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Another updated feature has just been cranked out for the file database in the form of the action log. This is an updated version of the original Change Log feature of the site but provides more detailed information on specific updates that authors have made to their file entries. On top of this RSS feeds are available for the action logs of all files in the database, so those people who like to RSS it up can keep up-to-date with their favourite files through their RSS programs.
Tied to this is the introduction of a new content navigation for the file pages themselves. The description, action log, image gallery and mirrors are now linked to a single content area that dynamically loads without having to reload the entire page. The idea is to reduce the amount of page loads you need to make to find out the information you want on files. It's possible I could add file comments to this system as well.
There's more to come in the future.
Personally I think this update is quite an exciting one. Not only has the upload limit on the site been increased from 50MB to 300MB, but there is also a constantly updated upload meter available for all file uploads. The upload meter shows you how much of the file you have uploaded, how much there is to upload and the percentage of the file that has been uploaded, along with a simple bar display of the progress. I think this is a great improvement on the old system where no visible display was given of the file progress.
There seems to be a glitch on IE7 that means the progress meter and stats are not updated. I can't seem to find a fix for this problem at this time, and would be interested to hear if other browsers are experiencing the same issue. While the stats are not updated your file is still being uploaded, so just hang in there and the upload will complete irrespective of the problem.
In the time old fashion of site updates for TESSource/TESNexus you, the users, are the true beta testers. This is a new feature and I cannot test every hardware and software configuration possible, so please make use of the feedback section of the forums to report problems. Please do not email me as I'm already swamped with emails!
I hope mod authors can put these two updated features to good use.
I wanted to let you all know that I am updating the site over the next 48 hours. A number of new and improved features are planned for the site that might require the site server to go down for a short while. Similarly some aspects of the site may not work for a short period. If a feature does not work for more than 2 hours then please report it on the forums. The sooner it gets reported the sooner it will be fixed!
Thank you for your patience during this time.
RSS feeds are now available for use on TESNexus. At the moment there are four feeds available: latest site news, latest site blogs, new files today and file updates today. Please feel free to use them to keep up-to-date with all the new Oblivion mods and site news.
I'm considering doing an over-haul of the way the file database records and shows all the edits made to files on the site. My intention is to add more transparency and detail to edits made so people know exactly what has been changed, and no doubt if I can create such a system there will be feeds for every file in the database. Sounds pretty cool, huh?
I have just launched a third file server located in London, England. European downloaders should choose to download from this server to get better file transfer speeds.
On a similar note file server 1, located in Chicago, is now back in full operation after a small hacker issue was discovered over the weekend.
The Chicago file server is now back up and running. The files are being transferred from a mirror, but you can still make use of the Chicago server. If you see a blank page for a short while then this is the server retrieving your file from another mirror -- if you're patient your file will be available for downloading momentarily.
A London based server will be available at the start of next month.
Thought I'd let you know that the Chicago file server has been hacked today. I believe the hacker was attempting to use the server as part of his Denial of Service attacks on a univeristy, and this was not a pointed attack against the site or community in general.
How the person gained access is unknown and under investigation. The server is simply used as a file mirror for all the files at TESNexus. As far as I know all the files have been lost, but the server is only a mirror, so the files can be retrieved from one of the two other mirrors available for the files. The result is that you may need to wait for a couple of minutes for the chicago server to retrieve the file from a mirror before you download from the server. If you receive much better transfer times on the Chicago server than on the Texas server then please just be patient.
Your personal security should not have been affected by all this.
Forum member Abramul suggested creating a section of the site for the top contributers in my recent post regarding the "Gotta screencap them all!" mod competition. While a bit different from his idea, I have created a top contributers page on the site to list the members who are most active and adding the most content to the site. Current top lists include; top file uploaders, top file commentors, top file taggers, top file image uploaders, top image share uploaders and top forum posters.
This new section is a precursor to further social development of TES Nexus, including a member page on the site that will provide people with handy links to all the user's uploaded files, forum posts/file comments and uploaded images as well as the welcome return of the kudos system.
Also a few members have brought to my attention a problem with the recent updates page which has stopped updates being listed for this last weekend. I have fixed the problem in the script but unfortunately the log of the changes for this weekend has been lost. Sorry about that!
It's all happening today, folks!
First of all I have completed the download history section of the site. This handy little page allows you to see all the files you have downloaded from the site since it was launched. This was originally intended to be a Premium Member only feature, but what with the awesome donations I have received from people the server is now more powerful and can now cope with all users having access to this feature. However, Premium members will still be the only ones who gain access to the upcoming file and author tracking systems.
Now onto more exciting news; another new feature and a competition, with a PRIZE!
I've recently started playing Oblivion again and have been looking for some decent mods to run the game on. Unfortunately I ran into a few snags, especially with things like weapons and armour. Unfortunately all the file images were lost when TESSource went down and many of the authors of these files have not returned to update their entries with new images, so many awesome mods can no longer be previewed first.
During an "exciting" Operations Management lecture I started writing up plans for a new system that would allow general users of the site to upload images of mods in use. File uploaders have a new option available to them when editing or uploading files that allows them to choose from one of three options. (1) Allow images to be uploaded by other users indefinitely, without their moderation, (2) allows images to be uploaded by other users, but add the image to a "pending" queue that needs to be verified by the file uploader or (3) do not allow users to upload images for the file. By default all files have been set to the first option (upload indefinitely).
The upload system is in place and you can now upload your own images for files either by clicking the "Add your own images" link under the "Actions" box on file pages, or on the actual image gallery pages themselves.
But thats not all. Because I know some people just won't be bothered without some sort of impetus, from now until the end of November I am going to be running a competition, aptly named the "Gotta screencap them all!" competition. Open to all users, admin included, the user who uploads images for the most files will be bought a video game of their choice, costing no more than £35, or your local currency equivalent of £35. In the event that there is a draw between one or more entrants one user will be picked at random.
Please note this competition is not about how many images you upload, but how many files you upload images for. Try to spot the difference! General rules include my decision is final, no cash alternative, and all images are subject to review from me (to make sure you're not just uploading rubbish images that aren't relevent to the file). Similarly only those images verified by the uploader of the file (where applicable) will count.
Happy screencapping folks!
PS. If you do not know how to take screenshots in Oblivion you might want to read the "Taking screenshots 101" information on the official forums. Alternatively just use a program like Fraps.
As I'm sure many regulars know Bethesda's last official plugin for Oblivion has now been released, and for this week only it is available to download for free. This is a great gesture from Bethesda and I hope people respect it as such.
As it mentions on the download page please do not upload this file to TES Nexus, or any site for that matter.
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