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The Chicago file server has been taken offline for the next 4 - 24 hours for maintenance and performance tweaking. I would recommend using the new Texas server in the mean time.
During my revision, exam and course work period at university it seems that there was a bit of a ruckus regarding some comments being left by some members on certain files on this site. The result was certain authors pulling their files from the site because, rightly, they just couldn't be bothered with the hassle of dealing with the trolls.
Had I been active at the time I would have added my two cents but unfortunately I was very busy and I still haven't looked deeply into the issue. If the people affected by this wish to get in contact with me then they are more than welcome to. I do know that LHammonds and Buddah have done extremely well in my absence in keeping up with reported comments and have got the ban stick out more than a couple of times to remove troublemakers from the site.
As a result a few updates have been made to the site and new doctrine has been brought in to help further compound our policy on what people should be using the commenting system for. If you go to make a new comment you will notice that there is a commenting terms and conditions page that you have to agree to in order to leave a comment. Apparently "play nice" isn't concise enough so hopefully this sets it out more clearly. These new terms and conditions are in addition to the terms you agreed to when signing up for an account on this site and are void of the "three strikes and you’re out system" that is used on the Nexus forums. If you troll in the file or image comment systems, or SPAM ratings without justifying them, you're gone. No ifs, no buts, no warnings. Banned.
This has been our policy for some time now and we’ve been banning accounts behind the scenes without causing a stir. Hopefully people are aware that this site is not just a “free-for-all” and we do care about the quality of the files and comments on the site and the types of people who use the site.
Let me once again reiterate that we have great moderating staff here and the best way to deal with flamers, trolls and immature posts is to report them and not respond and react to baiting posts. There are report functions for comments and files so if you think something needs to be dealt with then use these features. We cannot check and read every new file, image and comment left on the site so we depend on you, the user, to help us in our moderating duties.
To compliment the commenting doctrine I’ve also added a new feature for file authors who upload to the site. All new files have an option to disable commenting altogether. This will be further complimented in the coming days by new options that will allow you to choose how you want your file users to get in contact with you, if at all. Disabling comments is for new files only and cannot be changed once it is selected. It also automatically disables ratings. If you are a current file owner on the site who would like to have their comments disabled without having to upload their files again please get in contact with me.
I just want to remind people to make sure they have cast their vote for file of the month this month. Each month every user of the site can vote for a file they think should be made file of the month. It doesn't have to have been released this month, although it's always nice to see new files getting voted for!
To vote for files visit the file page and click on the "Vote for this file" icon. So far there are just under 600 votes...I think there should be more than that!
Make a mod author happy and vote for your favourite files today :D
Well my exam and coursework period is now officially over and the university term is over until October. To "celebrate" I have purchased a fourth file server for TESNexus to deal with growing demand on the site.
Many people have complained about slow download speeds recently but unfortunately I have been too busy to investigate. As a result an above average number of people have signed up for premium accounts that has enabled me to fund a fourth file server for the site.
Located in Texas, USA, FS4 can serve up to 10TB of bandwidth every month. Give the server a go and report back on your findings!
I may well be upgrading the Chicago server as well. Lots to come over the summer :)
If you have emailed me by any means, including the contact form, in the past 48 hours then I have not received the email. The webserver was under a mail attack that meant I had to take the mail server down while I tried to rectify the issue.
Hopefully all is sorted now!
The old poll that asked "Are your Morrowind/Oblivion characters the same gender as you?" is now finished. Here are the results:
- Yes - 7127 votes - 49%
- No - 2738 votes - 19%
- I have more than one character, some are different genders - 4099 votes - 28%
- My character has no gender! - 532 votes - 4%
The new site poll is now up and asked "What is your favourite game genre?". I'm expecting an RPG runaway with FPS coming a second.
The server will be going down very soon so that techies can get into the hardware and install some new memory modules. The server was meant to have 4GB of memory as standard but has actually only been running on 2GB since it was installed due to a fault in one of the memory components.
Fingers crossed this is the cure to the recent site stability issues!
The server is back up with the 4GB of memory now installed. It's possible further tweaking will be necessary but lets see how it goes.
The server move went down yesterday without a hitch, and only a couple of hours downtime. There are a couple of "bugs" that have arisen as a result but both should be easily fixable.
Image uploading is currently broken pending the install of a missing Apache module that handles the automatic generation of thumbnails. That should be back and working within a few hours.
A few people have reported problems with file names not being accepted for their file uploads despite following the character guidelines. I cannot replicate the issue but have asked a few people to help out to try and iron out this problem. More than likely it is a legacy issue with the different versions of Apache and PHP being used.
Those are the two bugs that I know of. If you've found more please get in contact.
The results from the Files of the month feature on the site where each unique member is given a single vote for the file of their choice are now in. 750 members voted in March. Here are the files that you voted to be recognised last month:
Kvatch Rebuilt -- 45 votes
Verona House Bloodlines -- 35 votes
The Lost Spires -- 29 votes
HG EyeCandy Body -- 24 votes
Akatosh Mount -- 22 votes
Congratulations to the files that made it. Remember that all the votes have now been reset and you can now vote again for your choice for file of the month.
The scheduled downtime for today has been postponed 24 hours until tomorrow. The server was loaded in RAID 1 but I need both drives to store all your mods so I've had to request an OS reload that will take some time to do.
Once again I plan to take the site down at 2PM GMT and have the site back up around 8PM GMT.
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