It's oh so cliché to say on the internet these days but this site is run "by gamers, for gamers", or maybe "by modders, for modders".
Recently I've been putting a lot of work in to improving various aspects of the site, ramping up the functionality, increasing usability and action efficiency and generally trying to roll out updates that are going to improve things around here based on recommendations from users within the community. Indeed I've found I have a lot more time for coding these days now that the infastructure behind the site is a lot more stable.
My imagination isn't the greatest, I'm not an experienced "outside the box" thinker and sometimes listening to the feedback of the people who make use of this site regularly is more important, and better, than my own ideas. This is my long winded call out to the community to come and tell me how you think this site can improve. What annoys you about the site? What would you improve about the site? Modders; think about what things you are doing regularly that you think could be better handled by the site. What are you constantly telling the people who comment on your files? Do you have any thoughts on how to make the site better, either in new functionality or in improving the functionality already available?
I'm not sat here doing updates for myself, I do them because I think people will use them and like them. I'm not a part of some corporate chain, bound by limitless bureaucracy and heirachies to get any changes done, so if you tell me what you want or waht you'd change then maybe I'll do it!
Some of the quickie ideas I've had recently have been:
- A way of listing the other files that are required in order for your mod to work, along with a list of other files the mod won't be compatible with
- Bringing back the "Author notes" field from TESSource, or having a list of options for mod authors to show quickly how they want their mods to be used, distribution permissions, etc. (feel free to chime in with more options)
- Providing a more elaborate way of authors being able to choose how their contacted, if at all, and describing their role of support for the file they've just released (a way of indicating whether you'll be willing to answer PMs, only stick to replying to comments, or won't be providing support at all)
- A changelog tab/pop-up so file descriptions aren't clogged up with 3 years worth of change logs
- Another look at the tracking system to see if I can't make it more versatile and increase usability
So help me throw some ideas around. Comment on this news article and get the ball rolling.
The Nexus now has its own Twitter page updated by yours truly. Now none of the staff are really big on Twitter as a personal tool; "Robin is going to the toilet", "Robin has had a hard day", "Robin is going to have a bath tonight", noone cares about that sort of rubbish, not even my friends, but what Twitter is handy for is keeping people up-to-date on changes to the site as well as providing a medium to communicate problems to people if for whatever reason (touch wood) the site goes down.
There's a new feed on the right-hand side and fellow "twits", as I like to call them, can start following the feed for updates.
Talking of updates there have been quite a few recently. First of all if you haven't picked up on it yet I've launched a new site for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age Nexus. This is the first Nexus site to not serve the Bethesda community so I'm really enjoying the new challenge of fitting in to a new community. Head-on over there if you haven't already to see what terrible colour scheme I've picked.
Moving on with the updates you can now set the time zone you reside in in your preferences area and all the site's times will update to fit your time zone. Tired of wondering how a mod got uploaded at 8pm when it's only 3pm where you are? Well no more!
You know that pop-up that shows once every once in a while to remind you to rate the files you've downloaded? Well now a new pop-up will show on the site whenever you receive a PM on the forums, just to remind you it's there.
I've updated Skinnynerd's Formatting and BBCode article on the site to list all the available BBCode commands you have at your disposal when adding descriptions for files, images and articles as well as making comments. The input fields also have a reminder next to them to let you know you can use BBCode.
File owners can now edit their files directly from the file page by using the new "Admin" drop-down area to manage different aspects of their file page more quickly. Note this only works for the uploader of the file page and won't work for people with editing access.
And lastly the Download/rating history page now lists the files you've rated differently. If you haven't rated a file you can choose to endorse, or not endorse, a file directly from the history page without having to go to the file page. Similarly if you've only just downloaded a file the page will tell you how long you have until you can rate the file.
More updates to come.
It's now been quite a while since the close of the Millionth Member Competition for TESNexus. While the competition blurb stated that the judging would be done by myself and a panel of judges I decided a while ago that I wanted to do it myself; several authors spent a lot of time to create community mods for TESNexus that I really wanted to play through thoroughly myself and give them the time and attention they deserved.
First of all let me say it was a real pleasure and an honour to play through all the mods that had been specifically made for this site. It was clear a good deal of thought and effort had been put in to the mods and I had the hard task of trying to rank them in order to hand out tiered prizes. Remember, first gets $125 in Amazon vouchers, second gets $75 and third gets $50. Without further ado, I'll list the winners, with the top prize winner at the top and I'll provide a little blurb with each one.
Top prize winner - Adaman Fortress by jefe232
Adaman Fortress really wow'd me. It's an excellently constructed and amazingly beautiful castle set just over the Brena River, with a rather large bridge to get you over and conveniently placed map marker for easy navigation. Although trivial that someone should just hand over the castle to the next person to walk in there are several hints to look for the lost graves of the original Nexus warlords, which I indeed found! I think the thing that struck me most about the castle was that I don't think Bethesda could have done a better job; it was seamless, well thought out and it didn't feel empty like a lot of large buildings in Oblivion (mods or otherwise) can, mostly because there are guards galore all around the castle. The archers lined up on the battlements were always nice to see. I would love to see this mod updated with some awesome quests.
Second prize winner - Exanimis Funeral Urns by Exanimis
This mod was unique of all the competition entries across both the sites. While most modders went for quests, buildings and new landmasses, Exanimis did something different by creating unique containers for the game. There are a total of eleven urns each with a unique symbol on top of them based on the characters of some of the members of the Elder Scrolls community and the file description gives a nice insight in to who each urn is for and why that person was chosen.
Third prize winner - Anvil Docks Abode by dunmermaiden
The Anvil Docks Abode wasn't anything amazingly in-depth, grand or intricate, but what it lacked in grandiose content it made up for in heart. A simple and traditional player home located on the Anvil Docks the home contains the modder and a friend who the modder met through the community. The book provided in the house helps to explain the reasoning behind the mod. As the file description says, it's a little personal, so if you don't like stuff like that then don't read it ;)
Congratulations to all the winners, you will be contacted by forum PM soon to discuss the delivery of your prizes. I want to thank them all again for spending the time to create these brilliant mods, and just like on Fallout 3 Nexus I'd like to give a special shout out to UK47 and his mod "TESNexus Kingdom". UK47 knew he wouldn't be eligible for a prize due to his age but came out with a rather interesting take on the competition, making a building that looks, funnily enough, like a big computer! Take a look at it if you're looking for a break from the norm.
It seems Waterstones, the famous book sellers, might have dropped the ball on the Elder Scrolls V. In a blurb for the new Elder Scrolls book by Greg Keyes, The Elder Scrolls: Infernal City, the page editor put up this interesting tidbit:QUOTEA novel that takes place forty-five years after the Oblivion Crisis, which is the story of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion game and the expansion pack Shivering Isles. It partly bridges the gap for the next game, which is set 200 years after the Oblivion crisis.
It has since been quickly edited out.
Perhaps not the official announcement we're all hoping for but still, it's an unofficial something. Not that we can be worried that there won't be another Elder Scrolls game, just worried about when.
Spotted by wasder, source from Kotaku.
After reading through the feedback provided for the new commenting system I have released an update to the system that should hopefully satisfy the worries expressed with the new system while still providing a mini-forum ability to those uploaders who are looking for some better and more organised feedback on their files.
I have brought back the old "Comments" tab on files while adding a new tab to the file pages called "Discussions". All simple comments and feedback can be directed to the "Comments" tab as before while the mini-forum discussion area can be used for more precise and topical discussion should it be necessary.
The discussion area can be disabled in your file attributes without affecting the commenting in the "Comments" thread. The aim was to please those authors who wanted a consolidated location for all posts as well as those authors who liked to split discussion in to different threads.
The file management page has been updated to accommodate this change. The total number of comments in the "Comments" tab makes a return, as well as a new attribute that shows how many discussion topics there are for each file.
Also worth a mention, posts made by the uploader of the file will now be highlighted by a gold border so users can easily pick out their posts.
As always feedback is welcome.
A limited file service has resumed on both of the file servers while files continue to be restored. There's about 5G of the 200G or so files left to transfer, so hopefully by the end of the day service will have resumed properly along with the second file server returning to action.
I want to thank everyone for their patience during this period.
Rage. Pure rage. The two file servers are currently down due to an utterly avoidable situation at my file server provider.
The down time will last at least 24 hours as all the files have been whiped and need to be synched back to the file servers from the UK servers; something that is prolonged by the slow transfer of the files across the Atlantic.
As the premium file server is now in the UK it is unaffected, but small files are still served in the US where the servers are down so even premium members will not have access to files less than 2MB in size. Apologies for that.
There is no issue with uploading files to the server at this time, and your file will be available for download as soon as the file servers come back up.
Fresh from my trip to Vegas I have now updated the file commenting system here at TESNexus. The change is immediate and every file with comments enabled will be influenced by this change. Let me run you through it...
There is now a new option for file uploaders when they add or edit file pages to the site. This entry sets whether you would like other members to be able to create new topics for commenting. The entire commenting system has been changed to incorporate topics. There is no longer only one thread in which all comments go in to. Instead the author and (if enabled) other members can create topics, much like you would on the forums, in which to discuss particular areas of a file.
If you're a particularly tight file uploader then you might like to disable the "Allow users to start new comment topics" and instead opt to create your own comment topics for users to comment in. This might be particularly attractive to authors who'd like to have a clutter free commenting system where they can setup specific threads for "Feedback" , "Troubleshooting", "Improvements" etc.. Alerternatively authors might like to allow other members to create their own topics to raise their problems or feedback in. Whatever you choose as an author the default is set to allow all members to create new topics in the file comments, so if you don't want this then go in to your file attributes and change the setting immediately.
Clicking on a topic title will allow you to view all the comments made in that particular topic and comment in that topic much like you would have commented on a file before this recent change.
All endorsements go in a seperate topic created when the file page is added so long as endorsements are enabled for the file. This topic is pinned to the top of the board. As an author you can also pin your own or other's topics to the top of your comments section so they're more prominent by others and not affected by the "bumping" of other, non-pinned topics through new posts.
As there is now no easy way to count the total number of comments for a file the number of comments has been removed from the "Manage files" section. Perhaps the most overlooked feature by uploaders is the ability to order your uploaded files by the date of the last comment using the "Organise" tool. Organise your files by "Last Comment" "Desc" and the files with the latest new comments will be shown first. The last comment date is the first attribute of your file, the one above the number of endorsements.
As always reporting feedback and troubleshooting/error messages is appreciated as I almost always overlook something. This feature is being rolled out on TESNexus first for beta and then published later to FO3Nexus.
Millionth member competition winners announcement to follow soon!
There appears to be an issue with the download servers not updating with new uploads. It appears to be an issue with the servers being out of sync and I have posted in the staff forums for Dark0ne to take a look at the issue....when he checks in. He is presently out of town and does not have his normal internet acccess, so when he tells the staff anything I will be posting a followup here as well.
We are aware of the issues, they are available on the premium only server, but the others do not seem to be updating immediately. Wait an hour after the file is uploaded and give that a try. The extremely large files seem to not update even after waiting. I have posted this for information so all can be made aware of the present circumstances.
This is something that only Dark0ne can check and resolve...so please be patient. None of the staff has access to this aspect/portion of the site. A mistake back in the black hole could have devastating results so we will have to wait for Dark0ne.
Thanks for your understanding.
Well it's official, the Nexus sites have been moved to their new home here in England. There were a few quirky problems over the days following on from the move but these should all have been ironed out now. The move was a resounding success and extremely quick thanks in great part to the folks over at Krystal who are now hosting the web servers. Simon, one of the directors of Krystal, was actually the co-founder of Morrowind Chronicles back in August of 2001 which is the website from which this one derives. That also means that today, or around about today, is TESNexus' 8th birthday on the internet. If you're interested in this sort of stuff then I'd recommend reading the site history section on TESNexus that provides detailed information on the timeline and history of this site and all the sites that spawned off from that first site, Morrowind Chronicles.
A big thank you goes to the people at Krystal, who worked extremely hard and above and beyond the call of any quality web host to get the service moved over as quickly, efficiently and painlessly as possible. As a thank you I promised I'd pump their services because they really deserve it. If you're in the market for some excellent quality and competitively priced web hosting; shared, dedicated or otherwise then head on over to Krystal Web Hosting and take a look around. If you use the coupon code "NEXUS" on ordering then they'll give you a stonking 50% off as well, because they're nice like that, and because I promised to throw a tantrum in their office if they didn't.
I hope everyone agrees that the sites are now a lot faster and much more stable than before; I personally haven't seen an IPS Driver Error since the move and the servers have far more capacity for expansion now, which means more features and updates. Oh, and redundancy too.
So thank you all for your patience. Thank you to the premium members without which these changes wouldn't be possible and thanks to Krystal who were fan-dabbie-dozie throughout.
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