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Suggestions / A Few Suggestions
« on: June 11, 2006, 06:50:59 PM »
Judging by the fact that I don't post on here often, you can tell I'm not the best bot programmer. I tend to run evolution sims most of all, and I've thought up a number of things that I thought would help people such as myself.

1. More Scripts
Specifically, the ability to add a robot, the conditions of so many cycles passing, or a certain robot's population reaching a specific height would all be helpful.

2. Fewer Sysvars
One thing I've noticed is because of bot programming, many many sysvars have been created. Unfortunately, this upsets the balance of evolution and the probability of getting the right sysvar in the right place. With each new version, it seems harder and harder for robots to evolve. Some solutions to this are getting rid of some sysvars, making certain sysvars more likely to be added to a bot, and most drastic of all, splitting DB into two versions: Evolution Intensive and Program Intensive.

3. Randomization Features
Currently, the only setting that can mutate are mutation settings. Don't get me wrong, that's a great thing, but in order to evolve a bot capable of surviving in a wide variety of conditions, you have to change the conditions. A randomization feature for nearly all settings would be needed, and the ability to turn of randomization for each setting as well. I don't expect this to happen any time soon, or even in the next versions, but it would be one of the best tools for evolving bots.

Thought these ideas may seem drastic and difficult, I feel that something needs to change in order to keep the Darwin in Darwinbots.

Newbie / Two Little Problems
« on: May 16, 2006, 11:21:39 PM »
Hello, I'm new to the forums, and I love the darwinbot program. However, two things having been picking at me recently. First, because I am a new member, I can't seem to find any of the older bot files, or at least I haven't been able to find an unbroken link to a page or a page that I can access to. So, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, I'd love if someone could remedy this problem for me, either by giving me the read-only access (mentioned in the link) to the old forums, or just to send me the files.

Second, and much less importantly, I can't seem how to change my display name, which was supposed to be the same as my login name... if an admin could do this for me, I'd be in their debt. Thank you in advance.

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