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May
27
Homepage and News Story Redesign
For some time now, WebChimp UK and I have wanted to give the site homepage a bit of a redesign.

We wanted to make it easier for you to find the stories you want to read, to give more information about each story, and to generally improve the look of the page.

We have just launched this new homepage in Beta for Pro Account holders, and you can see some of the features in the following screenshots:

Featured story sectionFeatured story section


NewslistNewslist


Reviews sectionReviews section


Community sectionCommunity section


While our main focus has been on the homepage, we've also worked hard on improving the news stories themselves:

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We've also added a panel for related news that you haven't read yet to the bottom.

And we've also made some small tweaks to the tabs and side panels to make them cleaner:

New, cleaner tabsNew, cleaner tabs


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We'll be rolling out these changes to the full user base, along with some other styling changes, in the coming weeks. We think they will lead to a big improvement in your enjoyment of the site.

Pro Account holders - what do you think of the changes? Please give us your feedback in the Pro Account Holders Forum

Thanks, and have a great weekend!
Added by TrueAchievement at 15:52:53
May
27
TA Podcast: DOOM, Xbox Hardware Rumours, TA Site Redesign
We've been away for far too long, but thankfully the TrueAchievements podcast is back for our May show, with Jack, Rich and myself discussing the latest Xbox news and rumours from the past month.

On this episode we share our thoughts on DOOM, the latest CoD: Black Ops 3 DLC, the UHH Finale, the ongoing Leap Frog contest, new Xbox One hardware rumours, the biggest news stories from the past few weeks, and June's upcoming releases.

We also discussed the new site redesign that will be going live for Pro account members today - click here if you'd like to get early access.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave us a nice review.

For those of you using other operating systems, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site, or download them here.
Added by DaveKinetic at 15:30:51
May
23
Multi-Genre System Voting Update
This is a very quick update on the voting for the multi-genre system. Firstly, thanks to everyone that's been actively voting - we've had a staggering 22,000 votes so far, which is absolutely incredible.

To make discussing the games a little bit easier we've also added a discussion button to the page. If you hit this it'll either take you straight to the active discussion ("Join discussion") or kick a discussion off in the appropriate board automatically ("Start discussion").

The next batch of 250 games are now live for voting. This is a couple of days later than expected, but don't worry as you'll have two weeks from today to vote on them. You can see which ones went live at the page linked below; which is now also under the main menu.

Genre votes.

This coming Friday another 250 games will go live for voting as normal.

Happy voting! toast
Added by WebChimp UK at 11:54:58
May
05
Multi-Genre System Voting
As promised I'm back with a quick update on the multi-genre system and how the voting works. We'll be kicking this off in a few hours, so please keep your eyes peeled.

Firstly though, I want to say thank you to everyone that left feedback over in the Multi-Genre System Update comments. There were some great points made and we have made some changes to the starting set of genres; you can view the updated list here.

The next step towards the new system is the actual assignment of genres. With so many games on site (almost 3,500!), it's definitely not feasible for us to handle these internally (or that fair either). As such we want to get all of you involved in the process.

Each week we'll be releasing batches of 250 games for voting at a time, starting with the oldest and moving to newest. When voting for a title is live, you'll have just two weeks to vote on anything you've played.

Genre votes pageGenre votes page

The Genre Votes page provides a handy list of all titles, for which voting has concluded, is active, or is upcoming - you can use the "Status" dropdown to filter by these.

There are also visibility and vote status dropdowns. The former allows you to slim the list down to the just the games you've earned an achievement in (and can vote on), and the latter allows you to see the games you have or haven't voted on. If you have voted on something the row appears green with a tick icon.

Genre vote pageGenre vote page

To vote on a title all you need to do is click on the poll icon in the vote column. You'll be taken to a genre voting page which has a list of the genres and checkboxes. Just check the ones you think apply and hit the vote button at the bottom of the page.

If you change your mind about any votes (prior to them closing) you can navigate back to the page (via the green tick icon instead) and check/uncheck any of the checkboxes as needed and hit the save button again. Pretty simple, right?

Each time a new batch of titles go live for voting I'll also drop a full list of the titles (with game page and vote links) into the Multi-Genre System Active Votes thread. Add this to your "My Threads" if you want reminding.

As a quick note, to keep the voting page more manageable we haven't included any specific Sports related genres at the moment (ie Football, Baseball, etc). If you think a specific sporting related genre applies then just use the "Sports" checkbox for the moment. The specific genres will be sorted in due course.

The first wave of voting is live now and you can visit the link below to start casting your votes -- it's your chance to have say, so please don't waste it.

Genre Votes

If you've got any questions feel free to post them in the comments below. There's also quite a lot of new code for this, so if you spot any issues then please raise them over in the Bug Reports Forum forum.

Thanks! toast
Added by WebChimp UK at 15:26:38
Apr
30
Leap Frog 2016 Reminder
If you're considering entering this year's Leap Frog contest, this is a reminder that you need to register over at the Leap Frog Hub before entry closes at 08:00 UTC+0 on Tuesday May 3rd.

Leap Frog 2016

If you missed last week's announcement, or aren't aware what Leap Frog is, it is a community wide contest with a simple premise; to earn a single achievement that meets or exceeds the required ratio value within a 24-hour scoring period. The ratio required on day one will be 1.0, and it will rise by 0.2 each day, so on day two it will be 1.2, day three 1.4, and so on. Failure to earn an achievement with the required ratio in the 24-hour scoring period will result in elimination. and we'll keep going until we have our overall winner.

Entry is free, and for the overall winner you will not only earn the admiration of the TA community, you will also be rewarded with one year of TA Pro for the highest ratio target achieved - so if you win after reaching the 6.2 ratio target, you will receive 6 years and 73 days of free TA Pro!

For more information about the event you can head over to the FAQs thread, questions thread, or leave us a comment below.

Good luck to everyone that enters!
Added by DaveKinetic at 13:35:51
Apr
30
TA Podcast: Episode 27
The TrueAchievements podcast is back on schedule, and once again Jack, Rich and myself are here to discuss the latest releases and the biggest Xbox related news from the past couple of weeks.

On this episode we discuss our impressions of the Mirror's Edge Catalyst beta, the new "Hoops" game mode in Rocket League, the upcoming Leap Frog community event, the hottest news from the past couple of weeks, and we discover which game has made the normally cool, calm and collected Mr. Stone rage.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a nice review.

For those of you using other operating systems, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site, or download them here.
Added by DaveKinetic at 08:40:38
Apr
28
Multi-Genre System Update
Late last year we opened a Possible Genre System Change Poll Update to propose a pretty big change to the existing genre system and, more importantly, to ask you in which direction you thought we should be moving.

With the amount of discussion and responses in the poll it was clear that many of you are passionate about genres, and from the results it was also clear that many of you felt that a change was needed. As such we've been working hard at creating a flatter list of genres. While this sounds quite trivial, it was far from it...

A few weeks ago we threw the list out to a small team of helpers for some initial community feedback. After a couple of tweaks we've now got a list that we think will give us a great start with the new system. It aims to keep most of the original (and more highly tracked) genres, add some new ones, and make the system much more flexible.

TrueAchievements Genre Definitions

You've probably noticed a lack of the existing Sports sub-genres. With the current system we add new sub-genres whenever a new type of sport game appears. With the new system we will still be adding specific sports genres (ie Football, Baseball, etc), but these will only be added if five or more titles fall into the classification.

While the above genres are our starting genres, it's not set in stone by any means and is bound to evolve over time. The site is community driven and if there's a clear want and need for a genre to be added (after the switchover period) then we'll always be more than happy to discuss it.

The next step toward the new system is the actual assignment of genres. With so many games on site (almost 3,500!), it's definitely not feasible for us to handle these internally (or that fair either). As such we want to get all of you involved in the process.

I've built a small genre voting system for the site to help out with this process. Each week we'll be releasing batches of 250 games for voting at a time, starting with the oldest and moving to newest. When voting for a title is live, you'll have just two weeks to vote -- it's your chance to have a say, so please don't waste it.

The genre based leaderboards on site won't be changed over to use the new system until all of the games have been reclassified, so don't worry about these too much yet.

Anyway, that's a quick update as to where we're currently at with the new system. I'll publish some more details about the voting system and how it works when the first batch of voting goes live.

Thanks. toast
Added by WebChimp UK at 12:26:54
Apr
15
TA Podcast: Episode 26
A couple of weeks later than originally planned (blame Easter, illness and conflicting schedules) Jack, Rich and myself sat down this past Saturday to record our April show.

In this month's show we take the time to discuss Remedy's latest release, Quantum Break (spoiler free), our hands on playtime with Overwatch: Origins Edition, the recent Minecraft title update, Tom Clancy's The Division new Incursion update, what we've been playing, recent site updates and improvements, the biggest news announcements from the past four weeks, and the ongoing Ultimate Head to Head contest.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a nice review.

For those of you using other operating systems, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site, or download them here.
Added by DaveKinetic at 13:35:31
Apr
06
The TA Investigations Team Are Recruiting
Hi all

It's not often we hear from him (fortunately laugh), but I have an important message from the TA Investigations Manager:

Good day TrueAchievements users!

It's been eighteen months since we last held a recruitment drive for the Investigations Team, and it's now come to the point where we are looking to add a few new members to our team.

There are several main differences between this team and others on site. There is no staff badge. For several reasons, the identities of the Investigations Team are kept confidential. Because of the level of trust involved, the team is seeking mature applicants. Due to the nature of the work we do, we are seeking applicants that are very active site members.

If you are interested in applying to help protect the ratios on-site, please take a moment to fill out this application.

We will be accepting applications for 2 weeks - at which time the application will be closed.

Please note that we are not able to reply to each individual that applies. After the application window closes, the team will discuss the applicants. We may contact applicants to clarify responses as the team deliberates.

Thank you for your time and good luck to all that apply!
Good luck to everyone who applies smile
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:53:47
Apr
01
Forum Keyboard Shortcuts
If you've ever posted on the site before you probably know it can sometimes be a little tedious to format text using tool bar buttons - this is a subtle update (so much so that it's been live for over a week already), but aims to make things more user friendly for you.

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Firstly, we've improved the way the tool bar buttons insert tags. If the text area is in focus and you click one of the buttons it'll insert the correct tags and automatically place your text cursor between them. If you have text selected in the text area then it'll instead wrap the text with the correct tags and place your cursor directly after the closing tag.

Secondly, we've added some nifty keyboard shortcuts so you don't even need to click the buttons. Just hold the alt key and press the relevant letter and it'll insert the tags as already described. The current list of shortcuts is as follows (these are case insensitive):
- Alt + B: Insert a pair of bold tags
- Alt + U: Insert a pair of underline tags
- Alt + I: Insert a pair of italic tags
- Alt + S: Insert a pair of spoiler tags
Lastly, we've added hover text to each of the format buttons so you can easily see what they do and also added a new "Q" button to insert in a pair of quote tags (this one has a keyboard shortcut too).

Hopefully this will make posting a little easier!

Thanks
The TA Development Team
Added by WebChimp UK at 15:40:53