Thought I'd chime in on advacements in the site recently. I'm really glad Buddah and LHammonds have been helping out with the site; there are now less dead links and less duff ratings than ever before. As some of the nasty, unnecessary ratings are removed there have been some real movers and shakers in the top 150 files. Amazingly Midas Magic Spells of Aurum was debunked off the top spot. That was until I removed a couple of duff ratings for the file, and then it shot to the top again. Atleast the Unofficial Oblivion Patch had it's glory moment, if only for a short while!
Tagging is progressing steadily. I have coded a simple tagging search but will not be releasing it until more files get tagged. As of writing there are currently only 70 confirmed tags (that is, tags that have 3 or more confirmed agreements). So keep tagging along and I'll release the search soon!
There is also a new image ontop of the top 20 images in the Image Share section of the site. The Image Share section has really taken off, and there are now 1,100 images uploaded and available for viewing. The only thing missing are people to rate the images -- lots of uploaders, not many raters. So if you enjoy seeing some cool Oblivion pics, or are an uploader, then spend some time looking through the database and handing out some ratings!
I have reduced the number of suggestions needed for a tag in order for it be confirmed from five to three. This will increase the number of confirmed tags in the database.
There are nearly 3,000 tagging suggestions in the file database and growing. Keep it up folks, because the more you tag files with accurate descriptions, the better the search results will be once it is released!
Over the past few weeks I have been working on a tagging system for files in the file database. This new system allows all users (not just authors) to specify tags for a file that better describe its contents.
The frontend that allows users to suggest and rate tags for specific files has just been launched. You can access it by clicking the "Tag this file" link on file pages.
I have yet to begin coding the search functionality, the system that will allow you to search for files via its confirmed tags. My thinking is to allow users of the site time to get to grips with the system and use it as much as possible, ready for when I finally code the searching system. Hopefully by that point a lot of the files will have some confirmed tags and the search function will have a use! You need to jump to it and get on it; go visit your favourite files, or the files you've downloaded recently from TESSource and start tagging them up.
If you don't know what tagging is, or don't understand the concept after reading the blurb on the tagging window, you might want to read through my guide. It helps to better explain the system and how to use it.
It's that time again where I shed the old and bring in the new. The last poll asked "What is your favourite Oblivion town?". Here are the results:
19% 1143 Votes
10% 604 Votes
19% 1160 Votes
3% 203 Votes
16% 937 Votes
12% 705 Votes
13% 797 Votes
4% 214 Votes
4% 212 Votes
Total votes: 5975 Votes
Interestingly Skingrad tops the poll as the TESSource users' favourite town.
In the new poll I ask "As an Oblivion player are you interested in Bethesda's new game, Fallout 3?". Get voting!
While Zenimax Online, sister company to Bethesda recently setup to focus on MMOG's, is not directly related to the Elder Scrolls series I think keeping on top of their plans might well be interesting to some (as it is interesting to me).
Matt Frior has been in the lime-light a lot recently after it was announced he has been pulled in from MMO developers Mythic (Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online) to head Zenimax Online. This "pinging" interview with Matt focusing on the inception and direction of Zenimax Online.QUOTETen Ton Hammer: Can you tell us a little about the direction that ZeniMax plans to take in regards to an MMOG? Are there any game concepts in the works already?
Matt: I've only been on the job a little while, so we're putting our strategy together right now. We've kicked around some concepts and ideas, but nothing concrete yet. We'll announce those when the time is right.
Still no word on a game concept or whether it will be based on a current franchise. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
I thought I'd set aside some time to introduce two new (yet known) faces to the TESSource staff. LHammonds and Buddah, well respected members of this community and two of the most helpful and dedicated members in the entire Elder Scrolls community have kindly agreed to help moderate the file database at TESSource.
Joined by current staff member Povuholo, LHammonds and Buddah will help to clean up the file database by fixing dead links, erroroneous file information, irrelevent or nasty file comments. My thanks goes out to all three of them for their help with the site.
On a related issue I would like to bring attention to the new "File a report" feature available on all file pages. If you encounter a problem with a file that is not in-game then please use this feature to inform the file moderators of any issues.
People who have paid for Supporter access since last Wednesday might be experiencing issues with their site access. Unfortunately I made some prospective changes to the Supporter system last week in preperation for some new features to be added to Supporter accounts, but something obviously went a little screwy.
I will get onto rectifying the issue tomorrow and creditting your accounts with the necessary time to compensate for the hassle. Hopefully the new features I will be rolling out soon will be worth this slight annoyance.
Edit: this issue should now be resolved. All people who were experiencing issues have had their Supporter time updated to today (so no days were lost) and everything should be back to normal. Apologies for the problems!
I have now added a third file server to the site. Located in London, England, this server should help to accommodate the many European visitors who download from TESSource.
This server is paid for, in part, by the generous Supporters who have donated to the site. If you don't know what a Supporter is, or appreciate the service provided here and want to help with the heavy server bills this site incurs, please head on over to the becoming a supporter page to find out more info.
On a related note, Server #3 is kept up-to-date within an hour. At this time Servers #1 and #2 are both out of date by many weeks; meaning some of the files uploaded to the site recently might not be available there. I'm working on having the same setup for server #3 migrated to servers #1 and #2. This should help to reduce broken file downloads.
There is a known issue with file server #2 (Texas) at the moment, and I am working to fix it. Never fear :)
Edit: All fixed!
I found some intriguing news on my usual daily visit to Blues News; it turns out that ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda, has opened a new MMO studio. What implications this might have for a future Elder Scrolls I don't know.
Personally I find it highly unlikely that any future Elder Scrolls game, or Fallout 3, will be an MMO or even feature a multiplayer aspect. Bethesda have always been adamant that their focus is on "massively-single-player" games.
Very interesting, none-the-less.
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