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Jagularr

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  1. Hello friends! I am rolling out an...interesting...feature to birdiegame. Each game will now have a 'discussion' section. I promise I am not trying to replace you, but thought it would be fun to have a place to complain or brag about how easy the ID was in a centralized location. You can 'like' comments and you can also report them. I will personally review every reported comment. Let's hope it doesn't all go to crap...let me know if things start going south or you are seeing errors, my email is onemillionwords17@gmail.com. Your score will automatically be shown next to your comment, unless you post the comment while the game is in 'The Vault'. I'm pretty iffy on this feature so let me know if you hate it / like it and we can always change or get rid of it. It will probably show up on your devices over the next few hours/days.
  2. That's not a bad idea. I'll keep that in mind... Also please feel free to absolutely spam the photo submission with any interesting photos you guys take. We don't get enough submissions! And merry christmas to you too!
  3. Which one of ya'll sent this "photo submission"? 😂😂😂😂 Now, on a serious note....are there any families you'd like to see more (or less) of? (also, P.S., gulls are a weak and often ignored point for me, hence me trying to compensate in the past couple of weeks...) As always, thank you for still playing this game!!
  4. Some users are reporting that today's game isn't working even when they answer correctly. This is due to some browsers caching the old list of answer choices, and today's answer is one of the ones that was renamed (my bad). If this happens to you, before completing the game, try to hard-refresh the browser (on desktop, this is typically CTRL + F5, and on mobile, it varies, but I know on IOS a trick is to turn airplane mode on, attempt to refresh the page, turn airplane mode off, and refresh again) (just don't delete your cache/cookies etc., that would delete your game data). If this messes up your stats, shoot me an email/dm and I can fix it. sorry!
  5. Hey everyone, pushed a couple of changes to the game today: The bird list has been completely overhauled! I'd like to apologize for the issues that you guys encountered with the old list, it was dated and I had been using it without reviewing it much at all. Want to give a huge shoutout to someone named Brandon for curating and emailing me an updated list, which cut out a little over 150 of the original listed species, and renamed a bunch to keep them up to date. There are still a couple of 'incorrect' ones in there because I had to support the archived games for now. Because this is sort of a 'big' update, I'm aware there might be flaws, so I'd appreciate it if you'd DM me if/when you find any issues with the new list, I'll fix them right away. I also added a small feature that will link the revealed correct answer to the allaboutbirds page for the bird, thanks to Kelly for the idea. Again, thanks for playing.
  6. it's back up!!! sorry guys, the cheapo deployment service I use decided to add a nice little bug into their script and I wasn't aware it failed until now.. BTW if you care about your streak and this messed you up, lmk and I can help you 'fix' it
  7. This would be interesting. To see which birds people know best/worst. Agreed. I'd say 90% of the time the photos are from flickr via creative commons website. However I agree, would be cool to link to those too regardless.
  8. Hey guys, just wanna say thanks so much for playing this game, as today we hit game 365, aka one year anniversary. I have some fun stats for you: As of right now, The daily game has been completed 96135 times. Over the past month, we've averaged 519 daily game completions per day. The record for one day was 645 daily game completions, which happened to be yesterday. (Note that all these stats do not include any plays in 'The Vault' (replaying old games). So there's probably more overall activity than is shown here.) Here is the score distribution of all those plays: (1 being correct in 1 guess, 2 being correct in 2 guesses, etc.) I'm sure there's quite a few takeaways from the distribution here. Seems like people tend to get it quickly, or not at all. Maybe the difficulty isn't as balanced as it could be. ALSO, We've received 195 photo submissions from 39 contributors. Huge special thanks to our top contributors, specifically "Bal Land" aka "Alien Bird", Ronan Pangie, Liam Wolff, Ann Pettigrew, Dina Perry, "Canada Birdwatcher", and Manny Salas. I try to use as many of the photo submissions as possible, and if I haven't used yours, I either will in the future, or it's because the bird was already recently used in the daily game, or the image is too low-resolution (e.g., Instagram links). But thank you so very much. I've spent approximately 60-70 hours putting together these lil' games over the past year. I have basically left the gameplay bit un-changed from the beginning, so sorry if I've been ignoring feature requests 😰. It hasn't been super time consuming, but maybe soon we start sourcing an occasional game from you guys, to spice it up a bit? Anyways, the game isn't super popular by any means, but it has amazed me at how a core group of people have stuck with it. It more or less has continued to very slowly grow in terms of number of players ever since it started. I basically posted it on a couple of birding forums last year and that's been it. Here's how the daily game completions have been growing over time: So anyways, hope this was mildly interesting, and thanks again for playing. ♥
  9. Complete typo on my part, species name is fixed now 😓
  10. Sorry about that guys. Thankfully someone called this to my attention: note to self: don't select photo at 1am again and take the author's word for what the species is 😁 pushing out the corrected name, this should not affect anyone's stats but if there are any issues lmk
  11. Great question, it is completely random, but now that you mention it that would've been cooler if it had some significance. Maybe I'll start mapping them to the score and you guys will have to figure it out 🙂 Makes sense, I will definitely keep this in mind while making these. That's a neat idea. Maybe won't do exactly that, but it could be fun to throw in some real 'wild cards' on the weekends only, and start off the week a bit easier. Thanks for the suggestion!!
  12. Hi! I'm glad you all like the historic games feature, I spent the better part of the weekend on it. I also just added 'ranking badges' to the scorecard as a little gimmick, you'll probably notice it tomorrow. I haven't checked this thread in a looooong time, but if you guys have any suggestions for new features or improvements do let me know. Noted. Definitely have room for improvement, this is likely a result of me trying to mix it up. I initially tried to make the game 'harder' when I realized how many people were absolutely acing these, and my goal was to make it just hard enough that the average score is somewhere in the 3-5 range, but it turns out that's difficult. People tend to either nail it immediately or just barely / not at all! I also try to rarely repeat the same species which I'm sure leads to some really obscure birds and polarizing score distributions, which may or may not be a good idea. Next step: create an AI to make the perfect crops 😈 Also, to the handful of people who have sent photo submissions, thank you so much, you guys are killing it and I am using them whenever I can!
  13. Yup and it was my fault. It's back online now!
  14. Trying this out. All guesses that partially match will show up as yellow tiles now. Partial matches were already shown on the guess list, this will just make it easier to tell.
  15. Haha I was referring to the 'birdie #15 ??????' text part
  16. ? oh I can relate. Actually, you can just click 'Guess' without selecting anything and it will skip to the next picture. If that isn't working let me know. Maybe I can make it clearer on there that that's allowed.
  17. Like for the share-able text that you copy? I was considering that actually! I'll see about adding that in.
  18. Impressed with all the one-try guesses today! Making it look easy (or is it?)
  19. I believe I've only seen it once myself ?
  20. That's totally fine. I'll clarify that on the website as well.
  21. Thanks! Mostly just looking for high-resolution pictures, open to any North American species. The more variety the better, and the more fine detail available in the feathers, etc., the more interesting the crops can be.
  22. i made this! thanks for posting and playing. I'll be keeping a lookout for photo submissions on the website (for future days' games) and any feedback anyone has ?
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