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The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on October 15th, 10:35 PM »
I haven't started work on it yet...
Other things on my mind, these days...
The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on October 6th, 11:45 PM »
I don't remember how I'm handling those things internally.. I could, however, add a hidden URL option to redirect to a profile based on its Steam ID. I probably store them, even if I have access to the Steam custom URL...
The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on September 16th, 11:43 PM »
I've merged 'Twitch Prime' and 'Amazon Prime' items together. Should work better now. I've refactored many things internally to elevate Prime to 'real' store level, as opposed to occasional stores (console stuff, etc.), if anything because ITAD bundles often include those games. This should also automate importing Prime games into the bundle database, although it'll only work if BVG already has the game in its database _and_ it's associated with the equivalent Steam game, which unfortunately rarely happens. (I'm considering automating adding Steam associations when importing BVG games categorized as Prime or Epic, although it'd open the way for many false positives.)

Also, I've done the same with Epic games, although the store itself was already elevated to the highest level.
Now I know this doesn't matter much, as neither Prime nor Epic games are tradable per se, AFAIK, but I like having a clean database, and if I were to stop fixing bundles manually, I'd like for them to be as automated as can be. (Or maybe I'm just bored having to fix them all..)
The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on August 28th, 11:07 AM »
Note: despite my lack of posting new updates on this thread, I'm still active on maintaining the website.
Mostly by fixing bundles as imported from ITAD (not doing a perfect job at it, but it still requires a lot of attention), also adding minor improvements or fixes.
I don't think my daily updates were followed by many people as I tended to talk a lot, so now I'm pretty much doing the opposite, ahah.
Anyway, hope you guys & gals had a nice vacation, personally I stayed home, stayed safe, and worked on this and other things.
The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on July 9th, 02:08 AM »
Thanks :) yes I worked on it for months and have been maintaining and improving it for years.
It's not a very popular trading site (which in turns means I didn't spend most of my resources on improving the trading system beyond the Ajax features), but I really enjoy using it as a library management tool.

Btw guys I'm thinking of removing restrictions on adding items to your library. There are so many situations where you Wouldn't want to rely on the Pending tag to be able to manually add or remove games ..
The Noble Talk / Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« on June 20th, 03:34 PM »
As you may have noticed, I recently started overhauling the bundle page to separate giveaways from bundles.
The reason was two-fold:
1/ It was getting a bit crowded, especially with the many permanent giveaways that I didn't have the heart to remove,
2/ I wanted to make it easier for 'f2p' users to quickly access the latest giveaways.

First, I moved giveaways to the top of the page, and proceeded to hide 'older' giveaways, as well as giveaways that are already in your library (main reason being: why add clutter for something you already have, and which you're unlikely to be able to retrade anyway, since pretty much all giveaways except for Humble Bundle's don't come in the form of a redeemable key?)
Of course, you can show all giveaways, including those owned, by clicking the corresponding checkbox.
Then, I listed games individually, rather than giveaways entries (which were, internally, considered as bundles). This is because most giveaways only have one title in them. For actual giveaway bundles, I'm still listing entries individually, but they're now spaced in a way that indicates they're bundled together. (That's mostly for monthly Twitch Prime entries, really.)

Finally, today I restored store icons, and I added a link to the corresponding Steam game if it's listed in the database. For instance, if Epic releases a free game that was in your Steam wishlist, this will allow you to see that it's wishlisted, even if you didn't wishlist the Epic version.

I hope this helps as many people as possible. I find it helpful to myself, which is why I did it all anyway. I'm a selfish bastard! :eheh:
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 18th, 12:01 AM »
I tried using false earlier, but it failed to work as well. (I also tried variations involving VERIFYHOST and FORBID_REUSE.)
Maybe now it'd work because you renewed the certificate, but I'm not sure I'll take any chances. ;)
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 17th, 06:55 PM »
Well, I don't know, it's not working for me when disabling secure flags. Also, your flag format is for a command line call, I'm using PHP functions for that. ;)
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 17th, 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.)
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 16th, 04:12 PM »
And here we are again, the SSL certificates expired... I'm really sick of it.
I'll probably move to a new server soon. I'll have to see. Meh. This isn't what I need right now, the extra workload...
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 15th, 05:17 PM »
My fix for Barter issues was only partial; I made it more solid a few days after. I don't know if it impacted you.
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 7th, 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...
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 7th, 01:27 PM »
Okay guys, you can delete the thread over at the BVG Steam community!
The problem was with a configuration issue on this server!
I'm working on a fix.
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 7th, 12:34 PM »
Note: I just read a bit more about error 302 and it looks like it might be a redirection problem. I'll look into it. Maybe it's a bug the webmaster didn't plan on 'introducing'. So far I've been scraping from his requested URL (which isn't the public-facing URL.)
The Fatal Problem / Re: Issue(s)
« on June 7th, 12:27 PM »
Yeah, although I still think Lestrade's is the most 'usable' trading system because it's more open (for instance you can send multiple offers to a single person), faster (AJAX everywhere, especially when adding and removing games to an offer), and clearer (the 'lock' icon to make a game mandatory in a multiple-choice offer), Barter clearly won with its number of users (which ultimately is the only thing that matters, isn't it? That the majority is making their life harder is irrelevant), so I'm doing most of my trades at Barter now, and enjoying the fact that its webmaster has been backporting Lestrade's features over there over the years. I believe recently he added the lock system, too, although I haven't used it yet. It's just a shame that when you do something at barter, it always takes 3 more clicks and 10 more seconds than the same operation at Lestrade's... Editing tradable tags? It has gotten better at BVG (you can now do it from a game page, thankfully), but it requires unnecessary clicking (why do I have to check a box next to a tradable before I can edit it? Why do I have to confirm tags one by one when he could add a multi-checkbox list instead?).
Anyway, at this point, I use Barter for trading mostly, and Lestrade's for the rest:
- maintaining my tradable list (then exporting it to Barter, excluding my 'may keeps' which I'm reserving for Lestrade's),
- maintaining my library (including fixing playtimes so that card farming time isn't taken into account),
- searching for games (it's so easy, and I can't tell you the number of games I found just because the search engine also looked inside game descriptions! Which as far as I know, is the only Steam search engine to do so!),
- looking at ITAD bundles (I'm aware that Barter now has much better support for bundles, but I'm not planning to scrape them for now, and since this is the only feature I still have to 'fix' manually from time to time, it's also the only feature that keeps me maintaining the website on a regular basis),
- discussions (the BVG Steam community isn't exactly practical to use...)
- commenting on games and bundles (rarely, but it's still something BVG doesn't have),
- just enjoying the slick layout and fast performance overall...

I couldn't live without Lestrade's, even without trading.
That's why I don't understand why Google is actively preventing search results from showing Lestrade's pages (just like it's pretty impossible to find pages for many of my websites -- for instance has a valuable database of artists for the Saint Seiya show, but typing an artist's name followed by '' into Google NEVER shows a relevant result!), I find it really sad. (Maybe Google has banned me for using Bing for about 5 minutes back in 2007 or so..?)