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  • 13 March 2010

    Scheduled down-time (8 hours) Monday 15th March

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    All the Nexus Sites and the forums will be taken offline on Monday the 15th of March from 1pm GMT for up to 8 hours while the forum and Nexus code is updated to the latest version. During this time none of the sites will be available and no files will be downloadable. A redirect will be put in place that I'll keep people updated on.

    Over 3 months work has gone in to recoding the tens of thousands of lines behind the Nexus sites to increase performance, security, fix many bugs and add some new aesthetics and features. Perhaps not Nexus 2.0 quite yet, but Nexus 1.10.

    At the same time the forums will be upgraded to the latest stable version. While I'm not a big fan of the new version quite yet the version I'm currently using is being abandoned by Invision Power and staying on top of security on the forums is a top priority considering how central they are to the running of all the Nexus sites.

    Thank you for your patience during this period and once again to the Premium Members who help support the running of this network of sites.

    The full change log in this coming update is listed below.

    QUOTE

    FILES
    - The capped download speed of all members will be increased from 150kb/sec to 500kb/sec. Premium Members will continue to be uncapped, have access to their own servers and have full pause/resume and download manager supporter
    - Files with large numbers of ratings now have pagination so it doesn't take a long time to load on slow connections
    - Added "Has images", "Has an uploaded readme", "Only show adult-only files" options to the advanced file search
    - Changed the ability to search by ratings to endorsements
    - Tag search results are now more clearly visible at the top of the page, rather than under the list of tags
    - Discussions now have a count on the tab to see how many discussion topics are open
    - Adult-only files will no longer display in search results or category listings unless the user has specifically allowed adult-only files in their preferences
    - Guests and members with adult-only content turned off are informed that adult-only content will not be visible


    DOWNLOAD HISTORY
    - Improved the efficiency of the download history code by over 90% so the page will now load faster
    - Split the "Downloads this month" and "Downloads before this month" in to seperate pages. You can now view the files downloaded this month without waiting a long time for the page to load if you've downloaded a lot of files in the past
    - Added a new column, "Last update", that shows the last time the uploader of the files you've downloaded updated their file


    TRACKING CENTRE
    - Members can no longer track other members
    - The file tracking feed now lists all the files you're tracking in order of their last update, along with their past 20 updates from their action logs in date order
    - The file tracking feed can by sorted by last update or file name while filtering the action logs to specific actions (such as only showing file updates)
    - Each file has their own tracking feed, along with an RSS feed


    PROFILES
    - Aesthetic changes have been made to the layout of profiles
    - Links are now available to the user's profile on other Nexus sites
    - Fixed an issue where hidden files and images would be visible in a users profile
    - Files and images marked as adult-only will now only be visible in a user's profile if the visitor has the adult-only content filter on


    FORUMS
    - The forums have been upgraded to the latest software version of Invision Power Board
    - The forum skin has been changed as the old skin was not compatible with the new version; a dark skin and light skin are now available


    BUG AND SECURITY FIXES
    - Added checks to the file creation process to prevent new file entries being created without a forum thread despite the author selecting to allow comments on their file
    - Fixed some issues with the site BBCode not liking the forum BBCode including the use of quotes and apostrophes in the URL and COLOR tags
    - Improved login retention and security as well as automatically upgrading Premium Members without the need for them to log out and in again
    - Numerous background security and performance tweaks that have made the Nexus a safer place


    MISCELLANEOUS
    - Doubled the total Private Message inbox size from 50 to 100 for normal members. Premium members continue to have a total of 500.
    - Provided links to other Nexus sites in the top bar and side bar
    - Ads on the site are now loaded in their own frame so if the adserver is particularly slow the rest of the site will not wait for the ad to display
  • 05 February 2010

    Site problems - 5th Feb 2010

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    Let me apologise for the spate of problems that have occured today from about 4pm GMT onwards. That time honoured favourite of mine, sod's law, exposed its ugly head again as I worked to fix an issue with the forums. Naturally fixing one minor problem produces one much larger problem to deal with.

    After my supposed fix earlier in the day it turns out that the table indexes on forum posts (including file/image comments) became out of synch causing all sorts of problems; like posts not being made, duplicate posts being made and users having editing access to other people's posts. What fun!

    In an attempt to fix this issue I've rebuilt the indexes and have had to remove some 250 odd posts that had duplicate IDs, which means if you've posted on the site sometime today then your post might not be there any more. You might want to double-check!

    Normally I'd be happy to stick this update in the announcements forum but I'm looking for a bit of feedback to make sure that this problem isn't still here. I've tested out the comments/forums as much as possible but if you come across any new problems then please leave a comment in this thread detailing the issue.

    Thanks.
  • 19 January 2010

    Server move complete

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    The down-time scheduled for today is now complete and the forums have successfully been moved to a new server of their own. This should help to alleviate the stress on the forum server which was also hosting both Fallout 3 Nexus and Dragon Age Nexus while dealing with requests from TESNexus.

    The servers will continue to be tweaked throughout the week. The weekends are the busiest times on Nexus sites so next weekend should prove to be interesting.

    Thank you for your patience during this time. And thanks again to the premium members who make this all possible.
  • 18 January 2010

    Scheduled down-time Tuesday 19th of Jan 2010

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    All the Nexus sites and the forums will be taken down tomorrow from 1pm GMT while the forums are moved to a new web server. The down-time is expected to last a maximum of 4 hours and all the sites should be back by 5pm GMT.

    This move should insure a faster response and more stability across all the Nexus sites 24/7 for the foreseeable future while helping to facilitate an update of all the back-end code of the Nexus sites which I'm currently undertaking that should be finished by the end of February.

    During the down-time all users will be redirected to a splash page to avoid confusion.
  • 04 January 2010

    New Premium Member server and server stability update

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    The new year is upon us and with it comes its share of joys and jolts.

    First things first the move to the new file server architecture is now complete and there are now 4 file servers for the 3 Nexus sites. Please insure that you try and pick servers with the least number of users on them; although one location might be closer to you than the others the file speeds are still currently capped at 150kb/sec so it really shouldn't matter too much.

    On a similar note there is now a second Premium Member only server available to all current and new Premium Members. One server is located in Denver, USA and the other in Kent, UK. Premium members who have been experiencing slightly slow speeds on the old premium server might like to try out the new premium servers and see what they think. And remember the premium only servers support download accelerators/managers so you can pump those download speeds right up with a simple plugin like Down Them All.

    With the outstanding success of Dragon Age Nexus the current server setup is getting very strained at times trying to keep up with all the people visiting the sites. This is what the IPS Driver Errors you might be receiving are being caused by. I'm constantly reviewing the situation and making small tweaks here and there and I'm busy working on a fundamental recode of the sites to work with the leap from 2.36 to 3.0.6 Invision Board (which is what the sites link up with for member/posting functions). I'm also in discussions with my current providers to look at the server architecture again. But rest assured it's being looked in to and we're all experiencing these problems.

    One quick note: if you're getting errors when trying to download files then DO NOT refresh the page continiously in a short space of time. You'll get locked out of downloading that file ever again. Please just be patient and come back again in an hour or so.

    Happy new year folks. I hope you're all as busy as me!
  • 20 December 2009

    Recent validation email problems

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    All the Nexus sites have experienced issues sending out the validation emails for new members (or any emails for that matter) over this weekend. I apologise for this problem that I now believe to be fixed. I can't possible reply to all the emails sent in about this issue so sorry about that too!

    If you try now it should now work. If you registered today then you will need to wait 24 hours for your unvalidated account to be deleted so you can sign up again. Alternatively try logging in to the forums and clicking the "resend validation email" link.

    Thanks to all the people who emailed me letting me know of the problem.
  • 09 December 2009

    Changes to the file servers

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Over the course of the next week the file servers across all the Nexus sites will be coming offline one at a time so upgrades can be made. The fundamental way in which the file servers operate will also be changing.

    At the moment each Nexus site has its own file server(s); two for TESNexus, one for Fallout 3 Nexus and one for Dragon Age Nexus. Once the upgrades to the file servers have been made all four file servers will be used by all three Nexus sites, balancing out the bandwidth and load available across each site on four servers.

    As each server is upgraded all the files will need to be restored from the backups on the other servers. About 400GB of files which takes about 24 hours. At this time file server #1 at TESNexus is down while the files are restored from all the other file servers. Once file server #1 is fully operational, file server #2 and the Fallout 3 Nexus file server will be taken offline while upgrades are performed and files are transferred and finally the Dragon Age Nexus file server will be upgraded after those two are finished. Naturally during this period the servers are going to be overloaded as users from both TESNexus and FO3Nexus are crammed on to one file server for a day so please bare with me while these changes are made.

    As file downloads for premium members are now served directly from the webservers themselves premium members will not be affected by this change if they use the premium only server. Queue conspiracy theories!

    Once these changes are made the speed cap for file downloads will be doubled from 150kb/sec to 300kb/sec.

    Thank you for your patience during this period.
  • 20 November 2009

    Your thoughts on improving this site

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    It's oh so cliché to say on the internet these days but this site is run "by gamers, for gamers", or maybe "by modders, for modders".

    Recently I've been putting a lot of work in to improving various aspects of the site, ramping up the functionality, increasing usability and action efficiency and generally trying to roll out updates that are going to improve things around here based on recommendations from users within the community. Indeed I've found I have a lot more time for coding these days now that the infastructure behind the site is a lot more stable.

    My imagination isn't the greatest, I'm not an experienced "outside the box" thinker and sometimes listening to the feedback of the people who make use of this site regularly is more important, and better, than my own ideas. This is my long winded call out to the community to come and tell me how you think this site can improve. What annoys you about the site? What would you improve about the site? Modders; think about what things you are doing regularly that you think could be better handled by the site. What are you constantly telling the people who comment on your files? Do you have any thoughts on how to make the site better, either in new functionality or in improving the functionality already available?

    I'm not sat here doing updates for myself, I do them because I think people will use them and like them. I'm not a part of some corporate chain, bound by limitless bureaucracy and heirachies to get any changes done, so if you tell me what you want or waht you'd change then maybe I'll do it!

    Some of the quickie ideas I've had recently have been:

    • A way of listing the other files that are required in order for your mod to work, along with a list of other files the mod won't be compatible with
    • Bringing back the "Author notes" field from TESSource, or having a list of options for mod authors to show quickly how they want their mods to be used, distribution permissions, etc. (feel free to chime in with more options)
    • Providing a more elaborate way of authors being able to choose how their contacted, if at all, and describing their role of support for the file they've just released (a way of indicating whether you'll be willing to answer PMs, only stick to replying to comments, or won't be providing support at all)
    • A changelog tab/pop-up so file descriptions aren't clogged up with 3 years worth of change logs
    • Another look at the tracking system to see if I can't make it more versatile and increase usability



    So help me throw some ideas around. Comment on this news article and get the ball rolling.
  • 19 November 2009

    Follow Nexus on Twitter

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    The Nexus now has its own Twitter page updated by yours truly. Now none of the staff are really big on Twitter as a personal tool; "Robin is going to the toilet", "Robin has had a hard day", "Robin is going to have a bath tonight", noone cares about that sort of rubbish, not even my friends, but what Twitter is handy for is keeping people up-to-date on changes to the site as well as providing a medium to communicate problems to people if for whatever reason (touch wood) the site goes down.

    There's a new feed on the right-hand side and fellow "twits", as I like to call them, can start following the feed for updates.

    Talking of updates there have been quite a few recently. First of all if you haven't picked up on it yet I've launched a new site for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age Nexus. This is the first Nexus site to not serve the Bethesda community so I'm really enjoying the new challenge of fitting in to a new community. Head-on over there if you haven't already to see what terrible colour scheme I've picked.

    Moving on with the updates you can now set the time zone you reside in in your preferences area and all the site's times will update to fit your time zone. Tired of wondering how a mod got uploaded at 8pm when it's only 3pm where you are? Well no more!

    You know that pop-up that shows once every once in a while to remind you to rate the files you've downloaded? Well now a new pop-up will show on the site whenever you receive a PM on the forums, just to remind you it's there.

    I've updated Skinnynerd's Formatting and BBCode article on the site to list all the available BBCode commands you have at your disposal when adding descriptions for files, images and articles as well as making comments. The input fields also have a reminder next to them to let you know you can use BBCode.

    File owners can now edit their files directly from the file page by using the new "Admin" drop-down area to manage different aspects of their file page more quickly. Note this only works for the uploader of the file page and won't work for people with editing access.

    And lastly the Download/rating history page now lists the files you've rated differently. If you haven't rated a file you can choose to endorse, or not endorse, a file directly from the history page without having to go to the file page. Similarly if you've only just downloaded a file the page will tell you how long you have until you can rate the file.

    More updates to come.
  • 27 October 2009

    Modding competition winners announcement

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    It's now been quite a while since the close of the Millionth Member Competition for TESNexus. While the competition blurb stated that the judging would be done by myself and a panel of judges I decided a while ago that I wanted to do it myself; several authors spent a lot of time to create community mods for TESNexus that I really wanted to play through thoroughly myself and give them the time and attention they deserved.

    First of all let me say it was a real pleasure and an honour to play through all the mods that had been specifically made for this site. It was clear a good deal of thought and effort had been put in to the mods and I had the hard task of trying to rank them in order to hand out tiered prizes. Remember, first gets $125 in Amazon vouchers, second gets $75 and third gets $50. Without further ado, I'll list the winners, with the top prize winner at the top and I'll provide a little blurb with each one.




    Top prize winner - Adaman Fortress by jefe232
    Adaman Fortress really wow'd me. It's an excellently constructed and amazingly beautiful castle set just over the Brena River, with a rather large bridge to get you over and conveniently placed map marker for easy navigation. Although trivial that someone should just hand over the castle to the next person to walk in there are several hints to look for the lost graves of the original Nexus warlords, which I indeed found! I think the thing that struck me most about the castle was that I don't think Bethesda could have done a better job; it was seamless, well thought out and it didn't feel empty like a lot of large buildings in Oblivion (mods or otherwise) can, mostly because there are guards galore all around the castle. The archers lined up on the battlements were always nice to see. I would love to see this mod updated with some awesome quests.





    Second prize winner - Exanimis Funeral Urns by Exanimis
    This mod was unique of all the competition entries across both the sites. While most modders went for quests, buildings and new landmasses, Exanimis did something different by creating unique containers for the game. There are a total of eleven urns each with a unique symbol on top of them based on the characters of some of the members of the Elder Scrolls community and the file description gives a nice insight in to who each urn is for and why that person was chosen.







    Third prize winner - Anvil Docks Abode by dunmermaiden
    The Anvil Docks Abode wasn't anything amazingly in-depth, grand or intricate, but what it lacked in grandiose content it made up for in heart. A simple and traditional player home located on the Anvil Docks the home contains the modder and a friend who the modder met through the community. The book provided in the house helps to explain the reasoning behind the mod. As the file description says, it's a little personal, so if you don't like stuff like that then don't read it ;)





    Congratulations to all the winners, you will be contacted by forum PM soon to discuss the delivery of your prizes. I want to thank them all again for spending the time to create these brilliant mods, and just like on Fallout 3 Nexus I'd like to give a special shout out to UK47 and his mod "TESNexus Kingdom". UK47 knew he wouldn't be eligible for a prize due to his age but came out with a rather interesting take on the competition, making a building that looks, funnily enough, like a big computer! Take a look at it if you're looking for a break from the norm.