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post Sep 28 2004, 01:13 AM
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Q: What does Splatterladder? How does it work?
A: The tracker scans in intervals all game server. Are on a game server more than 4 players the tracker takes a closer look and starts tracking. The game server supplies the tracker with map, player name, score/xp and other (for you as a gamer) not so relevant information. Only the difference between two scans get appraised. We try to keep the time between the two scans as less as possible to have an accurate statistic. Actual we have 90 seconds between two scans which gives us an accuracy of 95 % of the collected data.
All game server get scanned every 30 seconds. If a server is empty the distance between the scans get bigger to save resources. You can see the current state of a server in the server details. Empty server will get scanned in a bigger time distance and it can happen that the tracker needs a few minutes to see that there are now players on this server. As soon as four players are on the server the tracker switch back to the 30 seconds interval. The tracker generates map based sessions which can seen by every player. Sessions longer than 3 minutes will allow into the player rating. Because of performance reasons sessions get deleted after 48 hours.


Q: Why do you not take the accuracy as a base rating?
A: Accuracy, as well as the Kill/Death ratio can not be ascertained with a game server scan. It would be only possible with the evaluation of the log file of every single game server (more than 2000 server) and is therefore not realistic. The only data the game server gives to the tracker is the name, ping and score/xp and with this you have to calculate.

Q: Why are some player names cropped?
A:Quake3 based server just deliveres 32 characters. This 32 charactes includes the color codes (^). All names with more than 32 characteres get cropped by the game server and therefore can not be recorded into the Splatterladder.

Q: Playerinfo: What means Full Time and Rating Time?
A: Full time is your time you ever played on a certain map. Lest your 5 months old score does not appear in the current ranking after the ranking every week your times get cut by a 0.8 factor and this is your rating time. The weekly cut of the rating time effects that the rating and ranking gets lazier. That means that not so good player need more than a good run and the good players suffer on tendonitis :). We think that this is just fair.

Q: When get a player deleted in the Splatterladder?
A: Each week the score gets abbreviated by 1/5 (multiplier 0.8) therefore the rating times are getting shorter and sooner or later the player will fall out of the valuation because of a too short rating time.
After 100 days of idling players map data will get deleted. In case of absolutely inactivity the player will get deleted automatically.


Q: How to add a buddy/server to my buddy list?
A: Click on the player or server profile of the respective player/server you want to add. Click on the top right on "Options" and the options bar will open. There click on "Add to Buddylist"/"Add to Serverfavorites".

Q: Where does the Score come from?
A: The Score per Minute is your xp/min on the Map

On the top of your Playerpage you have all Maps you played with your average Score and % after
The % after are calculated from a basis were 100% are the average from all Players
So if you rate 200%, you score 2 times more than the average Player

Down the page you have your last Maps played with the actual Score
the % after is your + or - rating from your average score of this map
If you are rated 200% and you make 220% on the Map you will have +20% in this Session


Q: I'm not tracked on splatterladder, why?
A: You use most likely a "tracker-signature". This guarantees that you only be tracked with this color-signature. If your signature is incorrect, you are not tracked on splatterladder. There are 95 percent of all sources of error. Please check your signature in the tracker settings or delete it.


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