The Weekly Shuffle: 9/30/22

Massive performance updates are making larger MTTs possible, LFG!

Marianne Chronister
Sep 30, 2022
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The Weekly Shuffle: 9/30/22
September 30, 2022

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What’s Inside

  • MTT Development Updates
  • Product updates
  • Community Tweet of the Week
  • Reviewing the Discord Moderator Academy
  • 10 Tips on Growing Community
  • Perfect Pair Podcast with Duckz Wit Attitudes

MTT Development Updates

This week the team pushed a ton of performance updates: 

  • Developed an internal load testing framework to simulate large tournaments using bots, which has allowed us to identify and fix scaling issues before they surface in real games. 
  • Sped up game event processing time, addressing lag issues seen in our early tournaments. 
  • Increased table rebalancing speed so players can get back into a hand more quickly. 

We’re hosting daily 200 person MTTs on a path to be the go to destination for the largest community hosted tournaments. Here are a couple fun mentions from this week’s tournaments.

Product Updates

Let’s start with a quick win: if you need to cancel a game, you now can choose whether or not members of the group are notified of the cancellation via email. While it’s useful to notify group members of a change in plans, you may not want to send an additional email if the game was created in error, for example. Simply un-select the checkbox to turn off the email notification! 

You may recall that we recently added a rebuy popup for MTTs that appears when rebuys are available. As promised, we’ve now enabled this popup for SNG tournaments as well, so you never miss an opportunity to stay in the game. 

We’ve modernized our winning animation - now winners of a hand will be highlighted with a pulsing yellow glow. Check out how jcope28gz is shining after his big MTT win! 

Lastly, a small bug fix: if you have BB view selected, you now see chips in BB units in the rankings column for consistency. 

Community Tweet of The Week 

Sometimes things work out just how they’re supposed to. This week we ramped up MTT and you legends keep turning up strong! 120, 150, 180….We’re growing our tournaments to 200+ players, growing our community in Discord and helping our players join other communities too. Big shouts to veyllajo for this Tweet commemorating their 1st place win.

You already know we’re big fans of Froots and their commitment to building community. Happy to create the opportunity for veyllajo to pick a fresh one. 

Discord Moderator Academy

This week we reviewed all 42 articles in Discord’s Moderator Academy (DMA) and picked the five DMA articles every Community Manager needs to read. Some of these are good enough to keep bookmarked and revisit as your community grows and evolves. Two particularly strong posts for early-stage communities are 203: Developing Server Rules and 301: Implementing Verification Gates. 

Developing server rules is something that can be done before ever opening the doors. For some servers, the devil is in the details, and taking the time to expressly limit certain discussion topics to dedicated channels can be an effective tool for ensuring civility. Determining which content falls where on your spectrum is important, as is creating a clear process by which you will review conduct, take disciplinary action (timeout, ban, etc.) for rule violations, and what (if any) appeals process members have.

In that same vein, having verification gates can prevent heartache, bots, and lost time restoring integrity to your Discord. Too often new projects think this is a “when we’re big enough” step, but the reality is following best practices early will pay outsized dividends for you and your fellow community managers down the line. 

10 Tips on Growing Community

We’re in the midst of a 10 week run where we share a new tip for community managers looking to build a more engaged community. 

This week’s tip: Collaborate (sounds simple, right?)

Building relationships with other projects who share similar values to yours can be a great way to get those first members into your Discord. But collaboration isn't one sided, and to be successful you need to be active in their community and your own.  

To be clear: collaboration isn’t alpha chasing - it is a strategic alignment that mutually benefits two communities and the members of each. Being mindful of your evaluation process for potential collabs that approach you is important, but it is just as important to cultivate a consistent process for how your project does outreach including what value you’re bringing to the table.

Perfect Pair Podcast with Duckz Wit Attitudes

LordDucky pulled up to a Fun Country table to share his insight on community, specifically empowering early community members. A slow mint which did not meet expectations left Duckz Wit Attitudes at a crossroads. Instead of waiting for the mint to sell out or close it early, the project leads elected to open the DAO with the existing holders and then put the immediate fate of their projects in the hands of the real ones who had already minted. As LordDucky says “You can have the dopest art, you can be the dopest dev, but if you don't have people supporting your shit you have nothing." 

Listen to the whole show, or jump to 11:12 for how DWA shifted focus to initiatives in the community or 19:13 for a fresh LordDucky freestyle.

We are always looking for great projects to learn from, host on Fun Country, and collaborate with! If you’re a community manager, get in touch with us on Discord.

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