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05/31/15: Yet More Favorite Pokémon Picker Updates

I've added a feature to the Favorite Pokémon Picker that lets you control (to an extent) how many Pokémon you see at a time. I'd gotten feedback from several people that they found batches of twenty Pokémon too unwieldy and would often miss some of them entirely, and indirectly I'd seen a lot of people claim some of their favorite Pokémon never showed up, which should be impossible and which I thus suspect was actually the result of them overlooking the Pokémon when it did show up. So now the "Maximum batch size" setting allows you to set the size of the largest batches you can get according to your own preference, whatever that may be.

It does restrict the batch sizes to being between 2 and 20, so if you actually wanted larger batches than before, unfortunately this doesn't help you. The reason for that is actually just that with a batch of 21, the neat little algorithm I use to show the Pokémon in something as close as possible to a nice-looking rectangle would make the display seven Pokémon wide, which is wider than the page design currently accounts for. If somebody really wants bigger batches, I can tweak it to make it work, but I don't think I've seen anyone asking for that yet, so for now I'll assume twenty is an acceptable maximum.

I also added a bit of text below the picker buttons telling you how many Pokémon remain to be eliminated before your next favorite is found. I used to have some numbers there stating how many Pokémon were left in the current round and how many had been picked for the next round, but I took them out a while ago because I realized that without knowing technical details about how the picker's "rounds" work, these numbers would really just raise more questions than they answered. I've seen a lot of people confused by the lack of anything indicating progress or how long it will take to actually see any favorites, though, and I really wanted to do something about that. After adding those numbers back in and typing a long paragraph into this update about how they might just make people even more confused, I realized I could just, y'know, put a number there that hopefully isn't confusing, doesn't involve rounds, and actually indicates progress in a pretty straightforward way.

If anything still confuses you about the picker, or for that matter if you have any other feedback, by all means keep it coming. I've been really pleasantly surprised by how much people seem to like using this thing, and it's pretty fun to work on, so I expect I'll be continuing to add features to it if there seems to be sufficient interest.

Also, as always, if you discover any bugs, please let me know.

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Zelkova
Commenting on: 05-31-15

That is fine then. I thought it wouldn't be possible but it never hurt to ask right?

[02/06/2015 06:10:32]

Butterfree
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Commenting on: 05-31-15

Unfortunately that would be a bit of a bother because right now the picker sends no data to the server at any point; it all happens in your browser and I have no idea what goes on in your session. In addition to the actual statistical work I'd have to start actually collecting data and storing it somewhere.

[01/06/2015 10:47:10]

Zelkova
Commenting on: 05-31-15

Thanks for adding this. I know I been waiting for a while for something like this but it is quite a surprise to see you went all out and let the user choose the size. I was only expecting you to give an option to chop it down to ~6 per matchup. By being less overwhelming now you may can also expect more people using it.

Not really a feature but any chance of adding a statistic page without causing too much problem on your end? I am kinda wondering what is the world favorite Pokemon and possibly most hated Pokemon. Of course I doubt most people would even look at it but for the few who are interested it could be neat. While some people may just spam click the first Pokemon I'm sure the odds of all misleading results will rarely be the same enough to effect anything. No pressure of course as I finally got the update I been waiting for personally but just tossing an idea out there in case you get bored and wish to add something to it one day.

[01/06/2015 08:41:03]

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