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Discord and why image denials are public there

By Kode | | Feature Updates, Latest News, Website

We created the discord server to hopefully encourage collaboration between all our members, and the initial reaction is encouraging, we have already had over 100 people join the server (though not necessarily stick around for long). People may have seen that the activity section is currently disabled, that is because the database is struggling to cope at the moment.  The good news is there is a dedicated activity channel on the discord server.  It has image uploads, approvals and denials. The big change is that denial reasons are publicly visible, we have had questions about this so I’ll try to …
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Recent Email Issues

By Kode | | Latest News, Website

We have been having issues with people receiving emails recently.  It hasn’t affected everyone, but enough people that we have changed how emails are sent.\r\n\r\nIf you have signed up for an account recently but never received your confirmation email, choosing “Forgot Password” should now allow you to reset your password.\r\n\r\nNew signups should work fine.


The best Usenet provider? No, but it is the perfect Usenet setup

By Kode | | Latest News, Tutorials, Website

When looking for the best Usenet provider I soon realised it was harder than it sounded.  In this post I detail what I think is the perfect Usenet setup, certainly for my needs and I hope yours as well.  I spent a lot of time researching different providers to come up with what I think is the best value option. Some Background I was a Giganews Diamond customer for years, and while I was generally fairly happy with it, I decided to look into whether it was possible to have a more robust setup, for less money, and boy, was …
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Contributor statistics

By Kode | | Latest News, Website

About 5 months ago we added a Contributor statistics section, but other than a brief mention in a newsletter at the time we haven’t really explained what it is, how it’s used, and how to earn points.\r\n\r\nFirstly, don’t take it too seriously, we added it to create some friendly rivalry, and hopefully encourage people to become more involved in the site as well as giving people identifiable objectives to achieve.\r\n Submitting images \r\nThe first and probably most important way to earn points is by contributing artwork.  The key on the contributor statistics page shows how many points are awarded for …
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Personal API keys

By Kode | | Feature Updates, Latest News, Website

With the launch of v3 of the API we also introduced the concept of personal API keys, but it seems we never really posted anywhere why we added them or the benefits of using a personal API key.\r\n\r\nThere were a couple of reasons for adding personal API keys, the first was to try and help with our problem of obscurity, last year our API was used nearly 2 billion times, but 99.9% of end users using our service will never have heard of us.\r\n\r\nSome well meaning developers make their end users get their own API key to use, but this …
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Top 10 API traffic 2014

By Kode | | Latest News, Lists, Website

Here is a round up of where the top 10 API requests came from in 2014\r\n \r\n CouchPotato – 644,082,434 requests \r\n Artwork Downloader (XBMC plugin) – 209,834,813 requests \r\n XBMC – 206,617,136 requests \r\n MusicBee – 165,351,915 requests \r\n Media Browser – 135,124,989 requests \r\n MovingPictures (MediaPortal plugin) – 60,223,256 requests \r\n Bandtrace – 52,950,673 requests \r\n Media Center Master – 24,659,996 requests \r\n AlbumArtDownloader – 19,843,007 requests \r\n Mediaportal – 17,100,273 requests \r\n \r\nJust missing out on the top 10 were drimpal and Artist Slideshow with 13,449,252 and 10,704,100 requests respectively.\r\n\r\nOverall we had 1,720,436,424 requests in 2014. You can compare these results to last years list here.\r\n\r\nIf you are inspired to create your own …
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Removing advertisements from the site

By Kode | | Feature Updates, Latest News, Website

We know adverts are annoying, but for websites offering free services and without a sponsor, they are a very important part of keeping that service running.\r\n\r\nOn the other hand a lot of our users already help us in other ways, so to thank them we will be giving users the ability to turn off ads if they match one of the following conditions.\r\n VIP Member \r\nReally help us out and become a VIP member, find out more on the VIP page as well as removing ads it also unlocks a load of other benefits.\r\n Moderators \r\nModerators do a hard and thankless …
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MediaBrowser and Fanart.tv working in perfect harmony!

By Cheesegeezer | | Latest News, Media Centre, mediabrowser, Movies, Music, TV

MediaBrowser has come on leaps and bounds within the last year or so. Firstly, it’s no longer confined to Windows Media Centre, it’s undergone a complete overhaul, complete recoding and opened up a world of new beginnings for the HTPC world, where the community is always listening to improve the MediaBrowser experience as a whole to the end user.\r\n\r\nOver the course of the next few weeks I will be enlightening you to more of the intricacies of MediaBrowser and what’s available.  For now,  I’d just like to give you a brief overview and how fanart.tv and MediaBrowser help to deliver …
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Do you want better forums?

By Kode | | Latest News, Website

Our current forums are crap, we know that, you know that, everybody knows that, you can’t search, there are no formatting options, you can’t see how many people have viewed a post, which forums you have read, etc.\r\n\r\nWe have discussed it and looked long and hard, and the best solution would be a 3rd party solution called vBulletin with a wordpress -> vBulletin bridge.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately this costs money.  £220 to be… vague (prices are in dollars so depends on the exchange rate vBulletin costs $250 and the bridge $80).\r\n\r\nSo the question is, is this something you guys would like for a …
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A Christmas Update

By Kode | | Latest News, Website

A quick appeal before I get on with the post, with just over a month to go till our servers are due for renewal we have only raised 65% (we are currently about £500 short) of the amount being targeted, so if anyone can donate it will be greatfully received, you can donate here\r\n\r\nIt’s been a hard year personally as we have had a new arrival to the family, and while it is rewarding has meant my focus has shifted away from the site, fortunately ArieS and Akovia stepped up and kept things running as smoothly as possible, I am …
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