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From: warpio | Posted: 7/07/2016 09:23:30 PMUpdated: 11/21/2017 08:28:56 PM
|AnimeVGLog was built for the purpose of having not only a comprehensive media timeline, but also for helping you organize and progress through an infinitely large media backlog. Every day, you will be given a small amount of tokens, and these tokens can be used to draw items from your Backlog Randomizer, a feature that can help you decide which media item from your backlog you should go through next. Or you can simply browse your backlog and choose your next media item manually.|
When you click "Set Completion Status", you can select between one or more of these options:
Even if you have an item set as "Completed", you can still keep it on your backlog if you intend to replay it some time in the future. But maybe you don't want to replay it until some time much later in the future? That's where this next feature comes in.
When you have "Add to Backlog" selected, you'll get another set of options to select the priority of that backlog item.
So within the backlog status is 5 different backlog priority statuses. Of course you can also choose to clear the item off of your backlog entirely.
What the Backlog Randomizer does, is it selects one random item from your entire backlog. Items with a higher priority backlog status are given more weight in the randomization, so they are selected more often than lower priority backlog items. This is a good way to schedule a replay of your favorite games/movies/etc and delay it until some time in the distant future when the Backlog Randomizer eventually selects it from the lowest priority pile.
Of course, you can't just re-roll the backlog item over and over again until you get the one you want. It costs 1 token per roll each time you want to roll the next random backlog item. This is to encourage you to go with whatever the backlog randomizer chooses for you.
Occurrence Rate settings
The occurrence rate of each of these 5 backlog statuses can be seen in your Backlog Settings page, and you can change these values to whatever you want. If you want the "Backlog A" pile to always have a 100% chance of being selected as long as there are still items in that pile, you can do that.
When it gets to a point that the backlog randomizer selects "Backlog A", and there are no longer any items left in Backlog A priority group, the randomizer will then go to the next highest priority group that has items in it.
Advanced Occurrence Rate settings
After the randomizer selects a backlog priority group, there is another set of weighted preferences based on your log post statuses, which you can also freely change to whatever you want. These advanced settings are useful for putting a dynamic priority onto items based on conditions such as "Last log post was made less than 1 week ago", or "Log post count is 0", or "Last log post made between 1 month ago and 3 months ago". These settings work the same way as the main priority group settings, so if a subgroup has no items left in it, the randomizer will go to the next highest subgroup.
As an example, let's say you want to make it so that items that you haven't started yet (which would have 0 log posts) will never be selected by the randomizer as long as there are still items in that priority group that you HAVE started. After all, you wouldn't want to start playing the 2nd game in a series when you haven't finished the 1st one yet.
If you don't quite understand all of that, don't worry about it. You can simply leave all of your backlog settings at the default, which I find works pretty well.
Backlog categories are the search terms that the backlog randomizer uses to select an item. The default categories are "Stories" and "Games". These are just search terms with "status:backlog" tacked onto it. The "Stories" category includes anything that is tagged as either "book", "movie", or "show", and is also in your backlog. The "Games" category includes anything that is tagged as "game" and is in your backlog. The "Custom" category is for any custom items you've made that don't have any other tags.
The backlog categories can be changed in your [http://www.animevglog.com/settings/?t=backlog]settings[/url], however it costs a small amount of tokens each time you change a category. Adding more category slots is a possibility as well, but that also costs tokens.