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I've installed a new beta system which still needs full testing but has worked on every test I've tried so far.
Authors/Uploaders can now choose from two seperate methods of getting their files on the server. The first is the normal upload method good for files up to 50MB in size. The second (new) method is the Transfer function which allows you to select a direct download location for your file and have the server upload the file for you. To futher clarify..
You've uploaded your file to your own webspace or a free upload/download service like RapidShare. You simply need to enter the download location for the file and the system will upload the mod for you straight from the site, saving you a good deal of time being sat around waiting for your upload to finish (and save you some bandwidth!).
This is the only way you can add files greater than 50MB at this time.
As always if anyone finds any issues with the new system please let me know ASAP.
I've put up a new poll on the site in regards to the newly announced mod from Bethesda which introduces a new faction/questions to Oblivion. To clarify the question, it asks how much you'd be willing to spend on the new faction/quests alone (i.e. not for the boxed package you'll be able to buy in the stores).
The last poll question asked "How many mods are you currently using in Oblivion?" with the following results:
None - 9% / 411 Votes
Less than 10 - 22% / 978 Votes
Less than 25 - 27% / 1161 Votes
Less than 50 - 19% / 813 Votes
Less than 100 - 10% / 421 Votes
More than 100 - 13% / 570 Votes
Total Votes: 4354
Thought I'd post this up in the main news since many people have asked for this functionality since the rating system was first introduced. Quoting the file database change log:
Re-Rating Of Files
You can now re-rate files that you have already rated. Your old vote will be removed from the database and your new vote cast (therefore stopping you from voting twice for the same mod).
It looks like Knights of the Nine will be gracing the Xbox 360 and PC on the 21st of November. See this press release. Most importantly, they're releasing a retail box including Knights of the Nine and all downloadable content thus far!
No word on pricing yet. Let's hope it's not too steep.
Just thought I'd pop some news up to let you all know that I moved into my new house in Exeter yesterday, ready for the new University year next week. At this time I have no internet access and probably won't have for a week, maybe two.
I can catch emails and keep up-to-date on the forums through my department computers but will not be replying to many emails or forum topics since I don't have the time to spare (and it sorta screws with my organisation of knowing who I've emailed/who I haven't!).
If anyone has any problems with Supporter payments then please be rest assured that they'll be dealt with when I'm back online with the proper measures being taken to make sure your time is reimbursed.
A lot of people are emailing me or PMing me at the moment saying they can't login with their username and password. 99% of the time this is because you are not using your username but your "Display Name". During March and April a setting was on in the forum software that enabled you to change your Display Name, the name other people saw you as. This did not, however, change your actual user name.
Please use your username, not your Display Name to login to the site.
I hope this helps some people.
I just so happened to stumble over this article at bit-tech.net. Interesting, no? It sounds like that dev saying there wouldn't be any expansions was a load of hot air. Knights of the White Stallion here we come, apparently!
Of course, I won't 100% believe it until Bethesda confirm it. But it's looking pretty likely.
EDIT: I was right about not believing it. Or so it seems, anyway. GamersReports have spoken to Pete Hines, and it's been confirmed that this was a false alarm. Notice he says no "announced" plans. We'll just have to see.
The new Supporter system is now running and live and people have already begun to help out! It is greatly appreciated and I respect the kindness and willingness of this community to support me in helping to provide the resources that I do.
For those of you who don't know there are now two types of accounts for members. The first is the normal "free" account that does everything it currently does. Nothing has been changed and you can still download (albeit slowly!) from the servers as per usual. The second is a new "Supporter" membership that provides you with an upgraded account complete with a faster download server, no ads/caching and some other cool features like the file tracker (which, as the name suggests, tracks file updates for you!). This upgrade is provided in return for a small donation to the site so we can afford new hardware and bandwidth to keep the site going to a good standard.
The Supporter system was introduced so that I could say thank you back to those people who are generous enough to help me so please don't shun it thinking it's a step in the wrong direction; because it's a step in the necessary direction if I want to keep running this site, and more, to a stable and top-notch standard.
If you're not interested in being a Supporter (I don't see why you wouldn't be!) but would still like to donate some money to help out there is also a donation form.
For more information on the new system and how to upgrade please click on!
I've put a new page up on the site regarding a voluntary subscription system that'll be put in place soon for TESSource. If you could head on over to our feedback page and leave your mark I'd appreciate it.
The caching system has been changed today to stop the annoying "back button not working" problem. As a result file links should now be changed to ensure better user interaction (as well as stopping the 404 error occuring when your page hasn't been cached!).
If you currently use the "http://www.tessource.net/files/cache/fileid.html" system to link to your file you can easily change it by taking the fileid (NOT the .html part) and changing the link to "http://www.tessource.net/files/file.php?id=fileid".
While your cache links will still work I'd recommend changing your links whenever possible.
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