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#1 Masked Marauder

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 02:22 AM

Hello Site Peoples. This is more of a "just thinking out loud" site suggestion than anything. Anyway, I consider myself to be more of a mod maker than forum poster and was wondering if uploading approved mods could be used as a "member title" boost; or as a separate ranking altogether? Truth is it doesn't really hurt my feelings one way or another, but it did seem kind of strange to have over a dozen mods uploaded and still be titled a "nobody special". It would give site members a bit more credibility who are more active mod authors than topic posters. I suppose the idea would be too difficult to implement with factoring in the number of approved mods, mod ratings, number of downloads, etc; especially with automated servers and such. Hence the "wishful thinking" aspect of this topic. Still, 'twould be nice.

#2 Gerard

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 02:33 AM

That's a cool idea.

You may notice the new award boxes we have (I have ones saying staff, over 1000 posts etc). It would be easy for us to add one that shows "modder" if you have an approved mod uploaded.

I'll make sure this gets done! We might add another one for people upload more than 10 mods or something.


We don't tend to bother with user titles, since they only reflect post count unless we let you edit them yourself. It would be hard to make mod uploading count towards this. We might get rid of them altogether.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 03:17 AM

Okay, well good deal if you can make it work.  Compared to the long-time members I guess that I would be a "noob" myself (still finding my way around), so I do not know much about new award boxes and such things; they do look spiffy though.  But something for modding could perhaps give the site, current modders, and possible beginners a sort of shot in the arm so to speak.  Thank you for your prompt response.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:44 PM

I see it's been added but if the tag is for users with uploaded mods then why don't I have the tag yet? :blink: I did upload them as my old username (SABMX32), later changed so maybe that's the problem or it's applied manually?

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:25 AM

Because it hasn't been done yet!!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:48 AM

Because it hasn't been done yet!!

Whoa, okay, I didn't know it was done manually...

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:59 AM


Because it hasn't been done yet!!

Whoa, okay, I didn't know it was done manually...


LOL the :P emoticon didn't show up! That wasn't meant to sound so abusive, oops.

I just meant the modder award hasn't been scripted/coded yet, all we've done is make the award image. Trying to get Chris to do this isn't easy!

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 02:55 AM

Pardon my ignorance but does Chris do all of the server scripting for this site himself? Would seem to me like somewhat of a daunting task, even for someone who DID have the time to spend at it. Or is that handled by a 3rd party or something like that?

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 04:06 AM

Chris does pretty much everything himself, including the main site, downloads database, and any special scripts we use (like automatically giving awards).

The only thing that isn't made by him is the forum itself, which is made by IPS, but the integration with the site etc is Chris again.

As for the server and hosting, Chris and I do that together.

But he's a busy man, which is why we sometimes have to throw heavy objects at him to get something made. (:

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:14 PM

Well I am impressed and no mistake. The site itself seems very ship-shape (I noticed that "Garage" has been down all day... again) so cheers to Chris for that. I wish that he could dedicate more time to the site, or take on some help, but I know that topic has been spoken about elsewhere so I will end with that. The new award looks kick-ass though.

#11 Gerard

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 11:28 PM

Well I've given you the award manually now!

Hopefully we'll get the automated awarding up soon.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:07 AM

Well look at that! Something to fill up some of that empty white space in my member info! LOL Thanks Gerard, for the pleasant surprise. Here's proof to all that the site feedback/suggestion thread does not go unnoticed. Big thumbs up to the GTA Place and staff! I was taking a break for a while, but now I feel obligated to cook up some more stuff. *L*

#13 Gerard

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 12:19 AM

No problem (:

The script is up and running, and now 625 members have been given the award! This will update every day for any new modders.

(Expect a formal announcement in the next couple of weeks)

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:45 AM

Yikes! Almost forgot. Good work Chris for implementing the idea; in what I would think was respectable amount of time. I will leave it up to you Admins to expand upon the idea however you see fit.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:45 PM

I just noticed from poking around that all other awards given are in single digits, except for 2, and one of those is for former staff. Kind of surprised really because it does not seem like much activity for a site that has been around for so long with membership approaching 40K. Members must consist of a lot of short-timers and/or non-posters.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:46 PM

Most of the awards only show up if you have posted within the past month. If you become inactive, they go away. Considering extending this to the Modder award too.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:28 AM

Oh okay, good to know. Are they retroactive or start over from square one if a person disappears/reappears?

#18 Gerard

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:26 AM

They don't start from square one - simply by becoming active again you re-earn your awards.

We're going to test the minimum levels of activity for this to happen (such as making 10 posts per month), but this might end up just being a separate "active member" award.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:29 AM

Yeah, it's me again. There seemed to be a slight buzz in recent weeks about awards and member status and such which is definitely a plus. While wandering around TGTAP a few days ago that loose leg under my chair popped off again causing me to fall out of it and hit my head, which resulted in some more thinking (and cursing) out loud. There was mention in a similar topic thread about directing people with GTA problems and questions to those who could be the most helpful, or something like that, which is certainly ideal.

Images speak louder than words and I do not particularly enjoy listening to my own head roar, so here are some examples of what I dreamed up:

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If such things as these could be implemented, perhaps a minimum criteria of sorts regarding who qualifies for which ones could be defined so that there is no reason for pouting or complaining. I realize that you head cheeses (i.e. Chris) are still ironing out some things as it is, but I just thought that I would throw this out there like a hand grenade for the heck of it. If the idea can not be utilized then that is all that it was- an idea.




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