Jan 29, 2019 - FriskyPaws Update

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FriskyPaws Update

Busy work, much in progress

First, sorry for the delay, trying to keep these coming out before Sunday, things have been busy all around.

This week we’ve only got a couple items completed, mostly some quality-of-life improvements on software verification and input validation.

But there is a lot coming down the pipe…

We’re starting to tackle some of the larger projects, stuff like putting in the user interfaces, building and polishing those tools and designs and wiring everything up.

Advanced Searching

A bit of work is almost complete with advanced searching, which allows building and sharing complex search queries.

Tagging UI

And a big piece is pulling together our UX with tagging, it’s still really young though. Functionally it works but it still needs a bit of polish as we smooth out the user experience with it.

Upload Buttons

But as you can see, we provide auto-complete with preview images, still needs:

  • A lot of UX polish, refer to sizing/stylizing/the exit button/etc.
  • Displaying the owner’s information.
  • Picking the character’s avatar – not just the first picture in their gallery.

But it’s coming along, expect all of this and more next week.

Registration and Account Security

Another big piece currently being worked on, so far we’re eyeballing how deep into 2FA/3rd party log-ins (Facebook/Google+/etc.) we’re going to get into, but it’s very possible we’ll roll with all of this on first release, just some nice bits of account security and/or ease of use with other platforms.

Jan 20, 2019 - FriskyPaws Update

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FriskyPaws Update

Minor UI fixes

Saphire has been cranking out all the little broken UI bits from the bootstrap 3 -> bootstrap 4 upgrade, here is the new upload buttons working now:

Upload Buttons

Artist Support

We now have support for adding artist records, it’s pretty basic right now but allows you to tag art with any number of artists and an artist to have a profile.

Generic Reports

ECrownofFire made our reporting system “generic” allowing us to report all different kinds of objects (comments, artists, users, etc.) with a much more simple unified structure. Less code duplication is always good.

Testing Improvements

We broke out testing to run on Linux due to issues with Docker for Windows and Continuous Integration, it was just easier to rely on Linux for all of that.

As part of that we’re testing our Ceph platform now.

Media Tests For Exceptions

We added a few new test cases, specifically:

  • Erroring when attempting to upload the same image twice.
  • Erroring when attempting to upload more than the upload throttling threshold.

And the reason we love testing comes out: we found an off-by-one error with the throttling threshold (eg: if set to “10” it wouldn’t throw till trying to upload the 12th image instead of throwing on attempting to upload the 11th).

New Code Coverage Platforms

ECrownofFire found an alternative code coverage solution to dotcover now that we’re on Linux – coverlot & coveralls is a good combination for us now:

Code Coverage Coveralls

Upcoming Work

As a lot of back-end code starts to wrap up we start running into focusing more on the front-end, so expect a lot more visuals over the next couple of weeks!

Jan 10, 2019 - FriskyPaws Update

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FriskyPaws Update

We’ve been cranking out a lot of work recently. Over the past week we have:

Test counts are climbing, we’re focusing a lot on the back-end and will come around and implement more of the front-end once that’s all good:

Tests

A much desired feature that we’ve dropped a few times before, but figure we’d do an official sneak-peek here:

Uploads

UX still has a lot to do, but here are some sneak peeks.

Characters Search

Dec 9, 2017 - FriskyPaws And Patreon

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What went down with Patreon

So not that we have to fill people in too much on this, but Patreon’s new fee structure caused quite a stir. We think this is a good time that we start to unwrap something that we’ve had hidden on FriskyPaw’s secret Trello board – how we wanted to improve artist support.

Artist support and where we feel it fails on Patreon

Patreon has been (for the most part) a positive platform for many creators. In the furry community that has mainly been artists. However one thing we’ve always felt it fall flat on was distributing funds more effectively. We typically had to pitch sometimes as much as $5-10+ to an artist we liked, minimums were also $1, this leads to very few very popular artists to bring in a decent amount of money, with the rest fighting for the scraps left over.

With Patreon’s fee changes, this problem is compunded even more.

A little bit about what we wanted to do

So a few things that we noticed about Patreon:

  • Pledges were individual, meaning fees were compounded
  • (Real) microtransactions are not a thing.
  • People seemed to support fewer artists than they’d like.

What we’d like to do is:

  • Take a pledge amount once a month (or maybe annually?), fees would only apply for this transaction.
  • We can divvy this up, even to fractions of a dollar between the artists you want to support.
  • Even use our algorithms to distribute to artists that you commonly consume their content.

Known Weaknesses

Our system isn’t perfect either, and it’s in the baby stages, we do have to still consider:

  • Gaming the system, we don’t want artists that make a lot of low-quality work to pull in more than artists that put a lot of time and effort info fewer pieces.
  • How do we want to do per-delivered item pledges?
  • We’re mostly postulating on the whole new distribution structure being more efficient to bring in more money for artists, it’s kind of a gamble.

About fees….

So the sad truth about Patreon is that their $0.35 + 2.9% is actually pretty much the industry standard, if we spun this up today this is what we would be charged to run credit cards. While we’ve pretty much budgeted a lot of FriskyPaws.net’s costs as “coming out of our pocket for the forseeable future”, this is one cost we cannot take on our own. We will have to pass this fee on.

Also some day we’d like to bring in some money into FriskyPaws, we’d like to get artists to do some work for us more often (again, that is coming out of our pockets for now), and we’d like to be able to dedicate more time to this and less time to our jobs so, so we may not keep our fees at cost forever, but this is highly dependent on other opportunities and ideas and feedback from the community.

What we need from you

Some feedback!

We’re making some major guesses on stuff here that are based off some really rough numbers and points from Patreon. So we need to hear from you:

  • Does this even sound interesting?
  • How often are you making a lot of $1-2 pledges on Patreon?
  • How much monthly would you put towards a list of artists that you really want to support?
  • How long is that list?
  • Any other feedback?