• published the article Introducing the new WowAce theme!

    In honor of this stupendous occasion, we at the WowAce headquarters decided to get a theme commemorating it all ready to go for you all.

    We're so glad that we can celebrate this day with you all.

    If you're a stickler and want to switch back to the old theme, feel free to go to this URL: http://www.wowace.com/themes/textured-wowace/switch/

    Posted in: Introducing the new WowAce theme!
  • published the article Happy Cataclysm Day!

    As some of you might not know, WoW is apparently getting a new expansion tonight at midnight.

    I know, I was surprised myself.

    So, have a fun time grinding out those 5 new levels, rolling your new goblin or worgen, or picking WoW back up after abandoning it months ago.

    I'm going to be rolling a new Goblin Warrior and playing him until I fall asleep roughly two days later. Feel free to post a comment telling us how you're going to celebrate the Cataclysm.

    Posted in: Happy Cataclysm Day!
  • published the article Cataclysm Addons and X-Compatible-With

    Hey all, ckknight here.

    As many of you have discovered, the Cataclysm Beta has opened up third-party (that's us) addon usage.

    CurseForge and WowAce has added support for the 4.0 game version, and it's also recommended that in your TOC file, if your addon is compatible with 3.3, to make it look as such:

    ## Interface: 30300
    ## X-Compatible-With: 40000

    If it is 4.0-only, it would properly look as such:

    ## Interface: 40000

    The packager will pick up on this and properly assign both game versions to the generated file. If uploading (CurseForge only), then you can select more than one game version. I still recommend using the X-Compatible-With paradigm, though.

    Posted in: Cataclysm Addons and X-Compatible-With
  • published the article Meet ckknight at Dragon*Con Sept 3-6

    Hey beautiful people, ckknight here.

    I know this is a shameless plug, but I'm gonna go for it anyway.

    I'll be on two panels this year at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, which is happening Sept 3-6, talking about WoW addons, so if you're around there or going to it anyway, feel free to come by.

    There's gonna be a lot of fun WoW-related and general MMO-related stuff going on this year outside of the panels I'm gonna be on.

    Here's the ones I'm doing:

    Title: World of Warcraft - Q&A
    Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Capitol Ballroom - Sheraton
    Description: Everything you wanted to know about World of Warcraft, but were afraid to ask. (Yes, that includes information on Cataclysm)

    Title: World of Warcraft - Addon Kung-Fu
    Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Savannah 1-3 - Sheraton
    Description: We'll show you which ones to use, how to use them, and why.


    Well, that's all done and I'm glad to be back. Was able to meet a few people and I hope I made a good impression ;-).

    Posted in: Meet ckknight at Dragon*Con Sept 3-6
  • published the article Curse Looking To Hire .Net and PHP Developers! Passion For Gaming Required!

    Curse is looking to hire a few new developers; and where better to hire than our own super-hecka awesome gaming community! We're looking for a .Net Web Developer and a PHP Web Developer. The requirements can be seen at the links below, but one of the most important things here at Curse is passion. Passion for what we do and what we're trying to build. If you're eager and have the knowledge required we'd love to hear from you!

    PHP Developer Position Details:

    Curse, Inc is seeking a talented PHP web developer to join its Huntsville-based team, for the ongoing development of Curse's PHP based fan site network. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a passion for online gaming, and an interest in continuing development on some of the web's most popular sites.

    Click here for more information on the PHP Developer Position.

    .Net Position Details:

    Curse, Inc is seeking a talented .Net web developer to join its Huntsville-based team, for the ongoing development of Curse's web platform. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a passion for online gaming, and an interest in developing the world's leading online gaming portal.

    Click here for more information on the .Net Developer Position.

    Posted in: Curse Looking To Hire .Net and PHP Developers! Passion For Gaming Required!
  • published the article BlizzCon 2009

    Hey beautiful people, ckknight here.

    Got into Anaheim this morning. This'll be my first year going to BlizzCon and I'm hoping for a good time.

    Kaelten's also here, though he's been here a few times before.

    I'm gonna try to keep you all posted if there are any UI-based changes on the horizon that come out of the con. For general speculation and non-UI info, I'm sure World of Raids, Arena Junkies, or Curse.com will have info.

    Also, if anyone else is here at BlizzCon, feel free to make a comment. It's kind of hard telling who everyone is without names floating above their heads.

    Went to the UI Dinner at Bubba Gump's, jointly sponsored by Curse and WoWInterface, and had a good time. My birthday's on Saturday, so someone had the nerve to get all the waitstaff to sing a birthday song. I was very confused during it, which I blame partially on the lack of clarity by the main waiter, and also due to the Bacardi 151 I had downed a few minutes prior. A lot of authors came out to it, which was definitely cool.

    Saw the opening ceremony and the WoW Cataclysm discussion, here's some various UI-related points:

    • New classes with existing races, this shouldn't really affect UI too much.
    • New races: Worgen (Alliance) and Goblin (Horde).
    • New zones and revamps for existing zones. This will probably affect map mods. The revamps to the existing zones will probably affect questing addons (e.g. TourGuide or QuestHelper).
    • Terrain phasing. I'm not sure if this will affect the map, but it might. I can see it at least affect some quest-related addons.
    • Guild leveling/talents/achievements. I can see a lot of potential mods pertaining to this.
    • Secondary profession, Archaeology, and Path of the titans, an alternate progression system. Also a lot of potential here.

    From the SC2 + Battle.net panel:

    • They talked about cross-character achievements and cross-game achievements.
    • Map publishing directly to Battle.net, which kinda defeats the user distribution from SC2Mapster, so we're just gonna refocus it to be dev-oriented. Focus more on the wiki, forums, and project management rather than direct user distribution.
    • Premium maps. Allowing certain maps to be pay-for. This could be a good thing, but I think that the majority of maps are going to be free anyway. I know I'm going to be making free maps and I don't have any plans to make for-pay maps.

    Some more points, after seeing the class panel:

    • mp5, defense, armor penetration, attack power, and spell power are going away, and they're emphasizing the primary stats more.
    • Archaeology is a gathering spec that all classes can take. Once you get enough of a certain type of item, you can go through some process (a minigame was hinted) to combine them to get an item, a recipe, or even an instant dungeon portal.
    • Warlock soul shard mechanism is changing. Shards are generated automatically outside of combat (it seemed like). Only one spell requires soul shards, called Soul Burn, that made your next cast more powerful. e.g. instant cast or more powerful or better in some way. This seemed to be similar to DK runes in that you can only have 3 (hinted at 4 with a talent) and they regenerate. Something for unit frames to work with.
    • Hunters are losing mana and instead getting focus. If anyone remembers WoW Alpha, this might bring back some memories.
    • Skill ranks are going away. Instead of getting new ranks of skills, each level after gaining a skill, it becomes slightly more powerful.

    • Talent UI is becoming 3-paned.
    • Glyph UI is changing drastically. Mostly additions for the path of the titans.
    • Guild UI is changing drastically.
    • Looking for guild. This means a new interface for guild leaders as well as people looking for guilds.
    • Cross-server LFG. This is meant for PUGs.
    • Rated battlegrounds mean a new PvP frame.
    • Achievement frame now has guild achievements. When getting a guild achievement, it looks different from a regular achievement, too.
    • Guild currency. As a guild gets XP, it's immediately converted to currency, which can be spent on recipes, heirlooms, etc. I can see a lot of potential addons for tracking this kind of stuff.
    Posted in: BlizzCon 2009
  • published the article WoW 3.2 PTR Diff

    Hey there, looks like we were able to get our hands (thanks to kd3) on the diff of the FrameXML for the upcoming 3.2 patch. I'll attach it below.

    There's a lot of changes in it, it's 22k lines long.

    Updated on June 29th, July 7th, July 10th, and July 16th

    Posted in: WoW 3.2 PTR Diff
  • published the article Experimental Projects

    Hey beautiful people, ckknight here.

    There has been some hub-bub about project approvals recently and one way we figured that we could help on the backend side of things is to introduce the concept of experimental projects. If you have a cool idea but nothing fleshed out, your project is best considered "experimental". This is especially true for libraries. Many of the best libraries out there have a lot of rehashing, discussing, even without much in the way of code. Previously, a lot of projects (especially libraries) were left in a limbo state where this should fill that gap.

    You can flag your project as experimental when creating, or it may be flagged for you by an administrator while in the approval queue.

    If you flag your project as experimental:

    • It will not sync to Curse.com
    • Unless it violates the terms of service or is plagiarism, it is likely to be accepted.
    • You will be able to use all the features of a normal project, including repositories, pages, etc.
    • Once a release file is uploaded (or created through the packager), it will be flagged as needing standard approval.

    At any time, you may resubmit your project for approval to make it a non-experimental project.

    Posted in: Experimental Projects
  • published the article Author Store is Launched!

    Woo, the day has finally come when the author store is launched. A lot of hard work has been put into this, both on the technical end and on the business and legal side of things.

    You can visit it at https://store.CurseForge.com/.

    If you redeem an item, you won't receive it immediately. For the first little while, I'll be going through and approving all the redemptions manually, just to make sure everything's running smoothly.

    In case you didn't read the previous announcements, in order to receive points which can be redeemed at the store, you must have an addon which has over 100 installs (as determined by the Curse Client).

    The author rewards program is our (i.e. Curse, Inc's) way of rewarding our content producers which create incentive for users to subscribe to Curse Premium. 20% of all Curse Premium revenue goes directly into the Author Reward Program. This is our thank you for all your hard work.

    Addons receive author reward points based on their popularity as determined by the Curse Client. Due to the amount of addons out there and the vast diversity, even the most popular addons only receive a few percent of the total pool, so don't give up hope. There are a few other details, but that is the main statistic. We feel that that provides the best relation as to what users actually want who use our services. We don't want to reveal all the nitty-gritty details in order to prevent gaming the system. If you do suspect gaming the system by someone (e.g. trying to actively manipulate statistics, uploading addons that aren't theirs, etc.), please report it. We want to reward those who actually deserve it, not those who think that they're crafty.

    As a side note, everything store-related as well as standard logins now use HTTPS for security reasons.

    Posted in: Author Store is Launched!
  • published the article New site enhancements

    Hey there, ckknight here.

    I've been slaving over the keyboard for the past few days getting some cool features in that I hope a lot of you will appreciate:

    • Private Messaging
      • Previously, there wasn't any real good way of sending a message to another user on the site, hopefully this will help that out. Please provide constructive feedback if you can.
      • You can PM more than one person at a time. You can also specify people as CC (like in e-mail).
      • This is a proper conversation system rather than a one-off messaging system, so if you message back-and-forth, it's all properly grouped together.
      • Indicator in the top-right showing what you have and have not read.
      • If you receive any spam, report it (button in the bottom-right of the page) and it will be dealt with harshly and as quickly as possible. Banning people is easy and it properly deletes all their content.
    • Signatures on comments
      • You can now specify comments that you post to have a signature. You can set this on your profile
      • By default, you will see one signature per user per page.
      • For those who don't like signatures, you can easily turn these off at Edit settings in your profile
    • Attachments on comments, pages, and themes
      • Previously, attachments were only available on tickets. This has been expanded to allow attachments on themes (if you want to include your own images or logos or whatever), pages, and comments. This has been sorely lacking, as sometimes it's very nice to upload a file or two as part of a conversation.
      • If this is abused, just report the abuser. If widespread abuse occurs, more restrictions may be put in. (But hopefully it won't come to that.)
    Posted in: New site enhancements
  • published the article Site revamp

    Hey beautiful people, ckknight here.

    I've been working on the revamp of CurseForge for a long time now, and I've gotten to the point where I'm comfortable launching it as the main site.

    This is the largest change to happen to the codebase since WowAce moved from its old technology to the new CurseForge-based one.

    Apart from the following, many, many bugs were fixed in the process.

    • There are gradients and rounded corners now. This provides a feeling of weight to the widgets on the page. (also: I'm pretty sure this makes us Web 2.0)
    • New color scheme for WowAce and CurseForge (though they do borrow some shades from the old).
    • Widgets are more spread out than before, allowing an easier eye-travel path.
    • Streamlined pages where every page of the same type (e.g. details, listing, main page, edit) have the same feel, rather than differing from page-to-page.
    • Many various layout fixes.
    • Improved form layout, as you can see on http://www.wowace.com/create-project/
      • the most important field (Project name) is larger
      • icons show where they make sense, e.g. on the categories and languages.
      • Many-to-many editing pages are far, far easier to use. Examples would include project membership assignments.
    • Tab-based navigational interface instead of a pseudo-tabbed interface or dropdowns.
    • Visible user actions in the upper-right corner of every page, this replaces any dropdowns that the user might experience.
    • Easy to access, but hidden by default, admin actions, below user actions. This would appear only if a user has special rights to an object.
    • Listings: (good example: http://www.wowace.com/projects/pitbull4/tickets/)
      • Much more advanced filtering system
        • Icons in some filters
        • More advanced filters in most cases
        • Date-based filters
        • Per-page specification (if you are an author or QA person and want to see all the tickets on one page, you can. This is limited to authors so that the database doesn't become overloaded unnecessarily.)
        • Bulk editing is a lot cleaner and easier. This is used for ticket management.
      • Better visibility of sorting and pagination
      • Heavy use of icons for graphical feedback.
      • Create links on the top-right. e.g. On the projects listing, "Create project" shows up. On a tickets listing, "Post a ticket" shows up.
    • Use of openable widgets, e.g. post a comment. Instead of seeing a big white box before all comments, you click "Post a comment" first.
    • Contests system, for if we have code contests (which we just finished one), or image-based contests (if we want a logo contest or something along those lines). (http://www.wowace.com/contests/)
    • Theme system, which handles the styles of a site, where each site has a separate theme, but users can create their own themes and post them for others to use. (http://www.wowace.com/themes/)
      • This is very powerful and will allow custom theming of sub-sites (e.g. atlasmod.com or support.curse.com) very easily.
    • Greater consistency for posting. Previously, the "Preview" of a post might look very different from the final result, now, they look exactly the same in both situations.
    • Due to the hidden admin actions, more actions can be placed inside. On a project, the mainline repository is far more accessible because of this. Many authors had issues figuring out what was possible before, but this alleviates most worries.
    • Categories have all been given icons. This was mostly in anticipation for the upcoming Curse Client 4.0, but it's also adopted on the new CurseForge as well. Everywhere a category would show, its icon shows now. (Eventually, Curse.com will sync these icons as well.)
    • Comments
      • banning options have been added to make it easier to fight The War on Spam.
      • direct linking of comments now provide links that will work regardless of pagination.
    • Users now have all their IP addresses tracked, rather than just one. This will allow us to better track gaming of the system, but mostly for spammers.
    • Sites have much better management, so that if we want to launch a new site based on CurseForge tech or change an existing site, this is very viable. This will become more prevalent later, if we launch a non-addon site (since CurseForge's technology is a very good project management system), a ticketing-only site (perhaps for support.curse.com or potentially other sites), or for authors to host a site with us based on one or more of their projects (e.g. atlasmod.com).
    • Implemented a data caching system. This should make page loads quite a bit faster overall, but their shouldn't be any horrible invalidation issues (here's hoping).
    • Set up for localization of the whole site. Every string is properly wrapped, but it doesn't hook into the localization app yet. That is low-priority and a few months off, after some more important things are taken care of.
    • Implement CCIP support (used by Curse Client 4.0). On files pages, there is a "4.0 Install" button in the top-right. Once CC 3.0 supports CCIP, the standard psyn links will be replaced with CCIP links.
    • Add icons to projects, as specified by the project owner.
    • When hovering over images that have been shrunk down, show the full image in a popup. (e.g. http://www.wowace.com/projects/)
    • When making a large comment, the textarea size will expand as you make more lines.
    • For search boxes, add an eyeglass icon as well as a grayed out "Search" text.
    • More Semantic HTML, which should help Search Engine Optimization (SEO) a bit.
    Posted in: Site revamp
  • published the article Author reward points, one month in

    Hello friends, ckknight here.

    We've been calculating points for the author rewards program for one month now. The numbers we had been using to give points was based on an estimate, which, after one month of business, has turned out to be a bit of an overestimate. You may notice that points generated are less than before, because of this.

    We expect that, over time, the amount of points will increase as the Curse Premium becomes more popular (likely when the next WoW patch arrives).

    I know it's a bit shocking, but authors had been getting roughly 40% of the Curse Premium revenue, now it is dropped to its previously declared 20%, though it is possible that this number may raise over time, mostly dependent on how popular Curse Premium becomes.

    Any questions or concerns (from authors) can be addressed in comments to this announcement or by joining us on IRC on irc.freenode.net at #CurseForge. I (ckknight) should be able to field any questions.

    Posted in: Author reward points, one month in
  • published the article Contests for BlizzCon tickets

    Hey beautiful people, ckknight here.

    We at Curse.com are holding three contests for addon authors within the Curse Network (i.e. WowAce and CurseForge). The grand prize for each contest is a BlizzCon ticket. You'll be able to compete in all three contests, but you can only win one BlizzCon ticket total. We're also going to be providing Author Reward Points for runners-up.

    Note: for the BlizzCon tickets, we won't be providing travel costs. You'll have to get to California on your own. Also, you need to be at least 18 years old.

    The contests will run from now until June 15th, you can submit any time from here until then, and you can also revise your entries up until that point.

    You can find the contests at http://beta.wowace.com/contests/. Yes, this is the beta site for WowAce, but it still should work fine, the contests system was easier to make with the new system than having to backport it. CurseForge authors shouldn't have a problem logging in or submitting entries.

    We're hoping that by having these coding challenges, it'll be a bit more fun and interesting than giving out tickets to the top 3 authors or holding a simple raffle.

    Posted in: Contests for BlizzCon tickets
  • published the article Donation Buttons in the Curse Client

    Hello, friends.

    Donation buttons are now part of the Curse Client v3.0.0.5, which is great news for authors (including myself).

    As it stands, users need to update the addon in the client in order to see the new donation links, but once that's there, they're quite visible.

    Screenshot of the client:

    Curse Client with Donation Link

    Because the paypal button in the example uses the "Paypal" (non-hosted button) type, it shows up as OneBag3 (from WowAce.com) when clicked on WowAce, OneBag3 (from Curse.com) when clicked on Curse, and OneBag3 (from CurseClient) when clicked from inside the Curse Client. This should allow you to know where your donations are coming from without just guessing.

    PayPal donation page

    Posted in: Donation Buttons in the Curse Client
  • published the article Curse Premium and Authors

    Hello, friends.

    We're launching Curse Premium today and I'm sure some are wondering about the effect that Premium will have on authors.

    All authors will have complimentary premium. Yes, this could lead to gaming the system and creating fake projects for the sake of it, but we have a manual approval process, and we will investigate any reports of said gaming. Please, don't ruin it for the real authors. It will be one or two weeks before complimentary premium is provided for authors.

    We are also launching our Author Rewards Program (ARP). 20% of the revenue generated from Curse Premium will go towards the ARP. Some of you may have heard about it, but I'll describe it now:

    One of the main reasons Curse.com has become so successful is due to the addons it distributes. These addons obviously are created by the addon authors, our content producers. As a way to reward our content producers, we are launching the ARP. We will grant addon and library authors Reward Points (henceforth called points) based on said addon's popularity; for libraries, it will be based on the popularity of the addons using said library.

    Points will start accumulating now that premium is launched, but the CurseForge author store will not be available to redeem from until details have been worked out, likely a month from now.

    We aren't going to release the full details of the algorithms we use to calculate points, to help limit gaming the system, but the general idea is as such:

    1. Every day at 16:00 UTC, we start the point generation
    2. An addon (or library)'s score is generated with our algorithm.
    3. Score is then compared against all other addons, to calculate the percentage.
    4. We then multiply that percentage by the amount of points we're granting that day, and grant the result to the project.
    5. The points of the project are then subsequently divvied up based on the project manager's reward splits.
    6. Points can then be spent at the CurseForge store to redeem for various items, currently Amazon Gift Cards (we will expand our inventory in the future). Note: we will support some non-United States goods and more may be added on request.

    There are some complications with all this, though:

    • If you redeem more than 12000 points in a given year, we will need extra tax information from you. Since this will occur for only a handful of authors, we will work with you on a one-to-one basis.
    • Due to tax issues and the like, there will be a new terms of service agreement that you will have to agree to in order to accrue points. Our lawyers are currently reviewing this and it should be ready soon.
    • For non-United States authors, there may be extra tax issues related, which we should be able to work out on a one-to-one basis. Authors who have already opted-in will have to agree to the new terms of service in order to use the store.

    We've already started granting points to authors. To see your points, go to http://www.CurseForge.com/home/ and check the bottom-left.

    Update: Authors should now have free premium if you have a project with at least 1000 downloads. The 1000 number should hopefully limit gaming the system somewhat. If you have a legitimate addon, getting 1000 downloads should not be hard to do, especially with the number of users that use Curse.

    Posted in: Curse Premium and Authors