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Roblox
Roblox logo
Roblox - 12-4-17.png
URL https://www.roblox.com/
Status Online!
Archiving status Not saved yet
Archiving type Unknown
IRC channel #robloxd (on hackint)

Roblox is a multiplayer building and games platform featuring Lua scripting, originally launched in 2006.

Server Issues

On Halloween weekend 2021, Roblox's servers were down for three days.

Since then, Roblox users have noticed peculiar things happening that indicate a botched recovery, but they seem to be happening less and less ever since Halloween weekend 2021.

Roblox servers are also known to be low performing, other server issues occurs frequently every now and then, usually caused by popular game updates but resolved quickly. It is rumored that the servers so old that they are from 2012.

Audio Privating

Roblox Audio
Status Offline
Archiving status Lost
Archiving type Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam-bs (on hackint)

Roblox announced on 2022-03-09 that they would private all audio longer than 6 seconds on March 22nd. Additionally, all newly-uploaded audio will be automatically set to private on the same date, and upload limits were introduced that cap how many audio assets can be uploaded in 30 days (10 for unverified accounts, 100 for ID-verified accounts).[1]

Forums

July 2017: consolidation

Roblox forums consolidation
Roblox logo
Roblox forums screenshot.png
URL https://forum.roblox.com/Forum/[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
Status Special case
Archiving status Partially saved
Archiving type Unknown
Project source roblox-grab
Project tracker roblox
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(formerly #robloxd (on EFnet))
Data[how to use] archiveteam_roblox

On July 14th, the Roblox administrators announced that its forums would be consolidated into 5 sections, and to save any content that wasn't in those boards:

Forum Upgrade

Dear Robloxians,

As the community continues to grow and evolve, our vision is to create a positive and constructive environment where everyone is welcome to share their passion for Roblox. Moving forward, we will be introducing new improvements to the Roblox Forum to provide you with a more streamlined experience.

On July 27th, 2017, the existing forums will be rolled into the following categories. If you have posted content in any forum NOT listed below, please make a copy of it now.

  • Roblox News & Discussion

  • Clans & Guilds

  • Let’s Make a Deal

  • Game Design

  • Scripts

We’re committed to providing players with a place where they can continue safely engaging in interesting discussions about playing and creating amazing experiences on Roblox. We believe these newly organized forum categories will help facilitate these kinds of friendly and collaborative conversations within the community.

As always, we appreciate your continued involvement on the forums. Thanks for being part of the Roblox community!

December 2017: shutdown

Roblox forums shutdown
Roblox logo
Roblox forums screenshot 201712.png
URL https://forum.roblox.com/Forum/[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
Status Offline
Archiving status Saved!
Archiving type Unknown
Project source roblox-grab
Project tracker roblox
IRC channel #archiveteam-bs (on hackint)
(formerly #robloxd (on EFnet))
Data[how to use] archiveteam_roblox

On 4th of December, 2017, Roblox staff announced that the forums would be shut down a week later on the 11th of December:

Important Announcement Regarding Closure of Forum

Dear Robloxians,

As the community continues to grow and evolve, our vision is to create an environment where everyone is welcome to share their passion for Roblox. The current structure for our Forums does not allow us to maintain the high standards that we feel are so important for nurturing a constructive and positive environment.

After much consideration, we've made the decision to close these public forums. Please consider using these alternative communication methods:

There are groups that are available to serve as places for discussion and collaboration on any topic or interest. You can even create a new group for any topic that doesn't exist yet. You can search for a group here: https://www.roblox.com/groups/join or create new groups here: https://www.roblox.com/groups/create. You can also advertise your group to engage with others with your interests.

Our developer forums have read-only sections available where all users can read about important game development and platform announcements: https://devforum.roblox.com/

You can always catch-up on the latest news and features here at our blog: https://blog.roblox.com/

We’re committed to providing players with a place where they can continue safely engaging in interesting discussions about playing and creating amazing experiences on Roblox. This coming year, we'll be investigating options to re-build forums that better serve you, our community, and our goals in providing a safe and constructive environment. As of today, the Forums will be read-only. Please save any content that you might want to keep as these public forums will be closed on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Group sales

Roblox groups are frequently bought and sold, even though this is against Roblox's Terms of Service. When these sales occur, many resources related to the group (such as videos, Google Docs, Trello boards, and external messaging boards like Discord servers) are sometimes lost or destroyed. These make up a significant part of the group's culture and attempts to preserve them should be made.

Marketplace Comments removal (April 2024)

Roblox Marketplace Comments
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Project tracker roblox-marketplace-comments
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At 2024-03-26 16:59 UTC, Roblox announced on their Developer Forum that they're going to remove comments for marketplace items on 2024-04-09.[2]

Deprecating Comments for Marketplace Items

Hello Creators,

After careful consideration and evaluation, we have decided to remove comments for Marketplace items, a feature that has only been available on the web.

In case you need to review already existing comments, they will remain in a read-only state until April 9, when we will remove comments entirely.

Why?

Marketplace comments were originally introduced for you to gather valuable feedback from users and engage with your community.

It has become evident that the comments feature for Marketplace items is no longer serving its original purpose as it’s become a hub for spam, leading to low usage among both users and creators.

In the future, we are planning to introduce more effective ways for you to receive feedback and engage with your community.

Stay tuned for additional news and details.

In the meantime, we welcome your input on how we can enhance this feature in the comments section below!

Thank you.

Although their announcement calls them "marketplace comments", the feature itself was implemented around October 30th, 2007.[3] This feature was used for many assets, including development assets (models, decals, sounds, etc.) and user badges (hidden since 2018).[4]

The API that is used to display these comments is https://www.roblox.com/comments/get-json?. The following parameters are used on the website to display the comments; `assetId`, `startindex`, `thumbnailWidth`, `thumbnailHeight`, `thumbnailFormat` & `cachebuster`.

The first two are required to make a valid request. The `cachebuster` parameter is a random number. A rate limit is applied to the API; 10 requests per minute. Using different IP addresses to access different servers can increase the requests made before the rate limit gets applied.

As an example, to get the 7510th to 7520th comments for Asset ID 14417332: https://www.roblox.com/comments/get-json?assetId=14417332&startindex=7510

{
  "IsUserModerator": false,
  "Comments": [
    {
      "Id": 13246767,
      "PostedDate": "Aug 13, 2009 | 12:52 AM",
      "AuthorName": "Dharma3",
      "AuthorId": 1607558,
      "Text": "woot woot i gots it :P and i was like the forth person to get it!!",
      "ShowAuthorOwnsAsset": true,
      "AuthorThumbnail": {
        "AssetId": 0,
        "AssetHash": null,
        "AssetTypeId": 0,
        "Url": "https://tr.rbxcdn.com/30DAY-Avatar-A02A02F585D82F7CE4473DEF70E272CB-Png/100/100/Avatar/Png/noFilter",
        "IsFinal": true
      },
      "HasVerifiedBadge": false
    },
    {
      "Id": 13246751,
      "PostedDate": "Aug 13, 2009 | 12:51 AM",
      "AuthorName": "cop1288",
      "AuthorId": 2625437,
      "Text": "HEHEHE I KNOW WHERE IT IS!",
      "ShowAuthorOwnsAsset": true,
      "AuthorThumbnail": {
        "AssetId": 0,
        "AssetHash": null,
        "AssetTypeId": 0,
        "Url": "https://tr.rbxcdn.com/30DAY-Avatar-5F54746E1AC9815ABEAEEE55556C6EF5-Png/100/100/Avatar/Png/noFilter",
        "IsFinal": true
      },
      "HasVerifiedBadge": false
    }
        ...
    {
      "Id": 13246646,
      "PostedDate": "Aug 13, 2009 | 12:45 AM",
      "AuthorName": "ninjaofthesound",
      "AuthorId": 2007869,
      "Text": "5th coment ^_^",
      "ShowAuthorOwnsAsset": false,
      "AuthorThumbnail": {
        "AssetId": 0,
        "AssetHash": null,
        "AssetTypeId": 0,
        "Url": "https://tr.rbxcdn.com/30DAY-Avatar-A8A4B8EEA3ED68BD2F1DF12293D08FF6-Png/100/100/Avatar/Png/noFilter",
        "IsFinal": true
      },
      "HasVerifiedBadge": false
    }
  ],
  "MaxRows": 10
}

If there are no comments or the `startindex` is higher than the number of comments, the response would be {"IsUserModerator":false,"Comments":[],"MaxRows":10}.


To check if the comments are enabled for multiple assets without being rate limited, the https://develop.roblox.com/v1/assets?assetIds= API can be used ("enableComments": true/false). It can handle up to 50 Asset IDs. You need to be logged in with a Roblox account for the API to work; otherwise, a 401 HTTP error is sent: {"errors":[{"code":0,"message":"Unauthorized"}]}

{
  "data": [
    {
      "id": 1818,
      "type": "Place",
      "typeId": 9,
      "name": "Classic: Crossroads",
      "description": "The classic ROBLOX level is back!",
      "creator": {
        "type": "User",
        "typeId": 1,
        "targetId": 1
      },
      "genres": [
        "Ninja"
      ],
      "created": "2007-05-01T01:07:04.78Z",
      "updated": "2024-01-29T22:05:10.417Z",
      "enableComments": false,
      "isCopyingAllowed": false,
      "isPublicDomainEnabled": false,
      "isModerated": false,
      "reviewStatus": "DoesNotRequire",
      "isVersioningEnabled": true,
      "isArchivable": false,
      "canHaveThumbnail": true
    },
    {
      "id": 1000000,
      "type": "Image",
      "typeId": 1,
      "name": "ArrowCursor.png",
      "description": "Shirt Image",
      "creator": {
        "type": "User",
        "typeId": 1,
        "targetId": 16
      },
      "genres": [
        "All"
      ],
      "created": "2007-03-08T07:05:50.423Z",
      "updated": "2007-03-08T07:05:50.423Z",
      "enableComments": true,
      "isCopyingAllowed": false,
      "isPublicDomainEnabled": false,
      "isModerated": false,
      "reviewStatus": "Finished",
      "isVersioningEnabled": false,
      "isArchivable": false,
      "canHaveThumbnail": false
    },
    {
      "id": 48474313,
      "type": "Hat",
      "typeId": 8,
      "name": "Red Roblox Cap",
      "description": "It's an instant classic!",
      "creator": {
        "type": "User",
        "typeId": 1,
        "targetId": 1
      },
      "genres": [
        "All"
      ],
      "created": "2011-03-23T18:42:08.42Z",
      "updated": "2016-11-16T20:10:50.233Z",
      "enableComments": false,
      "isCopyingAllowed": true,
      "isPublicDomainEnabled": false,
      "isModerated": false,
      "reviewStatus": "Finished",
      "isVersioningEnabled": false,
      "isArchivable": false,
      "canHaveThumbnail": false
    }
  ]
}

On April 23, 2024, Roblox disabled the ability to see comments using the API.

User Ads Removal (July 2024)

On June 4, 2024, Roblox announced that they will be removing user ads from their platform, with their removal from the website being on June 17, and all remaining analytical data (image/ad data included) on July 31.

Any image that was used for an user ad can be requested via the API call (https://www.roblox.com/user-sponsorship/getadimage?adId=1123), with the adId value being valid between 6 and 12127735. As the number is incremental, all that would be needed to download these images would be to build a script that downloads the image tag's "src" attribute. However, a rate limit blocks the download speed of downloading these images to roughly half an ad a second, which would be impossible to download in time before the July 31st deadline, after which every image will in all certainty be deleted. Additionally, many images (especially lower digit ads) have been deleted over time, being replaced with a generic "file missing" icon (taking the form of multiple resolutions, file formats and variants) that will flood the downloaded data, which would take a very long time to sort through if not automated correctly. 500 errors also plague the API, which indicates an ad that has been deleted by Roblox completely. There has currently been no discovery on a way to find the associated data to an advertisement like a group or place link and the ad creator.

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