Just wanted to clear up a few points on this topic.
Some squads have been gaming the system to take advantage of how the squad wars ranking site works. They manipulate things with the sole purpose of climbing the ranks on KSOD. Thus ruining the integrity of the site. It’s not perfect but we do try our best to give it some credibility.
These squads have been sequestered from the site rankings for the time being.
We have been working on a solution to this issue since late last year. I admit things move very slow. This is because it’s a small group of volunteers that maintain KSOD. People get busy with real life, work, families and all that other stuff that takes us away from SwC.
It’s also because the language the site was written is PHP lavarel.
It almost seems kender (the original creator/coder of the site) was the last person on earth that used this language. Lol
It’s been very hard to find anyone else that can help us with the code.
(Really, if you know that style of Kung fu, have some spare time and love swc please PM me!!)
It took a while to even start to understand exactly how the site was working. Reverse engineering it with little knowledge.
We can only make small little changes without altering the code too much.
Things like tweaking the length of the ager and so on.
We have great plans and a template for ksod2.0 but no one has the time to sit down and rewrite from scratch. Ksod2.0 would have multiple leagues so the rankings would be slightly more accurate.
Maybe one day we will get there.
One of the Ksod admins has made contact with a professor and his students that might be able to help us. But again, that’s going understandably slow. We hope they will be able help us add in some code changes to rank squads more accurately. Or even rewrite the entire site in another language.
But we would still love any other help we could get.
We watched and monitored the squads that were removed since late last year. Trying to get the changes made to plug these loopholes.
When it got to 7/10 squads in the top 10 being sandbagger squads we decided it was time to do what we could. We manually removed them from the rankings until we can fix things to include them appropriately.
We are not planning on removing any other squads at this time.
There are some squads that have not been removed. corpsegrinder for one.
The reason they were not removed is they were not playing this way to intentionally game the system and climb the rankings. They were playing this way long before there was a ranking site.
Cupcake killers is another squad of minis that was not removed. Again, they are not trying to manipulate the rankings. They are just playing for fun.
The decision to manually remove the squads was not made on a whim. It has been debated since we started monitoring these squads late last year. It’s not the best solution but it’s the best we could do for now. It won’t be permanent. As soon as we can put the new code in these squads will be ranked again.
We know everyone won’t agree with this decision. We can’t make everyone happy no matter how hard we try. But the ranking site has never been something that everyone is happy with. Nor has the game.
That’s all I can say about Ksod for now. I can’t debate this decision or give you any other information so please don’t ask. This is just a statement as requested in a post above.