2018 in Review 24 days
2018 was a massive year for DarcyF1, and I probably say something similar every year. This year has been unprecedented, yet again. The site continues to far exceed any expectations I have ever had, or continue to have for it. This little hobby site started in April of 2004 and is now a dedicated community of contributors spanning the globe, covering hundreds of motorsport categories so that every must-see incident or racing action is provided for our thriving community.
2018 was highlighted by the launch of the updated website. A site re-designed from the ground up to be modernised and much more mobile friendly. There's still a bit of go on this front, but with so many of you using the site and reporting bugs, we're bound to get there. Another huge bonus is that with every site upgrade I make it a whole bunch easier to manage, which has been especially useful this year as I took time away to welcome my first child into the world. Definitely a memorable one!
I'll share some stats with you that highlight just what a hive of activity this place has become.
16,000+ videos uploaded in 2018.
90,000+ unique videos watched in 2018.
15,000+ comments in 2018.
22,000+ visitors in 2018.
1.5m page views in 2018.
1,300+ new user registrations in 2018.
60,000+ cards collected in 2018.
23,000+ different search phrases processed in 2018.
Not to mention the largest participation in our two Tipping competitions, and hugely popular events, with three seasons of challenging tasks with huge rewards available for members who knew their DarcyF1, and knew their motorsport trivia.
I already know 2019 is going to be better than ever as we cross off another calendar year that DarcyF1 has somehow survived. Straight off the bat we have a brand new card set dropping almost immediately. We'll have the full launch of 'inverse cards' which we've seen a sneak peak into across the DarcyF1 test site, the new site's launch weekend and in Event Season 3. That means there will be hundreds of different cards available for the first time.
Finally, the biggest and best thing that's going on in 2019 at DarcyF1 is you. It's you, the visitors that we welcome to the site, the contributors who provide video content, the donators who help pay the ever-growing hosting bills, the members who spark conversation through video comments and forum posts. It's you that makes DarcyF1 what it is today, and what it will be tomorrow. Thank you for your participation in this small little corner of the internet.
Archives Available 2 months
Update! The archives are now available again!
My webhost has misconfigured their cloud storage and currently all archived videos (that you unlock with tokens) will fail. Do not attempt to access any archived videos until this news post is updated to notify that they're available again. If you have used tokens to access an archived video that led to a forbidden page, you will be able to access that download again (without any additional tokens) from your Profile > Tokens page.
2018 Tipping Winners 2 months
Congratulations to everyone who competed in our Formula 1 and Supercars tipping competitions this year! An extra special congratulations to our winners of each competition. Results have been finalised, and rewards have been distributed.
Formula 1 - Results
Winner: @pedro27 [1x legacy booster, 3x boosters, 1000xp, 100 tokens]
2nd: @iceman500 [2x boosters, 500xp, 50 tokens]
3rd: @cosmiccyclone [1x booster, 200xp, 20 tokens]
Supercars - Results
Winner: @ed24f1 [1x legacy booster, 3x boosters, 1000xp, 100 tokens]
2nd: @Bloopy [2x boosters, 500xp, 50 tokens]
3rd: @Raptor1 [1x booster, 200xp, 20 tokens]
See you all again in 2019, with some small changes to be announced early in the new year.
Welcome to the new DarcyF1 2 months
Over the past 6 months, we have been building a brand new DarcyF1, and today we're happy to publish it for your viewing pleasure!
There's a lot to see, but some key points to note are;
Points are now known as 'Tokens' to avoid confusion with XP.
The site is now mobile-friendly. Nearly all features of the Desktop site are available to our mobile visitors.
Testing has been extensive, but not comprehensive. When you find a bug, please report it by clicking the 'Report Problem' link at the bottom of every page.
Change can be challenging, and I do ask you give the new site a few weeks of use before you decide what you love or hate - but don't hesitate to provide feedback via DarcyF1 Messages.
You'll see that there's a few more features to come. They're on their way :)
New DarcyF1 is open for testing 3 months
Open for public testing! The new DarcyF1 is now available to all members to test.
We'd love to have you come on over to our test site to check out the new look and features of DarcyF1 but there's thing you need to know first.
Please familiarise yourself with the current issues -> https://www.f1tv.xyz/report.php
You'll probably deduce the test site's home page is https://www.f1tv.xyz
The point of having a test site is that you can get on, try it out and (most importantly) let me know what doesn't work. We're always interested in feedback and suggestions too, but you must report all issues you discover; simply use the Report Problem link at the bottom of every single page. Feedback and suggestions can just me messaged through to me. Please give yourself time to adjust to changes before writing them off, and consider providing constructive feedback if you don't like a change.
Some important notes.
1. This is still a work in progress. You may find some things work one day but don't the next - I'm probably making changes.
2. Some pages have been completely re-written and should work great, while others have been roughly translated and may be a bit clumsy - report what's going wrong!
3. Niceties are missing - changing themes, discord link.
4. Critical system functions have not been replicated into test - moving files from the FTP to the website is one of them.
5. Some things will link back to the main site - feel free to use the main site to do things that you can't do on the test site yet (like discuss the new site on the Forums).
6. Things. Will. Change.
7. Points are now known as Tokens, because points was confusing! Nothing else about them has been changed on the test site.
Please, get on there, have a click around, maybe try and use it as your 'main' way to access DarcyF1 and see how it goes.
Last, but not least. Members browsing the test site have a chance of find new, rare collector cards exclusive to the test site. There's plenty of them to be found! But I wouldn't recommend trading them just yet as users browsing the current site won't be able to see them!
As always, comments, questions, concerns are very welcome. Feedback has and will continue to power DarcyF1.
User Upload Count 3 months
I have just pushed out a fix that corrects the uploaded video count for each user. This significant bug has existed for quite some time. All moderated videos (where a site admin has to manually approve the uploaded content) were not being counted towards the uploader's total. I have fixed the issue and re-counted all uploaded videos to bring everyone's total to the correct number.
All other aspects of the moderation process were correctly awarding uploaders XP, Points, collector cards and other rewards.
Project Update 5 months
For the past couple of months I have eluded to two special projects that I have been working on. One of those is a rebuilt DarcyF1 – a new, responsive design that retains all the things that make DarcyF1 special, but presented in a way that’s easier to navigate and more consistent between devices. Over the next couple of months I hope to invite members to test this new site before a launch towards the end of the year, depending how much time I can dedicate to the build.
The second of those projects, and the real reason for this news update is that my beautiful wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child. Today is Father’s Day in Australia, and marks one month until we’re expecting to meet him, hence the timing of this announcement. The reason that I want to share this news here is that his due date is Bathurst week – the biggest weekend for the site. Obviously, if he arrives around his due date, I will be (gladly) pre-occupied which may introduce small delays to clips, approvals and other moderation activities.
Otherwise, it is business as usual! Both these projects are taking a LOT of my time lately, and will continue to over the remainder of the year. I continually check the site, no less than once per day and some admin-required activities message me directly so that I am alerted. If you think I’ve missed something that you’re waiting on, please be patient, but don’t hesitate to send me a polite reminder.
As always, feedback, suggestions and comments are always most welcome!
VASC Tipping Bug 5 months
I have found and corrected a bug with the VASC results from Queensland which prevented scores being included in the calculations of round and season results. I have now recalculated those and the results and season ladder are back up-to-date. Check it out.
Delayed Tipping Results 6 months
Hungary GP results have finally been added to the F1 Tipping pages - sorry for the delay, busy, busy, busy at the moment!
Event Season 2 Results 6 months
Sunday July 22 brought to an end Season 2 of DarcyF1 Events. We saw all over 3,000 tasks attempted by users with almost 2,500 of those completed.
Congratulations to those who completed all the available tasks;
@Jeroen, @FredJimBob, @Fredo, @hgb, @John1504, @kaupo22, @martino161921, @Mustang, @Nascar47fan, @pedro27, @Raptor1, @Rocky7up, & @ThomasFisher
The winner was decided by who had the most race wins over the season. The race winners were;
Race 1 @Mustang in 12:13 minutes
Race 2 @maxdonaldo in 8:07 minutes
Race 3 @FredJimBob in 21:41 minutes
Race 4 @Nascar47fan in 17:34 minutes
Race 5 @Jeroen in 51:10 minutes
Race 6 @martino161921 in 11:54 minutes
Race 7 @Nascar47fan in 16:30 minutes
Race 8 @Rocky7up in 39:50 minutes
Race 9 @hgb in 55:16 minutes
Race 10 @Rocky7up in 1:24:55 hours
@Rocky7up and @Nascar47fan both had two race wins each, meaning the overall winner decision came down to fastest season completion time. As both users did complete the season, let's go to the clock!
@Rocky7up completed the season in 2 days, 1h 24:34
@Nascar47fan completed the season in 7 days, 1h 40:41
making @Rocky7up our Season 2 champion, with 2 race wins and a faster season completion time as a tie-breaker!
@FredJimBob had the fastest time overall, completing the 101 tasks in a total of 15h 26:20
All members to have won a race have been awarded a Legacy Booster pack, + 1000XP. As champion, @Rocky7up received an additional Legacy Booster, Regular Booster and 5000XP, plus an exclusive profile banner to be delivered later this week.
We loved the enthusiasm for Season 2 of our Events, and we managed to contain the bugs to one dodgy piece of script this time! We saw over twice as many tasks attempted compared to Season 1 and the changes made after Season 1 seemed to be welcomed by the majority.
Unfortunately, there were multiple users excluded this season due to a very few people creating duplicate accounts to complete tasks they had already completed on their existing account.
Season 3 is yet to be scheduled. I am currently putting all my spare time into two big projects so have not had time to research questions and write functionality for the next event. I would be open to others putting forward a season's worth of tasks if they wish. In the mean time, I'll throw another three booster packs (1x regular, 1x legacy, 1x glitch) and a chunk of to the first person who can tell me / guess (via the Season 2 Event thread) what the two big projects I am working on are.
Thank you again for your participation and continued feedback!