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After reading through the feedback provided by the community on my last news post I decided to return to the confines of the private Nexus staff forums to listen to the council of my fellow staff members and discuss viable solutions. Today I've decided to go ahead with my plans and we'll see how it goes.
To start with I have created a new paid for member group known as a "Supporter". Supporters are either people who have paid a one-off fee of £1 to become a Supporter of the site or are past Premium Members whose subscription has expired. They're essentially a mini-Premium member with a few additional features over normal member accounts but with less features than a full Premium Member, Premium Members get these features and more.
Perhaps the most prolific of these features is the ability for Supporters to manage the comments of their own files and images. Supporters can remove any comments they desire from any member (except a staff member) who has posted on their file or image comment topic essentially making them the moderators of their own files and comments. This will be a welcome addition to any file owner on the site who doesn't like to turn the file comments off but likes to have control over what is said within their comment topics.
My plan is to further compound this functionality in the near future with a digg.com style "negative reputation" system to allow members to down-rate posts they believe to be in poor taste, or trolling, thus sending the post to the bottom of the pile, hiding it or deleting it entirely. Imagine someone posts on a great file that they think it's absolutely rubbish. An obvious troll post from an idiot. Five people read the file comments, they don't like that particular comment, and they each neg-rep it. That post then becomes hidden from view. That's the plan.
As well as comment moderation Supporters and Premium Members will now have access to a seperate Image Share section (it's on your right navigation bar under "Image Share (Sup)") that is just for them. This Image Share section has more relaxed terms and conditions, allowing nudity within the realms of legality and similar adult-only content that was recently disallowed from the main Image Share section. While I regret to add this Censorship to the main Image Share section this choice was mine to make and while I appreciate that a "behind closed doors" philosophy isn't great I am much more comfortable with this arrangement, as are the majority of the staff here.
The file database will remain unchanged and untouched.
Finally the private message storage capacity of Supporters has been increased from 100 to 500, inline with the Premium Members. Great for authors who receive a lot of communication via PM.
If people find any bugs then please send a report my way so I can take a look at it.
I'd like to take this time to announce some new spin-offs to the Nexus sites labeled Adult TESNexus, Adult Fallout 3 Nexus and Adult Dragon Age Nexus that are currently being developed. While these sites are not finished I'm announcing them now to gauge community response and receive feedback on what possible users would like to see from the sites. While I can't fulfill all requests I always learn a lot and get lots of great ideas for future site features from these sorts of feedback sessions.
As the name suggests the Adult Nexus sites will be for adults. Not necessarily for adult-only content but for adults in general. The idea is to create a more exclusive community in which those who wish to partake can enjoy the Nexus site structure with inebitably fewer and perhaps more mature people. Why would I want to create such a site? You'd be surprised how many people email and private message me saying how much they love the site but can't stand a lot of the idle public chatter, or the way some people talk, or the possibility of some trolling, or the whiners...the list goes on.
Adult Nexus sites will be a get away for people such as this who prefer smaller communities rather than larger ones. While this may sound elitist it definately isn't the aim and my main focus will always be on the main Nexus sites. However creating a small community network for those people who don't like being in the large hussle-bussle of the main Nexus sites has been something I've been pestered about for many years, back to the TESSource days.
Adult Nexus sites will be a pay-to-enter site at a one off fee of £1 (about $1.55). Paid once and only once via PayPal and perhaps a few other online payment gateways. Why is it pay-to-enter? Because a simple 'What is your date of birth' just isn't going to cut it. I need a realistic way of only allowing those in who have the highest chance of actually being adults and what better way than to require a credit or debit card? Yes, people younger than 18 can get debit cards but this seems the most logical and indeed most simple way of doing things. It also has the added bonus of adding an extra deterrent against trolls who want to ruin it for everyone. Premium members past and present will automatically be able to enter Adult Nexus sites and will not need to pay the one-off fee.
The fee isn't designed to put money in my pocket. Running some numbers if (what I consider to be rather unlikely) 1,000 people were to pay the fee it would only cover one half of the Nexus's monthly costs. Hopefully that should put things in perspective.Similarly there will be no advertising on the Adult sites; this is not a money chasing scheme.
What will be on the sites? Simply put they'll be trimmed down Nexus sites with a file database and an image share database. Some of the stuff that has been disallowed in the recent terms and conditions update will be allowed on the Adult Nexus sites. Pictures of nude characters will be allowed in the image share section but I'd like to stress that the intention isn't for the Adult sites just to be for risque content; users will be able to upload anything within the bounds of the terms of service (so still no paedophilia, necrophilia, bestiliaty and all the usual illegal stuff) but the terms will be much more relaxed for all the stuff still within the realms of legality.
The Image Share section has an added "Content" filter that will seperate pictures of male characters, female characers, pictures of both male and female characters or none of these. So if you like pictures of guys and just guys you can filter out all the other stuff and vice versa.
Image and file uploaders will gain the ability to remove comments on their own files and images on Adult Nexus sites, so uploaders will be their own moderators for their files. If things get out of hand then the moderators will be around to lend a swift swing of the hammer of justice but the idea is for the community to be a bit more exclusive and a bit more autonomous.
This is an interesting idea and something a bit new and different and I'm interested to hear people's response to this. But, please, for the love of all that's good in this world don't go off on a rant putting lots of words in my mouth without providing anything useful. If you don't like the idea then explain why you don't like the idea and provide me with actual alternatives; alternatives that don't involve people scanning-in their passport or drivers licenses and emailing them to me. If you like the idea then show your support and throw some crazy ideas out in the air for me to consider.
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.
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