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Server and Forum Changes

#1  Postby kiore » Sep 23, 2021 11:01 pm

Some big changes are planned which will require the forum to become read only for a short while, this will include:
A change in servers.
A reset to a vanilla version of the forum software to solve some of the long term issues experienced with this version.
This announcement will be updated when I have a clearer timeline.
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#2  Postby hackenslash » Sep 24, 2021 12:21 am

We're all very excited about the...

Ummm...

Loking forward to some better performance.
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#3  Postby kiore » Sep 24, 2021 12:39 am

Really not trying to oversell this, in order to fix issues and do updates the software will need to revert to standard phpBB with no modifications or shiny features. It will not be possible to transfer the entire forum intact and so the old one will be archived and linked and we will basically have a fresh start except that the membership will transfer intact. Sorry about that but this the only effective way to fix issues years in the making.
I am not promising something beautiful and exciting, just a basic and functional format to maintain the community.
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#4  Postby The_Piper » Sep 24, 2021 1:00 am

:coffee: Sounds good!
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#5  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 24, 2021 1:23 am

kiore wrote:Some big changes are planned which will require the forum to become read only for a short while,...


What about those of us who can't read? :grin:


Thanks for the heads-up, and we all look forward with huge expectations to the beautiful and exciting thing you're promising! :naughty2:
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#6  Postby THWOTH » Sep 24, 2021 8:34 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this trying time.
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#7  Postby hackenslash » Sep 25, 2021 7:59 am

No rats were harmed during the making of this transfer, though many suppurating recta were horribly inconvenienced.
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#8  Postby felltoearth » Sep 28, 2021 12:35 pm

Holy Shit, I’m getting email notifications!
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#9  Postby The_Piper » Sep 28, 2021 12:44 pm

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#10  Postby kiore » Sep 28, 2021 1:35 pm

felltoearth wrote:Holy Shit, I’m getting email notifications!


Yes this feature seems fixed so far and was done as part of the warm up to moving the domain. We are trying to restore and maintain functionality prior to server move.
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#11  Postby felltoearth » Sep 28, 2021 6:09 pm

Fantastic! :tup:


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#12  Postby kiore » Sep 29, 2021 11:19 pm

Current plan is to continue some tidying up and move servers on the 1st October. Expect some disruption and or downtime.
It looks like archiving and starting from scratch now plan B.
Plan A is to maintain as much as possible of current format and update the phpBB version after the move and also update the SSL certification.
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#13  Postby felltoearth » Sep 29, 2021 11:39 pm

Are there any costs that need covering?


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#14  Postby kiore » Sep 29, 2021 11:59 pm

felltoearth wrote:Are there any costs that need covering?


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Servers are cheaper than they used to be, is all paid up till mid next year. Current cost is time and effort only.
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#15  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 30, 2021 5:34 am

Thanks Kiore, and anyone else involved, for that time and effort! Even if the servers are paid up and the costs sorted... maybe we could plausibly show our appreciation by sending some booze funds your way?
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#16  Postby Blackadder » Sep 30, 2021 10:05 am

I'm happy to throw a few shekels into the bowl if it's required. I've learned so much from being a member here. This place is one of the few sane, informative and worthwhile sites left on the interwebzes. Hack's site being another.
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#17  Postby Evolving » Sep 30, 2021 11:15 am

Hear hear.
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#18  Postby BlackBart » Sep 30, 2021 11:26 am

Hear hear too. Apart from the Sane bit.
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#19  Postby kiore » Oct 01, 2021 2:00 am

The contributions derail is appreciated, however a decision was made to "do the stuff" first rather than accept funding for a thing that might not happen. This is still a work in progress and the final step complex, so maybe the time to discuss contributions is once things are running and actual costs are clear.

In other updates, well I don't know how it looks from your side, but from my side some serious improvements in functionality.
I know I indicated the server move might occur 1st October (GMT) but some last minute other options have presented themselves, so this remains pending and in progress
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#20  Postby hackenslash » Oct 01, 2021 11:16 am

Blackadder wrote:Hack's site being another.


So you're the one who reads it...

Thanks, brother. I really appreciate that.
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