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Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Varka » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:59 pm

Hey folks -

I'm making a bunch of improvements to Toypics, the video sharing site I set up for sharing toy videos - and I would like you folks to make some suggestions as to what you'd most like to see improved on it.

Here's some things I can think of, off the top of my head, that would be reasonable for me to do (mention these if you want them to happen):

- Ability to embed Toypics videos in the Bad Dragon forums
- Ability to upload larger videos (up to 2GB) to Toypics
- A high quality mode on toypics (a paid modification I found)
- Better tags / organisation of content on Toypics (eg, 'channels' for males/females/etc, correct tags etc)
- A darker / less eyewatering colored theme
- Etc!

Let me know what things you'd like to see, so I can work at improving it!

I've updated Toypics' software to the latest version, which converts more file formats and also has a search function, and a few other things. I'm ordering a darker theme (see below) which should also make things look a bit nicer.
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I've also moved the Toypics website to a server in the US, so speeds for you Americans should be substantially higher. Enjoy!
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Runa » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:01 pm

Wasn't there someone on the forums asking to help code the toypics site so it matched the mainsite and the forums? That would be a pretty sweet additionf or consistency's sake!
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Kitsuneboom » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:02 pm

Is there anyway to region block it? Like, people from my zip code can't see what I post? because, I may or may not have had a few embarrassing moments already.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Varka » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:34 am

Runa: Well, remember that Toypics is owned and operated by me seperately from Bad Dragon (mainly for legal reasons) - so consistency isn't something that is likely to be pursued (maybe a scaly background). I'm probably going to just do the theme changes myself as that creates fewer conflicts of interest, and also simplifies things substantially in terms of organisation =)

Regarding the blocking of videos from certain zip codes, due to the nature of the internet that's not possible. If you're afraid people might find what you post, you either need to take steps to be anonymous (new username, new gmail account, blur out / don't show distinguishing features, don't film stuff where people might recognise it, etc), or you need to not post it on the 'net, period! You need to be responsible with the internet, particularly with videos and other things of an adult nature - if I was a regular porn tube site, I wouldn't be removing videos at *all* - which would cause all manner of problems if you ever wanted to take a video down (most owners aren't receptive to takedown requests at all).
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Raknar » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:11 am

i'm getting 404's when i try to go to http://videos.toypics.net/channel/25// (or any other channel)
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Cheeseman111 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:52 pm

Yeah, not sure why, but you can get around the 404's by searching by tag or something along those lines. It seems like the only links that are broken re the channels. Just takes a little longer to find the vid you're looking for, is all.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Copterdr » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:38 pm

I have a few comments I'd like to add:

Can you give us an option for themes? The black is far too dark and just *yuck*. I dislike the BD default theme with it's black color, and have been using the prosilver instead. Toypics matches it pretty well just the way it is.

Videos being watched right now: Can this go away or at least be turned on and off per user. It really slows my computer down, and clutters up my screen.

Also would appreciate if video post dates were added back. They used to say "video uploaded ___ days ago" under each one, which made for really handy at-a-glance check for new content.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Kitsuneboom » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:56 pm

Okay, I was just wondering, Varka. Thanks though.
I know that some sites offer the feature, and it's not that any of the encounters have been terribly unpleasant. Just uncomfortable. But, new feature idea is a new idea and would be nice for many. But, I understand the difficulties in implementing something so big. I'm not worried about anonymity at all really.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Bahamuth » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:57 am

Nice toypics-Site update but i think i have found a little bug with the "videos beeing watched right now"-feature is always showing the same 5 videos: "Riding the Grand pup on the wall" "Gryphon 5 and Gryphon 1" "Double Penetration -somewhat" and "Varka Rides...The Varka ?!"
It would be great if you could fix that little bug

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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Kidsune » Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:27 am

Also, just thought i'd ask here out of curiosity. How does the 'featured video' area work? How are they chosen?
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby popo » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:56 pm

Kidsune wrote:Also, just thought i'd ask here out of curiosity. How does the 'featured video' area work? How are they chosen?

random order :P
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Strife » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:33 am

Is anyone awhere that the girls and toys channel link doesnt work?
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Cheeseman111 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:31 pm

Strife wrote:Is anyone awhere that the girls and toys channel link doesnt work?

None of the channel buttons work. You have to go through the videos and figure out which ones have the tag.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Varka » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:45 am

Okay, so far we have:

- fix the damn channel buttons
- make sure the 'uploaded x days ago' thing on the thumbnail pages stays
- promote more videos to the 'featured' bit
- make sure the 'being watched right now' actually updates properly

The 'featured videos' are chosen, just I never log in and do it ><

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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Kidsune » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:23 am

Sweet :3

Also, i hate you, varka... *points at speedtext result* ^_~
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Zoen » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:45 am

Uploading seems to be broken. Tried two different file types on three different browsers.

Each time, it'll load as if it's sending the data, and once it finishes, the upload page just...refreshes. No confirmation, no "successful upload" message, no pending video, no nothing.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Cyaragos » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:59 am

Something that I'd find enormously useful would be to be able to, in the actual video, skip forward past bits that haven't already buffered. As it is right now, the videos just load from start to end, without being able to skip past anything that hasn't already been loaded. Some people tend to spend a lot of time lubing up and whatnot, and sometimes I'm just looking for the actual penetration ;)
I guess this might be some software limitation from the video streaming provider, so I understand if this is not possible to fix. Just a suggestion. (Or maybe it's even just something wrong with my browser)
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby ThreeFingers » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:44 pm

Zoen wrote:Uploading seems to be broken. Tried two different file types on three different browsers.

Each time, it'll load as if it's sending the data, and once it finishes, the upload page just...refreshes. No confirmation, no "successful upload" message, no pending video, no nothing.


Yeah, I am getting the same thing. I have a video to upload of me playing with my chance, but I can't upload anything.
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Varka » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:21 am

Hey folks,

I've finished installing the new darker theme on Toypics, and fixed the 'videos being watched right now' by removing it. :D

I've also fixed a horrible internal database error that was resulting in none of the videos getting updated with last viewed dates/times, so now the 'recently viewed' column should work properly again.

I'm currently working on the uploader, and making it work properly, and will be also adding a 'embed this video in BD Forums' button, either on BD forums or on toypics (possibly both).

Regarding skipping onward on videos, unfortunately there's not much I can do about this. The video player doesn't support seeking, which blows ass I know.

I've also put some fresher, sexier featured videos in - if anyone has any suggestions for featured videos, please make sure to use the 'feature this!' button at the bottom of the vid.

Thanks for your patience :3
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Re: Toypics Improvements: Have Your Say!

Postby Varka » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:35 am

Testing embedding of Toypics videos:
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