Archive for September, 2011

D5 graphs available

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Apologies for the delay in releasing maps and graphs for Diamond 5. They are on the Diamond Statistics page along with all other result data. You can always visit the Statistics Portal for previous round results after they move off the front page.

Three rounds remain

Monday, September 26th, 2011

After results are released tonight, just three rounds remain in the battle to hold onto the bottom positions of the Top 16. Pay close attention to the matches surrounding the Contestants on this bubble, as your votes will determine who pushes forward to the Postseason and who ends their journey after next week.

We’ve been able to isolate the server issues to a certain few instances. Unfortunately they cannot be repaired completely until after the Regular Season is done and we can afford more time to do work that may take down the server for periods of time. For the rest of Diamond Period, an intermittent outage is still possible if we don’t catch it in time. Otherwise it will be just a few minutes before services are restored. So please vote as you normally would; once the form says your ballot is accepted, you are assured that it was written to the database. Thanks to those who have helped out and reported issues when they spot them. The feedback is very helpful.

Checkpoint, OK so far

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Most errors are memory-related, so I’ve been increasing limits. Votes seem to be coming in at about the usual rate, so I’m glad that most people are able to submit their votes normally. We’ll continue to observe the server status throughout the day; sometimes I won’t know anything until it has been sitting for a few hours.

But please vote as you normally would so we can observe the server behavior under normal conditions and adjust settings accordingly. Thanks for your support, and thanks for voting!

Server will hiccup today

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

If your vote does not succeed today, please try it again later.

Unfortunately server updates this weekend did not go well and so far has resulted in the server freezing up every few hours. And then after that happens it needs to be restarted, and the cycle repeats again until I finish fixing the error. This will result in some interruptions during the voting period, so I apologize in advance. If you get a database error while submitting your vote, please wait a while before submitting again.

I’ll give you updates as I have them.

Ruby concluded

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Congratulations to Shana for winning the 2011 Ruby Necklace! Voter support helped her overcome both the one loss from earlier in the Period and the resulting deficit in SDO. It shows that anything is still possible despite the challenges. To some fans, this particular win comes after very long wait.

Only Diamond Period remains in the Regular Season. One more Necklace is left to claim, and we’ve had many deserving candidates in all of our Necklace Showdowns so far. Who will end up on top? And if you notice the statistics, we still have two undefeateds in the overall standings. Kanade and Mikoto will meet very soon, and it’s a match you don’t want to miss in the upcoming weeks.

Nine Contestants have clinched the Postseason, and we draw closer to knowing all of our Top 16 with each passing Round. Those on the bubble (not yet highlighted in red) still have a chance to battle for a spot. We wish all of our girls the best of luck!

We are on break again until next Sunday, the 18th. Match previews will be available soon.

Our exhibition winner this Period is Illyasviel von Einzbern, who wins the Ruby Medallion. Congratulations! Illya just missed the Regular Season this year after two winning seasons in 2009 and 2010. We’re happy to see her still competing well.

Thank you for voting! We’ll see you next week!