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Jams enhanced: contributors, judges, and extra

A sport jam is a good way to get builders collectively for an occasion or trigger. We have been the primary web site to permit anybody to create a personalized sport jam with only a few clicks. The premise is straightforward: create a web page and produce collectively builders to take part in a neighborhood and submit a sport inside the designated time restrict. Game jams are a giant a part of itch.io so we’re all the time listening to the suggestions and bettering how our jams system works. Here’s the newest set of updates that we hope you take pleasure in! If you may have any options be at liberty to depart a remark.

Better controls for contributors

We’ve renamed the “Admins” part to “Contributors” to higher mirror the brand new performance. The admins part beforehand allowed you to present folks permission to edit your jam. Now, when including a contributor, you’ll be able to choose from an inventory of various permissions for every account:

  • Host — Shown on the jam’s web page as being a number
  • Admin — Allowed to edit the jam and submissions identical to the unique creator
  • Judge — Allowed to vote on entries, even when they didn’t submit. You can mix this with decide solely voting to restrict voting to a selected set of individuals.

You can mix them as you see match, for instance, in case you want somebody to be displayed as a number however they do not want entry to edit the web page then simply choose the “Host” choice.

Judges and decide ranking mode

Ranked jams are particular jams that enable for folks to vote on the submissions based mostly on a set of particular standards. We’ve added a brand new ranking mode, judges solely, that lets solely these marked as judges vote. Combined with the brand new Judge contributor sort listed above, you may give ranking entry to an inventory of accepted accounts solely. You can discover the brand new ranking mode on the jam’s edit web page. Additionally, judges have a particular capacity for the opposite ranking modes: they will all the time vote on entries no matter whether or not they’ve submitted to the jam. 

Improved commenting for jam entries

The feedback space on a jam submission web page is a good way to present suggestions a couple of explicit entry. It was additionally applied properly earlier than we had the extra absolutely featured commenting system for mission pages. We’ve introduced over the brand new system to all jam entry pages. All entries now have the performance you are accustomed to equivalent to nested replies, avatars, stories, blocking, and notifications.

The jam digest e-mail

Over 3,000 jams have been created on itch.io, leading to over 15k video games. Every week there are a handful of latest and attention-grabbing jams. We’re beginning a brand new e-mail digest highlighting our picks. We’ll ship out a semi-weekly e-mail to anybody who has opted in from their account settings web page.

And much more…

  • All jam neighborhood pages (subjects, posts, replies, and many others.), and jam entry feedback will routinely add aptitude subsequent to a put up’s creator that exhibits their participation within the jam. If they submitted an entry you’ll be able to rapidly navigate to it, or you’ll be able to see if they seem to be a host or a decide.
  • Sometimes a title is not sufficient to convey what a jam is about. We’ve added a brand new “subtitle” area to the jam edit web page the place you may give a fast one-line abstract that we’ll show alongside along with your jam’s title when itemizing it.
  • Jam communities that use a hierarchical construction will now present a put up overview on the principle web page the place you’ll be able to see all the newest exercise locally. You can see an instance with the CGA Jam neighborhood.


P.S. Looking to host a sport jam? Head right here: https://itch.io/docs/creators/…



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