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06-03: Oh well
02-05: Resurrection
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← Resurrection   
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Oh well

Jun 03, 2020 at 11:46

All my hopes and dreams of resurrection came to very little, as it turns out. Too many other projects, too much going on.

I will continue to keep the site up and running as long as it's not a giant cesspit of racism, sexism, antisemitism, or other toxic behavior.

I will occasionally continue to come back and moderate comments. I'm heartened to see stories are still being written, in multiple languages, multiple genres, ranging from stupid to impressive. I'm so glad that this site has been able to help some people channel creativity and tell a story that they might not otherwise have been able to tell.

Maybe I'll be inspired to update in some form in the future. But for now... I'll keep the lights on for ya.

Oh, and Black Lives Matter, dismantle capitalism, and don't confuse political apathy with anything but the outstanding privilege of not paying attention.

- The Grasssmith

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   Oh well →


Feb 05, 2017 at 15:18

Hello, all!

It has been a very long time since last I updated. That is only slightly changing today.

First off, progress will continue on Choosology; this is not a eulogy. However, it has been impossible to make time for development of late, as professional and personal responsibilities have only grown over the past couple of years. One key roadblock was a chronic, nagging digestive issue, which made it difficult to eat or drink, and therefore to focus on anything. This issue has been brought mostly under control, opening up a little more mental freedom to pursue non-essential tasks.

The baby will likely not stop being a major drain on time and energy, but there are at least other people that can take on that burden some of the time.

The point is, I don't have anything new to show you, but I feel that it is now feasible to begin active work once more on Choosology. My commitment for this month is to come up with and begin to follow a new schedule that will reliably get me coding at least a few hours a week.

In the meantime, I did make one small change here and removed the forum, which was never particularly useful and only became more and more infested with spammers and robots. If anyone would like any of the data (in profiles or posts) from their user there, send an email to admin(at)cyocyoa(period)com and it can be retrieved.

Thanks for reading, and keep on writing!

- The Grasssmith

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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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   Juuuuuuuuuly →


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

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