Updated and Improved Points System for PS3Blog.net!


The points system has been completely re-coded from the ground up by the developers and I’ve spent the past 2 weeks getting my custom plugin working with it, and also customizing it just for us. Here are some of the new features:

  • Point Notify: Whenever you earn points you will see a notification in the top right of the page showing you how many points you just earned or lost.
    • What’s really cool about this is it will notify you on the next page you visit or refresh. Meaning if you were gone for a long time and came back, you would still get a points notice. For example, if you earned points while you’re away, say from a contest/bet, etc, you would get a notice for it.
  • Custom Lottery/Gamble Pages: Completely customized pages for the 3 accounts you can donate points to. I’ll cover the new features lower down in this post.
  • Your Lottery/Gamble Info: When a lottery is active it will show your entries and points used in the current giveaway. It will also show how many points you have gambled and won. Clicking the lottery/gamble avatar will take you to the custom page.
  • Donate Message: When donating to the lottery or gamble account you can type in a message. This will only show on your personal points logs. So think of it like a note on what you donated about. This isn’t required to fill it out.
  • Point Ranks: On every profile it will show a rank based on the points you have earned. Let me know if you have ideas for rank names.
  • Point Logs: Logs are a little different. For example for points earned on blog posts and blog comments it will include a link to that blog/comment.
  • Community Point Total: On your personal points logs at the bottom it will show points that all the members of PS3Blog.net have earned.
  • Unrelated to this update, but I also put at the bottom of your personal logs page the date you joined PS3Blog.net

To access your personal points logs just click the points shown in top black menu that floats on the site or click the points link while viewing any profile.

More fun details about the custom lottery/gamble pages after the jump! I know your dying to find out, I can feel it.

Here are the 3 accounts you can use your points on:

Lottery

Used for contests and giveaways
Lottery2

Used for contests and giveaways (only if there are 2 giveaways happening at once)
Gamble

You can bet your points against other members here.

On the lottery account pages here is a overview of the new features:

  • Your entries in the current Lottery
  • Your chance of winning the lottery based on your entries. This does NOT factor in entries from outside PS3Blog.net … for example Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
  • Your points used in current lottery.
  • Total points from everyone in current lottery.
  • Total entries from everyone in current lottery.
  • Total lottery point log entries are dynamic based on the amount of lottery entries. So it will show all the entries on the same page.
  • At the top of the page it will have a link to the latest giveaway/contest which is also dynamic.
  • Shows the last 10 giveaway/contest posts at the bottom of the page.
  • Lottery donations can be turned on or off at any time.
    • Active: It will have the donation button, link to how to enter and your lottery stats.
    • Disabled: A “Lottery Closed” with lock icon will appear.

Here is a overview of the gamble account page and the new features:

  • It will display your points gambled.
  • It will display your winnings in bets.
  • The bet your points button has a drop down of set point amounts for betting: 50, 100, 150, 200, 250.
  • Shows all the points in the gamble “pot”
  • A list of the latest winners

At the top of the page it will have a link for the latest bets and another link for how to create a new bet.

Get out there and earn those points!


Written by: T0SH - Cofounder of PS3Blog.net


  1. #1 by ZFM12 on April 27th, 2011 [ 1495 Points ]

    Very Nice

  2. #2 by Baba0Booey on April 27th, 2011 [ 5938 Points ]

    very cool, always like it when the site gets improvements

  3. #3 by Jay on April 27th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    hopefully donations will be easier for people to grasp. Are we able to still create those custom “Enter Contest” buttons or no?

    • #4 by Tosh on April 27th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

      You can use the image on the custom page in a post, but you can’t have it click to donate. That only works on the custom lottery/gamble pages.

  4. #5 by Kane112 on April 27th, 2011 [ 34397 Points ]

    nice updates look great

  5. #6 by Jcmdaddy on April 28th, 2011 [ 64812 Points ]

    Loving it! Great job Tosh.

  6. #7 by Jcmdaddy on April 28th, 2011 [ 64812 Points ]

    Though I’m curious how the point notification will work on a phone when I’m browsing on the web with my Android XD….I’ll let you know if I have any issues…

  7. #8 by Markus on April 28th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Nice additions!

  8. #9 by bail on April 28th, 2011

    thats great but when will the ps3 be fixed i seen a new map pack for black ops?

  9. #10 by Markus on April 28th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    bail: thats great but when will the ps3 be fixed i seen a new map pack for black ops?  

    Many posts up already regarding that topic.

    And to answer your next question, you can still access NetFlix. Even if the PSN is down.

  10. #11 by Evya on April 28th, 2011 [ 1799 Points ]

    nice update indeed!

  11. #12 by axel on April 28th, 2011

    is not fair that all the stuff i have buy from psn ,am not able to use now and if all this is an excuse to make us pay for psn like xbox live i wont fall in the trap,i will sell my ps3 and buy a xbox thats my recomendation for everybody

  12. #13 by Markus on April 28th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    This isn’t even my site and these people are making me crazy.

    @axel did you even read the post? Or do you just drop any comment at all anywhere at all?

    It’s like your trying to order a 12″ grilled chicken sub from McDonalds.

    Jeebus.

  13. #14 by Eddie on April 28th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    axel:

    is not fair that all the stuff i have buy from psn ,am not able to use now and if all this is an excuse to make us pay for psn like xbox live i wont fall in the trap,i will sell my ps3 and buy a xbox thats my recomendation for everybody  

    ^

    what are you…..but why….ok maybe…..but…..I…..

    /tilts head to the side
    /backs away slowly…

  14. #15 by Markus on April 28th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    lmao…

  15. #16 by Pedro on April 28th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Eddie : lamo… (2)

    @Tosh, nice additions!

    Just a couple thing I’ve noticed:

    1 – TOP 10 MEMBERS names are now shown as their login account (not display name)
    2 – Point Leaderboard is not showing at all

    might have something to do with those changes since it was Ok last time I remember seeing it.

    ps: Now we need a Lottery giveaway to test that new system out!

  16. #17 by Tosh on April 28th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    1 – Yes I know, I may be able to modify the core code for that.
    2 – I know this as well. Trying to get in touch with the developers about that.

    Yes I’m excited for the first contest to use the new lottery system :)

  17. #18 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on April 28th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    nice

  18. #19 by Tosh on April 28th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    2 – That is now showing up.

  19. #20 by premiersoupir on April 30th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    yeah, awesome new features! pretty cool to have points earned popping up for me. (though it smacks of slightly xboxism! ::gasp::) :)


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