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Postby Phade » Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:04 pm

Hey All,

I'm de-lurking for a moment to fill you in on some site search improvements. First off, the New Videos and New Downloads pages have been converted to the new CSS/XHTML design method and have results paging. This should make the pages load much faster since they are frequently used.

The second big thing is a beta test of the "suggestion query". The suggestion query is currently only open for testing to donators who have given 10 or more star ratings (the more ratings you have given, the more accurate the results should be). What it does is take your star ratings, compares them to everyone else, and comes up with a list of videos that you will likely find good. This list will be very personalized to each individual member since everyone has a different set of star ratings given. A further explanation is given at the top of the suggestion query page.

The suggestion query is currently very much in beta. The list takes a few seconds to generate. If the processor load is too great, the page will be removed so that the page can be refined for greater efficiency. The main question with this beta test is: Does the algorithm return useful results? Please leave comments about the suggestion query in this thread.

Thanks again and have fun!! ^_^

Phade.
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Postby Kalium » Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:13 pm

New features are always shiny...
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Postby DJ Jaime » Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:15 pm

Ok, sounds good, but why is it only for Donators?

I know i should donate and i admit it, put i cant work now and im poor, so i cant donate, but it seems good.

New Features are always good! :P
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Postby silver_moon » Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:32 am

Hey cool. :D

My list actually has some of my favourite videos in it, but unfortunately I've seen them all already. I downloaded them before the local server came out, so I guess the site can't tell that I've downloaded them already. So there weren't really any new suggestions for me there.

But I can see this being very useful to new members who came after the local server came out. 8)
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Postby Zarxrax » Sun Aug 22, 2004 2:29 am

Same here, I've actually seen almost all of the videos in my list. I'll try downloading those vids off local though so I can rate them. I actually wouldnt mind seeing some of them again though, as I saw quite a few of them a while back...
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Postby Pyle » Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:00 am

A month after he quit and he's still working :roll:
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Aug 22, 2004 10:38 am

Hehe, for once I wish I gave harsher star ratings - but, well, there are definitely some videos on there I will download... when my ISP doesn't suck.

Thanks Phade, really cool feature. :roll:
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Postby Corran » Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:26 pm

I've seen 22 of the 50 videos listed which leads me to believe that the list is fairly accurate since I enjoyed them. Perhaps an option to tag the video as already watched would help.

Otohiko wrote:Hehe, for once I wish I gave harsher star ratings


I think I'll actually go back an re-rate a number of those videos... when I have a lot of time to spare.
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Postby AbsoluteDestiny » Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:50 pm

Corran wrote:I've seen 22 of the 50 videos listed which leads me to believe that the list is fairly accurate since I enjoyed them. Perhaps an option to tag the video as already watched would help.


Yeah I asked Phade for that option when it was in beta :) It might be tricky as there'd have to be a new table for it but I'm just guessing... of course he might have just forgotten the request :)
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Postby Corran » Sun Aug 22, 2004 1:51 pm

AbsoluteDestiny wrote:
Corran wrote:I've seen 22 of the 50 videos listed which leads me to believe that the list is fairly accurate since I enjoyed them. Perhaps an option to tag the video as already watched would help.


Yeah I asked Phade for that option when it was in beta :) It might be tricky as there'd have to be a new table for it but I'm just guessing... of course he might have just forgotten the request :)


It would be a pretty nice feature as it would could be used on the top 10% and other lists also.

I hope people don't take low star ratings personally... I been toying around with this new page and I see why Phade originally wanted to just have a thumbs up/thumb down only rating. Now when I rate I think whether or not I want to see more of those types of videos appearing on the list which is how I'm sure Phade wanted the star scale to originally be intended.
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Postby Zarxrax » Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:26 pm

Of course actually downloading and rating the videos would be better than just tagging them as "watched", because it would give more data about what type of videos that you like watching.
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Postby Corran » Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:39 pm

Well true... but that is a lot of bandwidth to waste for something like that. That is unless Phade makes it so you can rate stuff without downloading the files. I highly doubt he would do that though.
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Postby AbsoluteDestiny » Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:43 pm

Zarxrax wrote:Of course actually downloading and rating the videos would be better than just tagging them as "watched", because it would give more data about what type of videos that you like watching.


Yeah but it's people like you sending me videos before they are released that stop me from having them downloaded locally :P
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Postby Pyle » Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:08 am

AbsoluteDestiny wrote:
Zarxrax wrote:Of course actually downloading and rating the videos would be better than just tagging them as "watched", because it would give more data about what type of videos that you like watching.


Yeah but it's people like you sending me videos before they are released that stop me from having them downloaded locally :P


:lol: lol
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Postby WilLoW :--) » Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:55 am

Corran wrote:Now when I rate I think whether or not I want to see more of those types of videos appearing on the list which is how I'm sure Phade wanted the star scale to originally be intended.

+1
I think it'll make us rate more honestly than ever.
rather than "yeah, this video is good even if I don't really like it", we'll vote according to our real personal thoughts.

Thanks Phade for this feature :D
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