Hello again to everyone, especially you.
We’re back once again to let you know about all the goings-on behind the screens here at Weasyl, but first we want to thank everyone for their patience during our unannounced downtime this past week. For a full rundown on what happened, check out the post here. We’re taking the necessary steps to avoid this happening again while we continue to push out new features for the site.
We’ve added some optional functionality to favorites. You now have the choice to display your favorites under your submissions on your profile’s front page in addition to having them as a tab on your profile. Alternatively, you can hide both and keep your favorites to yourself if you so choose. It’s your call. Do whatever makes you happiest.
Additionally, it’s now possible to remove submissions by category in your notifications page. In the past, users have mentioned the difficulty of sorting through different types and the instances of nuking everything at once without actually intending to. With this update, we hope the inbox will be more easily manageable.
Furthermore, the text and comment previews have been updated to make it a little clearer where it is you’re typing, the submission notification page has been consolidated to cut down on clicks needed to clear notifications, and we’ve addressed a bug that kept people from deleting submission notifications from their inbox.
Lastly, a quarter of our users have had the chance to test out live notifications. When this is extended to the community at large, you’ll have the option for your browser to let you know when a new submission, comment, PM, or anything shows up. We’ll keep you all informed as that date approaches.
That’s everything for now. To keep track with these updates as they happen, follow us on Twitter at @Weasyl and @WeasylDev. We’re also on tumblr, which is nice. To get involved with the community, check out our forums, and to help us keep track of bugs and suggest features, check out our public redmine.
We’ll keep you all informed as the site pushes forward. Thanks, everyone, and enjoy your holiday weekend!
We just wanted to update everyone on what occurred during the recent outage.
At around 7:30 PM EDT, the Weasyl mainsite, Redmine, and status page all went down, giving users a connection error. When we traced the issue back we found that our RAID card on our main ESXi server had an ECC fault in its memory module, which safely brought the array offline. It took a bit for us to get back into the ESXi as all VMs were migrated to a single host, part of a seamless server migration last week.
Once we gained access to ESXi we checked the status of the array and got the host back online. A bit of work with ESXi to re-attach the array, and we continued on. Once we powered up the VMs we found a memory config problem with the DB VM as well as a network config problem with our main app server. We were able to address these issues and get the site back up safely at around 10:30 PM EDT.
We’re not, however, just leaving things at that. We’re going to be improving our ability to manage the VM cluster in case of another failure. Also we’ll be looking into improving our network config, memory config, and creating some redundancy across arrays for VM storage.
We apologize again for the outage and thank you all for your patience as we addressed the issue.
Now that we’ve sprung forward into April we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the new improvements to Weasyl. Most of these changes have been a result of feedback from the community. If you recognize one of these changes as something you’ve asked for in the past, we’d like to thank you for bringing it to our attention! And without further ado, the updates:
First, we’ve created a page which fully lists all active streams which formerly show up randomized on the Weasyl front page “Streaming Now” feed. Simply click on the “View All” link to the right of “Streaming Now” to view all currently active streams.
Attending a convention this weekend? Want a quick and easy way to identify yourself in the crowd AND promote your Weasyl page at the same time? Then look no further than the official Weasyl Conbadger!
Once you follow the instructions of the above link, you’ll be able to print out your own custom Weasyl Con Badge featuring your profile’s avatar and a QR code which, when scanned with any mobile device, will take someone to your Weasyl page!
Print one out today and enjoy your con!
We’re back with another update filled with some great new features and improvements to our site thanks to your feedback.
Let’s jump right into it with our first big feature: Weasyl users now have the ability to “Hide” comments on their profiles, content, and journals as well as their own comments. You can do this by looking at the top-right hand corner of a given comment and click on the “Hide” button. Comments that are hidden will not leave a notification that they’ve been hidden.
You may find a few more notifications in your inbox. This is because we’ve added notifications and history for any and all tagging on your content. If a community member adds tags to your work, you will know exactly who placed a tag.
We’ve also changed the way that “view counts” are tallied. Previously, view counts on user pages and content were accumulated solely by registered users of Weasyl once they’ve logged in and viewed your page or content. Now, unregistered or users who aren’t a logged in will also be accounted for in your views.
One of the most heavily requested changes has gone live! Thumbnails no longer require “hovering” over them with your mouse to view the name and creator of a submission. These have now been placed below thumbnails on the front page, when browsing, and in galleries.
We’ve also updated our staff listings. Previously, staff only ever held the title of “Admin” or “Mod”. We’ve now expanded to add “Director”, “Dev”, and “Tech”. Now you’ll have a better idea of what staff are replying to you!
And finally, we’ve adjusted the user-linking code in Markdown. Please be sure to check out our Markdown Guide here for more information.
A few known bugs have also been recently addressed, including issues with Friends listings, Collections filters and ratings, as well as issues with folder options.
One quick announcement we’re especially proud of: we’ve recently reached 500,000 submissions hosted on Weasyl! We do really appreciate your involvement with the site and uploading your content here. We look forward to seeing the next 500,000 submissions.
Thanks again for all your feedback. Without you, a lot of these changes wouldn’t have been possible. And if you have any other questions, comments or suggestions, or simply want to get more involved in the Weasyl Community, please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as join our forums.
We’ll see you soon!
Art by Thestory.