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It came to my attention today that people have been having trouble accessing TESNexus recently via the domain "tesnexus.com" without the "www" at the beginning. Sure enough when I tried to access the site via "tesnexus.com" instead of "www.tesnexus.com" I was redirected to a bad splash page website.
Astute forum member yoyohobo665 investigated the issue and found that there is a vulnerability in Windows XP and lower "that could allow spoofing", i.e. the redirection of legitimate traffic to bad places by bad people. There is a hot fix out and if you're a regular windows update user you will probably already have this fix, but if you don't use windows update or if you're a naughty person there is a downloadable version for XP available here. This fix does not check for legitimate XP installs. If you use an operating system other than XP (I believe Vista is safe) then you can find relavent downloads at this microsoft page.
I'm unsure at this time whether this issue is server side (i.e. an issue I have to fix), client side (i.e. an issue you have to fix) or both. What I do know is that this issue is resolved via the hot fix Microsoft have released and I am inquiring about whether I need to be doing anything my end.
I have investigated this issue and have patched up the server accordingly. Windows users (not including Vista) are still recommended to install the hotfix provided and please let me know if you experience the issue again.
Good news for Premium Members! The premium download server has been modified and recoded to allow all premium members to use their download managers and accelerators on the server with full download pausing/resuming capabilities and multi-tasking/threading of downloads for faster downloads. Premium Members that are getting slow speeds on other servers are encouraged to make use of this new feature so you can download at your connection's maximum speed.
Tested download managers include Down Them All! (Fire Fox plugin), LeechGet and Free Download Manager. It's important to note that this feature is only available on the Premium Only (London) server and is not going to be available on any other server or for normal members.
Last night saw a bit of down-time on the site as the Data Centre the Nexus server is hosted on went through an infastructure upgrade. I apologise for not informing you all sooner about the issue but there were difficulties in ascertaining which server was actually going down! However...
Many folks both here on the Nexus forums and over at the official Bethesda forums have commented recently on the site being slow during American peak hours. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to investigate this issue (i.e. stay up until 3am in the morning GMT/DST and do some investigative work server-side) due to various real-life issues. However in the hopes of actually getting some sleep on the night I am able to investigate the issue I wouldn't mind having some definitive times at which the site is down or very slow.
If anyone does know the times at which the site is unusable please post them up here so you can help me manage my sleep! Thank you.
The site is quite bloated and an explorative look through the code at bloated and inefficient features has been on the cards for a long time, as well as adding in some anti-spam features to help reduce load for legitimate users. It may be that the server configs just need a few very simple tweaks, it may be some buggy code (I'm no coding guru, that's for sure!) or it may mean the server hardware can't keep up with the demand for the site, in which case I'll have to dig into the old pockets again!
Statistically Sunday's are the busiest days of the week for the site where traffic tops 60,000 unique visitors and 525,000 page views for the day; that's 6 page requests a second! Such traffic figures have remained steady for the better part of 10 months now which just goes to show how strong the ES modding scene still is.
After a couple of weeks of procrastination I have finally gotten around to writing the all new favourite file and member tracking system for TESNexus. At its core this new site feature is designed to help members of the site keep track of the latest updates made to their favourite files through a semi-Facebook style news feed style system.
New "Track file" and "Track member" links have been added to file pages and member profiles respectively (denoted by a icon) that allow you to quickly add files and members to your favourites. A dynamic feed is then created for you on the file tracking and member tracking pages that shows all the latest actions that have been performed on the files or by the members in the file database. Currently the only actions that are tracked are the same actions tracked on the updates today page (new files, file edits, attribute changes, new images, new mirrors, new readmes). You can filter which updates you would like to see, also, so you can choose to only see file updates.
It's important to note that member tracking will only track the actions listed above; it won't track comments or forum posts that specific members make or images they upload in the image share database.
I would like to officially announce and welcome the arrival of two new moderating staff here at the Nexus that have kindly offered to battle on the frontlines of this community by helping to moderate the file database and forum comments on this site.
The lucky volunteers are none other than AlienSlof, of modding fame, and BBen46, of helpful grandpa fame! These two members have been awesome assets to this community for a considerable amount of time and myself, Buddah and LHammonds are happy (and grateful!) to have them on board.
Astute forum members noticed the new moderators pretty quickly so I'll attempt to merge their welcome post into this one.
Recently there were several Japanese mods uploaded without permission. After numerous reports about the files being stolen/uploaded without permission the files were hidden from public viewing and downloading. Subsequently the mods have been deleted, as per the wishes of their authors/creators.
I have spent the last several days making contact with the Japanese modding community trying to get permission from the various authors with some level of success.
Most of the files in question are still WIP's and as such have not been released to the general public as of yet, most of these authors are members here and will upload their work when it is completed and tested.
In a few cases however, the files are not to be shared outside of the 2ch forums as the author(s) do not have permission to use some of the contents from their original creators. Specifically pose mods that are a compilation of many different creators and permissions from all is difficult or impossible to obtain.
It must be understood that the Japanese modding community has their own rules that should be respected, you are free to visit their forums and download what interests you, however uploading content here without permission will not be tolerated. We will afford all mod creators the same courtesy and respect their wishes regardless of where they call home.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, I hope some level of understanding with our various cultures has been reached and a spirit of continued cooperation and support will be the end result.
I posted this in the forums a few weeks ago, but many do not frequent the forums, so I am reposting it here, so others may become aware of the sites policy.
There is currently an issue with the subscription system on the forums for Premium Members who are paying via the "eCheque" system on Pay Pal. eCheques are like normal cheques in that they take a few days to clear before the money enters my account and the current software can't keep track of when the eCheque money has cleared. As a result accounts stay as "pending payment" on the site rather than upgrading to Premium status.
If you believe you are a victim of this problem please get in contact with me either by forum PM or using the contact forum on the site. I can manually upgrade your account as well as add-on any time that may have been lost.
I value the people who support this site very highly as you are the people who keep this site running to a respectable standard! To learn more about becoming a premium member visit the premium membership information page.
You might think that TESNexus is in a constant state of upgrading...and you'd be right. Tonight one of the Texas servers is being totally replaced with a new server for better hardware to improve both performance and bandwidth allowances.
All the Oblivion mods need to be transferred to this new server, which will also be used as the adserver for TESNexus that will help to alleviate server load on the website itself hopefully improving load times and allowing me to add new, more resource intensive features to the site. Please bare with me while this procedure occurs and if you find the site unuseable this evening please try again in the morning, or same time tomorrow, when the site will be back to normal.
Today sees the launch of the latest feature addition to the file database at TESNexus. Authors can now upload their readme text files (in .txt format) to the site so users can view the ReadMe for your files before they download the file itself.
This new feature is available from the Manage Your Files section of the member area. Each of your files has a new option, Upload ReadMe that, when clicked, will take you to the ReadMe uploader.
Files with ReadMe's attached to them will have a new option on their file page under the "Options" box next called "View ReadMe". If this option is not present then a ReadMe has not been uploaded for that particular file.
This evening I have updated all the file listing pages (files shown in categories and search results) to now show the primary image thumbnail for the files listed. Clicking the image thumbnail will automatically take you to the image tab on the file page for that particular file. Files without images or with no primary image will show the standard "none yet" placeholder. This change is effective for users who are using both the standard "block" and non-standard "flat" layout modes that are both available to all members via the preferences section.
On that note I am aware that there are people still using dial-up on the site, or people with strict bandwidth caps that might have a reduced experience on the site due to this update. For these members there is a new preference option on the preferences page that allows you to turn off images on file listings, helping to reduce the bandwidth necessary to browse this site at a good speed. By default the setting is set to on for all members.
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