What's up at Lestrade's?

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Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #510,  »
FIX: 2 glitches on the homepage: width of list of comments & new tradables was wrong on mobile devices, and the list of most requested games was screwed up if a game showed up in both the 'requested' and 'offered' rows (in this case, The Flame in the Flood.)
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #511,  »
NEW: On the homepage, the 'latest copies put up for trade' section now shows only unbundled games and games from expired bundles (making it easier to spot games you might want, if like me you have a tendency to buy most bundles that have a game you want.)
You can still include games in currently active bundles by clicking the checkbox in the title. Your preference will be remembered.

Also, I'm now caching the most requested/offered game data every hour. It's not that my queries were particularly slow, but they represented about 30% of the page load time, and for the homepage, I figured this was too much. (The reason they're slow is that these queries now have to calculate the number of different traders who offer those games.)
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #512,  »
NEW: Won't be of any interest to you guys, but it's still worth mentioning that I can now edit all bundle data on the fly. Previously I was limited to game notes and bundle notes, now I can edit bundle name, and bundle start & end date. All that's missing is the ability to create a new bundle[1], which I can technically do since yesterday when I disconnected Lestrade's bundle IDs from ITAD bundle IDs (no big deal, I'm just storing an extra bundle ID in the database.) So that'll come at some point.

This is all done 'on the fly', so it's very easy to use for me (no big complicated forms to edit like on ITAD), and I can give editing rights to volunteers, too. (I'm just saying, because Barter has many volunteers that add bundles manually using Barter's terrible interface (well, at least from the screenshots I was given earlier this year... Maybe it's been reworked since.)
Either way, you don't need to be a volunteer to point out any bundle issues... There's a very convenient 'comment' button on bundle pages. ;)
 1. Oh yeah, I'm also missing the ability to edit tiers and tier prices... Well, I'm not in a hurry to do that, ahah. Unless I only give the ability to do that when creating the bundle, in which case, piece of cake. (I can always edit them again through database edition, of course. In fact I've done that a lot... You have no idea how many bundles are screwed up at ITAD. Crowd-sourcing has its limits.
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #513,  »
(And of course I had to make announcements about bundle editing internals right when I'm having trouble importing the latest ITAD bundles, lol...)
(Not sure if it's a network problem or a bug due to my rewrite that accommodates for new bundles being added here rather than always imported.) (No time to look for now. Please bear with me while imported bundles are currently empty. Will look into it tonight.)
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #514,  »
Okay, I think I've fixed all of the problems due to the ITAD scraper rewrite... Sorry if you were trying to 'read' the latest 3 bundles, because I did a lot of testing with them and they were pretty broken until now.
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #515,  »
NEW: Long & much requested feature, finally made my peace with it...

Added "Skip" feature to match page. If you get matches with a user that you don't want to trade with, or who seemingly has ALL Steam games in their wishlist and only has a shovelware game in their tradables, you may want to ignore their matches. Just click 'Skip' to the right of their name. You can occasionally still peek at their matches (in case they added something interesting once in a while) by clicking 'Show' or choosing to unfold all inactive users. To stop ignoring them entirely, just click the same Skip button again.

Note: this is NOT an 'ignore user' system. It's more of an 'ignore my matches with this user by default' feature. You can keep receiving offers from this user. If you don't want that, gather up your courage and PM them, asking them to add you to their own skips. I think it's the most decent way of handling user ignoring, which is something I absolutely hated at Barter (e.g. people would add me to their ignore list after an offer they didn't like, not leaving me the opportunity to improve it, or send offers for other games six months later.)

Note 2: I'll probably eventually add a feature to match only against skipped users (i.e. the opposite of regular matches), allowing you to check up on possibly interesting trades from time to time. I'll also add the full list of skipped users in your profile area when I get around to overhauling it.
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #516,  »
NEW: in the homepage list of latest tradables, wishlisted items are now clearly indicated (bold + icon). I'm thinking of doing a 'wishlisted-only' list, but I'm not sure about the UI... Maybe a select box... I don't know. It'd require overhauling a function for that to work. Hmm...
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #517,  »
FIX: All game trailers are now set to the 'video' type internally, ensuring they don't show up in game searches. Also set all demos to the 'demo' type, same thing.

Sounds like a detail, but really I spent my evening checking ALL of the banners for those apps, making sure I wasn't putting aside a game by mistake (like, ahem, some obscure truck simulator DLC with 'trailer' in its name. Damn...)
Also, all future demos should be marked as demos as well.

Wondering if I should clean up tradables & wishlists for all of those... Although the video type is a bit different because it can hold actual buyable movies (I only manually added The Crow to it, though, during my research. Cool old movie BTW.)
Re: What's up at Lestrade's?
« Reply #518,  »
NEW: On your offer page, offers in 'Editing' status now show an '!' icon next to them, to encourage you to submit or cancel them. This is because those offers are actually invisible to the third party and if they're being edited for more than 5 minutes, it's likely you simply forgot to submit them.