It’s been a while since we’ve done a “State of Empire Avenue” blogs. Well, you’re going to have to wait for a full one, we’re so incredibly busy on so many multiple fronts that a comprehensive update would take a few pages.
As promised in our previous update on Communities, we’ve released many changes. The communities now function more seamlessly, we’ve fixed various UI issues, added muting and spam reporting functionality on communities and throughout the site. We’ve cleaned up the communities code ready for more features and integration with Indexes which continues. More changes are forthcoming as we get features tested and out.
Vacation Mode and Taking a break
Hey, we totally get that everyone needs a break now and then! We now have Vacation mode for you to set the social media component of your share price to stable. But once in Vacation mode you cannot buy or sell shares in others nor do you pay dividends (though you still collect). It’s available in the shop.
You can also now suspend or deactivate your account rather than deleting it. You’ll divest yourself of your shareholders (they’ll all get a full refund) and investments (you receive 50% of the value), but you get to keep your bank balance, achievements and luxury items so you can come back at a later date (but your share price will reset). It is not to be used lightly but at least the option is there.
Our API update
So we didn’t make June. The issues continue to be to make sure that when the new version of the API is released it contains much of the data changes we are making on the back end. We’d all like things to go faster and we are continuing to work hard on it all.
Market Makers, Share Prices and Dividends
We have been receiving numerous complaints about spamming and botting of other services (e.g. Twitter) in order to drive up share price/dividends and we are aware of these issues. We are always examining what changes need to be made to enhance and improve Empire Avenue and ensure that legitimate social media activity is properly rewarded, as opposed to spamming, botting and any other activity that we deem to be contrary to the philosophy of our site or the philosophy of the sites you connect.
Sometimes finding and implementing good solutions that work for the broadest set of our users (who are numerous) and who use the platform in so many different ways takes time. However, we will be looking at rolling out some tweaks over the course of the next few weeks which affect our Market Makers, Connections and hence, your Share Prices.
We thank everyone for their valuable feedback as without it we cannot grow and improve the Empire Avenue experience for our users.