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Posted by casey on 18 October 2012 - 01:27 AM
Posted by Damon on 21 May 2012 - 12:31 AM
At least that whole null thing is gone.
Posted by Damon on 15 May 2012 - 07:52 PM
Our server reached EOL (end of life) in March. What that means is the server's hardware is outdated, and the company no longer provides support (meaning, its broke, they don't fix it). The plan was to move Osyrus over to a new server. I looked at various companies and found more problems than solutions. Our database was way out of control, almost 2 gb worth of data. No company will import or allow an IPB database that large (most require under 500mb). This is somewhat my fault, as I never archived old threads, removed closed threads, or split large threads. That type of cleanup is what keeps databases in line, whereas we were just growing with no means of control in site. We also had converted the database several times to new formats due to updates in IPS software and php releases, overtime that corrupts entries and is why we saw issues like login fails, and various weirdness with accounts. The last conversion being the worst of it. I also found most hosts to be unreliable with IPS boards based on user reviews. My conclusion was to move to IPS hosting, it is super stable, the same company that makes the boards software, relatively cheap (30-50 per month depending on traffic), and would allow the growth of larger databases.
My plan was to move to IPS hosting at the end of this current billing cycle, which is May 26th. Sadly, Sunday night, our primary hard drive died, and the server went into a safety mode, switching to backup. It also decided that it would revert to an older build of Apache and PHP. Well that fucked me. We were on php 5.5 and without it, our database was totally inaccessible. I couldn't even get into it with command line shell access. I was finally able to rebuild the servers base software, and access the database, what I extracted is partial, and even a full dump with mysqldump produces a corrupt database that doesn't pass the various safety checks needed to import into the new site. The other issue is that databases size in the first place. While IPS will allow sites to grow on their servers, they don't help importing sites from other servers, nor do they allow large SQL imports. In the end, no matter what we were going to lose a good amount of post data. Even if I had the intact database, it would probably break the new site given the differences in a converted database and one that was fresh (as this one is).
There are some good things to come from this. We are now on IPS hosting, they make our software, so being hosted by them is ideal as the support is much better, the database will always remain, and there is no longer any server admin work. Even updates are applied automatically, if a SQL error comes up they will fix it before I even have time to report it. By far the best way of hosting an IPS site for longterm growth and stability. They also index better with Google, and are more searchable so we may see increased traffic from basic searches like "Phish discussion". It's cheaper, based on traffic. Right now I'm paying $30 a month, which gets you up to 30 active users at one time (we usually average 15-25). You can also increase your active users based on traffic, so if we started seeing 50 active at once, we would be bumped up to the $50 a month plan (they don't throttle users, or cut people off from login). The most we ever had active at once on Osyrus was 45. It's also a rolling average, which takes spikes into account (so if one day we see 70, that doesn't bump us up to $70 a month).
I apologize for what was, in my mind, inevitable. I couldn't continue to pay for our old hosting at the rate they wanted for a new server, and I had moved my business site to other hosting that falls in line with photo industry standards. My cost had been $160 per month and would have gone up to $200. The database had been worked over through the years, and was at a point where a clean wipe is the only way to ensure it doesn't fail in the future. Now we are in a more permanent location, at a substantially reduced cost, with overall better performance and long term stability.
Posted by Greta on 18 July 2012 - 01:23 PM
Posted by Zander on 15 July 2012 - 01:41 AM
Posted by Space Cat on 19 May 2012 - 01:12 AM
Posted by CushionConvector on 02 November 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted by dug less beers on 17 May 2012 - 02:08 PM
Also I've been hoping that doug less beers would one day become doug more beers, but maybe the world isn't ready just yet.
Well, doug more beers is my real-life name, so I want to keep a bit of privacy whilst here on the grids.
Posted by cappy on 19 July 2012 - 01:32 AM
You mean the automistakeintroducer.
I actually don't like that feature. I liked the autocorrect.
Posted by teenagewasteland on 02 July 2012 - 03:09 PM
Posted by Hessy on 14 February 2013 - 12:56 AM
Posted by Damon on 31 January 2013 - 03:55 PM
It's taken a while but a new system for donating to the sites finances is in place.
You should see a new tab at the top for Donations (far right, next to Calendar). There are three packages, $5, $10, and $20 ($5 is 3 month, $10 is 6, and $20 a year). All donation payments are handled through paypal.
Once you've donated I will move you to a donor member group (this is not automatic, so it could take up to a day from the time payment clears). Once in the Donor group you will find some new features. Namely, access to a new image gallery, and an increase in your storable PM's (from 100 to 1000). You can also PM multiple people with Donor permissions (that one is for you Zander, ha), and attach files to PM's (30MB max). Depending on how the gallery goes I may enable video uploads as well.
A few have asked how to donate, and there is the answer. If there are any problems with the system let me know in this thread, hopefully it works smoothly as all the test donations worked without issue.
Thanks for supporting the site, ensuring many more years of OoO.
Posted by harpua1031 on 07 December 2012 - 04:44 PM
Posted by Beermug on 06 December 2012 - 03:54 AM
For instance: Suzy Greenberg shows up as: <gflash>100 40 /vb5/member/suzy.swf</gflash>
Curious if there's an issue with his site or if it's on my end.
Hope this is an okay question to ask in this forum even though I know it's not this site or run by our mastermind D-money, since a lot of us have used it as a sister site over the years and wasn't sure if anyone still has a pulse on it.
Posted by MoffTarkin on 17 November 2012 - 09:16 PM
Posted by Zander on 03 November 2012 - 08:06 AM
Posted by die greg die on 18 October 2012 - 12:46 AM
That pee thread knew you were trouble.
I knew that pee thread was trouble!
Posted by हाइड्रोजन on 17 May 2012 - 02:16 AM
and yet have never been able to express it until now.
Posted by Space Cat on 05 February 2013 - 06:35 AM
Cartoon Bootsy is feelin' it now. Thanks Damon!
Posted by Damon on 05 February 2013 - 03:04 AM