great deal to do with professionalism; my understanding is that trained therapists, regardless of temperament, know not to try to accuse their clients so much as suggest solutions to potential problems. They'd also have the wealth of specialized knowledge that may give more insight into how to approach your problems that comes with reading scientific research, and would be able to try other methods if something doesn't make you feel comfortable.

My personal experience has been that the increase of stress provokes other problems I have, while the onset of pleasure suppresses them, but neither stress nor pleasure are directly related to them. I'm not a professional, of course, but I do think that when it comes to advice about how to help yourself, someone with training who would be able to see you as a person instead of one of the thousands of people online who want to talk about their problems would be very beneficial.
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
7 years ago | (9)
The main problem with the site's speed was that when I coded it, I didn't know what I was doing. *Everything* in the code was poorly structured and inefficient; every database query was much slower than it should have been and there were long-winded ways of handling and displaying data when getting it to work at all was all that mattered, not getting it to work quickly.
I've wanted to redo the site in its entirety for a while now because of this, and I thought that if I'm going to finally do that, then I may as well be thorough about it, and as such I've started with a blank slate in a new folder and rebuilt the site from the foundations upwards. I've mainly just focused on making fixes here and there for the last few years, but that's never really the best solution for these deep-rooted problems.
Anyway, I've rewritten most of the stuff now and it's working much more efficiently, it's rather satisfying... I want to make the switch all in one go though rather than bit-by-bit due to 'incompatibilities' with basically everything, from the names of basic site functions, the way connecting to the database is done, to CSS classes and other layout things.

As for the 'seeking help' thing... I wasn't. I used the word 'support' rather than 'help' but even then that was a poor choice of words.
What I did was start a thread in the forums of deviantART to see if anyone could relate to the specific type of introversion I have... Or the 'disorder' or whatever it may be. I didn't want help solving the problem; all I wanted was to see if I could find any like minds, any people to relate. I mean, there are plenty of such people here, but I was just curious to see if I could come across anyone in an environment where I wasn't the Admin... or something. It was curiosity more than anything, not some deep drive to find a solution or some deep longing for something I think I don't have.
I started a thread there because my experiences with people on that site were positive a few years ago; I came across many probably introverted people and the site has many members, so I thought I might find at least *someone* amongst them all. And I chose there rather than some site specifically for 'shy people' because forum replies were quicker and more plentiful, and the majority of members are young, arty and internet-savvy.

What I found though was a community of self-righteous, condescending, foul-mouthed cynical bullies who didn't seem to have a shred of compassion between them; it wasn't so much that they were 'useless but well-meaning' but that they were senselessly hostile for whatever reason. Apparently an offhand remark in the first post about me self-diagnosing myself with perhaps a disorder, but I wasn't sure, caused everyone to home in on that and stop reading at that point, insisting (forcefully, tactlessly) that I shouldn't self-diagnose and making all kinds of assumptions about those that do... People also seemed to think I was being 'hysterical' or something or asking for help, seeking attention, being a crybaby, when I was instead just asking for like minds in what I thought was a calm and rational manner...
They had more interest in shooting me down than listening to what I had to say.

Anyway, it was a thoroughly unpleasant experience and it's distressing to know that basically *everyone* who replied had that same kind of attitude, that same kind of knee-jerk reaction coupled with self-righteousness, not willing to listen and giving off a distinct air that they could not be wrong.

I'm not really interested in getting help to get over whatever problem I have at the moment and that wasn't really a way of doing it, though; I feel I should repeat that... I basically know what I need to do to overcome it, it's just that nothing's really pushing me to at the moment. If there was some good reason why I NEEDED to overcome it, or if it caused me constant distress, then I might, but, uh, not just yet. Not when I have more immediate concerns on my mind...
Tama Yoshi`s Avatar
Rating Orb Tama Yoshi 18 Canada PhlegmaticCholeric 68C 33F
7 years ago | (4)
I can hardly really believe that you thought the community at DeviantART was so harsh. Not that I've ever been there... I wouldn't be surprised if it was how you worded your text. I mean, I hardly know anyone at all that talks "quite" like you. In your own site, it might blend in more well than in the outside. Though it is true that there are some parts of the internet that tend to be more straight-to-the-point, I've known that... But my guts are telling me that it's not quite "that".
What I know on the other hand is that the man needs a "raison d'Ítre"... I'm not quite sure if your games match that. Do they?
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