Challenge #859 Voting CLOSED

This week’s theme:

Futuristic Architecture

Which entry would you like to see win?
(If you cannot decide, pick up to 3.)
  • TheAwesomeYT
  • jutu74
  • LeoBlenderToon
  • AlphaChannel
  • fcharr
  • kaidoe
  • beau11
  • Blender_In_The_Grass
  • PyBlend
  • deltaray
  • Watndit
  • purbosky
  • arcticwasd

0 voters

After 2 days of voting, a winner is declared: The voting will close on: Wed, Dec 11, 2019 11:00 PM.
The winner picks the theme for next week.

If the winner doesn’t supply a theme before Thursday 22:30 GMT, the organizer will select the theme. In this case, the winner’s theme will be used the next time we are lacking a theme on Thursday 22:30 GMT. :slight_smile:

Having selected the theme, the winner will not be eligible to enter that week. They may however still submit an image, but it won’t be included in the voting.

This week’s winner:

Pure Entries

TheAwesomeYT: Whatever you wish for

jutu74: 10f

LeoBlenderToon: Sunflower City

AlphaChannel: The Architects of Mankind

fcharr: The Crystal Lounge

kaidoe: Tall Generic Skycraper

beau11: Fallout

SHADOWSTORM: Floating city on inauguration tour around the world

Blender_In_The_Grass: Futura City 01b Cycles 128

PyBlend: Abstract Tower

deltaray: futuristic-architecture-contestfinal

Watndit: Stanford Torus

Open Entries

purbosky: Urban Skies

(BG image from

arcticwasd: Aspiring Town

(LuxCoreRender, Bidir+Metropolis 80 samples; denoised with OIDN. Open entry.
Terrain mesh from online terrain elevation generator and texture from satellite image. Color balance in GIMP.)

Non-competing Entries

OLG: Spaceship Earth

Helge: Cydonia Mensae (Mars)

Millani: Building Bridges

I have a feeling that the server that hosts the site has a case of badsectoritis. Lots of broken images.

Are the above pictures visible? They look fine to me but there have been some issues lately.

yeah, same here. Missing several images, they just don’t seem to load and when I go to the entry page they show a broken image link.

Whatever you wish for is not there,
the architects of mankind and spaceship earth are blured.

In all 3 cases, clicking brings up the full image.

That is strange. Since @bartv checked this out, everything looks fine to me. Does deleting your browser cache or opening the thread with a private browser tab/window change anything?

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Yes, browsing in a private tab does load better. A few images show broken but i can click them to view fullscreen.

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While we’re fixing this, might as well fix the missing images from the previous weekend challenges :wink:

My guess is that the site uses multiple servers. Updating the main one should cause the mirrors to be updated as well. I guess this has been a little unreliable lately. if I lookup the site, the IP that I get is, which is in San Francisco. seems to be a cloudflare IP. I’m not sure how/where is actually hosted.

If I understand this correctly, this is only affecting some of the thumbnail images.

E.g. OLG Spaceship Earth:

What happens if you try to open this one directly? 404?

I guess we would require some magic in order to fix that. But who knows, maybe we will find a way someday? :slight_smile:

I get a 404

I just checked the availability of the above image from different locations worldwide. Results are here:

Not looking good for Canada…

It depends on where you are, so this seems to be some kind of CDN issue, indeed.
@bartv: Is there anything you can do about this?

That’s very interesting indeed. Could you give me a specific image URL? I can force-clear it.

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So far we have been testing with this one:

Can this be done automatically or do you have to do it by hand? Maybe we can update all of the voting thumbs?

This image no longer exists on the file system I’m afraid. So some parts of the CDN still have it, but it’s a matter of time before they disappear. I’m still waiting for news from the Discourse team on how to force a regeneration of these thumbnails :frowning_face:

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Could we copy the ones from the CDN back to the file system?
If that isn’t possible, I could probably replace the thumbnails above by images hosted somewhere else, later tonight. (Until the Discourse team comes back with a solution.)

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I just got a response and am running a job to regenerate them. Given the amount of data that may take a while :slight_smile:

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Please reload the page and try again. Things may be a bit slow as the CDN is repopulating, but I think the images should be back now.

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Well, that was fast! Everything seems to be back to normal. Thanks a lot! :slight_smile:

@MatthewK, @fcharr: Are the thumbnails loading for you as well?


I can see all the images thank you :slight_smile:

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