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There is currently an issue with the subscription system on the forums for Premium Members who are paying via the "eCheque" system on Pay Pal. eCheques are like normal cheques in that they take a few days to clear before the money enters my account and the current software can't keep track of when the eCheque money has cleared. As a result accounts stay as "pending payment" on the site rather than upgrading to Premium status.
If you believe you are a victim of this problem please get in contact with me either by forum PM or using the contact forum on the site. I can manually upgrade your account as well as add-on any time that may have been lost.
I value the people who support this site very highly as you are the people who keep this site running to a respectable standard! To learn more about becoming a premium member visit the premium membership information page.
You might think that TESNexus is in a constant state of upgrading...and you'd be right. Tonight one of the Texas servers is being totally replaced with a new server for better hardware to improve both performance and bandwidth allowances.
All the Oblivion mods need to be transferred to this new server, which will also be used as the adserver for TESNexus that will help to alleviate server load on the website itself hopefully improving load times and allowing me to add new, more resource intensive features to the site. Please bare with me while this procedure occurs and if you find the site unuseable this evening please try again in the morning, or same time tomorrow, when the site will be back to normal.
Today sees the launch of the latest feature addition to the file database at TESNexus. Authors can now upload their readme text files (in .txt format) to the site so users can view the ReadMe for your files before they download the file itself.
This new feature is available from the Manage Your Files section of the member area. Each of your files has a new option, Upload ReadMe that, when clicked, will take you to the ReadMe uploader.
Files with ReadMe's attached to them will have a new option on their file page under the "Options" box next called "View ReadMe". If this option is not present then a ReadMe has not been uploaded for that particular file.
This evening I have updated all the file listing pages (files shown in categories and search results) to now show the primary image thumbnail for the files listed. Clicking the image thumbnail will automatically take you to the image tab on the file page for that particular file. Files without images or with no primary image will show the standard "none yet" placeholder. This change is effective for users who are using both the standard "block" and non-standard "flat" layout modes that are both available to all members via the preferences section.
On that note I am aware that there are people still using dial-up on the site, or people with strict bandwidth caps that might have a reduced experience on the site due to this update. For these members there is a new preference option on the preferences page that allows you to turn off images on file listings, helping to reduce the bandwidth necessary to browse this site at a good speed. By default the setting is set to on for all members.
The results are in and the votes have been counted for the files of the month for June. Remember that all user votes are now reset and you can now vote for the file you think should be recognised for the month of July.
Unofficial Oblivion Patch by QuarnAndKivan - 62 votes
High Rez Skin Textures for HGEC by Ozmo - 57 votes
Berserk_Berserker_Armor _v06 by skeletonk - 24 votes
Oscuros Oblivion Overhaul 133 by dev_akm - 22 votes
Moriarcis - City of the Dead by The MC - 19 votes
I have updated the file mirrors pop-up that users have to go through in order to download files greater than 2mb in size.
Most prominent is the new (# users) indicator next to each file server. This figure shows you how many people have chosen to download from this file server in the last 15 minutes. The result is that you should be able to pick the file server that has had the least user activity and as a result receive better download speeds by picking less active file mirrors.
For premium members space saving was on the agenda as the file mirrors page has changed slightly. The "normal servers" have been removed from view because it was pointless for them to be there for premium members. Why would you want the choice to download from a capped connection when you can download from an uncapped connection?
Lastly the links on the premium member servers for normal members have been changed to point to the premium info page.
Just a quick update to inform people that Floydian1 brought to my attention an issue with the top image lists that meant images with superior rating records were not being listed. Upon closer inspection a decimal numbers issue was found in the database that meant that the formulae was not working properly.
The problem has now been rectified and the top image list has had a very large reshuffle. The top 100 files are not affected by this change.
A new poll is up on the site with a bit of a grudge match. Which browser do you use out of preference (as opposed to being forced into using a particular browser at work)? I can look at my tracking figures, but I know lots of people are IE users at work and FireFox users at home. Cast your vote and let the best Fire Fox win!
As for the old poll, there were no surprises as Role-Playing Games topped the list of users favourite game genres. Here are the results.
FPS - 2413 votes (15%)
MMORPG - 2260 votes (14%)
Puzzle - 107 votes (0%)
Racing - 167 votes (1%)
Role-Playing Games - 8894 votes (58%)
Strategy - 1014 votes (6%)
Other - 471 votes (3%)
The recent issues with certain file servers being out of synch or giving corrupt downloads should now be over. All file servers are now back online and should be fully up-to-date.
Remember if one file server is particularly slow or giving corrupt downloads then you should simply try using another.
The Chicago file server has been taken offline for the next 4 - 24 hours for maintenance and performance tweaking. I would recommend using the new Texas server in the mean time.
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