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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by sharadmv » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:50 pm

The reason I haven't released multiplayer yet is for scalability issues. I'm still trying to optimize a lot of things. I'll hopefully release it by July.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:11 pm

Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant wrote:In 2010 ACF Nationals, Penn/Illinois A, Robert Guiscard tossup, the names "Jerusalem", "Normandy", and "Apulia" don't show up at all.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Muriel Axon » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:04 pm

Is there any way to report category miscodings or other problems pertaining to specific questions?
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Post by NikhilSethi » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:18 pm

Any update on when multiplayer will be up?

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Post by KunalNaik » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:18 pm

I'm on University of Oklahoma wifi and am able to access the QBdb site but am unable to actually search for any questions or use the reader. Any suggestions?
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:44 pm

To continue with the often hilarious answer line acceptance algorithm, I was marked correct for giving "Symphony in F" for "Symphony in D minor", and "B flat" for "E flat".
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Khanate » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:38 pm

For some reason, the database hardly works at all for me. I can pull up the site (i've tried Chrome, Safari, and Firefox), but when I type something in the search box and click search, nothing happens.
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Post by The ChatSack Triple-Play » Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:33 am

Khanate wrote:For some reason, the database hardly works at all for me. I can pull up the site (i've tried Chrome, Safari, and Firefox), but when I type something in the search box and click search, nothing happens.
I'll second this. The reader doesn't seem to be working, either. Is this a server-side issue?
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by tintinnabulation » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:47 pm

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Khanate wrote:For some reason, the database hardly works at all for me. I can pull up the site (i've tried Chrome, Safari, and Firefox), but when I type something in the search box and click search, nothing happens.
I'll second this. The reader doesn't seem to be working, either. Is this a server-side issue?
This has always happened to me off and on, but it's happened several times in the last few days. The Database is a great place and I'm getting frustrated that it's not working properly.
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Post by Khanate » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:15 pm

I just tried on a Windows OS. It still didn't work in FF, but it worked in IE. I was using a university computer, which didn't have chrome, so I couldn't test that.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by tgaddy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:58 pm

The database now works on my computer. However, it seems that the search function got a little messed up.
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Post by Eddie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:43 pm

The new UI is interesting. I haven't tried multiplayer mode yet, but the bright blues are a little distracting. I think the "advanced search" function is missing, and a very minor issue is that you can't click the links at the bottom until a query has been searched.
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Post by vinteuil » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:03 pm

The page layout breaks on Safari now (works fine on FF). Also, the multiplayer isn't working?
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Post by Sniper, No Sniping! » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:46 pm

Maybe it's a more internal issue on my end, but I tried to look up "Wise Blood" today during my class where we were watching the movie based on the book, and I got the first result as the novel by O'Connor (which is what I wanted) but then 800+ additional results of various crap. I realize Safari for the iPhone may not be the smoothest, but it worked excellent on the old db.
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Post by SrilankanSwagga » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:17 am

Does anyone know by what time the search function will be fixed?

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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by NikhilSethi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:33 pm

Multiplayer isn't working for me. Anyone else have this issue?
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Off To See The Lizard » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:44 pm

The new search engine doesn't seem to be functioning properly
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Khanate » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:40 pm

It's working for me now
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by tintinnabulation » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:04 pm

Khanate wrote:It's working for me now
Search is working, but not properly. Searching Arthur Miller comes up with King Arthur, Le Morte d'Arthur, President Arthur, and MacArthur before getting to the original query, which is understandable but annoying.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by heterodyne » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:15 pm

The Facebook Login is not working for me. The multiplayer is having some issues too. I cannot create a game.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by GBRodgers12 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:41 pm

tintinnabulation wrote:
Khanate wrote:It's working for me now
Search is working, but not properly. Searching Arthur Miller comes up with King Arthur, Le Morte d'Arthur, President Arthur, and MacArthur before getting to the original query, which is understandable but annoying.
Any word on this? I know people are busy but just wanted to make sure it was not just me still having this problem. Trying to get my team to use the database to study but not having great results right now because searching is next to impossible.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Auroni » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:29 am

Does having to ignore some search results really make searching with the database "next to impossible?"
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Post by GBRodgers12 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:06 am

Tokyo Sex Whale wrote:Does having to ignore some search results really make searching with the database "next to impossible?"
When searching Of Mice and Men, over thirty thousand results are returned. When searching As I Lay Dying, almost five thousand are returned. Etc., etc. That does not come down to ignoring a few bad returns - that comes to mining for the very few questions you are looking for in a giant heap.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Mnemosyne » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:39 am

I feel like you guys didn't even try to find a solution. What it seems like is happening is that it searches each word in the query individually. How do you solve this? Search just the most prominent word. For example, "As I Lay Dying" gives almost 5000 results. If you search "Dying," you get 12. Searching "Mice" gives 10 results.

There are plenty of searches where this technique doesn't work, and I feel like some results are getting left out still, but the database is far from useless.
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Post by GBRodgers12 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:55 pm

Mnemosyne wrote:I feel like you guys didn't even try to find a solution. What it seems like is happening is that it searches each word in the query individually. How do you solve this? Search just the most prominent word. For example, "As I Lay Dying" gives almost 5000 results. If you search "Dying," you get 12. Searching "Mice" gives 10 results.

There are plenty of searches where this technique doesn't work, and I feel like some results are getting left out still, but the database is far from useless.
Thanks for the advice. Never thought to try searching less words to achieve fewer results - was counter intuitive to me at the time. Much appreciated!
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by sbfromcopley » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:17 pm

When i use the search function sometimes the page doesn't allow me to scroll down without it springing back up, it has exclusively occurred when I received exactly 4 results. It isn't actually that annoying because the majority of the 4th tossup is usually visible without scrolling depending on the length of the other questions, but just a note for when you look back to fix everything up.
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Post by sbfromcopley » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:43 pm

I'm just wondering, is this completely down for everyone now and does anyone know when it will be back up?
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Post by shubox » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:35 pm

It's been down for me too.
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Post by vinteuil » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:23 pm

Same here.
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Post by shubox » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:49 am

Is there a way to make an advanced search with the new interface?
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Post by The ChatSack Triple-Play » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:51 pm

shubox wrote:Is there a way to make an advanced search with the new interface?
I'm fairly sure it's not possible. While I'm sure Sharad's busy with school and whatnot, I'm curious to hear from him on the direction this is going in.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by canzhiye » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:32 pm

This used to be so so so useful for studying. Now I get zero results from searching Daniel Defoe?

Is it possible to revert back to the old quizbowldb?
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Mnemosyne » Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:53 pm

canzhiye wrote:This used to be so so so useful for studying. Now I get zero results from searching Daniel Defoe?

Is it possible to revert back to the old quizbowldb?
There are a lot of glitches with the db that can be worked around. For example, when searching multiple things in a row, the db will occasionally tell you there are 0 results, or begin with results 11-20 or other weird things like that. I've always fixed it by just clicking the search tab at the top, and trying again.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by NikhilSethi » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:20 pm

I can't seem to get any results for searches, no matter what. Is there a way this could be fixed. I tried clicking the search button and trying again, but it doesn't seem to help.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Eddie » Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:26 pm

Sometimes when I search something, I can't scroll through the results - the scrollbar just shoots right back up.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by tintinnabulation » Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:57 pm

pk14ster wrote:Sometimes when I search something, I can't scroll through the results - the scrollbar just shoots right back up.
If your cursor is still blinking in the search box, it won't let you scroll. Click somewhere else on the page first.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Ubermensch » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:13 am

There's another issue where one can hit 'Next' but not 'Previous' when using the Search function. This only happens from time to time.
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Post by sharadmv » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:19 am

I've had a bit of time and I've started uploading some new tournaments and I added back advanced search.

Let me know if there are bugs.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Corry » Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:40 am

After using Quizbowl DB for a while, I've noticed two prominent bugs:

1. I can't scroll down a page when there are 8 results.
2. There is no "prev" button on a page if there are only 2 pages of results.

I'm using the latest version of Google Chrome on Mac OS X.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Corry » Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:57 am

Regarding the first glitch, it seems to happen depending on my window size. When I set my browser window to a bit shorter than usual, I'm also unable to scroll down on a page with 7 results.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Corry » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:40 pm

When I search an item and go to the 2nd page of results (or 3rd page, etc.), then search a different item, I get sent to the 2nd page of results for that item as well. I'm not sure if this is intentional behavior, but it's really confusing. If the item I'm searching doesn't have more than one page of results, for instance, I just get a completely blank page.
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Luan » Sat May 18, 2013 1:18 pm

I feel the search is very unpolished as of now. Take a look:
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The first three results only pop up because they have "george" in it, but an exact match like "George Washington" doesn't appear until quite a few pages later.

Just something that you might want to improve.
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Post by sbfromcopley » Mon May 27, 2013 9:58 pm

I noticed the website is not working once again, is it being updated or is it just another random outage.
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Post by Cubfan125 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:11 pm

I just saw that Quizbowl Database was down -- do you have any idea if it will be up again soon?
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Re: Quizbowl Central

Post by Corry » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:10 pm

At this point, everybody should really just use Quinterest instead of QuizbowlDB. http://quinterest.org/
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