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Welcome to the Cave of Dragonflies guestbook.

Off-topic discussion is allowed, but spam is not; please make sure all your messages are of substantial meaning that at least somebody would be interested in reading and responding to. That being said, obviously I appreciate comments relating to The Cave of Dragonflies, whether they are error reports, questions, suggestions or whatever else you might want to get across.

Messages

My own messages will be signed as Butterfree, with the Admin label below my name. If someone signs as Butterfree without that label, it's probably not me.

Charizard

Does anyone like mario around here?

[08/11/2014 18:13:29]

Ky

I enjoyed the Is Pokemon Childish? Interesting read for the Older players :)

[06/11/2014 19:19:41]

Negrek
Website: Thousand Roads

Happy birthday, TCoD! Here's to another twelve years.

To think that when you started out, you probably never imagined the site would end up where it is today…

[04/11/2014 07:53:28]

FlygonTheGreat
Commenting on: 11-02-14

*Blows Whistle* Happy Birthday TCoD!

[03/11/2014 04:52:31]

Rhys
Website: The Cave of Dragonflies
Commenting on: 10-18-14

Whys dont you do a mega mode so we can choose our favourite mega pokemon

[26/10/2014 16:08:04]

Mojanbo
Commenting on: 10-18-14

Not a frequent visitor, but I had no idea these existed. Nice!

[25/10/2014 17:03:00]

Sagiri

I know you don't take submissions anymore, but I thought this was funny, so I'll just post this here.

I took the intro to the in-game humor page, and translated with Google Translate (mostly to Korean and Chinese and back, several times). I ended up with the following:

I want to see them offering a sense of humor I have ever Pokemon game is his game too seriously I am not quoting memorable lines from the end of the game, in the days to remember. Dedicated to the support of others, and this is so that they can laugh at me.

[11/10/2014 00:05:51]

shiloh

????????

[10/10/2014 23:04:30]

Negrek
Website: Thousand Roads

I was reading the "draw your picture" tutorial bit and thinking I'd need to recommend that you add a reference to "how to draw an owl" to it… but I see you were way ahead of me there. Still my favorite tutorial on the internet.

[30/09/2014 05:34:46]

BB

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.

[29/09/2014 05:45:42]

uvf

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!

[29/09/2014 03:28:48]

Butterfree
Admin
Website: The Cave of Dragonflies

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.

[29/09/2014 03:25:14]

Kevin

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?

[29/09/2014 03:05:32]

Butterfree
Admin
Website: The Cave of Dragonflies
Commenting on: 08-17-14

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.

[29/09/2014 00:35:26]

Hog
Commenting on: 08-17-14

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?

[22/09/2014 11:38:46]

Person
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.

[21/09/2014 05:58:15]

Lady of the forest

This is a simply amazing site, I love the quizzes and hope to see this site flourish.

[21/09/2014 05:02:36]

Butterfree
Admin
Website: The Cave of Dragonflies
Commenting on: 08-11-14

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.

[29/08/2014 15:55:30]

Butterfree
Admin
Website: The Cave of Dragonflies
Commenting on: 08-17-14

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.

[29/08/2014 15:48:26]

Butterfree
Admin
Website: The Cave of Dragonflies
Commenting on: 08-16-14

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.

[29/08/2014 14:57:12]

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