ScoreBook Bulletins Explained

What is a ScoreBook Bulletin?

A ScoreBook Bulletin is a snapshot of your scorebook at a specific point in time based on Score Entries over a specific time period.

Each bulletin takes into account:
  • a score period (the time period during which scores count. e.g. the previous week's activity)
  • ScoreBook Bulletin time (the exact time at which the snapshot is made)
  • all included users (users who have opted out or have been excluded are not in the release, however previous users even if they have not scored during this score period are included though their scores will be zero)
  • all score entries for each metric for your users (a calculation is made based on your score settings)
  • the score algorithm - what are the rules to apply to the score entries to create the single consolidated score which determines the rank of a user on the leaderboard view of the ScoreBook

ScoreBook Bulletin Types

When creating a bulletin you can first preview it before publishing. You can also create as a draft bulletin for publishing later.

Preview Bulletin

This is a preview of the next Scorecard Bulletin showing how the leaderboard will stack up. This allows you to check the leaderboard ranks for your users first. The preview is not stored.

Final Bulletin

A final bulletin is a permanent historical record of the leaderboard at that point in time. Typically a final release covers a score period that has passed. e.g. last week. For example in a weekly competition, it stores the results of that week's competition - where each player is ranked and what their score was.

What happens when I publish a final bulletin?

The ranks and scores for each player are stored, creating a permanent historical record.  If you have set up the email channel for auto sending then it will auto email out the ScoreBook to all subscribed users and followers. If youruser unique identifier is based on twitter then you can also tweet out the current scores to each user.

Can I automate this process?

Yes you can schedule your ScoreBook to automatically update daily, weekly or monthly. It will take into account a standard time period each time - e.g. the previous week's scores.

Can I generate a bulletin automatically every time a new score entry is made?

Yes, you can automate bulletin generation either by setting a regular calendar schedule at which time the bulletins get generated or by letting the bulletin be generated everytime a new score or a new user is registered on the ScoreBook

Why do I need Bulletins?

Bulletins offer an opportunity to tell your players their score.  Most players don't want to be checking their ScoreBook every five minutes, or every time they do something; there just isn't enough time in the day. By publishing your bulletin at a regular time - for example weekly - you create a 'news event' that users can get into the habit of coming to their ScoreBook to check their score for the previous week.

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