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    Quote Originally Posted by Redleader View Post
    On the other hand one of the issues was the possible usage of 'ALT' of 'FAKE' accounts that was worrysome.
    I might look into creating something soon that can quickly help us identify these companies.

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    For the timing I don't know if it would be good to get the arty companies sorted out before or during the release .

    Think most for now are staying away from company tool cause it doesn't directly impact the gameplay and people have given up maintaining it.
    It also had issues as explained before and we fully understand this should not take priority over game improvement and implementation of new things.

    We do all express the hope to get something workable, a soldier's record might reveal valuable information (rank, company, history ... ).
    Another downside is people mustered multiple companies cause at 100 it's full while there's maybe 30-40 active alternating members ? (can we get a reserve list that's like an extra ?)
    I write for my personal account and from personal experience, unless stated otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Sweetroll View Post
    Doing some authentication with Steam would be much more work than what we are willing to put into the Company Tool right now. In the probably far future, we plan on using a different kind of database that is more suitable for games to talk to, though it of course also works fine for websites. The plan is to switch the Company Tool over to using this database system instead of the type of database we are currently using. This will allow the game to directly communicate with the Company Tool, allowing us to store various ingame stats which can then be seen on the Company Tool and also in the game itself. It will probably also make it much easier for the Company Tool to verify if somebody actually own the game. It will however require the entire backend of the Company Tool that communicates with the database to be reworked into the syntax the new database system uses. This is also one of the reasons why we hesitate to add more functionality to the Company Tool as the more stuff we add, the harder it will be to eventually transition to the database system the game can talk to.

    On another note,

    During the weekend I have been working on getting the new automatic disbanding of companies working. Currently it seems like its nearly fully working, though I will have to look through it again tommorow and do some more tests as we really dont want active companies to be disbanded by accident

    The way the code is currently set up to behave is like this. (I will be referring to the "Company Staff" multiple times in the following. Here's an explanation of what "Company Staff" is. If you are an admin for your company in the Company Tool, there is a setting where you can specify which minimum rank gets admin rights, Captain, 1st Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant and so on.. Any member of the company at this rank or above is identified as part of the company staff. You are also part of the company staff if you are designated as the "owner" of the company.)

    When we launch the automatic disbandment system. For all companies where none of their staff has signed in for the last 30 days, their staff will receive an email notifying them that if none of the companys staff sign in during the next 60 days, their company will automatically get disbanded.

    If 30 days pass and there is still no staff member that has signed in, then the company staff gets a second email saying they now have 30 days to sign in or their company will get disbanded.

    If 55 days pass and there is still no staff member that has signed in, then the company staff gets a third email saying they now have 5 days to sign in or their company will get disbanded.

    If 59 days pass and there is still no staff member that has signed in, then the company staff gets a fourth email saying they now have 1 day to sign in or their company will get disbanded.

    If one of the staff members signs in during this 60 day period, an email is sent to the entire company staff, notifying them that their company is no longer at risk of being disbanded for the time being. The email will also state which staff member was the one who logged in and saved the company (future promotion incoming ).

    If no staff member logs in during the 60 day period, then the company gets disbanded and each member of the company will receive an email stating that the company has been disbanded due to an inactive staff.

    This will then cycle again and again for the time to come, the only difference is that it wont tell you that you have 60 days to sign in but instead, when somebody signs in, you are good for 30 days. Then when these 30 days have passed and if no staff member has signed in, the staff will get an email stating you have 30 days to sign, so still 60 days in total from the last staff sign in until the company is disbanded.

    It is also important to mention that for the time being, this effect will be active an ALL companies, mustering companies and formed companies.

    You are all free to comment on these rules and the timings of emails and time it takes to get disbanded. We dont want to be too harsh on the timings, in case all staff members were on a long holiday or whatever and missed the emails, but we also want the cleanup of the Company Tool to happen relatively soon.
    It is nice to see that the Company Tool is being expanded. My only concern with the feature presented here is that the Company Tool with its limited possibilities does not give enough reason to log in frequently, which leads to the dissolution of the company (despite the information e-mail). The way the mechanics are presented here, it would only be an annoying detail and a constant threat to the existence of units, even for the active ones.
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    Iím still a little confused as to what itís purpose is for the game?

    Group communication? Stats? Meetings? FYI? Does it port info from game to CT?
    Better organization in Regiment?

    Iím new, and only found out about it because of this thread. I then had to search it out and watch a trainer video.
    Iím still not 100% clear on what itís purpose is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by von-Winkler View Post
    It is nice to see that the Company Tool is being expanded. My only concern with the feature presented here is that the Company Tool with its limited possibilities does not give enough reason to log in frequently, which leads to the dissolution of the company (despite the information e-mail). The way the mechanics are presented here, it would only be an annoying detail and a constant threat to the existence of units, even for the active ones.
    This is of course possible. But with it being so that it only takes 1 person of the staff to sign in every 2 months, I dont think its really too bad. Its also worth mentioning that when you log in on the company tool, if you tick the "Remember Me" checkbox. You will automatically get signed in to the Company Tool whenever you visit any page on the website, field reports, media whatever. Currently visiting the forum doesnt count. Though the Company Tool can in theory access any data it wants on the forum. So I could also look into having the automatic disbandment delay itself by another 2 months when a staff member signs in to the forum. You would then need to either link your forum account to your account on the Company Tool, similarly to how you got your forum badge from the crowdfunding campaign. Or I could simply just compare emails on the Company Tool with the email on the forum and count on most people using the same email for both places.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vishnu View Post
    I’m still a little confused as to what it’s purpose is for the game?

    Group communication? Stats? Meetings? FYI? Does it port info from game to CT?
    Better organization in Regiment?

    I’m new, and only found out about it because of this thread. I then had to search it out and watch a trainer video.
    I’m still not 100% clear on what it’s purpose is.
    The Company Tool is a place where groups/clans/companies can "officially" claim their regiment and company title inside the game. It also allows you to set up a pretty clear view of the structure and leadership in your group/clan/company. It can also send out mass emails to either the company staff, or the entire company, notifying them that the training on Friday has been moved to Saturday or whatever might be needed. At the moment we dont have any direct connection between the game and the Company Tool, but in one of my earlier posts in this thread, I talked about our future plans of connecting the two. It would allow players to have a special tag above their head when pressing T, stating which company they are in. While this is very far into the future, some of the future ideas for it also include some sort of automatic company vs company or companies vs companies of the two sides matchmaking, possibly even fighting over territory on a map the USA as well as the gathering of various ingame stats.

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    Fair enought. If the Company Tool is linked to the game as a database, would there be a way to control the disbanding timer via the activities in the game or is this approach too complicated? I think this would be the easiest and fairest way to separate active companies from inactive ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by von-Winkler View Post
    Fair enought. If the Company Tool is linked to the game as a database, would there be a way to control the disbanding timer via the activities in the game or is this approach too complicated? I think this would be the easiest and fairest way to separate active companies from inactive ones.
    When we get the new database system and get a connection between the game and the company tool, playing the game would definately also count as being active, in terms of disbanding companies.

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    Awesome. +1
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    I don’t want to be called the 13th though

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    The changes to the Company Tool has now been pushed live. While I dont expect any of you here to be at risk of currently loosing your company. The website is now in the process of sending about 3500 notification emails out to the players.

    I also managed to add the feature where if you sign in to the forum, you are also good and you will receive an email telling you so, if your company had entered the inactive state (inactive for 30 days) before the forum sign in. It does however require your email on the forum to be the same as the one you use on the Company Tool.

    And do of course please let me know if you should experience any strange behavior with the website / company tool or if the emails you receive contain weird information.

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