EPGPWaitlist

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This project is inactive and its default file will likely not work with the most recent version of World of Warcraft. The author may have abandoned it, or it may have outlived its usefulness.

I no longer play WoW, but I do my best to keep this plugin maintained for future versions of the game. Since I don't have any way of testing, any and all feedback on the status of the plugin is appreciated.

What is EPGPWaitlist?

EPGPWaitlist is a waitlist addon that extends the EPGP Mass EP Awards to those on the waitlist and tracks online status.

This means, if a Mass EP Award is given out to the raid, everyone on the waitlist will also receive the Mass EP Award. These waitlist players may NOT be in the raid group and gives them freedom to do quests, randoms or any other activity separate from the raid, even on their alts.

Yes, this addon will automatically track a player on both their main and alts. This does require a very specific setup, read below. Set it and forget it!

If a member is offline for more than 5 minutes on any of their characters, they will not receive Mass EP Awards. In this example, if the player comes back online, they will begin receiving EP again. Any offline duration periods greater than 5 minutes are recorded, but viewing this data is not implemented in version 1.0.

What is EPGP?

EPGP is a balance, self-mainting effort/gear point system, much like Zero-DKP. It can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/epgp/

Adding a member to waitlist

Whispers

Members may whisper the raid leader with the words "waitlist add" to be added to the waitlist.

Whispering from an Alt

Players may whisper the raid leader with the words "waitlist add" from an alt character and their main character will be added automatically. This is tracked through ranks and public note - see the requirements section.

Manually

The raid leader may type "/ewl add <player name>" to add a player manually to the waitlist.

Removing a member from waitlist

Whispers

Members may whisper the raid leader with the words "waitlist remove" to be removed from the waitlist.

Whispering from an Alt

Players may whisper the raid leader with the words "waitlist remove" from an alt character or their main character will be removed automatically. This is tracked through ranks and public note - see the requirements section.

Manually

The raid leader may type "/ewl remove <player name>" to remove a player manually to the waitlist.

Removing all members from waitlist

Use the "/ewl removeall" command to remove all players automatically.

Automatic waitlist wiping

Whenever the user leaves a raid, it will wipe the waitlist. Other than that, the waitlist will persist through offline periods (DC's, reload ui, reboot, etc)

Listing players on waitlist

Use the "/wlp list" command to see all players on the waitlist. This is basic output which will list all the main characters with their online status. If the player is offline, the amount of time offline will be printed in brackets. If the player is on an alt character, the alt's name will be printed in brackets.

Configuring Alt ranks

Adding an alt rank

/ewl addaltrank <0-9> or /ewl addaltrank <rank name> Enter the rank name or rank id representing the rank you wish to add - 0 being GM and 9 being the lowest possible rank.

Removing an alt rank

/ewl removealtrank <0-9> or /ewl removealtrank <rank name> Enter the rank name or rank id representing the rank you wish to remove - 0 being GM and 9 being the lowest possible rank.

Configuring the offline timeout for EP awards

If a player is offline for a specified amount of time, (on both their alts and main) they will no longer receive EP. This defaults to 5 minutes and modified with /ewl offlinetimeout <seconds>

Announcing

Announcing is done currently to guild chat. This is not customizable, but if someone is willing to work extensively with me on it, I could bring it to fruition - I would just need someone to test it while I make changes.

Tracking Online status

A waitlist player is "offline" if they are neither on their main or an alt character, but will continue to receive EP up to a 5 minute offline duration. This is to allow for disconnections, switching between toons...and not being a complete ass. Beyond the 5 minute marker, the player will not receive any EP awarded. If the player is to come back online, they will again begin to receive EP.

Doesn't EPGP have a waitlist?

Yes, but it sucks. (Sorry guys, love EPGP, but your waitlist is not a thought out for my purposes.) Their waitlist is the member has to message you from their main toon when they want to be added. This will just put a "check" beside their name in EPGP and the next time you award EP, they will receive it. If you don't hand out EP for 2 hours and the player was offline for 99% of that time, they would still receive the EP. After awarding the EP, the player is then removed from the "waitlist" and they must re-add themselves all over again via ANOTHER whisper.

Requirements and Stipulations

The following are a list of requirements or limits of the addon:

  1. Only guild members may be added to the waitlist.
  2. Characters to be on the waitlist must be in the guild.
  3. Alt ranks need to be configured.
  4. Alt characters must be in the guild.
  5. Alts must have their main's name (spelled properly but not case sensitive) as their officer note in order to maintain them on the waitlist. (Same as how EPGP handles alts)
  6. Waitlist players may NOT be in the raid group. This includes alts.
  7. Don't hate me for the configuration, oddly it works perfect for me. =D

This features will NOT be developed since I no longer play WoW.

Upcoming versions

  • v0.5 - Choose channel to announce to
  • v0.6 - Listen for commands in guild chat.
    • Listen for commands in officer chat.
    • Allow players to "list" the waitlist and respond to the appropriate channel.
  • v0.7 - Enable/disable addon upon entering/leaving raid.
  • v1.0 - Export waitlist to saved variables. Completed - waitlist will be retained between disconnections and relogging. Leaving the raid group at any point will still wipe the waitlist.
  • v1.1 - Report AFK periods for selected player.
  • v2.0 - GUI

Suggestions

Please remember that the customization and limitations of this addon in version 1.0 was intended. I molded it to my specific situation and will continually expand it until it forms into a much better addon.

That being said, I am very open for suggestions and would like to hear the demand of functionality so I can get others using this addon as well.

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  • Avatar of nicklozon nicklozon Sep 22, 2012 at 14:34 UTC - 0 likes

    @Grognot: Go

    I know this is 1.5 years late, but in case anyone else is interested in the answer: Not currently, and I no longer play Wow, so developing the feature would be a little difficult. But, I am willing to make this change if I can get someone to test it for me as I make changes.

  • Avatar of Grognot Grognot Feb 24, 2011 at 16:45 UTC - 0 likes

    When awarding EP is there a way have it report to a certain channel rather than guild chat?

  • Avatar of nicklozon nicklozon Feb 10, 2011 at 19:13 UTC - 0 likes

    First off, I apologize for not updating recently - been busy with client work and a new job.

    A crash is different than logging out, reloading or getting disconnected, I will explain why.

    The waitlist of players is stored in the SavedVariables. The SavedVariables are only ever saved when you log out, reload UI or exit the game naturally. Essentially, outputting data to these files "on the fly" could be exploited and may cause overhead in the game, so Blizzard forces addons to only do output upon logging out.

    If the game crashes (wow error), your computer crashes, you end WoW.exe in the task manager (windows) or shut down your computer with exiting Warcraft properly, these files won't get written because WoW never knows that you are exiting the game.

    If you frequently crash, I would suggest doing /reloadui in order to force the variables to save...but that isn't going to solve your problem if someone joins the waitlist after you issued the command.

    I have officers running the addon without issue, but I will continue investigating the issues you mentioned. We barely have a waitlist of players, so we don't see these issues.

    Last edited Feb 10, 2011 by nicklozon
  • Avatar of Malisent Malisent Feb 10, 2011 at 05:24 UTC - 0 likes

    Still having the issue of logging out/crashing clears the wait list, while still in the raid.  Also, when people whisper 'waitlist add' from alts, and they are already on the wait list, I receive a personal message in my chat box that they are on the wait list, but the alt is not getting a confirmation whispered to them (works fine for mains).  

    Still totally excited to have this add-on.. has made the wait list soooo much easier for our guild <3

  • Avatar of Malisent Malisent Jan 18, 2011 at 20:45 UTC - 0 likes

    Thank YOU <3

  • Avatar of nicklozon nicklozon Jan 18, 2011 at 01:14 UTC - 0 likes

    I will look into it ASAP! Thanks Tebasile.

  • Avatar of Malisent Malisent Jan 17, 2011 at 16:18 UTC - 0 likes

    Hmm.. one more.  Seems now when I reload UI or exit game, folks are getting dropped, instead of when I leave the raid.

  • Avatar of nicklozon nicklozon Jan 11, 2011 at 14:56 UTC - 0 likes

    Awesome, so glad to hear!

  • Avatar of Malisent Malisent Jan 11, 2011 at 05:03 UTC - 0 likes

    I deleted the lua and reset everything and works great again :)

  • Avatar of nicklozon nicklozon Jan 09, 2011 at 21:32 UTC - 0 likes

    Alright, just check all your alt's officer notes and check which player has 640 EP.