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Dead Frontier GPS - FAQ



How to find the User ID?
Can I use the account name instead of the UserID?
Loot recording, how does this work?
Loot checkmark refresh rate, how does this work?
Loot spot obsolescence, how does this work?
Image quality, how does this work?
Sometimes the Dead Frontier GPS displays an obsolete position where I was a few minutes ago and left meanwhile; why?
Want to use this map on your website?
Has this site copied drlp.net or vice versa?
What about the service availability and response time?





How to find the User ID?

In order to find your User ID, please do the following inside the game Dead Frontier:
1 - click 'My Profile' on the left side, above the picture of your avatar
2 - click 'Show Stats' on the page that just loaded
3 - when you are in the 'Show Stats' page, check the address bar of your web browser, it should contain a number. This number is your User ID.

For example, on my account, on the 'Show Stats' page, the address bar displays:
http://fairview.deadfrontier.com/onlinezombiemmo/index.php?action=profile;u=3415200;sa=statsPanel

How to find the User ID?


Can I use the account name instead of the UserID?

Once a player has been searched at least one time with his UserID he will be registered in the database and you will be able to use his account name for subsequent searches.


Loot recording, how does this work?

Provided you enable this 'record loot' option, Dead Frontier GPS can collect what and where you loot. This data is used to display loot spots on the map and display checkmarks when the spot has been looted.

Attention: when you loot, you will be prompted in-game with a loot dialog box, asking if you want to take the loot. Possible answers are 'yes'/'no' if you still have inventory slots available, or 'ok' if your inventory is full.
The loot is recorded at this specific time: after the dialog box is displayed and before you have selected an answer.

** If you want to ensure your loot is properly recorded, wait 2-3 seconds before clicking an answer. **


Loot checkmark refresh rate, how does this work?

Loot spot are shown on the mini-map and marked with a checkmark once you looted them. A certain time after the loot, the checkmark is removed: and the loot spot is shown blank again.

By default this checkmark will dissapear in 45 minutes, you can change this timeframe with the option 'Loot checkmark refresh rate'.


Loot spot obsolescence, how does this work?

With this variable, you can control which loot spots are displayed by the Dead Frontier GPS, based on the last time these loot spots have been reported.
The bigger the value, the further back in time the research will be.
0 will disable this feature.

Example: if you set this to '1', the Dead Frontier GPS will only display loot spots reported within the last day (24 hours)


Image quality, how does this work?

You can select one of three settings for the quality of the GPS map images: high, medium or low.
The better the quality, the nicer the contrast and colors will be displayed, and the larger the image will be. Large images can cause the webpages to take long time to load on your screen.
By default, this setting is to medium, you are welcome to try other quality settings to assess which one works best for you and provides an acceptable page load time.

To get an order of magnitude of this setting's impact:
- High quality outputs a map image of ~250KB
- Medium quality outputs a map image of ~100KB
- Low quality outputs a map image of ~50KB


Sometimes the Dead Frontier GPS displays an obsolete position where I was a few minutes ago and left meanwhile; why?

Short answer: this is 'normal'. The delay in updating the information is coming from the official Dead Frontier website: what is displayed here is 1:1 what is provided by the official Dead Frontier website.
The data can have up to 5 minutes delay.
This delay injects some level of noise in the data collected and displayed; such as loot spots from interiors being displayed outside.

Long answer: at each page refresh for displaying the position of a player on the map, the Dead Frontier GPS website retrieves this file from the Dead Frontier website:
http://fairview.deadfrontier.com/onlinezombiemmo/get_values.php?userID=$userid
This webpage contains all the relevant player data to be used for the Dead Frontier GPS.
If retrieving this file fails, no data will be displayed; if the retrieving succeeds, the Dead Frontier GPS displays the data.
Should your position displayed on the Dead Frontier GPS be obsolete, this is due to the data in the Dead Frontier official site to not reflect the latest values.

On February 2012, I have reached out to the admin team to see if there is some other way to retrieve accurate 'real time' data. There is no better way as of today: this is the best they can offer.


Want to use this map on your website?

Feel free to do so, you should be able to integrate it easily in HTML using this tag:
<img src='/map_image.php?userid=$userid&red=$red&green=$green&blue=$blue&markershape=$markershape' alt='fairview map'>

Please note that your html page will need to collect the variables (mandatory: $userid, optional: $red, $green, $blue, $markershape) to call the map.

Projects using the Dead Frontier GPS:
- Brody Gilbertson's useful tools


Has this site copied drlp.net or vice versa?

As you know drlp.net is another third party website where players can find services and data from the deadfrontier universe. Based on some players' posts, a few precision on facts need to be set.

1- if drlp.net knows some downtime, our sites have nothing to do with it. Period. Random false accusation is just plain stupid, I expected clan members (current or former) to know better. All sites face downtimes, including ours.
2- drlp.com has copied the GPS service that our site was the first to run (launched here in October 2011). Back then, I authorized drlp.net to use our service on their site. drlp.net then copied the feature. Oldtimers will also remember of fortpastor.com that proposed a set of services, including GPS (before 2011), but was very different; and due to lack of funds, the site dissapeared overnight.
3- we have copied the profiler feature of drlp.net on April 2013. The reason for it was an alarm raised by drlp.net that their service will stop due to lack of funds: our goal was to offer service redundancy to the community. As you have seen, proper credits is given in our profiler page to drlp.net for their profiler feature that is used on this site.
4- we have NEVER asked the community for funds to run this service.
5- we are not linked to any clan.
6- we have lots of respect of drlp.net's service, and we exchange emails with Ionize (main developer of drlp.net) since 2011.

This is the real world: ideas are shared, copied, emulated, improved. At the end of the day, the users decide to prefer one version or the next one. I would appreciate bitter players to respect facts and the work invested.

Thank you for using this service. Please remember to only use (or share) this url: http://df.loufiz.com/ as it is balances the load and will garantee you to land on a working server. Any other url for our service might work (or not) depending on its individual load.


What about the service availability and response time?

This is data publicly available: please fnd the charts below for overview, click on them for more details.

Uptime for Dead Frontier GPS: Last 30 days Response time for Dead Frontier GPS: Last 30 days





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