Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Tim Webb
While the new site has been live, it is still not quite done! I've been trying to fix bugs as soon as they crop up. Some bugs are easy to track down, while a couple still elude me.
Login and Registering
My test environment is slightly different from the live server, and this has led to a few weird problems. I think I've sorted all of those out now. The only thing that remains is people having problems with, what my logging system describes as, "weird characters in usernames." Previously it would just ban people for this, but since it was happening so often I turned off the auto-ban feature on this. After watching the logs I believe the problem is with people trying to use their emails as usernames; during both registration and login. Don't do that. People can see your username, including bots, so you don't want to use your email address as a username.
If you received a message that you were banned, I'm sorry about that! You're probably unbanned now so try again please! If you have any problems at all please use the contact form to let me know! I want to fix all of these bugs, but I need input to know what the problem is.
Okay, so this is also bugging out some times. I'm not entirely sure what the problem is here, but I think it also has to do with special characters (and possibly foreign letters). If it gives you a 500 error, please use that form to tell me what happened... minus any foreign letters or weird symbols so that the same problem doesn't happen there!
If all else fails; hit me up on Twitter or Facebook! Or guess my email address; which is my first name at discchord.
Music App Guide
I've been going through all 1,600 apps in the database trying to categorize everything. Then I stopped trying to do that because that's pointless. Some of these apps are just shit, and others haven't been updated in over a year. If an app falls into either of these camps it is not being categorized. So when you sort by category you don't see a lot of abandoned shit.
I've also avoided categorizing "lite" versions of apps, and the 15 different versions of AmpliTube. So Auria Pro is listed, and Cubasis 2 is listed, but the lesser versions of both are not. They're all still in the database, and you can vote on Cubasis 2 LE if you want, but they are not shown when you sort by category. I hope this will lead to a streamlined experience.
If you see any apps that you think I've missed, or mis-categorized then please let me know! If you're a developer and would like your app to be re-categorized just let me know. I tried to be fair in which apps got categorized and which did not based on their merit; or favoritism in the case of RhythmStudio, and nepotisim in the case of bleep!BOX.
I totally spaced on the RSS feed, and launched without it. I think no one noticed this though, because I remembered Monday morning and quickly hacked together an RSS generator. I've been tweaking it more and more each day and I think it's solid now. Thanks to Jan Klooster for pointing out a problem I missed!
I'm going broke
About half the ads you see on the site right now have been unpaid and cancelled for months. I've just left them up so I don't have a dozen "Advertise on Discchord" banners everywhere. Seriously, I don't know what the hell happened. The site is as popular as ever, but I'm having serious problems getting new sponsors. My income this year is down to less than half of what it was last year.
This means I've had to resort to using Google AdSense to fill in the slots. If you use an ad blocker, please pause/whitelist discchord.com. Thank you!
I'll be implementing a system where Patreon Patrons (of either the site, or the Let's Play series) will not see ads here. If you've been on the fence about supporting the site through Patreon, please get off the fence and help! Thank you.
Update to the Update about the Update: I've implemented the first part of the ad-free experience for Patrons. The top bar and menu badges are now gone. I'll get rid of the interstitial ads between articles tomorrow. You may have to re-login for the ads to disappear.