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    netKar Central - What do you want?

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    Martin Hussey
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    netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:46 pm

    We've started working again on improving NKCentral, and we would like to know what features are important to our users. Afterall, without you guys, theres little point in us even running the site.
    At the moment we're working on systems to allow uploading skins, mods, tracks and setups. We have plans to encorporate Jaap's Pro Rank system in the future, but thats a little more work.

    So tell us, what features would be useful to you?

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    Post by Martin Hussey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:34 pm

    107 views and not a single reply? Is that a sign that the site is fine the way it is, or do you just not care?

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by René Lorig on Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:02 pm

    The features you mentioned (the ones you are planning to add) are fine! Maybe a "Misc" section for stuff like other setup guides (the one at your side is good), track guides and so on.
    Like a big digital (but free) marketplace.

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Andrea Lojelo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:20 pm

    Martin, I would change something on the interface. It looks not very attractive to me.

    If you want your website to be the central repository for nk contents, you need to make very simple the way you can share things.

    At the moment I think people need to send you an email, and I don't think this will ever be a good method.

    I would take some ideas from rfactor central also:
    - possibility to rate your track on different things
    - add videos, images
    - some kind of classification of the contents



    It seems to me that now your website isn't slow anymore. Have you change anything on that?





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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:33 pm

    I didnt realise the website was ever slow. Nobody had told us :/

    Right now we're working on the setup file uploader, and a way for people to submit articles. Once the setup uploader is complete (possibility of it being finished by tomorrow) the rest of the features will come quicker, as its just a case of adapting the backend for the different features.

    The article submission feature will allow users to add youtube videos, screenshots and other links to their articles. I'm going to write up some tutorials for including the content, to help people who arent familiar with Joomlas formatting. I imagine we will be able to include a checkbox to request that one of the NKC staff add the correct formatting, if users cannot understand it.

    We hope to have the ability in the future to make the site multi-lingual. But this is a lot of work, as all the articles will need translating. Once the other features are working, we're going to look into this.

    Technically track rating is already possible. But without a way for users to upload their tracks, there is little point implimenting it yet.

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    Post by Andrea Lojelo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:53 pm

    Martin Hussey wrote:I didnt realise the website was ever slow. Nobody had told us :/
    I think I mentioned it somewhere (can't find the post anymore).
    For me was terribly slow before. Now seems to be ok


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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:40 pm

    Thanks for your input guys. The whole reason for asking this was so that we can focus on improving the features that you think are most important.

    Users now have the ability to add articles to the system, however they will need to be approved by an admin to avoid spammers making a mess of things.

    We are considering creating usergroups for trusted members of leagues and such. For example, we could allow certain RSR administrators access to post and publish their own news articles, for advertising events or track releases.

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    Post by Andrea Lojelo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:53 pm

    one nice additional feature could be a unified race calendar that takes automatically data from other websites.
    I've seen something like this before, but I can't find the page anymore. Was it done by Katsu?


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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:05 pm

    This was one of the original concepts that the site was to be built upon. The only problem is the automation of it. That requires a bit of work pulling data from various websites.

    I'm sure it would be possible to impliment a calender that can be manually added to, though.

    EDIT: Apparently it wouldnt be hugely difficult to feed from websites, but would need a bit of work on the website owners part. I've added it to the to-do list. Thanks Smile


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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Andrea Lojelo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:07 pm

    We have on our website also, but it's so boring to insert things manually 2-3 times in different places...


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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by M Carey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:23 pm

    Andrea Lojelo wrote:one nice additional feature could be a unified race calendar that takes automatically data from other websites.
    I've seen something like this before, but I can't find the page anymore. Was it done by Katsu?
    It was, but as he's now in iRacing it isn't updated anymore.

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by stefano schivari on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:59 pm

    Hi martin I see your website ad it's nice..if you need help with joomla contact me :msn- ste_lepper@live.it skype: stefano.schivari.
    Maybe you have to install a cache plugin for have a faster loading of the pages

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by MikaRaymond on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:32 pm

    what you have already is very good. im not gonna sit here and say what needs doing and what doesnt need doing, because its fine.

    maybe you could create some sort of setup database where users can upload their setups and other users can download them?

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by M Carey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:35 pm

    No one really seems to use Jaap's.

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:47 pm

    MikaRaymond wrote:what you have already is very good. im not gonna sit here and say what needs doing and what doesnt need doing, because its fine.

    maybe you could create some sort of setup database where users can upload their setups and other users can download them?

    We're working on that as we speak, as mentioned in post 1 & 5 Razz

    It should be working in some form or another by this evening. If all goes well, anyway.

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by MikaRaymond on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:49 pm

    ah yeah i see, sorry about that. i thought you meant just a simple upload space but didnt realise it was something more along the lines of a database Smile

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:56 pm

    The plan is to be able to search by track and/or vehicle. But make it able to add setups to tracks not already in the database. If a setup is uploaded into the database that doesnt already exist, it'll temporarily create that track name and flag it up for us to check. Allows for new tracks to be added easily, and stops people creating new tracks that are already in the database.

    Users will be able to add, edit, update and remove their own setups, And rate other setups. We wont initially be including a lap time dialogue box, because that can be misleading. (I'm sure people have downloaded setups from the rank and then gone much faster than the time listed)

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by laurent resende on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:08 pm

    Bravo Martinfor evolution that you bring to your site

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Albert McSaltens on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:51 pm

    you could add links or a list of the different existing leagues on netkar pro

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    Re: netKar Central - What do you want?

    Post by Martin Hussey on Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:59 pm

    Well it was my plan originally to post league results, but GPC and Radiators are the only leagues really worth mentioning at the moment.

    I welcome anyone running a league to post a news article on the site about it.

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