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  • 14 November 2008

    Server move complete

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Welcome back! If you're reading this message then you're browsing The Elder Scrolls Nexus at its new home on a new server. I pulled both TESNexus, FO3Nexus and the forums down at 14:20 GMT and as of 17:00 GMT the site is back up and operational, an hour earlier than expected. Thank you for your patience while the site was unavailable.

    There are still a few issues to iron out in regards to the name servers the domains use that might mean over the next few days you get limbo'd about between the old and new server. If this happens you'll get sent to the "We'll be back soon!" page so that you know that you're looking at the old server and not the new server. These are typical teething issues of any server move and should sort themselves out between 12 and 72 hours.

    As the Nexus sites are now on new servers there might be a few glitches and slow-downs. If you see error messages anywhere on the site please report them via the contact form on the site or on the forums; there's a big chance I won't have noticed the error message and reporting it will speed up the fixing process. In regards to site slow-downs this is something that gets fixed over time as I monitor the server loads and gradually tweak the server configuration files to suit the changing environment.

    So please remain vigilant to error messages and remain patient if the site becomes unresponsive. The server configuration files are highly specialised to my sites and take time to get right, especially when the server hardware and software has changed.

    Lastly let me once again thank the supports of TESNexus and FO3Nexus whose monetary contributions help to keep this site not only running, but fully backed up from disaster.
  • 11 November 2008

    Scheduled site down-time for 8 hours

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    As a follow up to my last news article on FO3Nexus in which I detail the reasons why the two Nexus sites are performing slowly I have hammered out a deal with my main server provider for a new rack provisioning that should better accommodate both sites while providing me with ample room for expansion in the future.

    In order for me to make the transition into this new server rack I will need to bring both sites, as well as the forums, down during the move. This is to insure that the versions of the sites on the new servers are not out-of-date compared to the current sites. All your files and information will be safe during this period.

    I have set aside a very liberal 8 hours for this down-time that should provide ample room for unforeseen circumstances to get ironed out, with a 4 hour expected down-time should everything go according to plan. As the sites will be moving server this time may increase depending on your ISP and how quickly their DNS caches update their information for the sites. During the down-time a catch-all redirect will be on all sites to insure everybody is aware of the situation.

    As the servers are still being setup at the data centre I cannot give an actual time for the down-time starting, but I want to get this done as soon as possible. Down-time could start anytime over the coming few days, depending on my lecture schedule and when the servers are fully ready for the transfer.

    As always all files and databases are backed up on 4 servers in three different data centres on two seperate continents, so I like to think your files are hardware failure/fire/tornado/tidal wave/zombie invasion safe.

    Apologies for the inconvenience, but fingers crossed this shall be the last of the issues for the Nexus sites for the foreseeable future.
  • 29 October 2008

    New Elder Scrolls game for 2010?

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    According to GamesIndustry.biz Bethesda are potentially looking to release a new Elder Scrolls game around 2010. This comes from a chat with Paul Oughton, publishing executive for Bethesda:

    QUOTE
    At the moment we've got Fallout 3 for this year and potentially there's a new Elder Scrolls title in 2010," said Oughton. "At the moment we're not that interested in the Wii. We're going to stick to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. We'll continue to pursue three or four titles a year and go for big titles," he said of the company's publishing plans for the future.


    Not quite a grand announcement, and I'm sure Bethesda will be quick to clarify the remark. Watch this space.
  • 28 October 2008

    Fallout 3 Nexus launches

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    This is just a quick one for all the users of TESNexus who are going to be buying Fallout 3 that I have just launched Fallout 3 Nexus to the public. The hope is for FO3Nexus to be to Fallout 3 modding what TESNexus is to Oblivion modding.

    If you're going to be playing Fallout 3, hope to mod the game or if you're interested, head on over to the site now for a peek at what's to come. Of course the site is rather bare at the moment, what with the game not actually officially released for a few more hours and the lack of an SDK for the game, but give it some time. Oh, and go make yourself known in the Fallout 3 section of the forums too!

    PS. Your TESNexus username and password will work on Fallout 3 Nexus without any problems! So don't register a new account for the site!
  • 16 October 2008

    Scheduled site downtime

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    TESNexus has scheduled down-time starting at 2AM CDT (8PM GMT) on the 17th of October 2008 for four hours, although ideally this down-time should last no longer than an hour. This is so the server memory capacity can be doubled to 8GB...you guys sure like to guzzle up the server's resources!

    During this time both TESNexus and The Nexus Forums will be unavailable.

    Thank you for your understanding.
  • 16 October 2008

    Important new site poll, please vote!

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Away with the old and in with the new, and this time it's a poll where your votes get a relative look in on something on this site, so get on it!

    Firstly, the last poll asked "Are you going to buy Bethesda's upcoming game, Fallout 3?". Here are the results:

    Yes, 8092 votes (48%)
    No, 2768 votes (16%)
    Maybe, 3923 votes (23%)
    Only if it comes with a construction set, 2056 votes (12%)
    16839 total votes.

    Impressive statistics that a potential 84% of TESNexus visitors could be buying Fallout 3.

    Now onto the next poll. The latest poll asks "Should the file database rating system be changed to be like the Image Share rating system?". For those not in the loop the Image Share section recently had a rating system overhaul whereby user ratings are much like the kudos system for members. You cannot rate images negatively, only positively. If you don't like an image then you just don't rate it. Instead of rating the file from a set number range, you give the file your endorsement, which gives the file a "+1" to its rating.

    Why would such a system be necessary I hear you ask? Well, first of all the 1 - 10 rating system has become more of a 1 or 10 rating system, with the odd 5, 6 and 7 thrown in for good measure. You rate 10 if you like a file, 1 if you don't like a file, and 5, 6 or 7 if you think the file has potential but don't think it's at its best. However, there are also people out there abusing the rating system for their own benefit, or just because they're prats. They'll rate files 5, 6 or 7 and give a constructive post, but deep down they're doing it because they want to see that file lose some rating points.

    Similarly with the ability to rate files badly with a necessary comment comes a lot of negative, rude and insulting comments. It's something we're aware of, we've tried to change, and the moderation team try their hardest to weed out and remove (the ban statistics since the rule changes have been...impressive...to say the least). Unfortunately there are still those who want to push their luck and think we won't ban them if they're derogatory towards others.

    By removing a tool for negativity and promoting only positive feedback the hope is mod authors will be more content with sharing their files with the public.

    There's been a focus in the community recently on authors leaving because they don't feel respected; while I can sympathise with these people it is, unfortunately, a way of the internet. You should see the amount of crap I get through my inbox on a weekly basis from raging kids! After seven years I've learnt to ignore it, or amuse myself with it, but never take it to heart.

    As per the current system you will still need to leave a comment with your endorsement, and comments will still be available for constructive feedback.

    So please cast your vote in the new site poll and feel free to discuss the issue through the poll thread, or this news thread.
  • 13 October 2008

    Testing and possible downtime/slowtime tonight

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    As part of a new project I am currently working on TESNexus as well as the forums might be particularly slow and unresponsive this evening (13th October 2008), and the site login might run into a few issues. Please be patient during this early phase of development and testing and report any problems you encounter on the forums as necessary.

    Thank you for your understanding.
  • 25 September 2008

    Image Share rating overhaul

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    As promised I have finally gotten around to making some of the changes to the Image Share section that have been on my to-do list for a while. Today see's the overhaul of the rating system and top images.

    As part of the changes "ratings" as they were (1 - 10 subjective ratings) have been completely done away with. In their place is a "Thumbs up" endorsement system similar in kin to the kudos system for members. The idea is that instead of subjectively rating an image from 1 - 10 you merely choose to register that you "like" the image. That gives it a thumbs up. If you don't like the image you can't rate the image.

    In the interest of fairness all past ratings to images are still present and any ratings that were registered as a 7 or higher have been converted into a single thumbs up for that image. All ratings below 7 have been removed from the system and are not counted positively or negatively towards any image.

    If you don't think an image deserves your endorsement but would like to offer constructive criticism to the author on what he can do to improve, in your opinion, then you can still leave comments without endorsing the image. However uploaders now have the ability to block their new images from being rated or commented on in the same kin as the file database.

    With the rating overhaul comes an overhaul in the top image lists as well. The top lists no longer work on a bayesian estimate but on a much simpler system of "the most thumbs up in the past two weeks". Only people who have registered that they like an image in the past two weeks will be counted on the top lists. Hopefully this will generate a much more dynamic and fresh top 25/10 that is constantly changing so that the same images aren't always at the top of the list.

    It's important to note that the image top 25 is different to the file database's "file of the month" system in that the system does not clear itself every 2 weeks. The date variable used to calculate the 2 weeks is real-time. If you register a thumbs up on an image on Monday at 1pm then the top 25 system will no longer count your vote at 1.01pm on the Monday two weeks from that date.

    Once again in the interest of fairness (and to fill up the top 25!) all past ratings have been post-dated to today to give them their time in the sun. So count the next two weeks as the top 25 for the past year! If you're a top 25 junkie (ugh) who is desperate for their image to be in the top 25 you might want to hold back on uploading your image until two weeks from now, else you'll be fighting against images that have a one year headstart on yours.

    There's still a few things that need doing in the image share section, like making use of the categories, but I consider these latest changes to be a large part of the overhaul promised for the image share section. Have fun!

    Constructive feedback and feature requests are welcome.
  • 24 September 2008

    Pete Hines on modding Fallout 3

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    Not really related to the Elder Scrolls (but perhaps related to any future ES games that might surface) but interesting none-the-less is a new interview with Pete Hines that covers the modding situation with Bethesda's soon to be released Fallout 3. Here's a snippet:

    QUOTE
    RPS: Getting more technical - care to talk about the mod situation?

    Folk probably took for granted that every time we make a game, there's a mod tool. We explained to folk that it takes a lot of time and effort to get that tool ready for release, and it's not on our schedule right now. We need to get the game done and out. It's not to say we won't do it. It's that right now we have an enormous amount of work to do, for three platforms and all these different languages to get it out around the wall. Right now, we can't say definitively “there will be mod tools, and here is when they'll be out”. That work remains to be done.


    I'm not sure if I "take it for granted" so much as I take it as an awesome feature of a game that sets it aside from most other games out there. The question I ask myself is "Would I like Morrowind and Oblivion as much as I do now if they didn't come with a construction set?", the answer is a resounding no. They're good games made excellent by a strong and talented modding community that compliments the great job Bethesda did on providing the construction set on day one of the game's releases.

    I wish Bethesda success with Fallout 3, I know I'll be buying it, but a part of me hopes that they'll get bitten in the backside a little for this. Not anything major, just something that causes a little resentment in the Bethesda ranks and makes them look back and think "gosh, I think we should have released the SDK with the game!". Selfish and unlikely, I know, but hell...here's to honesty!

    To me Bethesda set a precedent in the gaming community with Morrowind and Oblivion by releasing their SDK with the game (or on the day of the game's release); a good example to other developers of what they can be doing to both better support their community and boost sales at the same time. This latest step with Fallout 3 seems like a step backwards in my book.

    It's something I'll be watching closely over the coming months. I'm interested to see if it will have any effect on the Fallout 3 community.
  • 19 September 2008

    Image Share section overhaul and investigation

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Unfortunately it seems that the "few spoiling it for the many" once again applies to TESNexus, this time in regards to the Image Share section of the site. Certain users of the site have been deliberately rating their own images high and other users's images low with multiple accounts in order to skew the top 25 images and/or persue personal vendettas against other members of the site.

    First of all having multiple accounts on TESNexus is not allowed and in most cases will mean all accounts will be banned from the site entirely. Secondly deliberately rating your own or other user's images high or low in order to try and fiddle the top 25 to your liking is not only pathetic, but bannable. It stands against everything this site and community is about. People who want to partake in these actions are not welcome here. Thirdly, people taking it upon themselves to try and get revenge against these pathetic individuals are also not welcome here. We have strict rules against vigilantism and the saying goes "our way, or the high way".

    If you don't like how we work then please just leave and don't look back. If you think things need changing then leave a respectable message on the forums and wait and see; if you don't get your way it isn't your right to try and screw things up on the site in an attempt to get your way. If anything it will simply fill me with enough contempt to remove the feature from the site entirely.

    Until I get around to making changes to the Image Share section (that have been in the pipeline for months) all image ratings are disabled along with the top images list. I apologise to those mature users of the site who have been enjoying the Image Share section. Hopefully you'll appreciate the situation and will enjoy the new features and changes made when they're launched.