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Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by Myaj » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:05 pm

I'm sorry guys! I went to shut down the chat room and by doing so, it took down the forum (this is part of why too much customization is BAD).

The quickest way to get everything up and running again was to do a restore to an earlier point from this morning, so you very well might see some posts missing.

I do have to take down the chat room, as it is causing issues with our hosting provider, and still need to do a big upgrade in the near future.. so I'm sure there will be other delays and downtime.. so I apologize in advance for those!
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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by jus85411 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:45 pm

i know there are issues with the server. im not technical at all but what all is needed to get us running smoothly again? what if i know someone who rents "virtual space" i believe in megabytes and terrabytes, hes crazy technical. has a security system at his house with cameras outside covering entrances it would put most local convenience stores to shame lol, he does web sites for small local businesses, he does something server based. he used to run game servers and was a "pirate" i guess you could say back when AOL was getting big and trying to shut down free web hosting parties like him that just accepted small donations. if this is something that might be able to be solved by possibly getting a good price on server space etc i can talk to him. just let me know. i asked something similar to this in another post earlier but it was a lost post

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by Myaj » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:14 pm

What is needed is simply an update of our software. However our software is so customized there's nothing "simple" about it. The easiest way to do it will lose most of our custom features (replaceable of course) but I need to find the time to sit down and do it, which is very difficult. Just trying to take down the chat room took me a few hours, to get everything backonline *sigh* It never goes smoothly!
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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by xrayjeeper83 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:40 pm

:( sad chat is gone
RTR wrote:Fahakas do not have tank mates, they may have swimming food reserves.

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by jus85411 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:48 pm

i know, i keep hovering my mouse above the discuss tab to see if anyone is in the chat lol

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by Dadof4 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:49 pm

WE are talking on ways to bring it back in a new and improved sort of way when the upgrades are done, just got to figure out how.
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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by jus85411 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:51 pm

im not complaining, just glad the site is back up. thats all we can ask for at this point if its either have a chat room but not site(no point lol) or a site with no chat

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by J-P » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:13 pm

IP Board!!

;)

LOL!! just had to put that plug in there. On a serious note... it is a learning curve but doable. It will retain all of the board features and then some. I did a test drive of it myself and it is quite slick.

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by jus85411 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:25 pm

haha wish i knew what you were talking about :)

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by J-P » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:27 pm

if you follow me, you avoid stepping in the crap that I just did...

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by jus85411 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:49 am

looks nice :)

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by RTR » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:11 am

I won't say that I will not complain - I am a master at that. But i am sooo grateful to have the board functional again that I will try to behave at least a bit.

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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by Myaj » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:10 pm

Thanks Robert.. I should have known better than to mess with it when I was tired, but the databases it told me it was going to delete sure looked like they were chat only!

Next time we try anything major there will be an announcement as to shut down time, and a full backup done after the shutdown so that no posts are lost.. and then we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that the update goes smoothly and we aren't down more than a few hours.
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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by ~reefchik~ » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:39 pm

+1 to Invision PB
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Re: Apologies for down time and any lost posts

Post by Myaj » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:06 pm

We are looking into it, having someone else be responsible for the upkeep and upgrading would be WONDERFUL, and it looks like they have everything we need/want. I have a few questions I'm waiting to hear back from them on.

Downside is we wouldn't have as much storage as we have here on our own host.. so we'd have to be a little more strict on attachment sizes, pruning older posts, etc. I don't think it would have a huge impact on us though. We'd have less control over customizing and special options, but that's okay, none of the staff here has time to sit and do custom coding anyways.. part of why we are in such a bind with our outdated software right now. We might also lose our current photo gallery content, but we could keep this one online for a bit to give people time to transfer over their images if they don't have them saved on their home computer.

Bigger downside is it would cost 2-3x more per year to keep the website going than what it does now.. but you guys have always stepped up and sent in donations when we've asked for them so if we go that route, we'll likely have to do a "donation drive" once a year to gather funds for our yearly fees (if there's no hidden costs, probably around $200-250 a year, very manageable IMO).
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