FAQ: NUMA / Nmaps.net
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Updated 8 September, 2011
- NUMA Features and the Navigation Bar
- What's NUMA?
- The Navigation Bar
- Registering an account
- Where are all the maps?
- How to submit a map to NUMA
- How to play maps in the N Editor
- Adding maps to your Userlevels
- Adding maps to your Favorites
- What is Delisting?
- What are tags?
- About Map Submissions
- What happens when I click "Report Abuse"?
- How to tell if someone is abusing their NUMA privileges
- About Multi-Accounting
- NUMA wont let me log on! What do I do?
- How to use RSS
- Why are thumbnails broken in Opera?
- Is NUMA down?
- Who runs NUMA?
- Moderator responsibilities
- How to become a Reviewer
- Acronym explanations (such as AGD and DED)
- Applications and programs
- Map-making guides
**note: Clicking on the questions will reveal the answers. All information has been put into a [spoiler] tag to keep it organized and neat.
NUMA stands for N User Map Archive. It is a place where people may post maps they have created for other N players around the world to view and play. NUMA comes with a few features that make it easy to find, browse and play maps. These include:
- Ratings - NUMA features a simple rating system from 0 to 5 ninjas, with the ability to rate maps in increments of 1. Only the map's author can see the average rating until a map receives at least five ratings, at which point it becomes public.
- Favorites - The My Favorites link under Profile allows you to see maps that you have deemed your... well, your favorites. Next to the title of every map is an icon of a ninja running:
Clicking on this icon will add the map to your favorites and will look like this:
Note that favorites are ordered by date the map was submitted, not the date you added them to your favorites.
- Bitesize - Bitesizing was an addition to NUMA used to highlight particularly good or interesting maps. Bitesize NUMA no longer exists, but the maps that have been bitesized in the past retain the "bitesized" tag and can still be viewed. Replacing Bitesize NUMA is a new addition called Featured Maps.
- Featured Maps - The latest and greatest addition to NUMA. These maps have been deemed excellent and reviewed by a user with the appropriate permissions. Each featured map appears for 24 hours on the NUMA homepage, and past maps may be viewed in the Featured Maps section.
- Hot Maps - Another new addition to NUMA since the redesign, Hot Maps is kind of like a mixture between the newest maps submitted to NUMA and the now defunct Top Rated list. When you submit a map to NUMA it goes straight to the top of the Hot Maps page for others to view. But as the map is (or isn't) rated, where it goes on the front page is determined by what rating has been given it. A map that receives a higher rating will be pushed to the top of the Hot Maps section, while a map that gets a lower rating will get pushed to the bottom.
- Active Authors - Active Authors is the answer to the Newest page on NUMA. Underneath the Maps heading in the navigation bar you will see a link that says Active Authors. When clicked it will show you the users who have submitted maps most recently. But instead of just being their latest map(s), it shows their 5 most recent maps, so that you can browse through other great (or not-so-great) maps by the author.
- News : Shows the latest updates and announcements to NUMA, whether it be a notice about spamming, new moderators, or the Dronies.
- About : Describes what NUMA is and the policy on Multi-Accounting which is also included in this FAQ.
- FAQ : Shows the FAQ that is on NUMA. If you're reading this on NUMA, you should already know what that link does!
- Hot Maps : Shows the latest maps on a float/sink system, so that higher rated maps appear closer to the top and lower rated maps appear closer to the bottom.
- Active Authors : Shows the last 10 authors that have submitted maps, as well as their 6 most recently listed maps.
- Featured Maps : The list of featured maps from the time it was implemented until now. Updates approximately once every 24 hours. The latest Featured Map can also be seen on the homepage of NUMA.
- Random : Generates a list of maps at random.
- Profile : Displays the number of listed maps, rated maps and favorites that you have. The histogram shows a ratio of what your maps have been rated on a bar graph. Total ratings are how many ratings that you have received from other users. Below all this is your customizable profile.
- Favorites : Shows the maps you have favorited in the order they were submitted from most recent to least recent map.
- My Maps : Shows the maps you have submitted from the most recent map you have submitted to the first map you ever submitted.
- Delisted Maps : Shows a list of your personal maps which have been delisted from the archive.
- Submit a Map : The place to go if you want to submit a map to the N User Map Archive.
- Who's Who : Shows a roster of the current NUMA staff.
- The Sunday N : A series of weekly posts by Alex Kurcharski (aka KinGAleX) featuring notable N maps and other community news. It is now discontinued, but the archive remains online.
- N Homepage : Your source for all things N.
- Forums : Takes you to the current N forums where you can hang out and be involved with a thriving community and discuss anything from NUMA and N to the latest world news.
- Firefox Extension : An addon to Firefox that takes you directly to NUMA, as well as opens N from your browser. Does not work with Firefox 3 yet.
A: You may be wondering why there's no 'register' link anywhere on the site. This is because NUMA's login system is integrated with the N highscore account system. In order to get an account on NUMA, simply fire up N, click on 'configure', enter a username and password in the boxes provided, and click 'create new user'. You can then use that account to log into NUMA.
A: Click on the link that says "Maps" in the navigation bar. That'll show you the Hot Maps section. You can also view the Active Authors, Featured Maps, or a selection of random maps using the links in the second tier of the navigation bar. Notice at the bottom you can continue to another page, in case you want to look for a map that was fun that you may have missed earlier.
A: Great! Follow southpaw's easy, step-by-step guide to submitting a map!
- Click on the link that says "Submit a Map" in the navigation bar under the Profile tab.
- Give the map a title and description (a maximum of 40 and 1000 characters, respectively).
- Paste the map data into the text box that says "Map Data" next to it.
- Add any 5 custom tags you think are necessary (or even unnecessary) in the section that says "Tags" and decide if you would like to disable ratings or not.
- Click on the "Submit" button and make sure the thumbnail and the map you were intending on posting look the same. If everything checks out click on the "Confirm" button.[/list]
Congratulations! Your map has been added to the Hot Maps page for everyone to see!
If you would like to disable ratings on a map, check the "disable ratings on this map" box above the "Submit" button. You can only disable ratings on a map BEFORE it has been submitted.
A: Underneath the map description there is a text field. To play the map in Ned simply copy the level data from the text box and paste it into the upper text box in Ned. Then click outside of the textbox in Ned and press L to load the map.
If you want to highscore a map on NUMA, download Nreality. Once you have downloaded Nreality, click on User Levels and up at the top you'll notice a text box. Type in the MAP NUMBER ONLY. So if you were wanting to highscore the map http://nmaps.net/1000 you would type 1000 into the text box. Click on "load numa map" and then highscore away.
The following information is a basic guide to the userlevels function. For more detailed information please read the wiki on NUMA Hacking, recently edited by Avarin.
count= Modifies the number of maps that will be shown. Due to truncated results and such you may not get results if you go over 50.
start= Shows maps that appear after the number indicated. This means that by giving the number 0 it will show maps 1, 2, 3, etc... but by putting in the number 1 it will show maps 2, 3, 4, etc.
q= This refers to what you would put into the search bar were you to search for a map. Only results that would show were you to search for the same terms will be shown. (meaning truncated results effect userlevels as much as they effect searches.)
How to build a userlevels search
Learning how to use the NUMA userlevels function is easy and a great tool if you want to get all of the maps in your favourites (or otherwise) into your userlevels so you can have them to play whenever you open N. You already know that to get the userlevels for the Hot Maps page you simply type http://nmaps.net/userlevels. Let's build off of this by starting with the basics:
The "?" is important when building your own userlevels URL. Any arguments that you want to place after http://nmaps.net/userlevels will require the ? to separate the given URL from what you are looking for specifically.
How and when to use "&"
When using different arguments after the ? you will need to know how and when to use the & command.
You never need to use the & command just after the ?. This means that if you wanted to view more than just the first 10 maps on the Hot Maps page you simply type something such as http://nmaps.net/userlevels?count=20. There is one other time in which you do not use the & command but that will be discussed later.
You always use the & command between two different arguments. Say you wanted to view maps 11-30 on the Hot Maps page. This involves both the count= and the start= arguments. The end result would look like http://nmaps.net/userlevels?count=20&start=10.
Using the q= argument
The q= argument simply stands for queries, or in other terms, what you are searching for. These can be all the tags that you may commonly search for on NUMA, such as the "bitesized," "action," and "author:" tags. The q= argument has two properties of its own, %3A and +.
- "%3A" - This is used specifically for the "author:" tag. You replace the ":" with %3A when doing author: searches of any kind.
- "+" - This is used for separating tags. NEVER USE THE "&" COMMAND TO SEPARATE TAGS.[/list]
Creating a q= argument can be helpful if you don't want to switch back and forth between NUMA. If you were to search for an author such as rocket_thumped and you wanted to find all of his playable maps your code would look like http://nmaps.net/userlevels?q=playable+author%3Arocket_thumped.
A simpler way to do this is to just put your arguments in the NUMA search box and then replace "/browse?" with "/userlevels?".
This should get you around the userlevels function and do almost anything you want it to.
A: Find the map you wish to add to your list, then simply click the ninja icon to the left of the map name. The icon will turn gold indicating that it's been added.
If you would like to remove a map from your favorites list, simply click on the gold version of the icon and it will turn back to gray. This will signal that the map is no longer in your favorites list.
A: Maps on NUMA can no longer be deleted. Replacing this is a function called "Delisting", which can be found to the right of the map name. When you delist a map other users can only see it if (a) it is in their favorites list, (b) it is a Featured Map, and (c) if they know the map number. This means any search you perform using the "Search" function will not return results that include delisted maps.
Also, don't worry. You may delist and relist your own maps at any time, as you can still view ALL the maps you have made, listed or not.
A: The Tag system on NUMA works like any other tag system. It allows users to find maps by searching for a tag associated with them. For example, searching for "difficult" would find all maps which any author has tagged as "difficult". Tags can also be used to link maps of a series together, by using the series name as a tag. You can also search for multiple tags, or even maps which DON'T have a certain tag: The search "thwumps easy -rockets" will return maps with both the "thwumps" and "easy" tags, and without the "rockets" tag.
Most tags are determined by a map's author, but there are four tags that are not editable. The first is the author: tag, which is in the format "author:[username]" (example: author:Arachnid) and simply says who created the map. The second is the rated/unrated tag, which says whether or not the map has a public rating (has been rated by at least 5 people). There is a third tag, bitesized, which could only be toggled by a person with Bitesize rights, but these can no longer be changed since Bitesize was replaced with Featured Maps. The fourth tag is, of course, featured.
Unfortunately, the NUMA tag system is currently unable to search for map titles. This feature is expected to return as soon as Arachnid can get it working again. Sometimes you may also get a notice that says, "Truncated results." This is an issue that is planned to be fixed, but as always it is important to be patient and ignore it for the time being.
There is also an advanced search available which makes complicated searches easier, in case you get slightly confused about your search results.
A: Posting 4 or more maps at a time is a common mistake that new users on NUMA make, and it probably happens once every couple weeks. The NUMA community mostly agrees that if you're new, submitting 1-2 maps over a 12-hour period, and no more than 5 maps per day is a good rule if you want much more positive feedback from other members. Spamming NUMA makes one seem like they are just begging for attention and usually people who do spam the Hot Maps page get ignored; their maps get reported; their maps get delisted; and if the problem continues their account becomes suspended.
If you have a series of maps you'd like to release all at the same time, a good rule to go by is only post 3 of the series at a time over a 12-hour period. Any more than that and people start to become annoyed.
A: The "Report Abuse" link is there for a user to flag a comment or a map for breaking certain NUMA rules. When the link is clicked the comment appears in the Moderation Queue which only Moderators and Administrators can view. This function is completely anonymous, meaning moderators and admins cannot see who flagged a map/comment.
From there a moderator/admin will research whether the comment needs to be deleted or the map needs to be delisted. To find out what is abusive and what is not considered abusive please keep reading.
A: The following things are not abusive, and should not be reported:::
Profanity: Profanity is impossible to police and is generally not that bad to have around. Profanity only becomes a problem when it is also insulting or hate speech--and those things are considered abusive with or without profanity.
People who dislike your map(s): People are entitled to dislike your maps. In fact, constructive criticism isn't even necessary, but it's expected. Again, criticism of your maps is only a problem when it disparages you directly.
Poor maps: People are allowed to make poor maps. People are not allowed to make offensive maps.
The following things might be abusive or should be reported:::
Spam: People are not allowed to spam. This involves comment and map spam. Report it.
Accidental multi-posting: Calling this abuse creates a bit of a misnomer. Report this only if it's way excessive and a mod needs to clean it up. The occasional double post or even triple post isn't typically a problem.
Flaming or flamebaiting: If someone insults you directly or attempts to get you into an argument, you may be able to report it as abuse. It is not considered flaming or flamebaiting if a person doesn't like your map. If you get hypersensitive about someone disliking your map, you're the one flaming--not them.
Offensive content: Messages can become offensive content when it becomes sexually- or racially-charged or would otherwise offend the sensibilities of the average Internet denizen. Maps which are hateful, offensive, or promote flaming and personal tensions can be reported also.
To report a problem, send an email to "[email protected]". If it is a serious problem then it will be dealt with, but please do not expect a response from the NUMA admins.
Temporary problems (such as spam) can be solved by clicking the "Report Abuse" link. A Moderator or Administrator will deal with the problem as soon as possible.
A: First of all, let me explain sniping. "Sniping" is a form of voting abuse in which someone gives a map a low rating (typically zero), not because they actually believe the map deserves that rating, but for some other reason - to annoy the author, to get back at someone they've been arguing with, to knock a map below theirs on the Hot Maps page, to swing the average rating more than an honest vote would, whatever. It's important to remember, though, that not every low rating is sniping! If your map is getting low ratings, it's quite possible that this is because your map isn't very good. Even if your map has been getting good ratings and someone rates a bit lower, it's not necessarily sniping - not everyone likes the same sort of thing, and some users tend to be more generous with ratings than others (eg. some people give a score of four only to excellent maps, while others give it to any map they think is reasonably good). After all, if we all agreed we wouldn't need an average rating!
What do we do about sniping? The best solution to snipers is simply to ignore them. Remember that a lot of these people are trying to annoy you, so getting all upset about it will only encourage them. Ranting about it will either result in no response, or in an ugly flame war which results in both you and your opponent getting temporarily banned from NUMA. Most snipers will get bored and go away after a while if you don't react.
A: Having multiple accounts (known as multi-accounting) is NOT ALLOWED if the accounts are being used to place votes. Anybody who is discovered multi-accounting without contacting the NUMA Administrators via IRC, the forums or NUMA about which accounts they own will have all accounts that belong to them temporarily or permanently banned based on the actions taken with those accounts.
You are allowed to have a second and sometimes even a third account IF YOU HAVE A LEGITIMATE REASON (for example, a collaboration account between you and another author or an account to post maps from a map pack that you made) for having these accounts. To prevent yourself from being suspended/banned, be sure to contact the NUMA Administrators on NUMA, the NinjaRobotYeti forums or via IRC (irc.mountai.net) and let them know the reason you're making another account and the name of that account. Rating privileges will be disabled for any accounts beyond the first.
A: This is a common glitch that usually fixes itself after a couple of days. If it still lasts after 4 days, contact a NUMA administrator at "[email protected]".
This is a response to a NUMA UserVoice post about not many people knowing how to use NUMA's RSS feeds. It is also a way to see newest maps without there being an official page for it. Here is a detailed walkthrough for IE 7 users on setting up the feeds.
1) Go to http://nmaps.net/browse.rss?q=
2) You're at the feed page. At the top, there's a yellow box. Inside the yellow box, click "Subscribe to this feed".
3) The feed will reload with a new yellow box at the top. Click on the option "View my feeds".
4) The NUMA feed is in your feed list. Whenever you want to access this feed, enter your favorites and click on Feeds.
5) To customize your feed, click "View feed properties" on the right side of the page. You can change the feed name and set options like update speed (I recommend 1 hour) and capacity (just stick with 200). Your feed is set up and working!
RSS Feeds on Firefox 3
1) Navigate to the page you want to get a feed for. I'll just use Hot Maps as an example: http://nmaps.net/browse
2) Hit the little orange button next to the URL. That takes you to the feed.
3) Find the "Subscribe Feed" button. I just put the feed in the bookmarks list.
4) Your feed is now added under the Bookmarks tab at the top of the page. It will show you the ten most recent items in the update without you going to the page at all.
I'm still not sure how to set feed properties yet in Firefox. I might update this post when I do figure it out.
edit: Hey, I was right. It was a while before I made the Firefox instructions.
I'd put Opera instructions in but RSS feeds are drop-dead easy in Opera so yeah.
It's a conspiracy involving the lizard shapeshifters who secretly control the world. However, there is a fix:
1. Save this file to computer.
2. Open http://nmaps.net in your Opera browser.
3. Right-click > Edit Site Preferences... > Display tab
4. In the "My style sheet" box, browse to the file you saved.
5. Click OK, refresh page, enjoy working image zoom forever.
Check here. http://status.aws.amazon.com/
If there's a problem with the S3 or SQS, this page will have updates about efforts to fix the problem. For example, check Oct. 21. That was an elevated 500 Internal Server Error rate. So if NUMA's ever down and we don't know about it, these guys are the cause, but they're fixing stuff. Don't worry, complain, and spam threads - just click and look.
NUMA down = not necessarily Arachnid's problem = complaining gets you nowhere.
A: The current administrators, moderators and reviewers can be viewed in the Who's Who section under the "Other" tab.
A: The moderator is responsible for a number of important things throughout the community. For example, they
- Delete comments that contain flaming, trolling, spam or an abuse of the rules
- Delist maps that abuse the rules of NUMA
- Notify an admin of any user that has warranted their self a ban, temporary or permanent
- Help keep the peace
Moderators mostly maintain the social aspect of the website. They do this in various ways but the main way is by removing offensive (use this term loosely, please) content from the site or from the eyes of the general public.
A: Possibly. Applications are only accepted when there is a need for more active Reviewers and from those applications only a few are selected. Bear in mind that this is an extremely popular position and many applications are sent in, so try not to feel disheartened if you're not successful. All maps on NUMA need feedback so there's still plenty of opportunity to put your opinion across.
When we are accepting applications, there will be a notice on NUMA and/or the Nmaps.net forum. An application should include all of the following things:
- TWO (2) sample reviews of TWO (2) maps you think are feature-worthy. Reviews are to be 50 - 100 words in length.
- A link to each map.
- Your NUMA username.
Additionally, Creature Feature is being used as a way to bring the community into the Reviewing process and a place to show off your talents as a Reviewer such that you could be promoted to this position.
A: Explanations to most if not all the acronyms you will come across on NUMA can be found here.
Onyx is emerges.
This is a list of some helpful resources for N, whether you want to get better at mapping, are looking for some helpful hints or would just like to be able to play the game better so that you can tackle those more difficult maps.
Nreality: Nreality is a cool version of N made by Unreality that allows you to add modifications to the original gameplay of N. To download Nreality, click here. For a list of modifications, click here.
ModMaster: Created and being developed by kkstrong, he has this to say about the program: "This is meant to be only a supplement to NReality coding, to ease the way that code is made." To download ModMaster click here. To view the ModMaster thread for help, to comment on it, or to make suggestions for the program and its development, click here.
Favorite Authors Plugin for Nmaps.net: Created by sidke, this plug-in allows you to keep watch on your favourite authors by being notified when each one submits a map. This plug-in requires the Firefox browser and the Greasemonky addon for Firefox. To download the Favorite Authors Plugin, as well as Firefox and Greasemonkey, click here.
St. Atilla's College for Ninja: Want to get better at N? Then practice these levels by Atilla and others. For help with each level, read the guide by clicking here.
NUMA Hacking: Want to get a bunch of levels into your userlevels file without having to copy/paste individual maps off of NUMA? Either read this guide by southpaw, or read the N Wikia page found here, edited heavily by Avarin//Nexx.
The Week of Reviews: Back in the Winter of 2009, a period lasting from 25 December to 31 December saw the Week of Reviews, a 7-day period where the Reviewers at the time were allowed to Review as many maps as they so chose. The maps Featured received little attention because of it and so southpaw compiled them into a *.txt you can add to your userlevels file. The majority of these maps are high quality and well worth playing.
A helpful list of mapping guides/theories:
A List of Map Making Guides - Within that link you'll find some of the most detailed guides, a couple of which are listed below for easier access. The manifestos in there are heavy reading and I feel like a list of them would allow you to see which ones you want to read without cluttering up this list.
How to Create a Good N Level - Mare & Raigan of Metanet
The Importance of Function and Form - atob
Getting Your Maps Noticed. - lord_day
New Map-Maker's Suggestions - jeffkillian
Thank you for reading,