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Author Topic: FindPlay - a new tool to find other gamers in your area  (Read 21955 times)
Clinton R. Nixon
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« on: October 15, 2005, 03:39:49 PM »

Last Tuesday, I got this itch to write a tool to help people find people in their area that like the same games they do. I released it this morning, and there's not a lot there yet - this sort of thing takes off by people using it.

So, anyway, go sign up if you like. You'll note the standard Forge poll questions (what three games have you most recently played, liked most, want to play.) They're there to keep this simple: all the sites like this I've seen before are way too complex.

So, here it is: http://findplay.anvilwerks.com. Feel free to leave me feedback here.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005, 01:43:52 AM »

It looks like a beautiful idea.  But it won't let me sign up.  Application error (Rails) or something.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2005, 02:38:36 AM »

It looks like a beautiful idea.  But it won't let me sign up.  Application error (Rails) or something.

I think I've tracked that down: it seems to happen when it can't parse your address. I'll work on it today and clear that up.

It still won't let you sign up if it can't parse your address, but I'll have it give a cogent message.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2005, 02:53:19 AM »

Does it cope with antipodean addresses?  'Cause I can see that it might not, and that would be a pity.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2005, 03:21:12 AM »

Does it cope with antipodean addresses?  'Cause I can see that it might not, and that would be a pity.

I'm so baffled. Does it deal with people on the exact opposite side of the planet as you? I suppose it would. If Google Maps can deal with it, FindPlay can.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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Jason Morningstar
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2005, 08:34:49 AM »

I signed up and it showed me nearby twunts (you know who you are), but it broke when I tried to edit my profile.  Other than that the awesomeness is blinding.

Also, you should consider adding a privacy/use statement. 

--Jason
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Bankuei
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2005, 09:55:54 AM »

Hi Clinton,

I couldn't even sign in...

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could not connect to server: Connection refused
        Is the server running on host "localhost" and accepting
        TCP/IP connections on port 5432?


/app/controllers/player_controller.rb:25:in `new'
/app/controllers/player_controller.rb:25:in `register'

I'm on a Safari, Mac OS 10.3.5, and dial up... 

Chris
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2005, 10:02:35 AM »

Ditto Chris' result, on WinXP, IE version 6.0.2900 and a bunch more numbers after that.  I am behind a corporate firewall, but am not filtered or proxied on standard http traffic.

James
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matthijs
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2005, 10:16:11 AM »

Timeout::Error in Player#register
execution expired
/lib/freegeo.rb:9:in `lookup'
/app/models/player.rb:63:in `edit'
/app/controllers/player_controller.rb:27:in `register'
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Ginger Stampley
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2005, 12:09:29 PM »

Same error as matthijs. Safari 2.0.1, Mac OS X 10.4.2, broadband (DSL).
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2005, 04:57:25 AM »

It seems to be working much better now after some repair work (thank you guys for testing it.) I'm still a little worried about the geographic lookup scheme. I went with Google Maps, as that makes it much more useful for international people. However, this introduces the problem that the program can time out waiting for a response from Google Maps to translate your address into a longitude and latitude.

I could just locate people by Zip Code centroids, which would solve the problem, but mean that international people are screwed. Hrm.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2005, 06:24:15 AM »

Very cool ap and service, Clinton.

Is there a way for the user to control his geographical radius? It appears that 35 miles is the limit set here. (Why 35, by the way?). Can there be a drop down menu or something similar that sets the radius something like:

10 miles
25 miles
50 miles
75 miles
100 miles
200 miles

Some of us not near large metropolitan areas are willing to drive a bit farther for some fun on a weekend.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2005, 06:28:37 AM »

Is there a way for the user to control his geographical radius? It appears that 35 miles is the limit set here. (Why 35, by the way?).

The actual calculation: your latitude +/- 0.5 and your longitude +/- 0.5. That's about 35 miles to the north and south, and if you live in a fairly central (non-equatorial, non-polar) area, about 35 miles to the west and east.

You might be able to control your geographical radius in the future. I started with the simplest thing that could possibly work.
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Clinton R. Nixon
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Blankshield
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2005, 06:36:11 AM »

It's working now.  Predictably enough, it shows me near... no body. :) 

(I live halfway to the frozen north; there's about 5 people up here who know about the forge - the other 5 people are two busy getting their sled teams ready for winter)

James
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Lance D. Allen
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2005, 06:57:16 AM »

The ironic thing is, I think I'll probably already know all the Forgies in the area.

Still very cool little utility though. I'll have to check back occasionally, and spread the word.
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