How the Packrat Market Tracker works

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There are a lot of misconceptions about the Tracker, I thought I would clear one up; this is how it works:

Every minute, it has a list of the markets, and goes through one by one (in a random order) and gets all the cards.

Lately Facebook has been so slow that sometimes it cannot get all the markets within one minute. At this point it stops and processes the markets it has managed to get. This means that sometimes a market is only checked every 2 - 3 minutes.

Also, due to the fact that "keep me logged in" doesn't actually keep you logged in, the Tracker gets logged out (just like a normal user). At this point, it waits 15 minutes, to attempt to log back in again. This change was implemented when everyone was getting white pages instead of FB pages, to prevent it from trying to log in every minute for hours.

Once it has logged in - it will wait another minute to check the markets.

It will only track the card if it is there at the exact second past each minute that it gets a particular market.

It does NOT need the card to be in the market for 60 seconds (only for 1 second); it CHECKS each market approx every 60 seconds.

Sometimes, when Facebook returns bad HTML, cards will appear for the wrong price - this will correct itself the next time it gets that market page (or the next time the card appears).

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With regards to Collection retiring dates:

It gets these from the Available Collections page, but as you are aware, Facebook sometimes returns broken pages. When this happens, the data returned to the Tracker is bad and can result in the Expiry date being messed up - it will generally correct itself within 1 minute - however, I do keep an eye on this, and manually correct it if it doesn't. If in doubt, check the Packrat Available Collections page.

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Additionally, if you believe the Tracker to be down, use http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/pa... and if it is down for everyone, then please email me at packrattools@jocarter.co.uk.
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Jo Carter, Founder and Developer

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  • tired of FB being flaky

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Jo Carter, Founder and Developer

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Additionally, occasionally the bad HTML results in cards being returned in the wrong collection or with weird names. The Tracker code tries to filter all these out, but occasionally a random wrong card will get added. I'll fix this as soon as I can, when I see it.
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I guess I've not seen too many of the errors in the Tracker, you must be keeping on top of it very well. You have done a great job with this and I find it invaluable! Especially when I see that a Leopard showed up early in the AM on April 1st. Makes me have hope for the game...
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Javi Lengomin

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Whatever the issues are they don't take away from the service you provide. I myself say 'Thank You'.
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Rawan Bent Fahd

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i love the tracker and some problem will not make my heat it ^.^ thanks so much
Would it be possible to add an indicator that says whether the Tracker is logged in? I can infer that if all cards are indicated as being out of the market, that the tracker is really not logged in, but I'd rather a direct indication. :D
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Jo Carter, Founder and Developer

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@Stacey - check the "last tracker check" timestamp - if its within the last minute or so, the Tracker is fine.
Ah! Excellent! Thanks! :D
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Terri Knoll

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thanx for the clear up. I love to correct misinformation when I can and I hate repeating it, so now I have it from the source! <3
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Madeleine Showalter

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Socmo should not say "There are currently no cards in the markets for this collection." when there are some in the ticket markets
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Jo Carter, Founder and Developer

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This is because the cards to make the recipes are from Socmo: The Adventure Begins - not Socmo: The Adventures Continue. There are no non-recipe cards for the second collection.