New Forum for Tutorialsposted by Secret Squirrel Mar 24, 2012 06:37 AM (4 comments)
I've created a new sub-forum to house the various submission tutorials and guides that were previously spread around the forum. I've already moved the ones I could find, so please let me know if I missed any. In time, we hope to expand these. If anyone wants to help write a new tutorial, we would be very grateful. I think there are still some mechanics here that are confusing to new users.
SOPA, PIPA, and Amazon linksposted by Gigablah Jan 18, 2012 01:53 AM (5 comments)
Some of you may have noticed that all our Amazon product links have been hidden since early December, although you could still create or edit them. This is actually directly related to a brief downtime we had on December 1st. What transpired was that Amazon's (presumably automated) systems mistook our affiliate links as "phishing collection points" and basically tried to shut our whole site down.
First, their "brand protection" partner, MarkMonitor, sent an email to our hosting provider ServInt, who then forwarded it to us. We clarified that it was a false positive and got in touch directly with MarkMonitor. Their representative confirmed over the phone that it was indeed a mistake, and that they had rejected the service request from Amazon.
But our site still went down for a few hours (possibly more for some visitors) after our DNS provider (Dyn) suspended our zone -- without prior notice -- after receiving an abuse ticket. In the end we moved our DNS hosting to another provider. A customer service officer from Amazon eventually responded to my queries, apologizing for the frustration and claiming that there was no record of phishing detected on our Amazon Associates account. Dyn took five days to reinstate our account.
The Amazon links will return once I make some technical changes (redirecting back to the album page if the links were accessed directly, for instance). But hopefully my account of this incident will help convince some people about the dangers of SOPA/PIPA legislation -- namely the removal of due process, which was the case when Dyn suspended our service indiscriminately. Imagine what it'll be like if they were legally required to do so, at the mercy of overzealous copyright enforcers with the very real possibility of false positives! At the same time I must commend our provider ServInt, not just for standing by a customer, but also for acting as a major voice in the campaign for a free Internet.
VGMdb is Edge Magazine's Website of the Month in issue E224 (Feb. 2011)posted by Secret Squirrel Feb 21, 2011 07:43 AM (2 comments)
VGMdb has been chosen as February's "Website of the Month" in the current issue of Edge Magazine, a British magazine that covers gaming. This is the first time (to our knowledge) that we've been mentioned in a real print publication, so it is a humbling experience. Our appreciation goes out to all of you who have helped make us what we are.
More info (and a pic) here:
Submission Quality - Sourcing Your Editsposted by Secret Squirrel Dec 14, 2010 01:29 PM (11 comments)
We're implementing a change in the submission policy in order to increase the quality of new submissions. This will also make it easier for our staff to understand the edits so that they can intelligently accept or reject them in the queue. We have a great community here, and we appreciate all of the work that you have done, gathering and researching information for some pretty obscure albums. To keep the accuracy and quality of this information as high as we can, we'd like to ask you to take the time to follow one more step:
When you submit an edit to any field on an album or artist page, please use the discussion thread to provide a rationale for your edits.
Here are a few guidelines to help with this:
Site customization and album filteringposted by Gigablah Apr 22, 2010 07:56 AM (24 comments)
We've replaced the options dropdown menu with a customize button (the "gear" button to the right, on the subnavigation) that slides down our new preference management panel, which is divided into two halves. The settings on the left are identical to the previous dropdown. What's new are the album filtering options to the right, which work pretty much the same as the controls on advanced search. Right now filters are in effect on almost all pages except artist discographies and collections.
Advanced Search doesn't enforce the filter, but your settings will be pre-filled on the search form.
By the way, you can click the customize button again to slide the preferences back up, if you're just changing language displays on the fly.
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