Web Tools for WoW Nerds
So, the new expansion is out but Raidbots hasn’t been updated. What’s up? And what’s with all the downtime recently?
TL;DR: Raidbots is frozen until I can figure out a way to permanently archive the site and/or release the data and code. Warcraft Logs now has similar features which you should take a look at.
I haven’t actively played WoW in several years at this point and the amount of time I’ve been willing to spend on Raidbots has been minimal. For the last year or two, keeping the site updated with new bosses has been about the only thing I’ve done. However, it’s become more and more difficult for me to keep up with these changes.
In addition, there is now another combat logging site out there (Warcraft Logs) which a lot of folks are using. Raidbots only receives data from World of Logs which means that the aggregate data available is less comprehensive now. On top of that, Warcraft Logs is adding features that were once unique to Raidbots.
The physical machine that hosts Raidbots has also been having various issues from looming hardware failure to problems with the hosting company. The site was down for roughly two weeks because it took several days for me to realize the site was down and then another week and a half to take action on it. Once it came back up there have been issues with the data processor that have left it stuck at the point at which it went down.
At this point, I feel like Raidbots has achieved the goals I had when I started building it and gone far beyond what I had expected. It provided a unique aggregation of data for raiders for several years. I learned valuable technical skills and lessons that will stay with me. And at this point, I believe there are better alternatives to Raidbots so that folks looking for this kind of information have somewhere else to go (that happens to be more actively developed and maintained right now).
So here’s the plan:
The only alternative right now is Warcraft Logs. Those folks have been building tools that provide similar information as DPS Bot and Epeen Bot. Check them out to see if the tools there fit your needs.
It’s been a pleasure being part of the WoW community for so long and I’m super happy with the way all of you have used the site over so many years. I’m definitely sad to be turning off the metaphorical lights but hopefully you can still get the info you need elsewhere.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them here or send me an email!