Site Updates (PJ) Archive

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Please join us in congratulating our two latest additions to the mod team! Wish them luck and thank them for volunteering their time to help with the management of PixelJoint! (we really needed the extra hand)

Hapiel Hapiel
JerryPie JerryPie

Posted by pyrometal @ 10/14/2017 15:45  |    13
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Hey there good pixel artists. I wanted to take a moment to apologize for the lousy performance of the server the last few days. I attempted to switch us over to a new setup, but had to roll back to this clunker server due to our reliance on a long dead tech stack.

On a positive note... we have plans for a BRAND NEW build (the half-hearted work on PJ v3 isn't worth salvaging) starting October 22 when I export a DB schema for Benoit 'pyrometal' Durand to start work on a new forum. I will start work on the main site build weekends starting November 4th. 

Many thanks to Benoit, Daniel 'Hapiel' Simu and Gokce 'Gecimen' Cimen for pushing the new PJ forward!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/14/2017 12:46  |    13
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After roughly 4 years of fiddling we're getting ready for a major site update....

  • Fully responsive site...  phone, tablet and desktop should all function properly.
  • MSSQL to MySQL conversion. This will have some transition issues with extended character set (characters like ü and ñ and ó might not convert properly). Apologies in advance to our members who will have their names and comments mangled a bit, but we don't want to hold off on this upgrade any longer. This will not be a problem going forward and it will always be possible to fix the rogue characters once the site has transitioned to MySQL.
  • Optimizations including caching, script/style consolidation, (some) minification, image compression and web fonts.
  • Design touchups. 
  • Removal of unused sections. 

Testing should wrap up today or tomorrow and we'll be pushing site up soon after. The site will be fully offline for a couple hours at a time over the next few days and there will almost certainly be a few issues over the next week or so. Please bear with us.

 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/22/2015 14:36  |    85
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Pixel Joint is in the process of converting from MSSQL to MySQL right now and we wanted to warn you that there might be a few hiccups including truncation of messages, comments and descriptions longer than 4000 characters. Fortunately, these long posts account for less than 1/10 of ONE percent of items so the vast majority of all content will be untouched. For those very few items that do get truncated we apologize in advance. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/27/2013 14:43  |    7
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Apologies for the errors and general slowness of Pixel Joint right now. We're overloaded with traffic (we occassionally get massive traffic spikes from a popular site linking to us) and all we can really do is wait it out.

We'll be upgrading to a much better server in the next couple of weeks so hopefully these spikes will be less of an issue.

Thanks for your patience!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/21/2013 09:45  |    10
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ATTN: The threads for the Open Pixel Platformer have been moved into the brand new OPP subforum. 

~thank u~

 

Posted by jeremy @ 7/1/2013 06:58  |    3
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So it appears the server is under control right now, but I'm going to check a few things out just in case. I was on a vacation where I was actually offline (can you believe it?) so you can holler at me for the inability to post the last couple of days. Pretty much the worst timing.

On a somewhat related note... PJ has a Facebook page (which feeds Twitter) and there will definitely be PJ mods besides me in there in the future in case this site seems unresponsive again.

Thanks for your patience and sincere apologies for the mess.

 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/7/2012 20:44  |    3
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I know I said I had the submit pixel art functionality working earlier, but this time it reeeeeally should be working. I tested with a few of your test files (thanks for your help!) and they all come up sparkling now. Thanks for your patience peoples.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/21/2012 00:59  |    3
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The transfer to the new server went smoothly and we're just tying up a few loose ends...  

  • Submissions of pixel art are still being worked out right now, but they should be up soon.
  • The weekly challenge will not switch over this week so people will have time to get things posted for this Sunday.

If you encounter any other issues please post them in comments here. Thanks for putting up with the hoo-ha!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/19/2012 08:36  |    14
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We're working on figuring out what's causing the up and down issues with PJ right now. It seems to be isolated to this site alone as other sites on this server are still able to function. Please bear with us. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/16/2012 16:09  |    4
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Well, this is a bit embarassing. New members haven't been able to comment for the last couple weeks due to a CInt overflow bug. Apologies new PJ members. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/14/2011 10:43  |    12
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Pixel Joint was down from about 7:30AM to the end of the day on Tuesday. I'll set up a better notification system so future outages won't go unattended so long. Sorry about that folks.

 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/5/2011 02:07  |    18
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Here is the first incremental update pushing towards v3. Please make sure to flush your browser cache since just there are several JS/CSS file changes for this update.

Read the full post...

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/29/2010 23:58  |    185
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We're having some email issues right now so there might be a few server errors here and there. Hopefully they'll be resolved by tomorrow.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/31/2010 13:29  |    5
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You asked, and PJ has responded: Here's a list of things the Pixel Joint site is going to correct and update, in the first incremental update.

Click the news article for exact details, folks!

Read the full post...

Posted by The B.O.B. @ 5/24/2010 22:45  |    48
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So our massive PJ v3 approach was kind of a bust so we've decided to just go ahead and roll out updates incrementally. We've got quite a few nice improvements coming in the next couple of weeks and I'd like to pre-thank a few of the major design contributors ahead of time...

  • pixelblink - for the PJ v3 designs that will have elements trickling in.
  • [thUg] - for the awesome rank icons based on the icons Ensellitis first made.
  • dumbo - for the perfect smiley set (61!) based on iSTVAN's PJ mascot.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/19/2010 00:03  |    13
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Don't go frantically grabbing for your calendar—it's not April 1st. Yes, after a long two-year wait, collabs will be allowed into the PixelJoint gallery again. 

Why the sudden reversal after so long? Read on...

Read the full post...

Posted by Hatch @ 2/4/2010 20:11  |    26
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So, it's been talked about off and on for a looooong time now and it's about time to commit... we will be rolling out a new design with new features over the next few months. I want to take the next step and focus in on three things without sacrificing too much of what makes PJ a fun place:

1) Getting pixel artists paid (job postings, project ads, contests, selling shit)
2) Giving featured artists more of the spotlight
3) Helping pixel artists grow (ramp up them tutorials)

I can't make guarantees as to how fast this will happen, but I will definitely be setting aside time on a regular basis to get this done.

Many thanks to pixelblink for keeping the ball rolling.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/2/2009 23:27  |    41
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It's come to my attention that people have been using a JavaScript hack to automatically rate pixel art.  Obviously, anyone who has used this will have all their ratings taken away, but even if you could get away with this... why would you do this?

Please send a PM to me if you suspect a member of using this or if you've used it yourself let me know.

PLEASE DO NOT POST ACCUSATIONS PUBLICLY!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/6/2009 01:50  |    35
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Finally fixed that nagging Firefox bug with links not working by updating the editor to the latest version. Let me know if you encounter any WYSIWYG editor bugs.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/20/2009 23:52  |    27
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After a few rounds of casual debugging of the forum I finally figured out why people were not able to login into the forum even with a valid gallery login... the damn forum was case insensitive which was screwing up the password hash.  The bug has finally been fixed, but you'll need to reset your password if you have a mixed case password. 

I apologize to all you security-minded people who created strong passwords.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/4/2009 00:13  |    3
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Indigo went the extra mile and created a lovely Pixelation-style PJ theme.

Check it!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/6/2008 14:12  |    14
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Due to an unexpected surge in traffic the last couple of days another server upgrade is on the way. I tried installing patches and updates and all that jazz to fix the server with little success. I'm well aware that these occasional traffic spikes are temporary and traffic will come back down, but it's nice to be able to handle these little surges more gracefully.

Since we're not changing hosting companies the upgrade should go smoother than last time. As always, if you experience any issues please feel free to contact me directly via PM.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/6/2008 22:27  |    0
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for March 2008. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.


#1 Pixel ArtCat of Gold by iLKke
#2 Pixel Artcharlie rebuilding the station by tomic
#3 Pixel ArtMedusa's Entanglement by mobichan
#4 Pixel ArtMarbleface by Larwick
#5 Pixel ArtMind-Diver by Larwick
#6 Pixel ArtDaliclok by Larwick
#7 Pixel ArtTrain Tileset by lifern
#8 Pixel ArtThe Fallen Knight by AndyOaks
#9 Pixel ArtSchnecke by ThereIsNoCure
#10 Pixel ArtMÖRKÖ (Unfinished) by Evil-Ville
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/27/2008 12:17  |    14
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Dear members of Pixeljoint,

We ask that you refrain from submitting collaborated works as well as creating any collab accounts until further notice. The PJ staff are continuing to discuss and develop the site and, until such notice, will remain firm against any further submissions as such.  Please keep in mind that this is not a criticism of any members or their works -- we're simply trying to determine the best way to deal with collaborations.

Thanks for your support.
Posted by pixelblink @ 4/23/2008 17:39  |    25
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Finally fixed the issue with the detail pixel art viewer. My apologies for the long delay in getting that back up and running.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/13/2008 02:32  |    8
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As you might have noticed PJ is experiencing some email issues the last couple of weeks. I'm going to work all day today to try and get this figured out. I apologize for the bumpy experience.

Update 3/30/2008:  After nearly a full day's fumbling I finally have the email back on track. If you encounter any email errors please send me a PM and we'll get it worked out.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/29/2008 12:30  |    7
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Hey good people. I think I'm finally ready to move the server this weekend. Reminder: the PJ Wordpress blog will be where I'll post in case the wheels come off the wagon.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/13/2008 23:07  |    16
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Hey there good people.

Pixel Joint is moving to another server very soon (next week or so) and we might have a few bugs including a full-blown system outage.  I've created a WordPress Blog to keep you posted just in case pixeljoint.com is unavailable.

Thanks!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/27/2008 23:18  |    15
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I've been getting some complaints from people who have been getting wildly inaccurate color counts on PNG files on Pixel Joint and I finally got a chance to look into that today.  It's definitely true and I am very sorry for that.  Until we can get the color count for PNGs fixed DO NOT trust the count.  Bring it into a program like Photoshop to get an accurate count. 

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/25/2007 14:19  |    9
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Hey there folks. Just a reminder that entries can be submitted for Pixelween 2007 starting today.  October 29th is the last day entries will be accepted so get started soon!

Also, check out the lovely design pixelblink put together for the contest.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/15/2007 21:10  |    7
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Many thanks to Larwick for his spectacular award graphic upgrades (and jalonso, Ensellitis and iSTVAN for paving the way). 
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/17/2007 22:14  |    27
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I created a new theme for PJ using a kind of flat-minimalistic style. I called it "Pure Joy" (PJ) and I hope you all enjoy. Check it out in the Pixel Joint Themes section.

If you have any suggestion or simply wants to express your opinion leave a comment.
Posted by Animmaniac @ 9/2/2007 13:26  |    18
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I know it's getting a bit late for The Joint's weekly challenge run, but I have to mention this because I just sent back the third entry that wasn't the right size:  YOU HAVE TO USE THE TEMPLATE FOR THE JOINT ROOM.  This means you have to work within the boundaries of the walls and floor and not change the width or height of the template graphic.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 6/9/2007 12:37  |    0
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Looking to give back to PJ a little bit?  Here is your chance.  I am assembling a team, a "PJ mod squad" if you will...

I need 3 individuals to help in investigations of questionable pixel art.  You will track down sources of suspected rips, color reductions, and non pixel art.
Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/27/2007 09:16  |    36
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You might've noticed that profile and pixelart (and a few other things) is inaccessible at the moment.  This is due to me forgetting to register a product on the new web server.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to fix this issue until 7PM PST.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Edit: FINALLY FIXED!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/23/2007 12:31  |    3
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Recently, there has been some “confusion” as to what pixel art is here, and what is and isn’t allowed to be submitted into the gallery.  Furthermore, once and for all, the staff are going to define what pixel art is defined as here on Pixel Joint.  Other sites and even within our community definitions do vary. Because it leads to confusion and because the pixelart artform is what we all should be focused on as a community, we will begin being slightly stricter than we have been in the past.
Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/17/2007 17:16  |    50
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We now officially have 10,000 members who've signed up at ye olde Pixel Joint.  That's gotta be good for something right?

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 5/10/2007 18:05  |    24
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There might be some downtime for PJ over the next few days here and there, but it shouldn't be anything drastic.  We are in the middle of switching servers right now.

Edit:  OK, server should be all set now... please let me know if you guys run into any further bugs.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/23/2007 18:28  |    4
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Once again, sedgemonkey f*cked up on the voting for the challenges.  While correcting the voting last week I accidentally set a "spam vote" flag for the majority of all votes tallied.  No votes were lost, but the top 3 positions in the challenge were not correct. 

I've corrected all the voting and the awards and we have new winners for both Love Machine and Chinese New Year (just announced a couple hours ago).  My deepest apologies to all who got the shaft on this:  Setzer, iSTVAN, Krysis, Ensellitis, Skeddles, Tremulant and especially ThereIsNoCure who got robbed twice.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/5/2007 01:57  |    14
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Finally fixed a forum login bug that has been misdiagnosed for months (since v8.0 upgrade).  It turns out usernames longer than 15 characters were being truncated. Doh!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/19/2007 14:42  |    8
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In 8 hours and 36 minutes Pixel Joint will be launching its first weekly pixel art challenge.  We've developed a custom system to make this as smooth as possible, but there's bound to be a bug or two lurking out there for the first week.  If you should happen to stumble upon a bug please send sedgemonkey a message so he can fix it ASAP.  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you guys in the Thunderdome in a few short hours!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/11/2007 15:27  |    10
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Starting this Sunday at midnight PST Pixel Joint will be kicking off the first of (hopefully) many weekly challenges. Announcements will be made for the new weekly challenge as well as a poll for the previous week's entries and awards for the top entries from two weeks earlier. 

Try and make a habit of swinging by Pixel Joint Monday mornings to give yourself a full week to throw down!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/7/2007 00:19  |    16
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Sorry about the "disabling new comments" bug the last few hours.  Feel free to test commenting by calling me a prick.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/3/2007 03:26  |    28
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Vista can kiss my ass.  Pixel Joint will have some real changes in the next few weeks... namely a Weekly Pixel Art Challenge complete with fancy awards, a Pixel Art Calendar and a super-duper redesign of The Joint.

Stay tuned my lovely pixel people.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/1/2007 00:50  |    14
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The title says it all... Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art pieces submitted in 2006.

Enjoy and congrats to all the magnificent artists.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/2/2007 20:48  |    5
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Howdy good people.  It's time to do some housecleaning around the old Pixel Joint. I've written a script that will dump all files that do not have connections to pieces (roughly 1500).  I downloaded a backup of all files at 8:30 AM PST so if I mess anything up it's just a matter of uploading the files back up to the server.  Please send me a PM if you notice any broken image links. Thanks!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/12/2006 09:41  |    4
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A new theme for PixelJoint.  It's a tribute to the forum colors of Pixelation made by yours truly.

Check it out in themes.
Posted by Equinoxx @ 11/21/2006 06:23  |    10
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Please take some time to rate all the spectacular pixel work that came out of October.  There's quite a few Pixelween participants currently represented in the top 10 right now and rightly so.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 11/14/2006 08:13  |    5
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Submit your entries today to be eligible for voting over the next couple of days.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/29/2006 10:25  |    4
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While we're on the subject of reminders.... don't forget to submit a piece for Pixelween 2: The Lesser of Two Evils by October 29th.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/14/2006 11:13  |    2
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If you haven't rated last month's excellent pixel art make sure to do so today!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/14/2006 10:41  |    0
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I've always enjoyed collecting quotes from different sources (TV, Movies, Books, etc) over the last decade or so and I finally got around to organizing them and putting them into a little system.  Any PJ member can now add quotes to the system, rate quotes and post comments about a quote. 

Development will continue so the system will have some value for you guys... you'll soon be able to save quotes, search quotes, browse by subject and order quotes by rating, date, most commented on, etc.

Important Note:  No need to point out that quotes have nothing to do with pixel art you negative SOBs. It's just for "fun".

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/12/2006 07:35  |    12
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Howdy good people. A glitch yesterday caused past ratings to not display for some members.  The bug has been squashed so you do NOT need to go back and re-rate anything. That is all.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/3/2006 13:08  |    0
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OK, today was the last straw with all the stupid forum login problems. One of our own freaking admins was locked out and I think it's about time we got this solved. If anyone has a forum login issue please send me a PM and we'll try and get this fixed once and for all.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/31/2006 22:50  |    0
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You can find the new public pixel art queue under the "Gallery" section of the navigation where you can vote Yes or No to determine what goes in the gallery and what needs revision.  We'll give this system a trial run and see how it goes.  Hopefully it will work out.

We've also added some new features to the FAQ Ranks page so you can see how many points you need before you reach the next level.

Oh yeah, please try out the wonderful new PJ themes created by Monkey 'o Doom (Pay Dirt) and Ensellitis (You Wanted Simple?).
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/20/2006 20:48  |    21
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Over the last few weeks we've made several changes to Pixel Joint and the Pixel Joint Forum...

  • Forum was upgraded to version 8 and with it some additional gallery/forum integration (still some minor bugs to fix, but working for the most part).
  • Themes will now work in the forum.
  • "Total Favorites Received" are now being stored in member's table for easy access.
  • Upgraded database software which will increase performance.
  • Added serverside caching to a lot of commonly accessed data which will increase performance.
  • Added an issue log so all admins can view "contact" inquiries. 
  • Added other miscellaneous admin tools for the gallery site including tools to quickly and easily remove spammers and other deviants.
  • Added tools for multiple specific "link backs" (digg, reddit, del.ico.us, etc) for anyone interested in writing a newsworthy post on Pixel Joint.
Read the full post...

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/18/2006 11:49  |    11
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We're updating the forum to version 8 tonight.  Functionally it's very much the same -- it's just a newer version which will hopefully perform better.  If there are enhancements you'd like to see on the forum now is a good time to let me know while I still have the project fresh in my mind.

There's been zero testing beyond my lazy ass so there might be a few bugs.  Hit me up if you run into one and I'll get it fixed.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/11/2006 14:34  |    4
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The community just keeps growing, and let's all congratulate MrColeman for being lucky! Good job keeping this place alive, guys! 

(Ed note:  There are 70 disabled/banned accounts included in that figure.  We actually have only 5934 active members, but close enough! )

Posted by Monkey 'o Doom @ 6/20/2006 05:46  |    25
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Just a reminder that the top 10 pixel art pieces for last month (May 2006) will be locked in on Thursday so make sure you rate your favorites by then.   It's a really close race for the top three spots this month so every rating counts!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 6/12/2006 08:28  |    2
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We are upgrading some software on the web server tonight so will have some intermittent downtime with the website and email.  It shouldn't be more than a half hour or so.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 6/9/2006 23:22  |    2
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I finally checked web stats for the first time since August 2005 (yeah, I know I'm a slacker).  From August 2005 to April 2006 our traffic has gone up 308% and our traffic is up 781% since April 2005.  Yay! 

According to my astute calculations we should have more traffic than the rest of the internet combined sometime next month. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/28/2006 09:13  |    10
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server: irc.slashnet.org
channel: #pixeljoint


For those of you who haven't used mIRC, here's a list of clients you can use to connect, whatever OS you use.
Please, come join the chatting :), much quicker feedback on WIPs as well. And of course all the fun of the off-topic banana thread in real-time.
Posted by Setzer @ 4/28/2006 09:21  |    11
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Just a reminder that creating dummy accounts to spam ratings will get you a perma-ban.  While we don't exactly have the NSA monitoring the usage at PJ we're not total freaking idiots either.  

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/24/2006 16:00  |    7
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for March 2006. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.


#1 Pixel ArtOrcs! by big brother
#2 Pixel Arttribal pep pig/miascugh collab by miascugh
#3 Pixel ArtSinful Rose by Ahruon
#4 Pixel ArtLook At My Stars by Monsoon2D
#5 Pixel ArtCandy Corp. by miascugh
#6 Pixel ArtWerewolf by Ahruon
#7 Pixel ArtAttack transport by dm404
#8 Pixel ArtI live in a leaf by happip
#9 Pixel ArtHardcore robot facials! by Blick
#10 Pixel ArtCoral Room by jalonso
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/17/2006 14:51  |    13
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Having 5000 members register at Pixel Joint seems like an important milestone even thought the vast majority of members don't do anything once they sign up. It's nice to see that so many people are interested in a dedicated pixel art gallery. Hopefully with the help of other pixel communities like Pixelopolis/Pixelation and deviantArt (specifically halfliquid) we can keep interest in pixel art going strong for years to come. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/17/2006 09:20  |    17
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We're upgrading the SQL server so PJ will be offline for 20-30 minutes tonight (hopefully).  For those of you with mail accounts the mail server will probably be down for a few minutes around 11:00 PM PST.  Sorry for the inconvenience.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/5/2006 21:26  |    2
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We recently decided to just say eff all this pixel art crap here at Pixel Joint.  From now on we're a clearinghouse for anything you gots. Submit your doodles, photos of your cat, cheesy poems, dirty chat transcripts, whatever!  We're going to take Deviant Art head on baby and we're gonna bury those bitches!

Edit:  For those very irate people who sent me PMs, this is an April Fool's joke.  Pixel Joint DOES NOT want rips, doodles, photos of your cat, cheesy poems (we do however want your dirty chat transcripts).
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/1/2006 22:39  |    23
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I might have introduced a browser specific bug or two to the text editor used for commenting on PJ recently.  If you are using Safari or Opera I apologize for the inconvenience and I will be fixing the bugs tonight.

Edit: If you are using Safari or Opera you should be able to post comments now.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/22/2006 07:40  |    10
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We've got the awards system semi-working now.  Currently monthly pixel art is the only award working, but it won't be long before other awards are available.  If you've had a piece in the top 10 in any given month check your profile to see your spiffy trophy. Also, if you happen to run across any glitches please contact me and I'll get em fixed.

Many thanks to iSTVAN for quickly putting together trophy graphics.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/22/2006 17:56  |    11
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Howdy peoples, sedgemonkey here.

To help recognize the extraordinary work that comes rolling into Pixel Joint on a daily basis we will soon be putting an awards system into place.  You'll get a spiffy trophy/medal/ribbon graphic for your profile, bonus points and the admiration of your fellow pixel homies.

With any luck the awards system will be up very soon. Stay tuned. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/20/2006 13:43  |    8
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We're having some issues with email not going out for the forum notifications, the password reset and possibly other places.  If you get an error after posting a message in the forum it's probably related to the email notifications failing.

Not sure what's causing things to selectively bomb right now so it might take some time to get fixed.  I'll do my best to get it figured out soon.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/28/2006 10:03  |    0
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Private messages will now notify via email assuming the recipient has the option to allow email notifications checked. Adding notification is one of those things that just took forever to get around to even though there wasn't that much work involved.  Hopefully all of you who asked for the notification feature will make good use of it. 

We've also added a beta of the Pixel Joint member map using Google maps.  It's still a bit buggy, but the major features are working for the most part.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/10/2006 10:24  |    4
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We are upgrading our database server tonight so there is going to be some downtime -- hopefully not more than 15 minutes or so.

Edit: We didn't get to it on Tuesday night so the delay might be tonight (Wednesday).

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/31/2006 15:16  |    0
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I've been working on creating a map for all the members similar to Frappr, but a little more focused on accomodating 4000 member locations. The PJ world view map will have around 150 locations -- one for each country in the world.  When you click on a country on the map you'll have a detail view with all the map points for just that country. 

I'm slowly, but surely going to transfer every member (who has posted their location) to the new PJ location system.  This will calculate Longitude and Latitude based on country and/or city.  I've written a script to parse out recognizable cities, states, countries for members, but most people entered their locations in a casual format so it's going to take a long time before everyone is in the system. If you are interested in helping simply go to "Edit Profile" and update your location (Country/City).

Although it is nice to have a map for PJ members, the main reason I'm doing this is so I can get a good handle on how to integrate Google Maps and a geocoder system into a site. 

Hopefully you'll see a full map with all 3800+ PJ members sometime in the next few weeks.  Suggestions welcome!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/25/2006 21:32  |    6
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I sent a personal message to all of the people who volunteered for the chat beta (16 people). Check your inbox when you get a chance and report bugs to sedgemonkey. 

Please DO NOT share the URL with other members yet!!!

Edit:  If the chat window won't come up please try disabling popup blockers for this site.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/29/2005 00:43  |    4
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Thats right! The perfect christmas treat. Sort of. This is the second part of the 'Black Comedy' story and fourth episode in the series.
READ/LOOK AT IT!

Also check out the official website, if you havent already, here!

In other Black Hole news, I've updated the gallery with some more BH graphics for the still yet to be coded Black Hole Game. Do contact me if you think you can help me here, I'm happy to make it a community project!

/End Self Promotion

Posted by iSTVAN @ 12/27/2005 18:24  |    6
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We plan on rolling out a web chat tool sometime soon where everyone can hang out and chit chat (similar to IRC except through your web browser) and we need some beta testers. All you have to do is play around with it for a bit and report any bugs/performance issues.

If you are interested please PM sedgemonkey or post your interest in the comments section of this news item. Please indicate what internet browser and operating system you use.  Thanks!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/21/2005 12:05  |    16
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Yep, it took a while, but for anyone who cares I've completed the third episode in my Black Hole series -featuring a new style of art! Although I havent figured out how to update the old flash website, so bare with me.

Click here

And for previous episodes and stuff the old BH site has a new address here

Posted by iSTVAN @ 11/6/2005 19:45  |    2
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Added the fun frappr pixeljoint map as a permanent link under "Community" in the navigation. Also added a font customization box on the front page so you can adjust the font size and font family.

Started heavy work on reworking the rating system so members can gain additional available points for rating based on their seniority and activity.  Also started work on making the highest rated pieces based on date/average rating rather than just rating. Who knows how long this will take, but I think it's definitely a positive step.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/27/2005 17:07  |    7
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Brian the Great created a Robocop-esque  futuristic theme called Utopia Futura for your pleasure.  If you are logged in click here to check it out.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/18/2005 08:20  |    8
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The Pixelween 2005 website is all finished.  Take a look at the rules and the gallery and don't forget to submit your own horror masterpiece!  There's only 18 days left!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/12/2005 11:09  |    0
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Added a quick and dirty little pixel art browser so you can see the top pixel arts for each month. Give it a try!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/10/2005 17:25  |    0
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Added a dropdown menu for member links and for your own profile (at the top of the page under your user name) to make it easier to get to certain tools.   Added a personal message count at the top of the page so you can quickly see if you have new messages.  

Created a script to clean up favorites count and keep it accurate from now on. When people would remove a piece from their favorites there was the potential to screw up the count with numerous page refreshes.  Not to worry... all data was secure -- it was just messing up the cached favorites count for a piece.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/6/2005 08:38  |    4
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Added five new Pixel Joint themes:  Autumn, Winter Wonderland, Purple and Gold and Fourth of July.  Also started cleaning up a few of the older themes. Once you are logged in you can go here to try them out.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/4/2005 17:00  |    7
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Added news subcategories and updated the WYWIWYG so it won't force a double click on the back button to go back. Also fixed a couple minor bugs with deleting favorites and submitting links. 
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/20/2005 19:23  |    4
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Just a quick note.  The news might disappear for a bit off and on over the next hour or two.  I am moving all the news into subcategories and tweaking the display code a bit.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/20/2005 15:15  |    0
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Added the following link in the upper right corner of pixel art detail pages so you can keep rating/commenting from piece to piece quickly.  Thanks to Helm for the suggestion!

Random Unrated Pixel ArtRandom pixelart

Added a couple new filters to the gallery search so you can find which pieces in the gallery are available for PixelTees purchase and Pixel Joint avatar. Thanks to Ripped Monkey for the suggestions!

Also added birthday field to the gallery site (instead of just the forum) and modified the members page so you can search for members by birth month.  Kind of fun to see if other members have the same birthday as you.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/16/2005 19:21  |    11
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Added seven new themes to the Pixel Joint theme gallery including one by neota. To change your theme you need to be logged in...

My Profile >> Edit Profile >> Change Site Theme field >> Submit

If you have a theme you would like to submit simply download the template CSS file, edit the colors and send sedgemonkey your new code.  Altering graphics and borders is optional.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/14/2005 18:49  |    24
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As some of you may have noticed there's a new Pixel Joint layout up today. If everything looks totally out of whack you might need to flush your cache or use the ultra-handy Ctrl+F5 for a quick remedy.

We've added some links to community resources right into the design (Pixelation, Pixelation IRC and Pixel-Arts.org) and we've added a fun little chatterbox page where we can yak away about this and that. One of the other major additions to this new design is a "lighter" feel and a more accessible (hopefully) front page.  We're still working on improving the design (including skinning support and member submitted header graphics), but you probably won't notice any other design changes for at least another few weeks.

Oh yeah, many thanks to Peppermint Pig for his awesome colors, design tips and Pixel Joint header text and iSTVAN for the first PJ header graphic!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/12/2005 18:04  |    27
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We've had a few issues with OS X and Linux internet browsers not being able to post comments on the site since the last update and we are working to correct it as quickly as possible. If you are having issues please report them via PM or the contact form and check back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/5/2005 21:34  |    0
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Added messenger fields (AIM, ICQ, MSN, YIM) for the member profile pages.  Also organized the profile layout a little bit so it should be easier to find relevant links.

Also added a couple admin reports that will make it easier to spot people who like to create multiple accounts to inflate ratings, comment spam or just be world-class assholes. It certainly won't put a stop to abusers, but at least we can keep the damage under control.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/2/2005 08:39  |    7
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Pixel Joint now has an RSS feed for the news section for all you hip cats with RSS feed readers. You can find the link at the bottom of the news section on the front page. Not sure what RSS is or how to get feeds? Check out BBC's user friendly RSS description and you'll see just how useful RSS can be.  It's a bold new world my friends.

We also added a bunch of links to the member profile page. The layout could still use some love, but at least you can see people's news posts, link posts and SEARCH/FILTER a member's pixel art. The search a pixel artist gallery link is useful for browsing an artist with a larger gallery like pixelblink, iSTVAN, samson or sedgemonkey. 

If you've got more ideas for improving the site keep suggesting them in the Resources and Support section of the forum and we'll try and get to them. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/31/2005 09:01  |    8
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Due to numerous insulting comments by annonymous posters we are now requiring members to be logged in to post comments.  This will make it much easier for admins to track down offending posters. Here's a list of all the site changes that have gone down during the last few days.

  • Members must be logged in to post comments
  • Added "Report Comment" button so members can narc on each other
  • IP is now logged for EVERY member action for easy fraud/abuse detection
  • Improved member favorite gallery by adding page browser and streamlining display
  • Links section will now open links in new window
  • IE PNG transparency fix no longer disrupts PNG display in Opera
  • Improved pixel art browser code and cleaned up a lot of garbage comment code for (small) performance boost
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/18/2005 09:02  |    2
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We have overhauled the links section so it's more organized. We plan on making even more updates soon as well so stay tuned. 

Note: When submitting a link make sure it doesn't  already exist!  The majority of submissions we've received so far have been links to sites that are already in the collection.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/30/2005 12:11  |    2
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You may have noticed that a few things have changed on the pixel art detail page and I'm sure some people will have some gripes.

We had several requests to expand the space around the pixel art so larger pieces have more room to breathe.  The "Actions", the ratings and the zoom buttons all stick out more now and we gave more room for the description/details in the process. We even had some room for the "small file" which was an oft requested feature.  There's still some design bugs and cleanup to work out, but this IS the new detail page for the time being so tough titties to all you naysayers.

We also cleaned up  the url for the pixel art.  Instead of...
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/icons/icons/icon2000.asp
we now have...
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/2000.htm

Another note: 1ucas had a great suggestion that we rotate the front page featured "Hall of Fame" with 5 random top 100 pics. I think it's much better this way.

If you do have suggestions for how to improve the design please post in the forum or respond to this news item if you prefer.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/13/2005 20:47  |    23
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The site and email server will be down for roughly four hours tomorrow (Wednesday July 13th 2AM-6AM PST) while the servers are physically relocated to another facility. Please don't worry if you happen to see a downed site during that window. For those of you with PJ email accounts please note that you will not be able to send or receive emails during the down time.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/12/2005 08:48  |    1
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Finally decided to boost up avatar size another bit (with a little prodding by Wolverine).  The max dimensions for your avatar is now 64 width by 64 height. Perhaps when the site is redesigned we'll bump it up to 100x100. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/11/2005 01:33  |    11
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We've finally released the new search tools for the pixel art gallery.  You can enter a keyword, filter by number of colors, image dimensions or whether the image is animated, transparent or isometric. With these search tools in place there is nothing that can stop us!!!

While we're on the subject of development I'd like to mention that we are doing our best to work out the "autologin" issues on the gallery site that some people are encountering.  Please bear with us while we work through it and report any login issues to sedgemonkey. 

Last but not least, we just want y'all to know that we will be putting out a pixel e-magazine and we are very happy that there are so many PJ members willing to pitch in. Hopefully we'll get it rolling very soon. If you have any ideas to contribute please post them in the forum under the existing thread.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/7/2005 21:34  |    4
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Sedgemonkey was interviewed for this month's Jump Button Magazine and Pixel Joint gets mentioned a couple of times. Huzzah! If you are in Austrailia pick it up for the love of Pete. 
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 6/29/2005 09:21  |    10

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