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    Yasuno

    Website Updates

    By 🌟Yasuno, in Announcement,

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    Hi all,

    We have done some website updates over yesterday and I just wanted to touch on them here. These are mainly back end, and underlying software updates so if this kind of talk makes your eyes glaze over I will understand if you skip the announcement. 👌
     

    The Elephant in the room - Advertisements
    As the expression is told, lets go ahead and get the elephant in the room out of the way. Yes, we have enabled ads however we have tried to make sure that they are non-intrusive. No pop up, or pop under ads will happen, and we tried to make sure all of the ad placement was in a way to prevent accidental clicking and also not ruin the flow of content.

    The ads help us do things like: Renew our licensing for the website software, pay our server and bandwidth bills (Our bandwidth increased by 300% during the MapleStory 2 closed beta test), as well as work with developers for custom additions to the site or to buy existing add-ons. We may consider an optional donation option for those of you would rather donate than see ads. We know a lot of people use an ad blocker of some kind. But if you are feeling nice every once in a while and want to turn off your ad blocker for a few page visits we would really appreciate it.
     

    Backend Changes

    Redis Caching (Not Reddit)
    Improved caching on the site has been enabled with a Redis server. Before we were not actually using any server-side caching and instead relying on Cloudflare to do as much heavy lifting as possible and it definitely did a lot of heavy lifting for us. It served over 2.5 million requests from its edge servers, and saved us about 100 GB of bandwidth on 1 TB of bandwidth spent which is good considering a chunk of our bandwidth is actually .mp3 previews with Cloudflare does not cache natively. The Redis cache engine will help take some of the load off of the MySQL database and the over-all web server by caching page output, searches and tags for guest users.

    Improved Search with Elastic Search
    Some of you might have noticed while using the site yesterday that for a brief period of time search didn't work, and all of the activity feed disappeared. This was me fumbling through an Elastic Search server set-up and then re-indexing all of the content to the new Elastic Search cluster and shards. Before, search was using the MySQL database directly this can put a huge strain on the database as it is having to support normal website use plus searching through thousands of rows of data for multiple users. By offloading the search system to the Elastic Search cluster it will speed up performance in general for searching but also provide better search results.

    It will now weight search results based on keywords and other factors. You should see improved search results going forward, and they should improve over time as well. It will search the entire index based on your keywords and then pull out 10,000 rows of data and compare them to your keywords and other factors to try to provide better results. It does all of this within a second or so basically.

    Search has been made more clear in general as well, before it was kind of a "Am I searching the entire website? Just this submission? Just this category?" Now when you begin a search a pop up window specifically says if you are searching every where, or just in a specific section.

    Improved Login & Account Security Options
    We have added support for faster login and improved account security options. Now when logging in, or registering you can choose to use one of the external providers instead of just filling out all of the information manually on the login or registration form. You can choose to login or register with the following providers:

    • Facebook
    • Google
    • Microsoft
    • Twitter

    2-Factor Authentication - We have also added the ability to enable 2-Factor Authentication in your account settings. You can use the following options to add extra login security to your account:

    • Security Questions & Answers
    • Google Authenticator
    • Authy


    Multiple System Languages now Supported
    We have added language packs back to the site! You can find the drop down selector on the left hand side of where the menu is at the top, Or at the very bottom. We already have 10 languages supported, with Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) on the way. In the future we hope to support Korean and Japanese as well since we get a decent amount of traffic from those countries already. Please note, this only translates system text, if the post is written in English that will still be in English.

    Phone Style Emoticons now supported
    When clicking on the emote button in the editor now, it will have options to choose a skin tone, search and look through categories just like on a phone or tablet.

    Coming Soon
    We have the following releases / changes coming up which will be available in a separate news post as this one is already very long.

    • A "Light" version of our theme for users who do not like the constant dark mode.
    • Adding the 3 - 8 person ensembles to the Maple Beats section
    • News on how we are currently using the source from Mabilcco to modify it to support code editing, 10 tracks per part, and more.

    Yasuno

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    Hi Everyone,

    Unfortunately we did not finish the 3MLE package in time while the first closed beta test was still running for MapleStory 2 but at least it will now be available going forward. The 3MLE Download page has been updated to include a link for the MabiBeats version, and the MapleBeats Version.

    All of the instruments that show up on the in-game composer have been added to the instrument drop down list. In the coming weeks we will add the rest of the ensemble halls to MapleBeats (You can have up to 8 people in an Ensemble for MS2).

    Going forward, all previews generated in the MapleBeats section will now sound how it would sound in the game. We will not be retro-updating the previous previews to match.

    On another note, Welcome and Thank you to all of the new members who have joined us from the Maple Story 2 side. Our spike in traffic has been tremendous taking us from 900K hits a month to already 2.1 Million hits and this was just during the one week beta. We are looking forward to release and serving the needs of the global MS2 community when the time comes. We hope that 3MLE MapleBeats Edition will be useful to the music community, and we look forward to everyone's contributions to the Music Halls!

    - Yasuno


    Yasuno

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    Hi All,

    It has been some time since we have had a website update, our license expired a while back for the software behind the site so we were not able to update for some time. Thanks to those of you that do not use ad-block on our site we were finally able to meet the minimum requirement for a pay-out from the ads. We used the ad money to renew our license and then upgrade the website. I also ported over the dark skin I have been working on.

    There are a few other goodies available now that came with the update and the theme refresh, I will touch on them below via spoiler tags so the page does not get dragged out.

     

    Leaderboard

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    There is now a leaderboard function on the site that can be found in the top menu. It automatically updates over time as stats change with users.

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    Reactions

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    As can be seen in the image below, we now get to use reactions for forum posts and content in the databases instead of only an up-vote. I have tried to add a decent array of things to choose from.

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    Profile Backgrounds & Youtube Videos

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    This is pretty self-explanatory, however you now have the ability to have a custom background for your forum profile. Also we have replaced the MP3 music player, with one that can embed Youtube videos. For an example see my profile here, or the Archive Librarian's profile.

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    Changes to Group Icons

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    In order to reduce the over-all image page load we have switched groups that used to have image icons (Such as Verified Composers) to use Unicode Emoticons. These are web-standard emotes built into all (current version) browsers and also works on mobile. The design may differ slightly from device to device, but it will always be supported.

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    Solo Music Hall Changes

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    The Solo Music Hall has been updated to follow the same structure as the other existing Music Hall's. There is no longer a copy MML to clipboard button in solo hall, and instead of there being 3 tracks on the page it is now only the MML code, like the other Music Halls.

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    There have been many other slight changes throughout the board over-all since the theme was completely re-done but here are some specific things that are no longer enabled/available at this time.

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    No custom background selector for the site like previous skin version. (Might add back later)
    No Light theme available. (This will be added later)
    Signatures are no longer enabled in order to keep the post sections clean.

     


    Yasuno

    Hi All,

    Our version of 3MLE has been updated to Version 4, which along other things brings it in tune/line with the Music Q patch. Massive thanks to @Blargel for updating it this time for us. You can find the new version on the download page here, The filesize is smaller than before (148mb instead of 366mb) but you will need winrar, or something that can extract .rar files to open it. Reveal the spoiler contents below to see the change log, or view the change log on the download page itself.

    Spoiler

    - Old Instruments have been updated to reflect Music Q Patch
    - Tuned Instruments Added: Flute, Whistle, Violin and Cello
    - Electric Guitar, Violin and Cello sound have changed:
            - The distortion effect no longer sounds awkward for guitar
           -  Violin and Cello sounds cut off earlier than before (Same goes for Tuned Versions)
    - Harp no longer needs to go to o0 as all the sounds have been shifted up 1 octave, so o0 -> o1 -> o2, etc.
    - Bass Drum's o2 d+ is no longer a different drum sound.

     


    Yasuno

     

     

    Hi all,

    As promised in the last news post the Showcase Hall is now available, please note that this music hall works a bit different from the other ones! I have made a very short, but precise FAQ below.

     

    F.A.Q

    Q. Why can't i see any MML Code?

    A. The Showcase Hall is for being able to preview a song only. Usually this is for composers who have made some fantastic music, but do not wish to share the code with others in-game (but still let people listen to it, and review it). Also, sometimes a song may be an impossible play rank still, but they wish to get early feedback, etc.

     

    Q. How come there are no ranks posted?

    A. The showcase hall is for previewing the music only, since there is no public MML code there is no point in showing the play rank.

     

    Public Discord

    We now have a public discord for our communities, we recently moved our staff chat from Slack to Discord. It made sense for the next step for it to be available to all of the community. Currently there are only a few channels, however as/if it grows we will continue to make more room with new channels.

    Discord Invitation Link

     

     


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