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oppernaR
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Questions and Answers (check first) Reply with quote

Got questions about the functioning of this site? About how stuff works? See if it's already been asked, or fire away!

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1) What does this site do?
This site displays the latest comics available from a variety of sites along with the date and time of their last update.

We do this to enable internet geeks to keep up with their favourite webcomics quickly and easily, without having to check indivdual sites just to find updates. This is especially useful if you do not have a fast internet connection.

2) How does it work?
A perl script periodically checks the comic pages of the sites listed in our database to see if a new comic has been added. If this is the case then the last update time in the database is altered and the comic appears updated on the website.

3) What happened to the program?
The program was discontinued as it was not very stable and lacking time meant that no improvements were planned.

The program is currently being re-developed and will hopefully be released soon.

4) Will you list my comic?
Certainly, just use the suggest a comic page to add comics to the site.

5) What comics can't you check for updates?
In order to check a comic for updates there needs to be a single HTML page that shows the latest comic on that site. Currently we cannot checksites that primarily use flash as there is no way of determining when a comic has been updated.

6) How long does it take for a comic to be processed?
It may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before a comic is checked for updates, depending on how busy I am. Please bear in mind that I work through the list of requested comics in order so it may take a while before I get to your comic.

I generally process comics within a few days, but ocassionally work over powers me. If your comic hasn't been processed after a few days, please do not panic, I will get to it eventually.

7) What will you use my email address for?
Your email address is used as your account username, it will never be revealed to 3rd parties or displayed on this website. The only time your email address if ever used is when you enter it to log back into the system.

8 ) Comics keep appearing as unhidden, why?
Everytime a new comic is added to the site you as a user have set to preferences about it, i.e. you haven't selected it as hidden or as a favourite.

If you do not wish new comics to appear on list, please change the setting in your preferences, this will hide all new comics.

9) How do you decide what comics are related?
The decision on which related comics are displayed on the comic profile pages is quite a simple one.

The list is generated from the favourites kept in peoples profiles, we then remove any comics in your favourites or hidden lists to suggest new comics that you hopefully won't have seen before.

10) How does the ranking algorithm work?
The ranking algorithm works by considering the number of visits per update. We do this to ensure that popular comics that update infrequently get a fair ranking.

Certain other things are taken into consideration when doing comic rankings but we would prefer to keep those secret.

11) Some comics disappear from my unread comics list, why?
We're not quite sure why this is but if you click the 'mark all comics read' option it should fix this error for you


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Comic Status Explained
In total there are 6 different status values that a comic can have, below is the list:

* Pattern Not Matching
This shows a fault either with the pattern using to watch for updates or with the comic site itself.

Often this is caused when comics authors change the layout of their site or do something special for a one off guest strip. If the comic site is producing a irregular error message (such as a notice informing that the bandwidth limit has been exceeded) then this will also result in this status being shown.

* Could Not Connect to Site
Less serious than the above, this does exactly what it says on the tin: the crawler could not connect to the comic site to check for updates.

This could either be due to network problems or the web server that the comic site is hosted on, these problems normally clear up after a few days.

* Not Yet Processed
This means that the comic has been added to the site but the crawler does not yet check if for updates. This is because each comic has to have a manual entry to enable us to check for updates.

The comic will move from this status when a pattern is entered by someone on the admin team for this comic

* Not Checked For Updates
Quite simply we do not check this comic for updates. This can be for many reasons, maybe the comic has now finished or is incompatible with our crawler.

* Updates Processed Manually
A few select comics which cannot be processed by the crawler have their updates entered manually, usually by the comic owner. You have to be special to have this status assigned to your comic!

* Normal
The most common status (hopefully!), this means that everything is functioning as it should. On the last attempt the crawler managed to connect to the comic site and its pattern matched, this one is good.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:21 pm    Post subject: HTML Reply with quote

I'm trying to show a banner for my comic with my posts, but only the code shows up.
My HTML is OFF and I can't seem to change it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:12 pm    Post subject: HTML Reply with quote

Ummm... I don't see where it says anything like that in my profile.

The only way I know how to post images is...

<img src="bannerwebsiteaddress"/>

could you tell me how everyone else does it?

I will thank you kindly.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:32 pm    Post subject: IN ALL KINDNESS Reply with quote

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh...my comic has been on here for 2 months and the status is still the same ''Not checked for updates'' and Ive been adding comics regularly.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That should not matter at all.
Make sure you send an email to ash. It might take a while to get fixed, but that's the only way to go Sad
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now THAT is something I can take care of! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Can't change genre Reply with quote

tremendotron wrote:
I mistakingly categorized http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/p/12788/Standard-Out under "Quirky." It should be "Geeky" but there doesn't seem to be a way to change it.

Any ideas?


FINALLY! Something I can fix!
Sorted.

Sorry guys, the rest is really Ash business and I have no idea where he's been running off to this time Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob, I'd have to say you're right -- logging in (using email address) and going to User Control Panel > Edit Profile provides options to change Preferred Username (forum posting username) and/or change password, but not change email address. Guessing this must be hardwired into the account.

Fritz, if you haven't already, try using the Report Broken Comic link in the left margin, that got me a quick answer and solution.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Powell wrote:
When I attempt to change my e-mail addy in my profile, it directs me to the main page 'edit profile' settings, which has no option to change my e-mail. I've literally scoured the site to figure out how to change it, but to no avail.


The dpat is right.
Rather than working with a fixed username and a flexible email address, TWCL works with a fixed email address and flexible username. This is because the forum account is linked to your TWCL account which in turn is linked to your email address.

If you want to have anything changed just send me a PM with the info (new email addy) and I'll see what I can do for you tonight.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And ditto with Space Pirates of the Black Quarter:

http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/p/13943/Space-Pirates-of-the-Black-Quarter

which was suggested 8 January. The avatar displayed OK after a couple of days and I've been updating the date stamp regularly, tho' Status is still showing "Not Checked For Updates"

Edit: Secret Agent: British Intelligence was only suggested a couple of days ago,

http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/p/14031/Secret-Agent-British-Intelligence

...so no surprise it's still showing Not Yet Processed and the avatar hasn't displayed yet, these things usually take a few days.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately I can only help with forum related stuff.

As stated elsewhere, you're always better off sending an email to ash@thewebcomiclist.com
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just made this temporary account I made so I could post here about this:

I can't log into the forums under my normal account, "Senshuu," even though it works fine for the rest of the site. (It's registered under the email senshuupolarcat[at]aol.com)

I sent an email about this on the eighth of December, and another on January 1st. I got a response on the 5th of January and was told that my email for that account wasn't in the database, although I've been logging into the main site with it. I haven't gotten another response since then.

I do want to start posting here, though, and not have to use another account for it (which is why I made this silly temp. name Very Happy).

Thanks for any help.

I see other strange little account-related issues around the site, but they tend to stay a little while and then go away, so I just pretend they never happened. I do remember back when my account was deleted for no reason... that made me a bit sad.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both conflicting Senshuu accounts have been removed.
You should be able to change this account's name to Senshuu now.
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