* TSR now
06 aug 2002
that's the original announcement from TSR:
The Sims Resource
Reported by: Steve Bonham
It was a very sad day for TSR 3 weeks ago when
the announcement came from MGON that the free
site of The Sims Resource had to close down.
Visitors to the site are still climbing every
week and have shown no sign of slowing down since
we launched over 3 years ago. Although this is
great news for me and the site, its not
such good news for the bandwidth bill. Serving
over 4 Million downloads weekly doesn't come
cheap! Advertising is near non-existent, as free
site visitors will have noticed during the last
few weeks. The only ads making any money these
days are for adult content and casinos, none of
which are really suitable for our audience.
But after working hard on new ideas to save the
Free TSR, I feel that we have reached a fair
alternative to closing down the free site and
going subscription only. I realise that it
wont suit everyone, and I have to accept
that TSR will loose some of its long-time
visitors. To those people I can only apologise
that we can no longer support the free site, and
thank them for visiting. There is no need to
flood me with hate mail, I already appreciate
that we will loose people over this move, but it
was financially unavoidable.
what can free users expect to see at TSR now?
Well, free users will notice that they now share
the bright new site design of TSR. This includes
an easier navigation system and faster loading
static pages. They will be able to browse the
entire archive of almost 40,000 downloads, and
will be able to download around 3% of them at any
one time. Just look out for the colored
padlocks on the downloads pages, or just view
the free content only. They will also be able to
view much of the additional content at the site,
including members profiles, tutorials etc.
The free content in the databases will be
randomly generated every 3 days, and that content
will not come around again until the whole
archive has been free. This means that over 2000
files will be free for download during any week.
It also gives every file the same amount of
published time to allow for fair download counts.
Forums will remain free as part of MGON Forums."