Due to the huge popularity of the Interactive Frag Nights, we've had to make a few changes regarding the way in which requests or bids are made which we hope will improve the experience for everyone. Originally we've worked on the basis of 'bidders' making a post after we've uploaded a photo to request a frag and they have been allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Unfortunately, this has led to everybody trying to get their post in within the first few seconds and hoping that it will appear in the top five or so in order to get a frag. This results in a huge spike in server loading as everyone hits the refresh button and sends their post as quick as possible, occasionally resulting in server dropout. This doesn't leave much time, if any, to deliberate over a frag, or ask a question, he who hesitates looses. And for those who have a slower connection or decide to look away at the wrong moment, game over!
So, the new method means that frags are no longer assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, instead, once a photo is uploaded you will have a period of time to register your interest or 'bid'. When this time has elapsed, the computer will select winning bidders at random. This removes the requirement to get your post in within the first nano second giving everyone a fairer chance than previously. However, you MUST follow the procedure outlined below for your bid to be recognised.
Once the winners have been chosen and the thread updated accordingly, we will move on to the next coral.
Making A Bid
When a coral is posted for fragging, below the photo is a 'BID' button, to place a bid you MUST click on this button which will automatically create a bid post for you.
No other style of request or bid post will be recognised.
Cancelling A Bid
A bid can be cancelled before the bidding time has elapsed by editing your bid post and replacing the message with a single '.' If this is done before the bidding time has elapsed then your bid will not be included. If the change is saved after the bidding time has elapsed then it is too late, you will need to add a post asking for your bid to be retracted if you were lucky enough to win.
Once a coral's bidding time has elapsed, you may still place a bid by clicking on the 'BID' button. This will create a 'late bidder' posting that will be picked up by the computer after a few minutes. Providing there are still frags available then one will be assigned to you and a 'Winning Bidder' notification posted shortly afterwards.
Occasionally due to server loads some posts do get missed or messed up, when this happens we will try to resolve it as fairly as we can. You can all help avoid this by not hammering the F5/refresh key
Hopefully that hasn't confused you too much, and like we said at the top, the idea of the changes are to make it a better and fairer event for all taking part on-line.
Take a look at the posts on the rest of this thread to get an idea of what to expect, for the purpose of this thread the 'BID' buttons are inactive. If you have any questions then please add them to the 'Interactive Frag Night Q&A' thread or pm them directly to one of the Interactive Frag Night crew members.