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  1. IkarosBD

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    I see a lot of misunderstanding here so let me try to clear this up, mainly to clarify some things that @Scyrous brought up previously. First and foremost is this - yes, initially, we wanted to start out with a clean environment, at least while we built up the rest of the site. You have to realize the first and foremost focus was getting the forums back up and going again. Which we did, and we're working on the little things now. But really, if I had to be completely honest, with the ultimate goal of getting the site going again accomplished...I don't see a need to completely stifle all talk of piracy. Piracy in of itself is a perfectly fine discussion topic so long as people aren't actually linking to pirated content. Things like the A/V section for example I saw as beneficial (much like @Catar did), and as people like Scyrous like to do, they like to discuss their projects and such and I do not see any problem with any of this. The key thing from all of it is that pirated content can't be linked to anywhere on the site. Discussion topics surrounding it should be fine. So @Koby perhaps now we should reconsider site policies towards these things and loosen up a bit. The worst is behind, I don't really think being this strict about it is necessary anymore so long as we keep actual linkage to pirated content off the site.
  2. IkarosBD

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    Fair point, but you still have to understand where we're coming from here. The existence of downloads from Koby's perspective was slowly starting to cause the community participation itself to decline. As more and more came, they went straight after the downloads and didn't bother to actually post around and get involved with the community. I can straight up tell you now that, we have a REALLY huge number of 0-post accounts - these are the people who cared nothing for participating and only wanted downloads. This is what we're talking about. On that same token, there were also those that signed up and did nothing but spam in the hopes of ranking up. They didn't care for the community, either. All they wanted was the top-level stuff. It's these specific types of people I'm referring to.
  3. IkarosBD

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    By all means though, participate. And don't forget about IRC and Discord. We still have both! Even if you're not much a forum person, if you feel more comfortable on IRC and/or Discord (especially IRC, hint hint) then by all means use 'em!
  4. IkarosBD

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    @EmptyBasket pretty much, but not really for that as it was for the fact that the site didn't actually have a "designated copyright agent" to handle DMCA claims. By default that means they go straight to the host company which, along with what you said, means safe harbor protections go right out the window. We knew we were in the right for the most part, but, there wasn't a way to really defend ourselves as we were, not on such short notice anyway. As Koby stated previously, they had already initiated court action against him. Our hand was forced. Here's also why jumping server hosts wouldn't have done any good, aside from being short-notice. Sure, a server can physically exist in a country where DMCA laws are pretty much flat out ignored. But that just protects the *SERVER*. It doesn't protect the person operating it. And copyright enforcement agencies know this well. That's why they will use other means for enforcement. Such as, for example, compelling a host company to give up info on the customer. Or, perhaps, compelling a domain registry for the owner's information, even if protected by privacy controls. Or, attempting to trace back transactions for either the server, domain, or both. Even seizing control of the domain (like in the case of the original Megaupload, for example). There are many, many ways enforcement agencies can accomplish their task. So no, going offshore wouldn't have done any good, and being on such short notice, would not have been worth the cost or effort, not with what we have to pay already to operate the site and forums. We already realized we'd lose some people over our decision, but we make this decision in the best interest of the users of this community. Nothing matters more to us than all of you. Nothing at all. But remember what a forum is intended for - it's meant for discussion. Always has been. Kametsu's origins are rooted in this very notion, in fact. And we have every intention to maintain that aspect. Yes, it sucks Kametsu can't offer downloads...but if all someone was doing was joining for downloads, you have to ask - were they ever going to really participate in the community? Were they ever really going to mingle with other like-minded users, discussing whatever comes to their mind, like a forum was intended to be? Ask yourself this - what is a forum for? If you say "for the discussions and the community", that's awesome and you understand what we're aiming for here. You understand that a forum is intended to be a place for like-minded individuals to gather and hold discussions based on their hobbies and interests, to develop new friendships, and just be social! If you say "for downloads", then you've entirely missed the mark on what forums are intended to be used for. The problem was too obvious really - the existence of downloads severely impacted overall forum participation, and caused other issues as well (like the spam Koby mentioned, which actually itself drove away regularly contributing members). It was only a matter of time before Koby starts to consider whether or not the cost to operate was justified. So if you're truly here to embody what a forum website is all about...then we're glad you're still around and we look forward to many more years to come! If all you cared for was downloads, we only ask that you join us in full-on participation in the community and enjoy the future projects we have to offer you! All in all just bear with us.
  5. IkarosBD

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    Don't worry guys, the anime focus sure as hell isn't going anywhere. This actually opens the door up for us to be able to do even neater things to make up for what we lost, we really think you guys are going to like this a lot once we start rolling out the plans. You guys are what make Kametsu great. Nothing else. No amount of downloads could ever surpass that. A forum cannot even exist without each and every one of you and we sincerely hope you stick with us for the long run. This was an extremely stressful time for us to ensure we could keep this community operational, and we endured it for you guys because we just care that much for all of you. You'll all have plenty more opportunities down the line to make suggestions to us as to what else we can do on this forum for you all. That's another positive aspect of all this too. I sincerely believe the future is brighter for Kametsu now. I really do. We rise from the ashes anew, and become even greater.
  6. As you are all aware by now, a server maintenance was conducted today to update the webserver and underlying TLS library that provides secure connectivity to our network of sites. Part of this upgrade, was the addition of support for the newly created TLS version 1.3. This new protocol version is supported by the latest versions of both Firefox and Chrome, and should already be enabled by default in those browsers, so if you're using the latest versions of either browser, you should now be using TLSv1.3 transparently. However, with this change, we have to also make a change to some of the older ciphers we currently support on Kametsu. Right now, we maintain a relatively sane degree of backwards-compatibility to account for older browsers. Now that we have TLSv1.3 enabled, this has to be revised. We've already disabled support for TLSv1.0, and on December 16th, 2018 - we will be making the following changes to our supported TLS cipher suites/parameters: Plain DHE (Diffie-Hellman Exchange)-based cipher suites will be completely disabled. We will only support ECDHE (Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman Exchange)-based suites. DHE is still relatively secure provided you use a decent-sized key, but its performance is generally lower than that of its EC-based counterpart especially with higher key sizes. TLSv1.1 will be disabled, and TLSv1.2 will become the minimum supported. The older Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) cipher suites will be depreciated and ultimately removed, in favor of the superior Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) cipher suites. These changes, especially 2 and 3, will mostly impact users on older operating systems and/or those using older/obsolete browsers (such as Internet Explorer on anything other than Windows 10, for example). These users will likely see their ability to connect to the site disappear once these changes take effect. For those of you using older operating systems and/or browsers - I implore you to update your systems and/or your browsers to the latest available versions to ensure you are still able to connect to Kametsu without a problem. If you have any concerns, please let me know. I do have a very busy work schedule so I can't always guarantee a timely response but I'll make every effort to respond to every concern raised regarding these upcoming changes.
  7. LostYears' SSSS.GRIDMAN ep 3 will be released later tonight. Einherjar batch will be done Saturday morning. Sorry for the delays, I'm dealing with quite a bit at the moment.

  8. Sorry guys I'm just really out of it today. Lot of personal issues I'm having with certain individuals, leading to a lack of motivation to do anything.

     

    And yes, my XDCC bot is down. Don't ask why. Personal issues.

    1. LelouchVBritannia

      LelouchVBritannia

      May god resolve your personal issues very soon 😇.

    2. Pizza Cat
  9. Quick question for all: Would you like to see more from me, such as maybe adding another method or two of grabbing LostYears releases aside from XDCC and torrents?

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    2. LelouchVBritannia

      LelouchVBritannia

      That's great 😍.

       

      I misunderstood & thought that u were gonna remove Torrents & XDCC 😅.

    3. LelouchVBritannia

      LelouchVBritannia

      I would like to see MEGA & Google Drive as those new methods.

    4. (AC)

      (AC)

      I would like a new HDD with every ly series on it posted straight to meh

  10. LAAAAAG (when exiting a game such as GTA V)...

     

    Also...

     

    I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK! :D:D:D

  11. Due to continued server problems at AniDex - our automated XDCC fetching is not currently functioning at this time. New releases for LostYears are especially affected by this and will likely not be transferred to XDCC until our XDCC bot owners are able to transfer the files manually from other sources (or we get lucky and AniDex somehow responds during a feed check). We apologize for the inconvenience.

    1. DigiPokeMon

      DigiPokeMon

      Have you contacted anidex to let them know about this problem?

       

       

    2. Koby

      Koby

      @DigiPokeMon Holo has been contacted numerous times but apparently fails to ever respond about the lack of stability.

  12. I am in an IMMENSE amount of pain right now. It hurts more when I'm up and walking after 3-4 minutes, mostly in my lower back.

     

    That is why I'm minimizing my activity at this time. I will be cutting back on any non-work activity (including the IRC network and the forums) so my back can get proper rest.

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    2. DRX

      DRX

      Get better, that's the important part

    3. LelouchVBritannia

      LelouchVBritannia

      I hope that u recover soon.

    4. Nabull

      Nabull

      How you doing now?

  13. Just an FYI: I've done some reorganizing of the Discord server roles. I THINK I got everyone's roles correctly assigned. However, if you're a member of our Discord server, could you please go there and check your current assigned roles to make sure I didn't miss anything? If I did (e.g you're supposed to have the Donator role, for example, or Uploader, or something else), please let me know. Thanks.

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    2. IkarosBD

      IkarosBD

      Sorry @NeutralHatred you cannot be a bot. You do not meet the qualifications. :P

    3. ElectricAngel

      ElectricAngel

      I just got the uploader role and I'd like for it to be added to the Discord please 😄 (ElectricAngel#8461)

    4. Nabull

      Nabull

      Why do I not have a special role? 

      #protest

  14. *sigh*

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    2. Nabull

      Nabull

      Time for Pollux's promotion 

    3. Pollux
    4. Nabull

      Nabull

      I'm sorry, I don't remember asking you

      Now start banning people go go go

  15. A quick note to everyone: I will be taking a hiatus from administration. This is due to a number of things, but I also did sort of warn this could happen back at the end of May, and it's looking like that, in order to maximize my productivity at work, it is necessary.

     

    I haven't yet decided if I'm leaving administration entirely. I do not yet feel that itself is necessary. But I do feel my ability to make fair decisions is impacted by my work schedule and the lack of sleep caused by it.

     

    Effective immediately, I will no longer be handling forum matters for a period of 2 months. I will continue to perform regular work on the server itself. Just not on the forums.

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    2. NeutralHatred

      NeutralHatred

      @(AC)

      You should see a doctor first about that cough. Sounds pretty bad.

    3. (AC)

      (AC)

      too much AC in here catching a cold

    4. NeutralHatred

      NeutralHatred

      That was absolutely terrible. Please try again.

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