By all means feel free just to chat in the guestbook - as long as it's not spam!
Anybody with Admin below their name is definitely me or a trusted person. I myself will always sign as Butterfree. If somebody signs under that name but does not have the Admin label, it is most likely an impostor.
All I can say is I'm happy to have stumbled upon this site. This place is fun, surprising that one person could do all this in their free time. Thank you Butterfree.
Interesting that you mention the background music. A few minutes after I finished reading that page, I clicked on one of your affiliate links (Pokemon Rebirth) and the auto-playing music on its splash page nearly made me jump out of my seat!
All my webmaster advice sections are inspired by other Pokémon sites I've visited, usually because they applied for affiliation or a site rating, yes. Not any individual ones, though - these really are trends I've seen again and again on lots of different sites, not just me anonymously taking potshots at particular sites. The examples are never based on any one site in particular.
I just noticed the little note at the bottom of Sections that Suck / Page Pitfalls, and I'm curious - are these actually inspired by affiliation requests you've received?
Hog: The reason Pass doesn't pick none of them is that the way the picker works relies on the idea that when you eliminate a Pokémon, it's because there's some particular Pokémon you prefer over it. If you were to eliminate an entire batch of Pokémon, we wouldn't have this information for them and they'd have to be out of the running permanently, which prevents you from theoretically continuing to pick more favorites forever.
You also don't actually lose anything by picking every Pokémon - you'll just have to eliminate them in later rounds when they're up against some that you like more. You haven't erroneously indicated that you prefer these Pokémon over any others by picking Pass. So it really is a pass operation - nothing happens, you keep your hand.
Amazing work on this update! Had lots of fun with it :) Just want to say though, the "pass" option's function is counter-intuitive to it's label. When I first tried it out without scrutinizing the instructions, I thought "pass" connoted that none of the pokemon presented were to be picked (as compared to all of them being picked). The same happened to many of my friends I linked this to! Perhaps bolding the instructions or placing them closer to the button would help?
Commenting on: 08-11-14
I liked the ranting! Although I completely understand wanting to have it removed. Maybe you could make a rant section, if one doesn't already exist.
This is a simply amazing site, I love the quizzes and hope to see this site flourish.
Not sure why you made this comment on this post, but my top 25 according to the picker are Charizard, Butterfree, Scyther, Dialga, Yveltal, Grovyle, Raikou, Ninetales, Electrike, Articuno, Flygon, Dragonair, Joltik, Leafeon, Vulpix, Misdreavus, Froslass, Absol, Quilava, Haunter, Hydreigon, Glaceon, Zekrom, Galvantula and Espeon.
Happy: I actually think the X/Y models considerably lessen the bias compared to any generation's sprites - almost every Pokémon is in a pretty neutral pose, none are off-model, and there's basically no such thing as some being better shaded than others, etc. So I'm reasonably happy with it using X/Y models. If I do a regional Pokédex-based thing as Kevin suggested, though, it seems appropriate to use sprites from the relevant game(s) for that.
Ehhh, I don't think the story of how it came to be is relevant or interesting enough to be stuck on the page. It seems more appropriate as just a blog post. I guess I could link to it, or do a better writeup and link to that, though.
Bulbasaur: I assume you mean a partial quicksort where the higher list is always recursively sorted first? I mean, I don't expect anybody to want to use the favorite Pokémon picker to actually completely sort the entire list of Pokémon.
Mostly I think that would make the favorite Pokémon picker a lot more boring - instead of being given a fresh batch of Pokémon to compare against each other, you have to compare every single Pokémon against some random one you probably don't particularly care about. But I also suspect it's not that efficient because you have to repeatedly choose a bunch of Pokémon that you know aren't close to being your favorites, just because you still like them better than the pivot. Remember, comparison sorts like quicksort are designed around the assumption that the only way to decide the order of elements is to compare two of them at a time. Here the comparison function is a human being, who is privy to considerably more information than just which of some given two elements is smaller, but quicksort has no way of taking advantage of this: it's optimized around doing a minimal number of binary comparisons, which is not at all the best way for humans to do sorting, especially on a list of items they're already familiar with and have some prior idea of the ordering of.
The favorite Pokémon picker uses a tournament-style algorithm with free multiple selection, which I believe makes better use of the human being in addition to being hopefully more interesting for the user. Already in the first round you can definitely eliminate way more than half of the Pokémon, while something Quicksort-like would be stuck with half on average each round.
Do you think that a quicksort would work better for the Pokemon Picker?
Commenting on: 08-17-14
Having read the original post you made about this on tumblr well before, I'd be interested for you to copy over the history behind making your own version :3c I'm sure lots of visitors will recall the original that swept the web, and will be curious about the changes you made. The only caveat is it'll take away from the elegant single-serving of the page, but I'm sure no one will mind the loss :b
I can also see prev. gen sprites being an interesting expansion, given you mentioned the visual impression makes such a difference (and I immediately felt it too; kricketot, what the heck?). I guess of course that causes some problems with 'forwards' compatibility, but hey, there's probably some genwunners out there who'd appreciate not needing to deal with later gens at all :P
In the meantime, I've only got a few batches in, and each time I'm feeling the pressure of all the other things I should be doing first, but I'm just so curious.. T__T "Just one more" will be the death of me, hahaa
I don't know how difficult it'd be, but it'd be cool to have the regional Pokedexes in the Favorite Pokemon Picker.
It would essentially automatically dump all the Pokemon not in that Pokedex out of the running, and you could figure out, for example, your favorite Pokemon in the Expanded Sinnoh Pokedex.
Commenting on: 08-17-14
It'd be neat if you included a Mega Pokémon option for the Favorite Pokémon Picker too.
Good job on it though!
Commenting on: 08-11-14
Would you mind if you could show us your favorites?
This is a really cool game!! I've been trying to find out what my favorite pokes are for the longest and this game(although arduous) help me narrow them down. :)
Hello, Butterfree! I have been following your website since 2009. Thank you for making one of the best Pokemon websites I know! :P
I got a query too. While playing the Number Game, one of the Pokemon I got wrong was Flabebe simply because I written its name without the accents. Could you probably make a second option and make it allowable for people to spell Flabebe's name without the accents or would it be easier to copy and paste an E with an accent?
Commenting on: 08-16-14
Is it possible to make a back/undo button for the favorites test? I've had to reset several times because of accidental double-clicking.
(Alternatively, just blocking the double-click thing if multiple Pokemon are selected could work)
I've been playing Colosseum lately, and watching videos of both the Orre games as well, and a question has popped up in my head. Do the legendary birds and beasts have a higher catch rate in the Gamecube games, or have I and the people I've watched just been very lucky with them?
I know there hasn't been a whole lot of research done on Colosseum and XD, but this is something I'd like to know the answer to if you ever have the time to look into it. :)