Scalability in SD and why it’s important.

What is scalability and why it is mentioned so often in SD?

By Haydenator 19/08/2012

As our members are aware and some visitors may have noticed, we’ve been undergoing some major transformations in the past week. Our front page and charter have undergone large revisions and our new forum platform with subdomain are part of slew of major changes completed as we prepare to power out of beta. For the policy side of the charter and the forum platform, these changes have been done to fit in with our scalability mandate.

…but what is scalability?

Scalability is the ability of SD to handle growth with our structure, policy and systems. It is forward looking and we use a lot of scenario planning to suss out what areas could cause problems as the guild ages. It’s not just measured in the number of members we may have, it’s also measured in time.

Take for example a strip of blu-tack (a malleable adhesive people use to stick lightweight objects to surfaces). If you grab the strip by both ends and pull suddenly, it snaps. If you pull slowly, it stretches but it can only stretch so far before eventually breaking apart. In both cases, there is a point of failure where the blu-tack can no longer handle the change. All organisations can suffer the same fate.

In respect to our forums, if ten members were to make one reply every day for ten days, it would have the same impact as fifty members making one reply for two days (all other factors remaining the same). Now like the blu-tack analogy above, if our systems are not strong enough to handle either of the situations, we’re in trouble!

This is why we’ve moved from a forum which was a plugin inside of a wordpress installation, to a stand alone forum application. Awesome new features aside, we’re planning ahead and while we cannot imagine every conceivable situation, this was a concern we decided to resolve now, while the guild is in beta, then later on when the guild has started to settle.

While scalability is an important factor in assessing how the guild will function over growth and time, it isn’t my measure of our success. I measure our success in two simple ways:

Are our members happy and having fun in our guild?

and

Am I happy and having fun in our guild?

The size of our guild has no impact on how successful I perceive us to be! I am just as dedicated to five of our guildies, as I am to fifty or five hundred. It does however, as the scouts say, pay to “be prepared!“.

This is why scalability is important and is the motivator of many of our recent major system changes.

See you all in game soon!

Haydenator
Guild Leader of Sweet Disposition

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Nearly there

Tick-Tock! Exciting times indeed with headstart access beginning in less than ten days. For some, this represents the end of years of anticipation and the dreaded (yet respected) “When it’s ready!”. For Sweet Disposition, we are excited on two counts, the first because we all get to dig into Guild Wars 2 and the second, our guild gets moved out of beta too!

It’s almost surreal!

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The Final Countdown

Fantastic news, Guild Wars 2 now has an official release date!

According to ArenaNet’s blog the game will go live on Tuesday 28/08/2012, with the three-day head start access for pre-purchasing customers beginning on Saturday 25/08/12. The next (and final) Beta Weekend Event will also run during 20-22/06/12. Suffice it to say, this is very exciting news and we cannot wait to take Sweet Disposition to the next level on release.

As for SD, everything is on track with daily improvements in our website’s design and mechanics, as well as lots of love and regular brainstorming put into guild management, event planning and preparedness for launch. Interesting times indeed!

 

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SD Clip

Song that inspired our Guild Name.

 

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Beta Weekend Event II

BWE 2


The second Beta Weekend Event for Guild Wars 2 has been announced! How exciting 😀

The event will start on Saturday 9th June at 5am and will conclude Monday 11th June at 5pm, EST/GMT+10.

Keep this date in mind, so clear your schedule, finish your homework early, feign death for your friends, family and work commitments and get ready to test out the next beta client!

http://www.arena.net/blog/announcing-the-next-guild-wars-2-beta-weekend

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