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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It seems Waterstones, the famous book sellers, might have dropped the ball on the Elder Scrolls V. In a blurb for the new Elder Scrolls book by Greg Keyes, The Elder Scrolls: Infernal City, the page editor put up this interesting tidbit:QUOTEA novel that takes place forty-five years after the Oblivion Crisis, which is the story of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion game and the expansion pack Shivering Isles. It partly bridges the gap for the next game, which is set 200 years after the Oblivion crisis.
It has since been quickly edited out.
Perhaps not the official announcement we're all hoping for but still, it's an unofficial something. Not that we can be worried that there won't be another Elder Scrolls game, just worried about when.
Spotted by wasder, source from Kotaku.
After reading through the feedback provided for the new commenting system I have released an update to the system that should hopefully satisfy the worries expressed with the new system while still providing a mini-forum ability to those uploaders who are looking for some better and more organised feedback on their files.
I have brought back the old "Comments" tab on files while adding a new tab to the file pages called "Discussions". All simple comments and feedback can be directed to the "Comments" tab as before while the mini-forum discussion area can be used for more precise and topical discussion should it be necessary.
The discussion area can be disabled in your file attributes without affecting the commenting in the "Comments" thread. The aim was to please those authors who wanted a consolidated location for all posts as well as those authors who liked to split discussion in to different threads.
The file management page has been updated to accommodate this change. The total number of comments in the "Comments" tab makes a return, as well as a new attribute that shows how many discussion topics there are for each file.
Also worth a mention, posts made by the uploader of the file will now be highlighted by a gold border so users can easily pick out their posts.
As always feedback is welcome.
A limited file service has resumed on both of the file servers while files continue to be restored. There's about 5G of the 200G or so files left to transfer, so hopefully by the end of the day service will have resumed properly along with the second file server returning to action.
I want to thank everyone for their patience during this period.
Rage. Pure rage. The two file servers are currently down due to an utterly avoidable situation at my file server provider.
The down time will last at least 24 hours as all the files have been whiped and need to be synched back to the file servers from the UK servers; something that is prolonged by the slow transfer of the files across the Atlantic.
As the premium file server is now in the UK it is unaffected, but small files are still served in the US where the servers are down so even premium members will not have access to files less than 2MB in size. Apologies for that.
There is no issue with uploading files to the server at this time, and your file will be available for download as soon as the file servers come back up.
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