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February 6th

Most Viewed Characters is back!

It'll update daily with the most viewed characters today.

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Originally I kept the page views in the character table, but due to the nature of MyISAM tables this lead to a lot of database locks

Each update on a character's view count would stall all reads and writes until it was completed. Which was okay until we had something like 10 updates per second on a database of over 50,000 characters. Eventually indexes would need to be rebuilt, and the whole thing would grind to a halt for several seconds.

This time I'm trying a separate table ... that tracks views for a specific day only. Small data set. Likely much faster with less locking.

Hope it works!

Feb 5, 2014 Rei

February 4th

Working on a new private message system within the lounge to update the previous Whisper feature with.

Also started work on an achievements section for guilds.

Feb 4, 2014 Rei

DNS Transfer ?

DNS

--- What is DNS?

The first step to having a website is having a domain name people can easily find your website at. Websites are hosted on servers that use numeric IP addresses. A domain name server converts those domain names into numeric IP addresses.

--- Why transfer?

Back when Google Enterprise was still Google Apps, I registered a lot of domain names with them for 2 simple reasons.

1. they were cheap ( $10/year )
2. they included Private Whois for free

This was some 7 years ago when Google was still good. Since then a lot has changed with Google, and now they are asking me to agree to a new Service Agreement that costs animecharactersdatabase.com specifically more money. I'm not sure why only this domain is going to cost me more.

I've wanted to try another registrar for quite some time, but the question has always been who and how. The more successful the website, the more risk there is to transfering. So I opted to try with an expendable domain.

As for who to transfer to, I decided on OrangeWebsite. A friend of mine has a website with them, and their Iceland location gave me some reason to believe they would be a safer and more reliable option than going with a US based company. I already had an account with them, and had research the process a little bit before.

Thus with a company and domain in mind, on Saturday February 1st at around noon, I began the lengthy process of transferring a domain. By February 3st at 1AM the process was complete.

--- How to transfer?

If like me you have domains registered with Google Enterprise and wish to leave, here is a general rundown of what you can expect.

Step 1) Disable Private Whois

Doing this is fairly complicated as Google DOES NOT provide you with login credentials for domainsbyproxy. First login to your DNS management page following the link and details provided by Google. Then click the Private link to be taken to the domains by proxy page. You will need to follow both the account retrivial and password reset processes before you can login. Check the email account you set to receive your DOMAIN@DOMAINS-BY-PROXY emails for the details. Once you have access to the DBP site, you must cancel privacy for your domain from here. But be warned, it will immediately update the whois information with ALL the information you filled in.

Step 2) buy transfer

Once you have disabled private whois, you should initiate the domain transfer by purchasing a transfer from another registrar.

Step 3) unlock your domain

Can do this from the GoDaddy interface. Just click Lock, and it will be unlocked.

Step 4) authorize transfer

You will soon receive an email with a link to authorize the transfer request.

Step 5) wait

Step 6) Last Chance

You will get another email from Google. This time asking you to decline the transfer, or wait 5 days for it to go through automatically. You can follow the same instruction in the email to approve the transfer immediately. However, it will still take some time for your domain provider to confirm and make the changes on their side.

Step 7) wait

Step 8) set up your DNS with your new registrar

--- Thoughts post transfer

A lot of this does feel risky. Unlocking domain. Publishing your personal information in the whois. Transferring. I think it is fair to expect there will be some domain outages when you do a transfer. Most of the process is pretty seamless, and your domain information is cached at many levels. However, once the transfer is completed it is likely the new registrar will not have the most useful DNS configuration, and correcting that may take some time. Also when your domain is transfered, it is immediately removed from the existing registrar. So until the new one has it up in their index, there is a possible hole when your domain is not lookup-able. Also be cautious about who you are transferring your domain to. Apparently anyone, and many companies do act as commissioned resellers. If the website you are transferring your domain to is lacking an ICANN logo, you should expect THEY ARE NOT THE ONES IN CHARGE OF YOUR DOMAIN. Some other company you know nothing about is going to get your domain instead while they pocket a nice profit brokering the exchange for you. All updates you do with them, they simply broker to the bigger fish.

--- Decision

I'll keep animecharactersdatabase.com with Google Inc for another year.

Feb 3, 2014 Rei

January 30, 2014

Issued some promotions yesterday :

Congratulations to our long serving admin 13x31 on her promotion to level 10 admin!
Congratulations to our amazing Who Board Wizard Wings on her promotion to level 6 admin!
Congratulations to our master of cards moderator Ajam on his promotion to level 8 admin!

As for feature updates :

ACDB Staff was recreated with a more useful presentation.
Guest Lounge has been updated to resemble the current lounge.
The ACDB Front Page has been updated to have a more intuitive layout. Search Panel first, followed by a shout out, followed by news, followed by anime calendar. Also the news section has been given a new style ( borrowed from the Guild Message Board style ).

Jan 30, 2014 Rei

Activity Points

Keep track of active Guilds via Activity Points .


As of January 29th, we have 23 member run guilds.

Some new features include
- Commenting on Images.
- Assigning custom Titles to guild members.
- Easier means of uploading a guild crest ( one click from Admin Area ).

Jan 29, 2014 Rei

Coming January 1st, 2014

ACDB Guilds

Back when I was at University studying Political Science and playing TES Oblivion and pondering ways to take ACDB to new levels of awesome - the idea hit me. What if I were to combine all the cool things I've observed in my life - the Mages Guild in TES, the United Nations, democracy, mmo battles, image sharing, discussions, voting, awards, competitions, individuality, leadership, membership and anything else imaginable into a framework of hierarchical organization. The answer that came to me was Guilds.

Every winter since 2010, I have dedicated significant effort to working on making this project a reality. Given the ambition, it takes a lot of work. Thousand of lines of code to have just the mere base. The full realization of all my ideas may well take 10's of thousands of lines of code.

Each winter I would make progress. And each winter I would fail to complete the project.

This time however, I have selected a few core features. Features that are simple, basic, easy to use. Features that are meaningful, useful and fun.

1) guilds
2) message boards
3) image gallery

These core features also expand into many sub features to make them more modern and useful.

Guilds are assigned to realms. Guilds have members and admins. You can create guilds, join guilds, leave guilds, disband guilds, promote members, demote members, make the guild public, make the guild private, invite members, kick out members, and edit the guild description.

Message boards are like a simplified forum. You can start new topics, post replies, preview posts, edit posts, delete posts, make a thread as a Sticky or Announcement type.

Image galleries are broken into collections. Each collection can have images uploaded to it. Each 50x50 image can be converted into a guild crest.

Anyways, this is only the beginning! Please create, join, and use guilds however you wish!

2014 is the Year of Guilds on ACDB. Please look forward to many new features in the months to come!

Dec 30, 2013 Rei

Several Updates to things related to Characters Uploads

Approved Characters
1000's
Rank
History
Moderation Log
EVent Log


Also when uploading characters, can now set "Ready for Moderation" when you are done indexing a character.

Dec 12, 2013 Rei

Studio Listing Improved

Studios

Now supports search / filtering.
Also when viewing a title , it will sort by release date.

Nov 30, 2013 Rei

Upload Character Updates

Quite a few updates and fixes today.

When Uploading Character

You can now comment on your character. And moderators can comment as well.

View More Comments

I've added view options for more of the comments. Click 3,4,5,11,12 to see what they are XD

Cards will now always show how many character are available for sale.

BBCode Changes

Anon members can now use a small subset of bbcode. No links, images, but, they can use font bbcode like *s*spoiler tag*/s* spoiler tag

Nov 16, 2013 Rei

Lounge Update

The main changes are for member's public lounges.

Added 2 new modes and 1 new script for channel owners and operators.

/mode +i allows an operator to set a channel invite only.
/invite shana is a new script that allows an operator to invite shana, or another member to their channel
/kick shana get out should remove a member forever from an invite only channel ...
/mode +s is a new mode that makes a channel secret ( it will not be listed on the channel list )
/mode -s removes the secret mode
/mode -i removes the invite only flag and allow people to join normally again

Once a channel has been marked secret, you should either have it bookmarked, or at least remember the name of your channel. You can join it by entering the name on the Channels page.

Nov 15, 2013 Rei


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<Akikojam> Hey, can you make it possible so people could upvote and downvote similarities? Like "Yeah, totally" or "I don't agree to it, they're nowhere close".

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<Akikojam> Yup, it does now.

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<Akikojam> Let's see...

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Sep 16, 2014
<13x31> Woo!

Sep 16, 2014
<Rei> We did it! 70,000+ Characters!

Many thanks to everyone who has uploaded characters, and thanks to our character moderators Li, Mitsu and Wings ^_^

Sep 11, 2014
<Rei> We'll miss you Feli. I hope you can take care of things, and return soon. Best of luck ^^

Sep 11, 2014
<Hetalia_Italy> I know I'm not very active already, but I'm going to be away for a while. Gotta get some things fixed and settle some personal problems.

Sep 6, 2014
<Rei> Looks like we're just 45 characters away from 70,000

Sep 3, 2014
<8SummerMemories> Your welcome

Sep 3, 2014
<yidry> ok,thanks 8SM

Sep 2, 2014
<8SummerMemories> yidry, for COTD each member can vote for a max of 5 characters

Sep 2, 2014
<yidry> How many, characters of the day, can be put?

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