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DevBlog: Community Portal goes live!

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(Posted Friday 8th of July 2016 on the DevBlog

 

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We are extremely happy and excited to release today the first iteration of our community website: http://community.dualthegame.com

 

In this site, you will be able to create a simple profile, that you will keep with you up to the Alpha and beyond, and also create organizations, post updates about what is going on, recruit, create stories, and start to shape your vision of the game roleplay. Let’s have a look at the feature we have for this first iteration of the site and what could come after.

 

The community website is a way to get you into roleplaying as soon as possible, and to centralize - in the future - all relevant information about existing characters and organizations in the game. We have seen that several people in the community have already started dedicated websites to advertise their corporation or guild, which is absolutely great! There is however no central hub to record all existing organizations, to have an idea of who is doing what or simply apply to join. That’s the goal of this community website, which will most likely not replace the existing dedicated organization websites, but could be the place where all organizations can interact with each other.

 

The “character” creation so far is very simple: you can write a text to describe your character, and upload an image to represent him/her. The most important aspect of the community website is more about “organizations”, which is the name for a generalization of “guild” or “corporation” in Dual Universe (check the previous devblog post on organizations for more). Once you have created your character, you can either create or join an organization.

 

Important note: if you have already a forum account, you can use it to log in on the Community Portal (you don't have to create a new account).

 

We cannot yet implement the full complexity of the organization gameplay inside the website (even if ultimately, we would like it to be a perfect mirror of what will be in-game). We have just expressed two central notions: members and legates. If you create an organization, you are de facto the first and only legate. From this position, you can accept the request of other players to join the organization, and eventually promote them to legate status. Be careful of who you give with that privilege to, because for the moment, we have not yet implemented a way to demote a legate back to a member status. The reason why this is not yet done is that it implies a lot of feature on vote management to be able to make this properly. So, for the time being, a legate is forever! And it’s an important promotion because, as a legate, you will have the privilege of being able to accept new members, ban members, and post on the public wall of your organization. On the contrary, members can only post on the private wall (visible to all members).

 

The wall of an organization, divided into a public and private section, is a simplified facebook-like post system that allows to create posts containing text, images or videos, and allows people to comment on it, like it, etc. It’s a great way to start discussions topics in the private area, or to advertize important news to the world in the public area. We are working on a way to have private forums also, and a poll system. Your suggestions on what could be really useful at the organization level is most welcome, feel free to discuss your ideas on the forum.

 

Finally, players registered on the site will have access to a local email-like message system to start private discussions with each other, or be notified of pending applications for a given organization.

 

This community website is just a start, there still much work to do. But it is already your playground, a place to start to recruit, promote your ideas, start a grand project or vision. We can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with it, and what incredible organizations and stories you will invent!

 

 

JC Baillie,

Project Lead.

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Thank You Guys! 
  I've wanted any part of this game to sink my teeth into and this at least provides some engagement. Keep up the good work. I believe that your game and potential of the technology you've developed to support it are game changers. Looking forward to seeing what emerges from all this potential. 

Thanks, 
DB

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That's great, that such activities are carried out before the game is released. Such activities build community of DU game.

 

Nice, nice...nice !!!

 

Thank you Novaquark ;)

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It would be great if you would allow the formatting of your profile description. Unfortunately, the current system trims extra spaces and removes all newlines. Even the current forum trims extra spaces which is unfortunate, but is a bit more out of your reach to change. I would really like to see you remove this limitation.

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Not sure if this has been suggested already or not, but, I would like to point out that formatting your organization information seems to be 'broken'. Whenever I attempt to let's say, make the text align in the center, it reverts back to the default 'align to the left' setting.

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It would be great to also have a Notifications System of some sort and Adding Friends Feature like we have here on the Forums for the Community Portal as well. It would make it much more convenient to know if there is a new reply, post, comment, and such. Especially when there is a new post, comment, and reply that's made on the main page of the organization you are a member of :)

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Just a few words to say NQ is going to have some load problems there https://community.dualthegame.com/organizations

The whole list is loaded for each call of the page, and it seems there is no caching mechanism implemented (vegur being just a proxy)

"Yes, but it only happens at the beginning of the load. If you're internet's fast enough, it reverts to 10 organisations per page. What Browser are you using?"

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The problem is not my browser, but the server response time resulting of the stress on the database behind it.

 

 

It took 12.91s for the web server to start delivering a response.

 

 

 

 

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From my point of view, the fact that the whole organization listing is served without server side pagination plus the lack of an HTTP caching mechanism is to blame.

 

The more player/orgs, the more this delay will grow, resulting in the frequent need to restart the database server at some point.

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The problem is not my browser, but the server response time resulting of the stress on the database behind it.

 

 

It took 12.91s for the web server to start delivering a response.

 

 

 

 

jFQqSPz.png

 

 

 

From my point of view, the fact that the whole organization listing is served without server side pagination plus the lack of an HTTP caching mechanism is to blame.

 

The more player/orgs, the more this delay will grow, resulting in the frequent need to restart the database server at some point.

"To be honest, I don't know much about server side when it comes to databases. Contact Nyzaltar, it should be fixed soon. On the bright side though, Dual Universe is obviously growing."

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"To be honest, I don't know much about server side when it comes to databases. Contact Nyzaltar, it should be fixed soon. On the bright side though, Dual Universe is obviously growing."

I agree can't wait till beta

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I am getting an error when I click the organization link on the main communities website, its a separate popup box, and I couldn't copy the error text.  I'm at work or else I would have taken a screen shot of it.  it might be a blocking thing from my work but it worked the last time i went there from work.

 

 

OK it fixed itself when I logged in, why does someone have to be logged in there just to see the organization list?

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I suggest increasing the amount of featured posts by about 5. From my observations so far, new posts tend to be among the featured posts, in theory giving you the ability to somewhat flush out existing posts, replacing them with your own.

 

Don't get me wrong, I get the idea of new posts being visible so they are seen, but as some also tend to release several and not just one post, I suggest that the amount of featured posts is raised by a bit.

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Yes please re-vamp the community page please. you should have like 50 displayed posts and limit each organization to 1 post showing. the community sites still get abused by almost every new organization. how are we supposed to advertise for our org, when our post gets buried in 2 hours. 

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