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Hello everyone!

I wanted to let you know about a change that is coming to Wallpaper Abyss. Wallpaper Abyss is over a decade old, and in that time a lot has changed in terms of screen sizes.

Some of the original image sizes we allowed on Wallpaper Abyss simply aren't relevant as wallpaper today. Sizes like 800x600 and 1024x768. Resolutions like these are used by a very VERY small percentage of our users.

Soon we are going to mass convert 1024x768 and smaller images from Wallpaper Abyss to Image Abyss.

This will be something that happens occasionally as technology continues to move forward

Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions.

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

I've reduced the required number of captions by half This should make it easier to get on the board and see where others are!

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

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  2. One of the primary goals of Alpha Coders is to be a well organized and curated collection of content. Moderators are working with that in mind.
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  4. You can always ask for clarification about why something was changed or moved! You can ask the moderator, ask our community manager, or email us at admin@alphacoders.com.
  5. Please do not subvert moderator decisions. Doing this will get your account banned, since it wastes moderator time, and is an indication that you may not care about the organization and curation of Alpha Coders. An example of this is deleting content when it is moved or changed, and then uploading it again.

FAQ

Q: My content was moved from Wallpaper Abyss to Image Abyss. I think it should have remained at Wallpaper Abyss.

A: You can ask the moderator why. If you want to escalate the issue, you can contact our community manager (linked above) or even email admin@alphacoders.com. Please do not delete the content, and upload it to where it was moved from, as that is a violation of rule 5 above.

 

Q: I just don't get how Alpha Coders categorizes and tags. Do I have any options?

A: You can still submit content to Image Abyss. We are bringing categorization-less submitting to Image Abyss soon! As you learn how we organize content, you can add categorization to content on Image Abyss, and request a review to see if the content can be moved to another site.

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

I may have underestimated how much time it takes to generate good captions.

When the contest ends I will automatically change the top tier prize to the person with the most captions - so please don't feel discouraged!

For example, if the top user makes it to 300 captions, I'll reset the tiers to something like 300, 100, 50, 30, 5

In the next couple of days I will cut the scoring requirements down a bit preemptively as well

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

One Headlight by The Wallflowers

Spotify: spotify:track:0z1b34WikhOH9ZxU8QDWcv
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzyfcys1aLM

An oldie but a goodie

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

Below are some of the general guidelines that we use when it comes to winning raffles and contests

  1. If the prize is a physical item, we can only ship to the 48 contiguous states in the United States. This include Alpha Coders shirts.
  2. If you win a physical item and live outside of our shipping area, we can replace it with a digital prize. The base price of the item is used as the digital prize. We don't add shipping ( this makes getting the physical prize a better value ).
  3. We prefer to have digital prizes redeemed through Paypal or Amazon.
  4. We can generally do things like Google Play Cards, PSN, XBox, Nintendo, etc through Amazon, or direct if the platform offers it.
F.A.Q

Q: I won something! What do I do?
A: Please email admin@alphacoders.com and we will work with you to redeem your prize

Q: I won, but none of the options listed above will work for me.
A: We can't guarantee that we will be able to find a solution for you to redeem your prize. However, we will work with you, and prizes do not expire.

Q: I won, how long will it take for you to send me my prize?
A: It takes up to two weeks for us to process your prize redemption once we have all the information from you. Please do not email us asking about when it will be sent unless it's been over two weeks since we confirmed we had enough information to send you your prize. Most prizes go out much sooner than this, but if we are having an especially busy week or two prize redemptions can be put on the back burner for a tiny bit.

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

Hello everyone!

We recently implemented captions across most of Alpha Coders. So for the month of January we are doing a special raffle for captions!

Captions are a lot like names, but you have more room to go outside of the box. You can think of a clever name for the image, or describe it. We have two voting options for captions - accurate or funny - so you can submit captions that either accurately describe the image, or even make a clever joke about the image!

Let me know if you have any questions!

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

Hey everyone!

Today we have put in a new consent framework for users of the EU. It's our largest attempt to-date to be GDPR compliant. It's a little annoying. Sorry.

If you aren't in the EU, you shouldn't see anything!

Google is requiring we step up our GDPR compliance game, and just disabling personalized for EU users isn't enough.

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

Posted In: Checking New Things

Notes about checking for new things. Eventually I want to spin this off as a job for someone.

  1. Check for trending searches at https://admins.alphacoders.com/search
  2. Update and check for new bounties at: https://alphacoders.com/contest/bounty
  3. Check newest wallpaper sized images at GemQuery

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

Quite a few years later - I don't use the Keurig machine nearly as much. I buy coffee beans, grind them right before use, and generally will use an Aeropress

But Keurigs are still amazing for being so fast.

I have started to delve into cold brew a little. I have a cold brew filter that fits in a standard masonry jar, and that's pretty neat for the summer days.

By DavidWest 2 months ago ago

Posted In: Duplicate Rules

This thread should provide some clarity on duplicate rules at Alpha Coders. Duplicate rules vary site-by-site.

Duplicates on Wallpaper Abyss:

  • Wallpaper Abyss has our most strict duplicate rules.
  • We want to always present the user with the best version of an image available. Other versions are moved or removed.
  • A blurrier, or lower quality image will always be considered an inferior version, even if it is larger.
  • If two images are of the same, or a very similar image quality and size, the image that has been on Alpha Coders longer will be kept.
  • In most cases, if your wallpaper is chosen as the inferior version, it will be moved to Image Abyss. In the case that you submitted BOTH of the images being compared, the inferior version will be deleted.
  • We try to be lenient when it comes to multiple versions of an image. However, excessive versions that are merely color shifts or hue shifts will mean that some get moved as duplicates. We are more lenient if it is author content.
  • Mirrored images are considered duplicates.
  • Website watermarks, and other marks that detract from the original image can make an image the inferior version
    • Please note that this is only for watermarks not associated with the author. If the original author put their own watermark on the piece, that is considered the original and best version.

Duplicates on other Alpha Coders sites:

  • Please do not submit exact copies of the same image multiple times

 

David West
Alpha Coders

 

By DavidWest 3 months ago ago

Alpha Coders wants to keep artistic expression alive and free. To this end, we have a place for content that isn't family friendly, but serves an artistic purpose.

This place is Image Abyss!

If you are submitting content that does not meet the criteria of being family friendly, please submit it to Image Abyss.

There are still some rules for nudity on Image Abyss:

  • Images cannot be porn
  • Images cannot be based on, or derived from porn

 

This is a newer feature at Alpha Coders, so please check back once in a while to see if we have added any rules about artistic nudity.

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 3 months ago ago

In this post I want to be more clear about the family friendly rules at Alpha Coders, and what kinds of things make content not family friendly.

 

Please be aware that in this post there will be NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY examples for the purpose of being instructional

 

If an Alpha Coders site says it allows only family friendly content, it means it does not allow content that could be considered provocative. This includes things like posing, or anything that is suggestive. Below are some example.

 

Things that are never considered family friendly:

  1. Panties
  2. Nudity
  3. Lingerie

 

Examples of things that are not family friendly that may confuse some users:

 

Any female presenting nipple, exposed or not. Example:

 

Breasts that are mostly largely exposed. Example:

 

Upskirt shots, even if the panties aren't visible. Example:

    FAQ:

Q: I want to submit content that is not family friendly. What options do I have?

A: We allow artistic non-family friendly content on Image Abyss.

 

Please respond to this thread if you have additional questions.

David West
Alpha Coders

 

By DavidWest 3 months ago ago

There were some nice indie updates/releases this month for me, and I'm catching up on one of the original titles released on the Nintendo Switch.

  • Stardew Valley
  • Kingom Two Crowns
  • Fast RMX

What's everyone else playing this December? Has anything been surprising, either in how much you liked it, or how much you don't?

By DavidWest 3 months ago ago

Kingdom Two Crowns was recently released, and it continues to be one of my favorite indie game series. The basic gameplay loop is really simple. Get coins, build up defenses, and hope they survive the night. The whole game is built up around that, and the simplicity is part of the beauty.

When I first saw the Greed ( The bad guys ), there was an immediate Spirited Away influence that could be seen. Spirited Away is one of my favorite movies, so the association doesn't hurt.

Looking at the roadmap for the game, it looks like it's going to be a solid indie purchase.

By DavidWest 3 months ago ago