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    • #34794
      Ty Harvey
      Keymaster

      As you may have noticed, our old forums are no longer accessible. Unfortunately, the reasoning is simple: I broke them.

      Yup, I somehow managed to break the old forums, and I quite frankly have no idea how to fix them. I’ve been trying to fix them for months, but every single fix just ended up making things worse. I even tried to bring my server team on board, and even they couldn’t fix it, despite having full root access to the entire server and account. The database corrupted.

       

      So, what happened?

      There was an update to MyBB, our forum software, which I tried to apply using the automated tools. The update failed. When trying to revert back and restore the earlier database, the restore also failed. Despite the database having all of our user account information in it, the restore seemed to ignore 20% of them for seemingly no reason at all.

       

      The forums became unstable

      While our actual users might not have noticed too many issues simply browsing the site, the moderators and administrators were running into problems left and right. For instance, we were no longer able to purge spammers from the forums, making it very easy for a spammer to, well, spam. The administration feature that made it so we could ban users, was no longer functioning. And of course, every restoration attempt kept failing.

       

      What now?

      So here we are. A new and very blank slate.

      If you wish to participate on here, you’ll need to recreate your account. Take note that your account will also now double as a main account, which you will be able to use throughout our website. So it’s more than just a forum account.

      As for all of the posts and data from our old forums? Unfortunately, I will not be transferring that stuff over. At least not until I’ve found a safe way to do so. Right now, considering the database corruption, I don’t want to potentially break even more things by transferring a corrupted database over to our main website. So, at least for now, everything on the old forums, will stay on the old forums.

       

      What’s happening to the old forums?

      I’m going to continue to try and restore them as best as I possibly can, but make no promises. Starting fresh might be the best thing we can do. The domain will be redirected to this thread.

      If I find a way to properly and successfully get the old forums working again, I may end up going back to them. However, as of today, that seems very unlikely.

       

      I got questions!

      If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here. I know this whole thing is a bit inconvenient, especially for our long-time members. All I can really ask is that you give the new forums and account system a chance.

    • #35634
      mononoke
      Participant

      Sorry to see the old forums gone. Great discussions, honest reviews, honest opinions, great community.

      I haven’t been here in 2 years bc of life events but today I received the mailer and decided to check in.

      For one of my own projects I have had to setup a discussion forum. I’ve really like Discourse. There are paid versions (they host) and there are free versions (you host). Installation can be a pain. I had someone else set it up. It might have import tools to pull in your old database.

      May I suggest you post what you wrote here to your site News section so it will show up in your next mailer? Then your users can see it and sign up to your new forums? I would like to write some reviews but it looks like that’s not possible now.

       

      PS Do you want the side columns in the forum view?

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      • #35645
        Ty Harvey
        Keymaster

        I haven’t been here in 2 years bc of life events but today I received the mailer and decided to check in.

        Great to see you back!

         

        For one of my own projects I have had to setup a discussion forum. I’ve really like Discourse. There are paid versions (they host) and there are free versions (you host). Installation can be a pain. I had someone else set it up. It might have import tools to pull in your old database.

        The database would make exporting to another forum script really difficult, if not impossible. It has a very large file size, and is seemingly unable to export all of its data correctly, resulting in about 20% of all user accounts being deleted. The data is still technically there, just won’t export right. I tried migrating to a few other forum scripts, and none of them worked correctly. Didn’t try Discourse though, but I suspect it’ll have the same not-so-great results.

         

        May I suggest you post what you wrote here to your site News section so it will show up in your next mailer? Then your users can see it and sign up to your new forums? I would like to write some reviews but it looks like that’s not possible now. Also, did you see PS5 UE 5 video yet?

        I could include a note in the next newsletter, yeah. The popularity and usage of dedicated forum software is really not what it used to be, but I’m hoping when we get a better account system going, our forums will get a bit more usage. Trying to tie everything together with Buddypress, which is basically a social network of sorts that’s heavily modifiable. Could end up working pretty well for us. But worst case, we’ll just focus more on building up our Discord server.

        And yeah, I saw the PS5 UE demo. I’m honestly super impressed with what they showed off. The cynic in me questions it though. I mean, tech demos are designed to show off the tech of something, so I question how much of what we saw is actually going to make it to light. I mean, creating the tools is one thing, but actually using them? Whole other story. But if it ends up being a proper representation of actual PS5 gameplay? Yeah, that really excites me.

        Then again, it also worries me. They said they imported that statue without any compression. Can’t imagine the file size something that detailed would require. PS5 already had a storage problem, and it hasn’t even launched yet.

        But anyway, once again, welcome back! Hope to see you around. 😀

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