Fresher pics for the GrandMasterPixel leaderboard

The GrandMasterPixel rankings are supposed to give a view of the greatest pics that players have sent into battle. This also includes subcategories such as “three colour” pics and “black and white” pics, so you can see how people have made the best use of a limited palette.

I ain’t getting on no plane, Hannibal!

Unfortunately, it’s been hard for new pics to get to the top of the rankings. This is probably because of the changes to scoring a while back, and what I would call an ‘early adopter advantage’. As a result the rankings really haven’t moved much over the last year or so … until now.

Today, I’m shaking things up just a little. The front “Rankings” page will now show only pics submitted within the last year – as a result there should be more movement as dominant pics get old and younger successful pics get a shot at glory. The best pics of all time will still be shown under the ‘all time’ rankings. There are also now “Most successful dead pics of all time” and  “Most successful living pics of all time” so you can see the best of the best that are still battling it out, even after a year.

So, don’t be shocked if next time you check out the rankings Mr. T is no longer on the front page. He’s had a good run .. it’s time for him to step aside and let the younger pics steal the limelight.

GrandMasterPixel downtime: moving away from GoDaddy

Update: Annnnnnnnd we’re back. Feels good.

Apologies: GrandMasterPixel iswas temporarily offline while the domain name (along with four others) iswas transferred off GoDaddy to another registrar. All going to plan, it should be back up in a few hours. The transition was mostly painless (once I figured out how to deal with the new registrars zone files).

I’ve been dissatisfied with GoDaddy for a few years now – I particularly dislike their horrible user interface which is actively designed to trick or confuse you into buying some extra service you probably don’t want. The last straw that prompted me to change was their support of the SOPA internet censorship bill, a proposal currently working it’s way through the US Congress which would have wide ranging implications for internet freedom as we know it. Oh, that and the fact that Bob Parsons shoots elephants.

So, sorry about the downtime, but it’s “for a good cause”.