Let me start from his question:
cairnswk wrote:So from this i can deduct that there are files waiting to be uploaded, that have been betad, and other maps waiting behind them that have not been betad but still have to be and these maps haven't had their files sent to lackattack for uploading because they are not betad.
Do tell me please tnb80, how many maps can be in beta at once?
There's no limit, or better at least untill it doesn't become something impossible to manage for me. Technically, right now there're just two limits, the first one is the time the the people that is involved into the map development process can put into it, from mapmakers to Lackattack.
The second is the visibility I want to give to the maps. It's not just a personal choice but more something worth the effort that everyone here (mapmakers, CAs and foundry commentors) put into a map project.
But let me explain this concept a bit better.
Right now I prefer to give the Beta stamp to a map, then update all the info I have to update (like the gallery index), send the file to Lackattack and write an headline for the map. Then I have just to wait that the map is uploaded. When the map is live, usually I post a message on the map thread to let the mapmaker knows about it. This procedure hasn't a predefined schedule, so sometimes it require few hours, sometimes a couple of days.
Now you're certainly thinking: "if you have just to send the file to Lackattack, why not stamp all maps that are ready and send them to him at once?"
The answer is simple and it's again visibility.
You have probably noticed that since I become the Foundry Foreman, I've started to use the headlines also when a map reach the Beta stage, not only when it comes out. Not saying that the old system was wrong, just I think that headlines are a powerful way to bring more people here and express their opinion. To be honest, it's not just matter of a my personal opinion , because everyone here has noticed that there're more people that come here to share their thoughts about a map since I started to headline beta maps, so let me say that it works and this is a tangible proof of that!
In addition I'm of the opinion that every single map on CC should have his 2 days of celebrity, 2 days in which we put it under the spotlight and say to everyone: "Hey there's a new map, take a look at it!"
Unfortunately this thing creates also a limit. In fact I can have just 2 headlines right now. It's not that I'm not allowed to use headlines all days, is just that if I headline 3 maps, the 3rd covers the 1st. To prevent this thing I try to stamp and headline just 2 maps in the same time, so everyone has the same visibility on the homepage, without considering if the map is a masterpiece or just a map to my eyes. Like i said in other occasion you're all worth to receive the same treatment and the same respect.
Coming back on topic, I'm discussing with the admins about the possibility to speed up the mapmaking process, specially during the final phase, where the maps have already passead through a depth scanning process in terms of gameplay and graphics. For now I won't give you more details, this because there's nothing set about this, so I won't make a promise that I won't able to comply...but consider that I'm working on it.
What we can decide for now is to change a bit the way how things are done but using what we have now. (in the next future we will see)
Like I said, now it works in this way: Beta Stamp, headlines, file sent, then wait for the upload
We can change it in: Beta stamp, file sent, then wait for the upload and then use headlines
Or again: Send the file, wait to have them uploaded, Beta stamp and Headlines
all those options have pros and cons...
I'm all ears
over to you guys
P.s. the post is a bit long and I've some urgent home stuff to do, like prepare the dinner, so I'm not going to re-read what I wrote; if something doesn't make much sense,just let me know.
P.P.s the objective of the discussion is to talk about realistic/feasible options for now- that in other words I mean no code changes or the like....my wish list for lackattack is long enough as it is now....like we say in italy: Don't ask the moon!