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  1. 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

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  2. 16 hours ago, lonestranger said:

    I have a silly question about your game, @Jagularr. When we share our results, there is a bird icon before the game number. Sometimes it's a duck, eagle, owl, swan, etc, etc. Is there a method or pattern used to determine which bird is assigned to the game results or is it strictly a random thing?  It doesn't look like it's score related to individual games, which makes me think it's random, or do our previous scores influence which bird we get? Any significance at all with the assigned bird icon or is it just a random (for lack of a better word) decoration?

    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 🙂

    13 hours ago, Kevin said:

    I like it being harder, an easy one is fun from time to time, but hitting the first guess or two every time gets boring eventually. .

    Personally, I like it best when the first 3-4 crops don't show too much, making it a challenge, but the last two showing a lot, giving people not very familiar with the bird a chance.

    Makes sense, I will definitely keep this in mind while making these.

    11 hours ago, Zoroark said:

    birdie 🦆 #277: 🟥🟨🟩

    I have not seen this bird.


    @Jagularr If you wanted an interesting way to switch it up, might I suggest the method the New York Times crossword puzzles are timed? Monday starts easy, then they get more difficult through Saturday. Sunday has a large grid, and Thursday has a trick (such as multiple letters in the same square).

    Perhaps the analog here could starting with ABA Code 1 birds early in the week, using tricky photos on Thursday, then using ABA Code 4 or 5 on the weekends?

    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!!

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  3. 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. 

    10 hours ago, Colton V said:

    Adding on to what Kevin said, I have noticed that slowly over time less and less of the bird is visible in the first pic. In the beginning we would often get the entire tail but now we hardly get anything. 

    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!

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  4. 19 minutes ago, Zoroark said:

    Hm, it's not loading for me.


    6 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

    I'm having the same problem this morning. Hopefully it's just a temporary glitch and the game will be up and running soon. ?


    Yup and it was my fault. It's back online now!

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  5. On 6/2/2022 at 3:48 PM, Zoroark said:

    @Jagularr Oh, I've got an idea. If a guess has a correct word in it (i.e. the word turns green), perhaps the tile for that guess should be yellow?

    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.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Maybe a 'Pass' or 'Skip to Next Image' button for those of us who may be ID-challenged (like @lonestranger).

    ? 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.

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  7. On 6/2/2022 at 3:48 PM, Zoroark said:

    @Jagularr Oh, I've got an idea. If a guess has a correct word in it (i.e. the word turns green), perhaps the tile for that guess should be yellow?

    Like for the share-able text that you copy? I was considering that actually! I'll see about adding that in.

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  8. 18 hours ago, IKLland said:

    I’m not comfortable having my real name on there. Do you mind if I submit it but use my ebird username instead?  

    That's totally fine. I'll clarify that on the website as well.

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  9. 7 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Thank you, and welcome to Whatbird!

    Would you mind explaining the criteria you use for photo selection?  You may get more photos submitted if we know what you're looking for!

    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.

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