Lately, there have been a very large amount of downloads that cause 404 errors. This is not a new error, and in fact has been around since the start, but it seems that many people still do not know about it. Here are a few tips to protect your upload from causing a 404 error:
1. Do not use special characters. Names like “Çóõl Ñêw Päç” simply will not work.
2. Try to avoid uploading things that contain spaces within the ZIP file name. This does not always result in a 404, but it can cause problems.
3. Make sure the file you upload is actually a .ZIP file. This is not specific to 404 errors, but causes problems anyway. .ZIP files must be created with a compression program such as WinZip. You cannot simply rename the file to have a .zip extension. That will not work.
4. Try to avoid odd characters in your name. Again, this is not specific to 404 errors, but can nonetheless cause problems, both to reader’s eyes and to file paths.
5. Assure that your file is not above two megabytes. If it is, ask an administrator with FTP abilities (Bobby, iCeD, and FQuist being the most active ones) to upload it for you.
If a file is a 404, there is no need to post sixteen reviews all containing the information about the 404. It is simply not necessary. Instead, contact an administrator about it. If there is already a review saying that there is a 404, do not post another one. This simply crowds the page, wastes web space and bandwidth, and is simply a waste of time. If a level does not work on first upload, check to see if any of the above problems exist. If they do, try to do away with these problems before reuploading so the downloads page is not spammed by a hundred non-working levels. Also, administrators are not capable of fixing every bad link. It is up to you to do so instead. Malformed level uploads may be deleted without notification.
Additionally, I must remind everyone that “I’ll review this later” posts are considered spam and are against J2O guidelines. If you will review it, review it. There is no need to post informing people that you will review it later, especially if you never do. Equally as unacceptable are posts that are completely irrelevant to the level. If you wish to talk personally with the author, please contact them via private messages. Both sorts of posts may be deleted without notification.
Thank you for your cooperation.


MR MAGOO on August 27, 2003 04:00

I’d like to mention that people who review levels should spend more than 15 seconds writing a review, I think that things like “This level is good, nice eyecandy, I give it a 10” is unacceptable and these reviews should be deleted.

KJAZZ on August 27, 2003 04:00

Isn’t 10 the number 2 in binary? That means everyone who got a 10 must be horrible level makers. ;P

American on August 27, 2003 04:00

Some things may deserve 10. That is why we have the rating 10.

Spotty on August 27, 2003 04:00

Way to change the topic ; P.

the real one Bjarni on August 27, 2003 04:00

I like that article, show my comment about this article here:

the real one Bjarni on August 27, 2003 04:00

Agree! Giving some level 10 is illegal! Because no levels are perfect, they are problem in all levels, but 9 is ok, but not 10! Reviews with 10 should be chance to N/A and Trafton says “(Rating removal, give this level shorter rating – Trafton)”, yeah I agree MR MAGOO, 10 is to high!

Lark on August 28, 2003 04:00

You spelled “paths” wrong. XD

Red Ninja on August 28, 2003 04:00

uhh, binary consists of only 1’s and 0’s, i think.

sonictth on August 28, 2003 04:00

there are 16 comments about 404 becaus how stupid you must be that you don`t test your upload and dont re-upload it?


Michael on August 28, 2003 04:00

There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who do not.

American on August 29, 2003 04:00

Indeed, that is pretty much the reason.

the real one Bjarni on August 29, 2003 04:00

Let me tell something, letters like “ð” isn’t in English and it can’t be worked that can be maybe the resson of why it doesn’t works! ï ð þ æ ö .e.t.c. doesn’t works because they aren’t in English! Like name your level “Þinned Ðelel Bättlé Paç” becuase þ, ð, ä, é and ç isn’t in english langauge, so they doesn’t works! Just taking a exemple of why level doesn’t works! You can rename your battle back intro “Thinned Delel Battle Pack” for exemple! Just telling you why some levels doesn’t works, just a exemple! The letter much be in English, only so you know!

sonictth on August 30, 2003 04:00

the real one Bjarni

The signs you mean you mustn`t list. This signs has the name:

American Standart Code for Information Interchange



You can enter the signs if you press:

hold ALT pressed and press Number 0 and the dez. number.

Taz on September 01, 2003 04:00

Lol. This is a spam comment evil grin

the real one Bjarni on October 17, 2003 04:00

What do you mean, Taz? It’s not!

~Bjarni Haraldur Sigfússon

DennisKainz on September 19, 2006 14:53

Thanks Trafton.