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Updated User Stats With Beer Stats

Monday, January 16th, 2012

I worked on the site again. Did you feel the earth move? It has been a month since the last site updates and more than an year prior to that. So they are getting more frequent actually.

There was a change made sometime before the trends in which I added statistics for a user, based on their site usage: American craft beer reviews and American craft establishment reviews. After I made the change, which was prompted by Rich, he asked why I didn’t have the statistics link to the statistics behind them. Good thing I have nothing but time on my hands.

American craft beer statistics are now linked to the beers reviewed by that site member. The end page displays the name of the beer, the name of the brewery, the rating, the style, the ABV, the IBU, and the date reviewed. Of course everything within is linked to the corresponding pages within Two Beer Dudes.

I am not completely satisfied with the current state of the change because of some decisions I made coding it. I plan on fixing those shortly. Enjoy!

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Site Updated: Rating Trends Added

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

two beer dudes trending ratings

Do you ever wonder how fellow American craft beer aficionados are rating a beer recently? We all know that beers change from batch to batch and over time, if they are cellared. A beer may have a really good score overall or even a bad score overall but the brewer(s) could have changed the recipe, the beer could be past it’s time (if cellared), the batch might have become infected, etc. Any of these reasons create a question in our minds of how the overall score is impacted by more recent reviews.

two beer dudes trending graph

Two Beer Dudes has come up with a new trend rating. The trend rating will be just below the overall and two beer dude ratings. Currently it is set to show the average of the last five ratings on a beer (the most we have on anyone beer). If there are less ratings than the floor number (currently five), it will calculate the ratings for that number of ratings only.

There is a little graph icon at the end of the trend rating text that will pop open a modal window, displaying a bar graph that displays the user name and rating for those last five ratings. Once again, if there are not five ratings for a beer, the graph will display as many ratings that have been submitted at the point in time the page is visited.

Some thoughts for the future:

  • Make the floor 10 or more ratings, but that means more users. Come on, sign up!
  • On active beers, allow for a date picker that would calculate the average rating back to a given point in time. I think this is when the tool really can be powerful.
  • Expand on the bullet point above and allow a date range so that a user could see the average ratings over a specific time in the past.
  • Expand this idea to the ratings of American craft beer establishments.

In spite of the fact that we don’t have a ton of users, we see this as a great tool going forward and fostering growth. Enjoy!

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Two Beer Dudes Site Changes

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Summer goes by so quickly and I am so ridiculously busy that Two Beer Dudes web site updates are the least of my worries. Somehow, some way, I found the time to add a privacy policy and user agreement to the site. Yeah, nothing fancy but they were needed.

Rich had found the templates on the web and sent them to me back in November of last year. Procrastination is king! Both documents can are on the login and create account portions of the site. Both documents are also from a template so they are nothing fancy. I just added in Two Beer Dudes where appropriate and weeded out some stuff that didn’t pertain to us. Now I can sleep at night. πŸ˜‰

With the long days winding down in Chicagoland, I will soon find myself with a lot of “dark” time to do nothing but code away. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes More Site Updates

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

In our continued quest to get all the functionality we believe the Two Beer Dudes site needs before taking off the “beta” moniker, some updates were made to the site. The changes:

  • The contact us page is no longer a dead link. You can now contact the Two Beer Dudes. Just be patient while waiting for a reply.
  • If you have an account and you are logged in, there will a an “update” icon next to the name of a beer on a beer review page. The update link allows a user to submit information about a potential change to a beer. Requests need to be specific and do your research first
  • A beer now marked as retired will show up on the site as so and be grouped with other retired beers on an establishments page.

Until I have time to make some more, which it is need of, these will have to suffice. Hopefully it makes the experience more enriching. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Site Updates

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Yes the plural on the updates is correct as three new changes have occurred over this past weekend on Two Beer Dudes web site. Even though the site has been up for about six months or so, we still consider it a beta. We have a ton more plans for the site and hope to continue to make it more user friendly.

Google maps is now enabled. This update actually is in two parts. The first is the use of google maps to plot an establishment on the web site. There is now a link, supposedly looking like a map, to the right of the establishment name that links to the map page. A full beer glass to designate the location on the map. The second part is listing any establishments, up to 10, that are within a 20 mile radius of said establishment. Since this is retrofit, not all establishments have had latitude and longitude set, so once they are clicked on, this data is updated. Since I am from the Chicagoland area, nike kobe 9 elite gs I clicked on all appropriate places nearby and the right-hand column shows those places nicely.

The second update is the search feature is now actually functional and tied into the database. Now you can select beer, establishment, or user and receive a reply back about the availability of that information in the database. It currently just breaks up the search criteria into individual words and searches each. The functionality of the search should be expanded in the future.

The final change of the weekend was adding content to the about us page. I cannot really take credit for this one as Rich created all the content that is on the page. I still have to create my section of the page. Now you can get some exciting information about the Two Beer Dudes. πŸ™‚

Contact us page is right around the corner as that is a simple form but probably won’t see the light of day for a week or so. Enough for being easy. Enjoy!

New Way To Review American Craft Beer

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Despite being completely under the weather this weekend, I found a little bit of time to make a new way to review American craft beer come to life.

Ed, long time friend and supposedly still working on Two Beer Dudes logo, said that he doesn’t do reviews on any sites because he doesn’t want to write down his thoughts and take away from the experience of enjoying the beer. That is verified by the fact that he was the first person to sign up for Two Beer Dudes, besides Rich and I, and he still has not done a review. πŸ˜‰

He said that he had an idea that would make him review: get rid of the comments and any other portion of a review that takes time to write, and just give him a few categories and allow for a number rating. air max 90 After about 30 minutes of some back-and-forth, I had a pretty good idea of what he had in mind.

The categories will be: aroma, taste, look, and drinkability. Each of these four categories will be denoted with a slider on the page that has a value of 1 through 10; keeping with the rating scale currently used. Slide the slider and change the overall rating of the beer. That simple.

Aroma and taste will comprise 25% of the score, look another 15%, and drinkability will pick up the rear with 35% of the overall rating score. This score will be based on, you guessed it, 10 total.

This new rating system is currently called a “Short” beer review.

There is one caveat: once you decide to use one or the other rating system for a particular beer and you submit your rating, you cannot change that rating over to the other style. You can change styles between beers, just not on a particular beer once you have submitted that review. You can edit the review, just not change it.

Depending on your mood or style, you can make a review which ever way you want. Enjoy!

Long Overdue Sips Redesign

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It is hard to believe that almost eight months ago I started blogging on Sips, Two Beer Dudes Blog, which are reading now. In all that time I have been using the default design that comes with wordpress out of the box. Nothing fancy but functional. Not that the new design is complete but it makes the blog now feel like it is part of the “normal” two beer dudes site. Hopefully it won’t be another eight months before I get inspired to knock out some more of the design work. Enjoy!

American Craft Beer Highest Rated Page Added

Monday, January 18th, 2010

It seems like the site update bug has hit me. The past few days I have been working on the site feverishly to update the site profile pages; which are still lagging. Rich also brought to my attention, via his son, that the site didn’t have an American craft beer highest rated page. You ask for it, you get it. After several hours of tinkering, styling, and writing queries the highest rated American craft beers page is active. air jordan 14 The page displays the top 50 beers by rating and the top 12 styles by rating. Code exists to raise the number of ratings that a beer has to have in order to be considered but now it is set at 1, the minimum.

I have added links to the navigation system and the footer links list so the page can be easily accessed from any where on the site and any where within a page. I am not too sure at this point if this page is a finished product but it is a start.

For fun, I added a pseudo easter egg to the page. If you add /low to the end of the url it will display the top 50 worst rated beers. Since we are not really about showing the bad side, this is the first and last time I will mention that this option even exists. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Web Site Updates

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Two Beer Dudes had some site updates made yesterday per a phone call from a friend. He and a co-worker where trying to create accounts but no matter what user name they chose they couldn’t create an account. Oops! A transposed true and false in my code made every user name always used. Maybe this is why no one has joined up lately. πŸ™

I still consider the site in a beta stage as not all pages have yet to be converted into the style of the site and there is a lot of user profile code that has yet to be written. I plan on getting to this code sometime over the next month or so. At that point, the site should be at version 1.0 beta. I am waiting for more people to contact me with errors on the site as I am sure there are plenty. Also, feel free to suggest any changes, edits, updates to processes on the site. So get cracking and use the site to help me flush out the bugs. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dude Site Updates

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

site updates

Per my last sips entry it hopefully is apparent that my extra time has been spent recovering from my myriad of ailments so Two Beer Dudes has suffered. Today I found about an hour of time to work a few more pages into the site design, add a link or two, and think about other pages that need to be created.

Why my sudden burst of energy. After my doctors visit today (my third in less than 24 hours), I received a prescription for a steroid to help the some swelling. free run 5.0 A side effect of the steroid is sleeplessness. My body was tired and ached but my brain had no interest in shutting down. As mentioned, a good time to work on the site.

I updated the designs on the beer rating system, add a beer, and add a place pages. Not completely satisfied with the beer rating page but, because there is so much to do on the site still, I won’t get back to that page for a while.

I also added a link to the footer for the beer rating system as the only place it could be found was on the beer pages in the right column. Haven’t decided for sure or not but I may add it to the drop down menu also.

I will start working on an establishment rating system soon but it will be more about the overall combination of some factors about the experience. Enjoy!

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