• 31 January 2008

    Files of the month launched

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    The original File of the Month feature at TESSource has now been relaunched as the Files of the Month. The system is simple; every member of the site has a single vote they can cast for the file of their choice each month. This vote can be changed at any time and the highest voted mods each month enter the "Hall of Fame" of sorts on the site.

    I will decide on exactly how many files enter the Hall of Fame each month depending on the turn-out of votes for the month of February. I'm guessing it'll probably be the top 2 or 3 files.

    The original winners of the monthly competition are already on the page and winners cannot be voted for again in order to help publicise as many files as possible.

    To help facilitate user knowledge of this feature, as well as the "Report file" feature on the site I have removed the "Options" tab on file pages and there is now an options pane above the main content area. The hope is users will make use of these two features more now that they're right infront of them.
  • 28 January 2008

    New poll. Poll results for "What type of character do you play?"

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    It's that time again where the old poll gets kicked out and a new one comes in to fill the void. The last poll question asked "What type of character do you play?" and here are the results:

    • Might, 4434 votes - 31.68%
    • Magic, 3152 votes - 22.52%
    • Stealth, 6410 votes - 45.80%

    Seems like the majority of visitors to this site like being backstabbers and pretending to be ninjas...good on them.

    The new poll question asks "How would you describe your gaming habits?". Note that this relates to gaming in general, not just Morrowind and Oblivion.
  • 10 January 2008

    Profiles, kudos and you

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    I have finally gotten around to producing a proper member profile page for all the members of this site that is accessible via file and image pages. You should now find that clicking on a file author's name, a comment author's name or an image uploader's name will take you to their profile on the site. Profiles contain voluntary personal information about members as well as account statistics so you can see how active the member is. The page also has a tabbed menu so you can see all the member's uploaded files and images (if they have any) at a quick glance. Hopefully some people will find this feature helpful.

    If you would like to fill out your profile information already you can do so easily by going to your profile settings page.

    With the new member profiles comes the return of the kudos system that was first introduced back with TESSource. Kudos is a way of showing appreciation to other members of the site. You can give one kudos point per member and you cannot give negative kudos. You can take back kudos points you have given should you so wish. A member's kudos points are visible next to their name in file uploads, comments, their profile and on the forums. There should usually be links to give kudos either on the kudos points shown or nearby.

    No doubt I will get around to creating a "Top Kudos" list of some sorts in the near future.
  • 10 January 2008

    Bethesda Hiring

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    Matt "GStaff" Grandstaff, community manager over at Bethesda, wanted to let you all know that Bethesda have opened up positions for QA testers. Here's the blurb:

    We’re hiring for testers in our Quality Assurance department! We tend to favor candidates with programming experience but most importantly, we want people who are fans of our games.Why would you want to work in our QA dept? I’ll give you two reasons.

    1. We use our QA testers as interns throughout the year. These interns are typically among our top testers, and they sit with the development team, attend meetings, and work on our games directly. So if you kick major ass as a tester here, there is a good chance you’ll be a candidate for one of those intern slots.

    2. When we have a job opening on the development team, we look internally first to fill them, so our QA dept gets an inside advantage.

    So if you're looking for your break in the gaming industry and think you fit the bill I'd recommend checking out the jobs page at Bethesda for more information.
  • 09 January 2008

    Adult-only content changes

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    This is something I have been meaning to do for a while now and today I have finally gotten around to doing it. All files and images marked as "Adult-only" are now blocked from viewing for non-members, and those members who have specifically chosen to block the content. By default adult-only content is blocked on the site. In order to view adult-only content on the site you need to be a registered member, logged in, and toggled the adult-only view settings in your preferences.

    The reasons behind this are typical and common place across the web; to protect "minors", censor inappropriate content for people at work, and help those people who don't want to accidentally stumble across this content.

    At the moment it is only the uploaders of files and images who can toggle the "Adult-only" content flag so I ask uploaders to use their own mature judgement on using the flag. If your file uses or shows nudity or quite graphic violence then please turn that adult-only flag on. I'm sure you're tired about some people moaning about not wanting to see your content in their game so this is the perfect way to give them no excuses and stop them complaining for good.
  • 07 January 2008

    Possible downtime over the coming days

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    I just wanted to inform you all that there may well be some file downtime over the coming days while I make some changes to the file structure of the site. The site is outgrowing it's current harddrive and I'm having to do a bit of recoding to accommodate spreading the site across multiple harddrives.

    Hopefully there won't be many issues and service will be like normal for most of you!

    Edit: The system has now been recoded. I have noticed that the upload progress meter isn't currently displaying correctly. If people find any other problems please let me know ASAP. I can't fix the problems unless people tell me about them!
  • 05 January 2008

    Bandwidth leechers probable cause of recent issues

    posted by Dark0ne Game News
    After doing some grundgy looking around in the server log files I found a number of bandwidth leechers all originating from China. Bandwidth leechers cause mini Denial of Service attacks as they take up multiple (often 50+) connections and use up the servers entire bandwidth, meaning people either cannot connect to the server or download at very low transfer rates.

    Aside from IP banning these people, which isn't very preventative in this day and age, I will also be looking to limit the total number of connections each IP can open on the file server. This limit will probably be set at 3. What does this mean? Essentially, you will only be able to download 3 files at a time from a file server, or, if you use a download manager and have found a way to get it to work with this site, you will only be able to make 3 threads for your download.

    Hopefully we'll all be seeing faster downloads and less IPS Driver errors on the site very soon!
  • 03 January 2008

    TESNexus hits the half million members mark

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Late last night the 500,000th official member registered on TESNexus. This marks a great milestone in the site's history. The 250,000 member milestone was reached on October 13, 2006 and the 100,000 member milestone was reached on the 30th of March 2006.

    As I've said before, whether you enjoyed Oblivion or miss the Morrowind hay-days, you cannot deny that the Elder Scrolls community is unparalleled. On average there are 500 people registering on this site every day with traffic on the increase, rather than on the decrease. It's brilliant to see.

    The next milestone shall be at 750,000 members rather than one million.
  • 29 December 2007

    Meet the staff (warning: adult content)

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    I've been meaning to get a staff page up on the site for a while. It's important that the folks who help to keep this site in tip-top shape get some recognition. I'm sure you've all been dying to know more about the ugly mugs who work on the site, so now's your chance. Head on over to the staff page now but be warned; it's not for the faint hearted!
  • 26 December 2007

    Recent small site updates

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    For those who like to keep up-to-date with changes made to the site I thought I would post up a recent change log. I only like to announce major changes to the site in the site news, but if you didn't know I keep a log of almost all changes I make to the site, big or small, in the Change Log section of the forums.

    • A YouTube BBCode tag has been added to both the site and the forums, so you can now include YouTube videos in your mod descriptions and comments. Usage instructions are in the change log topic
    • The image share section has had a reshuffle of its image pages to include the new tabbed navigation system that was recently adopted in the file database.
    • Several pages, including the category lists and search results now use a drop-down menu to navigate page links. Many categories and searchs produce results with literally hundreds of pages to browse, so a more space efficient method of displaying the page list was needed
    • There is now a link under all comments on the site allowing you to report comments that are rude or abusive to moderators
    • You can now edit your comments directly via the site, rather than going to the forum thread to edit
    • A new sort option, "Uploader", has been added to category and search results. This allows you to order results by Uploader name, ascending or descending.
    • The browse category page now correctly shows the date of the last file upload in that category

    If you haven't already I recommend reading my recent interview with gstaff on the official Bethesda Blog to catch up on all the major updates planned for the site.