Greetings fellow DOFFers. Been in game since launch, and after 3 or so years can still say I'm enjoying STO.
In "real life" I'm a web developer, which means I'm always looking for something to develop. With that in mind, I had an idea to build a web site based on STO's DOFF system. It started out just as an excuse for me to stay current with HTML, JQuery, SQL, etc., but I think I've brought it to a point where it might actually be useful/fun for players who enjoy the in-game DOFF system.
I wanted it to act as a kind of extension to the in-game, DOFF-oriented chat channels. Like them, it allows you to report on whatever DOFF assignments are currently popping in game, with the added benefit that missions listed will persist for the length of the current DOFF cycle.
Feel free to use/test the app as you like.
If you find yourself in game at the turn of a DOFF cycle, take a quick look at the current map assignments in your sector. See anything worth noting? Take a minute to "File a Report" and let other users know which missions are popping.
A few notes:
For the record, this is nothing like a "finished product". Heh, you've heard of a "beta test", this is something like a "gamma test", at best. Still, the basic functions of the app are all in place, and I think it's ready to be beat up on by actual users.
I could spend a ton of time trying to explain exactly how it's supposed to work, but I think I'd rather just let people have at it and decide whether it's usable or not.
Let me know what you think, let me know if it makes any sense to you at all, and I'm always open to constructive ideas as to how it might be improved.
I like the interface. I especially like that, when I'm at work or dodging spousal aggro, I can use Firefox set to *not* load graphics files and to use plain white backgrounds, and it doesn't seem to break anything. Very useful (and stealthy).
Consider me +1 on checking into DOFFjobs. Lots of people use that interface - I'm building a master list of my DOffs on my copy so I have a better idea when I have too many Botanists or not enough Quartermasters. And since it uses a similar reporting model, maybe integration wouldn't be too bad...
Just tell them it's a pre-beta test and not ready for full use, and ask for feedback. You'll probably get some volunteers pretty quick. You won't annoy anyone as long as you don't spam the same request every 10 minutes.
One of the concerns I'd have about an app/website like the above would be the case that it offers the same or similar features as the normal, established doff sheet, for whose support the doffjobs and doffcalls channels were originally created if I recall correctly.
Since it seems that the "original" doffsheet has already been struggling to find contributers and editors lately, the introduction of a second, similar system might be counterproductive to and hurt both systems.
One of the concerns I'd have about an app/website like the above would be the case that it offers the same or similar features ... the introduction of a second, similar system might be counterproductive to and hurt both systems.
I thought that, too. I do think that it might be possible for the OP to get with zerobang and interface his app with the doffjobs data, rather than using a separate database. *That'd* be a seriously cool project.