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#2019858 Funny times in TC

Posted by Pyro699 on Today, 09:53 AM


#2019746 Why is no one here??

Posted by Pyro699 on 15 March 2018 - 02:32 PM

I guess I'm just excited to find a community outside of Facebook AND i don't have to hide that I cheat lol

Try tinder

#2019692 A message from your friendly neighbourhood Admin

Posted by Pyro699 on 14 March 2018 - 07:46 PM

I agree with Kate on this - we have always had instant messaging mediums to communicate with. Be it in MSN, IRC, Slack, Tinychat, Discord, Facebook Group (it is an old and now dead one) activity has not been completely isolated to those areas. People would still post links to topics in those chat rooms, and we would have active discussion about things going on within the site.

I, along with a couple of others, use slack at our place of work and adding an additional workspace is easy. I am able to communicate quite quickly and effortlessly with members of this community while I am supposed to be working. This, if anything, has helped reduced some of the other pain points of the site where when something would go wrong it would take much longer to figure it out. I would need to be sent a pm or email and then have to check my personal email.

Salade and Romy - I do not see either of you being very active within slack ;)

#2019246 A message from your friendly neighbourhood Admin

Posted by Pyro699 on 08 March 2018 - 09:46 AM

Hey Everyone,
It has been a while since I posted (which I totally get does not help the inactivity issue), but I wanted to chime in and address a couple of points that have been brought up about where we currently stand, and a little bit about my history with the forum to spread a bit of light on the future.
First off. We are not going anywhere. I can say that with absolute confidence knowing what is currently in our bank account along with the day-to-day costs of what it costs to run neocodex. I have been a member of this community starting all the way back in October 2010 and I first joined the staff in November of that year. Since then I have met people here who have become like family. Whether it be drinking beer with Cameron, riding on the back of Faraaz's bike on a highway, farting in front of Kate (there was also that time she brought her husband and kids over and I think one ate some cat food), eating Burritos with Jessica (Jess), going to raves with the other Jessica (Padme), there was some event with Shannon, doing questionable activities with Arman in Montreal, getting way too drunk with Jon and having his friends call me "the white guy" all night, or hanging out in vegas with Rocket and almost getting married. Those are just the experiences that I had in person... There were countless nights that I was feeling down and there were so many people here to talk to and help me through it. I had a support network of people that actually cared, and it was a truly wonderful thing to know. There are too many memories here for me to explain, you will just need to take my word that we are not going anywhere and that I hope others have had a feeling and connection to this place as I have grown to know and love.
Running a forum is not an easy thing, there are rules that need to be established, trusted individuals need to become members of staff to help moderate the forum. It is not trivial at all and it saddens me to see such criticism of those individuals that we initially put trust into and truly did give it their best. Let us take a look at the first thread I contributed to when I joined back in October. http://www.neocodex....ython-web-stuff
This was back at a time when our programming team was still active, programs were being worked on weekly and both Cameron and Faraaz were still regularly active. Instead of me complaining about the lack of programs that were available, or the numerous other issues I had with the programs at the time, I stepped up and offered to help. I implore the individuals who have issues with the lack of activity and the lack of faith in the direction of the forum to step up and offer to help. Nothing is going to get done if we just sit around in a single thread and complain about how this place is not like how it use to be. Be the change you wish to see in the world, or in this case Neocodex. I am open to suggestions, yes let us include a couple of new sections for games. Yes let's add a new rank. Yes let's do something. However you need to see that we cannot just pull out a single and magic solution to fix everything. It was already mentioned earlier but neopets is dying, and as a site that has focused primarily on neopets, we are going to feel that backlash.
While I personally do not have that much of an image around here anymore, I want you all to know that in one way or another I have had something to do with Neocodex almost every day since I joined. Be it making sure we have good uptime, keeping the emails going, keeping the neocash card stock up, or even on slack communicating with anyone who joins in the channels. Forums are not as popular today as they use to be and to have a successful one these days, the bar is rising very fast. Social platforms like twitter, youtube, facebook and others have created community like atmospheres that have mostly replaced what we all knew the internet to be "back in the day". There are exceptions to this, of course, and that is also my personal opinion on the matter.
Before we had slack, we had an IRC channel that we used for codex. For those of you familiar with IRC you will know that it has been around since the turn of the century. It was heavily outdated, but one of the first places we had where members could instant message each other. It is also where we discussed such fascinating topics such as how a bowling ball will fall faster than a feather in a vacuum, and no one knows anything about anything unless they have a PhD in the topic. Truly enlightening times... In between that and slack, came tinychat - an unofficial official place where many shenanigans took place... We would just idle in the channel waiting for other members to join and I believe if i look hard enough I can find a video of Noitidart dancing on webcam while me, Georgina and Lisa sit around watching... However we needed to grow, and that was where slack came into light... It is this generation's equivalent of IRC (hell, it even has an IRC gateway plugin). You can either join our slack channel through this link: http://www.neocodex....x.php?app=slack or this one https://join.slack.c...YjNlMzY5ZjljMzk or pm me or even email at [email protected]neocodex.us - We are waiting for you to join.
Another point I would like to bring up is that, once again, I joined back in 2010... That was 8 years ago... Quite a bit has happened for me personally in that time. Back then I was engaged (that was fun) which quickly went to me being single (even more fun), all while working a minimum wage part time job at costco handing out samples. After that I left the city I grew up in, to the capital of Canada and got my first real job... One that required me working 40+ hours a day and I had to work my ass off for it. Everyone else had an education and more of a reason to be there than I did... I had to prove myself over and over again... Fast forward today, and I have had so many life experiences it is impossible to think of the person I was back then. I bought my first property, I am in a well respected position at work and life has simply progressed for me to such a point that having 4 or 5 days a week to work on personal projects and things outside of my profession become more difficult. In other words, I grew up, there is not much else to say about it than that; however not a day goes by that I do not think of the place that helped me get here.
So this was my message to you, the community. That I have as much attachment to this place as anyone, and would love to see it thrive like the "olden days", however times have changed and if we want to continue to be the community I know that you want it to be, we need to change with it. Like I stated earlier, we are open to suggestions. Throw ideas at us and we will listen.
Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together.
-Cody Woolaver, Neocodex.us Administrator

#2016842 Emails Down

Posted by Pyro699 on 07 November 2017 - 09:44 AM

Looks like our email provider is having some issues with our account. I am currently looking into this and will provide updates when this has been resolved.


#2016389 Staff Changes

Posted by Pyro699 on 12 October 2017 - 07:07 PM

Hello everyone!
It has been some time since we made some staffing changes and in the spirit of trying to kick up some activity there is going to be some changes to the current roster.
First off, @Hydrogen will be stepping down once again as he continues to focus on some other areas of his life. He will continue to stick around behind the scenes and assist the staff with anything that we should need. I make frequent trips to visit him and we are confident in the site's ability to continue on.
Next, with the above mentioned step-down that has left open a position on the Administration team, it should be no surprise to anyone that the position will be taken up by @Emily. This promotion is long overdue, and I am very excited to have her move up into a position where we will be able to breathe some much needed life into the forums. In the transition from her current role as Lead Moderator, @ShadowLink64, @Hydrogen and myself will help her with any potential issues that she may run into - however we are very confident that she will do just fine.
Onto the next change. I am pleased to say that our lovely @Kate will be returning to her position as Lead Moderator!
Lastly I would like to thank both @Eefi and @Cass for their work and support, but they will be returning to their previous ranks as Private members.
Let's wish everyone the best of luck in their new roles both on and off of the site!
-Cody Woolaver, Neocodex Administration

#2010195 Cats of Codex

Posted by Pyro699 on 16 June 2017 - 10:21 AM

@Coops we should maintain the first thread with photos and spoilers of each member <3
Here are henry and cleo.


#2002585 Is there a way around recaptcha?

Posted by Pyro699 on 05 March 2017 - 09:13 PM

recapcha is done by google and i seriously doubt that there is any way around them other than the "robot" described above. The newest version of recapcha will actually only appear if it thinks you are a robot and not even require you to click every time.

#1992872 Recent Downtime

Posted by Pyro699 on 12 September 2016 - 01:47 PM

Has there been any recent development upgrade on the site? Maybe it's a case of you something got fixed and broke something else scenario. 

Another thing is you might want to check for the logs. That should give you an idea on whats going on. 

And also might wanna check if the server had some automatic updates done. Sometimes those screw things up to and would require some hotfixes.


You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work. I know you'll be able to fix it.


a) No we have not done any upgrades or changes to the software.

b) We are knowledgeable enough to know what logs to look in. This included us paying close attention to the server access logs to see who was connecting from what ip and with what useragent. It was must more complicated than we originally would have though.
c) with where we are running our servers, we are in control of everything - there are no automatic updates that could have been applied. But I do agree with you that autoupdates suck and break a lot... Most recently windows 10 autoupdated and broke my virtualbox setups - great times.


We are planning some server fixes and updates that will hopefully reduce the possibility of this happening again.

#1992796 Adding Pokecoins to Neocodex Store

Posted by Pyro699 on 10 September 2016 - 10:08 PM

The problem with that is that "pokecoins" are technically currency of what ever platform you are using.


android: playstore dollars

ios: itunes money


Not as simple as it might appear from the outside ;) But if i can think of a solution - sure :)

#1992793 Recent Downtime

Posted by Pyro699 on 10 September 2016 - 09:21 PM

We are not here to make money. The only reason we have any kind of monetary typed system going on is to help fund the uptime of the server and it has currently let us down. We didn't feel it was right to charge when the service was not providing what we had originally promised. It is nothing out of our pocket to give back to the community that has helped this place become what it is today.


If you guys can think of other things to try and make this place better, please let us know and we will see what we can do :)


And before you ask Drak - No, we will not bring back the negative rep system.

#1992773 Recent Downtime

Posted by Pyro699 on 10 September 2016 - 02:44 PM

Hey Everyone,
So as you may have noticed recently, Codex has been experiencing some downtime over the last few days. Yesterday, I finally went all in and turned a bunch of things off so that we could get a handle on what exactly was going on. Usually when something like this happens, the fix is quite obvious and I can take care of it in a couple of minutes. This time however, it required getting the old team back together and digging in real deep. Yeah, that's how bad things got - I had to call @Hydrogen (3 times - which brought back memories of the hydro-zone). @ShadowLink64 showed up to help us, and even @Waser Lave made a slack account so that we could talk and figure out what was going on. All very nostalgic and brought a tear to our eyes... However that tear was quickly wiped away by our frustration of the server unresponsiveness. No matter how many times we would bang on it, things just wouldn't shake loose.
At the root of the problem, something was taking all of the resources - and by "all of the resources" I mean that we would idle at around 160% CPU useage, so it was a little difficult to do testing while letting members onto the site. You might have noticed that there was a "403 Forbidden" message that appeared for you on the site earlier yesterday afternoon. This was in no way to imply that you were banned, we did receive an email inquiring about this and I wanted to clarify why it was that this was done at all. Basically, on the server you have the original contact on the server, then you go to the managing application and then you connect to a database of some sort. The usage spikes came in from the bottom two layers, so we cut off access for everyone at the server layer so that we could actually log into the server ourselves and figure out what was happening. I apologize if this caused anyone confusion yesterday, I am sure you eventually noticed that I replaced that message with one that had 'a little' more detail.
At the end of the day we still do not know what the root cause was, we have a couple theories but after 3 days of debugging we just decided to split up some of the server resources and have our database separate from the core of the site. I cannot promise we won't have another downtime like this, but if it does happen again, we will be able to track down the source a little easier.
With that in mind, I realize that some of you lost out on your subscriptions and would like some compensation for that. We are going to be extending all existing subscriptions by 2 weeks. We are also going to enable all advanced features (within the program manager only) for non-advanced members for a period of 1 week. Hopefully this makes up for some of the downtime that we have had.
Hope this explanation made a bit of sense to you.
Welcome back!
- Neocodex Administration

#1988846 Private Lead Change

Posted by Pyro699 on 02 August 2016 - 06:47 PM

Just a quick note to let everyone know that @Rocket has stepped down from her position as the private lead. Let's thank her for all the hard work she has done :D


With that position now vacant, I would like to also announce that I have promoted @Coops as the new private lead, I am sure she will do great.




#1978174 Codex 2017 Meetup

Posted by Pyro699 on 09 June 2016 - 11:53 AM

Hello Everyone,

As some of you may have already heard, there is a NeoCodex meetup planned for distant future. I have made my rounds across The US and Canada and met up with a bunch of you guys already but think that it would be a great idea if we hold some kind of event where we can all meet up together. We will spend the next few months picking out a location where we will meet and from there we can narrow down the specifics.

We have been having an active conversation on the topic in our slack channel, please feel to come talk about it. http://www.neocodex....x.php?app=slack (Join #codex2017meetup)

Here is a survey that will help us figure out where it is going to be. I have picked areas that are easily accessible to other members.


Update 1:

I probably should have included this in the initial survey, but please fill out this survey so I can collect information about the locations of those interested in meeting up:



Update 2:

I have closed the survey, If you are interested in joining and have not had time to fill out the above survey, please send me an email at [email protected]neocodex.us. There are currently 17 people on the list.


The information shared in this survey will remain confidential.

List of people currently confirmed to go:

* This main post will be continuously updated as more details come through.

#1978101 Hydrogen's Wedding Reception Photos

Posted by Pyro699 on 09 June 2016 - 09:09 AM

Some of you were curious about the photos from the trip that me and @ShadowLink64 took a little while back to welcome Saraah (@Hydrogen's wife) to North America... Here is a photo of the 4 of us :)