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Each year The Escapist (best known for their weekly "Zero Punctuation" column) run a people's choice competition of the biggest game developers in the world. Members of the site vote for their favourite developers in "rounds" against other developers and in the latest round Bethesda have come up against Valve, creators of all those games you love to hate (and I guess enjoy).
If you'd like to help Bethesda out in a match-up they're clearly underdogs for then head on over to the voting page and give Bethesda your support. They're going to need it against those raving (noob) TF2 fans.
There is now a new Top 25 page available on all Nexus sites in the top lists that displays the most endorsed files that have been recently added to the site. You can filter the results from between 1 day and 60 days since the addition of the file.
You can use this tool to check out the up-and-coming new files on the site and it can be found under Top 100 -> Most endorsed recently added files.
Many major online retailers have an affiliate system linked to them by which they offer small percentage based commissions to sites that refers paying customers to them. Take for example a site like Amazon. If you click a link on someone's website to Amazon and then proceed to buy something off the site the referring website will be given a small percentage of the total sale in commission. You don't pay extra. You don't do anything differently. You don't even know you've done it. But a commission is paid to the referring site.
This is something I would like to explore further on Nexus sites as it's currently an untapped revenue source that, if used by the member-base of the site, could bolster funding for the sites and allow me to continue to improve on the services here. As it is the current server bill alone costs $4,200/month.
Top of my list right now is to get one or more file servers based in Europe for the EU users of the Nexus sites. However EU bandwidth is more expensive than US bandwidth and requires more funds hence why I'm looking for more non-intrusive revenue streams for the sites.
So this is a call out to all the users of Nexus sites who buy their games and hardware online asking "where do you buy your computer stuff from?". In the UK we have GAME, GamesStation and Play.com for video games and Dabs, Novatech, EBuyer and Overclockers for hardware as well as typical online platforms like Steam. In the US I know newegg.com is a major hardware player, but where do you buy your games and hardware online? How about Canadians and Europeans outside of the UK? Where do you get your online purchases from?
With Fallout New Vegas around the corner, for example, it would be great if those people who were going to buy the game online and at applicable retailers could do it through Fallout 3 Nexus and thus help out the sites. It's all very simple and could really help me out.
More to follow as I receive feedback from the community. Thank you.
The tracking centre on all Nexus sites has been updated with new functionality and some fixes. Here's the change log:
- Added a new filter option to set a time range for results
- Fixed an issue with results not being ordered by date when filters were set
- Removed the ability to order results by file name as this functionality is practically provided by the individual feeds anyway
- Fixed an issue with text overlapping on small resolutions
Please give the new tracking centre a spin. See what you think and let me know if you come across any problems.
All the Nexus sites and the forums were brought down today from 1pm to 9pm GMT so that I could upgrade all the sites to their latest versions.
The upgrades went down without a hitch and there were no unforeseen problems during the upgrade process. However there could be plenty of unforeseen problems with the new site code that my own personal testing hasn't picked up. The scope of testing I do as an individual, and as the creator of the site is very limited compared to the scope provided by the some 150,000 different people that use the Nexus sites each day. So please, if you see an error on the site or you think something isn't working as intended then fire off a quick report to me using the site contact form, let me know via PMs on the forums, post a comment on this article or make a new thread in the feedback forum. A couple of minutes of time can save me and the whole community a lot of time and aggro.
It'll be my job over the coming 48 hours to monitor the servers and benchmark performance and insure the changes I have made have actually been for the better. Some fundamental changes have been made to the way the sites interact with the various databases the sites make use of, so if things seem slow then let me know and I'll be on it.
The full change log for these updates is available in the previous news post.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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