The Terms of Service for all Nexus sites and the forums have been updated today with some important changes to rules on file and image uploads and general etiquette.
A new section has been added on Uploading files and images (click to go straight to the relevant area) that clearly sets out in writing what we do and don't allow on the Nexus sites. Many of these rules have been enforced for years but they've never been properly set out in the Terms of Service, making things slightly "grey" for people who aren't wise to the way we work around here. I want to once again compound the fact that I have absolutely no wish to host modifications that allow sexual acts with children or child-like characters, animals, dead people or include rape, torture and masturbation. Legal or illegal; I just don't want to host these mods and there are plenty of other sites out there that will happily host these for you. Thank you for your understanding.
Similarly a rather important new rule has been invoked on the Image Share section on all Nexus sites, effective immediately.
The image share section was originally designed to be a place for users to upload screenshots of funny, interesting or aesthetically pleasing things they'd taken in game. It wasn't designed to be a porn (or nude art) hub for people's personal pleasure. From this day forward the Image Share section cannot be used to upload images of a pornographic nature (including sex, masturbation and solo "legs spread" images).
We continue to remain open and liberal to the vast majority of content created out there but I wish to draw the line on certain things. If further clarification is needed then I will try my hardest to do this.
I would be interested to know what sort of download speeds US members are getting on the file server nearest to their location. Obviously normal members are capped at a maximum of 500kb/sec but I'd like to know how close people are getting to this figure in contrast to their actual download speed and their location. If you'd like to share this information please let me know as it would help me better understand the needs of you all.
Please provide your general location (the State you are living in), your line speed (56k up to 50mbit) and any other details you feel are pertinent.
There is now a new 100mbit file server available to all members located in Maidenhead, England. Obviously this server will benefit the European visitors of the Nexus sites and I will be closely monitoring the bandwidth throughout the day to insure the server isn't being saturated.
The file servers are being reshuffled and this is the last month that the two Washington file servers in the US will be operational. Both the Dallas and Seattle servers have been upgraded to Gigabit lines and while the site does use a lot of bandwidth (350mbit/sec at the moment) the dual Gigabit lines in the US along with 100mbit line in the EU (with the chance for another EU server should the need arise) should provide the Nexus sites with ample bandwidth for the foreseeable future.
I have made both aesthetic and functional changes to the "Updates today" page on all Nexus sites this evening.
Aesthetically each row of content has been given a slightly different background colour so you can more easily line up the content (such as the edits made and time the edit was made) for each file name.
A new function has been added above the usual "Edited files" block that allows you to filter the list of edited files based on the edits made. This is handy as you can now simply list files that have had new uploads added to them, great for keeping up-to-date with files with new uploads today. The same can be said for images, mirrors, videos and attribute changes. If you are logged in to the site as a member you can choose to save your filtering preferences so when you return to the site it will remember them. This will change your preferences on all the Nexus sites.
Bug reports to the usual place!
The file database on all Nexus sites has been updated with a new aethsetic look and rearranging in both categories and file entries. The image gallery now works in a similar way to the "Hot files" box, showing images that the owner of the file has uploaded (and not images by other users).
GameStop has now been added to the list of affiliates available to purchase from in our affiliate store. GameStop are one of the largest video game retailers in the US so if you're planning to buy any games in the near future, or pre-order Fallout: New Vegas, for example, then you might like to do it through them.
A big thank you to the people who have been using the affiliate links to buy items online and a reminder, as I get asked this a lot, that you don't need to just use the links for buying games and hardware. If you're buying books for school or leisure, or clothing, it doesn't matter, the Nexus sites will still get a small commission on everything you buy from affiliates.
The front page on all three Nexus sites has been updated and completely reworked to better suit file sites such as these. The site news has been moved below the new content blocks and the webmaster's blog will be relocated in due course.
For those wondering how hot files are chosen; the top 5 files are picked once per day from the top 25 recently endorsed files of the past 21 days. Adult only files are not included in the mix and (obviously) only files with images are accepted. If you're a file author uploading new files to the site then insure your files have a good image set as their primary image as that is what will be shown in the "hot files" section should your file be eligible.
The front page makes use of jQuery to provide a liquid experience that takes up the entire screen for all users. People with resolutions below 1200 in width will have sup-par experience anywhere on Nexus sites as it is. Users with resolutions above 1600 in width will gain an extra content box "Site stats" to fill the gap.
You can expect to see more aesthetic updates to the site over the coming months. Happy modding.
A little over a week ago I asked people on the site where they bought their video games and hardware from online. The aim was to create an affiliate store of the most popular gaming and hardware outlets in the States and Europe for people to buy products from via the Nexus sites.
The point of this is very simple; buying products from the selected affiliates on the site provides the Nexus sites with a small but valuable commision on all the goods you buy. Do you buy your games from Amazon? Great! Instead of visiting Amazon.com directly simply go to our affiliate store page and use the Amazon button provided instead. Anything you buy from Amazon after that, for that session (i.e. for the remainder of the time you have your browser open), will provide us with a commission. You don't get charged anything extra, absolutely nothing is different other than that one small step. It's very simple and it can provide the Nexus sites with needed funds to keep the sites running, buy new hardware, pay the bandwidth bills and all that jazz.
Our current list of affiliates include:
Amazon (.com and .co.uk)
TigerDirect (.com and .ca)
The EA Store
Some affiliates decided not to work with us, including Target and Game Stop, which was unfortunate but I'll keep pressuring them to work with us as there are some nice game launches and new hardware ranges on the horizon.
While I understand that there are many visitors to this site from non-English speaking countries I found it impossible to sign up for the major French, German and other European retailer's affiliate programs as I am a plain old boring English-only reader. Sorry about that.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter, and thank you to all the people who replied to the earlier news posting asking for feedback.
Each year The Escapist (best known for their weekly "Zero Punctuation" column) run a people's choice competition of the biggest game developers in the world. Members of the site vote for their favourite developers in "rounds" against other developers and in the latest round Bethesda have come up against Valve, creators of all those games you love to hate (and I guess enjoy).
If you'd like to help Bethesda out in a match-up they're clearly underdogs for then head on over to the voting page and give Bethesda your support. They're going to need it against those raving (noob) TF2 fans.
There is now a new Top 25 page available on all Nexus sites in the top lists that displays the most endorsed files that have been recently added to the site. You can filter the results from between 1 day and 60 days since the addition of the file.
You can use this tool to check out the up-and-coming new files on the site and it can be found under Top 100 -> Most endorsed recently added files.
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