I have temporarily closed the whitelist for non-Premium users.
For 5 days straight we have received 200-300 applications to review every day and it's taking its toll on the admin team, especially now that 2 of the admins are on a break. We promoted Ark to help us, but we are still understaffed. We can do little to no other work besides reviewing applications and we are needed in other tasks as well.
I have therefore closed the whitelist application for non-premium users for time being. Those who are in the middle of their application will be able to complete it. The plan is to open the system again on Monday, so that we can rest a little bit and charge our batteries during the weekend (if that's even possible with current amount of traffic).
As you've probably noticed, we have gotten a lot of attention in the last 3 days, not only did the 0.60 finally release, but also several popular YouTubers coordinated by JimRP have uploaded videos recorded on DayZRP which have boosted our numbers enormously.
I am creating this thread to sum up the last few days events and describe the current situation to everyone - both new and old.
1. Over 1000 accounts have registered in the last 24 hours and we have received about the same amount of whitelist applications. About 80% of all applications were automatically denied by the system (mostly due to incorrect rule question answers), however we still got about 200-250 apps to review in the last day. Currently there are 75 pending applications and I know that the admins are getting eye strain from all the reading at this point, so the review time on the apps will probably take slightly longer. Please be patient.
2. New website is delayed. The system development is still ongoing and we won't meet the "late June/early July" target that I've mentioned in the new website preview threads. I have no ETA at this time. Soon™?
4. We're recruiting new staff to meet the increased user demand for support and to handle reports. Make sure to (re)apply on the staff recruitment page!
5. We have changed some procedures recently, overall we're trying to be a little more lenient and liberal when it comes to discussions on the forums so that you can discuss freely without having to worry about getting warning points for a small thing. I am trying to change the mindset that posting any kind of negative opinion about someone is instantly considered "flaming" and awarded with warning points. We are also trying to make reports more open - allow you to discuss the report freely and only step in when community rules are broken. This also means that we will no longer be posting verbal warnings in threads. I think this will allow a little bit more freedom on the forums to express your opinion and reserve the warning points to people with bad behavior or malicious intents.
6. No, we're not doing an amnesty and unbanning all old permabanned players. However we are open to appeals from people who have not attempted to circumvent their ban and haven't been abusive (mass KoS, spam, harassment, cheating, Hitler pics of Rolle, etc). Send an email to [email protected] with appeal. We can restore banned accounts that were deleted.
7. The servers are crashing frequently and we are aware of it. We thought it was the upgrade to 60 slots so we switched S1 back to 50 slots for one day, however it did not help the situation. Our GSP reports that other servers also have similar problems, we can only hope for a server-side fix soon by the development team.
8. If you missed it, I added an "outbreak counter" on the home page that shows the amount of days since the official Lore timeline. Hopefully that will remind you and give you an indication what kind of time frame we currently play in and that you can't role play as someone who just found out about the infection and woke up on the beach
9. Let's try to stay calm about the newcomer shaming and calling people "Bambis", all of you were once in their position. The newcomers have to take in a lot of new information and rules at once so let's try to help them as best as we can to get to know the community and how things work around here. I think that by doing so we secure a better future for the community. There is an ongoing suggestion about mentors, so if you're an experienced member jump in there and help if you can.
This week will probably be pretty hectic and full of work for staff, so I ask for your patience and understanding while we try to sort things out, handle reports and integrate all newcomers into the community.
Welcome to the DayZRP v3 website series, Part 3, where every week until presumably end of June or early July I will introduce you to some features of the new DayZRP website that is currently in development.
Over the years I've created a lot of custom features for our website. Those range from small cosmetic stuff to whole new systems. Migration to a new system is a difficult process as all existing code suddenly stops working and there is no easy way to port it over. Here's a summary status of the different custom features that we have and how/when it will be implemented on the new website.
Already done or replaced by a different system:
- Steam login
Being rewritten from scratch:
- Whitelist system
- Newbie guide
Planned to be ported at a later date:
- Hall of Fame
- Character system
- Staff recruitment
Our forum is not very big compared to other global gaming communities, but it is still quite significant considering the amount of users we have. All content on the current website will need to be converted to the new system - about 1 250 000 posts in 70 000 threads, 600 000 PMs, 28 000 BeanZ and just over 8 000 warnings. As with all conversions, it is not perfect - there is some data that we will not be moving over as well as some data that will become obsolete and stop working entirely.
Data that will be moved over:
- Your account, along with your Premium rank, post count, BeanZ and PMs
- All forums, threads and posts
- SteamID and whitelist
Data that will NOT be moved:
- Your avatar and signature
- Your profile data like sex, country, profile music and profile background
- Group CPs
Before the data migration I plan to execute a community cleanup, removing most banned accounts from the system, removing the legacy of Banter Brigade lads and other pillars of the community.
The URL addressing will change, which means that all links that you ever posted that lead to a other threads on the forums will stop working. This is one of the biggest concerns, however there is no easy or reliable way to convert the links inside posts to the new format. So, if you have any threads that included links to other parts of the forum, you will need to update those after the update.
The migration of a database this big will take a long time. I have completed it once already and with some technical difficulties it took about 20 hours and that's without converting PMs. I assume that the full conversion will take 24 hours if everything goes well and up to 36 hours I have to fix things along the way. During this time the website will not be available, I will create a temporary page and we will use Twitter and Steam group chat during the down time to communicate.
That's all I had for this week, sorry for no fancy screenshots, perhaps next week I can show you a sneak peek of the new white theme that uSx is working on
Welcome to the DayZRP v3 website series, Part 2, where every week until presumably end of June or early July I will introduce you to some features of the new DayZRP website that is currently in development.
Blogs are member driven pages, and as the name suggest they work kind of like... a blog. My idea was to replace the Lore and Stories forums with blogs - you can create a blog for every character you own which will nicely structure all content, instead of it being in random threads on the forums. So, blogs will be used as journals for characters, but also for other puposes, for example if you have a settlement or a small group of randoms you can create a blog for them as well. Staff for example will have our own blog where we will post the small changes that are being done etc, that do not deserve a whole announcement. Blogs like most of the content in IP Board can be rated, reviewed, commented on and followed by other members, creating sort of a "fanbase" for your content.
Example of a blog page
The community will have a public gallery where all users can upload pictures, screenshots etc. Members can create their own albums and rate each others picture and comment on them. Pictures from the gallery can be then easily embedded in posts, or blogs.
Example of a gallery page
The current special titles rewarded for events, community awards etc will be replaced with awards. Rewards will work as sort of an achievement system and there will be plenty of them that range from common ones like how long you've been registered, post count, activity, using different features of the website to rare limited ones, given for exceptional help, winning contests etc. A limited number of awards will be displayed next to your posts, a full list will be available in a tab on your profile. We hope to create fun small images as reward badges with zombie theme, to represent the different awards and achievements.
Example of the award page with statistics
Big changes here. The profiles will look a lot different, I have managed to preserve some of the customization by buying plugins for custom profile music and background, however as you can see below the background will no longer be behind transparent content, instead it will fill the page background around it. All members will be able to set the small background in the box that is underneath your username.
Example of a member profile
You will be able to track recent visitors that have viewed your profile, post status updates that can be commented on (Facebook like), view your awards, see your Steam activity and see your followers. Avatar sizes are in the works, I'm not sure if we will be able to do rectangle avatars as we have now, perhaps it will be implemented at a later date. Big square ones are confirmed working though.
As I mentioned in the part 1, question and troubleshooting threads will be overhauled, where all members will be able to vote on best answer in a thread. OP of the thread can always choose best answer on their own, but if he doesn't do that - the answer which has gotten the most votes will be marked as best and the best answer gets +rep. The question and troubleshooting forums will be primarily used for user to user support, with staff still assisting with basic questions.
The staff support will be moved to a new ticket based system where you have a direct and private contact with staff. This will be used for example for help with payments, whitelist, website errors and similar things that community members usually cannot assist you with.
The Premium system will use a completely new base as well. All your transactions will be carried over and your premium ranks preserved. Some perks however may be changed or replaced by others. Here's a list of the different Premium features and plans for them:
- Profile background
- Profile music
- Big avatars
- PM quotas
- Supporter+ forums
- Username changes
- Can disable ads on website
- GIF avatars
- Tycoon features
- Post background color
- Ability to create community circles using the same system as groups
- TeamSpeak intergration (to begin with, automatically get TS tag when promoted on website)
- Probably at least 2 more features, but we will figure that out once the website is up and running.
- Titles (the customizable text below your name)
- Posting time restriction lowered
- Hidden mode
Dark theme preview
Here you can see a sneak peak at the dark theme that is under development: Remember that it is very much work in progress so things WILL change.
Next week I'll talk about custom DayZRP features and data migration.
As you've probably noticed I have created a sale for Premium ranks.
It lasts until Sunday, June 5th. I've taken off a decent amount off the top ranks, up to 40% off for Hall of Famer.
The income from this will be primarily used to hire a programmer who will code some nice custom functions for the new website, as I don't have enough experience or time. And if there is some money left after that I would like to order a GTX1080, as I'm currently running on CPU built in Intel HD4000 after my previous graphics card died and all I can play is Minecraft.
The new sale rank thresholds do not apply retroactively. For example those who have paid for 60€ or 80€ ranks and would like to upgrade to Hall of Famer will not receive the HoF rank automatically. The new sale tresholds for ranks will only trigger if a transaction goes through - so you need to donate at least 5€ for it to trigger and upgrade you to the next rank. Same goes for ranks below.
Also, if you want to donate for someone else, just donate on your account and send me a PM with transaction ID and the link to the profile of the person who should receive the amount and I'll fix the rest.