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Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.14 20:49:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Xasz on 17/10/2008 20:23:05
Some of you may recall Spectre3353's recent ransom board project. Spectre has since paired back on his EVE-time, and as such could not continue the project himself. I offered to take over the project, and I'm proud to present:

http://www.ransomboard.com


Features:

  • Easy method of tracking your corporation's ransoms and related stats

  • Ability to have your board be public or private, according to your corporation's needs

  • Provisions for special/alternative ransoms

  • A constantly expanding range of administrative features to help give you the settings you want for your board

  • Free updates and continuous development

  • Free setup and support



Please note this is still in beta. This is a direct continuation of Spectre's old project. All corps that were part of Spectre's beta have been added to the current incarnation. Links below.

All links can now be found at:
http://www.ransomboard.com/boards.php

All board passwords have not changed. Please contact me via e-mail or eve-mail if there is a problem accessing your board.

Much thanks goes out to Spectre; without him none of this would have been possible. Expect lots of shiny updates to come! This thread will be updated with each update.

If you are still interested in getting into the beta, I may have a few more slots. Please e-mail or eve-mail me; my contact information is readily available on the main page.

Happy ransoming! YARRRR!!

Known Bugs
To report a bug, email me. My contact info is readily available on the main page (or just eve-mail me).

  • Comments don't display correctly in Firefox/Chrome/Safari (Band-aid in 3.0, expect a real fix soon)

  • Pilots with no existing ransoms are still shown in the list of ransom isk "made"



All updates can now be found at http://www.ransomboard.com/updates.php

Golden Helmet
Caldari
The Python Cartel.
The Defenders of Pen Island
Posted - 2008.09.15 00:56:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Golden Helmet on 15/09/2008 00:58:00
Thanks for continuing the board, nice to have something besides a killboard to compete on. Keep it up!Very Happy


Spectre3353
Gallente
Heavy Risk...
Posted - 2008.09.15 01:42:00 - [3]
 

All the old boards and the old domain should now be forwarding to the new instances that Xasz has set up. Thanks Xasz!

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.16 20:32:00 - [4]
 

v0.1.1 released! Details in the main post.

Lars Lodar
The Python Cartel.
The Jerk Cartel
Posted - 2008.09.16 21:18:00 - [5]
 

Thanks for keeping up the board.

Gwendalyne
Caldari
SolarStone Syndicate
Posted - 2008.09.16 22:19:00 - [6]
 

This is a good idea!

Who is your TPS (Third-Party Service) though?

Gunner Cid
The Carebear Stare
Posted - 2008.09.16 23:28:00 - [7]
 

Awesome, thanks for continuing on with the board...just gotta get into the habit of posting em =/

Omae Gaw'd
Gallente
VMF-214 Blacksheep
Posted - 2008.09.17 01:16:00 - [8]
 

Cheers, thanks for keeping this up Xasz <3.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.17 05:15:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: Gunner Cid
Awesome, thanks for continuing on with the board...just gotta get into the habit of posting em =/


Feel free to post them retroactively Very Happy The more the merrier. (p.s. did you guys really get 615mil for a drake, or should I edit that one? Razz If so, tell me how, xasz needs a new LG slave set Wink YARRRR!!)

Gunner Cid
The Carebear Stare
Posted - 2008.09.17 10:33:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Gunner Cid on 17/09/2008 10:33:14
Yea, by far the best drake ransom ever, while as that post says, ransom via ejection.

Full story is we tackle this drake on a gate, put him into armor and such, so I convo him up ask him to pay 75m iirc, he refused, so we start engaging him again and for some damn reason he ejects.

We get a couple more jump ins at this time, I think a bs or so (it was a while ago) so we handle the situation then I go and dock, come back and board the drake. Standard fit until I looked at the rigs, it had 3 T2 Field Purger rigs on it, they sell for about 200-230m per. So I get the thing hauled to jita and toss it on contracts for 630 bid 800 b/o, someone bid on it and it sold.

Was definitely a good score.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.17 17:31:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Gunner Cid
Edited by: Gunner Cid on 17/09/2008 10:33:14
Yea, by far the best drake ransom ever, while as that post says, ransom via ejection.

Full story is we tackle this drake on a gate, put him into armor and such, so I convo him up ask him to pay 75m iirc, he refused, so we start engaging him again and for some damn reason he ejects.

We get a couple more jump ins at this time, I think a bs or so (it was a while ago) so we handle the situation then I go and dock, come back and board the drake. Standard fit until I looked at the rigs, it had 3 T2 Field Purger rigs on it, they sell for about 200-230m per. So I get the thing hauled to jita and toss it on contracts for 630 bid 800 b/o, someone bid on it and it sold.

Was definitely a good score.


That... that brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.17 19:06:00 - [12]
 

v0.1.2 released! Details in the main post.

Mynxee
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.09.17 20:55:00 - [13]
 

Really glad to see this project continuing.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.18 21:44:00 - [14]
 

As stated in the OP, there are a few more free beta slots left. Contact me via email to get one for your corp.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.19 20:13:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Gwendalyne
This is a good idea!

Who is your TPS (Third-Party Service) though?


Sorry I missed this question the first time around... I'm not entirely sure what you're asking

Nomad Storm
The Wandering Path
Posted - 2008.09.20 03:17:00 - [16]
 

Very nice, now you just need to log in sometime Confused

Terra Mikael
Horizon Dynamics
Posted - 2008.09.20 04:03:00 - [17]
 

I was never a fan of the project, but i'll offer some constructive criticism -
Show pictures, get some decent web design. Model it off of killboards, if possible.

And if you're really good, you could use API, if I'm not mistaken, to verify wallets transfers.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.20 06:45:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Nomad Storm
Very nice, now you just need to log in sometime Confused


Whoa, long time no-see. My desktop is currently fried, need to order a new mobo but I'm poor. :(

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.20 06:56:00 - [19]
 

Originally by: Terra Mikael
I was never a fan of the project, but i'll offer some constructive criticism -
Show pictures, get some decent web design. Model it off of killboards, if possible.

And if you're really good, you could use API, if I'm not mistaken, to verify wallets transfers.


I don't claim to be a professional web developer by any means, this has been more of a learning experience for me than an actual display of programming skill. ugh Before I start focusing on improving the layout, I'm trying to get most of the basic functionality in place. Once that's true, I can focus on improving layout/aesthetics/etc. As stated, this is only the beginning of the project. I have a number of functional things to take care of before I start focusing on the aesthetic side.

Another note is I'm doing this in my free time as a student, so while updates will come, it takes me a bit of time to get around to finalizing them. I'm trying to provide a functional tool as best I can with my knowledge and resources. I'm more than receptive to criticism, and thanks for it. As I've already said, once it works, then I'll make it pretty. Very Happy

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.20 23:12:00 - [20]
 

Hellcats board is online. Happy ransoming!

Golden Helmet
Caldari
The Python Cartel.
The Defenders of Pen Island
Posted - 2008.09.25 11:17:00 - [21]
 

This really needs to be on the first page.

Anyways, suggestion \ request \ do-this-and-I-will-make-sweet-love-to-you:

- On the main page, can it be sorted from newest to oldest? We got several ransoms today for instance, and the order in which their displayed isn't right.

Keep up the good work. I love the ransom board :D


Spectre3353
Gallente
Heavy Risk...
Posted - 2008.09.25 14:56:00 - [22]
 

Edited by: Spectre3353 on 25/09/2008 14:58:28
Originally by: Golden Helmet
This really needs to be on the first page.

Anyways, suggestion \ request \ do-this-and-I-will-make-sweet-love-to-you:

- On the main page, can it be sorted from newest to oldest? We got several ransoms today for instance, and the order in which their displayed isn't right.

Keep up the good work. I love the ransom board :D




Did you seriously ransom a Merlin for 20 million ISK after I logged off? I hate you mother****ers.

Anyhow, when I originally wrote this stuff it based everything upon date but didn't factor time into the sorting. This is why ransoms from the same date will sometimes be in a wacky order. I am sure that Xasz is planning on remedying this soon because he is the man.

Golden Helmet
Caldari
The Python Cartel.
The Defenders of Pen Island
Posted - 2008.09.25 22:53:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: Spectre3353

Did you seriously ransom a Merlin for 20 million ISK after I logged off? I hate you mother****ers.


Yup. We were killmail whoring, so when I got on the field I scanned him, saw the rigs he had, so we ransomed him.

The best part is that Mori wasn't part of the ransoming party, he was lurking a few systems away. After we let the Merlin go, he went a few jumps away and started ratting again, and got popped by MoriLaughing

We also probed a missioning Tempest and got him to eject. Never log off, Spec. Never.YARRRR!!

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.27 06:06:00 - [24]
 

Originally by: Spectre3353
Anyhow, when I originally wrote this stuff it based everything upon date but didn't factor time into the sorting. This is why ransoms from the same date will sometimes be in a wacky order. I am sure that Xasz is planning on remedying this soon because he is the man.


Expect a fix soon (tm). Gotta get most of this admin stuff done first. Very Happy

Oh, and 0.2.0 rolled out today. It's almost entirely admin features, so there's really no noticable difference for regular users. Config settings are now editable through the admin panel, as well as a couple new features, of note the ability to "view protect" your board (which is currently sorta ugly, but I'll make it nicer, I promise). Expect admin functionality to be expanded in the next few updates.

P.S. I know the body color isn't really customizable, just bear with me on that for now.

Wensley
Minmatar
Matari Exodus
Posted - 2008.09.29 11:13:00 - [25]
 

Love the killboard Spectre/Xasz. Do you think it would be possible to make the entries editable? For example I accidentally put an empty pilot field into this entry and can't remove it :(

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.30 16:29:00 - [26]
 

Edited by: Xasz on 30/09/2008 16:40:28
Originally by: Wensley
Love the killboard Spectre/Xasz. Do you think it would be possible to make the entries editable? For example I accidentally put an empty pilot field into this entry and can't remove it :(


That's in the next update. Unfortunately, my laptop charger broke, so no new updates this week. I'll have my desktop up and running again this weekend (yay! can play EVE again!) and will resume development then. Next update will continue to expand on the admin features (such as the ability to edit) and some fairly large security insurance changes.

And the weird comment changes were an oversight on my part... expect a fix in the next update. Seriously, I have like, no idea how that happened, but I fixed it. Shocked

As to your broken ransom I can manually edit it for now... I'll also add a check for blank pilot fields to prevent that from happening again. Sorry Embarassed. EDIT: Seems your blank pilot is causing all sorts of weirdness. I'll throw a fix for that in ASAP.

Like I said, it's likely that updates will be pushed back until next week (when I have a working platform to code them on!), but rest assured, they will come.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.09.30 21:07:00 - [27]
 

I lied, the comment issue was just a display issue with Firefox 3. It's fixed in the next update, anyway. My apologies, I was developing using IE6 (due to it being on an old Pentium II Dell Laptop, thank Garmon my desktop is finally fixed)

Ackaroth
Plundering Penguins
Anarchy.
Posted - 2008.09.30 21:13:00 - [28]
 

So whats the deal, they just have to report their ransoms, there isnt a system for proving wallet transfer?

Golden Helmet
Caldari
The Python Cartel.
The Defenders of Pen Island
Posted - 2008.09.30 23:04:00 - [29]
 

Originally by: Ackaroth
So whats the deal, they just have to report their ransoms, there isnt a system for proving wallet transfer?

Seeing as killmails can be just as easily faked, theres no point. Tagging a transfer as "ransom" wouldn't work too well either since most ransomees are too busy getting the isk out in time to remember or bother. And since the boards aren't public in the Battleclinic sense, theres no point in faking a ransom.

Xasz
The Python Cartel.
Posted - 2008.10.01 13:04:00 - [30]
 

Edited by: Xasz on 01/10/2008 13:12:48
Originally by: Golden Helmet
Originally by: Ackaroth
So whats the deal, they just have to report their ransoms, there isnt a system for proving wallet transfer?

Seeing as killmails can be just as easily faked, theres no point. Tagging a transfer as "ransom" wouldn't work too well either since most ransomees are too busy getting the isk out in time to remember or bother. And since the boards aren't public in the Battleclinic sense, theres no point in faking a ransom.



Pretty much this; if you can come up with a reliable way to fetch ransoms from wallet transfers then hats off to you. There's really no incentive to "fake" a ransom if your word - and your corp's word - is worth anything. Then again, this is EVE Online.

Treat it more as an internal reporting tool than a "brag board."

EDIT: Minor update to the OP, added a list of known bugs.


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