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27 December 2013
1.45pm
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Thanks. Not sure how my Twitter account was compromised, but hopefully all's OK now.

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30 December 2013
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Phew. You may have noticed that the site was mostly offline for the past few hours. The move to the new server didn't go precisely as planned, as there was a technical blue meanie lurking somewhere who proved exceptionally elusive. blue-meanie

It should go without saying by now, but thanks for sticking with us. It seems like every month something new goes wrong, and I hope to get things back on track for 2014. The new server is fully managed with support staff who are supposed to monitor performance levels etc (though it took them a while to fix up the domain name transfer), so with a bit of luck there'll be no more significant downtime.

That said, every time I've migrated the site in the past there have been a few minor hiccups, so if you spot something please let me know here. There might be a handful of comments or forum posts that got lost in the move, but hopefully nothing too important.

Also, now we're on a fully managed server Pothi won't be providing any more maintenance. He's been incredibly patient and helpful over the past months, in the face of email after email asking "Why doesn't my website work???" Thanks Pothi. apple01

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30 December 2013
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Mine's been off for 32 hours! Went down Sunday afternoon at around 1/2 1, came back at 1/2 9 tonight (Monday). Have had serious, serious withdrawal symptoms; going cold turkey is horrible. 

Since its now back is that it over? Please say its so.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
30 December 2013
10.09pm
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Yes! I hope so! If the new hosting company holds up well I have no plans to move again. I get no joy from any of these problems.

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30 December 2013
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Joe said
Yes! I hope so! If the new hosting company holds up well I have no plans to move again. I get no joy from any of these problems.

Neither do we, Joe, neither do we.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
31 December 2013
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Just FYI, some posts from last night got lost. Not sure how much.

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31 December 2013
12.25pm
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I thought I was going mad then as I couldn't find posts I was sure I'd made blue-meanie

Lets hope the new year brings a more stable forum :)

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

31 December 2013
8.51pm
IveJustSeenAFaceo
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Just so you know, this came up when I tried to edit my profile: 

Profile form could not be found: [Account Settings]
You might try the forum - toolbox - housekeeping admin form and reset the profile tabs and menus and see if that helps

Thanks, and again, I'm fine with whatever it takes to keep the forum running. Thanks Joe!

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31 December 2013
11.53pm
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IJSAF - can you try again? I've reset that form and can now view my own profile. Hopefully yours will be OK now too.

Sorry for the lost messages during the migration. There's always the danger that'll happen. I did try to mitigate it by closing the forum for a time, but some must have slipped through the net.

Oh, happy new year everyone!

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1 January 2014
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I checked my profile after spotting IveJustSeenAFAceo's post and it was the same as his with that message, profile is back to normal for me now. Thanks Joe. 

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
1 January 2014
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Glad to hear it.

Just a heads-up, I've added a caching plugin to the site to speed up some of the page load times. The forum should have been excluded so that everyone sees the most recent posts. However, if anyone spots something wrong (new comments not visible, something out of date etc) please let me know. There are a lot of settings to tinker with and I may have got something wrong.

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2 January 2014
12.41am
IveJustSeenAFaceo
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Joe said
Glad to hear it.

Just a heads-up, I've added a caching plugin to the site to speed up some of the page load times. The forum should have been excluded so that everyone sees the most recent posts. However, if anyone spots something wrong (new comments not visible, something out of date etc) please let me know. There are a lot of settings to tinker with and I may have got something wrong.

Well, the From the Forum section of the home page is off, but that makes sense. The forum seems OK.

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2 January 2014
4.16pm
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parlance said
Minor thing, but the "___ topics with unread posts" section isn't updating immediately when I click on a new post. Sometimes minutes after I've read one of the latest posts, it'll still show up as new.

A couple of developments: there seems to be a huge lag in updating the unread posts now. Three topics that were posted about 10 minutes ago still aren't showing up as unread. Also, even when I click on "mark posts read" a couple pop up again as unread.
 
parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

2 January 2014
11.28pm
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Joe said
Glad to hear it.

Just a heads-up, I've added a caching plugin to the site to speed up some of the page load times. The forum should have been excluded so that everyone sees the most recent posts. However, if anyone spots something wrong (new comments not visible, something out of date etc) please let me know. There are a lot of settings to tinker with and I may have got something wrong.

It's actually going quick for me just now (fingers crossed) - not just because I have been away for a couple of weeks I hope :)

 

3 January 2014
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Thanks for the info Parlance. I've disabled caching for people when they're logged in, which makes things a little slower but should mean you see the latest updates. Please let me know if it looks OK. I don't have time right now to see if there's a better way to tackle it, but I'll take a look when I can.

trcanberra - the new server has twice the RAM of the old one, and hasn't fallen victim to some of the tangled mess that afflicted the old one. So it should (fingers crossed) be a bit faster all round, even for those seeing uncached pages. The server is in Chicago. It's quicker for me in the UK, and I'm glad it's performing well Down Under too:)

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4 January 2014
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Thanks, Joe, looks good on my end. Is there any chance the disabling could have something to do with my issues viewing the board at home? I did try clearing cookies and cache, btw.

parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

4 January 2014
10.22pm
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In the list of unread topics, it says that the Fan Fiction thread has 2 new replies, most recently from AppleScruffJunior 9 minutes ago. When I click on the actual thread, the last post I see is ScrambledEggs from earlier today.

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4 January 2014
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No idea if its been reported but when you click on "x  topics with unread posts" its not refreshing with the new ones but instead brings up everything that was new when you first visited even if you have read them (if that makes sense). So for example if i read "Beatles News" and then click on "1  topic with unread posts" as someone has newly posted it won't bring up the new thread but instead "Beatles News". Refreshing the page or even leaving and coming back currently isn't clearing it either.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
5 January 2014
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Heh - nothing much working the way it should - but at least it is still not working quickly :)

5 January 2014
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trcanberra said
Heh - nothing much working the way it should - but at least it is still not working quickly :)

Surely you want it working quickly. Why would you want it slow? Are you just used to that and a creature of old habits.

 

Considering the thought Joe had one night of removing the forum maybe we should all just say the place is fine for a while and then when he is on top of the world with birds singing everywhere he goes we hit him with a list 45 faults? Maybe if we all save up and put together a savings fund we can bribe him in keeping it up. Going 34 hours, or whatever it was, without access was not a nice experience. As sad as it may sound i really like it here and the net sucks without getting on. blue-meanie

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
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