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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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thefro3po



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

umm... my avatar doesn't show up when I post, but when I look at my profile it's there. I've tried reloading it, but to no avail.
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Elfkin



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have taken the code for the ranking button and inserted my comic's ID number into it. But where on my site would it be best to put that code? My home page? The comic page that is my update page? Or is it supposed to go someplace more specific in order for my comic to be able to be ranked eventually.
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Animania1



Joined: 04 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you make your site compatible with the crawler?
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Nils Balls



Joined: 18 Feb 2007
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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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Murdaugh
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe HTML is always off. In your profile, does it say [url=link-url-goes-here][img]image-url-goes-here[/img][/url] ?
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Nils Balls



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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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Murdaugh
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: HTML Reply with quote

Nils Balls wrote:
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.


That's html, I think the stuff we use here is called BBCode.

write

[img]bannerwebsiteaddress[/img]

for just the image

or you can write

[url=websiteaddress][img]bannerwebsiteaddress[/img][/url]

That should work.
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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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Tifa-X



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
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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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Hutcho



Joined: 11 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, mine is not checked for updates, even though I add a new comic weekly . I don't know which of the 6 problems my site has... any help is appreciated!
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michailv



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Gaming vs. Geeky Reply with quote

Not sure if this is the right place to ask--apologies if it's not, I only found this site recently!

Anyway, I'd like to submit the comic I'm involved with (Aggrocomic.com) to the site, but I'm not sure what the distinction between a "gaming" comic and a "geeky" comic is. My guess is that the gaming comics comment very directly on gaming news/events, while geeky comics are more character driven? Just guessing...

Thanks for helping a newbie out!
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jreinsch



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:56 pm    Post subject: Crawler compatibility Reply with quote

You need the following code in your main page:

Code:
 <!-- Last Update: 28/03/2008 -->


Where 28/03/2008 is the date of the most recent update.

PROTIP!
If you use ComicPress to power your site, I've found a way to do this automatically. In your Theme Functions file (functions.php) insert the following code in the comic_display() function:

Code:
  $WCLDate = mysql2date('d/m/Y', $post->post_date);
  echo "<!-- Last Update: $WCLDate -->\n";


Do it just above the other "echo" command, as that is where the comic is actually displayed. Refresh your page and look at the source code, and you will find the crawler's comment inserted automagically. I've been using this tweak for months without issues.

EDIT: for some reason my sig isnt showing up... but if you want to see the code in action check my site, which should have been linked by it.

http://close-to-the-chest.com/
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flowerlark



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope this is the right section for this...

I can't change the info in my profile... I update it, it says it updated, but it stays the same and never changes. Which is bad because my URL has changed but it won't list the new one.
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