Prankcast News & Patch Notes

  • Posted bymilkbox3 months ago

    Bigger update coming soon, but in the meantime I've taken some steps to make Prankcast chat more secure and did not want to wait on this release:

    ## Chatroom Security

    • You can no longer put markdown links in the chatroom in this format [text](url). It represented a risk of users making the text look like a false url and linking it to something unsafe. For example: [htp://ebay.com](htp://veryverybadsite.xyz)

    • All http urls will still be linked, but will now take you to a Prankcast intermediate page where you are given a chance to inspect the URL and make sure you want to click through to it. This should prevent people from accidentally clicking a URL in a fast-moving chatroom and unintentionally visiting an unsafe page.

    • All images are now run through a proxy on duckduckgo before being displayed in chat. This should prevent ip-logger sites linked as image urls from being able to grab the personal IP addresses of individual users in chat.

      Misc

    • Fixed a bug preventing scheduled broadcast drafts from being edited in the Web Broadcaster App

    • Fixed podcast sorting issue

    • Built an import script to pull in and host old Mixlr showreel files from interested users

    • Wrapping long chat links so chat doesnt break when a big string is posted

      Canaries hatched since the last update: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox3 months ago

    Minor update: just letting folks know that I'm hiding profile stats temporarily. They were causing some performance slowdowns since they are calculated separately for each user accessing the page, which is a very dumb approach on my end. I'll fix it over the weekend and put things back. In the meantime, the stats will only be visible to the hosts and admins with broadcast rights.

    # Misc

    • fixed bug showing wrong follower count and link in notification email

    • Fixed wrong edit links on profile pages (when authorized profile mods try to make changes on a host's profile)

    • More admin tools to help Prankcast staff better administrate the site (seo)

    • Backend prep work to allow bulk file imports from external sources

      Canaries hatched since the last update: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox3 months ago

    ## Tip Jar

    • You can now add multiple payment options to the Tip Jar.

    • They will appear as a list of options when the Tip Jar is clicked on.

    • If only one option is given, the user will just be brought to that option immediately without an extra click.

      Misc Fixes

    • Made a minimum showreel threshold of 1 hour to be featured on the homepage.

    • Fixed showreel toggle states.

      Admin Tools

    • Added a number of admin tools to help me better administrate the site.

      Canaries hatched since the last update: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox4 months ago

    The next few updates will be pushed out incrementally (and hopefully rapidly). The theme of v0.8 is content and I'll be introducing more functionality focused on managing your content, including custom uploads, audio clipping, content stats, the ability to embed audio files externally and text posts.

    ## Homepage changes

    • The most recent 3 showreels are now on the homepage. This will hopefully help new listeners discover hosts using the showreel feature.

    • Currently live shows will still take precedence (and are hidden when nobody is live).

    • Shows that haven't been active in a while will be removed from the homepage.

    • I will also be cycling out featured prankcasters who are not active and have not indicated plans to be.

    • I'm happy to put them back when you're ready to go live again. Just reach out and let me know.

      Showreel Changes

    • Showreels now have a horizontal full-width row layout. It's responsive on mobile.

    • The seek bar is much bigger and actually functional.

    • Clicking the title will now take you to the permaurl for the showreel. It will feature description info (and in a near-term release, statistics for the broadcast).

    • You can see more information by clicking the new Broadcast Info option in the More menu on the right.

    • Staff with Content rights can also toggle the showreel to publish it.

      Misc

    • Made chat avatars update with the latest entrant from left to right

    • I was contracted by Vagibond Inc to launch their new website at https://vagibond.com.

      Canaries hatched since the last update: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox4 months ago

    Getting there! This is a mix of fun features (raids), long overdue features (user search), and some more critical components (custom notification settings) that will let me build more functionality ()

    ## Chat raids

    • Show hosts: Choose Start Chat Raid from the chat menu (top right corner of chat) to initiate a raid.

    • You can also simply type "/raid @username" into your chat and instantly send your users over to that user's chat (Just swap out the word "username" with the username).

    • If they are listening to your show, they will still be able to listen to you until they manually end the stream or manually begin to listen to the user you have sent them to.

    • Chat participants can opt out of participating in chat raids under Personal settings > Advanced Features.

      Notification updates

    • Behind the scenes changes to how notifications go out. This will allow for flexible customization about what notifications users opt into or out of.

    • Go into your Personal -> Notifications settings to customize them.

    • I reenabled Follower notifications for those who want them. Feel free to disable this within your Personal Settings.

    • In an upcoming release, I will also make it so that you can tweak individual notifications at a host level.

      API changes

    • Added Guest information to API queries

    • Added Guest Json information to embeddables

      Embeddable Player

    • Added detailed About section with broadcast context.

    • Added a script to stop playing audio from pausing when the display turns off.

    • Minor layout tweaks (moved all settings and about information into a More menu)

      User Search

    • You can now search for users directly. Click the Prankcast logo and choose Search from the drop down menu.

    • You can also trigger it from the homepage by clicking the search icon next to Featured Prankcasters, or clicking the search icon on the User Directory page.

      Chat

    • Added a flood cooldown to all chat actions. This will stop them from being abused to annoy hosts and will keep my costs normal, since im charged based on usage.

    • While I was at it, I laid in the foundation for individual users to be individually rate limited in the future (it's currently a global value).

    • This way if a particular user seems to needs a longer cooldown period than others, we can automatically provide it.

    • Fixed issue showing duplicate avatars when a user has multiple browsers open.

    • Removed the live broadcast stat placeholder "Total Chat: 0" that I've been too lazy to remove to date.

      Misc

    • only broadcasters have "off air/live" tags by their profiles now

      Thanks

      Huge thanks to all the Prankcast Contributors for enabling this project to GO GO GO.

      Thanks to our newest Patreon supporters since the last release:

    • Murrymurz

    • dnelladoodle

    • i8aqt gu812

    • M.C. Paperclip and a special thanks to PhoneLosers and WastedMemory for the additional support!

      Canaries hatched since the last update: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox4 months ago

    ## Staff Roles

    • You can now assign specific roles to Staff members. These correspond to the tabs under Creator Settings.

    • This means you can assign a chat mod who can only help with chat-related parts of your show. Previously staff had full control everywhere.

    • Edit buttons will now appear for appropriate staff contextually in the profile drop down.

    • Staff with Profile edit permissions can now edit directly from a user's profile.

    • Staff can now add other staff, (if given Staff permission access). This can be accessed under Creator Settings > Staff.

    • Staff still cannot see or change your personal information (located under the Personal tab).

      Chat Upgrades

    • Reporting and saved screens now have a button that will take you back to chat. they also will not show new messages.

    • Chat history tab is added, with pagination.

    • Chat settings can now be accessed from the navbar Chat dropdown (if you're an owner or have chat permissions)

    • A major memory leak in chat was fixed. This contributed to some web broadcaster instability so will help make this more stable.

    • The timer in chat now works correctly.

    • Full screen toggle and chat welcome message buttons are now consolidated into a single More menu button in the top right of chat.

    • It also has a Chat settings option inside for chat mods. Fututre additional functionality will be added there.

    • moved moderation options into a submenu inside chat.

    • Added a visual indicator when a message was filtered (the more menu appears in red).

    • You can see the original unfiltered message by clicking the more menu > view raw message.

    • Added message user context, and timestamps to the chat menu.

    • Fixed bug preventing the members list from updating.

    • Fixed bug where an open chat menu's context would change if a new message came in.

    • fixed bug removing the delete option from chat for your own messages

    • Fixed reporting bug issue - now admins and chat mods can see reports

      Audio Upgrades

    • Implemented a wake script to keep mobile devices from sleeping while a show is playing.

    • Lowered podcast caching time to 1 hour (was previously 24 hours).

    • Volume settings are now remembered in browser memory.

      Homepage Upgrades

    • Changed default sorting on homepage to be by most recent broadcast

    • when a user is live, clicking their lit up Avatar will now take you directly to the live chat.

      Settings Changes

    • Broke out Creator Settings into 6 tabs: Profile, Chat, Broadcast, Content, API, Staff

    • Some settings items have been shuffled around to work well with the new staff categorization (eg. Showreels are now managed under Content)

    • Added opt out toggle for adding showreels to podcasts

    • fixed bug showing the wrong name in the ignore list

    • fixed bug showing an error message when doing user moderation, even though it actually worked.

      Misc

    • Fixed bug allowing some emails to have spaces in them

    • Bunch of further SEO improvements

    • Soooo many bug fixes. Who wrote this shitty code anyway??

      Up Next:

    • Refined broadcast & chat stats

    • Refined notifications control

    • Clipping API

    • Showreel design upgrades

    • Staff activity log

    • Text Posts

      Canaries hatched since the last patch notes update: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox5 months ago

    Oh sweet jesus, this is finally out the door. This is the biggest under the hood set of changes yet. Some functionality has already been quietly released and tested by hosts, but with this patch notes, I'm making it official:

    Broadcaster warning

    • I'm putting this up top so it's not missed. The web broadcaster is having some memory issues and seems to crash in some browsers.
    • Until further notice, I strongly recommend using third party apps to connect and broadcast to Prankcast instead.

    Settings split

    • Settings have been split into two sections: personal and creator.
    • I dont love this since it is not the most intuitive set up, but I made this change so you can have staff help you with your creator settings, without any risk of sharing your personal settings and data.
    • I've split a bunch of the settings up between these two sections. I won't list it here, but just click through to familiarize yourself with what's where.

    Ignored Users

    • Separate from Chat blocking / timeout functionality, you can now choose to ignore users. This will mean you will not see their chat comments anywhere.
    • This is different from chat blocking / timeout. Blocking will keep the user from posting in YOUR chatroom only. Ignoring users will still allow them to post, you (only) won't seem them anywhere (including other chats)
    • You can manage your list of ignored users under your Personal Settings -> Advanced -> Ignored Users.

    Blocked Users

    • As mentioned, this is different than ignored users and prevents people from posting in your chatroom only. This list can now be managed inside your Creator Settings -> Chat -> Blocked Users.
    • You can now specify a timeout length, or set the block to be indefinite.
    • Users can now be timed out for different time periods. The number of minutes remaining will show up to the user on the chat message panel (and in the User Block admin screen for chat staff)
    • Blocked users will still be able to view your chatroom. They just won't be allowed to post in it.

    Chat filters

    • This was released quietly a few weeks ago, but it was never included in patch notes.
    • Filters allow show hosts to automatically replace certain words (eg. slurs) with other words, including randomized options.
    • You can use them for strict moderation, or for comedic effect. You can even chain random replacements. For example, if you type 'madlibs' in the milkbox chatroom, you will get some randomized dumb prank call ideas.

    Report Notification indicators

    • Will bounce when a new chat report has come in.
    • This is only visible to staff.
    • Notifications are cleared by visiting the Reports section of the chat room.
    • Report icons will only show up for admins and moderators of the chat.
    • You can see who reported the comment by hovering over the icon and clicking on the number that appears next to it.

    Account Staff

    • So you can now add staff to help you with almost all creator functions!
    • Staff can do almost everything you can do, except things in the personal settings area (eg. they cannot manage your personal account details and add more staff).
    • Staff can help you moderate your chat. They can delete messages and give users temporary timeouts / bans.
    • Staff can change your profile and chat settings, (eg. filter lists, chat emoji, block users)
    • I have not added specific roles yet. That will come in a patch update shortly.
    • So for now, only add staff that you trust implicitly.
    • If you add staff to help you moderate chat, I strongly suggest you come up with a very clear policy around how/when you take those actions, to avoid confusion and needless drama.
    • Creator settings have moved under the Profile tab on user profiles. They will only be visible to you and staff members.

    Rules change

    • Since you have more control, the rules around what types of communal behavior are OK have been modified accordingly. Please visit the rules page to see the latest rules.
    • Because users have effective tools to self-govern, every show can now make decisions about what types of legal behaviors are acceptable.
    • If you do have specific rules for your chatroom, please add them to your Chat Welcome screen so users are fully informed before entering chat.
    • If you have specific language you don't allow, please use the Filters list as well.

    Showreel improvements

    • Global showreels have been added. You can access this in the footer or by clicking the Prankcast logo.
    • You can also now filter this by just the shows you follow. You can find this option on the global showreels page.
    • Added names and spinning icons to the Showreels.

    Podcasts

    • Showreels can now be accessed through your favorite podcast player.
    • You can get an RSS feed of user profile content, of all published content on the site, and just content you follow.
    • To get access to just content you follow, get the special link from Creator Settings -> API -> Podcast RSS Links (must have beta enabled)

    Misc Fixes / Updates

    • User Sorting on homepage and directory now possible by last broadcast time.

    • Verified users can no longer change their usernames. You'll need to message support@prankcast for help if you want to do this.

    • Stopped the double confirm from popping up on the Settings pages.

    • 404 user profiles are now laid out like actual profiles for a less jarring experience and better search indexing in Google.

    • Javascript errors (like mistakes from poorly formed markdown code in chat) will now show up inside a user-friendly error message instead of breaking the whole screen.

    • New menu navigation dropdowns - to lay the foundation for adding in search and notifications. Click the logo in the navbar to quick access global pages.

    • Save and report icons are now located next to the exact line that was saved instead of the top level.

    • Changed profile dropdowns back to click (previously was hover)

    • Made content pages even more SEO friendly, and implemented serverside caching on major traffic points

    • Cards on twitter, discord and social media will now import host avatars and descriptions.

    • broke the settings code down for performance on slower devices

    • Fixed bug preventing player from showing up on certain recordings.

    • Discord @everyone alerts are moved to a 24 hour cool down period.

    • Fixed issue where viewing number of chat message likes would refresh chat.

    • Fixed chat scroll issue impacting Firefox. Required a chat scroll rewrite. Hope it doesn't cause new bugs!

    • Shortened the number of chat messages to 50 so extra memory issues doesn't hurt older browsers.

    • Chat can now be paused to Like messages again.

    • tweak to mobile nav menu so it doesn't use an ugly html form anymore

    • mobile navigation has some subtle animations

    • Stopped certain forms from using the browsers autocompletion data.

    • Cut down the number of database calls during login processes, which might have been contributing to occasional stalled requests on slow connections.

    • Patched a hole where users can sometimes be assigned the same randomly generated username at account creation, which then breaks the onboarding experience.

    • Made the account creation process generated serverside instead of clientside, so there will be less errors during that process.

    • fixed odd logout redirect issue.

    • moved all settings data serverside for better responsiveness.

      OK whew! I'm going to sleep for a while. Please let me know if anything is acting all funky. Thanks, mom!

      Canaries hatched since Prankcast launched: 0

  • Posted bymilkbox6 months ago

    This was going to be part of a bigger release, but I am breaking it up as mo features = mo problems.

    So in this minor release you get:

    ## A bunch of misc updates and tweaks

    • Major changes to under the hood performance of the profile pages to help them get cached. They should perform much faster now.
    • Fixed a bug that wasn't allowing embeddable players to play and made it work on thin layouts.
    • Temporarily disabled new follower notification emails. I'll re-add this back as an option after I redo notification options.
    • Added showreel previews to profile pages
    • Added a preview of YouTube clips to the profile page.
    • Showreels will now export as mp3 files moving forward, when downloaded.
    • Fixed bug preventing users from listening to a second live show after the first live show ended (without requiring a refresh)
    • Fixed usability issue where active chats would move too fast to like a comment. Now if you scroll off the bottom, chat will remain still so you can like comments.
    • Fixed the chat timer issues. Finally.
  • Posted bymilkbox7 months ago

    This isn't new news per se, but I never formally announced this in patch notes since it had a bunch of bugs I wanted to fix first. I think most of them are now fixed.. so we can officially "release" these changes:

    ## Chat overhaul

    • Most of this is behind the scenes, but chat was upgraded to be virtually realtime so it scales with larger shows.

    • Last night we had a show with 45+ folks in it (and 91 total listeners) and it worked swimmingly.

    • For tech nerds: We completely rebuilt chat to use websockets, so true real time data transfer can take place. I'm going to continue to make this go even faster.

    • Fixed a number of related bugs (message timers being incorrect & private messages not showing up)

    • We expanded number of chat messages stored in local memory to 100

    • You can now see the breakdown between guests watching chat and members sitting in chat.

    • Todo: update stats counter with guests total

      Misc

    • Stats: fixed a bug that was undercounting the number of guests listening to a broadcast (would often cap guests at 1)

      New Shows

    • MolinWolf is debuting his new show on Sunday afternoon.

    • DirtyDoctorDan is also going to be doing shows on Fridays as well.

    • Give them both a follow and tune in!

      Some quick stats

    • 11 users have now crossed the 100 follower threshold, with 3 of them above 200. Crazy!

      Coming Up Next

    • Profile Overhauls! Let's get those showreels front and center

    • Global showreels section

    • New broadcaster guide

    • Showreel listener stats

    • Tiger wrestling

      Thanks!!

    • Thanks to our newest Patreon Luxapol!

  • Posted bymilkbox7 months ago

    Major update!

    Although I'm going to be honest and tell you that I think this still needs a lot of polishing and usability improvements. At the same time, I need to get this one out the door so I can focus on improving chat's responsiveness, which is becoming more and more of an issue.

    Global player

    • Now when you browse around the Prankcast website, you will still be able to listen to live shows without accidentally cancelling the stream.
    • It sounds simple, but this was ridiculously complicated to get working.
    • You can expand the player for more options and broadcast details.
    • This also works for recorded showreels you listen to.
    • Note that only reels support Time Seeking forward / backward. Live shows will only play live audio moving forward, to keep listeners in sync with hosts and be less confusing.
    • Speaking of showreels….

    Showreels

    • Listen to old shows! You can find showreels under Clips on user's profile pages.
    • Hosts can publish their previous Prankcast shows to make them available to listen.
    • Hosts can download mp4s of past shows (if they enabled recording). This will only work for shows that used the beta broadcasting platform.
    • Hosts can manage and publish showreels under Account Settings > Broadcast Settings > Manage Showreels: https://prankcast.com/app/settings/broadcast?panel=broadcast&page=1&sort=date&dir=down&q=#broadcast
    • I will be adding a way to upload old non-Prankcast audio files to Showreels in the very near future.

    Broadcast titles and other info

    • Broadcasts can now be titled and given a description.
    • Co-hosts and graphics coming soon.
    • If you use Rocket Broadcaster or other third party apps you cannot currently preset your broadcast title.
    • But you can edit it while you are live right on the chat page (click the edit icon near the broadcast stats when they show up).
    • I'll improve this in the future.

    Web broadcaster improvements

    • If you have already saved some upcoming broadcasts, you can now choose them at the point of broadcast (web app only).
    • You'll see a list of any unaired broadcasts in the web editor when you trigger it.
    • You can also add broadcast details at run time.

    Remote Player Builder

    • I added a simple form to the remote player settings, to make it easier to build and preview your own embeddable remote player.
    • You can build your remote player here: https://prankcast.com/app/settings/broadcast?panel=useriframe

    Other misc items

    • Fixed giphy search bug that was making some strings not get searched properly
    • fixed notification verification.
    • There's a new visual banner that takes over a page's header while a show is live. If you send someone to your page, there's now a giant banner with an unmissable play button. You can X it off to access the normal profile header.
    • The save reminder warning that appears in the header in the accounts settings section is now clickable as an additional save button, to save you time.

    Up Next:

    • Making chat go real time!
  • Posted bymilkbox8 months ago

    Upcoming shows are now on the homepage

    • Currently shows the next day's worth of shows. I'm sure I'll be tweaking this a lot over time.

    More stats tracked [beta only]

    • Beta stats are now tracking likes, comments and stickers (gifs) added

    Icecast end of life date = April 30

    • Speaking of beta, move over already please!
    • I'm not going to renew the server at the end of April, so please move over immediately.
    • I promise it takes 5 minutes total to make the changes in BUTT and other tools.

    Removing some listings from homepage

    • I'm going to be doing some housekeeping to take down non-active hosts.
    • I'll put them back later when these are active again.

    Prankcast staff can now help you with profile / show setup

    • I am making some changes that will allow you to get preemptive help from site admins setting up your Prankcast settings, if you want it.
    • For example, if you don't have time to schedule your shows, but have it listed publicly somewhere else, we can do it for you.
    • This is intended to be helpful only. You can opt out of this at any time, and override any content created for you.
    • To modify these settings go here: https://prankcast.com/app/settings?panel=useradvanced

    YoutTube cache

    • Youtube clips were going over our API quota, so I'm caching the first page of clips for 12 hours to help stop that from happening.
    • If you upload a clip and want to override your cache, there's now a refresh button that only owners can see, on their clips page (next to the page title)

    Discord tweaks

    • Only homepage featured users can trigger global alerts in the prankcast show-alerts channel moving forward.
    • Users not on the homepage will still alert their specific followers.

    Embeddable Player

    • You can now link a few folks together in the embeddable player instead of just embedding one user at a time.
    • If any of the users in the list are live, the live show will automatically be displayed to the user.
    • You can toggle through multiple users with the new paging control that shows up when multiple results are passed in.
    • This is useful if someone wants to promote a bunch of hosts at once (like what currently happens on worldofprankcalls.com).
    • This should help some streams get more external visibility to new audiences.

    Other incremental tweaks

    • Schedule settings can now be found under Account settings -> Broadcast Settings: https://prankcast.com/app/settings/broadcast?panel=userschedule
    • Some modal windows now have the background darkened out, to make it easier to see what is in focus in the modal and what is not.
    • Added a comprehensive dynamic sitemap to help drive more SEO to user's profiles so they capture more listeners.
    • Added a menu placeholder for reels (coming next)
    • Major fix to how new user accounts are created that should hopefully fix a bug where some accounts randomly dont have avatars.
    • All images uploaded by users are now stored in a user-specific folder (eg. avatars and show banners currently). I'll allow users to manage these at a later date.
    • Switched to a hover state for menu dropdowns on user profiles. Feeling cute, may remove this later.
  • Posted bymilkbox8 months ago

    Giphy integration in chat

    • Now you can add gifs to chat without needing to know markup
    • The library will show content based on the message you type
    • It will match the default emoji the host has chosen if the show message is blank
    • I'll add proper search soon.
    • This option will only show up in chats where the host has markdown is enabled.

    Embeddable Player Upgrades

    • External listens are now tracked and added to stats (BETA users only)
    • You can now add multiple users to a single embeddable player and when one of them goes live they will appear.
    • Just pass a comma separated string of usernames. This is useful for groups with multiple shows.
    • Hosts can opt out of having their streams appear in all external embeddables.
    • To grab an embeddable or change your settings go here: https://prankcast.com/app/settings/broadcast?panel=useriframe

    SEO optimizations

    • Profile pages and key site pages are now cached for ideal indexing by Google.
    • Let's get that Google juice flowing so we can bring you more audience!
    • You may notice some pages feel faster to the user as well.

    Just for Nerds: API Query Endpoint Update

    • You can now search multiple users with a single call.
    • Just pass in a comma separated list of prankcaster usernames and you will get a response back on all of their statuses with a single call.

    Incremental changes

    • Hosts are now visible in schedule details, even if other users are not checked off.
    • Verified users can now add embeddable html content to their profile without additional approval needed.
    • You can now sort alphabetically by username in the Directory.
    • Schedules now show a link back to the homescreen.
    • Password bug is now fixed.
    • Profile screen settings tabs now have unique links. This will make it easier for me to link to new settings as I add them.
    • Volme faders in web broadcaster now respond to single taps, instead of just drag movements.
  • Posted bymilkbox8 months ago

    Version 0.6 is out!

    MAJOR broadcaster upgrades [Beta only]

    Multiple inputs in the web broadcaster app!

    • You can now add up to 5 inputs when using the web broadcaster.
    • I will possibly lower it in the future, but for testing purposes, add as many as you like.

    Stream audio from specific apps and/or browser tabs.

    • This is extremely experimental and support varies drastically in different browsers and operating systems.
    • I'll share a separate post listing support later.

    Independent volume control / monitoring per channel.

    Settings memory - When you tweak a setting, it will be remembered on that device for next time.

    Schedule features added

    • Go add your details! https://prankcast.com/schedule and click the Add New button.
    • You can also add new schedule details on your profile's schedule page.
    • Add show information, timing and even a banner graphic.
    • Add co-hosts, regular guests and production crew.
    • Any other folks you add will automatically import your schedule on their pages, helping everyone cross-promote.
    • The new global schedules page lists all shows in one location.
    • You can also filter it to just show the shows you follow.

    YouTube clips change

    • Now only one video can play at a time and it will do so in a larger view above the clips.
    • Click any thumbnail to activate.

    Pre and post-roll capabilities [Beta only] [Testers needed]

    • You can now auto-play a prerecorded clip before and after your broadcast.
    • It will also be auto-added to the recording.
    • This will only be enabled on a per-account basis for now.
    • If you want to try this out, please let me know. It's not in the interface officially yet.

    Prankcasters using the old icecast: Moveover to the beta, please!! Git git!

    • If you are a broadcaster not yet opted into the beta, please start migrating!
    • It's really simple and takes just a couple of minutes to test it out.
    • If you can't get it to work you can always undo it and go back (just do not change any password / api tokens).
    • DO NOT WAIT UNTIL 1 MINUTE BEFORE YOUR NEXT STREAM TO DO THIS.
    • Give yourself enough time to set it up, test it and troubleshoot. Thanks!

    UP NEXT

    • Upcoming shows teased on the homepage
    • Reels profile section
    • Add show staff to help you monitor your chat. Some of the bigger shows rely on this
    • I dont know some kind of rabbit-horse machine thingy. Just wanted to see if anyone actually read to the bottom.
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  • Posted bymilkbox8 months ago

    Listener stats are now tracked for the beta opt-in (only).

    • For now it's just a listener, guest and chatter count.
    • I'll be building a bunch of additional data reporting views for hosts to better understand show performance.
    • You'll be able to see these stats next to / under the chat while a broadcast is live (beta users only).
    • You'll also receive an email immediately after the broadcast with a performance summary.

    More Follower Control

    • You can now control who follows you.
    • Settings include open (anyone can follow), open to non-blocked users, by request, or (private) only people the host already follows.
    • To modify this setting, please go to Account Settings -> Profile Customization -> Follower Settings.
    • Please report bugs in our discord. I could not test it as much as I would have liked.
    • This setting introduces a few additional screens (eg. a screen to manage follow requests).
    • I condensed the followers navigation into a single tab.
    • Only the host can see and manage follow requests (incoming and outgoing) and a list of ignored requests.

    Blocked Users

    • Blocked users will not be able to receive show alerts.
    • Blocked users cannot follow the hosts who blocked them (unless the host has the settings completely open).

    Chat upgrades

    Chat filters

    • There's now a filters button in the chat header. Clicking it will show you all available options (eg. all, dm's, saved, etc…)

    Save chat messages

    • In the options menu for each chat message you'll now have a Save option. You can access saved messages from your chat history (it's one of the filters).

    Reported chat messages

    • Host only. Reports from other users will show up here.
    • I dont yet have a way to proactively alert hosts when a new report comes in, but that will fast follow.

    Beta Transition

    • Icecast users can still get the stream stats from stream.prankcast.com for now.
    • NOTE: I'll be reaching out to all icecast users to help move everyone into the beta this week.
  • Posted bymilkbox8 months ago

    Embed works with Beta Broadcasts

    • Feel free to start using the beta, if using the embeddable on your website was holding you back!
    • You can find the Embeddable Player under Account Settings > Broadcast Settings > Embeddable Player.

    Settings confirm prompt

    • If you leave an area in settings before saving your work, you will now receive a warning prompt asking you to confirm.
    • You will also see a large reminder banner when you have unsaved changes.
    • Settings save buttons were enlarged and flash subtly when you have unsaved changes as well.
    • Thanks @deadlypliers for the report!

    Markdown now works in Profile Descriptions

    • Anything you can do in chat you can now do in your user descriptions.
    • You will se a Preview and a link to a markdown guide below the description.
    • Line breaks are now respected. Thanks @deadlypliers!

    Chat Markdown toggle

    • Hosts can now choose whether or not to enable Markdown code for their users in chat.
    • Markdown allows users to post links, images and rich text in chat.
    • Chat is WAY more fun with it enabled, but obviously there's a risk of abuse.
    • The cool thing about markdown is that unlike parsing html, even when it's disabled, everything is still easily readable.
    • This toggle can be found under Account Settings > Profile settings > Chat Customization

    Misc fixes

    • Images in chat/descriptions have a max height of 200 pixels.
    • Chat will continue scrolling while at the bottom when images are posted.
    • Descriptions will now honor line breaks. Thanks @deadlypliers!
    • Contribute page now opens in a new window so generous users dont lose the stream they are listening to. Thanks @laughingbear!
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    The beta player now works on iOS and Android

    • I hope so anyways! I'll run a test of it tonight on the Milk Box Show stream.
    • Thanks @sparrow for reporting the issue.
    • Note: The embeddable player some hosts have put into their website does not yet work with the beta. I expect that to be resolved in the next few days.
    • So if you're relying on the embeddable, do not opt-in to the beta yet.

    Tip Jar tweak

    • After your stream ends, the tip jar button will now wiggle for a few minutes as a gentle reminder for people to tip their host.

    Broadcast App tweaks

    • Added a javascript prompt if a user tries to close the window, just to avoid accidental closes.
    • The text on the prompt doesn't make sense, but is not customizable unfortunately (browser security concern).

    Recommendation list pruning

    • We now have a lot of users on the homepage / new follow recommendations list and I will be shortening it a bit to only show active hosts / or hosts bringing in new audiences to prankcast.
    • This is just to make sure new users easily find fresh content or the hosts they joined the site to find in the first place.
    • Rest assured that I'm happy to add anyone back to the recommendations list and help promote them again when they are ready to go live.

    Chat whisper replies

    • You can now click the Private icon in a whisper to you and it will prepare the message to reply privately.

    Misc

    • Fixed: Follow tracking was not working in Firefox for certain users.
    • Big chat database call /speed improvements under the hood (I hope!)
    • Added better loading state guidance and ux indicators for users. Should help with slow mobile connections
    • Accessibility tweaks (higher contrast colors)
    • Meta upgrades: SEO tweaks to custom page titles & Google Analytics events
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Private Chat Messages

    • You can now message the host and other users privately while in the chat room.
    • To send a private whisper, click the lock icon next to the chat message box.
    • To specify a user in chat, put @username at the beginning of the message.
    • If you don't specify a user, the host will get it.
    • Users do not currently get alerts, so they need to be in chat to see it.

    Other Chat tweaks

    • You can now use markdown to format your message.
    • You can now click the likes # to see who liked the chat message.
    • Lowered the flood spam detection down to half a second, so you can type faster between messages.
    • Fixed that pesky follower bug in chat.
    • Modal windows now open properly as well.

    Show Alert Double-Dipping fix

    • Show alerts will only go out if a host hasn't previously gone live with sent notifications in the last hour.
    • I might revisit that timing amount later.
    • This prevents false starts / stream restarts from spamming up Discord and other channels.

    Rules page added

    • Linked in the footer. Please follow them. Thanks!
    • https://prankcast.com/en/rules

    Contributors page added

    • Thanks a ton to everyone who is helping get Prankcast off the ground!
    • I listed all current Patreons on the bottom.
    • https://prankcast.com/contribute

    BUTT bugs fixed [BETA opt-in feature]

    • We identified a bug impacting BUTT users who opted-in to our new beta broadcast features.
    • Users of the previous system were not impacted.
    • The bug is now corrected, so you can use BUTT for the new broadcasts moving forward if you are using the beta opt-in features.
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Major update!

    New beta feature toggle

    • This is necessary if you want some of the features mentioned below.
    • To activate early beta features, just go to the bottom of your account settings -> Advanced Features (beta).
    • If you already have been broadcasting to Prankcast DO NOT toggle this without talking to me first before your next stream.
    • Some configuration settings have changed with the new architecture that we use to enable web app streaming and recording.
    • Your previous settings will remain intact until you toggle this and I want to make sure that the transition is smooth for you.

    Web broadcaster [Beta opt-in]

    • You no longer need to use a third party app to stream to prankcast (you still can though!).
    • I ran a 3-hour broadcast test of this on Monday and it was super smooth.
    • I also added a test mode button to the bottom so you can test going live with it without alerting people (or needing to fiddle with your settings).
    • To try it just click the broadcast button anywhere on the site.
    • I need to enable your account for you, but this is more to make sure you understand the rules before I do so.
    • It only has 1 input at the moment. A second one is coming soon.
    • You can watch a set up video here to get started. https://youtu.be/ZYPxISqyO2Y

    Stream recording [Beta opt-in]

    • You can now record your streams automatically.
    • The 3 settings are:
      • ON [Public] - this will auto publish the recorded stream to your profile after it's over.
      • ON [Private] - this will record, but you will need to manually publish it before anyone else can see it.
      • OFF - Your stream is not recorded at all.
    • The default setting is ON [Private] (meaning nobody but you will be able to view it).
    • To edit this go to Account Settings -> Broadcast Settings -> Recording Settings.
    • The page to view your recordings is not quite ready yet (I had a computer crash while working on it today). :(
    • But anything recorded moving forward will be ready when it's live.

    Chat control

    • You can now set chat to auto-disable new posts when you go offline.
    • Account Settings -> Profile Settings -> Chat Customization

    Whole bunch o' performance tweaks.

    Up Next

    • Schedule (finally!)
    • Recording Reels
    • Broadcast Stats
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Broadcast Timers

    • Now you'll see the broadcast time when a user is Live.
    • I might do countdown timers as well, after implementing schedules, depending on page performance impact.

    Settings overhaul

    • The wall of settings was getting out of hand so I chunked it up and grouped it into more intuitive categories.
    • I also aligned the settings page navigation with the rest of the site.
    • Broadcasting Instructions and API have been merged into one single document with a toggle that lets you pick directions.
    • Sorry to anyone who now has to figure out where everything is moved around to.

    Query API added

    • I added more formal documentation if you want to query our servers to know when shows are online or offline for your own applications.
    • You can generate an access token and then follow the general API instructions to query us.
    • This is located under Settings as well.
    • Note that with this change I moved the stream credentials under Broadcast settings.
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Custom Chat Like Emoji

    • Everyone can now choose a custom chat emoji theme in lieu of cactuses (our version of chat hearts) for their chatroom.
    • To set your emoji theme, go to your chat preferences in your Prankcast settings and pick the emoji for your chat.

    Chat Message Likes

    • Users can now like individual messages in chat.
    • When a message is liked it will increment a counter.
    • The comment like icon will be identical to the custom chat emoji the show host has picked.
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Follow Notifications

    • If you have notifications enabled you will now receive an email when a user follows you.
    • This is tied to your overall notifications, but I will make a separate setting to control this in the next update.
    • To prevent notification spamming, you will only receive a single email per follower. So if a user follows, unfollows and refollows you, you will not be notified twice.

    User Discovery

    • New user directory feature here: https://prankcast.com/directory
    • You can sort users by follower count and join date. More options to come as I add new trackable stats. Search is coming soon too.

    Sped up chat

    • Tracking followers across the site is a bit of an expensive operation and was slowing down chat.
    • So I temporarily disabled it when you click on a users' name in chat.
    • I will put this back soon.

    Lot of under the hood bug and performance fixes

    • Knowing me, I probably introduced a bunch of other bugs in doing so. :)
    • Please let me know if you see anything funky. You can report bugs in our discord: https://discord.gg/uws4KQ54ea

    Up next:

    • chat message likes
    • event schedules & upcoming
    • Improved User discovery
    • Broadcaster stats
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Responsive Embeddable Player

    • Add a player to your website or wherever you want!
    • You can grab the code for it under Account Settings > Embeddable Player
    • Has togglable dark mode

    Tip Jar Button for Show Hosts

    • Show hosts can add a prominent customizable tip jar button to the menu bar
    • It links to the support link of your choice
    • This will appear on top of the profile on every page
    • To access it, go to Account Settings > Tip Jar Customization

    Broadcast Status API

    • We now have a public API to check if specific users (or any users) are broadcasting.
    • Check a single user: https://prankcast.com/api/public/v0/user/status?name=milkbox
    • Check all users: https://prankcast.com/api/public/v0/user/status

    Global Dark Mode toggle

    • You can toggle Dark Mode (the simplest place is in the footer). You do not need to be logged in to do this.

    Profile enhancements

    • When a user goes live, a massive chat notification appears throughout the profile.
    • Profile menu is now responsive, and becomes a select menu on smaller screens.
    • Profile pages now have a sidebar on larger monitors.
    • Rotary loaders when data is loading

    Chat enhancements

    • Users will be alerted when new messages appear if they are currently not scrolled down.
    • Chat flood limit is lowered to 1 second.
    • Active Users can be scrolled on top of the chat window.
    • Reporting now works
    • Follow buttons now work correctly in chat.
    • Cactus buttons no longer clears the chat form.

    More Broadcast credentials

    • Some more hosts are now added to the homepage. Go check them out to be notified when they are live!

    Up Next

    • Show Schedules!
    • Some new broadcasting tools
  • Posted bymilkbox9 months ago

    Dark Mode

    • Prankcast now has dark mode capabilities. You cannot manually override this (yet), but it will match whatever preferences are on your computer or device. To try it out, just make sure your device is currently in dark mode and refresh.
    • This feature was a lot of grinding, but in retrospect I'm happy it's here. We do have a lot of late shows, so I'm happy your eyeballs may stick around a while longer.

    Broadcast credentials

    • OK - now that we know that broadcasting works really well I'm opening up broadcasting to a few more folks to run their shows on. To request access, just shoot me an email at support@prankcast.com or even better DM me on the prankcast discord (Milkbox) and I'll activate your credentials.
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    Discord General Alerts

    • Have your own Discord server? The #Prankcast Show Alerts announcements can now be added to your discord. Visit the channel and click Follow.

    Discord Direct Message alerts

    • In addition to email and SMS notifications as an option, we now have Discord direct message notifications when a show you follow goes online. I LOVE this option because it's free for us to send out and it enables you to receive push notifications on your mobile device if you have push notifications enabled for the discord app. And because it's specific to whomever you follow, you won't receive alerts you don't want to see.

    Chat can be expanded

    • In the top right corner of all chatrooms you'll now see an expand button. You can toggle it to go full screen (or close it back to normal).

    Milk Box Show discord => Prankcast discord

    • I am just going to rename the Milk Box Show discord to Prankcast. I'll keep a channel category for MBS related items in it because I don't want to maintain 2 discords. But it's obvious the primary usecase is Prankcast, so that should be the name.
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    Control outgoing notifications

    • Minor update - you can now disable notifications from going out to your followers when you broadcast (under Account Settings -> Notification Preferences -> SEND notifications to your followers when you go live?
    • This is useful if you want to test out your stream connection setup without annoying everyone.
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    More embed control

    • Toggle whether or not embedded content appears on your profile.
    • Embedded content access now has to be requested due to security concerns. I'll add it if I trust you, I just couldn't leave it open by default.

    More chat control

    • Hide chat from your profile.
    • Go read only (so only the profile owner can post).
    • Block users or give them a 1 hour timeout.

    Discord notification bot

    • This is an early bot that notifies @everyone in the #prankcast-show-alerts in our discord, whenever someone broadcasts through Prankcast.

    Design tweaks

    • New custom loading rotary spinner appears throughout the site.
    • Favicons now appear alongside links automatically (when available).

    Coming up next

    • v.05 (??)
    • Notifications (web push & discord direct messages)
    • Ability to schedule event calendars
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    Clips update

    • Clips are now sorted by recency
    • You can page through results.
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    Open Beta

    • Anyone can create accounts now.

    Simple chat room

    • All user profiles have a native chatroom on them.
    • Users can also post a cactus emoji. I dont know why.
    • Users can block other members from chatting in their room.
    • More permissions to control how they are used (or be completely hidden/disabled) will come shortly.
    • Users can see who is currently live on their chat page.

    User discovery on homepage and onboarding

    • Verified prank call hosts are randomly recommended on the homepage and during user signup.

    Discord

    • Join the discord to let us know about bug reports and make feature requests: https://discord.gg/uws4KQ54ea
    • Joining will also enable you to receive notifications on all shows you follow (soon).

    Verified users

    • Certain prankcasters are verified (marked with a REAL tag). Anyone with a show should contact support@prankcast.com for verification.
    • Verification will mean your profile is recommended to new users and that your fans know that users aren't impersonating the host they love.
    • Verification happens as I get to it, but feel free to email me to expedite. Only show hosts can verify, as it powers our show recommendation.

    Coming soon

    • v.04.2

      • A few more settings to better control the profile / embed experience.
      • Clips pagination and sorting (if youtube offers it)
    • v.05 (??)

      • Notifications (mobile web push & discord)
      • Ability to schedule event calendars
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    Notifications

    • Users can receive show alerts for shows they follow via email and SMS notifications.
    • Users have to opt in to receive them, which includes verifying your email or phone number. This wasn't fun to build, but I'm glad it's done!
    • Browser push, whatsapp and discord notifications coming soon!

    Icecast API

    • Simple API for broadcasting your show status to our server via your icecast stream (though technically you can do it manually to trigger a notification to your followers).
    • It's located at the bottom of your profile settings (temporarily).
    • hopefully this looks more like a rotary phone now

    Consolidated Profile page

    • Much easier to navigate and get feedback on saves

    News

    • Feature update notes are now linked in the site footer and dashboard.

    TODO / Coming next

    • v.04 (Monday!)

    • Simple chat room

    • User discovery on homepage

    • v.05 (??)

    • Notifications (push & discord)

    • Ability to schedule event calendars

    I'm aiming to do a test stream on the Milk Box Show using Prankcast on Monday night. Hope you can make it to help test!

  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago

    Profiles

    • Users can create and customize profiles
    • Users can add third party embeds (eg your mixlr player) and custom links to profiles
    • Users can follow each other
    • Users can add youtube playlist ids and it imports the clips

    Here's a couple of example profiles:

    • https://prankcast.com/milkbox
    • https://prankcast.com/dragonmere
    • https://prankcast.com/savagecarl

    Icecast Integration

    • Users can use our icecast integration (contact me to use it and ill send separate credentials to you) or use their own (contact me for API access).
    • When you use either scenario it pings our API and lists you as online everywhere on the site that your avatar appears.

    TODO / Coming next

    • Notifications (this will be email and push via a web app)
    • Simple chat room
    • Ability to schedule event calendars
    • User discovery list - I'll add all of you initially

    Please create a profile and let me know how it goes!

  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago
    • Working auth!
    • Working database crud for new data types
    • working profile management
  • Posted bymilkbox10 months ago
    • Kicking off this project!