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  1. UPDATE 8/30/2022: We are continuing to monitor the situation with the current Kametsu Discord server. As of this update it is still functioning. We are considering the option to sunset the old server and migrate everyone to the new server. For your reference, links to BOTH servers are below. If you are *NOT* joined to both, *PLEASE* join both! YOU CAN FIND THE LINKS TO BOTH OUR DISCORD SERVERS HERE: https://discord.kametsu.com/ Please stay tuned to the forums and IRC for more updates. --------------- ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to Discord's unfair and unjust treatment of Kametsu's owner, as well as their total refusal to provide proof of any sort of wrongdoing committed by him, we were forced to create a backup Kametsu Discord server. Right now, the *NEW* Kametsu Discord server is EMPTY as we have not yet activated it. There will be no activity on it at the present time. However, if Discord's mods attempt to delete the current Discord server, it will become necessary to migrate to it. Therefore, please use the invite link at the bottom of this announcement to join the backup server. PLEASE NOTE: There will not be any current activity yet, as the backup Kametsu Discord server has NOT YET been activated. We only request you to join the backup server via the invite link in this post, and idle there just in case we do end up losing the current Discord server. SHOULD THE WORST COME TO PASS AND THIS ACTUALLY OCCURS - we will make a further announcement on our Facebook page as well as on the forums, and we will activate the backup server at that time with an @everyone announcement on the new server. We feel it's really unfortunate that the entire community has to suffer a punishment when they had done nothing wrong and the server itself was not even involved in the alleged violation. We will continue to stand by and support our community fully as we always have, and we thank you for sticking with us through these tough times. NEW DISCORD SERVER LINK CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://discord.kametsu.com/ - tAGAIN, the new Kametsu Discord server (Kametsu v2) *IS NOT YET ACTIVE*, we are only asking you to place yourself there for the time being just in case we do lose the current Kametsu Discord server!
  2. This evening, multiple issues were brought to my attention by @Koby: Remote image loading appeared broken Some users were not receiving their usual emails (password reset, post notifications, digests [if you enabled that], etc) This issue was due to a configuration error upstream of the website that affected the server's ability to reach the internet - it was not allowing any traffic to flow out of the server to make the above things actually work. As a result, the backend image proxy system cached bad data due to it being unable to reach remote image URLs, breaking all remotely referenced images. On top of this, email system was broken because it was unable to contact DNS to resolve email hostnames. This one was on me, sadly - I was performing some upstream maintenance and left a faulty configuration in place that I had intended to remove. The issue has since been fixed, and emails should be flowing normally again though anything received for the past few weeks, up until tonight, will not be received. Remote image loading should also now function again. I'm sincerely sorry for any inconvenience that caused!
  3. Good afternoon everyone! A bug was reported to me by @Koby wherein the redirect from http:// to https:// was not occurring automatically as it should have been, instead placing visitors to the http:// version of kametsu.com on a "default" page, the "It works!" page for the entire server. This was caused by a parsing issue with our webserver configuration files where it was not correctly interpreting the settings for the plaintext http:// version - it had believed that there was no configuration for the http:// version of kametsu.com and thus was placing visitors to this on the default configuration host instead of redirecting visitors to the secure https:// version of the site. An updated configuration file was uploaded with a corrected host configuration with a full proper URL defined within +the web server restarted. This appears to have fixed the issue. Moving forward we will likely be employing HSTS rules to force browsers to unconditionally use HTTPS mode by default even when http:// is entered in the address bar, which should help further reduce or even completely eliminate any other possible occurrence of this issue. My apologies for any inconvenience this issue caused!
  4. BDRyan here (aka IkarosBD), just a quick heads-up that I have dropped my old persona and adopted a new one. I'm still the same 'ol person as before, just new name.

  5. Hi everyone! Few things to cover, first off - this is IkarosBD...but I have decided to change personas after 5-6 years. I'm still me, still the same ol' admin I always was. Just a different name, different avatar, etc. If you do not know where this name came from, see this link and this link. There, now with that out of the way - I finally have some news! Towards the end of this year, we will be making the move primarily to a blog-based website with the community refocused on our Discord and IRC channels. We will still retain the forums, of course, but they will probably take a backseat likely in an archived state at some point. Koby and I agreed that it's just too hard to completely let go of the forums so we settled on keeping them around for now. There is no definitive date yet for making the switch, the only thing I can say is it'll likely be towards the holiday season, likely between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My work will be transitioning back to the office in mid to late October so I may have to make some adjustments to that plan but that's what I'm aiming for at this time. For those of you that stuck with us - we thank you sincerely from the bottom of our hearts. Your loyalty and dedication to the community is greatly appreciated and without you we just wouldn't have one anymore! That being said, please, PLEASE get into our IRC and/or Discord servers! Links to Discord are in the menu bar up top and I'll try and publish up-to-date IRC information within the next few weeks or so. Our core community resides in those two locales - so please join us if you haven't already. Lurkers welcome, but feel free to start up a convo! Note that due to differing hours, there'll be lulls in activity. Look for more updates in this space soon!
  6. Hey everyone! Sorry that took so long but the migration of the site to its new server is now complete! There exists a possibility of a few glitches here and there and maybe a hiccup or two - I'll be sorting those out if any over the coming days. In the meantime, if you notice anything out of the ordinary please don't hesitate to let myself or Koby know! Thanks again for your patience! We'll have more details about where we're going from here sometime in the middle of July most likely - stay tuned!
  7. Hi @DemonTatsuya I'm unsure of who set your ban or why since the server's not providing this information to me at this time. In addition, the last record we have of the ban 'existing' was on January 22nd. Given this + the time frame that's passed, I have removed the ban. Again though since I don't know why you were banned in the first place, there's no way to ensure it wouldn't occur again so please reach out to me directly via private message if it does, so that I can investigate further. Apologies for the inconvenience.
  8. @sniper23 yes, the sections were removed, but due to an error on my part, most (but not all) of the threads and posts within remained. I had incorrectly assumed that removing the sections would take all the threads and posts with it but this failed to occur. Since these threads/posts lost their parent forum, they also lost their permission sets, resulting in a default "deny all" when what should have been appearing is a "not found". Not even us admins could view them. We only became aware of it very recently when people began dropping us PMs asking what that was all about, and it was then that Koby discovered the issue and ran a more thorough cleanup, removing the orphaned threads properly this time.
  9. Hey everyone! It has come to my attention that many people were coming across bookmarked/linked threads that led to a 'no permission' message. Let me take the time to clarify this for you. As you may or may not have been aware, quite some time ago Kametsu was the victim of copyright trolls - we were forced to make a very difficult decision. Do we care more for keeping the download sections? Or do we prioritize the site and its members? Ultimately, to protect the site's members, we made the difficult decision to remove all the download sections from the site. Unfortunately, there was no right or wrong decision here, as there would have been highly negative consequences with either decision. We were stuck between a rock and a hard place with no other way out. As it would turn out, though, the initial purge of those sections didn't exactly go as I planned. While the vast majority of those threads were indeed purged...what ended up happening in the end was, many of the old download threads were somehow missed in the initial round, and thus ended up "orphaned" when their parent forum/content they were attached to were purged. Thus, there were no longer any parent permissions to inherit - which resulted in the "No permission" message. Koby discovered this only recently and executed a more thorough cleanup, which now should correctly result in a "Not found" message instead. This does not change anything - we are not in any position to "go back" to the way things were. We have instead asked repeatedly what sort of site you'd like to see Kametsu become. To that end, we are most certainly open to ideas as to format change. That aside, please stop asking us about downloads. There's nothing we can tell you that hasn't already been said. We want to refocus the site, so if you have something constructive to contribute to that, you are more than welcome to send us a PM. Thanks for taking the time to read and understand this. As we've said many times in the past, we know this is a heartbreaking thing, we didn't want to have to do it but there was just little alternative left. We care more about the site, and of course the people that make up its community, than any 'downloads'.
  10. Heads up to everyone, During the course of the next week or so, I will be tweaking and testing some things on the server backend - mainly to optimize it for resource usage but also to see if I can't speed it up a little bit more. This activity will be done sporadically, not consecutively, and could possibly result in periods of time where the site slows down or perhaps even goes unavailable briefly from time to time. There will also be a time where I'll carry out the usual slew of regular backend software updates. Date(s): Between July 6th, 2020 and July 16th, 2020 Time(s): Sporadically, for an hour or two at a time. No actual set specific times. For: Backend adjustments/tweaking+testing, software updates and adjustments. Downtime: None expected, but could be brief periods of slowness and/or brief moments of unreachability. Rest assured that, at any point I'm carrying out work on the site, I will be available to fix any errors that occur quickly. Most people probably won't notice much going on at any point - this is just to make everyone aware in case you do. Thanks for your understanding!
  11. Another big reason our initial plans fell through is mainly due to my own schedule and life crises. I've transitioned to full-time work 40 hours a week, and that just hasn't left me the sort of time I'd like to have to do things for the site. But never fear, I still fully intend to follow through, I just have to find some good, decent, solid time to do it. It'll come eventually but I'm not giving up on things here and I've zero intent to do so in the future. That, I promise.
  12. This is where Koby and I kinda diverged. I started playing Trails in the Sky, he started with Trails of Cold Steel. Technically, I followed the in-game timelines, if I'm not mistaken. I'm probably not as well-versed in the whole timeline as Koby is though. I do know that the timelines do intertwine between each different series.
  13. Sorry about the outage. Not sure what happened there. Everything appears back to normal now, but I'll be monitoring through the night.

  14. Truth be told, this is another one of Sweeney's underhanded tactics against Steam. Nothing new here. Epic really isn't gonna get anywhere the way they're going with this, Steam already has too much a solid foothold for Epic to overtake them that easily. As far as I'm concerned, now that I know about this...should I ever install Epic's client, all Epic's launcher is gonna get when it tries to read Steam files on my system, is a big ol' nasty Windows "Access is denied" message. A clever Windows admin such as myself also knows the tricks to prevent program installation detection and process listing. And there's not a damn thing they can do about any of it.
  15. @Beave even if those aspects already exist, there's always room to expand upon them. The idea we had really was to just do a complete reorganization of things. Move some things around, expand some of the existing topical forums, things like that. There are gaps to fill, but we can't really think of any better way to fill those gaps than to ask the community. The idea we wanted to go with is to do a refocus onto gaming while keeping our love for anime and cartoons alive, we just didn't feel right "just doing" that without asking people first. As far as anime discussion goes...the loss of downloads was a major blow, but we also recognize that the community absolutely loves their anime and their cartoons. To that end, we've been planning on doing a lot more expansion upon that very topic, perhaps adding in some special 'prizes' for perhaps randomly picked winners from time to time Really we can do some similar things for other topical areas like gaming, think you already saw an example of what we attempted to do with that. The same idea might be expandable to other topical areas, for example maybe some music-related giveaways from time to time. You get where I'm going with that. At this stage it's more about finding a direction we want to take the site in, given Kametsu can no longer do what it used to do, because Koby and I are both still very much willing and able to keep things open. We just want you guys to decide which direction the site should be taken. The control is being placed firmly in your hands. Thanks for your reply!
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