Throughout the remainder of 2017, the current BrantSteele Survivor simulators will be moved from BrantSteele.net to BrantSteele.com. This will help to resolve the current bugs and provide more detail and accuracy for these seasons. Once there, these seasons will use the current template and settings that Survivor 33 (Millennials vs. Gen X simulator) uses. This survey is your chance to provide feedback on what you like and don’t like about the Survivor 33 simulator before more Survivor seasons use that structure.
Additionally, an Advanced Template for Survivor is coming that will be similar to the Big Brother Advanced/Future Template. This bottom of the survey is to collect information on what you want to see included.
Take the survey here. Feel free to discuss it in the comments. All feedback will be considered. Thank you.
There will be a few hours of downtime Wednesday around 2:00 AM EST on the BrantSteele.net server. Some would consider this time late Tuesday night, so be prepared. Saving will be unavailable for a period of time. The BrantSteele.com simulators and community features will not be impacted.
Why the maintenance? Mainly to stop some of the hard drive storage issues that continue to occur. Keep reading for the more boring details.
Update: Maintenance has been completed in about 2 hours. Because the server configuration was changed, you may see notice performance impacts. Please report if you notice any positive or negative differences.
Both the Blog and Prediction Game were moved from the BrantSteele.org server to the BrantSteele.com server, so the BrantSteele.org server is no longer being used. This is the early part of a test to see if BrantSteele.com, BrantSteele.net, and BrantSteele.org can be reunited on one server with a single user account system for simulator-related functions. Please report any performance changes or errors that you see in the meantime.
Simulator updates for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, The Challenge: The Duel, and Big Brother: Over The Top will be coming next. The plans for February forward are also being finalized and will be announced soon.
On the fifth poll of 2017, 59% of voters preferred to see ads on only the non-simulator pages. If ads are ever implemented, this is how they will first be tested for effectiveness. Thanks to the other suggestions in the comments as well. They are being evaluated.
Now, there is a more detailed survey for the community features including social media and account integration in the simulators. You can answer the 2017 BrantSteele Community Survey on Google Forms. If you want to voice your opinion on community features from 2016 or for 2017, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Responses will strongly be taken into account to determine the extent of the community features for this upcoming year. Thanks to anyone who contributes.
There will be more upcoming surveys later in the month, but the next two posts will likely focus on finishing and releasing the final versions of the Survivor 33 and The Duel simulators.
On the fourth poll of 2017, 90% of users approved a possible plan to spend the next several months focusing on a customizable/interactive Survivor template and completing the seasons of Total Drama. The numbers were similar in a Twitter poll. This plan is now being evaluated to see if its feasible.
Also, thank you again to everyone who volunteered to help. My hopes are to progress more rapidly through simulator development with the help of volunteer efforts in addition to expanding and improving the website. I sent responses to every application, and now I’m trying to come up with the most efficient system without having any users’ tasks overlap and wasting anyone’s time. Please don’t take offense if anyone does a task that you were hoping to do. The goal is to improve the site as much as possible, and I would like to avoid the volunteer system leading to conflicts or dissension among the users generous enough to put their time into helping the site.
Now, a far more boring fifth poll has been created. What would your opinion be on having simple (not video or malware-related) ads placed on the BrantSteele websites to cover server costs? Are they acceptable on the simulator pages? On the non-simulator pages? Nowhere? If you have any other ideas that are alternates to ads that cover the server costs, please suggest them. Donations are always a possibility but will probably be avoided to prevent any possible legal ramifications. Right now, the server is stable, but the hard drive keeps filling, and it would be nice to upgrade a few different components and have some more breathing room. Gradually simulators are being redesigned to support smaller save sizes as well.
The next poll/survey will be posted in a few days and will be an actual survey reviewing the 2016 community features and asking what you would like to see in 2017. If you want to post any thoughts on that below, they will be taken into account to help set up the next survey.
On the second poll of 2017, it was fairly close between the top two results, but develop more sophisticated versions of existing simulators led with 44% of the votes. Completing the rest of the seasons of Total Drama and The Challenge was not far behind with 39% of the votes. The poll options were too general, so a third poll was created to gauge interest between more specific options. On the new poll, the customizable/interactive Survivor template was the clear favorite with 49% of the vote over 24% of the vote for the rest of the Total Drama seasons.
Based on these new results, a fourth poll has been created. Along with regular Big Brother and Survivor simulator releases, would you approve a February to July schedule focusing primarily on a customizable/interactive Survivor Template along with the rest of the Total Drama seasons?
January would consist of finalizing Survivor 33 and The Duel, releasing Big Brother Over The Top and Australian Survivor 2016, and touching up The Big Brother Future Templates and Hunger Games Simulator. Additionally more internal reorganization would be done in an effort to best utilize the efforts of volunteers to have more timely releases. There would be at least one demo of the Survivor Template each month with the Total Drama seasons being released as each one would be completed.
Please post your thoughts here on that hypothetical schedule. Deciding future plans isn’t as simple as picking the top result of a poll, but it is all factored into account. Your feedback is appreciated.
The next version of the new Survivor algorithm will be posted tonight in the Survivor 33 simulator, but it may be late. This weekend, the Volunteer Applications sent so far will be reviewed, and responses will be sent with follow-up questions.
Thank you to those of you who have applied for volunteer positions so far. There have been some strong applications, but I haven’t had a chance to respond to them quite yet. In the first 2017 poll, Big Brother Over The Top led Australian Survivor 2016 with 58% of votes from 227 users. Both of these simulators are intended to be created this month while other plans are finalized, along with finishing the The Challenge: The Duel and Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. There will be another post with a demo of The Duel later in the night.
The next user poll is the following question: Which of these plans would you most prefer to see BrantSteele.com do in 2017?
OPTION A: – Create the rest of the seasons for The Challenge and Total Drama.
OPTION B: – Create simulators for new shows or original concepts.
OPTION C: – Develop more sophisticated versions (custom templates, interactive features, better logic) of existing simulators.
You can answer the poll here and discuss your answer in the comments. For example, which simulators or new concepts would you most like to see? Which current simulators do you most want to be improved? Many of you have sent contact messages and posted comments with your suggestions, but this is the best place to discuss them. Feel free to comment on other users’ suggestions. These comments and polls are intended to gauge user interest, but more detailed discussions and surveys will be the deciding factor in 2017 plans.
Yesterday, the server’s hard drive was close to 100% full, so there were some performance and saving issues in the simulators. Enough space was cleared to prevent this problem for a few more days. On Sunday, saved seasons of The Hunger Games Simulator that have not been marked with Keep Longer will start being removed after 30 days rather than 60. This is the same deletion policy that the other BrantSteele.net simulators have.
The BrantSteele Blog was also updated to a new version of WordPress. Please report if you see any issues. Thank you!
Update: A new poll with more specific potential plan options was added.
There will be maintenance to the BrantSteele.net server on Thursday between the hours of 3AM and 5AM EST. This could also be considered late Wednesday night depending on interpretation of time. The maintenance will affect the Big Brother, Hunger Games, and Survivor Simulators.
Expect brief downtime, which will reset all active simulations at the time. There will also be a potentially longer period of time where loading and saving seasons will be unavailable.
This maintenance is being made to improve the performance of the server. If it does cause new issues, these will be resolved during the day on Thursday.
Update: Maintenance for BrantSteele.net is complete. Please report any issues you see after the changes.
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