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A Sad Week

Ursuul March 31, 2017 User blog:Ursuul

This is one of the most depressing weeks I’ve covered. Although many may say I am too ironfisted, I do not relish letting Staff Members go. This week, I had to do it a lot, & I may have to keep doing it in the coming weeks.

But enough about me. You came here for news, & so you shall have it! Although a bit rushed, there were many interesting happenings this week besides the demotions, so enjoy.

Commands:

Updates have all but come to a halt, much to the News Team’s dismay. However, some console commands have trickled through, so a list of all old and new console commands can be found below and on the Console page.

Commands Details
con_toggle Toggles the console on or off
game_spawn [name] Spawns with the given name, if possible
help  Prints help text
lb_reconnect Disconnect from the current server and find a new server
net_replace_color [id] [hex] Replace a color from the network color table
net_replace_colors [hex1] [hex2] ... Replace colors from the network color table in order
ui_replace_colors [hex1] [hex2] ... Replace colors from the UI color palette table in order
Color Command Description
net_replace_color 0 0x0000FF Smasher Bases
net_replace_color 1 0xFF0000 Turrets
net_replace_color 2 0xFF0000 Body (You)
net_replace_color 3 0xFF0000 Blue Team
net_replace_color 4 0xFF0000 Red Team
net_replace_color 5 0xFF0000 Purple Team
net_replace_color 6 0xFF0000 Green Team
net_replace_color 7 0xFF0000 Green Squares
net_replace_color 8 0xFF0000 Square
net_replace_color 9 0xFF0000 Triangle
net_replace_color 10 0xFF0000 Pentagon
net_replace_color 11 0xFF0000 Crashers
net_replace_color 12 0xFF0000 Arena Closers/Neutral Dominators
net_replace_color 13 0xFF0000 Scoreboard
net_replace_color 14 0xFF0000 Maze Walls
net_replace_color 15 0xFF0000 Others (FFA)
net_replace_color 16 0xFF0000 Summoned Squares (Necromancer)
net_replace_color 17 0xFF0000 Fallen Bosses
net_replace_color 100 0xFF0000 Background
net_replace_color 101 0xFF0000 Background (Outside)
net_replace_color 102 0xFF0000 Minimap
net_replace_color 103 0xFF0000 Health Bar
net_replace_color 104 0xFF0000 Outlines
Variables Details
game_stats_build = Stat build to aim for, for example 555667
lb_force_region = Force load balancer region
lb_required_latency_ samples = 15 Number of latency samples before picking best region
lb_search_duration = 5000 Duration in ms until we are forced to pick a best region (even if we don’t have enough latency samples)
net_force_secure = false Force connecting via wss
net_latency_history_size = 25 Number of samples to average latency with
ren_achievements = true Render achievements
ren_background = true Render background
ren_background_color = 13487565 Base color for the background
ren_bar_background_color = 0 Background color for a lot of bars in game
ren_border_color = 0 Color for the area outside the map
ren_border_color_alpha = 0.100000 Alpha for the area outside the map
ren_cache_grid = true Cache grid on separate canvas
ren_changelog = true Render changelog
ren_context_reinitialization = true Reinitialize contexts if FPS is too low
ren_debug_collisions = false Render collidable debug info
ren_debug_info = false Render some debug info on the server stats test
ren_fps = false Render FPS
ren_grid_base_alpha = 0.100000 Base alpha for the grid
ren_grid_color = 0 Grid color
ren_health_background_color = 5592405 Color for the health bar background
ren_health_bars = true Render health bars
ren_health_fill_color = 8774525 Color for the health bar filling
ren_health_color = 8774525 Color for the health bar filling
ren_minimap_background_color = 13487565 Background color for the minimap
ren_minimap_border_color = 5592405 Border color for the minimap
ren_minimap_viewport = false Render viewable area as rectangle on the minimap
ren_names = true Render names
ren_pattern_grid = true Use canvas createPattern for grid, it's faster but looks slightly worse
ren_raw_health_values = false Render raw health bar values
ren_score_bar_fill_color = 4456337 Fill color for score bar
ren_scoreboard = true Render scoreboard
ren_scoreboard_names = true Render scoreboard names
ren_solid_background = true Render background as solid color, without the grid
ren_stats = true Render stat upgrades
ren_stroke_soft_color = true Renders strokes as a darker shade of fill color
ren_stroke_soft_color_intensity = 0.250000 How much to blend black with the fill color
ren_stroke_solid_color = 5592405 Color for solid borders
ren_ui = true Render UI layer
ren_ui_scale = 1.000000 UI scale
ren_upgrades = true Render class upgrades
ren_xp_bar_fill_color = 16768579 Fill color for XP bar
ui_prevent_right_click Prevent right click from triggering context menu

Written by News Team Member: Underslime

Sandbox

The next Sandbox will be on April 1st (no this is not a joke), 2017. Saturday from 10 AM EST to 11 AM EST, then there is an hourlong gaming session. We hope that many people will attend tomorrow!

New Board

As mentioned previously, a new Diep.io Board has been created in the Forum. This board is for anything related to the game, tanks, updates, mechanics etc.

Possible Contest

Previously, the two Tank Building Contests were epic successes and highlights on our Wiki.

Now, Captain Hayden and SuperRobot are planning on conducting a third installment of this popular contest. They have been inspired by the Spanish Diep Wiki because of their triumphant tourney. More details on this can be found here.

Calls to Action

The Administrators would love to hear your input on these threads; your input will guide the direction in which the Wiki moves forward.


Written by News Team Captain: Nobellion

Staff Policy Change

The existing Staff Ranks were designed to be as capitalistic as possible; to let those skilled and active rise, while allowing those who were not active to return to being normal users. This intended degree of competition was never properly implemented, but from now on it shall be. Staff who are ambitious and want to excel will have every barrier removed from their path up the Staff Ladder, but Staff who are inactive will have their supports removed. If anyone reading wishes to try their hand at joining Staff, and providing help to the Wiki as a whole, then now is the time to apply for an Internship. If any existing Staff are reading this, then rejoice; now is the optimal time to rise and excel.

Demotions

We’ve had a quick rush of demotions recently — while it is not even close to the Purges of yore, it shall serve as a warning to those who do not actively and proactively use their given rights well. Read Ursuul’s blog post here for greater context.

Demotions List
User Demoted Level of Demotion Reason of Demotion
Aysha — to Sentinel — Per this
Robotguy — to Sentinel — Per this
Mos — to normal user — Resultant of a petition
Kuro — to normal user — Neglect of Power
NecroTheTank — to normal user — Briefly joined News Team, but was demoted on the suggestion of the News Team Captain, due to immaturity & low blog quality.

Written by Ex Officio News Team Member: SuperRobot9338

Bot Paradise

Özün Oldun now runs off of a Virtual Machine operated via Cloud Computing. This means that rather than relying on Ursuul’s junker computer (which frequently overheated) to log chat, Özün Oldun relies on Amazon’s servers, which should be able to run 24/7 without any of the issues that plague junker computers. Chat Logs should now be much more reliable for the following year (the duration of the free Cloud Computing subscription from Amazon), so long as all goes well.

Discussions Notifications

Fandom has finally released the long-awaited Discussions Notifications. These will help people stay up-to-date on all of their Discussions activity, on this Wiki and elsewhere.

Additionally, the notifications dropdown was given light CSS restyling on this Wiki only; mainly to remove the link glow and to add a grey background when hovering over notifications like with the old notifications dropdown.

Script Holocaust

To cut back on load times, increase chat functionality, and to fix ChatLogger (read: bot) bugs, a great many scripts were removed from site-wide use. You can install these scripts for yourself via global or local JavaScript, but they will no longer be served to all users by the website itself. Here is a list of the fallen scripts:

General Scripts

Chat Scripts

Chat Statuses

These were streamlined to reduce the number of Statuses one had to scroll through, replacing most with general Statuses. This also decreases load times marginally.

Chat Announcements

ChatAnnouncements were changed to allow all users, not just Chat Moderators, to use them. This is temporary, to see if they are suitable for general use. If they are not abused, then they will stay.

Main Page

Several module size issues were fixed. It is now slightly more appealing from the Mobile Oasis Skin as well.


Written by Ex Officio News Team Member: Ursuul

Staff Standardization

Staff colors and fonts will soon be standardized, much like a dress code. This is to allow normal users to easily distinguish between the different types of Staff as well as all Staff from normal users. The exact colors of each rank, or even if each rank will have its own color at all instead of shared colors, is still being decided. Once a decision can be made, all unique styles will be moved to Staff.css, which only Staff Members can see. This will allow Staff Members to keep their unique fonts and to show them off, while allowing normal users to easily make distinctions between Staff.

Colors already given out to reward recipients will stay, but the future of style rewards will be debated. If you wish to give an opinion on this subject, & have a say in what new colors Staff will use, then voice your opinion in this thread.

Mobile App

Still no word from Fandom Staff about the progress of the Mobile App, but the News Team will keep you posted!

User-Groups Pages

No User-Group pages were finished this week, but a page about Powerusers is planned the coming week!

The statuses of the remaining User-Groups are displayed below:

Local Groups

  1. RollbacksDone Check
  2. Chat ModsDone Check
  3. Disc ModsNot Done XMark
  4. Content ModsNot Done XMark
  5. AdministratorsNot Done XMark
  6. BureaucratsNot Done XMark
  7. CheckUsersNot Done XMark

Global Groups

  1. PowerusersNot Done XMark
  2. CouncilorsDone Check
  3. AuthenticatedNot Done XMark
  4. VanguardsNot Done XMark
  5. VSTFNot Done XMark
  6. Volunteer DevelopersNot Done XMark
  7. Fandom HelpersNot Done XMark

Main Page Expansion

While still technically on hold, several changes were made the past week. Besides general spacing bug fixes, the MP-Feed and MP-Blog Modules were removed, and were replaced by MP-Blog2.

On Hold Plans

  1. Main Page Expansion
  2. Oasis Theme Overhaul
  3. Monobook Expansion
  4. Franken Forum Board Rules
  5. Community-To-Do-List Overhaul

Written by Ex Officio News Team Member: Ursuul

Changelog Polls
How bummed are you that the updates have practically ground to a halt?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 11 people voted.
Wiki Event News Polls
Do you plan to attend the Sandbox tomorrow (Saturday) morning?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 12 people voted.

Do you think you’ll use the new Diep.io Forum Board much?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 9 people voted.

Are you interested in the next “““““Annual””””” Tank Building Contest?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 10 people voted.
Wiki Policy News Polls
How do you feel about the Staff Policy Change?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 9 people voted.

How do you feel generally about the demotions this week?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 8 people voted.

Your thoughts on Aysha’s & Robotguy’s demotion to Sentinel?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 8 people voted.

How do you feel about Mos’ full demotion?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 7 people voted.

What do you think about Kuro’s demotion?
 
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The poll was created at 04:43 on March 31, 2017, and so far 7 people voted.

How do you feel about NecroTheTank’s demotion?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 7 people voted.
Tech News Polls
Are you glad that the Chat Logs will no longer have gaps in them?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 9 people voted.

Do you like the New Discussions notifications?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 8 people voted.

How do you feel about the Script Holocaust?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 7 people voted.

Whatcha think about there being less Chat Statuses now?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 7 people voted.

Are you excited that Chat Announcements can be used by everyone now?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 7 people voted.
Future Plans Polls
How do you feel about the Staff Standardization?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 6 people voted.

It can’t be much longer before we get our Mobile App. Are you excited?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 5 people voted.

Do you think User-Groups pages are worth making?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 5 people voted.

Do you like the changes to the Main Page?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 5 people voted.

Which of the following on-hold plans should receive more attention next?
 
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The poll was created at 04:25 on March 31, 2017, and so far 5 people voted.

Written by Ex Officio News Team Member: Ursuul



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