View Full Version : Help! Haven't made a website in 15 years...

10-22-2011, 07:19 AM
Hi everybody,

Years I used to play an online multiplayer game at SenateSeeker.com (http://www.senateseeker.com). It was a text-based US government simulation for political junkies. It had user accounts, voting on legislation, running for election, etc. It's now dormant, because the guy who ran the site has moved on, and apparently it was dependent on his involvement. What I want to do is re-create that game.

I have no idea where to start. I taught myself HTML when I was younger but that's all I know. If you visit the site, it seems like a pretty simple programming job (I think a high school kid made it), though it had some technical kinks and wasn't the best execution. Some of the pages end in PHP, if that helps. Could someone take a look at that site and let me know what steps I need to take (e.g., language(s) I need to learn) in order to remake this game? I'm willing to put in the time.


10-22-2011, 09:11 PM
Before you go through too much trouble, can you contact someone and find out
if you can take it over? Maybe they would let you have all the scripts and MySQL data.
It's at least worth a try.

10-23-2011, 04:43 AM
I am trying to contact him but his e-mail is bouncing back. In any case, I will probably have to set up a whole new website. And I'm at a loss on how to script this game. How would you go about it?

(I'm not asking people to script it for me, but I'm asking generally for the concepts and steps because I'm clueless.)

10-23-2011, 05:49 PM
This looks to me like a big project to take on. Whoever did the original site put a lot
of time into it. I don't have much experience with the political side of this, but does
it seem to be very similar to a "fantasy sports" program? That would be a good thing
because you might be able to start out with a pre-made script/system and customize it.

If not, then you start from scratch.

I would start with the MySQL database. On paper, or a white-board, layout how
the database will be done. A table for users, a table for laws, a table for legislators, etc.
Sort of a flowchart of how this will be layed-out in a way that you can connect
various things together...

Since I don't really know much about the topic, that will be something you need to decide.
It's all about the database. Information gets stored there, and all PHP scripting
decisions will be made by use of information from the database.

The scripting will be intense, as you need a "user profile" section, and "admin section",
and all of the page templates to display data, reports, graphs, etc. It also looks like
there's a whole section on questionaires, voting, opinions, ....

It's all PHP and MySQL, and without some previous programming experience, this will be hard.

10-24-2011, 03:27 AM
Gotcha. That's very helpful. Basically then I'll try at all costs to contact this guy and convince him to give me the source code. I guess it sort of is similar to a fantasy sports program; that'd be a good idea to start with something like that. Thanks a ton!

10-24-2011, 09:45 AM
I think you may contact the hosting company of the site which I found it might be the Go Daddy. You might be able to get some help from them. Hope this work.

10-24-2011, 07:27 PM
You would be really surprised how helpful most programmers are.
If the owner/author simply doesn't have time to operate the site, I would bet
they would be thrilled to have someone "carry-on" their project. Knowing it's
hosted by GoDaddy, do whatever you can to locate the site owner.

If there is confidentiality issues, perhaps GoDaddy would be willing to email them
privately and give them your name/email. You would only know who they are if
they emailed back. I guess it falls on GoDaddy's willingness to listen to you.

10-25-2011, 02:39 AM
A whois on the domain gives you a lot more contact data.