Downtime

You may have noticed we had some downtime. We apologize for this and any inconveniences it may have caused. We were having issues with our connectivity provider that have since been resolved.

We are going to be having a planned maintenance outage. This outage will occur around 10pm EST tonight and continue until around noon EST on Monday if everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, because the outage meant we had no access to our servers, the maintenance could not be performed during that time but we hope to have everything back up and running as quickly as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and support. If you have any questions please feel free to contact BME Support.

Email Outage

I just wanted to let everyone know that, as of this morning, our email servers have experienced an outage. The result of this outage means that we cannot send or receive any emails at either [email protected] or [email protected] The issue cannot be resolved until Rachel can get to the colo in person which will only be on Monday.

If you have an emergency issue relating to your BMEzine account please email [email protected]. If it’s not an emergency, please be patient, I will respond to your email as soon as I am able to do so.

Please don’t post any of your account details or questions related to your account in the comments section here. I will not answer support related questions on ModBlog. The site will continue to be updated daily, as usual, over the weekend. The outage only affects our email servers.

We hope to have this issue resolved as quickly as possible.

Smile pretty for the camera

Check out this awesome tattoo by Rain Partlow out of Under the Needle in Seattle, WA! All of my tattoo work is done in black and grey but I’ve always admired really vivid colours in tattoos and this one in particular is extremely eye catching. The shading in particular really stands out. I bet the wearer of this one turns a few heads!

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Some BME news follows the jump.

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This is how we do it…

So you want to submit photos to BME do you? Not quite sure how to do it? Well, allow me to guide you through the process (with visual aids to boot).

As you may (or may not) be aware, BME has been in the process of developing some long overdue changes and upgrades to the website. We are currently in beta mode. For those who have never heard the term before, being in beta means we are still in development. This is not the absolute final product and changes, upgrades and fixes are still happening. We are, however, able to update the site via the beta and loads of new content has been added to the site. Some people are still unsure as to how to submit images to the site so I’m here to give you a little step by step.

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BME Launch update

Rachel is working on getting the new site launched. Unfortunately, this morning the main BME computer had a drive failure, so now she is having to fix that before the launch can take place.

In the mean time here is some info off of Rachel’s IAM page about the launch:

Thanks to Jon for making the changes to SSO.BMEzine.com so that you can log in there and change your email address.

As I’ve said a bunch of times, this will really help us when we’re importing accounts so that we don’t make multiple accounts for people. We’d like to start off with as few garbage/extra accounts as possible. So please help out by making sure all of your accounts have the same email address.

Here are the places where you should update your email address:

For your BME memberships (both free and paid as well as your paid IAM billing accounts) visit BME’s Billing/Account Management System

For your IAM account, switch to edit mode and click the green edit button  next to USER.

For your wordpress based accounts (ask.BME/Modblog), thewiki and BME411 go to SSO.BMEzine.com and after you log in, click my account and there will be text that says “Click here to change your email address”. You’ll have to enter in your new email address and then you’ll get an email with a link to confirm the change. Since the SSO manages your log in for all of those sites, you just need to make the change at the SSO.

Last but not least, to update your BMEshop account,go to theBMEshop Login page. After you log in, at the bottom of that page there is a link that says “Update your profile”. Click that and update your email address from there.

If I’m not mistaken, the first things that will get merged are BME and BMEshop (since that front end was launched a while ago but is running on it’s own account management system). This will make it so when you earn credits towards BMEshop under your account, it will be automatic and can be stored automatically! No more waiting for emails or filling out other stuff. Hooray!

As always, please post any questions about the launch in the forum linked below.

CT has to install some updates on IAM that require some reboots so that will happening later tonight. It should only mean a couple minutes of downtime though.

BME and Facebook, Together at Last!


Look at all those guys with their pants down at a tattoo convention (presumably) in Singapore that Bellboy sent in! One may think this is all fun and games BUT NO, they are all about to be affixed with the stone of shame because they haven’t signed up for the all-new BME News Facebook application! It’s literally as easy as pushing a button to join, and then you’ll have another way to view and share the articles you read here.

Honestly? I was hesitant to join Facebook for a long time and will still reject almost every app request people send me (STOP THROWING SNOWBALLS, DAMN IT), but this is legitimately well designed and a pretty handy tool. Click here to add it to your profile.

Oh what do you know, those guys at the top added it, too! Remove the stone of shame! Attach the stone of triumph!

Facebook blocks BME

Earlier today I attempted to post to the BME group on Facebook. I generally share links to BME articles on both Myspace and Facebook. At first I was getting “no title” errors. I then tried to post the link via the “share” utility on Facebook to post it on my wall. It became clear then that Facebook deemed BMEzine.com an unfit URL to publish or even mentioned on their site..

Shortly after I posted on IAM, with a screenshot of the error that I was getting. Several other users mentioned they received both these messages when trying to add the URL to their profile, interests or sending the link to a friend on Facebook. Previously entered URLs remain unaffected.

Some of the information you entered is not allowed on Facebook. Please try again.”

Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content. Some content in this message has been reported as abusive by Facebook users.”

I’ve already sent a few emails as well as made some calls to a few friends to see what can be done about it. One thing I know that works is getting users to speak out!

Select the following text and copy it, click the image below it to take you to their contact form, choose “other” and paste the text into the description box, click submit!

To whom it may concern..

It has come to my attention that Facebook has tagged www.BMEzine.com as a site that contains “abusive content” and all mention of the URL has been prohibited on Facebook.

This allegation is utterly untrue and I feel that on further investigation this decision should be overturned. BMEzine.com has been online for over a decade and is the largest online community site that documents body modification and ritual aspects of the body modifications culture.

Please look into this further and allow BME to continue their relationship with Facebook.

Thank you for your time.

Thank you for taking the time to write to Facebook. If they don’t think any of their users care about BME, they won’t remove the block.

BME Update

If you didn’t notice, yesterday’s additions to the site were done in two updates. A hefty experience update followed by a site-wide image update and now an additional update of the tattoo (all for you, complainy pants!) and the scarification galleries will round out the week. Next week should mark the start of the “scheduled” updates, which will help to ease everyone here at BME into a more “normal” work week.

A big thank you to Phil, as usual, for cutting the 39,000+ image queue in half in just a few days. I don’t know how Phil manages to stay sane but he certainly is appreciated. With the dreams of a normal sleep schedule aside, Phil processes images daily to get your memberships to you but they don’t always go up on the site immediately.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

BME Update – Images and Experiences

BME Update Update time! We just posted 1,890 new images and 88 experiences, with our lovely cover model featuring piercings by Mirka from Warsaw, Poland.

Many thanks to Phil for his work processing images and to all the experience reviewers! Some technical difficulties on my end this week — computer issues, Internet issues … but I only had to switch ISPs once! I guess that’s a victory of sorts.

Anyway, this got posted a little later than I would have hoped, but at least it’s here, and big thanks to Jonathon for his help behind the scenes on that front.

Long day. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go let John Mayer make sweet love to my ears for a few hours.

(Not like that, you sickos!)

Enjoy!

¡Viva el Shawn!

Get you a T-shirt!

Oh, my! Who is that handsome devil? What’s that? You don’t recognize him without the slick part in the hair, bright blue eyes and cherubic cheeks? Well, I’d know that goyische punim anywhere — it’s none other than Shawn Porter, and he’s just released the snazzy shirt you see above, featuring original artwork by Jasonthe29th! These are available exclusively to people attending BMEfest 2008 on June 27, ModProm on June 28 or Jana‘s Toronto Island BBQ on June 29!

The details:

Price: $10 USD

Size Range: Babydoll-XXL

Color: The classy olive drab you see above

How To Get One: Send a PayPal payment to [email protected] with your size and at which event you’ll be picking up your shirt. These will not be shipped to anyone who doesn’t show up, so make sure you’re RSVP’d for the event(s)!

Tickets for ModProm are running out, so get yours while they last!