SoulStarer.com's launch contest is complete! Final winners:
- 3 days, by JusuSama
- ey boss, by legojake94
- You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?, by bztentacles
There were actually a number of other awesome entries, but sadly I didn't see an E-mail address entered for very many of them, and would need it to send the gift reward.
For posterity, the original contest announcement is below.
If you haven't seen the release video, here it is!
Soul-Starer.com is now officially released. There are still some display issues with the mobile edition of the site which may be ironed out over time. Any bugs can be reported at [email protected]. Also, for release, I am holding a small contest!
On Halloween, I will be taking a look at any "Soul-Starers" submitted to the website, and try to find objective "best entries". These may be based on creativity, humour, popularity, etc. Taking note of the upcoming holiday may give you an edge. The 3 top winners will receive one of the following games on Steam.
1st: Ori and the Blind Forest
2nd: Vessel (an indie puzzle game)
3rd: Pick from Bioshock, or The Ship (in other words, you're only helping clean out my Steam inventory)
In order to enter, you must include your E-mail address when creating an SSr (I gotta send the gift somewhere!). Including your E-mail may also be a useful measure if you really want to retain access to your creation beyond a computer reformat or browser cleanout; there are no reset mechanisms in place yet, but without an E-mail address stored, there would be no way to determine an SSr's owner.
caveat: I will *ONLY* be giving out rewards if more than 20 Soul Starers are created; this is just to avoid a boring situation where a half-hearted entry wins by default.
In case of low attendance or any other unforseen issues, the contest may be postponed, with all entries up through the new cutoff date being accepted.
Depending on the full release's response, site features may be added over time. A list of current plans are as follows.
Better News System
I am currently writing this HTML by hand. As someone who easily lives and breathes HTML, a content management system wasn't initially high on my priority list.
Currently, the way that any created Soul-Starers are saved and edited is via a system of tokens that are saved into your browser's Local Storage. One token is generated per SSr, and it's meant to be shown as proof of ownership before editing or deleting an SSr. Part of the reason I adopted this instead of having people register with an E-mail address and password is because of convenience, and also as a fun convenience. It was also initially for security, as I was unsure I would be able to freely implement HTTPS on my site without significantly raising its operating costs (thanks CloudFlare!) Given that it's a a purely self-invented and relatively untested security system, I'm glad it's not being used for anything important to keep secret, and that no private information is being shared here (at least, not by intention)
There are no features this site specifically uses that would prevent its use on mobile phones (I can verify you can currently create a SSr from a Windows Phone, at least!) but the styling support isn't where I'd like it to be yet. I'm currently using a <meta> tag that fakes the correct width, but this makes it impossible to zoom on phones; it might be the best solution the W3C currently has to offer though.
SSrs are identified by numerical IDs in the URL, but "4338" has less charm than say "lolshark". When possible, IDs may be supplanted by a user-provided shortened title that is used in the URL bar to access an SSr, possibly even from memory on a friend's computer (or as a prank for someone who didn't lock their screen). The generated URL would look something like "soulstarer.com/view/lolshark".
Any site with user-generated content has the potential for abuse and harassment. We make it clear on upload that pornography or hurtful imagery is not allowed, but I'm an independent guy that can't police the whole system. If it grows to any extent, users will need to be able to point out any red flags for review more easily, and I may even need to appoint other people with the power to remove harmful content.
In order to reduce the likelihood of malicious user content, this would likely use an OpenID system that lets you log in using any major company ID. For now, since there is no formal plan to thoroughly vet malicious users, comments are not a feature.