Improved map searching?

Discussion in 'Site Discussion' started by Ravidge, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Ravidge

    aa Ravidge Grand Vizier

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    I'm using the advanced search option pretty often, The ability to select multiple gamemodes to search for is really helpful.

    But.

    Couldn't this be extented to also include an option to search for certain development phases/versions: planning, alpha, beta, rc, final? (at the same time filtering gamemodes)

    It would really help server admins for one. They might come here and wanting to quickly find some new CP maps, but they might only be interested in rc and final versions... Opening every single CP thread to see if it's far enough in development will take a massive amount of time.
    Or maybe someone is looking for new alpha pl/plr maps and want to filter away all the other kinds...


    I'm sure this thought has crossed the minds of the web developers around here, I just want to know if this is a planned feature or should I keep dreaming?
     
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  2. Radaka

    Radaka L7: Fancy Member

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    Sounds like a good idea to me, I support this thread.
     
  3. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    I would like this idea implemented as well.
     
  4. Caliostro

    Caliostro L6: Sharp Member

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    I'm fairly certain this was mentioned before... No idea what the outcome was so... +1.
     
  5. Dr. ROCKZO

    Dr. ROCKZO L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Usually, I just search for the Mapmaker instead, but I see that I'm defineatley putting myself at a disadvantage if I continue to do that when I start looking for specific maps and versions. I can't see why this shouldn't be implemented as it encourages the map naming standard even more.
     
  6. Ravidge

    aa Ravidge Grand Vizier

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    Today I was asked by a server admin to recommend some good final custom maps.
    I could only think of a few and a search feature like I suggested in the OP would have helped so much it's not even funny.

    I need it :(
     
  7. Engineer

    aa Engineer

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    Yeah, that would be a good thing. Finding the map you need is mostly a real pain in the ass. :(
     
  8. Chibils

    Chibils L1: Registered

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    Your ideas intrigue me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
     
  9. Flame

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    shitty how so many good maps get mixed in with the a1s and fall to the bottom of the forums. thumbnail showcasing of the late/almost done/done maps should be on the front page
     
  10. Fraz

    aa Fraz Blu Hatte, Greyscale Backdrop.

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    Remember that everything starts out as an a1 ;), a search function/way to sort by development stage like the gametype we have now would be good, that way if people are looking for developed maps then they can find them easier
     
  11. Flame

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    I just want a "Check out these finished maps" button on the front page with a listing with thumbnails of the completed/almost completed maps ;)
     
  12. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    I completed maps section would be kinda cool. I could be set up like the contest entires forum is and like the map has to be RC1+ to get in.
     
  13. Ravidge

    aa Ravidge Grand Vizier

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    bump.

    At least make a "finished maps" section for finals and rc's... it's needed.
     
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  14. Fraz

    aa Fraz Blu Hatte, Greyscale Backdrop.

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    very much so.
     
  15. cyked

    cyked L3: Member

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    I like this idea. When a map become RC1 it will be moved to the finished map section and the 3-4 latest "finished maps" could have their screenshots featured on the home page. That way server admins looking to add custom maps to the server can easily find maps that people will enjoy aesthetically as well as gameplay wise. Although unless it is automated it will just become a job for a mod to look for RCs and move them.
     
  16. Sel

    Sel Banned

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    Neat stuff in the maps section.

    Thanks whoever set that up. (or atleast when it works)
     
  17. DjD

    DjD L5: Dapper Member

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    Maybe map authors can submit their maps by themselves when they think they're done, otherwise they could submit the name/link to a thread where the mod collects them (so mods dont have that much work since they're always busy ;) )
     
  18. Fraz

    aa Fraz Blu Hatte, Greyscale Backdrop.

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    Can we maybe move that to the top of the section? It means I have to side scroll a little to use it right now (tiny resolution is tiny)

    Like under the letters that go along the top
     
  19. cyked

    cyked L3: Member

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    Right now this is what happens when you click on Release Candidate:
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    You have to click on show releases to get the maps to show up.
     
  20. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    That's because there's a field map authors have to set in their maps. For example, I just went and set it for meridian, and that map now gets listed if you select Release Candidates. :)