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Messages - Akylen
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Quote from [Lestrades.com]Nao 尚 on March 26th, 12:19 AM
Yeah I don't know how to advertise these search features..  there are so many... Like, do you know you can add "+epic" (or other store) to search only inside one store? Or "-steam" to narrow the results to anything not on Steam. Things like that...
Apart from documentation, having tooltips popup once in a while could be a good idea. The user can always disable it, if she doesn't find them useful.
For the search specifically, an additional icon with an advanced search should be enough.
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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on March 25th, 02:08 PM »
Quote from [Lestrades.com]Nao 尚 on March 25th, 12:17 PM
Well, assuming you don't take ex-Uplay, Epic and GOG into account... ;)
Interestingly, GOG used to be really great, but the 2.0 version is horrible to me. I loved the idea, but somehow they thought it would be a good idea to trade off their nice design & speed for a client that's inferior to Steam itself, just so we could have all of our games in one interface. Well, okay. Maybe I should work for GOG, not Valve... (Heck, I'd be more interested in that; I mean, TW3 is still my favorite AAA game.)
The GOG website store is very appealing to me. Sure it is missing a lot of features that steam has: developer updates, mod support, gamepad integration, community hub, comments on comments, achievements, all the other community stuff (i.e. inventory, trades, emoticons, etc), but overall I much prefer it for its simplicity and speed, when it comes to buy games and manage my library. I like the theme, and just wish they would make a cyberpunk 2077 one.
On the other hand, the community stuff is a disaster. It sits on super old technology, missing all the modern features and capabilities. It is no match for steam. Which is exactly the reason why steam is king, because they invested a lot in the community.
CD Projekt Red might not the biggest of gaming companies, but they are not small either. By now, they have the budget to pay to develop their platforms to the modern age. As I said the community stuff is crucial to the growth of any gaming company imo.
I have not used the GOG client, so I can't comment on that.
Quote from [Lestrades.com]Nao 尚 on March 25th, 12:17 PM
In regards to the site, it could be easily used by anyone to help organise their libraries/etc, because that's what I do. The problem is folks might not be aware of its capabilities besides trading, due to the name.
The name's a play on Trading, yes, but since the very beginning I went for a generic name that implied being in a gentlemen's club (Lestrade's, with the mustache), rather than a trading website (Let's trade).
I try to live up to this idea of a comfy place where you can do whatever you like as long as it remains 'gentlemany'.
There is a certain charm with the gentlemen’s club, and I do appreciate it. But, that also hinders the idea of expanding the website, as a club is generally a closed system. I do not mind though. Small communities tend to have more collaboration and less negativity.
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Well, I don't know:
1- Most serious players who need to sort through their game library already have a Steam library.
2- Steam login allows me to do other things that take advantage of your Steam profile data. Such as determining whether you're a seasoned player or not. It also allows me to avoid having to deal with spammers.
3- It's very, very easy to log in, due to (1).
For instance, I'm doing some prospective development work using an obscure language, and their documentation is using a comment system that's not based on Diskus or Facebook, but rather on Github issues. Why use that? I don't know, it's not worse than anything (also, you may take the comment system out and still keep the comments available, or write your own plugin, etc.) but more importantly, most of this language's users already have a Github account, so it makes sense to ask them to log in through that.

So, it's unlikely I'll go back to being able to open a new account. Seriously, spammers are the worst.
These are very good points that I haven’t thought about. Some websites have integration with various platforms at the same time. A simple example is humblebundle, with support for steam, battle.net, epic games, origin, etc. Would something like this be possible?
The github comments makes sense if the target audience are IT geeks, and in my case, I much prefer something like that to the other two, which are a privacy nightmare.
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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on March 14th, 03:15 AM »
Quote from [Lestrades.com]Nao 尚 on March 12th, 09:08 AM
I would have to be a Valve employee to be able to do that.
Their web client interface sucks and has always sucked. They have limited interest in it indeed. Lestrade's is sort of my way of putting as much interesting steam data into a nice interface indeed. (I'm working privately on rebuilding the filter and sorting systems to be applicable to all pages and all areas of the site, but it's extremely complicated.)
Sadly, even with Chrome extensions, such as Enhanced Steam, it's still not quite easy to navigate their site with a browser. The client is even worse...
Completely agree. If it wasn't for Augmented Steam (the most recent fork), I could not even imagine going back to using 'normal' steam. The interface is outdated and difficult to navigate. Even with the extension, there are many limitations. Steam has the most content of any gaming platform, but the worst way of organising it >:(

In regards to the site, it could be easily used by anyone to help organise their libraries/etc, because that's what I do. The problem is folks might not be aware of its capabilities besides trading, due to the name.
Not sure if Nao would like that, but perhaps let users register without a steam account. It could then be integrated to other platforms, so that it becomes more than a steam thingie!
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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on February 7th, 06:10 PM »
It is more to due to find duplicates and compare what games I have on each store. I mostly use GOG and Steam. But since Epic Games has been offering games, which I have been collecting :eheh: I might want to avoid purchasing them elsewhere. It would help to know that.
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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on February 5th, 06:41 PM »
I couldn't find options to filter by store. Like only show items for a particular store. Another idea is to find items that are duplicates from other stores and vice-versa.
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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on February 4th, 04:52 PM »
For me it is more about how to sort my games from different stores now. The rest is doing fine :)
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 17th, 2020, 12:59 PM »
Quote from [Lestrades.com]Nao 尚 on June 17th, 2020, 12:26 AM
I'm all for a server update. Feel free.
Maybe it'll finally fix all the SSL problems. As I mentioned earlier, even cURL no longer works in the current setup when SSL is explicitly enabled. I've had to rely on file_get_contents instead, Which is less secure. (Although in my case, I'm only retrieving public data and not disclosing any sensitive information during the handshake, so it's not a problem per se, just something I'd rather not do as a proper web developer.)
curl should work in those cases with the '--insecure' flag
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 16th, 2020, 05:53 PM »
Lets Encrypt made it so easy, I am not sure why the problem still persists. It is quite easy to setup ;)
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 7th, 2020, 06:45 PM »
Quote from [Lestrades.com]Nao 尚 on June 7th, 2020, 02:21 PM
The problem should be fixed, although it's a temporary one. @Akylen please don't forget to delete your thread!
I apologize about this issue. @devotee was supposed to fix all configuration issues with the server, but this one clearly is problematic. I'm a bit tired of it, honestly...
Done. I don't know how to close it, so I deleted it :/
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 7th, 2020, 01:11 PM »
I agree with most of what you said. Lestrades is generally better with a few nuances:
* Steam bundle pages sometimes contain games that are not linked to the steam version
* Search sometimes gets confused with certain characters and it is impossible to find them. I have to use barter and link to here. Sometimes it actually tikes a bit long and becomes frustrating (although rarely).
Don't worry, I understand you don't have time to make the changes.
Features here are certainly better here, than even the steam website. Incredible on how much money they have, and certain basic features are still poor compared to the rest.

Since Barter has the user base, they can copy features from here to grow even further. It is unfair, but that's how the world works. That is why having monopolies is really bad. Companies buying/destroying smaller companies, and becoming bigger and bigger. Of course I am exaggerating here, but without some kind of incentive users don't do shit to change their habits. This happens to every individual in any part of life. Change is hard :/
In terms of community, I don't see a problem having theirs on Steam, but would be nice to have a more broader approach to support other platforms.

If I were to choose which one I'd want, I'd choose Lestrades, because it makes my life so much easier. I'm sure the issues above could be resolved swiftly.
Besides the user base from Barter would move here, as there is no other option.

As for the last point, I stopped using google long time ago when I saw they hide links on purpose, and I'm not talking just about piracy, or porn, whatever, but things that are related to freedom of speech, specially if it is something bad about them. Thus I use duckduckgo.
But in order for people to find this website, unfortunately it will have to be found by google. It seems you are in need of some SEO.

This is a point for another discussion, but people should understand that Google and certain other companies have too much power over the internet and the user.
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 6th, 2020, 02:47 PM »
Just wanted to add in there that I think both platforms are useful for different purposes. As I said, I hope this is just some bug in the system
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 5th, 2020, 01:04 PM »
I've created a discussion here. Hope it gets his attention :)
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The Illustrious Idea / Give me more stats
« on March 19th, 2020, 04:34 PM »
Hi.

Could we have more stats for offers? Like quantity in general, per store, per bundle, fulfilled wishlists, etc.

Stats are pretty cool, and something unique to this website. I like to check them from time to time. I'm sure it brings more value to the website. Probably something that people don't know they need.

Also the ability to generate graphs for your own profile, like wishlists, tradables, etc would be immense imo. With a signature generator it could be a good addition to people who like to compete in stats, ala steamladder, completionist, etc. But obviously focused on trades.

PS: I've noticed I'm top poster wth!
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The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on March 16th, 2020, 12:05 AM »
I noticed a few exclusive steam bundles that include a GOG game or two:
https://lestrades.com/bundle/7800/ - Space Robinson: Hardcore Roguelike Action

This messes up the stats not only mine, but site's too.
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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on January 9th, 2020, 07:54 PM »
I was thinking about the login cookie expiring. Perhaps they do it because of security, since it requires my steam guard to login again. Although, all other websites that use steam login will stay logged (including this one) :hmm: