Originally Posted by CJackson
Any word on when the tiers will be updated?
It's time I finally address this issue since many use and rely on the PQ Tiers. I'm not sure how many have noticed but the main sticky thread hasn't been updated to reflect newer rankings since May 30th of last year. That means almost an entire year's worth of recommendations are in limbo at the moment.
Responsibility for the PQ Tiers has solely been mine since 2009, usually updating it 2-3 times per year. All recommendations from this thread are reflected in the PQ Tiers. Since traffic to this discussion thread has been less active the past year, I had planned a full update back in January for the first time since last May. It was around that time in January when I discovered the custom PQ Tiers database hosted by fellow forum member K-Spaz went offline sometime last summer.
He had hosted it for years on one of his servers when the site went down without notice. This represented thousands and thousands of entries in the PQ Tiers, all manually edited over the years by myself. It was what allowed me to generate the necessary "code" to post the PQ Tiers here on AVSforum in its familiar format.
As it stands now, there are few good options for me considering the time investment. Having been unable to reach K-Spaz, it appears that the entire PQ Tiers database is gone. The good news is that the sticky thread is still here with all past data. So some record of the data still exists, it just is in a much tougher form to edit and update.
But without the missing database and its custom script, the only solution for another update would be manually adding each entry directly on the forum. It's an arduous task, one that I haven't decided yet if I plan to go forward with more updates. One possible compromise would be manual updates to Tier 0, ignoring lower tiers. There are no easy answers to these problems.
I've been pushing off this decision for a few weeks and haven't made up my mind. I would like to do at least one more update for the past year's recommendations.
I am open to suggestions and input from others on these issues.