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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.
During my revision, exam and course work period at university it seems that there was a bit of a ruckus regarding some comments being left by some members on certain files on this site. The result was certain authors pulling their files from the site because, rightly, they just couldn't be bothered with the hassle of dealing with the trolls.
Had I been active at the time I would have added my two cents but unfortunately I was very busy and I still haven't looked deeply into the issue. If the people affected by this wish to get in contact with me then they are more than welcome to. I do know that LHammonds and Buddah have done extremely well in my absence in keeping up with reported comments and have got the ban stick out more than a couple of times to remove troublemakers from the site.
As a result a few updates have been made to the site and new doctrine has been brought in to help further compound our policy on what people should be using the commenting system for. If you go to make a new comment you will notice that there is a commenting terms and conditions page that you have to agree to in order to leave a comment. Apparently "play nice" isn't concise enough so hopefully this sets it out more clearly. These new terms and conditions are in addition to the terms you agreed to when signing up for an account on this site and are void of the "three strikes and you’re out system" that is used on the Nexus forums. If you troll in the file or image comment systems, or SPAM ratings without justifying them, you're gone. No ifs, no buts, no warnings. Banned.
This has been our policy for some time now and we’ve been banning accounts behind the scenes without causing a stir. Hopefully people are aware that this site is not just a “free-for-all” and we do care about the quality of the files and comments on the site and the types of people who use the site.
Let me once again reiterate that we have great moderating staff here and the best way to deal with flamers, trolls and immature posts is to report them and not respond and react to baiting posts. There are report functions for comments and files so if you think something needs to be dealt with then use these features. We cannot check and read every new file, image and comment left on the site so we depend on you, the user, to help us in our moderating duties.
To compliment the commenting doctrine I’ve also added a new feature for file authors who upload to the site. All new files have an option to disable commenting altogether. This will be further complimented in the coming days by new options that will allow you to choose how you want your file users to get in contact with you, if at all. Disabling comments is for new files only and cannot be changed once it is selected. It also automatically disables ratings. If you are a current file owner on the site who would like to have their comments disabled without having to upload their files again please get in contact with me.
I just want to remind people to make sure they have cast their vote for file of the month this month. Each month every user of the site can vote for a file they think should be made file of the month. It doesn't have to have been released this month, although it's always nice to see new files getting voted for!
To vote for files visit the file page and click on the "Vote for this file" icon. So far there are just under 600 votes...I think there should be more than that!
Make a mod author happy and vote for your favourite files today :D
Well my exam and coursework period is now officially over and the university term is over until October. To "celebrate" I have purchased a fourth file server for TESNexus to deal with growing demand on the site.
Many people have complained about slow download speeds recently but unfortunately I have been too busy to investigate. As a result an above average number of people have signed up for premium accounts that has enabled me to fund a fourth file server for the site.
Located in Texas, USA, FS4 can serve up to 10TB of bandwidth every month. Give the server a go and report back on your findings!
I may well be upgrading the Chicago server as well. Lots to come over the summer :)
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