Well That Was Interesting

Well That Was Interesting

So crap went down with TSS’ servers, and we lost a whole lot of stuff. Read the SSMB Topic to find out just what happened. Considering the servers had been randomly crapping out every now and then the week leading up to the wipe, I’m obviously annoyed that I was dumb enough to not make regular backups up until the fateful incident. To be fair, I did have backups for both TSS and SSMB from the 15th February – but alas, when Apple says Time Machine ‘works’, what it really means it ‘selectively works’. Those backups were indeed lost, and it was by good fortune that I was using a copy of the TSS backup actively on my localhost that we avoided total meltdown.

While I’ll happily call myself an idiot for not taking necessary steps, you can call it karma or whatever you want, I must extend my thanks to those who wished us well (and still do wish us a speedy recovery), be it other sites like Sonic Retro and TSSZ or individuals that visit them. I guess the majority of the Sonic community aren’t total retards to a fellow fan’s tragedy, despite whatever views they may hold of each other. For example, I can’t say we’ve had the best relationship with TSSZ as of late, but I’d like to say this event has forged a new-found respect for one another in the very least.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a franchise primarily for kids, so it stands to reason that a lot of those in the community today are in fact children or young teenagers. I guess it stands to reason that there was a bit of negativity towards us when word got around of our troubles. When they get older they’ll understand that we do in fact love Sonic and indeed his later games too – I’m playing Sonic Unleashed while writing this update (I’d be playing Black Knight, but it’s not out in the UK yet) in fact.

The whole “TSS hates modern Sonic 100%, SSMB hates anyone being critical of the franchise” is a misconception that has captured the mind of the young, and it’s something I hope we can use this opportunity to show that this is not the case. We’re just a bunch of adults that grew up with the blue blur and still love to cover his franchise, for better or worse. We may be critical at times, but who isn’t? That’s human nature.

So to rebuilding TSS and SSMB it is – I hope those that have enjoyed our fan coverage will continue to enjoy it, and those that see us negatively get the opportunity to maybe see us in a different light. After all, we may not like one another’s opinions, but it’s silly to outright hate someone for it. We’re all fans, in this community together. Let’s make the most of it.

I’ll use this as a chance to say that old articles, reviews, previews and (hopefully) news that were written by TSS staff before the change to WordPress in 2008 are being added to the archive, extending our information database to cover the rich history we have enjoyed online. I am also working on revamping the site design, with an aim to return the site to it’s 2007 information-heavy glory days. All the while, we’ll be trying to recover our most recent articles that we lost (we’re prioritising with big-hitters like our interview with Archie legend Matt Herms and other articles).

TSS will be truly back baby! Just give us a second.

… Give us another second. We’re not that quick.

Also, the sidebar’s not working properly. I’ll get on that.

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Founder of The Sonic Stadium and creator/co-organiser of the Summer of Sonic convention. Loves talking about Sonic the Hedgehog in his spare time. Likes Sonic Colours a little too much for his own good, apparently.


  1. I’m sorry your servers were down, great site i love it. I hope it gets back to the way it once was! Keep your head up high man.

  2. \I can’t believe that happened to the site. It’s absolutely terrible thing to occur, and even worse occur to a major site like TSS. Although I personally think it brought the community ‘together’ in a way. Most of everyone mourned the temporary wipe, so I guess this was a bitter sweet (emphasis on bitter) event. At least we know Sonic fans still have hearts! 🙂

  3. It was surprising to try and come here for the last couple of days and just see a server error message. I am sure you guys will be able to get it all back quickly and twice as good. there’s plenty of users willing to fill up the forum with lots of interesting sonic discussions. A shame about losing the designs and data but maybe face it as a new challenge. Best of luck and if there is anything I can do to help just send a message. 🙂

  4. And here I thought the servers were crashing over me claiming to take a break from =TSS=

    I must be bad luck. 🙁

    At any rate, very much thanks to Dread, AAUK, Roarey and others for the hard work they put into this site, past, present and future. Something tells me the members are in fact very grateful for the love you’ve put into this organization. 🙂

  5. Bout time we’re back, I’ll be broadcasting on SSR this coming tuesday should nothing go amiss

    And Psyguy, you always want just ‘want more fix’

  6. Welcome back. At least I know why I was unable to visit the site for news in the past week. Glad to see you guys are back up and running.

  7. Finally, you guys come back online. My daily TSS fix of the day can be had again!

    Sucks about the wipe, but at least you guys are back online.

  8. the site is back but the psp version isnt,well at least the original is still here but sad that some great Articles and some news where whiped out =(

  9. HOLAS: ™

    good to see you’re back 🙂 but i will complain anyways xD

    yeah, that’s karma… for saying unleashed isn’t awes*shoted/flamed/hited by a rock/eated by a goat*

  10. That explains my trouble getting on here. Sorry man, it happens to us all.

  11. ok then, I am young, but I totally understand TSS (not SSMB ’cause I don’t go on it) You cam watch walkthroughs of SatBK on YouTube. EYE-BLEEDING AWSOME!!

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