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Forum : Announcements

Check this page often for the latest information about HitExchange. Our staff will use this page to announce official rule changes, new features, and press releases.


October 29, 2003 - 4:19 AM PST:
Good News - Thanks to members' encouragement and ideas, we will continue HitExchange in a new direction.

October 27, 2003 - 1:18 AM PST:
Closing - Due to a lack of funding, HitExchange will cease operation on December 31, 2003. Please see this page for details.

January 20, 2001 - 12:17 PM PST:
Hard Drive Crash - At 6:38 a.m. on 1/18/2001, our primary hard drive suffered a severe crash. The staff noticed it within one hour and spent the past two days recovering our filesystem from backups.

We apologize for the inconvenience this crash may have caused our members. We have already revised our backup strategy to significantly reduce the recovery time for this type of fatal crashes. It's also a good time to remind everyone - BACKUP YOUR DATA OR LOSE IT!


May 18, 2000 - 4:16 PM PST:
Login Problem - Our apology for the login problems that some members have experienced today. We had to shutdown our server this morning at around 3am to move it from one office into another. The reboot process was incomplete, so the database connection caused the login problem. We've restarted the database server and the web server to fix this problem.

May 3, 2000 - 4:28 PM PST:
Maintenance Window - The Per Page Breakdown of banner statistics will be temporarily off-line this week for us to optimize its programming. By doing so, we hope to significantly improve the overall speed of our server.

December 30, 1999 - 1:57 PM PST:
Our service will be offline for approximately 15 minutes at 3pm PST, 12/30/99. We need to move our servers to a different physical location of the building. We apologize for the short notice.

December 13, 1999 - 2:33 PM PST:
Per Page Stat - Members can now see a per page breakdown of how many banners are being displayed at their site. Use the "Per Page Breakdown" link underneath the banner stat table on the Account Overview page. The breakdown is available for each of the past 7 days or for them combined.

Vote Counts - Following another member's suggestion, the Account Overview page now also includes the vote count received by each member. The vote count is next to their category selection (in the Profile section).


December 4, 1999 - 3:55 AM PST:
Accounting Problem - Due to a programming error, no click-thru was recorded for 12/3/99. We corrected the problem at 12:15 a.m. PST and made some adjustments to prevent member's exchange ratios from being lowered due to this problem. However, since no hit credit was deducted or earned, we did not make adjustments to member's hit credits. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error.

September 18, 1999 - 4:50 AM PST:
Credit Card Processing - It is finally finished! Members can purchase hit credits online using their credit cards through our secure server. The order will be processed immediately, after which hit credits will be deposited into their accounts. No more waiting for their checks to arrive at our office via US Postal snail mail.

August 23, 1999 - 1:40 AM PST:
Increase Banner File Size - We raised the limit on banner file size from 10K to 15K.

July 8, 1999 - 3:08 AM PST:
New Banner Display Rules - We revised Rule #3 to give members more freedom in displaying banners. We also simplified the wording of other rules to make them easier to read and understand.

Our special thanks to members who participated in the Rule #3 discussion. Your comments were very helpful.


July 1, 1999 - 3:52 PM PST:
Referral Program - Please see this page for details about this program. We finished it three days ahead of schedule!

June 22, 1999 - 10:08 AM PST:
Referral Program - We hope to have our referral program on-line by the 4th of July weekend. Please give your input in this forum.

June 14, 1999 - 2:00 PM PST:
Proxy Server Processing - Banners displayed through proxy servers will have cookies attached to them for identification. We simplified the detection and processing of proxy servers, which should improve the overall banner CTR's because it eliminates misdirected click-thrus. We also implemented additional security for logins through these proxy servers.

June 6, 1999 - 5:07 AM PST:
Facelift - We added more options to the menu bar and improved upon the user interface for category selection. Although these are merely cosmetic changes, we believe everyone will appreciate the ease in navigating the site.

May 4, 1999 - 1:40 PM PST:
Banner Upload from Hard Drive - Members may now upload banners from their local hard drive. We had this feature planned for a while, but we didn't have the time to implement it. Did we mention that we were stuck on the discussion forum for a long time? :-)

April 28, 1999 - 5:01 PM PST:
Discussion Forum - After months of development, the discussion forum is finally completed. It took longer than expected because along the way we encountered several non-related, but more pressing problems which diverted our attention. Also, we wasted some weeks in the beginning when we tried to adopt third-party message board programs. For efficiency and security reasons, we concluded that it's better to write our own message program.

We hope this Discussion Forum will bring our members closer together as a community. There is much to discuss. Let's get started!


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