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NEW FEATURE: Signing Fee List and Icons
Friday, June 5, 2020
Posted by jaygross
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What we had was useful, but could be better!

About 12 years ago we introduced "Player Notes" - which allowed members to share important information about a player to inform our community of collectors. Unfortunately it has been massively under utilized feature. With more players now requiring fees or donations to sign items, we figured it would be a good thing to make this more obvious to our community.

Previously, the only place you could see if a player had a "Note" for community or add notes was on player's profile page (shown on the left side in red box):



You could click on the link in the red box to then see a "Player Note" page and see some important information (like the details around the signing fees for Steve Carlton):



Enhancement #1 - New Icons

There are 2 new icons throughout the site where you see player listings:

Denotes the person requires a fee or donation to sign. You can click on the FEE icon next to their name to see details.

Denotes the community has added info for this person. You can click on the NOTE icon next to their name to see details.
(Here you'll be able to alert the community of ghost signers, autopen, players who won't sign certain items, etc.)

Below is the Player Search Results, and you can see the entry for Steve Carlton has a clickable :


Enhancement #2 - Signing Fees Pages for each sport

We have made consolidated signing fee pages for each sport (in the Sigs by Mail section):



  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Other Sports
  • Enhancement #3 - Categories for Notes and Fees

    In order to make it easier for members to supply and read info, we added a category dropdown when you submit notes:




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    NEW FEATURE: Last Success and Success Rate on Search My Request page
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    Posted by jaygross
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    A few of our members suggested that we add info about a player's signing habits to the screen that lists all the players you have written to (Request Tracking). For Premium Subscribers, we added these optional columns shown in the green and yellow boxes in the screen below:



  • Last Success - date of last recorded success (in yellow box)
  • Success Rate - ratio success compared to total requests (in green box)


  • You can manage it in your preferences here: http://www.sportscollectors.net/AccountPreferences.aspx

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    Happy New Year 2018!
    Monday, January 1, 2018
    Posted by jaygross
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    It's been a while since I have posted to the blog, so the beginning of 2018 seems like a good time to get back to it and wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

    THE GOOD - OUR NUMBERS

    Here are the stats as 2017 comes to a close:



    The cumulative numbers are amazing, but these 3 things are worth noting for me:
    • 1.25 MILLION SUCCESS tracked in our database, HOLY COW. Never in my dreams could I have imagined we'd get there when I was coding away on the Request Tracking database roughly 19 years ago.

    • 50,000+ members and almost 10,000 subscribers. SCN is the biggest community for sports autograph collectors anywhere, and you all make that possible.

    • The community has made 197,657 completed collector-to-collector transactions in our Trade Manager.


    THE BAD - DAY OF DOWNTIME

    We suffered our first major unplanned outage. On December 27, 2016 at 3:51 AM, the hardware that runs this site failed massively and was completely unresponsive. The techs attempted several things, but multiple hard drives failed at once and any data on those machines was lost. This event caused the site to be offline for the 27 hours.

    Every night we back up all of the data you enter into our database and photos you all upload, so we were able to bring the site back. We appreciate everyone's patience.

    Everyone who had an active subscription or had tried to renew when the site went down, we proactively added an extra 7 days to make up for the day of downtime. I just want to thank everyone for all of the encouragement, support, concern.

    SOME MORE GOOD - LOTS OF DATA, PLAYERS, COLLECTORS, FEATURES

    1. All the team rosters in all four sports are up to date 1948-Present.
    2. We added over 3 million card entries to our Card Set wantlist feature to get all four up to date with the 2017 editions.
    3. Enhanced the team and Hall of Fame Sigs by Mail to allow for filtering and sorting.
    Thanks for another fun and eventful year everyone. You guys make this the best community I could ever want as a fellow sports collector.

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