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Release Notes (and roadmap)

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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.


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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)
Features:
-Curvy edges on the front page. (this isn't the correct date, but I forgot to add this update earlier).
Bugfixes:
-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)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-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!
Features/Bugfixes:
-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)
Features/Bugfixes:
-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)
Features:
-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)
Features
-Improved Navigation (still more to do, but it's a start)
-Improved Searchamajiggy -- now shows thumbnails!
Bugs:
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)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-Searchamajiggy! (I need a better name for that...)

Version 1.15.6(February 10th, 2007)
Fixes:
-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)
Fixes:
-dynamic new-game-allowed calculation. necessary as the game grows.

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

Version 1.15.2()
Bugfixes:
-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)
Features:
-Members can now invite users to join at a discounted rate. (limited number of invites)

Version 1.15(December 27, 2006)
Features:
-New Front Page
-Improved Layout - Remembers front page preference (for members)
Bugfixes:
-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)
Features:
-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)
Bugfix:
-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!)
Feature:
-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)
Bugfix:
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)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-time remaining countdown
-characters remaining automatic countdown

Version 1.14.2(November 17, 2006)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-sort the viewer by category (sort by rating in progress)
-list users by rating

Version 1.13.1 (November 6, 2006)
Features:
-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)
Features:
-Rating of submissions!!

Version 1.12.3(October 29. 2006)
Features:
-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)
Bugfix:
-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.
Features:
-Nothing you'll see - but a bunch of stuff to help admin

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

Version 1.12(October 14, 2006)
Features:
-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 ():
Features:
-View all recent comments!
Bugfixes:
-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):
Bugfixes:
-Cleanup of a few things in the front page and member area

Version 1.11 (October 7, 2006):
Features:
-Member only area, benefits
-Ability to view member-only games
Bugfiixes:
-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):
Features:
-Membership signup

Version 1.09.4 (October 2, 2006):
Bugs:
-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!)
Features:
-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):
Bugs:
-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!
Features
-Last submission date is now correct.

Version 1.09.2 (September 30, 2006 & October 1, 2006):
Bugs:
-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):
Bugs:
-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):
Features:
-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...)
Bugfixes:
-the games' user lists are now fixed (so no more finishing your own sentences, and such)

Version 1.08 (September 27, 2006):
Features:
-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.
Features:
- 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).
Features
-better admin notification emails -page for T-Shirt Discussion

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

Version 1.03:
Bugfixes
-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)
Features
-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.
-paging
-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...)