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Jul 07, 2016 at 18:53

Hello everyone, and happy belated Fourth of July, if that's something relevant to you!

Not a great report this month; between illness, other work, travel, and a baby on the way, it's been difficult to get any extra work done.

It's likely that this slowdown will continue for at least a few more months. I will continue to work on Choosology when possible, and endeavor to continue updating once per month, but I can't promise much more than that at the moment.

As far as progress this month: work is continuing on the "New Experiment" page, specifically on creating the image-picking widget. This will be necessary in other parts of the site as well, so it needs to be designed fairly well, and progress is steady on that front. With any luck, it will be a little more fancy than the current widget!

Time, she flies...

- The Grasssmith

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Jun 02, 2016 at 19:03

Just a quick check-in this month...

All's well (busy... but well), and work is proceeding on the "New Experiment" window.

The work in progress can be seen below.

You'll also notice some changes to the look of the tabs; this is still in progress (as everything, technically, is), but the old look had to go because it would not play well with different sizes of screen (like, for example, a tablet). I hope nobody is too disappointed!

- The Grasssmith

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Come What May

May 03, 2016 at 19:08

Happy May! As a busy life continues to swirl around me, work continues on Choosology. This month's work accomplished the following:

- Fixing display issue on adventure slides on front page
- Continuing to track down and fix issues resulting from switching between/reloading different screens
- implementing a more responsive layout for the "My Stuff" tabs, to improve views on smaller screens
- implementing the "Delete Adventure" functionality
- And last, but certainly not least, adding new icons for both the main navigation and the My Stuff tabs:

In addition, I spent some time helping a few CYOCYOA users with their various login/adventure-saving issues.

I was not able to complete the adventure-creation part of the workflow. I suspect it will take longer than first thought, but it's an extremely important part that I can't afford to shortchange at this stage. However, I'm hoping to focus on it and finish it in the upcoming month.

In the meantime... Keep on choosin'!*

*NB: not actually a new slogan. please disregard.

- The Grasssmith

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Apr 05, 2016 at 10:53

April is here, and with it, light in both the mornings AND evenings! In addition, external responsibilities have cooled off (aka no more overtime crunches at work for a while), and development can return to its original pace.

The last month of work has been almost entirely focused on tackling some lingering bugs, which are quite frustrating but need to be handled (the solution to the problem I thought I fixed in the last update really just opened the door for a new issue).

As mentioned, though, I have a renewed verve to get Choosology up and running, at least with the basic functionality. Once you guys can start playing around with it, I'll have even more motivation to finish up the polish and new features that I'm so excited about. Those of you who are still sticking around have been very patient and supportive, and I greatly appreciate it! Such meager rewards as I am able to provide will be forthcoming, I can promise that!

By the end of this month, I intend to finish the full adventure creation, editing, and viewing pipeline. The "creation" part is the missing link currently, and the other parts could use some smoothing out. But it's totally doable, and it's the most important part of the whole site.

In the meantime, check out the new (restricted, sorry) adventure "You Feel Very Cold..." It's wonderfully spooky and well-written! It never actually ends (still not sure why so many people link back to the beginning from the end... anybody want to comment?) but it's worth a read anyway!

- The Grasssmith

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Feb 11, 2016 at 18:43

There's no easy way to say it so here goes: Choosology is delayed again. The culprits? Sickness, personal issues, professional obligations, and the most long-lasting, frustrating, impossible-to-solve, yet ridiculously simple bug of my life. The last two weeks were spent trying to fix this one stupid thing, something I was constantly alllllmost figuring out but always ended up with no progress at all. Until today, when I finally, thank goodness, figured it out.

This should have been the time for putting the last-minute touches on everything, and it wasn't, and I apologize. I won't make any promises for the future, lest I be even more disappointing. But I'll let you know anything interesting as it happens!

In the meantime... keep on writing away.

- The Grasssmith

Site Updates

02-05-2017, 15:19: The forum (and forum button) has been removed.
02-10-2015, 11:36: Registration and the Privacy Policy have been updated to cover users under 13.
08-18-2013, 08:04: By popular demand, the Screen Editor has been made larger.
06-30-2013, 16:21: Added a Total Word Count in Screen Editor.
06-26-2013, 12:26: Updated Screen Editor to show which screens are empty or not.
05-29-2013, 18:13: Comments on non-public adventures are no longer shown in Recent Comments.
05-27-2013, 18:43: Noticed and sorta-fixed a bug which can make adventure editing impossible.
05-22-2013, 23:11: Added a little button linking to our Facebook page.
05-17-2013, 14:53: Added "Send Message" button to profiles, fixed a couple message bugs.
05-16-2013, 17:25: Added node counter and fixed issue with lingering node highlights.
05-16-2013, 16:28: Added loading overlay to prevent some bugs on adventure editor.
05-15-2013, 23:32: Tweaked adventure saving so large adventures are less likely to break.
04-27-2013, 00:07: Fixed minor issue with Beginning Screen choice with disproportionately major rewrite of the functionality.
04-27-2013, 00:06: Added some controls for publishing to help prevent accidental publishing.
04-24-2013, 23:24: A couple styling fixes, especially with how adventures are shown in Recent Adventures.
04-13-2013, 16:26: Allowed deletion of own comments, and fixed comment display on home page.
04-11-2013, 16:35: Made a few fixes to places that were showing HTML code instead of parsing it.
03-05-2013, 15:56: Made a couple of fixes to ratings and description box errors.
01-11-2013, 09:37: Fixed an issue with saving adventure options with a long adventure title.
11-06-2011, 18:15: The visual editor now has an indicator for when there are non-visible screens.
10-07-2011, 15:44: Fixed issue with universal images being used as adventure images.
06-09-2011, 20:30: Fixed some bugs on the Profile page.
06-06-2011, 18:43: You can now log in with your email OR username.
06-01-2011, 22:29: Fixed some bugs on the Account page.
05-31-2011, 23:32: Added semi-experimental video embedding!
05-31-2011, 19:51: Fixed some screen editor errors.
05-30-2011, 19:22: Made registration a little more helpful on success.
05-30-2011, 00:12: Added a "view full picture" option to Manage Pictures.
05-29-2011, 17:16: Made improvements to Screen Editor usability.
05-28-2011, 17:41: Added some browser detection so it's clearer what you need.
05-28-2011, 17:41: Started adding some helpful popup tooltips.
05-27-2011, 21:28: Added a search box on the Browse page.
05-26-2011, 19:17: Cleaned up AJAX saving so it's less choppy.
05-26-2011, 19:17: Fixed some issues related to Adventure availability.
05-25-2011, 23:53: Various updates to button styles and visual editor usability
05-24-2011, 23:31: Made some fixes and improvements to image-inserting, so that an image uploaded in another window will be available the next time you open an Edit Screen window.
05-23-2011, 19:14: Improved detection of background brightness so site buttons and text are visible.
05-23-2011, 19:02: Updated About page and Terms and Conditions.
05-23-2011, 19:01: Fixed bug with screen editing.
05-22-2011, 22:20: 2.0.1 updated! See news item.
05-20-2011, 14:11: Up. Dated. EVERYTHING.
04-16-2011, 16:38: Fixed an error in viewing adventures.
02-08-2011, 22:15: Added the ability to upload .zip files of images.
08-02-2009, 19:23: Added new image-choosing module in all relevant areas.
08-02-2009, 19:22: Added several helpful messages for creating new adventures.
08-02-2009, 19:22: Divided Adventure Editing page into Info and Style sections.
07-26-2009, 23:23: You can now add a profile picture on your Account page.
07-26-2009, 15:36: Updated Manage Pics page with option to change image names, and some styling changes.
07-25-2009, 01:40: Profile pages updated with fancy search box.
07-24-2009, 00:58: Added proto-profiles.
07-24-2009, 00:57: Cannot register with a name solely comprised of numbers.
07-20-2009, 21:36: Added "view all news" option to front page.
07-17-2009, 12:01: Fixed a bug where you'd be warned about not having written "[[pic]]" even if you had.
07-16-2009, 21:11: added some helpful text.
07-16-2009, 20:38: Added "Restricted Only" option to Browse page for people who have chosen to see such content.
07-16-2009, 20:37: Fixed bug when creating new adventure.
07-16-2009, 00:45: Added an option in the Accounts subsection to allow yourself to see Restricted adventures.
07-16-2009, 00:45: Moved Availability options to drop-down, added "Restricted" and implemented security to enforce it.
07-15-2009, 21:14: Allowed editing adventure details on Public adventures. Still can't change its screens though.
07-15-2009, 21:05: allowed Facebook to access images so you can share adventures there. It's still a little hit-or-miss though.
07-15-2009, 11:47: Update to Privacy Policy to reflect multiple cookies usage. Update to Terms relaxing requirements for Public adventures.
07-15-2009, 11:35: Updated "About" section.
07-15-2009, 10:31: more IE6-centric CSS fixes.
07-15-2009, 00:59: Added an option for persistent logins.
07-14-2009, 16:30: fixed layout issues for IE6. In general, I don't consider IE6 to be something i really support, but in this case it was ridiculous not to.
07-14-2009, 00:36: Made several visual and functional updates to the Browse page.
07-10-2009, 15:50: Prevented trying to preview a screen in progress which hadn't been created yet.
07-10-2009, 11:22: fixed a couple rating-related problems.
07-10-2009, 01:15: Can't rate your own adventures anymore.. also, some CSS fixes
07-10-2009, 00:41: Implemented 5-star rating system.
07-09-2009, 16:37: Fixed style problems on Recent Adventures listing.
07-09-2009, 10:41: Parent listing on screen editing page shows screen name instead of title.
07-09-2009, 01:13: Added a "Recent Adventures" listing on the front page
07-08-2009, 15:59: "" now redirects to the forum.
07-07-2009, 23:33: Forum link added.
07-07-2009, 13:48: fixed a bug where an error message was shown when editing adventures.
07-07-2009, 00:20: Can now put hyperlinks in screens.
07-06-2009, 22:53: fixed a bug with displaying some icons on the Adventure editing page.
07-06-2009, 22:14: You can now reset your password if you forget it.
07-06-2009, 20:42: you can now change a picture's category from the Manage Pictures pages.
07-06-2009, 19:05: Picture sizes are now shown on the Manage Pictures page.
07-06-2009, 00:15: Fixed issue where adventures would try to show an icon even if none was set.
07-06-2009, 00:14: picture alignment and borders are now explicit options. This means the old way ("[[pic|center|2px solid black]]") does not work anymore
07-06-2009, 00:13: warn if picture chosen but "[[pic]]" not written
07-05-2009, 21:21: fixed screen display error with HTML entities
07-05-2009, 16:14: Made this cute little auto-magical update listing.
07-05-2009, 16:13: "Manage Pictures" section now has expandable categories.
07-05-2009, 16:13: prevented hotlinking pictures from this site, also prevented anyone trying to find more pictures by digging through directories