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Raidbots Frozen, No Further Development

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:

  • Raidbots will stay online for the immediate future but will not be processing any new data.
  • The site will not be updated for Warlords.
  • I will try as hard as possible to either create a more permanent archive or release all the data/code so that the historical information on Raidbots is not lost.

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!

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14 responses to “Raidbots Frozen, No Further Development

  1. Johan December 16, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thank you for the site you created and the service you offered!!

  2. Rob December 16, 2014 at 4:27 am

    It’s understandable why you’ve chosen this path. Raidbots was a superb site and I thank you for everything you’ve done over the years. But you’re right, WCL now does a very similar job to what Raidbots has been doing for years.

    All the best and thank you for your time, dedication and effort. 🙂

  3. James Edge December 16, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for all the time you put into the site, maybe one day you will have the time/will to continue or somebody else could continue your work. Won’t be the same without Raidbots 😦

  4. Mark C December 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Hey, I just wanted to express my thanks to you for having kept this site up and running for so long. I will miss it, but I totally understand you felt it’s time to move forward away from it. Thanks for everything though. It was great information =)

  5. gr3if December 21, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for your dedication

  6. Johnny Appleseed December 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for the amazing website, but I’m not entirely sure what’s keeping you from passing it onto someone that would like to take up the mantle. A shame that a nice, clean website is going to waste. Warcraft Log’s website is confusing and cluttered while this offered everything in an easy to understand and accessible manner.

  7. velinath January 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Hey.

    If you’re looking to release the code, I’d suggest GitHub. I’m sure someone would be willing to host the site while community development is happening.

    As far as hosting/hardware goes, how much juice does this take to run? I might have somewhere that I could put it.

  8. David Potnefract January 2, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    seriously man.

    i love using raid bots.
    how can we help you continue to develop the site?

  9. rofelio January 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

    You should consider selling the site to someone who is willing to mantain it.

  10. Lukáš Slunečko January 23, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for all the time and effort you´ve put into this Seriallos, it provided excellent analytical tools. Here´s to hoping that it gets someone good to pick it up from you 🙂

  11. Justin February 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you for all of the time and effort invested, the community truly appreciates it!

  12. James Stephen Edge February 20, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Don’t suppose you could recommend an alternative to your raidbots? I tried that warcraft logs you mention in the blog but it isn’t even in the same league.

  13. Chris February 25, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for everything man, really helped me over the years. Good luck with your future endeavors!

  14. Paul Paul March 2, 2015 at 6:59 am

    ohh man i am really sad to see this. I shed a tear after reading the info. Even if people go to other sites to find similar data that the one you provided for a long time ago, everyone HAVE to remember that raidbot was first. I hope you are doing good, and gl 😦

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