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Post » Wed May 08, 2013 9:36 pm

Sheesh, his new one's up to 3,600 views since this afternoon. At least this one is almost valuable, even if it just restates information from other tutorials ...
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Post » Wed May 08, 2013 11:19 pm


another badge on the way already at 5.6 k views within 24 hours with Tom's original tutorial on the same subject wrote two years ago at 9k !!
its a joke
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Post » Wed May 08, 2013 11:34 pm

Looks like someone's got the ion cannon aimed at Scirra.
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Post » Wed May 08, 2013 11:52 pm

"How to make a good tutorial"... The irony is killing me...
As long as I can move left, right and fire, I'm Happy...
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Post » Mon May 20, 2013 4:20 pm

The amount of views the articles receives is an effective DDOS on our server which is possibly why it's been slower and less responsive recently.

There's a small group of IP's which are the culprits, which I've banned from our server and have currently no intention of unbanning.

The user in question has not accessed our website as far as we can tell with any of the IPs in the DDos. We'll be monitoring the situation though.

I'm also currently working to change the article view count to be based on unique IP address views which should stop similar situations in the future. Please bear with me.
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Post » Mon May 20, 2013 4:35 pm

Just a quick note, the view count changing will be completed shortly, but wont be uploaded for a little while so please bear with me.
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Post » Mon May 20, 2013 6:16 pm

Ok, thanks, Tom! It seems like a lot of tutorials may have repeat value which should be captured in some way ... like when I go back to Building a Platform Game, or Guide to Construct 2's Advanced Event Features.

But I realize it's a tough call, and between denial-of-service spamming and miscellaneous scamming, no solution's perfect, although it may be good enough. Running a software development company AND a community is no joke. =P
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Post » Tue May 21, 2013 2:48 pm

This is now fixed.

Badges for translations and tutorials are now issued on "Visitors" which is a count of unique IP addresses.

The two tutorials with artifically inflated page views have been reset.

Because we're changing the way these badges are awarded, some of you might lose a few badges but you'll get them back I'm sure if you wait a little to get your unique visitor counts up.

Unique visitor counts were also only being recorded over the last few weeks or so, so if your tutorial is old I'm afraid it might not represent the true figure, again though if you wait I'm sure all the tutorials that deserve the badges will eventually receive them.
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Post » Tue May 21, 2013 3:35 pm

Great step. Out of curiosity, since it's now unique visitors instead of page view, might the average number of unique visitors to the site daily or over time play into adjusting the number of views required? I know there are thousands of us, but if there are only 1,000 regular users in a two-week period or so, having 500 unique views might actually be more of a "Well-Known" tutorial, having reached 50% of the active community.

Additionally, if 201 people would kindly wander over to my tutorial, that would be wonderful. I'll bribe you by upvoting your comments and feedback [grin].RandomExile2013-05-21 15:36:22
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