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Canvas 3 - 2017/05/08 ... 2017/06/21

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The third canvas brought with it new mechanisms: the ability to undo a single pixel placement 15 minutes after the previous undo, and placing on a location that had not yet been placed on resulting in a lower cooldown between pixels.
It also introduced four new colors: true black (the previous 'black' was a very dark grey), beige (by popular demand for characters), a dark red (maroon), and a new hot pink (magenta).

In social terms, the third canvas saw an explosion of lattice and lattice-like factions which many felt were threatening the creation of art, as these 'background' factions essentially meant art placed on them would be slower to build than on actual empty space.
In spite of this, many large piece of art were fashioned, with the Blue and Purple art from the Touhou Faction easily being one of the most admired for its visually stunning look, the merger of the Fox Meadow and the Crimson Tree into further territory - largely with custom pieces of art, and the Avogadro Project which reflected the canvas in its actual state being some of the stand-outs.

Despite a few skirmishes between the lattice factions - especially between Green Lattice and the Deus Vult (red) lattice - in the end the lattices ended up co-existing on the canvas as a larger perceived threat became the target of the majority of the canvas: the Spurdo Lattice.
While Spurdo builders had clashed with others on the previous canvas, the situation escalated on this third canvas when some of the Spurdo builders had overtaken other projects, barred others from building on their 'lattice', and were threatening the Fox Meadow; the canvas, almost collectively, had had enough: war was declared.
While some wanted all Spurdos removed, others merely wanted to teach them a lesson - but one thing that rallied most groups was the building of the Anti-Spurdo Tree - later renamed Ente-Spurdo (German: Duck-Spurdo).
After its building, the Spurdos main driving force eliminated (their image forum suffered a server crash and its discussion thread was among many lost), and narrow negotiations resulting in Spurdo Knights bordering a new Spurdo territory, the canvas returned to a relatively peaceful state once more. Toward the end of the canvas, when most of it was filled, one subtle change was made to the Green Lattice territory - see if you can spot it!

It was also on this third canvas that a truth was finally revealed via magnifying glasses: pixels were made up of Spurdos. A microscope further showed that Spurdos were made of heart lattices.

Final canvas state

Canvas 3 final state


Timelapses generated from log files.
Timelapse, 1 frame every 5 minutes:
Direct links:
mp4/h.264/YUV444p [113.6MB] (best overall)
mp4/h.264/YUV420p [81.2MB] (best compatibility)
Animated GIF [34.4MB] (best quality, no playback controls) (hosted at Vimeo)
Timelapse, 1 frame every 500 pixels

Direct links:
mp4/h.264/YUV444p [46.5MB] (best overall)
mp4/h.264/YUV420p [34.5MB] (best compatibility)
Animated GIF [15.6MB] (best quality, no playback controls)


Click canvas images to toggle between analysis and final image.
Palette (20): palette introduced in canvas 3
Canvas dimensions: 1,500x1,500
Final pixel coverage: 1,568,357/2,250,000 (69.70%)
Pixels placed: 2,369,056
User undo actions: 9,523 (0.4%)
Server undo actions: 97,509 (4.12%)
Accounts active: 6,096

Final state

Untouched pixels

Pixels that were never placed on (also referred to as virgin pixels), depicted in white.

Canvas 3 - untouched pixels

Pixel age

Age of pixels as a brightness map. Darker pixels were placed longer ago.

Canvas 3 - pixel age

Heat map

Depicting activity on the canvas as a heat map - the brighter a pixel's color, the more often it was placed on.

Canvas 3 - pixel heat map

Pixel placement times


Pixel placement times
Smooth rainbows indicate bot-like behavior.

Canvas 3 - placement times


Pixel placement times in milliseconds.
Smooth regions strongly indicate bot-like behavior.

Canvas 3 - placement times, milliseconds


Pixel placement times in seconds
Comb-effect regions may indicate bot-like behavior.

Canvas 3 - placement times, seconds


Pixel placement times in minutes
Gradients indicate pixel placement directions.

Canvas 3 - placement times, minutes


Activity on the canvas as measured over days (horizontal axis, left is start of canvas) and hours (vertical axis, bottom is start of day). Hours are in CET.

Canvas 3 - activity over days and hours

colors over time

Total pixels of a given color placed over time, graphed.
Source: zip:colors.csv,color.ods

Canvas 3 - colors over time, linear scale

Canvas 3 - colors over time, logarithmic scale

Pixels removed

Pixels locations where pixels were removed

User undo (green), server undo (blue), and mod rollbacks (red)

Canvas 3 - pixels removed, undo/server undo/rollback

Heatmap of server undo, and mod rollbacks

Canvas 3 - pixels removed, heatmap of server undo/rollback

Top 100 pixelers

The top 100 pixel placers on this canvas.
Top 100 pixel placers

Canvas lattices

The third canvas saw a large increase in lattice factions satisfying the same basic pixel rules, as well as some factions that behaved like lattice factions but were more decorative.
A custom image parser was used to indicate each lattice faction's space and approximate territorial size.

Canvas 3 lattices

Layers GIMP file

This zip:canvas3_public.xcf file contains layer information in the form of a The GIMP project file.
This file is the product of manual labor with layer groups representing factions, layers representing art, and their labels showing the art and/or artist's name. It can be used to show many projects on the canvas as well as identify their canvas authors.
The GIMP layers sneak peek for Canvas 3