TSG Front Page

Release Notes (and roadmap)

red for most-requested updates

Note to TSG users: As I have gotten busier, I've found that I haven't been motivated to keep up with this "release notes" page, even when I do make updates. This is especially true since there have been so many administrative updates lately that don't include fun features. It's important stuff to add, but a lot less fun than adding new features! For the curious: most of the updates lately have been related to trolling protections, server-load handling, and database query optimizations... etc. Important... but no fun. I'm hoping that once this sort of thing is out of the way I will be able to get a little free time to add in a couple of fun new features.

I've made a ton of updates since the last post, but most have been under the hood (generally trolling protections... lame) and I haven't bothered to update this page. But rest assured, I am continuing to improve TSG daily! Looking forward to finishing the trolling updates so I can get back to the fun stuff. (Nov 9, 2007)

Version 1.19.1 (June 1-19, 2007)
-Curvy edges on the front page. (this isn't the correct date, but I forgot to add this update earlier).
-Many bug fixes for the bugs added by the recent updates, including the "/" bug, the "someone beat you to it" bug, and the IE6 "I can't see the front page" bug.

Version 1.19b (May 28, 2007)
-Major fixes for trolling protection. Ability to mark as spam. Improved moderator abilities. Ability for admin to do a full-site lockdown if necessary. This is never the fun kind of update, that's for sure. Takes a lot of time and all of the improvements are never seen -- plus they add bugs (see next item)
-Submission Confirmation (no more accidental wrong pictures!)

Version 1.18.5 (May 19, 2007)
-Lots and lots and lots of security and spam cleanup fixes for the wiki and other.
-Forum beta released!
-Launched new frontpage navbar. This navbar will likely replace the left-navbar on the main page. Open for comments.

Version 1.18.4 (March 22, 2007)
-TagCloud. I removed a bunch of common words (like "a" "and", etc.) and also the word "man" and colors. (here's why). View into the mind of TSG players! (i'm happy to see it wasn't *too* dirty) Was helped out by this page.

Version 1.18.3 (March 15, 2007) -- beware the ides!
-Many more navigation improvements. There should now be a navbar on every page. let me know if you find one where there isn't.

Version 1.18.2 (March 14, 2007)
-back button on viewer page didn't do as expected if you'd rated a game or made a comment.
-removed T-Me link -- wasn't really the right spot for it on the searchamajiggy.
-improved t-shirt page.
-members can now search the member feedback page on the searchamajiggy.
-added a little tshirt icon to the viewer (was mentioned that the link is hard to see)

Version 1.18.1 (March 13, 2007)
-more navigation improvements.
-cleanup of front page
-member page graphic
-updates to text on some pages (new member benefits and stuff)
-favicon (thanks Ciaran!)
-no more old archives viewer page. Now uses the searchamajiggy for all browsing.
-removed annonymous commenting.
-a user's highest-rated picture now shows up on their userinfo page.
-seen-on list

Version 1.18 (March 9-12, 2007)
-Improved Navigation (still more to do, but it's a start)
-Improved Searchamajiggy -- now shows thumbnails!
Some bugfixes related to the recent updates.

Version 1.17.2 (March 5&6, 2007)
Features / Bug Fixes:
-A TON of changes to help avoid flooding and spamming and trolling.
-Some moderation now implemented
-I also deleted most of the trolled games. Orphaned stuff Let me know if I missed any troll games - I'll delete them.

Version 1.17.1 (February 27, 2007)
Features / Bug Fixes:
-Lots of improvements and fixes. Especially to Searchamajiggy.

Version 1.17.1 (February 24, 2007)
Bug Fixes :
-Fixes as reported by users that were caused by the restructuring.

Version 1.17 (February 23, 2007)
-MAJOR database restructuring. This will allow for better and faster searches. (wow... took way longer than I thought it would... was up till 4am...) The searchamajiggy will soon get some fun additions. With the new database structure, it'll be much more flexible.

Version 1.16 (February 18th, 2007)
-Searchamajiggy! (I need a better name for that...)

Version 1.15.6(February 10th, 2007)
-character overflow on a sentence (previously for 4019)
-"Member Expire" text is now subheader (cause it's ugly.... like your mom)

Version 1.15.5(January 30th, 2007)
-dynamic new-game-allowed calculation. necessary as the game grows.

Version 1.15.3(January 24th, 2007)
-more under-the-covers stuff
-Improve the ppipn (has do do with paypal)
-Finally got a mailer working. Hopefully we'll start with the newsletter soon :-)
-Time running out indications

Version 1.15.2()
-cosmetic stuff for IE (fixed, I think)
-a bug that allowed you to rate your own submission if it was the first rating (tsk tsk for not telling me! :-)

Version 1.15.1(December 29, 2006)
-Members can now invite users to join at a discounted rate. (limited number of invites)

Version 1.15(December 27, 2006)
-New Front Page
-Improved Layout - Remembers front page preference (for members)
-highly restricted the html in the comments. Eventually, I want to free this up somewhat -- but for now it is very restrictive.

Version 1.14.7(December 17, 2006)
-T-shirts now available. More is in progress. Boy this takes a lot of time to get up-and-running. I'm hoping to be finished with the tshirt updates soon, so I can get back to the site updates.

Version 1.14.6(November 28, 2006)
-There was (another) bug where the time remaining countdown wasn't always correct if you abandoned a game recently (and if so, shame on you anyway!)
-line breaks in comments now appear correctly.
-tshirts are getting closer to finally being available! (been one delay after another)

Version 1.14.5(November 25, 2006)
There was a bug where the time remaining countdown wasn't always correct if you played multiple games recently.

Version 1.14.4(November 25, 2006)
-dynamically calculates the countdown (even on a page reload - although it doesn't handle a browser back-to-forward... anyone have advice on this?)
-no longer resets the time (making you wait an extra hour) if you click "play" while you've abandoned a game. I figured I'd be nice about that :-)
-don't show a timeout on the new-game form (since there isn't a timeout)
-improved the layout of these new counters (though nothing too special 'cause a css revamp may be in the works)

Version 1.14.3(November 19, 2006)
-time remaining countdown
-characters remaining automatic countdown

Version 1.14.2(November 17, 2006)
-list of submissions by ranking
Bug Fix:
-A user that is not logged in can now join without logging in.

Version 1.14.1 (November 12, 2006)
-sort the game viewer by rating (but you can only search on one field at a time - fix in progress)

Version 1.14 (November 9-10, 2006)
-No longer have to type in all that info when you want to submit a comment after a game's completion (if you're logged in)

Version 1.13.2 (November 7, 2006)
-sort the viewer by category (sort by rating in progress)
-list users by rating

Version 1.13.1 (November 6, 2006)
-Improved the rating of submissions in a number of small ways
-Can now view the current ratings
-show if it's a member game on the front page (if the most recently completed game is a member game)

Version 1.13(November 5, 2006)
-Rating of submissions!!

Version 1.12.3(October 29. 2006)
-Search! I was thinking about how I wanted to implement text-searches... but then I figured, "why not let google do it for me?" I may eventually set up my own search (the google one doesn't seem to hit everything), but this should help out in the meantime.

Version 1.12.2 (October 25, 2006)
-Can now click the recent game to view that game (but requires javascript)
-No more cheats (that I know of - let me know if you found one)
-Fixed email link. Not perfect -- went with the quick fix.
-Fixed error condition when all games are in progress or have already been played.
-Swapped order of comments on some pages.
-Nothing you'll see - but a bunch of stuff to help admin

Version 1.12.1(October 24, 2006)
-Mark member games as such
-Mark members as such
-Other small stuff
-Paging bug on userinfo and viewer pages.
-Other small stuff

Version 1.12(October 14, 2006)
-Modify Registration Info! (view your own user info to utilize this ability)
-Choice of default for "email me on completion" checkbox (set this in your registration info)

Version 1.11.2 ():
-View all recent comments!
-don't allow all file types of pictures (more work needed on this, but it's a start)
-muchos cleanup
-Fixed a bug where internet explorer users had a crappy-looking viewer page. stupid IE...

Version 1.11.1 (October 9, 2006):
-Cleanup of a few things in the front page and member area

Version 1.11 (October 7, 2006):
-Member only area, benefits
-Ability to view member-only games
-numerous members-area related bugfixes
-can't cheat and view in-progress games anymore (cheater)

Version 1.10.2 (October 6, 2006):
Feature :
-Member only area partially completed. Databases updated. System implemented. Just need to connect everything.

Version 1.10.1 (October 5, 2006):
Feature :
-no incarnation of "type sentence here" will be accepted, regardless of whitespace.
-Membership is now stored and maintained! Members are recognized as such. (now I just need to put together the members-only interface)

Version 1.10 (early October 3, 2006):
-Membership signup

Version 1.09.4 (October 2, 2006):
-Manually (ugh) fixed the database after the server-transfer went awry.
-FIXED the bug where the user hits "play" but they get an error. (thank you Zaknrfama for the screenshot!)
-New server with more space! Gigs to fill! Get to it! S adly, in transition, a few submissions that were done on the afternoon of Oct 2 were lost

Version 1.09.3 (October 1, 2006):
-Can't start more sentences than the maximum (even by hitting the "back" button)
-At least partially fixed that bug where the user hits "play" but they get an error. Please send me info on this if you see it!
-Last submission date is now correct.

Version 1.09.2 (September 30, 2006 & October 1, 2006):
-Fixed *two* concurrent user bugs (missed them in the first pass). These may have been partially responsible for the infinite looping games. (1484, for example)
-No more duplicate starter sentences! (I think this is really and truly fixed now - even from the dreaded PsyDuck sentence.)

Version 1.09.1 (September 29, 2006):
-Fixed, and then re-fixed a bug where users could get stuck in infinite game loops (lame!) sorry if that happened to you!

Version 1.09 (September 28, 2006):
-User Info! Click on a user's name to view their info and their completed games! It's what you asked for!
-advertisements. yeah, sorry. but I need to make some money to cover costs as the site continues to grow.
-improved viewer interface (not a lot, but better...)
-the games' user lists are now fixed (so no more finishing your own sentences, and such)

Version 1.08 (September 27, 2006):
-can view number of currently available game in the stats box
-can view more of the front page when not a registered user.

Version 1.07 (September 26, 2006):
Bug Fixes:
-after registration and login, link back to the game now goes to the right place.
- T-Shirt Order Form!

Version 1.06 (August 30, 2006):
Small cosmetic changes

Version 1.05 (August 22, 2006):
Bug Fixes
-Fixed some vulnerabilities. Please let me know right away if you find any bugs in the near future. This was a large code change.
-Temporary solution to the paging bug on the viewer. I've disabled the ability to change the number of games viewed at a time while I determine how to better fix the problem. Bugs with the static links should be fixed, however. (though still working on the paging with the comments).
-better admin notification emails -page for T-Shirt Discussion

Version 1.04 (August 3, 2006):
-Legal stuff modification. Also, now has link on register page.
-going to start date-stamping these release notes

Version 1.03:
-sentence box length bug fixed
-fixed the snippet-wide link (I think it should be working now - let me know if it isn't for you)
--there's still an issue where user-links don't show up because of the snippet-wide link (low priority)
-legal mumbo-jumbo added

Version 1.02:
Start and end dates on the viewer page
Link to the Archives is now the entire snippet (goes directly to that game)
Made the Archives only show 3 games at a time by default

Version 1.01:
Improved the Archives page.
-first and last sentences displayed
-end date displayed
Added Feedback page and hit counter
Fixed a bug where the images were being forced to a too-large size.
Notes on the registration page (not pretty yet) about why certain things are requested.
Also, the registration page now notes which fields are required.
Hopefully fixed a bug where the submit button was pushed out of frame
Back buttons in the viewer (not pretty but works)
Probably some more things... I just created these release notes you know.

Version 1.0:
It's alive! This revision is the initial public release. Also the first version to include release notes.

Pre-Version 1.0 (and also some random notes that may also be above...)