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Mon, Sep. 17th, 2007, 01:16 pm
Curiouser and curiouser

So, I suddenly noticed that Flume had some more features. "Fair enough", I thought, "it's presumably in heavy development". But then I logged in to my other account (the first one I got) and the features had vanished. So I logged back into my second account (the one I achieved through my 733t haxx0ring and, err, changing on a field in the XML) again and the features were back.

A quick delve later and I believe now that it's to do with the 'sassiness' (their word, not mine) rating of my 'Fountain' (grind teeth at name). At first I thought that might be to do with how many friends I had or something but that appears not to be the case. It appears to be more to do with a combination of who invited you and how 'sassy' your blog (a mandatory field in the signup process) is - presumably obtained through Alexa or Digg or Technorati or something.

Since I, err, obtained my second invite by guessing the user name of a A-list blogger my second account was deemed 'sassier' (that's actually giving me a headache now) than my first and I get correspondingly more features.

How ... weird.

Mon, Sep. 17th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
gwire

Erk - apparently the sassiness changes are cumilative. When your sass increases, the sass of your inviter increases, and to a lesser extent those in your network. And the same goes for decreases.

I added a sockpuppet account with a fresh, unused, blog to test the theory. My sass dropped down, but not for over an hour (are new users being checked by hand?). I then got a rather pissy message (tellingly, via ye olde email rather than flumail) from the guy who invited me on, accusing me of "messing with his sass".

Apparently one of the features I can't currently access is a little graph of the sass for all the people your network. My adding a fake account apparently caused a visible drop in sassiness across his entire social group! Interesting way of incorporating peer-pressure into what is essentially an (artificially limited) resource management game.

Regarding the music thing, that sounds promising. Do you think that'll only work for the built in streamer, or the iTunes-plugin stuff? If I could set up a playlist and have it grind overnight that might help fix things. Otherwise I'm probably going to delete the account and try for a fresh invite through someone else.