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Apr 14, 2015 12:16 PM

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Hiya MAL users!

We have a bit sad news today.

If you came here from the link in the header, you probably know what this post will be about. So, I won't be beating around the bush too much, but I feel there should be an introduction first.

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Introduction

A few years ago there was a nice page that showed you rating distribution. After it shut down, I decided to make my own version - but being a PHP newbie, I had to ask rr- for help. Within a day we had a working prototype, which was nice enough to be published. MALgraph quickly became somehow popular; maybe it's because it called you a retard if you had given too many 10/10 scores.

Then there were multiple code rewrites, mostly by rr-, while I managed the community and parts of the design. Versions 2, 3 and 4 introduced multiple nice features, and the number of users who checked their stats reached 200 000.

At this point it's really hard to maintain a stable database, especially if you have to keep it freshly downloaded from a remote source - in our case, MyAnimeList. We have been banned a few times (too many connections per second), our server load went through the roof hundreds of times, and the update scripts just kept crashing.

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The main dish

There are times when you know something has to go, even though you don't really want to part.

MALgraph will shut down in about 45 days.

It became too much to maintain for a team of two people busy with their lives. The recent database corruption simply confirmed the fact that MALgraph has become too large for us to keep it alive.

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The near future

Starting today, a header text will be shown on all pages, notifying of the incoming closure. The page will work just as it did, but we won't be fixing any database malfunctions.

On May 1st, the queue will be stopped. This means users won't be able to refresh their profiles, nor any media data will update.

The page will be in read-only mode for a month, and will cease functioning completely on June 1st.

If you're using any images directly from mal.oko.im (e.g. exported rating stats or achievement badges), these will expire as well. Please re-host the images somewhere if you don't want to lose them.

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Afterword

The above only concerns the official version, available at mal.oko.im. MALgraph's code on GitHub will stay open source, under the GPL license. This means you can derive off its code, but it has to be open source as well, with the same license. We love open software.

We'd like to thank all of you, especially those who contributed to the project - be it suggestions, bug reports, or pull requests, it was all great. MALgraph wouldn't exist without you! Also, big thanks to MAL staff for letting us feed off their database for so long. MALgraph wouldn't exist without you either!

Maybe some day MAL will make its own stats gallery, or one of you will host their awesome fork of the code, with more achievements and features? If you're interested, head here to read how to do it: https://github.com/rr-/malgraph4/wiki/Hosting-your-own-MALgraph . Read the bottom of this post for a list of known forks.

Thank you!
rr- and fri

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Known public forks

http://graph.anime.sc/ (maintained by Deividas)
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Apr 14, 2015 12:26 PM

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It is a sad day. Thank you for your good work. Your site was really awesome.
 
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Apr 14, 2015 12:39 PM
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Thank you for all your hard work on this over the years. It was a fun stats program to use on our lists, and the achievements were also a blast. I will miss it dearly.
 
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Apr 14, 2015 12:43 PM

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Malgraph will be missed :<
 
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Apr 14, 2015 12:53 PM

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That sucks, the achievements could encourage people to try new things

Immahnoob said:
Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

tokiyashiro said:

Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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Apr 14, 2015 12:55 PM

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it feels like a good friend has died
 
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Apr 14, 2015 1:03 PM

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Damn, I was a frequent user and a stats nerd. This is really bad news for me ;_; I wish you guys good luck in your lives and thanks for all the effort you put to this!
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Apr 14, 2015 1:09 PM

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This is truly a shame.

While I made my MAL account in 2010, I had it pretty much abandoned until I somehow got to know about MALGraph. When I saw that, I was like "damn, I want to see my anime stats", that's what made me do the effort of going through all my watched anime an putting it in the list and eventually become an active MAL member.

Losing MALGraph really is losing half the fun (the other half would be MALUpdater). I almost never failed to update malgraph once a day, I loved watching how my numbers were changing, so yeah, I'll miss this a lot.

Hopefully someday you, the two guys behind MALGraph, decide to do this again, or at least some other users pick up were you left.

Anyways, thanks for your work until now.

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Apr 14, 2015 1:10 PM

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Awww. That makes me pretty sad since I loved to see the achievements I'd get after a while for completing shows and what not :(
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:15 PM
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RIP

Thank you for all of your hard work. MALgraph was really fun.
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:21 PM
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Rest in peace sweet graphs, you will be missed. Even if I only got to use you for a week or so.
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:24 PM

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This sucks, I was looking forward to how the site grew since MAL has changed as well.
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:38 PM

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This is really sad. Thanks for all the hard work and the effort. I will miss MALgraph.
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:41 PM

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Man, this is sad, I will miss your site.
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:42 PM

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A shame it had to go, but your efforts were greatly appreciated.
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:45 PM

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Thanks for your efforts, your site will be missed :(


 
Apr 14, 2015 1:45 PM
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Aw man, that's some sad news :(

 
Apr 14, 2015 1:46 PM

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I was going on malgraph ever since I suscribe to MAL, to me it was a part of MAL.
Thank you for all the work :')
 
Apr 14, 2015 1:47 PM

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RIP, sad news everyone. Thanks for all your work, MalGraph is a really useful website and I'm glad it is open-source.
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Apr 14, 2015 2:00 PM

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Used it for the past 2 days and now I hear it's going down... CURSE MY LUCK
P.S. Thanks for the awesome feature though and r.i.p. MALgraph
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Apr 14, 2015 2:05 PM

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Thank you for all your hard work.
And I will miss you
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:05 PM

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No please somebody fork it
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:09 PM

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My badges :'(
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:21 PM

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My last reason for updating MAL is gone now. Time to move on :(.
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:25 PM

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It would be great if myanimelist could just integrate those rankings. How fantastic would that be ?
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:32 PM
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Thx for your work, MALgraph will miss us.
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:34 PM
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it was a short love affair for me but it will be missed. i wish MAL would just fork it directly and upgrade and improve itself.
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:36 PM

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It is sad that this is ending. Thanks for all you did~

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Apr 14, 2015 2:37 PM

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A shame to see that this is shutting down (still hope that you guys will reconsider or someone will jump onboard and save the ship ;_;) but many thanks for the great work throughout the years!
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:37 PM
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It's going to be a little lonely around here...
 
Apr 14, 2015 2:40 PM

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RIP MALgraph
everything that has a beginning comes to an end.

 
Apr 14, 2015 3:00 PM

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How could this beeee
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:04 PM

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This is a huge shame as MALgraph was not only fun in respect to the achievements, but highly useful in terms of the recommendations. Without this I don't know how I am going to be able to keep updated with new additions to previously watched and/or added series.
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:14 PM

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I'm crying ;( I was going on Malgraph almost every day... I really loved those statistics...

Anyway thanks for your hard work up til now!
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:15 PM

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I just hope you'll reconsider this..
Else, it was really nice using the site. Too bad.. :((
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Apr 14, 2015 3:18 PM
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Just kill me, my autism won't be able to take this.
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:33 PM

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Well, it was fun while it lasted. All the nice little achievements and stats will be missed. Thanks for everything since, MALGraph team. >_<
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:37 PM

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I liked quiet a bit the Malgraph, it is sad that it will shut down :(
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:37 PM

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Aw man, this sucks balls.
I only found MALgraph fairly recently and now it's on the way out.

Oh well, thanks for all the work you did on it. It was great.

RIP in peace MALgraph
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:40 PM

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It would be great if MAL staff themselves would make the achievement system and better statistics to appease the angry mob. However even if I possess some hope in MAL's future, I guess these things will not happen in sync with MALgraph closing at the very least :(
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Apr 14, 2015 3:44 PM
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This is a bad notice, I really like see the statistics and compare them....And just i started a use it
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:52 PM

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Awww :'( MALGraph is so awesome! I can see why this has become too much to handle. Thank you so much for bringing joyful experience to us anime watchers! I'll miss those achievements!
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:56 PM

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Wow I visit MALgraph everyday :(
 
Apr 14, 2015 3:58 PM

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You shall be dearly missed :(.
jal90 said:

It's quite dishonest and typically trollish logic to say that the fault lies in sensitive people when you do stuff on purpose to bother them.

 
Apr 14, 2015 4:02 PM
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aww its sad to hear this..
 
Apr 14, 2015 4:03 PM

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As someone who loves statistics, this news saddens me.

I'd love if you could rollback to when there was no database issue and just ask for donations to mantain the website without updating it...
 
Apr 14, 2015 4:05 PM

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Just when I was starting to collect achievements. :/
 
Apr 14, 2015 4:12 PM

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G-g-guys, April 1st was like 2 weeks ago, you are a bit late now, s-still got me though, haha, good one!
 
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