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Site update: There was a large power outage in our server cluster. Although only 0.5% of servers were affected, our main web server + associated backup volumes were destroyed.

Thankfully, all text content was saved in another server, so all reviews, ratings, comments, etc. are fully preserved. We did, however, lose images uploaded to the site over the last 1.5 years. Scraping scripts are hard at work trying to recover most of the album art. However, some album art will be non-recoverable and will need to be re-uploaded by users.

Please accept my apologies for the downtime and for the lost images. In the event of a large hardware failure like this, there is unfortunately nothing that could have prevented data loss other than locally archiving copies of uploaded images. That will be done in the future to prevent any future outages.

Thanks for your patience, and please let us know in the forums if any new bugs beyond missing images have popped up.





SowingSeason
09.03.19
Figured I'd mention it here that mx fixed the question mark bug in reviews too. So many thanks, Jeremy.

brainmelter
09.03.19
rekt

butt.
09.03.19
question mark bug fixed? oh hell yeah

Relinquished
09.03.19
TOOL releases a new album and MX comes back all within the week

will deviant boot back up to life or will he have to wait for 6 more years of accurate genre tagging, we'll find out

Trifolium
09.03.19
Nice! We'll finally be able to pose questions and have insightful discussions in the comments!

Missing Sput when it's gone for a few days made me realise how much I love this place < 3

Sinternet
09.03.19
who deleted my comment

Relinquished
09.03.19
that was warning #1 from the chief

Sniff
09.03.19
Sorry sputniks but I am not posting those 2000 album arts again

Uzumaki
09.03.19
I missed Sput and its respective community these past few days as well. Glad to see it back and thanks for all your guys' hard work getting it back up and running!

danielito19
09.03.19
They hit me too Sint... they got me too.

Nomos2
09.03.19
Question marks may be back on the menu, but what about when we try ASCII emojis and they turn into broken image links?

Lets see:

:)

Nomos2
09.03.19
Daaaaaamn no more broken smiley faces, former glory restored, RIP timeless bugs

Sinternet
09.03.19
imageposting please

i want to goatse the tool thread

Nomos2
09.03.19
*comment threads already rife with people negging and out-edging each other, has been this way for 10+ years*

"Allowing for images would be inverse to the core purpose of discussion on Sputnik and ultimately degrade the quality of thoughtful discourse we promote"

sixdegrees
09.03.19
whom are you quoting

sixdegrees
09.03.19
on second thought I agree

botb
09.03.19
Image posting had its go back in the day, you can thank that jerkoff that wrote the house of leaves 1 review of as the roots undo for fucking that up for everyone

ArsMoriendi
09.03.19
The servers got the vacation they truly needed

StarlessCore
09.04.19
Nice coding skills tho

Ryus
09.04.19
thx papa mx

GhostB1rd
09.04.19
That's daddy to you.

Divaman
09.04.19
I see that the band bios now have spaces between paragraphs again. That's good news.

Scheumke
09.04.19
Did anyone else notice that the profile pictures on mobile are still working? At least, I still see my last profile picture when I check the site on my phone, whereas the PC version gives me my old profile pic. Maybe that can help recover some things idk.

twlichty
09.04.19
Thanks for th update J, I had a feeling something was wrong with the servers.

Good on ya for the prime communication, always.

Dewinged
09.04.19
All my deweekly lists have blank thumbnails now but i'll try to work to restore them little by little.

I'm just happy the site is still alive and folk still around. Thanks for the update Jeremy.

danielito19
09.04.19
botb is this the michael jordan review or was there another infamous ctts review

SandwichBubble
09.05.19
Wish the band images stayed, they were "back" for a little while there.

mx
09.05.19
Band images are removed for legal reasons

SandwichBubble
09.05.19
I know, I know. It was a pipe dream. Still a bummer though.

Also just noticed it, but I like the change to the »Edit My "Uploaded" Reviews/Albums. Simple, yet effective.

Mr. Pain
09.05.19
hey mx can u say hi to me

sixdegrees
09.05.19
this isn't emotional labor day dude @mr. pain

Storm In A Teacup
09.05.19
Sputnik gets blackout drunk and manages to fix a ten year problem at the same time. Now that is a 5 star classic. Sputnik's best labor day ever indeed.

SowingSeason
09.05.19
https issue in news article has been fixed as well, meaning you can now link https articles again and have the hyperlink function as intended...mx has been a beast over the last few days!

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
Woah, new bar chart on album review pages (kind of).

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
And WOOOOAAAAAH new pie charts (sort of).
The death of flash draws ever closer.

Saros
09.06.19
So I've been working on adding back all the album art missing from albums I've added to the database, I've gathered all the images and added them back but for some reason they're all coming up as white squares instead, will the art come up eventually or do I have to try adding them again?

Uzumaki
09.06.19
I get the same thing when I try to reupload album art for the albums I've added...

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
Guess I'm HR now.

Are these images very large in file size and/or px? Rarely does a 1200px image go through.
And are these images .jpg?

Saros
09.06.19
They're not that big, most of them are only about 200-300px in size, and I've made sure they're all JPGs too. Dunno why they haven't shown up.

Uzumaki
09.06.19
^^^
What he said. I'm in the same boat.

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
I've been uploading art all day and haven't been having that issue. If you guys have links to album pages, I'll try it myself.

Divaman
09.06.19
Whoa, fancy new non-Flash pie charts! Very timely, as my Chromebook is doing away with Flash by the end of the year. It's like Christmas in September.

Uzumaki
09.06.19
here, try this one:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Crawlspace/113915/

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
@Diva Looks like the shower "hot-cold" gradient.

@Uzumaki refresh the image cache in your browser, it should be uploaded now. Still needs to be approved before it shows up on the bandpage, but the album page (https://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=322078) should have the picture after the refresh.

Divaman
09.06.19
It does, Sandwich. Honestly, I kind of liked the look of the old one better, but as Flash was slowly and painfully dying, I'm psyched to have some kind of pie charts that I'll actually be able to use beyond the end of the year.

Sinternet
09.06.19
actually dig the new pie charts

Saros
09.06.19
Yeah, the new pie charts are neat. I like.

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
I think I might be the only person that saw the in-between non-flash pie chart that was there before switching to the half-circle. It was there for like 30 minutes. Wish I had taken a screenshot, now no one's gonna believe me.

And woah you can click on the pie chart key to remove genres, that's kinda neat(?)

Uzumaki
09.06.19
So, am I gonna have to refresh the image cache every time I try to re-submit album art?
Or does is need to get approved before it shows up?

Uzumaki
09.06.19
Sorry about all my questions; I really wanna help, just a little confused is all...

SandwichBubble
09.06.19
Well, the "white square" is usually caused by some sort of error in the uploading process (which is why I asked if the images you guys were using were too large/not .jpgs). Usually, if the album has that gray question mark as album art and you upload it correctly, it should automatically work without having to refresh anything. But the "white square" needs to be approved usually. Don't know why, but that's just how it is.

And it's no problem, but you guys having trouble can go here (https://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19338555#post19338555) next time, so that actual mods can help you and not some random chump like me.

mx
09.06.19
I will look into the uploads issue tomorrow. It would also be helpful if people running into problems posted a link of the art they were trying to upload to the forums.

GhandhiLion
09.06.19
The pie charts are revamped wut

GhandhiLion
09.06.19
Looks good

Sinternet
09.06.19
so mx about those genres

brainmelter
09.06.19
rating charts got a buff too

RolyPoly
09.06.19
Ugh

RolyPoly
09.06.19
Add sound collage, nature recordings and dance genre tags

Kk thx bai

Sinternet
09.06.19
add precisely nonde of those, especially 'dance'

Divaman
09.11.19
I've reloaded everything back to April of 2019, but this is going to be a long slog.

Sniff
09.11.19
so mx ghosted us again?

SandwichBubble
09.11.19
Like a candle in the wind

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