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important: Forum will have limited service this week
« on: January 06, 2010, 04:19:57 AM »
I am moving the entire SoR site to a new host (hostgator.com). It'll take awhile for me to transfer the forum over, meaning the forum will be down probably starting the 7th for about a day.

I'll also be upgrading the forum to the latest code, forcing me to use a different skin, meaning that the interface will be changed. This will make forum maintenance *much* easier for me.

It'll probably take days/weeks to get everything back to 100%, so bare with me!

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 05:21:21 AM »
No forum for a day? Noooooo!
*huddles in corner and rocks back and forth*
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 05:35:08 AM »
what am i gonna do with my self for the entire day :-\

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 07:15:30 PM »
I'm assuming chat will be gone as well... :-\
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 07:17:48 PM »
I'm assuming chat will be gone as well... :-\

Yes.
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010, 02:00:49 AM »
*huddles in corner and rocks back and forth*
Think you forgot the bit about sucking your thumb....
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 02:04:08 AM »
The meds take care of that part...
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2010, 01:26:56 AM »
Its good to know that I play a key role in your mental stability . . . I think . . . :P


Anyway, my new host (HostGator), hasn't been able to get my VPS up even after several days. So, it might take a few more days before I make the site move.

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2010, 12:35:04 AM »
I'm taking the forum down within the next 20 minutes.

It'll take up to 2 days for it to work again.

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2010, 12:49:41 AM »
Grr, i was hoping it would be down while i was away the past three days >:(
Although the upside is i have a $100 parts order arriving tomorrow to fill the void SoR normally does ;D
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2010, 12:53:35 AM »
it will give me more time to work on my SoR entry :D

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2010, 12:11:42 AM »
looks good!

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2010, 12:23:55 AM »
It'll probably take ~10 days to get the forum back to 'normal'.

That being said, Chat is refusing to install itself, and I broke a few other things like bookmarks and 'you have mail'.

I'll need some time to fix it all . . .

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2010, 05:10:02 AM »
Ah well, will the new forum remember all the stuff posted in the temporary forum?
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2010, 07:34:56 AM »
Ah well, will the new forum remember all the stuff posted in the temporary forum?


Yes, this is THE forum, Its just the Domain www.societyofrobots.com has yet to transfer, so you have to use the IP address to find the server until it does.

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2010, 04:51:42 PM »
I both like the new look and miss the old one.
Is the main site ever going to get a visual update?
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2010, 08:59:09 PM »
Holy whack it's working!!! :-D
I'm just happy with this, although many more things are missing not only the domain name...
like forum options... "youtube" anyone?!?!

I get that this is only the temp forum until the domain is up and we get back to track...

Still... we run... That nice as it is...
I actually got the email on 12... and today is... ONLY 14....
I'll start losing my mental stability... :-P
Well... no that's only joking... But SOR is a part of my life, posting or not... :-P
For whom the interrupts toll...


P.S. I've been inactive for almost a year... Don't give promises but I'll try to complete my tutorials. I'll let you know when..

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2010, 12:10:36 AM »
This is *the* forum, not a temp. The forum is now stored on a new server, but the societyofrobots.com link still links to the old one, hence the IP address link. We'll just have to suffer dead links for ~5 more days, and hopefully everything then goes back to 'normal'.

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Is the main site ever going to get a visual update?
Nope no plans. Mostly because a lack of my artistic ability, and my lazinesses. I also like the quick-loading and easy-on-the-eyes simplicity of it . . . although I admit it doesn't look very fancy!

The reason why the forum now looks different is the other official SMF theme never got security updates, and every year it was requiring more and more cheap hacks to get it to work right. Some mods didn't behave with it, either.

I managed to get bookmarks to work, but not sure whats up with Chat. It simply refuses to install . . . I might have to manually hack it in :-\

My new host (hostgator) is about $7/month cheaper, has more RAM/ROM/MHz/bandwidth, has really great reviews online, and the support staff are fast/effective/caring. More importantly, unlike my last host (lunarpages), they speak English too! :P  Hopefully the move is worth it, I can't wait to shed my old host.

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2010, 06:23:03 AM »
Now would be the perfect time to convert the chat to an IRC channel.
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2010, 10:20:35 PM »
Its been 6+ days since I put in the DNS change request. It was officially moved to my new host yesterday, but it appears it still hasn't been resolved. At least not for Bangkok (where I am).

People have reported the preview button and spell check not working. Probably just linking errors that'll go away as soon as the forum goes back to normal.

Probably another one or two days.

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Now would be the perfect time to convert the chat to an IRC channel.
You aren't the first to recommend it. Unfortunately its not easy to have SMF user info/passwords adapted securely for IRC.

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2010, 07:22:24 AM »
But if there ever was a time to do it, it would be now is what I'm getting at.
After the forum is all moved, the chance of IRC dramatically decreases.
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2010, 09:56:06 AM »
I'm still partial to a web based chat. It's easier to use, and easier integrated into the forum.

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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2010, 01:44:39 PM »
Frankly though, it sucks. It's always crashing and you can't even log out. I have to constantly restart chrome/firefox to avoid connection errors.

No matter how well it integrates, it just doesn't do its job very well. Not to mention that you have to keep a tab open all the time to see if somebody's in the chat.
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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2010, 10:18:27 PM »
Frankly though, it sucks. It's always crashing and you can't even log out. I have to constantly restart chrome/firefox to avoid connection errors.

No matter how well it integrates, it just doesn't do its job very well. Not to mention that you have to keep a tab open all the time to see if somebody's in the chat.
Hmmm it crashes? I haven't ever had that happen to me . . . How does it crash?

As for logging out, thats just a bug I accidentally added when modifying it, but never had time/motivation to fix. :P

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2010, 10:20:50 PM »
A lot of people say it crashes, or has issues updating, but it has never happened to me. When i use it, it updates fine and never has locked up. I have seen the can't log out thing, but i just close the tab when i want to leave, so it doesn't bug me. 

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2010, 10:36:26 PM »
i'm currently in New Zealand.
the new DNS records have still not propagated here.

is DNS fixed for anyone our there? (just so we know things are on track.)


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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2010, 11:04:17 PM »
Still no luck for me here either.

Go here to test if DNS works. It'll either say DNS works, or file not found:
http://www.societyofrobots.com/test.html

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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2010, 12:25:16 AM »
is DNS fixed for anyone our there? (just so we know things are on track.)
actually, i decided to stop being lazy and query a more up to date DNS server:
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duncan@midget:~$ dig @8.8.8.8 societyofrobots.com

; <<>> DiG 9.5.1-P2.1 <<>> @8.8.8.8 societyofrobots.com
; (1 server found)
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 22203
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 2, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;societyofrobots.com. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
societyofrobots.com. 57947 IN A 209.200.248.19

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
societyofrobots.com. 70228 IN NS ns1.societyofrobots.com.
societyofrobots.com. 70228 IN NS ns2.societyofrobots.com.

;; Query time: 5 msec
;; SERVER: 8.8.8.8#53(8.8.8.8)
;; WHEN: Mon Jan 18 19:23:26 2010
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 89
so no, things are not on track.

anyone got a DNS server out there that is correctly resolving societyofrobots.com to 174.120.175.50 ?

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[edit-ed 2 mins after posting due to confusing old and new IP address. bad dunk.]
« Last Edit: January 18, 2010, 12:30:42 AM by dunk »

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2010, 08:10:40 AM »
I ping sor at 209.200.248.19

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Re: important: Forum will have limited service this week
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2010, 08:29:42 AM »
Frankly though, it sucks. It's always crashing and you can't even log out. I have to constantly restart chrome/firefox to avoid connection errors.

No matter how well it integrates, it just doesn't do its job very well. Not to mention that you have to keep a tab open all the time to see if somebody's in the chat.
Hmmm it crashes? I haven't ever had that happen to me . . . How does it crash?

As for logging out, thats just a bug I accidentally added when modifying it, but never had time/motivation to fix. :P
Every time you send a message, it doesn't post until you send a second message. After this goes on for a while, chatbot will start spitting out "Error: Connection Status 0" (or something like that, obviously can't test right now) and the browser has to be restarted to allow you to post again. This happens for both Google Chrome and Firefox.
Save yourself the typing. Just call me Zach.

 


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