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  1. I think the roll out is really an HBO PR issue. I agree that it seems to have been a bit premature, but I think Fez is right that this was mostly aimed at the industry to see who wanted to join in. Still, were I them, I'd have sat on it for three-four months more while something more than the thin sketch of the idea was available, and maybe even get some directors or actors attached who could help carry the burden of explaining why they were involved and why they think this is a great idea. Right now it's vague enough that anyone can construe it to be anything they want.
  2. It specifically mentioned people in the thrall of the conglomerates. Sounds like slaves are going to be main characters even from that brief sketch.
  3. I'm missing where all the ideas have been floated. Read the Vulture piece. There's practically nothing. A movie script that they're basically going to harvest for the foundation premise but which will be vastly more iterated and complicated.
  4. Benioff, Weiss, and the Spellmans' respond to the backlash. Personally, I think they make reasonable points -- especially the fact that people are jumping the gun before they even have... well, anything beyond the very basic sketch of the concept. The Spellmans are involved from the ground floor. There's nothing in what little we have that says it's the story about "slaveowning rich people" any more than it's the story of every other group of people that it mentions, because right now there really isn't a story, just a concept for a TV series that basically says "We're going to come up with some sort of story about a cross-section of the societies of two nations in which one of them practices slavery." Anyone who knows anything about my views of the faults of Game of Thrones knows that I do not think Weiss and Benioff always execute things well, and sometimes I think their instincts have been shown to occasionaly be awful. I stopped watching GoT two seasons back, I don't intend to watch it again. I doubt I will watch this show because of my views. But the outrage -- especially some of the outrage that has verged on calling the Spellmans race traitors (they deleted their Twitter accounts due to the flood of abuse they got) -- is simply foolish. Dubiousness? Sure. But if this isn't the ultimate "wait and see", I don't know what is.
  5. We've made a couple of backend tweaks that seem to have reduced server load substantially... but there's the niggling problem that sometimes it also leads to the database getting quite backed up for no obvious reason. We're monitoring it and trying to fix the problem as it happens, but it may take a day or two to sort out the precise solution.
  6. We are definitely aware of the issue after the first episode aired, and will try to sort it out soon. Unfortunately we are not at home and have not had time to work on the problem. Bear with us a couple of days and we'll with on tuning the system further.
  7. Apologies for the down time last night, folks. We're in the process of gearing up for season 7, and a change we made last night ended up having the inadvertent result of making the forum's DB unreachable by the forum. We've now corrected the problem. So far as I can see, no data has been lost.
  8. Book spoiler discussion of the show goes here, for those who want to discuss the episode in relation to the books, and with reference to spoilers from them. This topic should open automatically around the start of airing.
  9. Book spoiler discussion of the show goes here, for those who want to discuss the episode in relation to the books, and with reference to spoilers from them. This topic should open automatically around the start of airing.
  10. Will be setting it up tomorrow now that we have some episode titles.
  11. Yeah. If you can get back to the forum and copy and paste the code for the ad tags at top and bottom to us (or PM or mail them) that would help us deal with it. It's definitely very difficult at the moment because word is that scammers have found a new way to get their ads in through the networks, so it's really all the exchanges/networks having these issues. Looking into an alternative approach using a third-party service that says it can identify and deal with bad ads before they're displayed to users.
  12. Will look into this. Not supposed to have video ads at all. Grr. I'm guessing this is only on a mobile device of some sort? Android, Iphone?
  13. Thank you, Scot. Will look into this.
  14. I'll look into this. I think it may be that we're still indexing content since the last upgrade, although... that seems odd, as it has been awhile. But using site:asoiaf.westeros.org <stuff you want to search> should work in many cases. And possibly using the regular search here, though I can't swear by that.