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Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 09 Jun 2018, 14:14

I'm going to attempt to upgrade the site software this weekend.

I've been holding off for a while, but we've now been hit by some really awful spammers who keep inundating us with junk. The new software has some extra spam measures that should hopefully stop their game.

I'll be taking the site down later today for some repairs prior to the update. Once satisfied with those repairs I'll begin to install the new software, which may be today or tomorrow. Unfortunately I've no idea as to how long it'll take.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Charlie O. » 09 Jun 2018, 14:34

Thanks for the head's up - and everything else!
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Postby Pansy Puff » 09 Jun 2018, 14:47

But what will John do in the meantime?
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby toomanyhatz » 09 Jun 2018, 22:00

Charlie O. wrote:Thanks for the head's up - and everything else!


This.

Damn, the spammers are driving me crazy. A dozen an hour, at some points.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 09 Jun 2018, 22:20

I've made a few repairs tonight, and will hopefully begin the upgrade process tomorrow.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby never/ever » 10 Jun 2018, 02:53

Well. If anything goes wrong.... Nice to have known y'all!
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Dayodead » 10 Jun 2018, 06:38

Good.. maybe the site will stop crashing on me after the update...

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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Jun 2018, 07:09

Is there any chance of us ever having a proper site search engine again?
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 10 Jun 2018, 19:08

It looks like I'm going to have to postpone the update for today - there's some stability issues with the server which I need to get resolved prior to the update being applied. Hopefully it should be fixed soon, and I'll attempt to perform the update tomorrow.

In the meantime you may see some changes as I alter the site slightly prior to the upgrade - specifically some of the board style templates have to be removed.

The update should let the search system work again.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Jun 2018, 19:16

Yay!!
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 11 Jun 2018, 12:28

I've just deactivated certain design templates in preparation for the upgrade.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 11 Jun 2018, 15:42

Do we only have the default template while things get sorted out? Will we get some of them back afterwards? I can barely comprehend the board with this blue & white theme. Ugh.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 13 Jun 2018, 08:51

It’ll come back.

I hope to get the update installed later today.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 13 Jun 2018, 17:10

Won't be today after all - will try again tomorrow.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Loki » 13 Jun 2018, 18:48

Harvey K-Tel wrote:Do we only have the default template while things get sorted out? Will we get some of them back afterwards? I can barely comprehend the board with this blue & white theme. Ugh.

You mean as opposed to the black skin? Yeah.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Rayge » 13 Jun 2018, 19:07

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Harvey K-Tel wrote:Do we only have the default template while things get sorted out? Will we get some of them back afterwards? I can barely comprehend the board with this blue & white theme. Ugh.

You mean as opposed to the black skin? Yeah.

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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby Loki » 13 Jun 2018, 19:27

JQW wrote:It’ll come back.


Yay!
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 14 Jun 2018, 19:37

Postponed again - broadband here is very unreliable at the moment, with connections dropping constantly. We've had issues like this on-and-off since the beginning of the year, but I thought that they'd all been resolved by now.

I may have to attempt the upgrade using a network connection elsewhere.
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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby C » 16 Jun 2018, 22:45

Thanks for your hard work Paul - much appreciated





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Re: Site upgrade. IMPORTANT!

Postby JQW » 20 Jun 2018, 19:42

I've found the probable cause of my broadband issues - damaged overhead cables due to a partially fallen tree branch. I've no idea when it'll get repaired, as the tree itself will probably need to come down first, but I'm making arrangements to use an alternative internet connection elsewhere.
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