We’ve pushed a series of improvements to the Leaderboarded manager user experience live today. (See the new Video Tour) Our main objective has been to ensure that the user interface accurately reflects what is going on ‘under the hood’.
A new Connectors section
Connectors have been confusing everyone so we’ve untangled them from the metrics section and given them a section of their own. Your automated connectors periodically go and collect score entries and new players for you from the connected platform. While we don’t expect you to be checking your connectors every day it is now much clearer when your connectors are going to run next and how many ‘polls’ you have remaining. There is a limited number of polls available for each leaderboard per month.
A new Channels section
Channels is the major change – instead of assuming that most leaderboarders will show their leaderboards on leaderboarded.com we’re now making it explicit within the interface that you can output your leaderboard on multiple channels – watch out for new channels to be added in forthcoming weeks. For now it’s the same channels you’ve always had (microsite, web site, tweet outs, email and export to CSV) but now grouped together in one place.
Other changes in this software update include:
- Tab based global navigation bar - We’ve made the tabs in the global navigation a bit more explicit visually – it is now much clearer which section you are ‘in’.
- Simplified releases page – we removed top 3 player summary (1,2,3) from the list of releases page – while nice visually, we found this was distracting users from the key information on this page.
- Dashboard with widgets – addition of a semi-intelligent – ‘current release’ widget on the dashboard page. Now you can see the status of your current competition and whether the leaderboard is up to date at a glance. We’ve also added a graph showing score entries collected over the past seven days and a single widget showing your current number of included players.
- Metric visibility – we’re homing in on one way to describe visibility within the Leaderboarded system – public (everyone), private (players and managers only), stealth (managers only) – so we’ve updated the metrics page to reflect this new naming system for visibility.
- Bulk include / exclude – you can now select a number of players and include/exclude them all in one go
- Improved consistency – we’ve made a number of small changes (edit / view buttons) to try and be more consistent in how the system works.
I hope you find the changes helpful.