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10/14/2018 - So Many News!

In the last weeks I had much personal stuff to do, but today was reserved for Xu-Fu and was able to catch up with a lot of stuff! The list is longer than usual, hang tight ^^

1. Giveaway winner
Sadly Machiavelli never claimed his Cap’n Crackers, so I had to draw yet another winner. This time it goes to:

SeiriCerin#2343 as shown in this super cute image!
Please get back to me within 2 days to grab your loot code :-)

2. New addition to the team
Not exactly “new”, Jagûar has been around for a long time and worked very hard to get the entire Falcosaur strategy section up and filled with strategies! Strategy Curator is only a logical next step. Welcome to the team (again^^)!

3. Patch 8.1 Preparation
The next patch brings a new pet battle dungeon: Gnomeregan, as well as a new family achievement. Family Battler! Both sections are set up and can be filled with strategies already.

4. New alternatives sorting
A tiny change, but it will have some obvious effects. I made a tiny tweak to the sorting of alternatives.
Before:
Favourite > Pets in Collection > Tags > Average Rating
Now:
Favourite > Pets in Collection > Average Rating > Tags

Having tags overrule the rating had some weird effects, and with the rating and favourite system being used widely now, it makes more sense to swap this around. Sorry for any confusion this might cause now!

5. Hazelnutty’s videos
Long established in the pet battling world, Hazelnutty is putting out some awesome videos that I can only recommend.
Very recently she published a video with her best tips and tricks for BfA pet battling, including some very nice words about Xu-Fu!
It’s only appropriate to return the favour, so go watch the video and ideally her channel, it’s worth it for every pet battler:
Watch the video

6. More absence, oh no.
Last but not least I have another personal note. The last two weeks of October I will be almost entirely offline and there will not be much new coming from my side on Xu-Fu. That might stretch well into November - depending on how this “real life” thing works out. But I’m not gone for good and will continue working on the page once I’m back! Promise :-)



10/12/2018 - New winner Drawn!

It turns out that Pantonia already got the little Crackers and was kind enough to pass on, thank you very much for the honesty and friendliness!

That means I was able to draw a new winner from all submissions, aaaaand the lucky one is:

Machiavelli#2856 with his trusty Captain Snips!

Yarrrr! Congratultions, please check your messages to collect your prize :-)



10/08/2018 - Winners announced!

So many great entries! Way too hard to pick among the cool, cute and piratey pics, so a random roll made the decision for me. And the winners are:

Franky651 with Captain Nibs
Pantonia with Brightpaw


Congratulations!
I will message you here on Xu-Fu, please respond to the message within the next 48 hours (until Wednesday 10/10) or I will have to select a new winner.

And a big thank you to everyone for participating, as well as to Blizzard for sponsoring the codes :-)



09/25/2018 - Cap'n Crackers Giveaway!

The Giveaway has concluded and no new entries will be accepted! Winners will be announced and contacted shortly. Thank you for participating!

All hands hoay! 'tis time to grab ye some bounty!

Cap'n Cracker be here t' find a new crewmate, 'n it could be ye! Sponsored by Blizzard Europe 'n up fer grabs are two shiny EU loot codes fer this colourful companion. But don't let his appearance fool ye, he's got a nasty beak. Figuratively speakin'.

All ye needs t' be doin' is put on yer finest freebooter clothes, strike a darin' pose next t' yer best loved companion, 'n make a screenshot! Post it here 'n ye got yourself a chance fer Cap'n Crackers unendin' loyalty.

Them Rules:

- The 2 pet codes only work for EU, sorry!
- You have to post with a Xu-Fu account. If you don't have one, top right to sign up, they are free :-)
- Your post must include a link to an image of your character with your favourite pet of choice. Pirate clothing optional but for extra style!
- You can post a picture until October 3rd. Shortly after, the 2 winners will be selected at random
- Winners are announced here and notified via direct message on Xu-Fu's. If someone doesn't claim their code, new winners will be selected.
- Only one entry per user, obviously :-)

Good luck and fair winds t' ye!



09/23/2018 - A few updates!

Hey :)

Thanks everyone for reaching out about volunteer positions! Still looking, so if you're interested, give me a shout on Discord.

Meanwhile, I have a few news to share around Xu-Fu:

1. A warm (re-) Welcome to the first three volunteers: Nyari, Remte and Morazor!

Nyari will work mostly as News Writer and Content Creator for the German version of the page and I will help develop some better tools to make localized versions of the page easier to navigate.

Remte has always been very active in posting advice and finding errors on the page and will now be a Strategy Curator.

Morazor is the author of Magpie and as such the role Content Creator can't be more fitting!


2. You now have the option to include the strategy steps within rematch strings! It is on by default, but you have a slider right below the Rematch button to turn that off, if you wish.


3. A shout out to all strategy creators: I will remove the option to modify tags. Unfortunately, the tags system has been used very inconsistently, and sometimes even to push new strategies to the top by adding every positive tag available without them being true. In the future, more tags will be automated (especially the "Reliable" one), and only strategy curators will have access to tags. In that light, I will also remove all custom tags that have been added so far.
Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience because of this!



09/19/2018 - Xu-Fu is looking for volunteers!

Hello!

With the addition of user-created-strategies, Xu-Fu has entered a new phase and is supporting more and more pet battlers out there in the world. Time to become a bit more structured and organised!
Volunteers have been a key part of Xu-Fu and I am both proud and grateful for the help I have received. Going forward, I want to make it a better experience for everyone involved, with a clearer role description, better access rights and more decision power for those who help with the project.

Here is what I need to make Xu-Fu even better:

News Writer (1-2)
Are you always up to date with everything pet related that’s going on? Would you like to moderate the News section of one of the most visited pet battling pages worldwide? Get in touch, I would love to hand over the News to someone who is eager to share news and updates on the pet battling world!
You’ll have access to my own article editor and it will be your decision what to post and when to post. And if you need any new tools, I am more than happy to add what you need!

Content Creator

As a Content Creator, you own a section of the page containing your favourite topic. Are you a mad pet PvP mastermind who wants to share your insights? Do you love the funny interactions pets do and want to write about it? Or maybe you created a tool that you want to host somewhere and Xu-Fu’s might be a good place? Let me know, let’s discuss, and if we agree on it, you’ll get your own section with full editing rights and my support if you need any custom features coded.

Strategy Curator (1-2)
Every day new strategies are added to Xu-Fu’s. As a strategy curator, you will be the checks and balances. That does not mean going through each and every strategy to test it, but to have an eye on trends, to identify the very best ones and flagging them as staff picks. It could also mean reaching out to strategy creators who made mistakes and asking them if they want to fix that, or worst case, removing it from the page. This role comes with full editing rights for all strategies on Xu-Fu.

Translator
Many parts of the page are being auto-translated already, but there are some gaps and some languages are not covered at all. If you visit Xu-Fu in your native language and want to help fill those gaps, please get in touch! The same languages as World of Warcraft are supported: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese (simplified).

Any of this sounds good to you? Please send me a private message on Discord (Aranesh#6150) and let’s talk!



08/27/2018 - New view on your strategies

When Legion was released, I struggled very hard to keep up with the world quests and test+add strategies. Now with BfA, since everyone can upload strategies, every one of the new quests has a number of different alternatives available already.

It worked out very well, all thanks to you, the creators of all those strategies out there. A BIG THANK YOU!

And as a little treat I've just completed the last important feature for it: A "My Strategies" section!
Hover over your name on the top right, check it out. You'll see a summary of your strats, how they do, and you get notifications if someone writes a comment on your strategy :-)



08/13/2018 - Battle for Azeroth

The release of a new addon is always a very special time. All that anticipation, culminating into the first hours of entering new zones and experiencing all the new content that we only read about or maybe saw some videos. Or played on the beta, but it's not the same right?

All that is going to happen in just one hour. For that, Xu-Fu and I wish you an amazing start into this new expansion. Let everything else be aside for a while, embrace the experience, and enjoy it!



08/01/2018 - Add your own Strategies!

What's that ominous Plus sign right next to each strategy? Your way to add strategies to Xu-Fu of course!

It was long overdue and from this day onward you can stop adding your strategies into comments, because now you have access to a full new toolset allowing you to upload it right there as a new alternative!

Make sure to check out the Strategy Creation Guide if you have questions, or want to know how everything works exactly: https://www.wow-petguide.com/index.php?m=StratCreationGuide

And if you have any feedback or questions, post them here or send me a message!



07/16/2018 - Battle for Azeroth - Pre-Patch Preparations

One month to go for Battle for Azeroth, and this week the pre-patch will hit already! With so many changes coming in that patch, a blog entry about it is long overdue.

1. Use your pet charms today!
Pet Charms as we know it will lose in their value immensely. With the pre-patch comes a new currency and you won't be able to buy upgrading stones with the old charms anymore. So if you still need some or want to stockpile, spend them today!
Details: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20762158027?page=5#post-82

2. Pre-Patches break stuff
Especially the API, the data source that Xu-Fu is using to grab info from the WoW servers like pet skills or your collections. It's very likely that some of this will break in the process. In the past it took Blizzard about 1-2 weeks to get everything back together. In the meanwhile, you might see incorrect pet stats or weird errors. Sorry!

3. Xu-Fu is not ready :-(
I am working hard on getting things done before the addon hits, but I did not make it in time for the pre-patch. Unfortunately, and to my regret, some parts of the page will be outdated from tomorrow on. That is especially true for any strategy involving the Teroclaw Hatchling (looking at you there, pet dungeons!).

I would like to shed some light on why it takes so long, and why there is nothing visibly changing on the page in the meanwhile. From the very start, the user system had one larger goal: allowing every user to upload their own strategies. To make that possible I needed a user login system, and breeds, and a better handling of alternatives - all that is working towards that one goal.
Previously I had a little admin tool where my helpers and I could change and update strategies. In all these update processes, it broke and simply to save time, I did not repair it but continue working on the new strategy editing mode. That's why we were not abble to update all the strategies in time.

But, I plan to have this all done *before* Battle for Azeroth, and it looks promising! Fingers crossed and thank you so much for being patient with me through the next few weeks :-)





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