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Latest update

Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Hi All,

Just to let you know where we are at and what has been happening.

As you know we have had serious stability issues recently. A great deal of this has been down to spammers/hackers who have been flooding the site with attempted logins. This has caused memory shortages which caused the database to crash (lots). All that has been coincided with my summer holidays, I have been staying in a wooden shack on the coast, that doesn't get a proper mobile phone signal let alone broadband or wifi.

So I am now off holidays and working on fixing things whilst doing a proper earning money job at the same time. As a result I will be taking things slowly.

Here is how things stand at the moment:

  • More RAM added to the server.
  • Base set posting is now ENABLED again
  • Posting of RPG adverts has been DISABLED. This is under review, but on the 25th of August our anti-spam service stopped over 26,000 spam posts, all trying to post "RPG Adverts".
  • Database settings have been modified.
  • Various other updates.

I am still not sure if this will do it. Whilst our anti-spam service (mollom we love you) stopped 26,000 spam attempts the other day, that is only the spammers who actually were able to log on. We were hit with more that 290,000 logon attempts. That is more than 3 a second. We do not run Hollow Art on particularly impressive hardware and the scale of what happening is saturating the server. Hopefully this and some other coming soon changes will help rectify this situation.

As we find out more we will let you all know. Thank you for your patience and support.

SysAdmin

Reminder about posting

Reminder about posting

Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Hi guys

This is a reminder about posting etiquette for those people who contribute to this site. We really appreciate the content you share here, but could you please do your part to keep the site tidy and user friendly! We've been coming across a few reoccurring issues lately, which at best increases the amount of housekeeping the Admin team has to do, and at worst has actually been contributing to some of the downtime we've had lately. So, could you make sure you're doing (or not doing, as the case may be!) the following:-

  • Please make sure that you limit your sets to 300 icons or less. This is really important! 300 icons is a whole lot for visitors to the site to load up, and if you try and put more than this number in a set then (a) the visitor may have trouble loading your set on their internet speeds and (b) it may cause the site to crash on the upload. Please don't try this - if you have more than 300 icons to upload, please do this in two or more sets.
  • Please remember that we have a minimum posting requirement of 12 icons per set. We recommend that a set be at least 50 icons. Please do not upload multiple sets of only a handful of icons. Whilst this does not pose any problems for the running of the site, it's just really irritating for a visitor to have to load lots and lots of individual pages with only a few icons on each. They would love you forever if you made sure that your sets were condescended into 50-300 icons a time!
  • Please title your posts properly By that, we mean by the name of the actor not by character name. This is especially important for the tags. You should never be entering a character name in the field 'actor name'. If you do this, it just means that people will find it harder to find your post - not helpful to you or them!

    Correct: Tyler Hoechlin in Teen Wolf
    Correct: Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale
    Incorrect: Derek Hale
    Incorrect: Derek Hale in Teen Wolf

  • Please do not use acronyms Abbrevating the title, or tags, of your post to something shorter is really irritating to those people who may not be intimately familiar to your fandom. Please remember that people use the icons posted on Hollow Art for a numbre of reasons. Often, they may be looking for a specific actor, but are not hugely familiar with the fandom they're currently working in. Please take the time to type it out!

    Correct: Supernatural
    Incorrect: SPN

  • Keep your post titles snappy Please don't put episode information in your titles. We automatically publish your posts to Twitter and Facebook to give you maximum exposure, and really long titles can cause problems. Please keep your Titles to just the actor's name and, where appropriate, the name of the show.
  • Take time to tag your posts properly This is how people find your work, so it is in your best interest to ensure that you have tagged your post correctly.

If you're doing all of this already, then great! Thank you so much!

Regards

The Hollow Art team

Resources for Requests

Resources for Requests

Posted 11 months 1 week ago

We are getting more and more requests for people in specific roles - and it is getting harder and harder to find resources to fill those requests.

We have asked several times before for people who are putting in requests for role-specific sets to provide screencaps (of the actor/actress in question - not the whole film, unsorted). The people who fill our requests here are all volunteers. None of us get paid for this (in fact, it costs for us to keep this site up and running at all, most years). Please, help our volunteers out - if you're putting in a request, please provide at least 20 good quality pictures or screencaps. Finding the resources takes up the majority of the time to fill a request. If you provide those resources then you will be making everyone's lives easier, plus you'll get your request filled that much faster,

If you don't provide resources, we're sorry. We do not have time to go and track down screencaps. We certainly don't have time to make those screencaps ourselves. If you can't provide resources, then you will find that your request is simply turned down.

We want to help you - but, please - help us to help you!

Regards

The Hollow Art Team

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