Midnight Madness "Technical" Info
I e-mailed someone using an email link on this site, and it doesn't work or bounces back to me - why ?
Where can I find /insert * here on this site ?
What happened to /insert * on this site ?
Can I hotlink to items on this site ?
Will you accept this -insert-commercial-advertising-here- for your site ?
I thought you guys had your own server - what up with all the pics on flickr and videos on YouTube ?
Why doesn't this site have a guest book ?
Who is "I" (when I refer to myself in first person all over this site) ?
Who / What is Crystal Lighthouse (Logic) ?
What did you do this with (hardware, software, etc.) ?
I use AOL and your website looks terrible ?
Why don't you "ever" update the Ultimate Links page ?
What do the specific colors mean for text/titles on this website ?
I have other questions or problems not answered here.
The new site has all actual genuine email addresses masked everywhere. We got tired of bots harvesting the email addresses from this site and spamming us to death so ALL actual email addresses and links on this site are masked.
To email us change the "DOT" or "DAWT" in any email address to an actual "."
E.G. idiotnumber253@yahooDOTorg or idiotnumber253@yahooDAWTorg or would actually be firstname.lastname@example.org and so forth.
Also note too, many midnightmadness.org email addresses are actually forwards to people's real email addresses. If your email provider doesn't allow email to be forwarded, it won't go through. Most do, but a few don't.
The new site is laid out a lot simpler and more logical that the old one, as of November 2007. You can check our Site Map that links to all pages on this site, and a search engine interface is coming soon enough. If you can't find it or there is still something specific you are looking for, email us.
Was there a file or page that was here (sometimes for years) and it's not anymore... In December of 2007, we completely redid and uploaded an altogether new site. In fact, 95% of what was up before was renamed, relinked, moved around or deleted. MOST of what was on our site before still exists somewhere (or will), unless it was horribly outdated information. Just look around - If you can't find it or there is still something specific you are looking for, email us.
The short answer is yes, we currently don't block hotlinking to this site.
The only caveat to that if you do, you are completely at our mercy if we change or delete or replace any images or files, which we reserve the right to do at any time or for any reason (as is evident by the complete site update we did in December of 2007). We HIGHLY recommend you do not hotlink to anything on our site that you can't edit or delete, as we have been known to replace abusive hotlinking or massively heavy transfer rate hotlinking. If our server reporting flags something that is significantly taxing our site/server and affecting performance, it's almost certain we will delete or change it.
I made the decision a long time ago that all of the Rocky Horror web sites I maintain will remain completely 100% advertising free. As tempting as it is and as much as I believe that with the number of hits we get that I could probably pay my server/hosting fees if we simply added Google Ads and so forth, that's not what we're about. The only marginal exception I make to this policy is if you have a business that distributes a significant amount of Rocky Horror related merchandise, I will add you to the commercial and vendors section of the Ultimate Links Page (I will not add your eBay store or links crediting you with click throughs for amazon or posters.com and such, so don't even bother trying to "fool" me with those) - it's completely at my discretion and determination though. - jefF
Basically, while we have a lot of space and bandwidth it's simply because they do it better and are better suited for what they host. The ability to favorite and have people contribute their own pictures in flickr would be a real pain to set up and maintain on our server. That goes double for videos of cast related things on YouTube. We wanted to focus more on the content rather than managing it.
This is a question left over from the old site, but it still applies. Basically, I don't like them. They require too much maintenance and they're mostly useless these days. Now that there are social networking sites like Live Journal and MySpace that Midnight Madness has a presence on, there really isn't any need for that sort of think on this site.
The "I" would be jefF. He does the vast majority of work on the site and owns/controls the server it resides on. Occasionally I'll drop into a first person mode when typing here ;-)
While there are no longer any pages on this site that refer to it, the question is just here from anyone that remembers it from the old site. That was the name of my old video and web developing company back when I had this site under that copyright banner blanket. The web site and its materials are currently covered under the banner of Midnight Asterisk NFP, our registered Not For Profit parent organization.
This site is done using two computers, both with 3.2GHz dual processors with 2GB of RAM, and over one TB of storage on each - both have widescreen monitors set to 1280 pixel width, however the site is optimized for 1024 pixel width viewing.
Adobe CS3 Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Acrobat Pro. With spry and AIR technologies.
I also still occasionally use MS Expression (formerly Front Page), to make image pages since it is still easier to auto-make thumbnails using that software.
Our website host is 1 and 1, we have our own dedicated server that hosts about 25 domains in addition to midnightmadness.org
AOL uses its own internal "Proxy cache" to serve web sites to its dial up customers. In addition to rarely updating exactly when static websites (such as this one) are updated (it can take up to 24 hours after a site is updated to load/show properly on AOL), it also condenses and compresses images on those pages to save space on their servers and reduce transfer time/amount. The very unfortunate side effect of this is that images are often significantly WORSE in quality (i.e. "blurry") than those that are on our actual server and our site and pictures look bad as well. Please read here (on AOL's own site) for further info about this.
There is a way around this though and to "fix" this, in AOL's preference settings deselect "Use Compressed Graphics" in "my WWW preferences". It also helps to not use the AOL browser in the AOL program. You can open up Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and other browsers while you are connected to AOL, and they will simply draw their pages through the AOL connection.
Cable/DSL/Broadband ISPs do not (should not) do this, or at the very least you won't notice it as they'll archive full copies.
The Rocky Horror Ultimate Links Page ("ULP") is/was a HUGE undertaking for me (jefF). Maintaining it is also a LOT of work, bordering on a nightmare. Over the past few years, I simply have not had the time a/o the desire to update the page, and they've been few and far between, usually only updating the top site links. I make no excuses or apologies for this.
That said, I still plan on trying to update it if/when I get a chance, but again I make no promises. You can continue to send any updates to ulpupdate@yahooDOTcom
It is important to note that even in its current outdated state there is still NO equivalent collection of links to Rocky Horror sites anywhere else on the internet. If you believe you can do better, feel free to make your own links page. That is, in fact, how I did the ULP several years ago when I saw a need/niche to fill it and the other large links page that was on line at the time was not updated enough or complete enough from my point of view. If you do one, let me know about it and I will be more than happy to link to it from the ULP as well. I don't see this as a "competition" and Rocky Horror on the Internet can only benefit from multiple pages of this sort.
Otherwise, take the complaints and stuff it. - jefF
Our standard colors for the midnightmadness.org website are white/light text on black/dark backgrounds with red links.
We also further color code text specific to different Midnight Madness presentations
Red - Default links color. Plain red text is usually Rocky Horror or other important/critical information
Blue - Shock Treatment Information
Pink/Magenta - Hedwig and The Angry Inch (also called "Midnight Radio") Information
Orange/Brownish - Clue (also called "Midnight Mystery") Information
Green - Little Shop of Horrors (also called "Midnight at Mushnik's") Information
Dark Blue - Batman (also called "Dark Midnight") Information
Other colors will likely be added as we add different presentations to our lineup.
I have other questions or problems not answered here or on the other FAQ page!
Please email us at the email address given at the bottom of the other FAQ page
Page Last Updated on: September 9, 2008 20:54