“Dashboard” Feature

I’ve completed enough of the “dashboard” page I spoke about earlier to go ahead and post the URL to it, if you want to check it out. It’s at:


Currently it has the following:

  • Thumbnails of the last five photos taken today.
  • Thumbnails of the top five photos taken today (judged by the number of “favorites” stars assigned to it by users other than the person who took the photo).
  • A table ranking the top players today.

The player rankings are being done by a different system than the official CONE Welder scoring (though it probably has some elements in common). For the purposes of the dashboard page’s player rankings, I do the following: For each player, I compute a raw score, and a ranking against the other players based on that score, in each of three categories: correct IDs assigned today (with “correct” being in terms of CONE Welder’s idea of a correct ID, which I believe is that at least 2/3 of the people entering an ID have to agree), species photographed today, and favorite points (the stars) assigned to that user’s photos taken today. For each of those three categories, a higher raw score is better, for ranking purposes.

I also compute a combined score, which is the sum of the player’s rankings in the other three categories. I then rank the players based on their combined scores, with that ranking being what determines the overall order in the table. Note that for the combined category, you want to have the lowest raw score in order to rank highly.

The data is refreshed every 15 minutes during the daylight hours, and every hour at night. The actual times of the daytime updates are 5, 20, 35, and 50 minutes past the hour.

I have a bunch of ideas for things I’d like to add, including:

  • The ability to view results for any day, not just the current day.
  • The ability to view a similar page where the computation is based on all-time data, not just a single day’s data.
  • Pages for each user in the game, with that user’s most-recent photos, top-rated photos, and a list of species photographed.
  • Pages for each species in the game, with (again) that species’ most-recent and top-rated photos, as well as a graph showing number of identifications of that species per day.

In general, I want everything to be clickable, so it’s easy to navigate your way around and drill down to look at interesting data.

Please take a look, and let me know what you think. In particular, if you have problems or questions, or if you have suggestions about which features you’d most like to see added, please let me know. Thanks!

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