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Romhacking.net Open for Business Again

17 June 2009 3:41PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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A few of you may have noticed Romhacking.net was down for a little bit. I hope your withdrawal wasn’t too bad. :P Well, we’re back now. :) Since I can only type with one hand, I’ll just copy and paste to fill in anybody who hasn’t been in the know.

From a few days ago:

Romhacking.net is currently down to the public and in the rebuilding process. The server we were on was a victim of complete data loss as a result of a widespread attack and vulnerability from HyperVM, a host node VPS (Virtual Private Server) control software. Much real life drama including a suicide relating to this issue has gone on. You can read an overview at the following:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/09/lxlabs_funder_death/

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bangalore/Techie-hangs-himself-in-HSR-Layout-/articleshow/4633101.cms

Though this event was technically beyond my control, I apologize for any lapse in administrative judgment regarding backups and choice of host that have led to this partial (up to two months) data loss. I take preservation of our community’s data seriously and take pride in being a trustworthy Administrator. I hope this incident does not tarnish Romhacking.net’s image, your trust in me, or our community’s strength. Romhacking.net will return shortly to resume being a central hub for our community and archiving and preserving it’s accomplishments. There is nothing that can wipe out RHDN, only provide us with a temporary setback. Current status:

  • We have restored the site from backup as of April 5th, 2009 and recovered most added information from Google cache since then, and will work to restore it as well.
  • We have moved to a new VPS server being managed by custom VPS control software and do not expect the same occurrence to ever happen again.
  • Romhacking.net is expected to return to partial service within 24 hours. Some features such as forum registration may remain down for a few more days while other services such as e-mail are restored.

Additional steps are being taken to further protect our history and continue to keep it safe at ROMhacking.net for years to come.

If you want to help out with a few remaining restoration issues, please see this forum topic:

http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php/topic,8395.msg130820.html

You don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone, right? So, enjoy RHDN again if you’ve missed it. If you didn’t miss it, well, why are you here reading this!? Go away! :P

Clomax Dominion died for good. Welcome to Romhacking.it!

02 April 2009 5:52PM EST - Update by Gemini

Site News

The Italian romhacking community is back with Romhacking.it, a site born from the ashes of Clomax Dominion. The site represented and still represents the biggest place to find Italian patches and guides on the net. The new features you will find in the site are:

  • Renewed archive of translations, hacks, and guides;
  • A brand new PHP engine for uploading anything you’d ever wish to;
  • Improved scripts for browsing our archives;
  • Pages load a lot faster now;
  • Better compatibility with all browsers and screen resolutions.

Welcome to the new Romhacking.it!

RHDN 3rd Anniversary Reflection

23 December 2008 9:38PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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Anniversaries are a time to celebrate, and also a time to reflect on the past year. This third anniversary pushes me toward reflection this time around, rather than celebration. Year three was somewhat disappointing in all honesty. RHDN has suffered from what I would call ‘growing pains’. It’s not the little haven it once was. Success has prompted growth and growth has prompted many changes in atmosphere. Now that RHDN is bigger, we can’t go backwards. We can only try to adapt to it’s larger size burdens and choose the best direction to move forward. That’s the key to this reflection, the direction to move forward.

The ‘growing pains’ we’ve experienced represent problems that show up with any larger groups of people. Massive influx of useless new people who don’t read rules, post 1 or 2 useless posts, and never come again, is one example. It starts to become a burden to handle these people and has a negative effect on the atmosphere here. The larger the site, the larger this problem becomes. But that’s not what disappointed me. What disappoints me is that despite large amounts of people, there is still lack of a real community. In fact, there’s less of one than there was before. That begs the question of; do RHDN visitors even want a community?

We’ve spent time on features such as the community database which has huge potential to be enhanced into something grand like personal status pages for all community members. We’ve also added user reviews. Hardly anybody uses either of them. Massive amounts of people come here for a single useless post or two and never come back. As for community regulars, their interests are also in question. Two of the most popular site related discussion topics for 2008 were for a minor deletion policy change and handling of a newbie violating a rule. Those are the kinds of things that are most important? Individual forum moderation decisions and disallowing baseless claims for deletion to cut down on work? This is disturbing to me. This is not positive community oriented discussion. Our open forum tries to facilitate discussion of all site developments, but what’s being discussed is dirty laundry airing instead. Where’s the discussion on enhancing the community? We used to have that. Now, it seems to be missing. We temporarily lost a founding member this year thanks to loss of community focus and allowing endless nitpicking of every decision. This really poses the question of whether or not people even want a community, which leads me to my most troubling thoughts of all…

Does what the people want now conflict with the site charter? It would seem like the larger the site gets, the more in the direction of not wanting a community it goes. People seem to just want an archive site to come to grab whatever they want. They don’t care about their peers. They don’t care about contributing to enhancing the community. They don’t care if they never interact with anyone else. So, how does a site with a fundamental goal of being a community site, handle the community not wanting a community anymore? This is a core conflict of interest. This is a call for re-evaluation of the direction of the site. As the site Administrator, doner of countless hours of time, having the vision for this site, and being an active community member myself, this is very troubling. The site majority has shifted. Thanks to growth, the people who don’t care now outnumber the people who do.

It is because of these issues that year three has been disappointing to me. I see a call for a change in direction and resolution of this core conflict. RHDN needs to adapt to what it has become and set the direction it needs to go in to continue to be successful. I will take some time to carefully think over RHDN’s current state, it’s fundamental goals, recent community sentiment, and more importantly, listen to you now. Some changes are likely. Some compromises may be made, and perhaps some new goals will even be set. Is RHDN primarily an archive site? Is it a community site? Does the community RHDN aims to serve include everyone, or is a more select audience? Does full unrestricted policy discussion work with large amounts of people, or does it just breed dissension? Are all decisions made up for debate and allowed to be challenged? These are just some of the questions that must be asked.

The face of RHDN is changing. What does RHDN mean to you?

Revised RHDN Policy

30 September 2008 7:11AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

This is an announcement regarding a policy change I thought was important enough to warrant a news item on. On the disclaimer at the bottom of this page you will now find revised wording concerning our previously long standing removal/deletion policy.

Our previous policy allowed unconditional removal of files, and in many cases entries, at the request of an author of any material on our site. One of the primary missions of Romhacking.net is the preservation of the files and information circulating in the hacking community. However, we have to balance this mission with the wishes of the authors. Our previous unconditional policy was starting to significantly conflict with goals of the site pertaining to archiving and preservation of data.

In the past several months our unconditional policy has been abused. Staff members became upset with requests resulting in:

  • Spending time fixing up and processing an author’s entry only to have them ask it be removed days later.
  • Getting mass deletion requests for all material belonging to an author with no reason or weak reason given.
  • Getting random deletion requests for material on the site for years with reasons cited as “don’t feel like having it hosted here anymore”.
  • Unfair deletion of other related material submitted by others such as reviews, descriptions etc.

These types of requests became more frequent resulting in additional wasted time and effort by staff and unfair consequence of removal of information from others. Furthermore, removal of project information is a detriment to the community. Removal of such information and project acknowledgment only hurts the community as a whole.

In meeting both the interest of staff duties (ultimately staff should only be screeners here) and best interest of the community, staff has agreed to change the policy to no longer be unconditional.

We feel we have come up with a reasonable policy that is fair to site, authors, and community. The new policy:

In the event a third party, in good faith, submitted your work without consent, you may request deletion via the Contact Staff Form. First party submissions imply permission to archive said work permanently and deletion requests without critical reasoning will be denied. The term ‘deletion’ guarantees file removal only. Entry information is considered RHDN public content and not included in removal.

In summary, we still respect unconditional deletion requests on material submitted to our site in good faith by third parties that an author may not have wished to appear here. However first party submissions by the author themselves will not be allowed to be deleted without very strong reasoning such as critical bug/s or something that will generally result in negative consequence by being available to the community.

Also of note is the fact that deletions only include files and do not include entry information or related RHDN public information in interest of data preservation, preventing redundancy, and best community service.

Feel free to discuss the new policy in the topic created by this post.

RHDN 2.1 Launches!

07 May 2008 1:07PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

The next significant upgrade to our site, RHDN 2.1, has launched! While several enhancements were made, the centerpiece of this update was the addition of user reviews to the Documents, Utilities, Translations, and Hacks sections. We want constructive, helpful reviews. It’s not a popularity contest or bandwagon hopping game. We won’t be afraid to reject user reviews that don’t follow the guidelines (available on any review form submission page).

Here is a sample of what we’d like to see as an average review on this site. Some purposes that could be served by the Reviews will be to weed out outdated items, recommend better alternatives, provide helpful user experiences etc..

RHDN 2.1 adds several bells and whistles and here they are:

  • User Reviews added to the Documents, Utilities, Translations, and Hacks sections. You can add or edit (your own) reviews right from the individual entry pages.
  • Extended Pages to list recent edits and new additions have been added for each section. Click the ‘More…’ links in the right hand bar for each section.
  • Added a Maintenance link so the public can further and more easily contribute to maintaining the integrity of our database.
  • Last modified dates were added to all major section to show when the last time an entry was edited.
  • A Submission Queue Status page was added on the Submit Files Page (at the bottom). Now you can see items currently in queue and the status of your submission.
  • A News Queue Status page was added on the Submit News Page (at the bottom). Now you can see items currently in queue and the status of your news submission.
  • Full and proper support was added for multiple authors on Translation entries. Secondary authors now come up correctly in searches and the Community Database will accurately reflect their work. Translators such as filler or Tomato who are attached to entries as a second (or beyond) author get the correct site exposure.

New Site and Forum Theme: Emumetall

21 February 2008 4:30PM EST - Update by Tauwasser

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ExeLord has written a new site and forum theme called Emumetall.

It’s a cool dark blue theme and gives RHDN kind of a ZD-ish look :D So, give it a shot by selecting it from the drop down theme selection box at the top of this page!.

Blue Monkey Theme Added

29 January 2008 7:06PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

A new theme was added to the site entitled Blue Monkey. This theme was based on a concept Demi had for another site which inspired me to do an adaptation for our site. Thanks goes to Kiyoshi Aman for creating some new graphics since we didn’t have permission to use the ones from the original concept design. Thanks also to Killa B and Spikeman for some assistance with other aspects of the adaptation. I think it came out looking pretty nice. :)

For those of you that may be clueless, ROMhacking.net is available in 9 different themes, which are selectable right here on the main page via the drop down box! It still amazes me how many people come here and don’t know these features exist. So, feel free to try it out. To anybody who may have their own better ideas of how the site should look, perhaps you might be interested in making your own theme?

Note: BlueMonkey utilizes PNG files w/ transparency, which means IE6 and prior will choke on it.

RHDN Turns 2!

23 December 2007 10:02PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

Another big year has gone by for RHDN. With the launch of RHDN 2.0 back in June, community contributions went way up, and our database has grown significantly with the best documents, utilities, translations, hacks, and more for the ROM hacking community. RHDN has continued to succeed, prosper, and become ever more popular as the central hub of ROM hacking for ROM hackers and community supporters all across the globe.

Never before has such a global force of talented ROM hackers been assembled. We’ve got ROM hackers from most major countries around the world. Our forums are full of some of the brightest and most talented ROM hackers around the world exchanging help and information to keep the community strong, healthy, and growing! It’s really the ‘globalization’ of RHDN that was the biggest surprise to me for year 2.

This past year, RHDN has really started to meet many of it’s primary goals. The vision I had for RHDN is slowly becoming reality. But as far as we have come, there’s always plenty more road to travel. Site development will continue into 2008 as additional features, capabilities, and content will surely find a home on RHDN.

Another year, and another big ‘Thank You’ goes out to our hard working staff and all of you around the world that have contributed to our community. Everybody’s contribution counts. It will continue to take the efforts of all of us for RHDN to continue to grow, be kept up to date, and continue to be the best resource, social hub, and community tool available to us all.

This is our site. It’s user maintained. We all keep it’s heart pumping. As I said last year, as long as the community lives, so shall ROMhacking.net!

Author URL Bug - Need Your Help

06 December 2007 11:29AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

While looking at some code today, I discovered a bug that has had some significant effect on site information. Since the launch of RHDN 2.0, Translations, Hacks, and Documents submissions specifying a new author were not saving the Author URL when given.

So, if you have submitted anything to the site since June specifying a new author with URL, you should check the link for that author’s entry in the community database and add it if it’s not there. One important function of the community database is to let people know where people can be found or where to go for more information on a particular person. Missing information like this is detrimental to our community.

This is a good time in general to ask that we all partake in browsing through the community database and make sure author web page links and activity status are up to date and accurate. Ideally, we’d like the database to be an accurate snapshot of the community. Who’s currently active? Where is their web page? What projects have they done? What projects are they doing? It’s really for the benefit of all of us that we keep it as current and full as possible.

This bug has been fixed, so all future entries will be OK. Note that by default the community database shows ACTIVE members only. New authors added are also marked inactive by default to maintain database integrity that people marked active are definitely active. Please select ‘Any’ to see a full database listing.

New Submitted Documents and Utilities Added to the Database

02 June 2007 1:51AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

Site News

This is just a final wrap up of the last of the submissions approved to the database under the old system that RHDNBot would normally report.

Documents Approved:

Utilities Approved:

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