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09/23/2018 - A few updates!

Hey :)

Thanks everyone for reaching out about volunteer positions! Still looking, so if you're interested, give me a shout on Discord.

Meanwhile, I have a few news to share around Xu-Fu:

1. A warm (re-) Welcome to the first three volunteers: Nyari, Remte and Morazor!

Nyari will work mostly as News Writer and Content Creator for the German version of the page and I will help develop some better tools to make localized versions of the page easier to navigate.

Remte has always been very active in posting advice and finding errors on the page and will now be a Strategy Curator.

Morazor is the author of Magpie and as such the role Content Creator can't be more fitting!


2. You now have the option to include the strategy steps within rematch strings! It is on by default, but you have a slider right below the Rematch button to turn that off, if you wish.


3. A shout out to all strategy creators: I will remove the option to modify tags. Unfortunately, the tags system has been used very inconsistently, and sometimes even to push new strategies to the top by adding every positive tag available without them being true. In the future, more tags will be automated (especially the "Reliable" one), and only strategy curators will have access to tags. In that light, I will also remove all custom tags that have been added so far.
Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience because of this!



09/19/2018 - Xu-Fu is looking for volunteers!

Hello!

With the addition of user-created-strategies, Xu-Fu has entered a new phase and is supporting more and more pet battlers out there in the world. Time to become a bit more structured and organised!
Volunteers have been a key part of Xu-Fu and I am both proud and grateful for the help I have received. Going forward, I want to make it a better experience for everyone involved, with a clearer role description, better access rights and more decision power for those who help with the project.

Here is what I need to make Xu-Fu even better:

News Writer (1-2)
Are you always up to date with everything pet related that’s going on? Would you like to moderate the News section of one of the most visited pet battling pages worldwide? Get in touch, I would love to hand over the News to someone who is eager to share news and updates on the pet battling world!
You’ll have access to my own article editor and it will be your decision what to post and when to post. And if you need any new tools, I am more than happy to add what you need!

Content Creator

As a Content Creator, you own a section of the page containing your favourite topic. Are you a mad pet PvP mastermind who wants to share your insights? Do you love the funny interactions pets do and want to write about it? Or maybe you created a tool that you want to host somewhere and Xu-Fu’s might be a good place? Let me know, let’s discuss, and if we agree on it, you’ll get your own section with full editing rights and my support if you need any custom features coded.

Strategy Curator (1-2)
Every day new strategies are added to Xu-Fu’s. As a strategy curator, you will be the checks and balances. That does not mean going through each and every strategy to test it, but to have an eye on trends, to identify the very best ones and flagging them as staff picks. It could also mean reaching out to strategy creators who made mistakes and asking them if they want to fix that, or worst case, removing it from the page. This role comes with full editing rights for all strategies on Xu-Fu.

Translator
Many parts of the page are being auto-translated already, but there are some gaps and some languages are not covered at all. If you visit Xu-Fu in your native language and want to help fill those gaps, please get in touch! The same languages as World of Warcraft are supported: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese (simplified).

Any of this sounds good to you? Please send me a private message on Discord (Aranesh#6150) and let’s talk!



08/27/2018 - New view on your strategies

When Legion was released, I struggled very hard to keep up with the world quests and test+add strategies. Now with BfA, since everyone can upload strategies, every one of the new quests has a number of different alternatives available already.

It worked out very well, all thanks to you, the creators of all those strategies out there. A BIG THANK YOU!

And as a little treat I've just completed the last important feature for it: A "My Strategies" section!
Hover over your name on the top right, check it out. You'll see a summary of your strats, how they do, and you get notifications if someone writes a comment on your strategy :-)


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jgz

wrote on 09/08/2018

Love what you've done with the site since I used to use it back in Legion. One thing that I think would be very useful though is a summary page that lists all the pets sorted by how many different strategies they are used in. maybe even cross referenced with your collection to only show pets you don't have already. That way you would better know what pets are used a lot and would be worth getting.
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Samuele wrote on 09/01/2018

I don't see an option to see enemy trainer pets, could be useful if you don't have the right pets from the proposed strategies and want to try with the right types
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effdee wrote on 08/28/2018

Not sure if I'm a big fan of the "upload strategies" feature. Each time I go back to a strat that I've used before (and saved the team because it worked), the front page for that particular team is now a new team and I either have to search for mine which worked before or sometimes I try out the new one and it doesn't work at all and I'm scrolling through the list trying to figure out which one was mine again. I liked the old way where the tried and true teams were the first on the page at least instead of the newest uploaded "well this is what I liked and worked for me" shows up. It's no better than scrolling through Wowhead comments almost. Maybe a ranking system so new strats with low ratings fall down off the main page would be a better way to handle newly uploaded strats at least.
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Telepatra

wrote on 08/29/2018

I agree, it gets a little confusing when my husband goes to do it and even within the same day, the first strat seen has changed.
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Aranesh

wrote on 08/29/2018

Hey!

Such a ranking system is already in place, but I think it needs a few tweaks to work better. Strategies rated higher should stay on top. "New" strategies do not get any preference, that is just informational but has no impact on the sorting.
However, what I noticed is that some strategies get filled with positive tags, which do have an impact on the sorting. That's something I have to review and change.

One more thing, if you are logged in and put a favourite (heart) to a strategy, it will always be shown on top for you!
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Valkien wrote on 08/31/2018

I think the problem is that a new upload has 5 stars, likely due to the person uploading it rating it himself. So if a good one sits at 4.9, the new one will have preference. Probably better to require a certain amount of votes before it goes on top of everything else.
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FaFa1510#2316

wrote on 09/01/2018

Maybe add a personnal "favorite" system :)
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Eekwibble

wrote on 09/01/2018

It has one. Read the last line of what Aranesh said above.
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Aranesh

wrote on 09/01/2018

Also, the amount of votes and favourites has an effect as well. Strategies that have many votes (10+ and then different further steps), the value of the star rating is increased. So even if a new strat has 5 stars by the creator, another strategy with 4.5 or so, but with many different voters saying this, will still be rated higher.
This of course only kicks in after a certain time. As long as most strategies are pretty new, it has little effect.
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Flamenica

wrote on 09/02/2018

Thank god for the favourite flag - it has been taking me longer to find the strat that I knew worked well for me, than it was to do the actual battle !
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Fawnix wrote on 08/28/2018

Glad to see your site growing! Best pet site!

08/13/2018 - Battle for Azeroth

The release of a new addon is always a very special time. All that anticipation, culminating into the first hours of entering new zones and experiencing all the new content that we only read about or maybe saw some videos. Or played on the beta, but it's not the same right?

All that is going to happen in just one hour. For that, Xu-Fu and I wish you an amazing start into this new expansion. Let everything else be aside for a while, embrace the experience, and enjoy it!



08/01/2018 - Add your own Strategies!

What's that ominous Plus sign right next to each strategy? Your way to add strategies to Xu-Fu of course!

It was long overdue and from this day onward you can stop adding your strategies into comments, because now you have access to a full new toolset allowing you to upload it right there as a new alternative!

Make sure to check out the Strategy Creation Guide if you have questions, or want to know how everything works exactly: https://www.wow-petguide.com/index.php?m=StratCreationGuide

And if you have any feedback or questions, post them here or send me a message!



07/16/2018 - Battle for Azeroth - Pre-Patch Preparations

One month to go for Battle for Azeroth, and this week the pre-patch will hit already! With so many changes coming in that patch, a blog entry about it is long overdue.

1. Use your pet charms today!
Pet Charms as we know it will lose in their value immensely. With the pre-patch comes a new currency and you won't be able to buy upgrading stones with the old charms anymore. So if you still need some or want to stockpile, spend them today!
Details: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20762158027?page=5#post-82

2. Pre-Patches break stuff
Especially the API, the data source that Xu-Fu is using to grab info from the WoW servers like pet skills or your collections. It's very likely that some of this will break in the process. In the past it took Blizzard about 1-2 weeks to get everything back together. In the meanwhile, you might see incorrect pet stats or weird errors. Sorry!

3. Xu-Fu is not ready :-(
I am working hard on getting things done before the addon hits, but I did not make it in time for the pre-patch. Unfortunately, and to my regret, some parts of the page will be outdated from tomorrow on. That is especially true for any strategy involving the Teroclaw Hatchling (looking at you there, pet dungeons!).

I would like to shed some light on why it takes so long, and why there is nothing visibly changing on the page in the meanwhile. From the very start, the user system had one larger goal: allowing every user to upload their own strategies. To make that possible I needed a user login system, and breeds, and a better handling of alternatives - all that is working towards that one goal.
Previously I had a little admin tool where my helpers and I could change and update strategies. In all these update processes, it broke and simply to save time, I did not repair it but continue working on the new strategy editing mode. That's why we were not abble to update all the strategies in time.

But, I plan to have this all done *before* Battle for Azeroth, and it looks promising! Fingers crossed and thank you so much for being patient with me through the next few weeks :-)





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