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Howdy all!!!

As most of you have already begun to notice, there has been a fairly substantial uptick in activity in regards to the maintenance of VGChartz - and while nothing earth shattering has been opened up on the website yet, I can assure you that we are all working very hard behind the scenes to improve your experience here, to resurrect some features that have been long lost and forgotten about, to create some new and interesting functionality that will enhance the website, and an ambitious end goal of giving the website a subtle refresh while making it a more mobile-friendly experience!!

We have assembled an excellent team of ambitious and dedicated workers - all of whom are key players in helping bring these updates to life! So, without further ado, I would like to introduce the people that have been involved so far in helping make all of this possible. I have complete confidence that building a team like this, will ensure that we eventually get a procedure in place to allow you the users, to see some of your own personal requests or ideas, brought to life and incorporated into VGChartz! Our goal is to make this experience, the best it can possibly be...

Project Team (Responsible for managing the project list, both in detail and priority - if you have suggestions or bug complaints, they will be on the front-line.):
  - axumblade
  - Miguel_Zorro
  - RavenXtra
  - Ryuu96

Beta Testers (Responsible for thoroughly testing and documenting any and all issues with enhancements.)
  - Versus_Evil
  - VGPolyglot

Technical Team (Obviously, these are the people building features and keeping the hamsters fed so they can continue turning the wheel!)
  - jlauro
  - TalonMan
  - TruckOSaurus

Sales Team (The dynamic duo that fulfills the core mission of VGChartz which is updating and continuously improving the accuracy of our sales numbers, and those helping them do so)
  - Machina (Software Sales)
  - trunkswd (Hardware Sales)
  - Boutros (Sales Threads & Adjustment Recommendations)

A quick (you'll soon come to realize, nothing I ever write is short or "quick" - LOL!) background on myself:
I was following ioi (ie. Brett - aka broshnat) around, LOOOONG before there was a VGChartz.com. I first (accidentally) discovered his website, back when it was registered under everythingandnothing.org.uk - at that time, it wasn't really a videogame sales website (I think it had more to do with bands and such), but at some point he began posting some videogame sales charts on his site (which I would then take as ammunition to fight with some morons in the System Wars forum of GameSpot (am I dating myself???)).

Anyway - I wasn't the only one doing this and it's obvious that Brett took notice of the interest in his sales charts, because it wasn't long before he ditched that forgettable URL and opened up vgcharts.org (which would later become, vgchartz.com), around 2006 or so. And it was at this time that I began to harrass and annoy Brett with a barrage of emails - piling on enhancement requests and suggestions of how to fix bugs, to the point that I think Brett finally had enough of me, as he sent me an email that pretty much said: If you know so damn much about how to do what needs to be done, here are the keys - go and do it and stop bothering me!!! (I'm exaggerating, of course...    ...or am I? Brett - care to comment here?)  :)

So, Brett and I started building away at the website - he remained focused on the sales charts, ensuring that the stats were updated regularly, securing income via his ads, and working on the various charting tools for building graphs and whatnot, while I continued to bang away at enhancements to the website. As I've told many people around here, I don't do "pretty" stuff - I'm a database and functionality developer by trade (both as a hobby and a career), so we had Brett's brother (Dean - aka Deano) available to create graphics for us, as well as page mockups which I could then use to flesh out the functioning pages. Jlauro was already here before me, as well (I have to assume he was employee #1 for Brett!!) and continues to be the guy who keeps the lights on, ensures that our hardware keeps ticking, and will quickly find (and yell at me!) runaway processes and gnarly queries that are potentially killing the system.

Some of the earlier versions of the website:
  - https://web.archive.org/web/20071102094426/http://www.vgchartz.com/ 
    Still one of my favorite designs, simply for the color pattern

  - https://web.archive.org/web/20080708182612/http://www.vgchartz.com/ 
    Damn, I miss that blue!!!

  - https://web.archive.org/web/20091006232927/http://www.vgchartz.com/ 
    Always reminded me of the old GameSpot website - BEST GAMEDB!!!

  - https://web.archive.org/web/20100914223507/http://www.vgchartz.com/ 
    This was the final version I had worked on, but I honestly didn't contribute all that much

2010 was my last full year working on the website. I had attended E3 that year with Brett, along with a number of folks from VGChartz (it was probably one of the most awesome experiences I have had, to date!!!) - I did a write-up for the website afterwards which, if you're truly interested, can be (sorta) read here:
http://www.vgchartz.com/article/80664/talonmans-epic-e3-journey-from-patty-melts-to-booth-babes-p4/

Unfortunately, a great many of the links are broken (no comment), but I will find a way to get this article back online in its entirety!! It was a damn good read, if I say so myself - and damn it, everybody ought to know what an amazingly EPIC event this was for me and for the VGChartz staff!

Anyway - by the end of the 2010, life had simply caught up with me and I just couldn't dedicate the time to the website anymore - kids, jobs, mortgages, etc. - hell, I barely even had time to PLAY videogames, nevermind helping build and maintain a website about them...       ...but I never lost touch with Brett. We'd chit-chat on Facebook from time to time and keep up with each other - I found out he was getting married this coming July (pretty much invited myself to his wedding as figured it was the perfect excuse I needed to finally get my wife and myself across the pond for the first time!). I would always pop on here from time to time, just to see how things were going. I noticed there were some problems here and there (quickie things that I knew I could fix in a few minutes), and I came to realize that life had slowed down a bit more since I was last nick-named "Code Monkey" around here (kids are olders, job pays better with less stress) and figured now was probably as good a time as any, to offer my services up to Brett one more time!!!

And here we are today!!!

I've reseved some space in this thread, to allow for some of the other members of the team the opportunity to announce themselves and perhaps offer some guidance to you all, as to how they want to see your ideas and suggestions passed along. I suspect they'll be looking for feedback from you all from time to time, in order to guage priorities on certain fixes, and they'll routinely be taking your temperature to see how you all are finding things around here.

It's great to be back, everyone! I look forward to doing what i can to help improve the website as quickly and as often as I can, and I hope you will all work with us if we happen to experience some growing pains as we work towards restoring VGChartz to the top-tier website it deserves to be!!

 

Mod Edit (June 2018)

  • Make sure you read everything on the "FIX LIST" before asking what's there/isn't there
  • Remember that Talon, like Trucks/Machina/other Site Admins is doing this on his own time. Please don't give him a harder time than need be. Ignoring this could result in action taken against you. I don't mean this as a way to intimidate anyone, but I also won't sit by and let Staff take on a load of unnecessary punishment anymore. So, this is on behalf of all Site Administrators, all Writers, all GameDataBase Staff, and The Entire Mod Team. If there is any issue with this here, you can take them up directly with me (within reason) in a PM or at The Mod Email: vgchartzmods@gmail.com. I'll personally be looking after all Staff, so please respect the process and the work that we're doing to keep this site fully functioning. 
  • Likewise, if you have a problem with any staff member, please direct those concerns to a Head Moderator (CGI-Quality, Miguel_Zorro, or Ryuu96) via our email or PM. Not in here and not in The Moderator Thread (that is for moderations only).
  • Don't just come in here to vent frustration over a feature (or lack of one). Offering suggestions or pointing out errors is much more productive. 
  • Just try your best to be polite, even when there are things in need of fixing. As Staff, we're going to continue to do what we can. That is the commitment I'm making to you.
  • One last thing, ADS. I know they can be a pain, but none of The Mod Team nor Site Admins can do anything about that. So, please, do not harass Staff about it. 
Last edited by CGI-Quality - on 28 June 2018

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Future Fixes/Ideas

Fixing the Ads on VGChartz (Placement & Size only).
Pages should scale to screen resolution (Will be fixed in the redesign).
Allow for line breaks/paragraphs on article comments.
Profile Settings - Select whether dates appear month or day first.
Ability to watch Youtube videos in the forums on mobile.
Profile Settings - Ability to change email address.
Article filtering like what we have for hot topics.
Reintroduce the Prediction League.
Rich Text Preview - Doesn't accurately preview the post.
General formatting fixes in rich text reply
Moderator Ability - Transfer thread OP over to another user.
Moderator Ability - To be able to merge threads, such as dupe threads.
Improve the forum search.
Fix the post history.
Add 'Sales Team' Tag & Banner, Make 'Sales Team' users searchable.
Light/Dark theme for the website.
General improvements to the messaging system to improve speed.
Replace Wii U with Switch on the Game DB drop down box.
Support for major languages in social areas (Walls/PMs)
Short titles field for articles.
Spoiler tagging for Images/Gifs.
Sub-forum specific stickied threads.
Ability for Supporters to see 'Ignored Users' list.
Sorting for tables.
Ability to remove yourself from a PM chain.
HTTPS Security.
Option two-step verification for password reset, login and email changing.
Remove the 'Sheen.PNG' on all images.
Improve/expand the emoticon list and have a drop-box to display them.
Ability to see/retract outgoing friend requests.
Sub-forum names in hot topics.
Fix the recent threads part in the forum index as it currently shows old threads.
Add Game of the Year functionality to game pages.
Update the registration pages. (After redesign).
Report button on user profiles.

Fixed/Added

Forum filtering available on the front page.
Permanent fix for the incorrect post counts in certain threads.
Head Moderators can now delete moderations.
Enabled an improved version of Captcha.
Email fixes for account verification and password resets.
Stickies appear on the front page now when bumped.
Browser spellcheck in rich text reply.
Cannot create a thread now unless a topic is picked.
Poll voting is now per account instead of per IP.
Thread subscribing available for the buddy.
Hardware tools update.
Software tools update.
Colours for the hardware graph have been changed to the official colours.
Login issue on mobile has been fixed.
Can now edit and remove polls.
New game networks added to profiles.
Game DB reestablished.
GotY Award Stamps Added to GameDB Pages
Have a default 'view results' option for polls.
Announcements, Website Feedback and Website Issues have been merged.
Online Gaming, MMO Discussion, Game Specific Boards and Mobile Gaming have been closed.
Automatic Badge Updates
Official Poll of the Week.
PM Privacy Options - Everyone, Friends Only & Nobody.
Buddy Subscription Improvements - Change link text to 'Subscribe to thread' and add a 'My Subscriptions' tab.

1. Submit your ideas either by posting them here or sending them to one of the team.

2. Please be patient after posting your idea as we have to discuss it, ensure it's something that is worth adding or needs fixing and then deciding on it's placement priority on our own list before submitting it in this list.

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 23 March 2018

Great thread, it is indeed a great time to be on VGCharz.

Now off to work on some of this!

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November 4th: Version control setup done.

Last edited by TruckOSaurus - on 05 November 2017

Signature goes here!

 

Resolved:

Performance issues on November 3rd, 2017, from 16:44 - 17:22 EDT : Slow page with heavy database queries located that caused an issue for the site with too many concurrent requests.  Placed a limit on the number of concurrent accesses to the page (requests to slow page will will q so that they canj be processed without thrashing).

November 4 - Adjust topic search query for improved performance.  Page could use a redeisgn, but at least it's not as slow.

Resolved problem of hotmail.com and outlook.com blocking e-mails from vgchartz.com.  No known major domains refusing e-mails.

Last edited by jlauro - on 05 November 2017

Software Adjustment Announcement thread - http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=232861

Official Software Adjustment thread - http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=233003

Last edited by Machina - on 17 November 2017

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I am excited to see the future of VGChartz and all the changes that are planned come to fruition. For those that don't know me (since I don't post much in the forums) I am the guy that writes the sales articles, the majority of the news articles and updates the hardware figures.

Official Hardware Adjustments Thread - http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=232905

Last edited by Machina - on 13 November 2017

VGChartz Sales Analyst and Writer - William D'Angelo

I stream on Twitch and have my own Youtube

Writer of the Gap Charts | VS Top 10 | Weekly Sales Analysis | Marketshare | USA Preorders Features

I also post daily news on the Video Game Industry.

If you want to contact me, send me a PM on here or tweet me @TrunksWD

It's an exciting time for VGChartz! There are lots of people putting some solid effort in here!  Good job team!

Last edited by Miguel_Zorro - on 04 November 2017

Feel free to spam me your suggestions/fixes!

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 04 November 2017

Exciting times for VGC! Full steam ahead!

I'm glad to be working with such a group of individuals!! It certainly wasn't the smoothest ride, and while there is still much work to be done, I'm happy that we're making progress on this site. If you guys have any questions in regards to how this is being dealt with, Ryuu would be your best point of contact.

Last edited by VGPolyglot - on 04 November 2017