After the change over to a single, dev tracker for the rest of our trackers, it got locked out and twitter is not responding to requests to unlock the account. As I don't exactly have the time to continuously unlock accounts and adding phone numbers that I don't have, I have decided to shut down the majority of the dev trackers on twitter and move them to FaceBook and our Discord server.
Why facebook? Because I can have 90+ pages and NOT get banned! And Aethro's discord server because I'm not going to ban my own trackers. So as of now, a few of the trackers are already on Facebook and operational, like League of Legends, SWTOR, ESO and the rest will be moving over either later today or this week. Two Dev Trackers will be staying on twitter for the time being, ESO and SWTOR. All trackers are enabled on the discord server.
I am also creating new landing pages for our dev trackers. Hopefully, people will enjoy these new pages but they are far from complete. They will contain our dev tracker facebook page, official pages, news and more! These will take a bit more time to get activated but, hopefully, people will appreciate them as well as the dev trackers that are already going.
I want to thank those that have liked our trackers and continue to use them, and contact them on a regular basis. It means a lot to me to see so many people interested in what's going on in their favorite mmo's and we hope to continue to service them into the future.
As a very few people know, Running 10 dev trackers (maintaining, fixing issues, twitter suspensions etc) can be daunting. Especially for one person. The twitter suspensions alone take hours if not a day at least to get the suspension removed, assuming they allow it (spoiler alert: they don't always allow it) and that's only after I swap the few phone numbers I have around to unlock specific accounts. Not to mention logging into numerous accounts flags as abuse due to IP restrictions and that becomes a problem.
So, unfortunately, most of the dev trackers I have running right now are being merged to one main account on Twitter called a_devtrackers. This account will quite literally save me hours of coding issues, and if it gets locked it's a simple fix to unlock as I'll only personally have 3-5 accounts. There are a few exceptions to this news. The Elder Scrolls Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic trackers will be staying on their own separate accounts for the time being. They are the most responsive and active ones, so to move them right now would just not be in my best interest. This MAY change at anytime so don't be shocked if that happens down the road. This will also not affect any Facebook Pages for trackers and honestly I'll probably expand on them.
I know this isn't something people will enjoy seeing as following one account is going to be a nightmare unless you like reading news about a bunch of MMOs. Which is why I also created hashtags for each game that are unique to Aethro so you can just follow those hashtags and it should make it easier. You can also join us on our discord which has all the trackers still separated into their own channels. The new Dev Trackers page will have a list soon of what Trackers and their hashtags are, and their own pages with other random tidbits of information. The page is not completed yet, but I hope to have it done this week.
Thank you everyone for continuing to retweet, like and enjoy the trackers I build. I would have stopped caring years ago if I didn't see people really enjoying having the update forum information right there for them to find without digging or in some cases, even going to the forums which a lot of people avoid on MMOs.
Aethro is now hiring volunteers to help keep up with its multiple products, including it's launching of a Ultima Online server. Each department will have different requirements so please take some time to consider each one before you apply. You may apply to multiple positions, if you so choose. The details are as follows:
This person will be responsible for the operations of our social media presence, actively promoting our products, and are in charge of the moderation teams both in discord and forums. They will also assist in acting as a bridge between the development team to make sure critical bugs and issues are responded to.
Knowledge of Twitter and Facebook is required, understanding of zoho social or tweetdeck is a plus along with Invision Power Board and it's promotion tools.
This position requires a person to be responsible for overseeing the forums, making sure they are kept within our policies, follow up on reported content, and help keep the flow of conversation going.
Knowledge of Invision Power Board is a plus.
This position requires a person to be responsible for overseeing the discord server, making sure all main chat rooms are within our policies, enforcing said policies when necessary and keeping the flow of conversation going.
Knowledge of Discord is required.
Game Masters help keep Aethro: Destinies going. They are to help answer pages, promote in game excitement with events, and making sure players are behaving within our respective rules. They directly work with the CM to promote events on our website and social media outlets.
Knowledge of Ultima Online is required, ServUO is a huge plus.
Want to help shape the world? This is the position to do it in! Developers help keep things going in our game, including bug fixes, adding new and fun systems, and even can assist in running events.
Knowledge of Ultima Online and ServUO is a requirement.
If you would like to apply to any of the above positions, please feel free to visit https://www.aethro.net/apply/ today and fill out an application. Thank you for your interest.
After a lot of delays, and a lot of weird things that continued to happen, I am happy to announce we will be officially launching Destinies this Friday!
What will you need? Well Ultima Online will be a start. It will be located on our website with instructions on how to connect, along with Sovereign information, Housing controls, staff positions because yes, I need staff at this point to handle things.
If you wish to apply, visit https://www.aethro.net/apply/ and fill out an application!
I know this is a short news article but it's almost my bed time for my 9-5 job tomorrow so until then, enjoy your week!
This past week I spent time on some other projects that will be discussed in another article at a later date, but I also had time to work on two new Dev Trackers!
One didn't pan out because it's a bit more complex with the back end code, so that's a bummer. But the Guild Wars 2 dev tracker is in full testing to see how it works out! 😃 It is located at https://twitter.com/gw2_devtracker and on our discord server! Again it is in testing, so some things may break and it might spam to high hell. I won't know till I let it go a full week so good times for all! Except for my tweetdeck account... so many twitter accounts listed to tweet as, I might have to get another full sized tv to actually keep an eye on it all!
I haven't gone out and done any advertising for staff yet, as I am doing some cleaning up in the back end before I actually have other people outside my immediate family looking at, but the applications are up and available for people to fill out at https://www.aethro.net/staffapplications/
This week will be fun and exciting with more stuff coming so stay tuned folks!