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Re-introducing Bundle State

Discussion in 'Latest Updates and News' started by Ralle, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Ralle

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    This might be a bit technical, but it's very important. If you remember the old site, we had states for every resource (now called bundles) and those were pending, awaiting update, approved and rejected.
    Until today we have had a different system. Pending bundles were submitted in a sub repository called "Submissions" and when approved moved into the main repository. If rejected, they were moved into "Substandard" unless they were stolen/inappropriate/broken in which case they got deleted.
    With this system, bundles did not have a state, instead they were put in a place named after the state. This is inferior because when looking at the bundle you would have to look where it is located instead of what state it has. Also, pending bundles would only be visible when looking specifically inside of "Submissions".

    We have received a lot of feedback about the fact that pending submissions are less visible in the new system. Turns out it's very helpful to interleave submissions with approved bundles to get feedback to the authors and feedback for the moderators/reviewers to make better and faster decisions. It also means that even if we have a big backlog of pending bundles, it's not as serious because they are still visible and as accessible as the approved ones.

    Because of this, today we are re-introducing bundle state. It is not 100% as you know it, but it will feel similar enough. Here are the new states:

    pending.png Pending When you have submitted a bundle.
    awaiting_update.png Awaiting Update A moderator/reviewer has requested that you make some changes.
    approved.png Approved Your bundle is approved.
    substandard.png Substandard Your bundle is low quality / buggy (and never fixed) / a very simple edit.
    restricted.png Restricted Your bundle is stolen / ripped / broken (and never fixed) / inappropriate.

    Bundles will have these icons wherever they are displayed. You will be able to filter between the states in repositories and the search page. This also means that the "Submissions" and "Substandard" sections are going away.

    With this new system also comes a new "Moderate" button for moderators/reviewers to simplify the process of going through bundles.

    Enjoy.
     
  2. A Void

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    This is great news, greatly eases moderation and review progress. :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
  3. Eat_Bacon_Daily

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    Sounds great! I always end up browsing the submissions and substandard tabs separately if I don't immediately find what I'm looking for. Nice to see this site continuously evolving into more awesome.
    Though I wonder, if a bundle is tagged to substandard will it be impossible for it to return to pending status? Because that would mean substandard is somewhat of a death sentence
     
  4. Ralle

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    Bundles only ever go to substandard if they are never fixed or a very simple edit. Take a footman, remove his sword, submit. That would probably go to substandard. However, if you make something bigger yourself and it has flaws, the moderator puts it in "Awaiting Update" requesting that you fix it. You get endless tries to fix it as long as you actually progress. So yes, it is kind of a "death" sentence, but only in the case that you cannot be helped or didn't really do anything in the first place.
     
  5. deepstrasz

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    Shouldn't Restricted be rejected and even deleted? Restricted basically means there are some limits to something.
     
  6. Ralle

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    The old system used deletion. I will probably end up auto deleting restricted items after a time period, but it's important for the user to see his bundle being in this state and not just make it completely inaccessible.
     
  7. Eat_Bacon_Daily

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    Thanks for the clarification :D

    BTW, I think the search function is broken since you made this update :(
     
  8. Ralle

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    Broken and fixed again yes.
     
  9. Kyrbi0

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    Very cool, and very stylish. While things are changing, I'll put in one final plug for renaming "Substandard" to... anything, really. "Simple"?
     
  10. Ralle

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    But it's not just simple. It's also something that rots in Awaiting Update and finally gets purged.
     
  11. Krakenn99

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    This looks good, para pa pa paaa I'm loving it! Before I even forgot about the submission folders...
     
  12. Hermit

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    I love the icons, good job. But why do I now need to scroll down in order to see the whole description of a resource (especially maps)? Being able to only see half a screenshot at a time isn't fun.
     
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    Well, can we choose whether to show Substandard resources or not?

    Also, when I try to delete by reporting some of my old shitty stuffs, made back in the years, always a Server Error
     
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    I'm really glad to see this change. Nice work. :)

    I've always felt that having a distinction between pending submissions and those awaiting an update was important. I am glad to see this has been brought over to the new system.
     
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    Bundle is the new word & it's being forced upon the community, I hate it.

    The way Bundle is used here is so misleading & unfortunately I cannot adapt to it.

    If looking for 1 individual resource no matter what it is it will always say "Bundle" it makes no sense it's eye cringing.

    Bundle should just be a option if the uploader wants to upload another resource in the same pack.

    Example: A "resource" has been uploaded, ask the author if they're willing to add "more resources to make it a bundle?"

    Really like the icons & the removal of the (too simple & substandard) definitely a breathe of fresh air.
     
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    ^This....
     
  17. Ralle

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    That's unfortunate. It is going to stay like this. The bundle is basically the thread and the resource is one of possible multiple attachments. I try to keep things consistent by calling it bundle everywhere.

    I know that right now we are still thinking of things like we did with the old site. In my view, we haven't really started yet. I plan to have model creators have all their fitting icons merged into their model bundle to serve what should stick together as one.
    Previews (screenshots) aren't part of the description ideally, so that argument falls apart.
    In my opinion descriptions are often times far too long. I have however had similar feedback as yours from other people. I really don't want the description to get too long, but may be we can find a compromise by increasing the size of the box a bit instead?
    That's not supposed to happen. Can you post in Staff Contact with the error you get and we can look into it?
     
  18. deepstrasz

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    Well, the site already has a spoiler and hidden tag option. Why not just use that instead?
    This might force us to reupload and upload screenshots in smaller size.
     
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    I've reread through some descriptions, so if a resource is in Substandard, would it have a chance to return back to Awaiting Update if it was (perhaps the term) suddenly reworked or even Approved?
     
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    For how long does a submission stand as "Awaiting Update"?