Joined almost 9 years ago. Zach helps out by being a moderator at Good-Tutorials.
Nice to see, SasaVtec. :D
As another note here- I just manage to find a way around something rather uncool. Basically it means that it looks like load time is a bit quicker now, particularly in regards to loading up the thumbnail images for each tutorial.
Front page discount has been removed, as we're distinctly sold out now. Photoshop and Flash are still discounted (for the moment), though.
Alright... no need to jump the gun here. The topics are Photoshop and Flash, not PHP.
As I mentioned yesterday or so, feeds will be back up in a day or two, so don't worry.
wordedwrong- not publicly (you can see that after you purchase a featured tutorial), but I'll add that functionality soon, though.
Moderation is set up like a democracy, so to speak. One person can rate all of their own tutorials highly, but it still has to go through the guantlet of other moderators in order for it to make it to the front page. I'm not saying it's going to be a perfect process right out of the gate, but given time I think it's going to be much more reliable and give better results than before.
GSimpson- I'm not sure what you're referring to by the saving money aspect, but in terms of pages it's all generated by my framework (Rails), so no, I don't have hundreds of thousands of distinct files for this.
Martyn- I think I know what you mean, so I'll go in and fix that in the next bug squashing session.
pxlgfx- Thanks for letting me know. I've removed them from your profile.
Apologies for the slowdown this afternoon, all (if you noticed). I think I have a solution up and running, but I'll be closely monitoring everything over the next few days.
colblip- That's actually the very next thing I was planning to fix; something got buggered up during the migration. Give me less than a day or so and they should be back up and ready to go- sorry for the downtime thus far.
Okay, just pushed out a slew of small fixes. Amongst the bunch, for those that are interested-
-fixed the front page title to something more human-readable
-upped comment lengths to help out poor souls like Tanz, who can just vamp on comments like none other :o)
-fixed a bug with displaying stats and comments for tutorials with slashes ('/') in their title
-added a default rating display ("Rating: -") for those tutorials not yet rated so they don't look like horribly-rated tutorials
These are just small bug fixes, as will be the case for the next few days, then we'll get progressively bigger and bigger. In response to some of your responses:
@Tanz: good points (hope they didn't get very cut off). Tutorial link in same window is by design, as it's the more accessible way of doing things. More of an experiment for now. The difference of tabs between your public profile and your account data is deliberate, too, although admittedly can be a little confusing. The public profile tabs are what everyone sees, but your account tabs (manage tutorials, featured tutorials, etc) are what only you see. More of a public/private thing. Click totals for day and month aren't actually set up yet, but they're at the top of my todo list. The other aspects you touched on are more of the 'planned to do but not there yet' that I've talked about earlier- I wanted to get this out quicker and skip minor aspects, but I'll certainly get to those soon enough.
@Kull- Flash is now up.
@Chris- I agree, but it's not that simple. Eventually there's going to be more topics, so if I were to keep all of the menu links on each page it's going to add to the overall page download size. Using something like Ajax isn't as accessible nor as search engine friendly, and the menu is something I need to be universal for everyone visiting the site, no matter what. I'll be looking into it, but no promises for the moment.
@MartynJ- Yup. Most likely on a weekly basis- I'd rather slide into everything slowly rather than assaulting things all at once. Plenty's in store. :)
@everyone- tell your friends, blog about it, what have you. The more the merrier; it's really appreciated. :)
cleartutsdave- Your tutorials will eventually get reviewed in 24 hours. Right now we have a big of a backlog, so it's going to be a week or so until we finally get all caught up. But yes, it should be quite an improvement over the old system.
Thanks for the comments, Gesiwuj! I'm glad the awesomeness quotient of this version is much higher. Maybe it's fitting since I'm wearing my sublimi'mawesomeinal threadless tee today:
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