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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: FAQ About Census and WarcraftRealms.com! Please Read! Reply with quote

<p>
<b>What is the Warcraft Census?</b><br>
WarcraftRealm's WoW Census is the <b><i>#1</i></b> site for World of Warcraft population tracking. WarcraftRealms boasts the broadest
range of viewing options, the most accurate data, and the most updated data. The data can be
viewed by server(realm), faction, class, race, guild, and even level. The WarcraftRealms site is also regularly updated with new
and improved features and data analysis. This site is independantly run and maintained and has no ties to such gold/account/item selling
enterprises. Not only that, but we are also the owners and maintainers of the CensusPlus UI Mod which is an extension of an original mod
by Ian Pieragostini. Regular updates and new features continue to keep CensusPlus the best Census mod available.
</p>

<p>
<b>How is the data collected?</b><br>
The data is collected by a the <a href="http://www.warcraftrealms.com/censusplus.php">Warcraft CensusPlus UI mod</a>. The mod essentially crawls the /who data of people
online when you take the census.</p>

<p>
<b>How does the Census data get to the WarcraftRealms.com website?</b><br>

After you have taken a Census from within the game the data is saved to your UI variables save file. You must
upload this file to the website for processing. Once you have uploaded the file, it is processed and the data
is added to the database for disply!</p>

<p>
<b>Does the Warcraft Census mod slow down the server?</b><br>
Blizzard has put measures in place to keep the servers from being flooded with /who requests. This is why
there is a delay between /who's while running the Census UI mod. There is a query made for each /who, but given
the massive number of queries needed to run the Warcraft Servers, the additional /who requests should hardly
impact the servers at all.</p>

<p>
<b>Where can I get the latest version of the Warcraft CensusPlus UI mod?</b><br>

You can find the latest version of CensusPlus here: <a href="http://www.warcraftrealms.com/censusplus.php">Warcraft CensusPlus UI Mod</a>

<p>
<b>My server/faction isn't even listed! Why is this?</b><br>
Only data submitted to the site is listed. If there is no data for a specific realm, then the server will not show up.
If you would like to see your server listed, you can help by submitting data from the Census UI Mod.</p>

<p>
<b>My guild isn't listed! What's up with that?</b><br>

Only data submitted to the site is listed. If there is no data for a specific guild, then that guild will not show up.
If you would like to see your guild listed, you can help by submitting data from the Census UI Mod. Remember, only the top 50 guilds
by member count are shown on the <a href="http://www.warcraftrealms.com/census.php">Census Display</a> page, but all guilds entered can be found using the
<a href="http://www.warcraftrealms.com/guilddisplay.php">Guild Search</a> page.</p>

<p>
<b>The data for my server/faction/guild can't be correct! Why is this?</b><br>
Only data submitted to the site is listed. If there is no data, or limited data for a specific realm, then the display will be
lacking. If you would like to see current and correct data, you can help submit data by running the Census UI Mod and uploading
your census data.</p>

<p>
<b>This tool is great! What can I do to help?</b><br>
You can help by submitting data from the CensusPlus UI Mod. Take a census of your realm and then upload your census data to the site.
You will need to download the CensusPlus UI Mod.
<p>You can get the latest version <a href="http://www.warcraftrealms.com/censusplus.php">here</a>.
Unzip the file into your /World of Warcraft/Interface/AddOns/ directory.</p>
<p>Now when you are in World of Warcraft, type /censusplus or /census+ to see
the census display. Click the Take button and it will take a census. Depending on the population of your faction and realm,
this could take a little time. </p><p> Now when you exit the game, point your browser to
<a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/upload.php'>http://www.warcraftrealms.com/upload.php</a>. Upload your CensusPlus.lua file
and you're done! You can find the CensusPlus.lua file in your /World of Warcraft/WTF/Accounts/XXXX/SavedVariables directory, where XXXX
is the directory named for your WoW account (don't worry, this isn't submitted to the site).
Your data will be processed and information added to the database!</p></p>

<p>
<b>How often can I upload my CensusPlus.lua?</b><br>
You can contribute data once every 15 minutes. Submissions made within 15 minutes will overwrite the previous upload. This is done to prevent the re-processing of same file that would not net any new characters or character updates.</p></p>

<p>
<b>What is WOWCensus and how is it related?</b><br>
WOWCensus.com is another World of Warcraft census website. WoWCensus.com came online a few days after WarcraftRealms.com and
tracks data a bit differently than WarcraftRealms. WoWCensus presents all historical data, combined together. They do not
offer as many custom viewing options as WarcraftRealms, nor do the differentiate between US and EURO servers. WoWCensus also
tracks all characters seen since release. Here we track complete history data as well
but only data received within the past 30 days on characters level 10 and up is compiled in the main <a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/census.php'>Census
Display</a>, the <a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/quickstats.php'>Quickstats</a>, or the <a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/realmstats.php'>Realm Stats page</a>. You can view
complete history database stats on the <a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/dbstats.php'>Database Stats page</a>. We are not affiliated in any way with
WoWCensus.com other than we both provide census statistical information on the World of Warcraft player population.<br>&nbsp;<br>

<font>WOWCensus.com was bought by OGaming.com and appears to have been offline ever since.</font>

<p>
<b>How often is the data updated?</b><br>
There is an update process run twice a day. The
longest amount of time that should pass before seeing your updated
data is 12 - 24 hours. Realize however, that due to varying
circumstances, the updates may be delayed for longer periods of time.</p>

<p>
<b>My character data on the character sheet is incorrect. How can I fix it?</b><br>

The data comes from submissions from the Census UI Mod. To correct or update data on your character, just take a census of your
realm and then upload your census data to the site.</p>

<p>
<b>When I submit data it says that it was unable to determine the version I am using. I know I have the latest version, what's wrong?</b><br>
99.9% of the time it is due to uploading the wrong file. You want to be sure you are uploading the file located at </p>
<p><i>/World of Warcraft/WTF/Accounts/####/SavedVariables/CensusPlus.lua</i></p>
<p>and not the file located at:</p>

<p><i>/World of Warcraft/WTF/Accounts/####/<font color='red'>SERVER_NAME/CHARACTER_NAME/SavedVariables/</font>CensusPlus.lua</i>.</p>
<p> Also, be sure you have exited the game before you attempt to upload.</p>


<p>
<b>Why do my uploads show as "UNPROCESSED"?</b><br>
There are two possible reasons for this: firstly, check the date of the last processed file, shown at
<a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/dbstats.php'>http://www.warcraftrealms.com/dbstats.php</a>.
If it's earlier then the date of your submission, the server simply hasn't reached your file yet. I
deally it should only take up to 24 hours for a file to be processed, however this isn't always the case, as
the sheer number of uploaded files is sometimes more than the database can keep up with.<br><br>

If the latest file updated is after the date of your file, however, then there is a further problem.
Make sure that you have uploaded the correct file (you should be uploading the Censusplus.lua file from your
SavedVariables directory, not from the Censusplus addon folder), and also make sure you are using the latest
version of the mod, as it will not accept uploads from outdated versions. Also check your filesize; if you get
over around 20MB it also won't process, so you may need to purge your data if the file gets too large.</p>

<p>
<b>Server X only has 10 people on Horde side! That can't be right, can it?</b><br>
No, it most definitely is not right, but it's not WarcraftRealms' fault, either! If you go to that server's page,
it will most likely tell you there have been very few submissions in the last 30 days, and as only data from
the last 30 days is included in most stats, that is the reason for the seemingly non-existant population.
WarcraftRealms relies on submissions from players to keep information accurate, so where those submissions
do not exist, sadly the accuracy is also lost.<br><br>
If you want to help out and make results for such servers more accurate, please do make an alt character
on those affected servers and run the Censusplus mod there occasionally. Even running one server a couple
of times a week (perhaps while you are eating or something similar) will help. There are many servers
struggling with low submissions, so the smallest contribution <i>will</i> make a difference.</p>

<p>
<b>I'm seeing posters on the forum with over 1 million updates listed, how do they do it?</b><br>
Basically by running a lot of censuses! Most of the high-update censusers have alts on several
servers, usually ones with low numbers of submissions taken from the "Most Wanted" list, and census
them regularly. Some leave WoW running in the background with a census running whilst tabbed
out doing other things on the computer, and just tab back to change server every now and then.</p>

<p>
<b>What's all this talk about "tickets"?</b><br>
Every month, WarcraftRealms runs a prize draw, and every member receives one ticket for every
1000 updates they have submitted to the site. The draw is made from all the ticket numbers
awarded, and the winners must contact Rollie to claim their prize - for more details see
<a href='http://www.warcraftrealms.com/drawings.php'>http://www.warcraftrealms.com/drawings.php</a>.</p>


<p>I encourage you all to utilize this tool. The more people that update data, the more accurate the data is and will provide
more up to date information.</p>


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanx
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Claiming Characters Reply with quote

One thing that I can't seem to figure out, is how to claim a character on the site. Please help me.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cash -

You just need to be logged into the site, visit the character page for that character and click the 'Claim Charater' link!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Create account
2. Find your character
3. Click on "Claim Char" link in the upper right corner.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the data available, and therefore the mod/addon
I'd love to see the FAQ expanded to include something about, can I send EU and regular server data? (there was an issue mentioned back in the version notes)

also to mention about all the functions, checkboxes, etc do
also to address doing multiple servers during one session with the game client
basically, I'd love to see a step by step, start to finish guide

1 - download plugin
2- unzip
3- place in this directory
4 browse to \mostwanted.php - these are the servers we need most, but any server you want to do, is welcome!
5- you CAN logout and poll multiple servers without exiting the program
6- you CAN logout and swap between horde and alliance, same server or different (right?)
7- you CAN do both EU and US servers (or can't?)
8- exit the warcraft game
9 - open your web browser to \upload.php

and then a section at the end to address why to prune/when to prune the FAQ above, why/when to delete your data...all that fun stuff
and throw it all int a .txt file (FAQ, or StepbyStep or something...) and include it in the .zip download

back to load the game and hit the mostwanted a few more times Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well EU and US would be different accounts which would be under different account folders in your lua folders. PvE allows you to have characters of opposing factions on the same server.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple questions that might should be added to the FAQ.

1) How often should I Prune?

2) How often should I Purge?

And what does each of those do for the data we are collecting...

I did a quick search and didn't see the answers in the threads I looked at.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forthepie wrote:
A couple questions that might should be added to the FAQ.

1) How often should I Prune?

2) How often should I Purge?

And what does each of those do for the data we are collecting...

I did a quick search and didn't see the answers in the threads I looked at.


These are how I do prune to take strain off warcraftrealms server. Also do a prune at the start of each day before you start first census pass.

/census prune 3 (some also like 5)

If your data get over 3 mbs then look at a smaller number of days.

For prune only time think this is needed is if you get an E after your data is processed by the server. E could mean your data has something corrupt in it or the upload was too large. Sure it also could mean the database got stuck but would rather not take a chance.

This is my method of thinking for census taking and noted under 3 mbs for fast uploads.

Do not think this is in FAQ since it is 100% up to the users. There is no right answer for these options.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:16 pm    Post subject: One thing... Reply with quote

What is the realmslist supposed to be set too!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the realmlist should be the standard blizzard realmlists
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