Acaeum Wiki
Post new topic Reply to topic Page 7 of 161234, 5, 6, 7, 8 ... 141516
Author

User avatar

Prolific Collector
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 728
Joined: Oct 23, 2006
Last Visit: Jun 05, 2022
Location: Maitland, Florida

Post Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:33 pm 
 

Gosh, I sure hope people feel free to edit anything I put on the Wiki.  Generally if I had a decent copy of something that wasn't already up, I scanned it and put it on there.  In hopes someone who actually knew something about the product would fluff it up.  That's what Wikis are all about, aren't they??


If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. - John Kenneth Galbraith

  


Prolific Collector
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 427
Joined: Nov 05, 2002
Last Visit: Aug 27, 2022
Location: Sydney, Australia

Post Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:05 am 
 

Hey grubbiv, the auction tracker is a great idea. In fact that's what AuctionSieve was originally going to be! Dunno if some of this info might be of use to you...

When I first started trolling ebay for D&D in the dim dark past I thought it would be great to keep track of all the auctions and arrive at an average price for things. So I started coding...

What I ended up with would let you put in an item number and it would go and scrape the item page and then try to do two things :
- try and figure out the condition of the item (searching for phrases like "near mint", "good" etc and count up how many times they occurred and arrive at a recommendation - ie it would autoselect the condition in a dropdown box for you to confirm)
- try and categorise the item - I had the concept of keyphrases like "AD&D" "Q1" "The Demonweb Pits" - it would try and match as many things as possible to figure out where to categorise things

As a second step it would then create a web of pages which would categorise things according to an algorithm that figured out the most common keyphrases. So, for example, it would automatically see that the most common keyphrases were "D&D" and "AD&D" and the top web page would have links to those 2 sub categories. And then you could follow the links to more fine grained results. At every step it would display the average price for all the sub results. And broken down by condition! Uhmmm it's a bit hard to explain actually but it was way cool.

As part of my trolling I started writing some code that would grab all the results and then basically do a grep -v with a list of keywords I specified in another txt file. But that was really painful and I envisioned a way of adding to that list of killwords merely by highlighting the text and pressing a button.... and thus the idea for AuctionSieve was born.

So I took 2 months off to code it.... Can you believe version 1.0.0 only allowed you to grab categories - no searching! But I digress......

Of course price history stuff finally found it's way into AuctionSieve but in a *much* much more watered down version from my uber price tracker/scraper.

I've always had plans to beef it up and, what's more, make it peer to peer - so everyone contributes to a central database. But at my rate I won't get around to that for years.

Not only that but here's the kicker - the ebay developer program terms and conditions disallow you from keeping auction history. Yep, in converting to using the ebay api I may have to kill off the Price History part of AuctionSieve.

So what I'm saying is, go for it! I'd love to see it implemented.

Nev



 WWW  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 636
Joined: Sep 14, 2005
Last Visit: Jan 16, 2009
Location: Montreal, Canada

Post Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:57 pm 
 

nev wrote:Not only that but here's the kicker - the ebay developer program terms and conditions disallow you from keeping auction history. Yep, in converting to using the ebay api I may have to kill off the Price History part of AuctionSieve.


Do Ebay's term prohibit the export of the auction history?  Might an end user be able to export the history and maintain his own records?


"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
--H.L. Mencken

 WWW  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:20 am 
 

Hi everyone,

I will be away for the next 7 to 10 days. Any requests for new membership / editing status please forward to grubbiv until I get back.

Cheers, Jeremy

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:42 pm 
 

Quiet here!

Back from a very productive 10 days alone the mountains sans internet, TV and other people!

And I managed to fix my computer yesterday! Life is back to normal  :)

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 154
Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Last Visit: Nov 19, 2022
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Post Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:35 pm 
 

Table of Contents for Periodicals

There's some new markup available on the wiki for creating tables of contents for periodicals.  Take a look at Sorcerer's Apprentice 14 to see it in use.

It has two advantages.  The first is that the contents will automatically be added to an index covering all issues of the periodical.  The second is that the contents and the full index are displayed in a sortable table.  Click on the column heading to sort by that column.

The markup looks like this:
Code:
<TOC>
P:Sorcerer's Apprentice
I:14

S:Fiction
22^From the Tree of Time^{{CL|Fred Saberhagen}}
35^The Sword and The Curse^{{CL|Lee Duigon}}

S:Articles
13^Devil Games? Nonsense!^{{CL|Michael Stackpole}}^{{CL|Ken St. Andre}}
19^Ship of the Skies^{{CL|John Sapienza|John T. Sapienza, Jr.}}
...
</TOC>


The first two lines indicate the name of the periodical and the issue number.

The S:Fiction line starts a section called "Fiction", and the contents of the section follow.  Each line contains a page number, article title, and up to three authors, separated by carets (^).  If there are multiple authors, they are separated from each other by carets.

If the index page for the periodical doesn't exist, create a page (supposing the periodical is "Sorcerer's Apprentice") at

 Index:Sorcerer's_Apprentice

The following markup needs to be put in the page

Code:
<PeriodicalIndex>Sorcerer's Apprentice</PeriodicalIndex>


That is all.

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 490
Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Last Visit: Dec 05, 2022
Location: Derby, CT

Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:06 pm 
 

So....

Is this going to be the preferred method for putting the contents up?

It's cool....but it's not pretty. (It also makes everything more usable, so I'll go along if that't the concensus.)


Dave, get the barbarian in the corner a drink, quick!

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:50 pm 
 

I must admit that the format is growing on me. When I first saw it I thought 'Hmmm', but now that I have used it I love it. The amazing thing is, we will automatically build complete magazine series indexes by using it.

In the case of Dragon magazine, we are scanning the contents page anyway, so a user can quickly check the contents original format (which we have been replicating in our uploads so far.

I haven't tried converting a page yet, so I am not sure how much work it will take to covert what we have already done.

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 490
Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Last Visit: Dec 05, 2022
Location: Derby, CT

Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:07 pm 
 

I think Grubbiv has strated doing the grunt work on that, Hermit.

Kudos to him - lot of work to tackle.

Ok. Switching over to new style.


Dave, get the barbarian in the corner a drink, quick!

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 490
Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Last Visit: Dec 05, 2022
Location: Derby, CT

Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:50 pm 
 

I did one  - http://wiki.acaeum.com/wiki/Dragon_81

Let me know if it's too busy.

EDITED FEB 4,2009 -
Up to two whole issues now.

Does it take a while for the index page to update?
Or am I coding something wrong (again)?


Dave, get the barbarian in the corner a drink, quick!

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 154
Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Last Visit: Nov 19, 2022
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Post Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:54 pm 
 

jkason wrote:Does it take a while for the index page to update?
Or am I coding something wrong (again)?


The wiki has a page cache.  If you think a page is out-of-date, you can flush the old version using the refresh link at the top of the page.

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 490
Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Last Visit: Dec 05, 2022
Location: Derby, CT

Post Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:28 am 
 

Ahh, yes.....Page Cache.

(I knew there was atechnical term for it.)

Thanks.


Dave, get the barbarian in the corner a drink, quick!

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:22 pm 
 

That was an impressive lot of work you did restructuring the Category pages yesterday grubbiv. Looks good!

  


Prolific Collector

Posts: 154
Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Last Visit: Nov 19, 2022
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Post Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:20 pm 
 

HermitFromPluto wrote:That was an impressive lot of work you did restructuring the Category pages yesterday grubbiv. Looks good!


Here's the changes I made:

Genres

Added a few more genres.  We're using a simplified version of the scheme in Heroic Worlds.  Added a Genre link to the sidebar.

Game Types

Created these categories: Role Playing Games, Board Games, Miniatures Rules.  There are links to them on the Games page.

Horizontal Nav Bars

A goal is to have four basic pages for each game: (1) the autogenerated list of all products for the game, (2) a hand-edited gallery of thumbnails, (3) a product list generated by the auction tracker with average price info in a sortable list, and (4) an About page with mostly text about the game.

A gray horizontal nav bar has been devised to make it easy to navigate between the pages.  See an example at The FantasyTrip.  The markup is

Code:
  {{GameNav|The Fantasy Trip|gallery}}


The 2nd argument indicates the name of the game, and the 3rd argument indicates the page (articles, gallery, prices, about) the nav is being used on so that link to that page can be grayed out.

I'm also adding the horizontal nav to the pages for products that belong to the game.  On the Melee page you'll see this markup:

Code:
  {{ArticleNav|The Fantasy Trip}}


For the periodicals, the prices page is replaced with an index page, so there are different templates to use:

Code:
  {{PeriodicalNav|Sorcerer's Apprentice|gallery}}
  {{IssueNav|Sorcerer's Apprentice}}


Most of the game item pages and periodical issue pages are still missing the {{ArticleNav|...}} and {{IssueNav|...}} tags.  Feel free to add them.

Traveller

If someone wanted to help finish off the classic Traveller by GDW, here is the list of needed items:

Starter Traveller
Beltstrike
Striker
Tarsus
Book 7: Merchant Prince
Book 8: Robots
Atlas of the Imperium
Aliens Handout
The Spinward Marches Campaign
The Traveller Adventure
Alien Realms
Azhanti High Lightning
Dark Nebula
Fifth Frontier War
Imperium
Invasion: Earth
Best of the Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society, Volume 1
Best of the Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society, Volume 2
Best of the Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society, Volume 3
Best of the Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society, Volume 4

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:05 am 
 

A quick to anyone wanting to join the Wiki over the coming two weeks. I will be away and out of email contact from 24 February to 7 March 2009. Anyone wishing to sign up and get editing status please PM grubbiv in my absence.

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:22 pm 
 

PDT_Armataz_01_06  I'm back!

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:22 am 
 

A quick request. For Dungeon magazine #1 to 60, we are missing scans and data for issues #3,4,5 and 56. I am sure a fair few people here must have these issues. It would be great if someone could put them on the Wiki or, alternatively, send me scans of cover and contents pages and + the relevant info (or even better still sell me the missing issues so I can complete my 1-60 run!).

http://wiki.acaeum.com/wiki/Category:Dungeon

  


Sage Collector
JG Valuation Board
Acaeum Donor

Posts: 2057
Joined: Aug 28, 2006
Last Visit: Dec 06, 2022
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:27 am 
 

Hey everyone,

I am heading back up to my PhD-writing mountain hideaway.

Anyone wanting editing status between now and Tuesday 7 April, please PM grubbiv.

  
PreviousNext
Post new topic Reply to topic Page 7 of 161234, 5, 6, 7, 8 ... 141516