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New Sample Diagram: “Journey”

There’s a new Sample Diagram to try out at the top of the Build-a-Diagram page: Journey, which demonstrates how you can produce traceable paths for multiple players across multiple stages by using a specific approach to encoding your data.

It was added in February of this year. The conditions required for this kind of diagram to work are:

  • Each flow maintains a single color from start to end.
  • All flows for a particular player must be listed together.
  • The “Arrange the Diagram” control must be set to “Using the exact input order”.

In the sample diagram, every flow for every player has the same value (1), but that condition isn’t absolutely necessary as long as the other conditions are met.

This diagram style can be used for such things as a ranking chart for team standings in a league (sometimes called a “bump chart”).

This post prompted me to go track down when each of the other sample diagram types was added, for comparison:

New, improved News Page!

This News page is now a proper weblog, no longer a manually-maintained static page.

This means several good things:

It’s easier to update!
Making a new post takes way less effort than it did before, and I plan to take advantage of that to post updates here much more often.

A bunch of history has been filled in.
See the “Archives” section in the sidebar for links to many past posts I have cross-posted from the site’s Mastodon account at (The newest item on this page until a couple of days ago was from late 2022, so there was a lot to fill in.)

There’s an RSS Feed now, to make it easier to follow updates here if you are so inclined.

This section now has a lot of the other benefits of an actual blog – there’s a Search box, and posts can be categorized & tagged, and on and on.

You’ll be seeing more here soon!